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!
What can you say about this team that hasn’t been said before? As the weeks move forward I will expound more on individual performances, but today I will focus more on the team’s dominance. Over the last two seasons, check out these numbers:
Wins Alabama 25 Opponents 2
Points Scored Alabama 995 Opponents 259
First Downs Alabama 583 Opponents 323
Rushing Yards Alabama 5,973 Opponents 2,007
Passing Yards Alabama 5,849 Opponents 3,880
From the team everyone talks about to the player everyone talks about. Johnny Manziel put up some incredible numbers in leading the Aggies to an 11-2 record including a big-time win over No. 1 ranked Alabama. In more than half of the games (7 of 13) the redshirt freshman had multiple rushing touchdowns AND multiple passing touchdowns.
For the season the Heisman Trophy winner had 26 rushing touchdowns and 21 passing touchdowns. Over the last 15 seasons only four players in the FBS have seen 20/20, having at least 20 rush and pass touchdowns. The four players are all players you have heard of.
Johnny Manziel (2012) 26 TD rushes 21 TD passes
Colin Kaepernick (2010) 21 TD rushes 20 TD passes
Cam Newton (2010) 30 TD rushes 20 TD passes
Tim Tebow (2007) 32 TD rushes 23 TD passes
There are so many great quarterbacks in the Southeastern Conference and Bulldog senior Aaron Murray may be the best. Murray has a great chance to break almost every conference career stat for a quarterback. This article I will focus on pass yards.
He is already the only SEC quarterback with three 3,000-yard passing seasons, and in his last game against Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl he matched his career-high with 427 yards through the air. For his career Murray has 10,091 which is eighth all-time in the conference.
Many people consider the Bulldogs to be one of the schools with the nickname “Tailback U” or “Running Back U.” But you might not realize they are the only team in the SEC with three different players with over 10,000 career passing yards. Here are the top eight all-time in the SEC.
David Greene (Georgia) 11,528 pass yards
Chris Leak (Florida) 11,213 pass yards
Peyton Manning (Tennessee) 11,201 pass yards
Eric Zeier (Georgia) 11,153 pass yards
Danny Wuerffel (Florida) 10,875 pass yards
Jared Lorenzen (Kentucky) 10,354 pass yards
Eli Manning (Ole Miss) 10, 119 pass yards
Aaron Murray (Georgia) 10,091 pass yards
Enough about quarterbacks. This conference was built on running backs (especially Auburn).
Even with great running backs throughout its history: Bo Jackson, Joe Cribbs, James Brooks, Lionel James, Cadillac Williams, Ronnie Brown, Brent Fullwood, Tucker Frederickson and others, the recent Tigers did something which has happened in the SEC only twice before. They have had four-straight seasons with a running back gaining 1,000 rush yards. Cam Newton also did it in this time period, but I am talking running backs.
Check out this list:
2009 Ben Tate 1,362 rush yards
2010 Michael Dyer 1,093 rush yards
2011 Michael Dyer 1,242 rush yards
2012 Tre Mason 1,002 rush yards
Tre Mason is only a junior, so who knows if this list can grow? The other teams to accomplish this feat were Arkansas from 2005 to 2008 (Darren McFadden, Felix Jones and Michael Smith) and Auburn once again from 2002 to 2005 (Ronnie Brown, Cadillac Williams and Kenny Irons.)
The Bulldogs of Starkville will open up the season against Oklahoma State, in of all places, Houston, Texas in the Advocare Texas Kickoff Classic. Under head coach Dan Mullen, Mississippi State has historically started the season with a bang. They are 4-0 and have scored at will. Check out these point totals.
2009 vs. Jackson State 45 points scored
2010 vs. Memphis 49 points scored
2011 at Memphis 59 points scored
2012 vs. Jackson State 56 points scored
Yes, I am very aware that Oklahoma State on paper is a lot better than Jackson State and Memphis, but anything can happen. The Cowboys were 64th last season in FBS in points per game allowed with 28.2. They did allow 40 points or more three times last season and 50 points or more twice.