The Scoop on stats - Week 9
Another week of crazy finishes, both gutsy and questionable decisions, undefeated teams falling, and eye catching stats, is officially in the books. It's a shame that college football season is entering the final few weeks of the regular season.
Here's what we noticed over the weekend. Let us know if you saw anything worth mentioning.
- Oregon has been ranked in every BCS standing since Chip Kelly became the head coach. That streak includes 24 appearances in the top 10.
- Will Muschamp is 0-6 in the Cocktail Party match up. He is 0-4 as a player, and 0-2 as a head coach.
- Minnesota scored more points on Saturday (44) than they had in their first three Big Ten games combined (39).
- After going up on Colorado 28-0 after the first quarter, the Ducks have outscored their last three opponents 71-7 in the opening quarter.
- Only one player, Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson, is averaging over 30 carries per game.
- Texas' game against Kansas marked the first time in 20 quarters that the Longhorn defense had shut out an opponent for an entire quarter.
- Utah State is allowing teams to convert on only 85% of their extra point attempts.
- Alabama (8) and Notre Dame (7) are the only defenses in the country to have allowed single digit touchdowns. Colorado is dead last with 49 allowed touchdowns.
- Kent State is snagging an average of 2 picks per game (16 interceptions through 8 games).
- Air Force is STILL yet to allow a sack. The Falcons have four games remaining on their schedule. Washington State is giving up over 4 sacks per game.
- East Carolina and Temple have recovered 9 of out 10 fumbles this season. Temple has done it in two less games (seven compared to East Carolina's nine).
- Maryland is allowing 9 tackles for a loss per game (124th nationally). That doesn't figure to get much better with an inexperienced quarterback under center this weekend.
- Washington State has more first downs via penalties (28) than they have rushing (27).
- Rutgers is the only team in the country to have not allowed a fourth down conversion this season (teams are 0 for 7). On the flip side, South Florida is allowing teams to convert at an 86% clip (6 for 7).
- LSU and Kansas State are the only offensive units that are perfect on fourth down. LSU is 3 for 3 and K-State is 2 for 2.
- Navy has allowed just two first downs via penalties this season. Air Force ranks second with just four first downs allowed via penalty.
- Division III Mount Union has allowed just one rushing touchdown through 8 games. They've given up a total of three all season. Tuskegee (D-II) has also allowed just one rushing TD on the season.
- Of the offenses that lead the country in long scrimmage plays of 20+ yards, five of the top ten are working under first year offensive coordinators at the school. (#1 Texas A&M, #3 North Carolina, #T7 Arizona State, #T7 Fresno State, T#7 Houston).
- Cheyney (D-II) has lost 19 fumbles on the season (last nationally in D-II). Martin Luther (D-III) has lost 21 (also last nationally in D-III).
- Indiana remains the only team in the country to have not lost a fumble (three fumbles - zero lost). Clemson has lost just one out of ten. Both Coe and Wisconsin-Oshkosh (D-III) have yet to lose a fumble. Akron, on the other hand, has coughed up the ball seven times, and has not recovered it once.
Tuesday TV - No games until Thursday
Games will resume on Thursday night when some MACtion (Eastern Michigan at Ohio) and an ACC (Virginia Tech at Miami) and NFL games (Kansas City at San Diego).
Eastern time listed.
Spurrier picked wrong opportunity to mock Dabo
At a rally today to celebrate Marcus Lattimore's birthday; and really all that is good about Marcus, ol' ball coach brought up comments Dabo Swinney had made earlier in the day. On his conference call Dabo took time to speak very nicely about what a great person Lattimore is... "It took my breath away, Swinney said. I was watching it and it just breaks my heart. I mean I just hurt for him and his family and his teammates. This is a guy that to me represents all the good things that college football should be about. He’s a guy I know personally, he’s a class young man and so is his family. I know how hard he has worked."
For whatever reason, Spurrier felt this was another good time to flame the rivalry fire with Clemson. Hear what he had to say below.
Dabo said he was "embarrassed" for Spurrier today, regarding The Visor's comments— Travis Sawchik (@travis_sawchik) October 30, 2012
This was not the right time and we're sure Coach Spurrier has recognized that since making the crack.
Iowa AD Gary Barta: "I have full support for Kirk Ferentz"
Iowa athletics director Gary Barta issued a statement of support to Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz on Saturday following the Hawkeyes' 28-17 loss at Northwestern.
The loss, Iowa's second straight, dropped the team to 4-4 on the season.
“Obviously, we’re not playing very well right now,” Barta said following the game. “We’ll get ready for next week. I have full support for Kirk (Ferentz) and the players.
