Thursday, October 4, 2012
Northwestern's hot start 50 years in making
By ESPN Stats & Information
The Northwestern Wildcats are looking to go 6-0 this season, something they haven't done since 1962. But 50 years isn't even close to the longest such drought among BCS-AQ schools.
That distinction belongs to the Oregon State Beavers, who haven’t started a season with six consecutive wins since 1907. In fact, there are seven AQ schools with longer droughts than Northwestern.
In addition to Oregon State, Vanderbilt (1928), Iowa State (1938), Purdue (1943), Wake Forest (1944), California 1950) and Kentucky (1950) have all gone over 50 years without a 6-0 start.
Opponents Running Hog Wild
The Arkansas Razorbacks have allowed 52 and 58 points in their two SEC games this season. If the Hogs allow at least 50 to the Auburn Tigers this week, they will set a dubious record for the conference.
No SEC team has ever allowed 50 or more points in three consecutive conference games. In major college history, it's happened 17 times including Akron's current streak of three games in the MAC.
The all-time record is four straight games, done by four different schools.
The most recent school to "accomplish" that was Washington State in 2008.
Oklahoma Bounces Back from Losses
Why should the 4-0 Texas Tech Red Raiders be extremely worried hosting the Oklahoma Sooners this week? It's been 13 years since the Sooners lost consecutive regular-season games.
That's right, it goes all the way back Bob Stoops' first season in Norman in 1999 when they lost consecutive games to Notre Dame and Texas.
To provide some context on this, 97 of the 120 FBS teams lost consecutive regular-season games last season alone. And though we're only in Week 6 this season, 52 FBS teams have already lost back-to-back games.
Plenty of Pushups for Puddles
The Oregon Ducks are in the top five of FBS in points per game for the third straight season. The Ducks have the most offensive touchdown drives that have lasted one minute or less (11) and two minutes or less (20) this season.
A high-powered offense is nothing new for Oregon. Since Chip Kelly took over in 2009, the Ducks lead the nation in points per game (44.2), one-minute touchdown drives (63), three-play touchdown drives (57) and touchdown plays of 20 yards or more (88).
Oregon’s offense could be challenged this week against a Washington defense that forced seven “3 and out” drives against Stanford last week.
Four Is Unlucky for Gators’ Opponents
The No. 4 LSU Tigers travel to Gainesville this week. Usually a top-five ranking would be a good thing, but perhaps not so if you’re ranked fourth against the Florida Gators.
Florida has won nine straight against teams ranked fourth in AP Poll. It’s last such loss came in 1986 against the Alabama Crimson Tide.