100 numbers for 100 days countdown
The college football season, which kicks off Aug. 29, is only 100 days away. Catch up on 100 numbers you should know for the 2013 season.
1. (Preseason No. 1): Who will be this year's AP Preseason No. 1? Whoever it is must overcome recent history. Only two teams in the BCS era have won the national title after being ranked No. 1 in the preseason poll, 1999 Florida State and 2004 USC.
2. (Upsetting trend): Consecutive seasons that FCS school Sacramento State has won a road game versus a BCS automatic-qualifer opponent (2011 won at Oregon State 29-28 in OT, 2012 won at Colorado 30-28). Arizona State, you've been warned (Sun Devils open 2013 season at home on Sept. 5 versus Sac State).
3. (Alabama three-peat): No team has won three consecutive national titles in the AP era, but Alabama enters the season as the favorite once again.
4. (Wisconsin Rose Bowls): A new coach in Gary Andersen has fans intrigued, but Wisconsin has made the Rose Bowl in each of the past three seasons and could be in line for a fourth if the Badgers can win the Big Ten title again.
5. (Donovan McNabb's number being retired): On Nov. 2, the best quarterback in Syracuse history will have his jersey retired in a ceremony in the Carrier Dome. He was named to the Big East first-team all four years on campus (95-98).
6. (Bear Bryant's national titles): No coach in the poll era (since 1936) has won more national championships than Alabama's Bear Bryant's six. In fact, no other coach has more than four. Nick Saban will go for his fifth this season.
7. (Jadeveon Clowney): Jersey number of South Carolina's freakish defensive end, Jadeveon Clowney, the top NFL prospect in college football and a serious threat to become the first defensive player to win the Heisman since Charles Woodson in 1997.
8. (SEC dominance continues?): Conference goes for its eighth straight BCS title.
9. (Nine-game SEC schedule?): Much has been made of the Big Ten announcing a nine-game conference schedule as part of its expansion. Though the SEC remains steadfast in its adherence to an eight-game conference slate, many people (including Nick Saban) have shown preference for adding a game as well.
10. (Notre Dame plays for tie): Perhaps the most famous tie in college football history occurred on Nov. 19, 1966, when unbeaten and top-ranked Notre Dame met unbeaten and second-ranked Michigan State. With the score tied 10-10, Notre Dame elected to run out the clock, settling for the tie to preserve its national championship.
11. (Navy's domination of Army): Navy has won the past 11 meetings in this storied rivalry, by far the longest for either team in series history. Army's last win came in 2001.
12. (Ohio State win streak): No team in the country has a longer active win streak than Ohio State. The Buckeyes were a perfect 12-0 last season and bring that streak into this season, with a school record of 22 straight still a long way away.
13. (OU streak free): Oklahoma has gone 13 seasons without losing consecutive regular-season games. That's right, the last time the Sooners lost back-to-back regular-season games was in Bob Stoops' first season in Norman in 1999 (to Notre Dame and Texas).
14. (2014, to be exact): The first season of the much-anticipated college football playoff.
15. (Oregon road win streak): In addition to starting 2013 with a new coach, Oregon enters the season with 15-game road win streak, the longest in FBS. The Ducks' last road loss was in November of 2009 at Stanford
16. (Conference realignment): There will be 16 teams with new conference/independent homes entering the 2013 season.
17. (Consecutive conference wins for Northern Illinois): NIU enters 2013 with the longest conference win streak in FBS. The Huskies have won their past 17 MAC games.
18. (Devin Gardner touchdowns): The total number of touchdowns scored by Devin Gardner after Nov. 3, when he was named the starting quarterback at Michigan. That was tied for the third most scored in the FBS.
19. (Larry Kelley's jersey number): The number worn by Yale end Larry Kelley, the second player to win the Heisman Trophy.
20. (Aaron Murray touchdown passes needed): Aaron Murray needs 20 more touchdown passes to surpass Danny Wuerffel's SEC career record.
21. (Johnny Manziel rushing touchdowns): Heisman winner Johnny Manziel rushed for 21 touchdowns last season, second most by a quarterback in the FBS. Collin Klein had 23.
