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Week 7, Statistically Speaking

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A numerical snapshot of the week that was in college football…

-26 — Washington State’s rushing total against Stanford Friday night, the first time the Cardinal has allowed negative rushing yards in a game since Nov. 3, 2012, at Colorado (-21). It was Wazzu’s lowest rushing total since Oct. 10, 2009, at Arizona State (-54).

.676 — Winning percentage of both Urban Meyer (25-12) and Bob Stoops (50-24) in their head-coaching careers vs. Associated Press Top 25 teams, currently the best at the FBS level. Stoops’ wins all came at Oklahoma, while Meyer spread his out over tenures at Utah, Florida and Ohio State. Nick Saban, incidentally, is third in this category at .581 (50-36 during his time at Michigan State, LSU and Alabama).

0 — Times Georgia had shut out a ranked opponent in a true road-game victory prior to its 34-0 whitewashing of No. 23 Missouri in Columbia Saturday afternoon.

4 — Through six games, the combined number of interceptions (zero) and sacks (four) for which the Wyoming defense has been credited.  The Cowboys are the only team in the country without a pick, and their eight turnovers, all fumble recoveries, are tied for 83rd in the nation.

4 — Iowa’s offense and defense officially touched the ball that many times in a span of just under four minutes late in the first quarter against Illinois; the Hawkeyes scored a touchdown on all four of those touches — Jake Rudock 12-yard pass to Jake Duzey; Desmond King 35-yard interception return; Rudock 72-yard pass to Damond Powell; and a Jonathan Parker 60-yard run.

Shaq Thompson, Darius Allensworth
Shaq Thompson, Darius Allensworth

5 — Number of touchdowns Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson has scored this season.  Thompson has returned three fumbles for scores, including a school-record 99-yarder in the win over Cal, along with one interception return and one rushing touchdown.

5 — Number of touchdowns Justin Worley accounted for (three passing, two rushing) in Tennessee’s 45-10 win over Chattanooga.

7 — Number of teams that, through Week 6, had fewer passing yards for the entire season than Washington State’s Connor Halliday had in a single game in Week 6 (FBS-record 734). Those teams were Navy (595), Georgia Tech (663), Boston College (666), Air Force (683), UTEP (702), North Texas (705) and UCF (714). Halliday’s record-setting performance was very near the season total for USF (740), Georgia Southern (748) and Wisconsin (749) as well.  Speaking of Halliday, the senior was held to under 300 yards passing (292) in the loss to Stanford Friday night for the first time this season and the first time since the regular-season finale against Washington (282), a streak of seven straight games.

7 — Including this year, the number of times Kentucky has started a season 5-1 since 1950, with the others being 1950, 1976, 1977, 1983, 1984, 2007.

7.1 — Average yards per touch for Buck Allen in USC’s upset of previously-unbeaten Arizona Saturday night.  The running back carried the ball 26 times for 205 yards (7.9 yards per carry) and totaled four receptions for 28 yards (7.0 yards per catch) for good measure.

9 — Teams remaining that have either won all of its games or lost all of them.  There are still six of the former — Baylor, Florida State, Marshall, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Ole Miss.  There were 10 entering Week 7, with Arizona, Auburn, Georgia Tech and TCU falling from the ranks of the unbeatens.  The three remaining winless teams are Idaho, Kent State and SMU.  UMass, against Kent State, picked up its first win of the year Saturday.

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55 receivers named to Biletnikoff watch list

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At this point, 55 names seems like a somewhat reasonable number for a watch list. It’s actually fewer than the number of players on the Rimington watch list, which goes to the nation’s top center — and, of course, teams only have one center per roster as opposed to three or four starting wide receivers.

The preseason Biletnikoff watch list:

Nelson Agholor University of Southern California Jr.
Dres Anderson University of Utah Sr.
Kenny Bell University of Nebraska Sr.
Tyler Boyd University of Pittsburgh So.
Da’Ron Brown Northern Illinois University Sr.
Rashon Ceaser University of Louisiana at Monroe Jr.
Sammie Coates Auburn University Jr.
Amari Cooper University of Alabama Sr.
Jamison Crowder Duke University Sr.
Titus Davis Central Michigan University Sr.
Geremy Davis University of Connecticut Sr.
Devante Davis University of Nevada, Las Vegas Sr.
Quinshad Davis University of North Carolina Jr.
Corey Davis Western Michigan University So.
Stefon Diggs University of Maryland Jr.
Devin Funchess University of Michigan Jr.
Antwan Goodley Baylor University Sr.
Jakeem Grant Texas Tech University Jr.
Deontay Greenberry University of Houston Jr.
Rashad Greene Florida State University Sr.
Rannell Hall University of Central Florida Sr.
Justin Hardy East Carolina University Sr.
Josh Harper California State University, Fresno Sr.
Chris Harper University of California Jr.
Nick Harwell University of Kansas Sr.
Rashard Higgins Colorado State University So.
Austin Hill University of Arizona Sr.
Christian Jones Northwestern University Sr.
Darius Joseph Southern Methodist University Jr.
Jameon Lewis Mississippi State University Sr.
Tyler Lockett Kansas State University Sr.
Matt Miller Boise State University Sr.
Ty Montgomery Stanford University Sr.
Richard Mullaney Oregon State University Jr.
Jamarcus Nelson University of Alabama at Birmingham Sr.
Levi Norwood Baylor University Sr.
DeVante Parker University of Louisville Sr.
Breshad Perriman University of Central Florida Jr.
Jamal Robinson University of Louisiana at Lafayette Sr.
Ezell Ruffin San Diego State University Sr.
Dominic Rufran University of Wyoming Sr.
Wes Saxton University of South Alabama Jr.
Jaxon Shipley University of Texas Sr.
Tommy Shuler Marshall University Sr.
Devin Smith Ohio State University Jr.
Shavarez Smith University of South Alabama Jr.
Daniel Spencer University of Houston Sr.
Jaelen Strong Arizona State University Jr.
Jordan Taylor Rice University Sr.
Laquon Treadwell University of Mississippi So.
Richy Turner University of Nevada  Sr.
Shaq Washington University of Cincinnati Sr.
Jordan Williams Ball State University Jr.
Tyler Winston San Jose State University So.
Shane Wynn Indiana University Sr.

