Thursday, October 14, 2010
Nickel Package: Mack Brown owns Huskers
1. Mack Brown is 7-1 against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, giving him the best winning percentage in the last 50 years for any coach who's faced the Huskers at least five times. Only six head coaches who qualify under those conditions have a winning record.
2. The Alabama Crimson Tide began this season with the fifth-highest percentage of first-place votes in the history of the AP preseason poll (since 1950). Alabama was the 11th team to get more than 75 percent of the preseason first-place votes, and like the 10 before them, failed to go undefeated. Just shows the difficulty of making preseason predictions.
3. The Ohio State Buckeyes are no stranger to being number one in the AP Poll. One thing the Buckeyes are unfamiliar with, however, is losing on the road as the top team. In fact, Ohio State has won 13 straight road games while being top-ranked. That's the longest active streak in FBS. Their last such loss? November 9, 1974 at unranked Michigan State. But they have a long way to go to catch the all-time leader in that category.
4. South Carolina's win over Alabama last week was the seventh time since 1990 that a team outside of the top 10 won a home conference game against the No. 1 team in America. Five of the previous six times it happened, that team lost the following week. The only exception was the Auburn Tigers in 2001, who needed overtime to beat Louisiana Tech … and then the Tigers proceeded to lose the following week at Arkansas.
5. The Florida Gators have lost their last two games (to Alabama and LSU). The last time Florida lost three straight regular-season games was in 1988, which was Emmitt Smith's final season in Gainesville. That's the longest active streak in the country, and it's not even close. Georgia Tech, Boise State, and Texas (also currently on a two-game losing streak) can go back to 1997 to find the last time they lost three straight regular-season games. The second-longest streak in the SEC is held by LSU, which last lost three straight in 1999. Everyone else in the SEC has had a three-game losing streak at least once since 2007.