22. (John Cappelletti's number at Penn State): Jersey number of John Cappelletti at Penn State. In 1973, Cappelletti won the Heisman Trophy and remains the only Nittany Lion to earn that honor.
23. (Longest active losing streak in any NCAA division): Division III Tufts University enters the 2013 football season with the longest current losing streak across all NCAA divisions. The Jumbos have lost 23 straight games. Southern Miss has the longest current FBS losing streak at 12.
24. (Big Ten's January bowl win percentage): The Big Ten has won fewer than 24 percent of its January bowl games over the past three seasons. The conference is 4-13 in those games.
25. (Barry Sanders' Heisman Trophy season): Twenty-five years ago, Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State claimed the Heisman Trophy. In his Heisman-winning campaign of 1988, Sanders rushed for an FBS record 2,628 yards.
26. (Akron's road losing streak): The Zips have lost their past 26 road games, the longest current road losing streak in the FBS. Akron will have a shot to snap that streak when it opens the season at UCF on Aug. 29.
27. (Frank Beamer's tenure): This will be Frank Beamer's 27th season roaming the sidelines at Virginia Tech. He's the longest active tenured coach in FBS.
28. (Ole Miss recruits): Players signed by Ole Miss in its 2013 class. The Rebels landed two of the top five players in the ESPN 150 rankings, including the No. 1 overall recruit, DE Robert Nkemdiche.
29. (Harvard beats Yale 29-29 -- 45th anniversary): The 1968 Harvard-Yale game would decide the Ivy League title as both teams entered 8-0. Trailing by 16 points late in the fourth quarter, Harvard rallied to score twice and convert both 2-point conversions, the last of which came with no time on the clock as the game ended 29-29. The Harvard school paper, The Harvard Crimson, had one of the most famous headlines in college football history: "Harvard Beats Yale 29-29."
30. (30th anniversary of last scoreless tie in Division 1/FBS): 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the last scoreless tie in major college football. The 1983 "Civil War" game between Oregon and Oregon State ended 0-0 in Eugene. The game featured no scoring, but did have 11 turnovers.
31. (New coaches): There will be 31 FBS coaches entering their first seasons at new schools. Notable transfers include Bret Bielema (Arkansas), Butch Jones (Tennessee) and Mark Stoops (Kentucky).
32. (P.J. Fleck's age): Western Michigan hired 32-year old P.J. Fleck as head coach on Dec. 18. He's the youngest active head coach in FBS.
33. (Ron Dayne's number): Jersey number of Ron Dayne, the FBS all-time leader with 6,397 career rush yards.
34. (Miami win streak): Bookended by a 2000 road loss to Washington and a 2003 Fiesta Bowl loss to Ohio State, Miami reeled off 34 straight wins, including the 2002 Rose Bowl over Nebraska that won the 2001 national championship.
35. (1935, to be exact): University of Chicago's Jay Berwanger was named the first winner of the Heisman Trophy.
36. (Years since Kent State had consecutive winning seasons): The Golden Flashes went 11-3 last season and won the MAC East Division title. They'll try to have consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1976-77.
38. (George Rogers' jersey number): South Carolina RB George Rogers wore No. 38 while amassing 1,894 yards and 14 scores en route to winning the 1980 Heisman Trophy.
39. (Turnovers lost by Idaho in 2012): The Idaho Vandals turned the football over 39 times last season. No other FBS squad gave up the ball more often in 2012.
40. (Turnovers gained by Oregon in 2012): The Oregon Ducks forced 40 turnovers last season, more than any other school in FBS. The Ducks have forced at least 25 turnovers each of the past four seasons.
41. (A legendary career is born): Eddie Robinson began his coaching career at Grambling in 1941. He would coach a total of 55 seasons (all at Grambling) and earn 408 wins. He and St. John's (MN) coach John Gagliardi are the only coaches in college football history to earn 400-plus wins.
