Thursday, November 4, 2010
Oregon and Auburn coaches' quick success
1. With the top two teams in the BCS Standings (Oregon and Auburn) both being led by a head coach in his second season at that school, there's a good chance a recent trend will continue. Nine of the last 10 coaches to win the BCS National Championship were within their first four seasons with that program.
In fact, since Bobby Bowden won the 1999 BCS title in his 24th season at Florida State, the last 10 coaches to lead their teams to the championship have averaged 3.3 years of tenure.
2. When Washington travels to No. 1 Oregon this week, the 3-5 Huskies will have the odds stacked against them -- and not just because they'll be playing without starting QB Jake Locker (ribs). The top team in the AP poll hasn't lost a November home game to an opponent with a losing record since 1961 (TCU over Texas).
3. TCU and Utah hook up in a game with huge conference and national implications. Both are unbeaten and ranked in the top five of the BCS Standings.
Since the start of 2009, TCU has faced 20 FBS opponents. The Horned Frogs have held 13 of the 20 to their season-low in points (including seven of the eight FBS teams they have faced in 2010). They have also held eight of the 20 to season-lows in both points and yards, including Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl last season, TCU’s only loss over that stretch.
4. Over the last 40 years, the Alabama-LSU series has been dominated by the road team. ‘Bama is an impressive 16-3-1 in Baton Rouge during this stretch, and to make matters worse for the Tigers
two of their three wins came when Nick Saban was LSU head coach.
5. As you've probably read or heard by now, Joe Paterno is seeking his 400th win on Saturday (vs Northwestern), and all of those wins came at Penn State. Only one other active FBS coach has 200 career victories at the major-college level: Mack Brown currently sits at 212. (Note: Jim Tressel, Frank Beamer and Chris Ault have over 200 wins, but not all have come at the major-college level).