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100 numbers to know 100 days from kickoff

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The college football season kicks off in 100 days. Can't wait? Neither can we. Here's a look at 100 numbers to know while we count down the days until college football returns.

1. Preseason No. 1: The last preseason No. 1 team to win The Associated Press national championship was USC in 2004.

2. Two losses and you’re done: The FBS national championship has been won by two teams with two or more losses: the 1960 Minnesota Gophers and 2007 LSU Tigers.

3. Ohio State quarterbacks: The Buckeyes enter the season with three established quarterbacks. Braxton Miller (2012 and 2013 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year), J.T. Barrett (2014 first-team All-Big Ten) and Cardale Jones (starter for Big Ten championship game, Sugar Bowl and College Football Playoff National Championship) are all back in Columbus.

4. Alabama’s top recruiting classes: On national signing day, Alabama landed the No. 1 class in ESPN’s rankings for an unprecedented fourth straight year.

5. The loneliest number in college football: Baylor was the first team on the outside of the College Football Playoff last season. The Bears have finished with a winning record in each of the last five seasons, tied for the longest stretch in school history (1935-39).

6. Paul “Bear" Bryant’s national titles: No coach in the poll era (which began in the 1936 season) has won more national championships than Alabama's Bryant (six). In fact, no other coach has more than four. Nick Saban will go for his fifth this season.

7. Big touchdown games: Seven quarterbacks (Cooper Rush, Brandon Doughty, Rakeem Cato, Trevone Boykin, Cody Kessler, Jared Goff, Sefo Liufau) threw for at least seven touchdowns in a game last season; all except for Cato return for 2015.

8. Chubb finished strong: Georgia running back Nick Chubb finished the season with eight 100-yard rushing games, the longest active streak by a Power 5 running back.

9. Consistent winners: Oregon, Alabama and Nebraska are the only FBS teams that have won at least nine games in each of the past six seasons.

10. Alabama’s national championships: The Crimson Tide have won 10 national titles during the poll era (which began in 1936), most of any FBS team.

11. Florida State in the draft: Florida State had an FBS-high 11 players selected in the 2015 NFL draft, including a quarterback, a running back, a wide receiver, a tight end, a tackle, a guard and a center. Florida State is the first school in the common draft era to have a player from each of those offensive positions selected in one draft.

12. Lockett dynasty: Aaron, Kevin and Tyler Lockett played for a combined 12 seasons at Kansas State. Each had at least 2,000 career receiving yards, and Tyler surpassed his father in 2014 for the school record and finished with 3,710.

13. Ohio State’s win streak: The Buckeyes have won 13 straight games, the longest active win streak in the FBS. The Buckeyes need 11 more wins to match the school record of 24 set in 2012 and 2013.

14. Most wins in a season: Seven teams have won 14 games in a season, the most in one season in FBS history. Those teams are 1996 BYU, 2002 Ohio State, 2009 Alabama, 2009 Boise State, 2010 Auburn, 2013 Florida State and 2014 Ohio State.

15. Ezekiel Elliott’s number: Elliott ran for 1,878 yards last season (including 696 in Ohio State’s final three games), the most of any returning running back.

16. Stoops’ reign: In 16 seasons at Oklahoma, Bob Stoops’ record is 168-44, third-best among active coaches. Yet last season, Oklahoma tied for its most losses (five) and allowed its most points per game (25.9) under Stoops.

17. Higgins’ touchdown receptions: Rashard Higgins returns to Colorado State after leading the FBS and setting school records for touchdown receptions (17) and receiving yards (1,750) last season.

18. 2,000-yard rushers: Melvin Gordon and Tevin Coleman last season became the 17th and 18th players in FBS history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season.

19. Perine sets record: Oklahoma freshman Samaje Perine rushed for 427 yards against Kansas last season, breaking Melvin Gordon’s week-old FBS single-game rushing record by 19 yards.

20. Cam Newton’s impressive season: Cam Newton had 20 rushing touchdowns during his Heisman Trophy-winning season (2010). Newton and Tim Tebow (2007) are the only players in the last 10 seasons to have at least 30 passing touchdowns and 20 rushing touchdowns in a season.