42. (Heisman Trophies awarded to RBs): Forty-two running backs have won the Heisman, the most of any position. The most recent running back to win the award was Alabama's Mark Ingram in 2009.
43. (The roll is over): Consecutive games that Notre Dame beat Navy from 1964-2006. The Midshipmen finally broke through with a win in South Bend in 2007. The teams have split the past six meetings and meet this season on Nov. 2 at Notre Dame.
44. (Ernie Davis' jersey number): Syracuse's Ernie Davis won the 1961 Heisman Trophy, becoming the first African-American to win the award. Davis died from leukemia in 1963 and never played in the NFL.
45. (Oregon's two-minute touchdowns): The Ducks scored 45 offensive touchdowns in two minutes or less last season, most in college football.
46. (Braxton Miller rushing): Braxton Miller had 46 rushes of 10-plus yards in 2012. Since the start of the 2011 season, Miller has the most by a quarterback in the FBS (79).
47. (Oklahoma's win streak): Oklahoma's NCAA-record 47-game win streak spanned 1953-57, including back-to-back national titles in 1955-56. The streak ended with a 7-0 loss to Notre Dame on Nov. 16, 1957. Those two programs will meet this season on Sept. 28 in South Bend.
48. (Jersey number of Gerald Ford): More famous for being the 38th President of the United States, Ford initially made his name as No. 48 for the Wolverines. He was a center and linebacker on Michigan's 1933 national championship squad.
49. (Specifically, 49.2): EJ Manuel completed 49.2 percent of his passes thrown 20-plus yards downfield in 2012, best among AQ-conference quarterbacks taken in the 2013 draft.
50. (Rushing touchdowns in 2012 by top RB prospects): The top four running backs in Mel Kiper's ranking of 2014 NFL draft prospects combined for 50 rushing touchdowns in 2012. Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas (11), Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey (23) and USC's Silas Redd (9) are from the Pac-12, and Lache Seastrunk (7) started at a Pac-12 school (Oregon) before transferring to Baylor.
51. (Seasons of WAC football): The conference had been playing football since 1962, but 2012 was its final season as a football-playing conference. All football-playing members have either joined other conferences or gone independent.
52. (Louisiana Tech scoring -- 51.5, to be exact): Louisiana Tech averaged 51.5 point per game last season, the most in FBS. The Bulldogs scored at least 40 points in 11 of 12 games last season, but will have to replicate their production without head coach Sonny Dykes, who is now at Cal.
53. (Years since Duke's last bowl win): The Blue Devils haven't won a bowl game since the 1960 season, but did go to a bowl last season. The bad news? Duke has never gone to a bowl in consecutive seasons.
54. (The Junction Boys): Bear Bryant took over a struggling Texas A&M program in 1954. Prior to the season, he took the team to Junction, Texas, for a grueling camp that gained legendary status, including an ESPN movie. A&M went only 1-9 that season, but the seeds were sown for the 1955 and 1956 seasons when the team went a combined 16-2-2 and won the 1956 Southwest Conference title.
55. (Alabama ESPN 150 recruits): The Tide have signed 55 players ranked in the ESPN 150 over the past five seasons, most of any school.
56. (Most PPG scored by a team in a season): The 1944 Army team averaged a record 56 points per game. Over a nine-game schedule, Army scored 504 total points, went 9-0 and won the national championship.
57. (Sacks allowed by Washington State in 2012): The Washington State Cougars hope to protect the passer better in 2013. Last season, the Cougars allowed 57 sacks, the most of any FBS team and seven more than the second-worst team on the list (Colorado at 50).
58. (Consecutive Miami home wins): Miami won 58 straight games between 1985 and 1994, the longest streak in FBS history.
59. (Billy Cannon wins Heisman): LSU HB Billy Cannon won the Heisman Trophy in 1959 and led the Bayou Bengals to the Sugar Bowl. He remains the only Heisman winner in LSU history.
60. (Bowl appearances for Alabama): The Crimson Tide have appeared in 60 bowl games, the most in FBS history. Bama is 34-22-3 with one vacated victory in those games and has won four straight.