 

Obviously, these are all talented players to make this watch list, but a wild guess at the three guys who ultimately are finalists for the award: Amari Cooper, Deontay Greenberry and Antwan Goodley.

Report: Fresno State’s Davante Adams entering NFL Draft

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Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams has signed with an agent will enter the 2014 NFL Draft this spring, according to Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net.

Adams was Fresno State’s top wide receiver this season. As the top target for quarterback Derek Carr, Adams accounted for 1,719 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns. He led the Mountain West Conference in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns this season.

Adams may be a day two prospect as he enters the draft, but his production and projections in 2014 may have been a concern if he returned to Fresno State. His stock may be as high as it could go after the Bulldogs lost to USC in the Las Vegas Bowl and Fresno State will have to replace Carr at quarterback next season.

If Adams receives an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine, which is likely, he will have a chance to help his stock rise with a good showing. As for Fresno State, will have to replace two 1,000-yard receivers with Adams and senior Isaiah Burse moving on. Junior Josh Harper also recorded a 1,000-yard season and would figure to be the top receiving option for Fresno State coming back in 2014 at this point.

Derek Carr passes for 527 yards, 7 TDs in Fresno State win

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No. 15 Fresno State (10-0, 7-0 MWC) blew away New Mexico (3-8, 1-6 MWC) Saturday afternoon by a score of 69-28. The win keeps the Bulldogs within reach of a BCS bowl spot and will likely be more than enough to keep them in front of Northern Illinois in the competition for an automatic BCS bowl berth.

Fresno State quarterback went off against the overmatched Lobos. Carr ended his afternoon with 527 yards and seven touchdowns before getting a rest. The 527 passing yards was a season high for the Golden arm award finalist, but not a career high. Carr passed for 536 yards in a 2012 game against San Diego State. This was a career day for Carr though as he topped his previous career high of five touchdowns by two.

Carr had quite the supporting cast in the field of course. Davanta Adams led all players with 246 yards and four touchdowns. Josh Harper added 162 yards and three touchdowns and Isaiah Burse was the third Bulldog with 100 receiving yards with 112 yards. New Mexico combined on offense for 325 yards, to put that all in perspective.

Frenso State wraps up their regular season next week at San Jose State. The Spartans were upended by Navy Friday night and are now ineligible for the postseason so San Jose State will be playing for pride and a mega upset in the Mountain West Conference. Fresno State is already locked in to the first ever Mountain West Conference championship game and will likely host Boise State for the conference title. Fresno State defeated Boise earlier in the year. Winning the next two games will likely send Fresno State to their first BCS bowl game as well.

Fresno State needs to finish in the top 16 of the BCS standings and ahead of any other non-AQ conference champion (Northern Illinois) and another AQ conference champion (Central Florida). Right now, Fresno State satisfies that requirement, but they must continue to play well to stay ahead of the competition. Whether you believe Fresno State is better than either of those teams or not, the system is probably not going to shake up too much if Fresno State keeps winning. Maybe Central Florida is better. Maybe Northern Illinois is better. One thing is for sure though. Fresno State’s aerial attack is going to be nearly impossible to slow down in the next couple of weeks, so those debates may not matter much.

Fresno State keeping foot on BCS pedal against New Mexico

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Fresno State knows what they need to do in order to play in their first BCS game in program history. Win, and win big to keep ahead of Northern Illinois and maintain position in the BCS standings. So far, so good against New Mexico. At the half, Fresno State leads New Mexico 35-0.

Derek Carr has already passed for 309 yards and three touchdowns, completing 17 of 21 pass attempts for another big day through the air.Receivers Davanta Adams and Isaiah Burse each have eclipsed the century mark in receiving yards and Josh Harper may be on his way with 79 receiving yards. Fresno State’s offense has combined for 418 yards to out-gain New Mexico, 418-155.

Fresno State held the football for just 9:27 and still managed to explode for big yards against New Mexico. If Fresno State and Northern Illinois are racing to a BCS bowl spot, the Bulldogs still look to have a lead in the race.