21. Buckeyes close the show: Ohio State scored the final 21 points (three rushing touchdowns by Ezekiel Elliott) in the College Football Playoff National Championship to defeat Oregon 42-20. It was the Buckeyes’ second 21-0 run in the game.

22. Virginia Tech bowl streak: The Hokies have appeared in a bowl game in 22 straight seasons, the longest active bowl streak in FBS. Georgia and Georgia Tech are tied for second with 17.

23. Georgia’s chance to win SEC: ESPN’s Football Power Index projects that Georgia has a 23 percent chance to win the SEC, best in the conference.

24. TCU scoring margin against Power 5 teams: TCU outscored Power 5 opponents by 24.3 points per game last season, best in the FBS. The Horned Frogs return 15 starters, according to Phil Steele, including quarterback Trevone Boykin.

25. Tenure in SEC: Arkansas’ Brandon Allen has 25 career starts, most of any active SEC quarterback.

26. Brad Kaaya’s touchdown in 2014: Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya threw 26 touchdown passes as a freshman in 2014 and was voted ACC Rookie of the Year. For the first time since Ken Dorsey led the Hurricanes more than a dozen years ago, Miami has the top returning quarterback in Florida.

27. The Wright stuff: Bronko Nagurski Award winner Scooby Wright III had 27 solo tackles for loss last season, four more than any other FBS player. Since the start of the 2000 season, only Western Michigan’s Jason Babin and South Florida’s George Selvie have had more solo tackles for loss in one season.

28. 2.8 percent in Death Valley: Alabama had a 2.8 percent chance of winning before a 55-yard drive set up a tying field goal in the last 50 seconds of the fourth quarter against LSU. The Crimson Tide won 20-13 in overtime. Two teams have won in Death Valley in the last five years: Alabama and Mississippi State.

29. Ohio State’s undefeated chances: FPI projects that Ohio State has a 29 percent chance to enter bowl season undefeated, by far the best chance in the country.

30. Bo knows the Heisman: It has been 30 years since Bo Jackson won the Heisman Trophy for Auburn in 1985. He was the second player for the school to win the award, joining Pat Sullivan (1971). Cam Newton became the third Heisman winner from Auburn in 2010.

31. Griffin’s greatness: Archie Griffin rushed for at least 100 yards in an FBS-record 31 consecutive games from 1973 to 1975. Toledo’s Kareem Hunt has the longest active streak with 11.

32. Florida State miscues: Florida State had 32 turnovers last season, second-most in the FBS behind New Mexico State. The Seminoles turned the ball over five times after halftime against Oregon in the Rose Bowl, resulting in 34 points and a 39-point loss.

33. Boykin’s passing touchdowns: TCU's Trevone Boykin had 33 passing touchdowns last season, most in the Big 12 and 11 more than he had in his first two seasons combined (15 starts).

34. Trojans’ win streak: USC won 34 games in a row entering the 2006 BCS national championship game. The Trojans lost that game to Texas 41-38, thanks in part to a clutch performance by QB Vince Young.

35. 1935, to be exact: University of Chicago's Jay Berwanger was the first winner of the Heisman Trophy.

36. Schlichter's wins: Art Schlichter won 36 games as Ohio State’s starting quarterback, the most in school history. With 11 more wins, Braxton Miller would pass Schlichter for the school record.

37. Oregon’s chance to win Pac-12: ESPN’s Football Power Index projects that Oregon has a 37 percent chance to win the Pac-12, best in the conference. UCLA and USC rank second and third.

38. Meyer’s wins at Ohio State: Urban Meyer has a 38-3 record in three seasons at Ohio State, including 24-0 in Big Ten regular-season games. Meyer’s 38th win resulted in Ohio State’s sixth national championship, the Buckeyes’ first since 2002.

39. TCU’s chance to win Big 12: FPI projects that TCU has a 39 percent chance to win the Big 12, best in the conference. Baylor is second at 33 percent.

40. Coker’s repetitions: Jacob Coker took 40 snaps for Alabama during SEC play, all in the second half. The Crimson Tide averaged 4.8 yards per play under Coker, 1.8 fewer than their average with Blake Sims at quarterback in conference play.

