All the stats you should know heading into week 7
Another week of college football has come and gone, leaving us with these stats to enjoy and keep us company until Thursday night football.
#1 - The Minnesota Vikings managed just 10 yards in the first quarter yesterday.
#2 - Despite playing one less game than most teams, Fresno State leads the country in first downs (154).
#3 - Michigan State leads the nation in both rushing defense and pass efficiency defense. They are the only team in the country allowing less than two yards per carry (1.97).
#4 - Missouri is the only FBS team without a fumble recovery, but the Tigers rank second nationally with 11 interceptions (H/T MU4124)
#5 - After allowing 444 yards rushing to Navy and 280 yards to Missouri in their only two losses, Indiana held Penn State (who averaged 170 yards per game rushing) to just 70 yards rushing on Saturday in a win.
#6 - Through four games, Baylor is averaging 71 points per game. Baylor is also the only team to have punted less than 10 times this season (7), and the only team yet to record a three-and-out.
#7 - In addition to leading the free world in almost every offensive category, Baylor leads the country in red zone defense. While allowing just 11 trips through four games, the Bears have surrendered only four touchdowns and one field goal.
#8 - FIU leads the country with nearly nine punts per game, which is just a touch below their average first downs per game (10).
#9 - Oregon is averaging an impressive 630 yards per game. Baylor is putting up nearly 140 yards more (179.5 yards per game).
#10 - Stanford's David Shaw is 7-1 in games decided by 6 points or less (H/T Bruce Feldman)
#11 - Washington is the most penalized team in the country with 53 penalties accounting for 459 free yards. On the flip side, Navy has committed just 9 penalties in 5 games for just 83 yards.
#12 - Hugh Freeze isn't waving the white flag on fourth downs. The Rebels have gone for it 17 times in five games, and converted on nine of those attempts.
#13 - Iowa (six games played) and Michigan (five games played) are the only teams yet to allow a rushing touchdown.
#14 - Miami has almost five times as many interceptions (nine) than passing touchdowns allowed (two).
#15 - UMass and Wyoming are the only teams in the country that have yet to make a field goal.
#16 - Louisville is the only team in the country that has yet to trail. Of their 300 game minutes, the Cardinals have led for 260:37 and been tied for 39:23 (HT Brett McMurphy).
#17 - The top 11 teams nationally in turnover margin are a combined 44-11 this season. The bottom 11 teams are a combined 15-44. Only one of the top 11 turnover margin squads has a losing record (2-3 TCU), while only one of the bottom 11 turnover margins has managed to post a winning record (4-2 Western Kentucky).