“If I’m a fan, if I’m a coach, if I’m a player, and as the athletic director, it’s tough right now,” Barta continued. “Right now, the only focus is to get ready to play next week.”
Ferentz signed a contract extension in 2010 that pays him more than $3 million annually through 2020. Ferentz's buyout is reported to be worth more than $20 million.
Iowa must win two of its final four games to avoid missing a bowl game for the first time since 2007. The Hawkeyes' remaining schedule closes with the top two teams in the Big Ten's Legends Division - at Michigan on Nov. 17 and home versus Nebraska on Nov. 23.
Iowa visits Indiana (3-5, 1-3 Big Ten) on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, BTN). Oddsmakers have made the Hooisers a consensus 1.5-point favorite.
High school coach reaches 600 win milestone
When you think of the most successful coaches in football around the country today, Bill Belichick, Nick Saban and Chris Petersen immediately come to mind. Included in that same train of though would likely be small college coaches like Larry Kehres (Mount Union) and Lance Leipold (Wisconsin-Whitewater) or even John Gagliardi (St. John's).
One coach, John McKissick of Summerville (S.C.), reached a milestone of success that none of those other coaches have come close to. McKissick collected his 600th win this past Friday. His career record is an impressive 600-148-13 with 10 state titles in a total of 61 seasons.
To really put things in perspective, take a look at the other high school coaching legends from around the country. Even fellow legends can't come close to comparing wins. J.T Curtis of John Curtis Christian School (LA) hit the 500 win mark last season, and is still a good 80 wins short of 600. Gagliardi (who we mentioned earlier) has collected 487 wins in 64 years.
Other coaching legends like Amos Alonzo Stagg, who coached 57 seasons, won 314 games and Don Shula won a professional record 328 games.
Let's take Boise State head coach Chris Petersen, for example. Petersen has won an average of 12 games per season (and 92 percent of his games) since being named the Broncos' head coach back in 2006. Taking Petersen's current win total of 80 games into account, it would take him an additional 43 years, continuing to win an average of 12 games per season, to get to McKissick's 600. That would make Petersen 91 years old by the time he reached the milestone.
McKissick is currently 86 years of age and says that even with all those wins, he continues to focus on one game at a time.
“All I’ve ever thought about since I started coaching is to try and win that first game," McKissick said. "Then win the next and next and whatever it adds up to, that’s good. I’ve never looked ahead to anything. You have to have a purpose in life. But, sure, I think about retirement, but that’s about it.”
He explains that part of his success is due to bringing coaches (many are former players) on board and giving them the freedom to coach their own way, within the offensive and defensive systems that they have in place.
“I stay with the X’s and O’s. I’m coaching coaches more than players now. I go from group to group and monitor everything that is going on.” he told The State.
In his 61 years of coaching McKissick has had only two losing seasons, 1957 and 2001. With plenty of gas still in the tank, Coach McKissick has already put together an impressive career, and more importantly, touched countless lives in the process.
Mississippi State to wear "snow" uniforms Saturday vs. Texas A&M
Brad Locke reminded us that Mississippi State will don special "snow" uniforms for its game Saturday versus Texas A&M. See below.
Our theory is that Adidas executives realized how similar the Bulldogs' and Aggies' uniforms are, panicked, and presented what we see above.
Notice the similarities below.
What do you think?
A California HS team outscored the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday
Earlier this month we brought you the story of the Mississippi high school game that ended 82-80 in regulation. Fremont (CA) High School topped that on Friday in its 90-56 win over San Jose Harker (CA).
Yes, 90-56. According to the San Jose Mercury News, the mark bests the California state record of 82, set in 2005 and matched in 2008.
Not only did Fremont better any high school football scoring mark, they also topped the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers, who scored 82 points in a preseason game the night before.
According to the box score provided by MaxPreps, the Firebirds led 50-49 at halftime before winning the second half, 41-6.
The game opened with eight touchdowns in the first quarter as Fremont led 29-28. The teams followed that up with six more scores in the second quarter as Harker won the frame, 22-20.
We're not sure whether Fremont made some excellent defensive halftime adjustments or the Harker offense simply got tired, but the Firebirds pitched a shutout in the third quarter and allowed just six points in the fourth quarter.
At this point it's only a matter of days until a high school team reaches 100 points.
Texas Tech's "Lone Star Pride" uniforms
Texas Tech will be sporting some "Lone Star Pride" on their uniforms Saturday when they take on the Longhorns.
The addition of the star on the shoulders and socks look pretty sweet.
We'll add more pictures as they become available.