61. (Number of 1,000-yard rushers last season): Sixty-one different players rushed for at least 1,000 yards last season, the most since 2002.
62. (USC in the top 10): From 2002-07, USC appeared in the AP top 10 for 62 consecutive weeks, an FBS record.
63. (SEC players drafted): The SEC has big holes to fill after a record 63 players were drafted in the 2013 NFL draft. No other conference had more than 31 players drafted.
64. (Touchdown pass yards on Miracle at Michigan): Kordell Stewart completed a 64-yard hail mary to Michael Westbrook on Sept. 24, 1994, to give No. 7 Colorado the win over No. 4 Michigan as time expired.
65. (The big catch): Since the start of 2011, Marqise Lee has 65 receptions of at least 15 yards, most in the FBS.
66. (The Head Ball Coach as player): Steve Spurrier won the Heisman Trophy in 1966. He'll try to coach Jadeveon Clowney to the award and become the 12th head man to coach multiple Heisman winners.
67. (Most points scored by a losing team in an FBS game): On Oct. 14, 2007, Nevada scored 67 points in a game against Boise State -- and lost. The Wolf Pack fell to the Broncos, 69-67, in four overtimes.
68. (Lighting up the scoreboard): Back in 1968, Houston set a record for points in a game between two major college (i.e. FBS) teams. On Nov. 23, 1968, the Cougars put up triple digits in a 100-6 win over Tulsa.
69. (The birthday): College football is born when Rutgers and Princeton play the first game ever game in 1869. Rutgers would win the game 6-4. The same teams would play a week later with Princeton earning an 8-0 win.
70. (Percentage of Texas A&M's offense accounted by Johnny Manziel): Johnny Football accounted for more than 70 percent of Texas A&M's total offense en route to shattering the SEC record for total offense offense in a season.
71. (The first Fiesta): The Fiesta Bowl was first played in 1971. Now a staple of the post-New Year's bowls, the first Fiesta Bowl was played two days after Christmas in 1971, with Arizona State beating Florida State, 45-38.
72. (72.5, specifically): Completion percentage by QB David Fales of San Jose State, tops in FBS last season. He and the Spartans will try to improve upon their school-record 11-win season in 2012.
73. (Bill Snyder still going): Age of Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder, who is the oldest active FBS coach. His Wildcats are 21-5 over the past two seasons and appeared in a BCS bowl for the first time since 2003 when they fell to Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl last season.
74. (Archie Griffin wins Heisman): In 1974, Archie Griffin snapped a 19-year drought for Ohio State, becoming the school's fourth Heisman Trophy winner. The Buckeyes have had five different Heisman-winning seasons by running backs, the single-most decorated position by any school.
75. (Heisman repeat): Griffin won the Heisman again, making him the only player to win the award twice. Can Manziel repeat the feat this season?
76. (Dominating the middle): Warren Sapp won the Lombardi and Nagurski Awards during a dominating career at Miami. He was elected to the Pro Football HOF in 2013 and will be enshrined in August.
77. (Montee on the ball): Wisconsin's Montee Ball finished his brilliant career in 2012 with 77 rushing touchdowns, breaking the FBS record set by Travis Prentice (73). Ball rushed for 22 touchdowns last season.
78. (Heisman hardware): There have been 78 Heisman Trophys awarded since Jay Berwanger won the first in 1935. There have been 77 different winners with Archie Griffin the only repeat winner.
79. (Chicken soup, anyone?): At the 1979 Cotton Bowl (1978 season), the legend of Joe Montana being a clutch performer was born. Trailing 34-12 in the fourth quarter and with Montana in the locker room fighting hypothermia, it looked bleak for Notre Dame. After warming up with some chicken soup, Montana re-entered the game and the Irish scored 23 unanswered points for an amazing 35-34 win.
80. (Braxton Miller's zone-read runs): Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller attempted 80 zone-read rushes in 2012 with Urban Meyer as his head coach. Miller attempted nine such rushes in 2011 under Luke Fickell. Miller gained 676 yards and scored six touchdowns with the zone read last season.
