Stats & Info: Howard Schnellenberger

1. Baylor has accomplished something on its current four-game win streak that hasn’t been done in the history of major college football. The Bears have surrendered at least 30 points in all four of those games, becoming the first team ever to win four straight games in a single season while allowing at least 30 points in each. Hawaii was the only other team to accomplish this feat over four games, but that spanned two seasons (2001-02).

2. UCLA enters the Pac-12 Championship Game with a 6-6 record. If that sounds unlikely, it is. Entering this season, there have been 63 conference championship games played among six conferences. Of the 126 teams that participated in those games, the only other one to enter without a winning record was Miami (OH) in 2007 at 6-6 in the MAC. The RedHawks were thumped by Central Michigan in that game, 35-10.

3. After this weekend’s games, there could be four teams from four different conferences to punch their tickets to a BCS bowl game that have never appeared in one before (Clemson, Oklahoma State, Michigan State and Houston). Since the BCS began in 1998, there have been 45 different teams to appear in BCS bowls representing eight conferences (not including Notre Dame).

So which conference has had the most different teams representing it in a BCS game? The Big East with eight (Miami, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Louisville, UConn, Pittsburgh, Syracuse , Cincinnati). The SEC, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-10/12 have all had seven different teams in a BCS game. If Houston goes this year, it will be Conference USA’s first ever BCS participant.

4. Saturday, 77-year old Howard Schnellenberger will coach his final game as Florida Atlantic hosts Louisiana-Monroe. Schnellenberger has been the only coach in the history of that program (since 2001). Entering this season he was one of four head coaches to win bowl games at three different schools, but recent coaching changes have claimed Dennis Erickson and Rick Neuheisel off that list.

So entering next season, the only active FBS coach to win bowl games at three different schools will be Tommy Tuberville.

5. With a win over Oklahoma State on Saturday, Oklahoma will have its 32nd 10-win season in school history, breaking a tie with Alabama for the all-time lead (Alabama earned its 31st 10-win season two weeks ago). While double-digit wins aren’t anything new to these schools, there are others at the opposite end of the spectrum.

Of the current 120 FBS schools, 12 have never had a 10-win season. Which school has the distinction of playing the most seasons without a 10-win campaign? That would be Indiana (124 seasons).

Thomas Campbell/US PresswireThe Houston Cougars are on the verge of celebrating something that hasn't been done in college football in more than 120 years
Nickel Package looks at the top five statistical storylines for the week ahead in college football.

1. The Houston Cougars are off to their best start in school history thanks to a high-scoring attack that has produced at least 49 points in each of their last seven games. That is the longest such streak by any team since Harvard did so in eight straight games in 1887. Yes, that's 1887, not 1987.

This isn't the only streak to watch for Houston. The Cougars have scored at least 35 points in all 10 of their games this season. If they can keep that up throughout the entire season, they would join some elite company.

Among teams to play at least 10 games in a season, only Nebraska scored 35 points in all of its games, doing so in 1995. That Cornhuskers team won the national championship.

2. Michigan State is the highest ranked Big Ten team in the BCS Standings this week at 15th. That's the worst ranking for the highest Big Ten team in the standings since Dec. 3, 2000 when Michigan was 16th.

In fact, since then there have been 85 releases of the BCS Standings and the Big Ten has had a team in the top 10 in all but six of them.

3. Oklahoma visits Baylor this week in search of remaining perfect all-time against the Bears. OU has won all 20 meetings between the schools, outscoring Baylor 749-271.

Of all the other BCS-AQ schools, there are only two other instances where a team has a perfect record against a current conference foe (minimum 10 games).
Penn State is 15-0 all-time against Indiana and Florida State is 15-0 against Duke. Both teams extended those streaks already this season.

4. Iowa State hosts second-ranked Oklahoma State on Friday on ESPN. ISU is 0-18 all-time against teams ranked in the top two of the AP Poll.

This is the first time the Cyclones will meet a top two team that isn’t named Oklahoma or Nebraska. Of those 18 losses, 11 have come against Oklahoma and seven have been to Nebraska. The average margin of defeat in those games has been 35.7 PPG.

5. Howard Schnellenberger's Florida Atlantic squad is the only winless team in FBS entering this week's matchup at Troy (0-9).

If the Owls can't get a win in any of their remaining three games, Schnellenberger will become the fourth head coach in the poll era (since 1936) to win a national championship and have a winless season.

The others?

Jim Tatum, Ara Parseghian and Lou Holtz .

Tatum won a championship with Maryland in 1953, but was winless with North Carolina in 1956.

Parseghian was winless with Northwestern in 1957, but later won titles with Notre Dame in 1966 and 1973.

Holtz won a title with Notre Dame in 1988, but was winless 11 years later with South Carolina.

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The ACC has lost 32 straight non-conference games against AP Top-5 foes. FSU has 10 of those losses.

1. The Oklahoma Sooners-Florida State Seminoles game is not only the marquee matchup of the week, but also a huge game for the status of the ACC. In fact, the conference has lost 32 straight games against non-conference AP Top-5 foes. The ACC’s last such win came in 2000, when Florida State knocked off 4th-ranked Florida Gators. Florida State has accounted for 10 of those losses. No other ACC team has had more than six.

2. The Penn State Nittany Lions are no longer ranked in the AP Top 25, and are not playing a conference game on Saturday, but there's still something on the line when the Nittany Lions face the Temple Owls in Philadelphia. PSU has beaten the Owls 28 consecutive times, dating back to a tie in 1950 -- Joe Paterno's first season as a Penn State assistant coach. That's the longest active winning streak in a current FBS series, edging Tennessee's 26 straight wins over Kentucky.

Overall, Penn State's unbeaten streak against Temple stands at 36 games (last loss in 1941). A win on Saturday would move the Nittany Lions into sole possession of second place on the list of longest unbeaten streaks in a major series, trailing only Notre Dame's 43 straight over Navy (1964-2006). They are currently tied with the Nebraska Cornhuskers 36 in a row over the Kansas Jayhawks (1969-04).

3. This year's Michigan State-Notre Dame game has a different feel to it. The last time the Michigan State Spartans were ranked heading into a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish was 2000. Notre Dame was ranked 16th in that game and the Spartans were 23rd. However, the last matchup between these two teams that involved a ranked Michigan State team against an unranked Notre Dame team came in 1997, a 23-7 win by the 17th-ranked Spartans in South Bend.

4. This marked the 100th week in which Oklahoma was voted No. 1 in the AP Poll. The Sooners are the only program to reach triple digits in that category (Notre Dame is next with 95). Since the poll began in 1936, there have been 43 different schools ranked No. 1. Can you name the school with the most No. 1 appearances without ever winning an AP or Coaches Poll national championship? That would be Bob Stoops’ alma mater, the Iowa Hawkeyes (11).

5. The Miami Hurricanes are trying to avoid its first 0-2 start since 1978, the year before Howard Schnellenberger took over and began building a perennial powerhouse. Only three current FBS schools have gone longer without suffering an 0-2 start. Nebraska hasn’t begun a season with two straight losses since 1957, while Florida (1971) and the Clemson Tigers (1975) are the others.

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