Irish, Kelly hope third season is a charm

October, 25, 2012
10/25/12
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Five great nuggets of information to get you ready for the weekend in college football

1. Could history be repeating itself in South Bend? Four different coaches have been responsible for Notre Dame's eight national championships in the poll era (since 1936).

All four of those coaches captured their first national title in their third season at Notre Dame (Lou Holtz in 1988, Dan Devine in 1977, Ara Parseghian in 1966, Frank Leahy in 1943). Brian Kelly is currently in his third season in South Bend.

2. Duke is bowl-eligible for the first time since 1994 and looks to knock off Florida State this week. But history says not so fast.

Duke is 0-17 all-time against Florida State with all of those games coming since the Seminoles joined the ACC in 1992. That's the most games ever played by a current BCS-AQ school against any opponent without a win. The next longest? Louisville is 0-13 all-time against Xavier, though the teams haven't met since 1962.

3. A loss this weekend would mean that Tennessee starts 0-5 in SEC play for the third season in a row. That's a stark slide for a proud SEC program that only started 0-5 in the SEC once before in 78 years of membership in the conference.

That came in 1977 during Johnny Majors first year at the helm. And Volunteers fans won't like being in this company. The only other school to start 0-5 in the SEC in three straight seasons is Vanderbilt, which most recently did it from 2000-03.

4. Kansas State's 7-0 start has been aided by its ability to avoid mistakes. The Wildcats are committing 3.4 penalties per game, tied for the fewest in FBS. They also have committed the second-fewest turnovers (four) in FBS.

In fact, Kansas State is the only FBS team that has not allowed a point off a turnover this season. The five teams that have given up fewer than seven points off turnovers this season are a combined 35-0 (Kansas State, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi State and Rutgers).

5. Both Baylor and West Virginia have allowed at least 42 points in each of their last four games. It's the first time in the BCS era (since 1998) that one conference has had multiple teams with such simultaneous streaks in a single season. Overall, there have been 33 teams over that stretch that have allowed 42-or-more points in four consecutive games.

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