Friday, October 7, 2011
Weeden, Blackmon one top QB-WR combo
Every Friday during college football season, we're taking fans' questions and answering them on our blog. You can send questions to our Twitter account @ESPNStatsInfo. Be sure to follow so you can tweet us your questions (facts, not opinions) and we'll answer the best of the best.
How many times has Brandon Weeden targeted Justin Blackmon and where does that rank?
-- asked by @Bmurphy47
Through Oklahoma State’s first four games this season, Weeden has targeted Blackmon 48 times, and the duo has combined for 38 catches, 450 yards and four touchdowns. The 48 targets are just over a quarter of Weeden’s 191 attempts.
Blackmon’s 38 receptions are tied for ninth in FBS. On a per-game basis, his 9.5 receptions per game are tied for fifth in FBS.
Syracuse had won seven straight decided by 1-7 points. Last five wins have been close. Who has longest streaks out there?
-- asked by @MattPark1
Rutgers snapped Syracuse’s seven-game winning streak in games decided by seven points or less with a 19-16 overtime win last weekend. The Orange’s streak was the second longest in FBS. Beginning with its Outback Bowl win over Northwestern at the end of the 2009 season, Auburn has won 10 straight games decided by seven points or less.
Syracuse joins Minnesota as the only FBS teams that have each of its last five victories by seven points or less. The last time the Golden Gophers won by more than seven points was Halloween 2009, an eight-point win over Michigan State.
With Florida going up against LSU, how have freshman QBs faired against No. 1 ranked teams in the past?
-- asked by @UFSanity
We went back through the last four years (just games between BCS AQ teams, to eliminate completely lopsided matchups). Eight freshmen played (six started) against No. 1 teams, all losses. Only EJ Manuel was able to complete more than half his passes, but Robert Griffin III did well on the ground against Oklahoma.