Tuesday, September 24, 2013
3-point stance: Ducks not giving it up
By Ivan Maisel
1. We get blinded by all the gaudy stats thrown onto the scoreboard by Oregon -- 61.3 points and 672 yards per game -- but here's one that's pretty remarkable. The Ducks, averaging 72 plays per game, have yet to turn the ball over in three games. Not only that, the turnover-free streak actually is five games long. Oregon last lost a turnover in the 17-14 loss to Stanford in Game 11 last season. The Ducks are plus-seven in turnover margin this season, and plus-52 in the Chip Kelly/Mark Helfrich Era.
2. At the other end of the spectrum is West Virginia, which turned the ball over as many times as it punted -- six! -- in the 37-0 loss at Maryland. How bad did West Virginia perform? Maryland scored seven times -- once on defense. Four of the offensive scoring drives began in Mountaineers' territory. Since starting last season 5-0 and rising to No. 5 in the rankings, West Virginia has gone 2-8 against FBS opponents, the victories coming at Iowa State last season and against Georgia State this month.
3. Anyone else noticed that the American is 4-6 against the other AQ conferences? That would be the same American that is being left behind by the College Football Playoff next season. The American can finish .500 against the AQs with a couple of longshots this week. No. 13 South Carolina plays at unbeaten UCF, which seems a more plausible upset than USF's chance at home against No. 14 Miami. The Bulls (0-3) already have used three quarterbacks this season. They have completed 37.1 percent of their passes.