41. LaRue's first-half completions: Wake Forest QB Rusty LaRue had 41 completions in the first half against Duke on Oct. 28, 1995, most in any half by an FBS player. LaRue’s efforts were not enough as the Demon Deacons lost their third straight game to Duke. This season, the teams are scheduled to play Nov. 28, with the Blue Devils having won three straight in the series for the first time since that game in 1995.

42. Michigan-Notre Dame game: There have been 42 head-to-head meetings between Michigan and Notre Dame, but one is not scheduled for 2015.

43. Michigan State’s breakout offense: Last season, Michigan State set school records in points per game (43) and total offense (500.8 yards per game). This season, the Spartans return one of the top quarterbacks in the country, Connor Cook.

44. Orange Pride: First worn by Gifford Zimmerman in 1921 and last worn by Rob Konrad in 1998, No. 44 is retired at Syracuse University. Among the legends to wear the number for the Orange were Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd Little.

45. Barrett’s touchdown: Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett was responsible for a Big Ten-record 45 touchdowns last season. The old record was 42, set by Drew Brees in 1998.

46. Speedy scores: Baylor (24) and TCU (22) combined for 46 touchdown drives of 1 minute or less last season. No other team had more than 19.

47. Oklahoma win streak: The Sooners won 47 games in a row from 1953 to 1957, including back-to-back national titles in 1955 and 1956. The streak ended with a 7-0 loss to Notre Dame on Nov. 16, 1957.

48. Baylor points per game: Baylor averaged 48.2 points per game last season, most in FBS. Baylor is the first team since Hawaii in 2006-07 to lead the FBS in scoring in consecutive seasons.

49. Shepard’s impact: In the first eight weeks of last season, Sterling Shepard was responsible for an FBS-high 49 percent of Oklahoma’s receiving yards. Shepard was hurt in Week 9 against Iowa State. In the Sooners’ final six games (including Iowa State), Shepard had two receptions.

50. Power 5 against SEC: Power 5 teams won 50 percent of their nonconference games against SEC opponents, the highest win percentage since 2005. The ACC led the way, winning five of eight games against the SEC.

51. Brandon Doughty’s touchdown: Brandon Doughty will be back for a sixth season for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. Last season, he was responsible for 51 touchdowns, second most in the FBS behind Marcus Mariota (58), and led the FBS in passing touchdowns (49) and passing yards (4,830).

52. Cupcake games: There will be 52 games between Power 5 and FCS opponents next season. At least one Power 5 school has lost to an FCS opponent in each of the past six seasons.

53. TCU’s stingy defense: Opponents failed to gain either a first down or score a touchdown on 53 percent of drives against TCU, 5 percentage points higher than against any other FBS defense.

54. SEC players selected in draft: The SEC led all conferences with 54 players selected in the 2015 NFL draft, the ninth straight year the conference had the most players selected.

55. Tebow touchdowns: Tim Tebow was responsible for 55 touchdowns during his Heisman Trophy-winning season (2007), most ever for a player in the SEC.

56. Army scoring record: The 1944 Army team averaged 56 points over a nine-game schedule, the highest scoring average in FBS history.

57. “Kick Six”: Distance of the field goal that Alabama missed at the end of regulation in the 2013 Iron Bowl. Auburn’s Chris Davis caught the ball in the end zone and returned it 100 yards to lift the Tigers to an improbable 34-28 victory.

58. Michigan’s wins against Ohio State: The Wolverines lead the series 58-46-6 but have lost 12 of the past 14 games in the series.

59. Rebels’ revival: Ole Miss has been in the top 5 of the AP poll 59 times, including in three polls last season. In the 40 seasons before last, the Rebels were in the top 5 in two polls.

60. Touchdown reception record: Rice’s Jarett Dillard holds the FBS record for most career touchdown receptions with 60. Colorado State junior Rashard Higgins led the FBS with 17 touchdown receptions last season and has 23 for his career.

61. Game of 2014: Baylor defeated TCU 61-58 last Oct. 11. It was the highest-scoring game between top-10 teams in the history of the AP poll (since 1936). It is remembered for the Bears ending the game on a 24-0 run during the final 12 minutes. It was one of three games last season in which a winning team overcame a second-half deficit of 21 or more points.

62. Is he worth it?: As Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman noted, Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp will make more money than 62 FBS head coaches were paid last season. How much will he make?)

