Friday, November 2, 2012
Did you know? Big East Week 10
By Matt Fortuna
As always, hat-tip to ESPN Stats & Information and sports information departments for these nuggets.
- No. 10 Louisville is 8-0 and seeking its first-ever 9-0 start. The Cardinals started out 8-0 in 2006 and finished No. 6 in the final BCS rankings, the last time they have been ranked this high.
- In three Big East games, Teddy Bridgewater has completed 66.7 percent of his passes, averaged 325.3 yards per game and has five touchdowns to one interception. He ranks second in the Big East in passing efficiency and is No. 12 nationally in that category.
- Louisville’s strength of schedule based on cumulative opposition ranks tied for 112th.
- Temple has just five offensive touchdowns in its past three games and has been held to 17 points or fewer in all three. Since leading Rutgers 10-0 at halftime two games ago, the Owls have been outscored 82-17.
- Temple has lost 29 consecutive games against AP-ranked opponents, last winning in 1998 over No. 14 Virginia Tech.
- Notre Dame is the only team in the nation to not allow a touchdown drive longer than 75 yards. The Irish have allowed just six offensive touchdowns over 92 opponent drives all season, the fewest touchdowns and lowest percentage in the country. The key has been in the red zone. Notre Dame's opponents have scored a touchdown on 21.7 percent of their red zone possessions, the lowest percentage for an FBS defense in the past nine seasons.
- The Irish have allowed the fewest offensive touchdowns in the country (six). They have allowed just three offensive touchdowns in their last six games. The only other FBS team to allow single digits in offensive touchdowns this season is Alabama (seven).
- The Irish finished 118th in turnover margin last season. They are tied for eighth this season.
- Notre Dame is 6-1 in November under Brian Kelly.
- The Irish are 8-0 for the first time since 2002. They have not been 9-0 since 1993, when they started 10-0.
- Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri is completing 61.9 percent of his passes (26 of 42) thrown more than 15 yards downfield, the highest completion percentage of any quarterback in a BCS conference. In the last six weeks, Notre Dame’s opponents are completing 34.1 percent of their passes of that distance, with no touchdowns and four interceptions.
- The last time Pitt faced a team in ranked third or better in the BCS was in 2007, when the 4-7 Panthers won at No. 2 West Virginia. The Panthers have also split their past six games against AP top-five teams.
- Syracuse is looking for its second consecutive road win at Cincinnati and its second four-win Big East campaign during the four-year tenure of coach Doug Marrone.
- The Bearcats lead the Big East in scoring offense (34.1 points), rushing offense (221.4 yards), punt-return average (14.5), fewest sacks allowed (0.7) and sacks (3.1). Cincinnati will wear red uniforms Saturday to mark its annual Ring of Red game.
- South Florida and coach Skip Holtz hosts Connecticut, where Holtz head coach from 1994-98. He led the Huskies to an 10-3 record in his final season, as the program clinched its first-ever Div. I-AA playoff berth. UConn leads the all-time series with USF, 5-4, though USF has won three of four at home.
- UConn's Trevardo Williams is one sack away from breaking the school's all-time record (27, Mark Michaels). Williams has just one sack in his last three games.