81. (2,000-yard man): In 1981, USC's Marcus Allen becomes the first running back in major college history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season. It would propel him to the Heisman Trophy that season.
82. (Bear's finale): Bear Bryant's legendary career came to a close in 1982 when he announced his retirement. His final game was a 21-15 win over Illinois in the Liberty Bowl, his 323rd career win. A month later, Bryant died of a massive heart attack.
83. (Miami's 30-year anniversary): 1983 was the first championship year for The U, and the one still most revered by the fanbase. That year launched Miami's Decade of Dominance, which lasted through the 1991 national championship, its fourth in nine seasons.
84. (Boise State wins since 2006): Boise State has 84 wins since Chris Petersen took over as head coach in 2006, 10 more than any other program over that span.
85. (Bo knows): In 1985, Bo Jackson won the Heisman Trophy, the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and was named the SEC Player of the Year. In that year, he also batted .401 with 17 home runs and 43 RBIs.
86. (Vinny Testaverde's Heisman): In 1986, Vinny Testaverde was a unanimous first-team All-American and Heisman Trophy winner. He went 23-3 as a starter at Miami and threw for more than 6,000 yards in his career. Testaverde is a part of the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame class that will be induced on Dec. 10.
87. (In the beginning): The first ever game between Michigan and Notre Dame was Nov. 23, 1887 (Michigan won 8-0 in South Bend). The two schools are not scheduled to play each other in the foreseeable future after the 2014-15 season.
88. (Gathering touchdowns): Randy Moss had 25 receiving touchdowns in 1997, second most ever in a single season (does not include bowl game that season). Moss won the Biletnikoff Award and finished fourth in the Heisman voting.
89. (Scary punt return): On Halloween night in 1959, with top-ranked LSU trailing third-ranked Ole Miss 3-0, LSU's Billy Cannon returned a punt 89 yards to give the Tigers a 7-3 win. It was perhaps the most famous punt return in NCAA history. Cannon would go on to win the Heisman Trophy that season.
90. (First of many): 1890 was the year Minnesota and Wisconsin first met on the gridiron. The Gophers and Badgers have met 122 times, the most played rivalry among FBS schools. This season's game is Nov. 23 in Minneapolis.
91. (Quite a catch): Desmond Howard won the Heisman Trophy in 1991, the most recent wide receiver to win the Heisman. Will Marqise Lee be the first wide receiver to win the Heisman in the past 20 years?
92. (SEC changes college football landscape): In 1992, the SEC became the first conference to showcase a championship game. The first game was Dec. 5, 1992, when Alabama used a late Antonio Langham interception return to seal a 28-21 win over Florida and go on to win the national championship a few weeks later.
93. (Finally not wide): After several agonizing close calls, Bobby Bowden and Florida State finally earn a national championship in the 1993 season with a win over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.
94. (The Cornhusker dynasty): Nebraska won its first of three titles in a four-season span in 1994, a feat equaled by Alabama when the Crimson Tide defeated Notre Dame in the Discover BCS National Championship.
95. (Best ever?):The 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers might be the greatest team of all time, as they went 12-0 en route to the national title. Nebraska had an average margin of victory of 38.7 and had only one game in which it won by fewer than 20 points (35-21 over Washington State).
96. (No more ties): In 1996, the NCAA changed the rules to allow for overtime to decide games that were tied after regulation. There were 26 OT games that season.
97. (Winning on defense): 1997 was the only season that a defensive player won the Heisman trophy (Charles Woodson). Will Jadeveon Clowney become the second defensive player ever to win the Heisman?
98. (The BCS is born): 1998 was the first season for the BCS, which will conclude in 2013. Tennessee won the first BCS national title in 1998.
99. (Michael Vick bursts onto the scene): Freshman Michael Vick led Virginia Tech to the national title game against Florida State in 1999. The Hokies lost the game, but Vick set the college football world on end. He would end the season with the highest passing efficiency rating by a freshman, a record that still stands.
100. (The Granddaddy of them all): The 100th Rose Bowl will be played this season.
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