Friday, September 21, 2012
CFB fans asked, we answered
By ESPN Stats & Information
Each week, ESPN Stats & Information will answer statistical-related college football questions posed via Twitter (use the hashtag #AskESPNStats). Feel free to send your questions along.
When has there been a college football team with the kind of stats and domination as the past 4 years of Alabama football? – asked by @MLWadester
Alabama has reached No. 1 in the AP poll in each of the last five seasons. Over the last 50 years, only one other team has done that: Miami in 1986-92.
Since the beginning of the BCS which school has spent the most time in the top 5? – asked by @garrick_rowan
It’s Oklahoma, and it’s not even close. Since the beginning of the BCS in 1998, Oklahoma has been ranked in the top five in 111 editions of the AP Poll. Next closest are USC and Florida, both with 86 instances, followed by Texas with 82. Interestingly enough, none of those teams are in this week’s AP top five even though they have a combined 10-1 record (Oklahoma 2-0, USC 2-1, Florida 3-0, Texas 3-0). Oklahoma is just on the outside at No. 6.
Who are the top 10 teams in terms of number of wins in the last 5 years? – asked by @akoehls
Here are the top 10 since 2007: Boise State (62), TCU (57), LSU (56), Oregon (56), Virginia Tech (55), Oklahoma (55), Florida (53), Alabama (53), USC (52), Utah (52).
Has Georgia Tech been the best big play offense in the country over the past four years? – asked by @rcbGT
Depends how you define big play offense, but we’ll do it a couple different ways here using the last four years as a time frame. In that span, Georgia Tech leads the country with the most plays of at least 50 yards. The Yellow Jackets have 46 such plays. Houston is next with 40. Most 50-yard plays that also ended in a TD? Georgia Tech still leads but by a slim margin. The Yellow Jackets have 28, Nevada and Baylor each have 27. If we reduce it to the most plays of at least 30 yards, Houston takes the lead. The Cougars have 134 while Georgia Tech has 127.
Has any college football team won at least 100 games in back to back decades? – asked by @Gentronamous
It has happened, but it’s important to remember that teams play many more games today than in decades past. Recently, Florida won 100 games from 2000-09 after compiling 102 wins from 1990-99. Nebraska also did it in the 80s and 90s.