CFB fans asked, we answered

September, 7, 2012
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Each Saturday, ESPN Stats & Information will answer statistical-related college football questions posed via Twitter (use the hashtag #AskESPNStats). Feel free to send your questions along.

How often do players score a rushing, receiving, and return TD in the same game a la UNC's Gio Bernard? – asked by @nuggetpalooza

UNC's Giovani Bernard is just the sixth player in FBS to have a rushing, receiving, and punt return touchdown in the same game over the last 10 years.

The others were Ted Ginn Jr. (Ohio State, 2004), Maurice Drew (now Maurice Jones-Drew) (UCLA, 2005), Mardy Gilyard (Cincinnati, 2009), Chris Rainey (Florida, 2011) and LaMichael James (Oregon, 2011).

How many teams have started the year #1 and ended up winning the National Championship? – asked by @BJMichaelsSD

10 teams have been AP Preseason No. 1 and finished No. 1 that season. The last to do it was USC in 2004.

Which college football team with the best win percentage has never won a national championship? – asked by @grimsleyyy

Boise State has a 377-147-2 record (.719) – That ranks third on the all-time list behind Michigan and Notre Dame (according to NCAA records).

What is Notre Dame's all-time record against the Big Ten? -- asked by @ThePurvisBill

The Irish are 193-96-12 against teams from the Big Ten (based on conference membership at game time).

When's the last time Purdue went into South Bend and beat a ranked Notre Dame team? -- asked by @Tyler_Ochs

The last time Purdue pulled that off was 1974, when it knocked off No. 2 Notre Dame in South Bend. Since then, Purdue is 1-16 in South Bend and the one win came against an unranked Notre Dame team.

Let’s take a look back at that 1974 game though, because it was one of the biggest wins in Purdue history.

Not only was Notre Dame the second-ranked team in the country, it was coached by Ara Parseghian and coming off an undefeated, national title-winning season the year before. The win ended Notre Dame’s 13-game win streak, but it didn’t totally derail their season. The Irish went on to beat Alabama in the Orange Bowl. It would turn out to be Parseghian’s final season as Notre Dame coach.

When is the last time a team has lost the first week and still won the National Championship? -- asked by @J2FFY

- The last team to lose its opener and win the national championship in the same season was Miami in 1983. The Hurricanes lost to Florida 28-3 in the opener, then won 11 straight.

- In 1990, Colorado tied its first game and won a share of the title.

Which eventual national championship team was ranked lowest in pre-season polls?
-- asked by @CalixtasSoul


We’ll give you two answers here:

1. The last team to be ranked No. 1 in the final AP Poll, that began the season unranked, was BYU in 1984

2. Ten teams ranked outside the top ten in the preseason poll have finished the year number one in the AP Poll. Auburn in 2010 had the lowest ranking of those teams (22nd).

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