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Friday, October 28, 2011
Spartans aim for three-peat vs ranked teams

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Michigan State looks to beat a third-straight ranked opponent, this week at No. 14 Nebraska.

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.

When is the last time Michigan State beat three ranked opponents consecutively?
-- asked by @Astephen214

The Michigan State Spartans have never beaten three AP-ranked opponents in consecutive weeks in a single season. They have played three AP-ranked opponents in consecutive weeks in the same season 11 previous times. The last time it happened came in 2003 (went 1-2 in that stretch).

The Spartans defeated No. 11 Michigan and No. 4 Wisconsin (both at home) the past two weeks. This week, Michigan State travels to take on No. 14 Nebraska.

Has there ever been a team with a worse defense than Kansas this year?
-- asked by @TheJeffReport

First, let’s start with a few notes on KU’s historic run of futility:

• The FBS record for most yards per game allowed in a season is 553.0 by Maryland in 1993. Kansas is currently allowing 550.9 yards per game.

• The FBS record for most points per game allowed in a season is 50.3 by Louisiana-Lafayette in 1997. They allowed 553 total points in 11 games. Kansas is currently allowing 50.4 points per game.

• The FBS record for most total points allowed in a season is 572 by East Carolina last season. Kansas is currently on pace to allow 604 points this season.

Has there ever been a CFB game in which both teams had exactly 30 minutes time of possession?
-- asked by @cg_1649

There has yet to be a game this season in which both teams had a time of possession of exactly 30 minutes, but it did happen three times in 2010.

Most recently, on November 13, 2010 when BYU defeated Colorado State, 49-10.

What university has had the most QB's drafted in the first three rounds?
-- asked by TyOBryant

In the common draft era (since 1967), the Brigham Young Cougars and Washington Huskies have each had six quarterbacks selected the first three rounds, tied for most among all schools. John Beck (2007; Second Round – Dolphins) was the last QB taken from BYU and before Jake Locker was selected eighth overall by the Tennessee Titans this spring, Marques Tuiasosopo (2001, Second Round – Raiders) had been last QB taken from Washington.