College football: Going into Week 4 by the numbers
So far, college football has shocked and surprised us with plenty of upsets, wild plays and impressive statistics for unlikely players, and it has only been three weeks. However, sometimes trying to keep up with the facts and figures surrounding every team becomes overwhelming.
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7 | The number of straight home games Auburn has lost to Power Five teams. On Saturday, Auburn faces SEC rival No. 18 LSU and could fall to a 1-3 record, changing this number to eight. However, a win could even out Auburn’s record and break this losing streak.
121 | The number of yards Georgia’s running back Nick Chubb averages per game. As the Bulldogs travel to Oxford, Mississippi, Chubb looks to have a solid game against Ole Miss since the Rebels defense struggles to stop the run game. However, according to statistics from Heisman.com, only six Heisman winners averaged fewer yards per game at the time of the vote their Heisman-winning year. So, if Chubb looks to nab the trophy this year, he will need to increase this average.
108 | The number of points Louisville’s Lamar Jackson is responsible for so far this season. Jackson continues to stun football fans with his impressive ability to put points on the board, which helped in the Cardinals’ climb to No. 3. His remarkable talent for tallying both rushing and passing yards has him ranked, respectively, No. 2 and No. 16 nationally. As Louisville moves over to Marshall, Jackson looks to shine again and keep Louisville high in the rankings.
2004 | The last year that Tennessee defeated Florida. Also, 2004 was the last year that Tennessee went 3-0 to start a season. This year, Florida travels to Neyland Stadium where both teams enter as ranked, undefeated teams. This rivalry remains an interesting matchup, but this year, the Volunteers may be able to continue their season 4-0.
53 | Michigan’s average points per game. The Wolverines take on Penn State in the Big House, and while Penn State averages a solid 35.3 points per game, it remains a less experienced squad than Michigan. The Nittany Lions look to post a few touchdowns on the board, but based on how Michigan looks on paper, the Wolverines seem likely to come out on top.
8 | The number of straight times Stanford has defeated UCLA, according to Winsipedia. Since 2009, the Cardinal has been crushing the Bruins with an 18.5 average margin of victory over the past eight years. However, UCLA currently wins the series with a six-game lead. Still, with Christian McCaffrey working for the Cardinal offense, it looks to be a difficult game for the Bruins.
133 | The average number of receiving yards per game Oklahoma State’s James Washington posted so far. Washington is ranked fifth in the nation for this statistic, and while an undefeated, ranked Baylor looks to do some serious damage against a team that lost to Central Michigan, the Cowboys will be trying to prove themselves worthy of a Top 25 ranking again. They beat Pittsburgh last week, and they may be able to pull off the upset if their defense can hold the Bears' advanced offense.
15.7 | The average number of tackles Kent State’s Nate Holley makes per game. Ranked second in the nation this year and fourth last year, Holley continues to be a consistent force on the Golden Flashes defense. That will come in handy against Nick Saban’s No. 1-ranked powerhouse team. Alabama looks to pound Kent State, just as it did USC, Western Kentucky and even Ole Miss. However, Kent State won’t go down without a fight, and Holley will likely make a major impact on the game.
72.7 | Michigan State’s Tyler O’Conner’s completion percentage this year. And, Mark Dantonio is probably hoping that percentage stays high in the game against Wisconsin. When the Badgers travel to Spartan Stadium this weekend, all eyes will be on this matchup, for it looks to be one of the best game of Week 4. Right now, football fans seem to be split on who will take home the W, but with O’Conner’s arm, Michigan State may be able to come out victorious.
25.3 | The average margin of victory for Houston this season. And, compared to Texas State’s two-point win over Ohio and 39-point loss to Arkansas, this doesn’t look to be a fair matchup. The Cougars will likely take home a win this week. However, if college football does what it usually does and surprises fans, Houston could drop in the rankings.
744 | The number of yards Washington’s Jake Browning has thrown this year. While Browning’s numbers aren’t quite what Patrick Mahomes’ or Luke Falk’s are, he still is producing plenty of opportunities for No. 9 Washington’s offense. Coming into Week 4’s game against Arizona, Browning looks to increase this number, especially since it’s the Wildcat defense that struggles. Still, it's college football, and if the Huskies forget that Arizona’s offense can crank out some points, Washington may fall on Saturday.
151 | The total yards Texas A&M’s Trevor Knight has rushed this year. No, he is not like Jackson who is ranked No. 2 in total rushing yards in the nation, but this shows the Knight is a versatile quarterback who can get the job done for the Aggies. Plus, the Razorbacks defense is ranked 34 in the nation, allowing an average 322.7 yards per game. So, in the ranked game against Arkansas, the Aggies are going to need Knight’s arm and legs to avoid an upset.
0 | The number of games South Florida has lost this year. And, while the its Week 4 opponent, Florida State, is ranked No. 13 and has a stacked team full of talented players, they still lost with a 43-point deficit to a team that allowed Syracuse to post 28 points against them. South Florida’s Bulls, however, defeated Syracuse just last week 42-20. While two weeks ago this looked to be an easy game for FSU, the battle might not be as relaxed as Seminole fans originally thought.