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The Scoop on Stats - Week 14

With the regular season now complete for the majority of FBS, this week's Scoop on Stats takes a look at some overarching trends that occurred in the 2012 college football season.

- Michigan completed their regular season on Saturday with an 8-4 record. Their four losses came to AP No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Alabama, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 14 Nebraska, who hold a combined record of 45-3. On of Nebraska's two losses came at the hands of Ohio State, meaning that against outside competition Michigan's opponents were 44-2.

- Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel reached the 4,600 total offense mark in the Aggies' win over Missouri on Saturday. The 4,600 yards are a new SEC single-season total offense record, breaking the mark set by Cam Newton in 2010. Newton amassed 4,327 yards in 14 games and Manziel passed him in 12 games.

- West Virginia snapped a very dubious streak this week. Not only did the Mountaineers' 31-24 win over Iowa State halt a five-game losing streak, it also ended a streak of five consecutive games in which a WVU opponent was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week. That honor went to Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones for his come-from-behind win over Oklahoma State.

- Unfortunately, Southern Miss was unable to avoid a dubious record as the Golden Eagles became the first team to drop from 12 wins to zero wins in one year.

- Did any team have a bigger yo-yo season than SMU? The Mustangs opened the season with a 25 point loss, then beat Stephen F. Austin by 52, and then lost to Texas A&M by 45. SMU then nearly upset TCU, shutout UTEP but then lost to 2-10 Tulane, only to set a school record the next week with 72 points in a blowout of Houston. The Mustangs then beat Memphis by 31, lost to UCF by 25, beat Southern Miss by 28, lost to Rice by 22 and ended the year by giving Tulsa its only Conference USA loss. 

- With the win over USC, Notre Dame became the first BCS National Championship participant to begin the season unranked.

- Conversely, USC joined the 1964 Ole Miss team as the only AP preseason No. 1's to end the season unranked. In fact, the AP views the Trojans only ahead of Cal in the state of California. Stanford, UCLA, Fresno State, San Diego State and San Jose State all received more votes than the Trojans in this week's poll. 

- As we know, Alabama will meet Georgia on Saturday for the SEC championship. But did you know that in eight trips to the SEC title game, Saturday will be the first time the Crimson Tide has played an SEC East opponent other than Florida?

- It was an incredibly top-heavy year for the SEC, as the league's top six teams (Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, LSU and Texas A&M) went a combined 30-0 against the other eight teams in the league.

- Equally top-heavy was the Big Ten's Leaders Division. The two teams ineligible for the conference title (Ohio State and Penn State) went a combined 14-2 in conference play, while the eligible teams (Wisconsin, Purdue, Indiana and Illinois) were a combined 9-23. 

- Michigan State held Minnesota to just 96 total yards in their 26-10 to win over Minnesota, the fewest yards allowed in a Big Ten game since Ohio State held Michigan to 91 yards on November 17, 2007. 

- Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein produced 29 touchdowns against only three turnovers through his first nine games. Since then, he has totaled four touchdowns and four turnovers. 

 

 

 

Offensive coordinators will want to add this one to their playbook

Skyline HS (WA) quarterback Max Browne, one of the top quarterbacks in the country and a USC committ, went 29 of 32 for 387 yards and 4 touchdowns in a state semifinal showdown with  Camas HS in which they went on to win 51-28. But we find it hard to believe that any of those touchdowns were more fun to throw than the bounce pass he threw to one of his receivers early in second half.

Take a look at this trick play that they pulled out on the opening series of the second half. 

Offensive coordinators may want to add this one to their playbook. Pretty clever.

VIDEO: Urban Meyer reflects on Year One of his family contract

Before accepting the Ohio State job, Urban Meyer famously signed a contract with his family vowing to be more than an absentee father and husband during the season. If he was going to coach again, Meyer had to promise things would be different than when he nearly coached himself to death at Florida.

Now that the 12-0 Buckeyes' season is over, how did he do?

Pretty good, according to Meyer. The coach explained that he left the Buckeyes' football facility every Sunday at noon, something that would never would have happened at Florida, to watch his son's football games. Except for one time, when he was late and got two speeding tickets en route to the game.

Here him explain below. 

 

Monken: Some games are just bigger than others

Staffs around the country all have different ideas on how to approach "the big game" on their schedule. Chip Kelly and his staff are known for their approach being the same, regardless of the opponent. Like Kelly, some coaches believe that's the best way to approach things to maintain a level of consistency week in and week out. Todd Monken is not one of those coaches.

Monken told reporters yesterday that some games are just more important than others. The Cowboy's rivalry game with Oklahoma for example, is one of those games that Monken believes players should be be aware of how important that game is to their season. Monken also explained that he see's the pitfalls in that approach as well.

"I don't ever want to be here, when our team doesn't understand how important that game is. But when you do that, you've put a lot on that game and it's harder to recover." Monken told reporters.

"If you just say that it's like every other game and that's just the way it is...and I don't believe in that. I believe that it's a big game. But with that, the next week is a lot harder to come back from."

"So, now we have to figure out some reason that we don't like Baylor. I don't know why, but we'll have to come up with some reason why. I guess I'll have to come up with something stupid to say to get our guys motivated, I guess."

Gary Andersen mic'd up

When Gary Andersen took over the Utah State program back in late 2008, he took over a program that had a combined 4 wins in the three years prior to his arrival, and just a handful of seasons where they finished over .500. In a very short window, Andersen has built a winner.

In his first two seasons on campus, Andersen won 8 games, which was something that the Aggies hadn't done in a two year span in over a decade. He followed that up with a 7 win season in 2011 (7-6), and this season he has led Utah State to an impressive 10-2 record to go along with a WAC title, and their success has lead to his name being mentioned with many of the open jobs across the country.

Here's a good clip of Andersen mic'd up during practice, which provides a great look into his coaching style. It's easy to see why him and his staff have been able to recruit Utah very well, as well as convince kids from Florida to come out to Utah and play for him. What you see is what you get with coach Andersen.

 

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