63. Flutie’s Miracle in Miami: Yards in the air that the ball traveled on Doug Flutie’s Hail Mary pass in Boston College’s 47-45 defeat of Miami (FL) in 1984. Flutie went on to win the Heisman Trophy in the 1984 season.

64. Miracle at Michigan: With six seconds remaining and his team trailing by five points, Colorado’s Kordell Stewart threw a Hail Mary pass that was caught by Michael Westbrook in the end zone for a 64-yard touchdown to defeat Michigan 27-26 in 1994.

65. Teams in Power 5: Including Notre Dame, there are 65 teams in the Power 5 in 2015. The last team to win the national championship that is not currently in the Power 5 was BYU in 1984, and before that it was Army in 1945.

66. The Head Ball Coach’s hardware: Steve Spurrier won the Heisman Trophy in 1966. He then coached Danny Wuerffel to a Heisman Trophy in 1996. South Carolina started last season 6-6 before defeating Miami (FL) in the Independence Bowl to avoid Spurrier’s first losing season (college only) since 1987, which was his first at Duke.

67. Ohio State’s chance to win Big Ten: FPI projects that Ohio State has a 67 percent chance to win the Big Ten, the best chance for any Power 5 team to win its conference.

68. Texas implements wishbone: In 1968, Texas coach Darrell Royal implemented the wishbone offense. Texas went on to win 30 games in a row and two national championships from 1968 to 1970, resulting in others adopting the offense.

69. Heading toward the spread: Power 5 teams lined up in the spread formation on 69 percent of plays last season, the highest percentage in the past four seasons. Mike Leach’s Washington State team led the way, using the spread on a Power 5-high 97 percent of its plays.

70. Ducks’ recent run: Since Chip Kelly’s first season as head coach (2009), Oregon has won 70 games, second most in the FBS behind Alabama (72). The Ducks’ 13 wins last season were a school record.

71. Game of the Century: In 1971, reigning national champion and No. 1 Nebraska defeated No. 2 Oklahoma 35-31. Johnny Rodgers, who won the Heisman Trophy the next season, started the scoring with a 72-yard punt return for a touchdown.

72. Success in Starkville: Dak Prescott has passed and rushed for 72 career touchdowns (41 pass, 31 rush), most in Mississippi State history. If Prescott runs for at least nine touchdowns this season, he will be the 10th FBS player with 40 pass and 40 rush touchdowns, the second from the SEC (Tim Tebow).

73. SEC West recruiting dominance: The SEC West had commitments from 73 players in the 2015 ESPN 300, 26 more than any other entire conference.

74. Anchoring the Tide: Cam Robinson, No. 74 last season, was the first Alabama true freshman to start at left tackle since Andre Smith in 2006.

75. Bill Snyder still going: Age of Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder, who is the oldest active FBS coach. The Wildcats have won 66 percent of their games with Snyder as coach and less than 40 percent with all other coaches calling the shots.

76. Tigers quarterbacks throwing darts: In a backup role, Auburn’s Jeremy Johnson completed 76 percent of his passes and averaged 11.8 yards per pass. On third down, he was better, completing 10 of 11 passes with two touchdowns and no sacks or turnovers. Johnson is expecting to start for the Tigers this season.

77. Montee on the ball: Wisconsin’s Montee Ball scored 77 touchdowns in his career, the most by an FBS player.

78. Seth Russell steps in for Baylor: In limited action the last two season, Seth Russell had a 78 Total QBR. Baylor’s starting quarterbacks have had a Total QBR of 78 or higher in each of the last four seasons, the longest active streak in the FBS.

79. Heisman Trophy winners: Jay Berwanger won the first Heisman Trophy in 1935, and it has been awarded 79 times since. Archie Griffin remains the only player to win the award twice.

80. Carroll beat good teams: Pete Carroll won 80 percent of his games against teams ranked in the AP poll, the highest for any FBS coach (minimum 25 games). Urban Meyer leads active coaches, winning 71 percent of such games.

81. Don’t blitz Watson: Clemson’s Deshaun Watson completed a Power 5 high 81 percent of his passes on plays in which he faced five or more pass-rushers last season (minimum 20 passes). On such plays, Watson had eight touchdowns and no interceptions and averaged 14.1 yards per pass.

