For all you passionate fans, you big-time stats guys, you BTSG's. Here are some notes, nuggets and tidbits of all things College Football. Impress your friends it's time to kickoff!
Alabama rolled right by Chattanooga last week as its shut out an opponent for the third time this season. The Crimson Tide improved on the season to a perfect 11-0. It was the 17th time in school history that their team won at least 11 games. The amount of games has varied throughout the years, but that total is still very impressive. Paul “Bear” Bryant was the head coach for nine of the seasons, Gene Stallings for three and current head coach Nick Saban has five to his name at Alabama. Here is a list of the top five teams in terms of 11-win seasons.
- Alabama: 17 times
- Georgia: 8 times
- Tennessee: 8 times
- LSU: 7 times
- Florida: 7 times
Auburn can move to six and Missouri can move to three with wins this week or later this season.
South Carolina can move to three as well with two more wins.
After its win last Saturday against Ole Miss, Missouri climbed to 10-1 and 6-1 in conference. All the Tigers have to do this week is to defeat Texas A&M and they will win the SEC East and play in the SEC Championship. James Franklin returned to the role of starting quarterback and threw for 142 yards and ran for 42 more. Also, the Mizzou defense allowed just three points in the three trips that Ole Miss reached the red zone. Head Coach Gary Pinkel reached a milestone of his own in the victory. In this his 13th season with the Tigers, Pinkel now has 100 wins with the club. He has 173 total but 100 with Missouri. That number is one away from the school record. Here are the top four win totals by a Missouri head coach.
- Don Faurot (1935-42, 1946-56): 101 wins
- Gary Pinkel (2001-present): 100 wins
- Dan Devine (1958-70): 93 wins
- Warren Powers (1978-84): 46 wins
In a game that was hampered by some poor weather, LSU and Texas A&M turned out to have a little less scoring than most expected. Texas A&M definitely scored a lot less than it usually does as LSU won 34-10. Zach Mettenberger looked good last Saturday, but the Tigers defense stole the show. I am going to look at this stat in a different way, but it shows how great LSU’s defense is. Here is the reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel’s two games against LSU compared to the career stats in all other 22 games of his collegiate career.
- 22 games (not LSU): 71.6 comp pct, 306.5 pass yards/game, 2.6 TD pass/game, 0.8 INT/game
- 2 games vs. LSU: 46.4 comp pct, 250.0 pass yards/game, 0.5 TD pass/game, 2.5 INT/game
Georgia dominated Kentucky 59-17, but it wasn’t all good news for the Dawgs. Senior quarterback Aaron Murray tore his ACL in the second quarter in the victory. Despite losing his top two running backs, three to five wide receivers and two tight ends for parts or all of the season, Murray has had a very good season and has broken SEC career records in passing yards, total yards, passing touchdowns and completions. Before leaving the game with an injury, Murray threw for four touchdown passes, including three in the first quarter. This is the fifth time in his career that he has thrown at least three touchdown passes in one quarter. Here are those five times.
- 2011 vs. New Mexico State: 5 TD passes in 2nd quarter
- 2010 vs. Idaho State: 3 TD passes in 2nd quarter
- 2010 vs. Auburn: 3 TD passes in 1st quarter
- 2012 vs. Georgia Southern: 3 TD passes in 3rd quarter
- 2013 vs. Kentucky: 3 TD passes in 1st quarter