The Scoop on Stats: February Edition
It's February 22, so what stats could we possibly have to disperse considering no new football has been played for nearly three weeks, and the next game that counts is still more than six months away?
Parity at the bottom: According to Adam Schefter, the Kansas City Chiefs are the 11th different franchise to own the No. 1 pick in the last 11 NFL Drafts.
Navigating the minefield: The Big 12 collectively lost 54 games in 2012, but all 54 losses came to teams that appeared in bowl games. This can only happen when nine of your 10 teams appear in bowl games, and the tenth team goes 0-9 in league play.
It pays to run the ball: Per Matt Hinton, the only FBS teams that went for it on fourth down more often than they punted were Air Force and Army. In other news, Army and Air Force faced a lot more 4th and 2's than 4th and 5's.
Second-half warriors: Since 2001, LSU is the only FBS team to have a winning record when trailing at the half. The Bayou Bengals are 23-20 when heading into the locker room with a deficit. (H/T @CoachesBTN)
Quick strike offense: 45 percent of Georgia's offensive touchdowns came outside the red zone. (H/T @CoachesBTN)
Speaking of Georgia: The Bulldogs are looking to avoid becoming the first team in SEC history to lose three straight SEC title games.
Speaking of the SEC Championship, here's the one barrier Nick Saban's Tide haven't broken: The SEC title game started in 1992 and featured repeat champions from 1993-98, with Florida winning four straight followed by Tennessee going back-to-back. In the 14 years since then, the SEC has crowned 14 new champions.
Immediate success: As we posted earlier Friday, nearly 40 percent of the new FBS head coaching hires in 2012 led to an immediate increase of at least two victories.
Returning starters: Looking ahead to the fall, Bowling Green, Indiana, Miami, Texas and UTSA are tied for the most returning starters in FBS, 19 apiece, according to Phil Steele. On the other end of the spectrum are Louisiana Tech (six), Troy (seven), Florida International and Kansas State (eight).
Best offense in the country?: No one thought Texas A&M could move the ball, especially with that offense, against the best of the SEC. Not only did they move the ball, their 210.9-yard per game average above their opponents' defensive averages was the best in the country according to Phil Steele.
Doesn't August 29 feel a little bit closer now? No? If not, maybe we'll try again next month.