82. Bowl teams: With three new bowls, and including the College Football Playoff, there will be a record 42 bowl games in 2015, requiring 82 teams to fill the slots. (The CFP National Championship is played by teams that already will have appeared in an earlier bowl game.)

83. Miami’s first title: The Miami Hurricanes won their first national championship in 1983, defeating Nebraska in the Orange Bowl 31-30. The game is remembered for Nebraska coach Tom Osborne’s decision to go for a two-point conversion and the win in the final seconds when a tie probably would have given the Cornhuskers the championship.

84. Meyer’s winning percentage: Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has an .845 winning percentage, the best among active coaches and fourth all time (minimum 10 seasons).

85. Michigan wins needed for 1,000: Michigan needs 85 wins to become the first FBS school to reach 1,000 wins. The Wolverines have 915 wins, 33 more than Notre Dame, which is second with 882.

86. Baylor’s long ball: Since the start of the 2011 season, Baylor has 86 touchdowns on passes thrown longer than 20 yards, 42 more than any other Power 5 school. The Bears have led the FBS in such touchdowns each of the last four seasons.

87. J.T. Barrett’s QBR: Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett had an 86.7 Total QBR last season, highest of any returning QB. On third down, he was even better with an FBS-high 98.0 QBR.

88. Stout rushing defense: Michigan State allowed an FBS-low 88.5 rushing yards per game last season. The Spartans returns five front-seven players in 2015.

89. Most passes: Washington State’s Connor Halliday attempted an FBS-record 89 passes Oct. 19, 2013, against Oregon. Halliday set the FBS single-game passing yardage record in 2014 (734 against California on Oct. 4).

90. Vernon Adams’ passing touchdowns: Oregon transfer Vernon Adams threw 90 touchdowns in his two seasons as the starting quarterback at Eastern Washington. He finished his Eagles career with a school-record 110 touchdowns.

91. Gordon’s production: Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon rushed for more touchdowns (29) than 91 teams did last season. He set the Big Ten record for rushing yards in a season (2,587).

92. SEC changes college football landscape: On Dec. 5, 1992, the SEC became the first conference to stage a championship game. In the inaugural game, Alabama used a late interception return by Antonio Langham to seal a 28-21 win over Florida. The Crimson Tide went on to win the national championship a few weeks later.

93. Desmond Howard’s punt return: Desmond Howard capped his Heisman campaign with a 93-yard punt return against Ohio State in his final game before winning the award. The play is still the longest punt return for a touchdown in Michigan history and is remembered for Howard’s Heisman poise in the end zone.

94. The Cornhuskers dynasty: Nebraska won the first of its three titles in a four-season span in 1994, a feat equaled by Alabama when the Crimson Tide defeated Notre Dame in the 2012 BCS National Championship.

95. Too full of Bama: In the 1954 Cotton Bowl, Rice's Dicky Moegle scored a 95-yard touchdown against Alabama, despite not reaching the end zone. Moegle was awarded the touchdown by the referee after Alabama's Tommy Lewis came off the bench during the play and tackled him. Lewis' explanation for his indiscretion became famous: "I'm just too full of Bama."

96. No more ties: In 1996, the NCAA changed the rules to allow for overtime to decide games that were tied after regulation. There were 26 overtime games that season. Last season, Utah was the only team to win multiple games in overtime.

97. Winning on defense: 1997 was the only season in which a defensive player won the Heisman Trophy (Charles Woodson). Joey Bosa, No. 97 for Ohio State, is among the top defensive players this season looking to join Woodson.

98. The BCS was born: 1998 was the first season for the BCS, which concluded in 2013. There were 11 schools that won the 16 BCS championships, including four schools that won multiple titles (Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Florida).

99. Dixon’s long run: Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Dixon had a 99-yard touchdown run against Louisiana-Lafayette, the longest play from scrimmage last season. It was one of Dixon’s 28 touchdowns from scrimmage (22 rushing, six receiving), the most for any returning FBS player.

100. FBS single-game scoring record: Houston defeated Tulsa 100-6 on Nov. 23, 1968. The 100 points are still the most scored in a single game by an FBS team against another major college opponent.