Toughest ticket in town
Nebraska's sellout record reaches 50 years as 2012 begins
Only one Big Ten team -- Ohio State -- has reached the championship game since the formation of the BCS in 1999. The Buckeyes have been there three times, winning once, but no other conference squad has gotten that close.
Number of years until there will be a BCS playoff – even if only four teams – to determine the national champion. Does that sound as good to you as it does to us?
It may be the most obvious number out there, but that’s because it’s so darn impressive: The Southeastern Conference is going for its seventh consecutive BCS championship this fall after Alabama grabbed the 2011 title for its second in three seasons. There was also Auburn (2010), Florida (2008 and 2006) and LSU (2007).
Number of touchdowns Wisconsin’s Montee Ball needs to break the NCAA career record for TDs. After tying Barry Sanders’ NCAA record with 39 touchdowns a year ago (42 FBS teams last year had fewer TDs than Ball by himself), Ball owns 61 career scores.
Idaho State has lost 33 consecutive road games – the longest streak in any division of football. The Bengals’ last road victory came on Oct. 7, 2006, at Northern Colorado. ISU’s first two road games in 2012 are at Air Force and Nebraska.
Current winning streak heading into the season for Wisconsin-Whitewater, the three-time defending Division III national champion. The streak is the fourth-longest in NCAA history, any division.
Consecutive years that Nebraska has sold out Memorial Stadium. Every game since Nov. 3, 1962, against Missouri, the Big Red faithful have filled the stadium, a string of 317 consecutive sellouts entering this weekend’s opener against Southern Miss.
The career yardage gained by Sam Houston State’s Tim Flanders, 97 yards away from becoming SHSU's all-time leading rusher. A transfer from K-State, he already holds 18 school records after leading SHSU to the national title game a year ago.
Only four schools (Hawaii, Texas Tech, Houston and Weber State) have had a pair of 12,000-yard passers. Abilene Christian’s Mitchell Gale is looking to put the Division II school on the record book as well, as he needs 2,873 yards this season to reach the mark and join former Wildcat Billy Malone.
The career passing yardage total for Oklahoma’s Landry Jones, the active leader in all divisions. The next closest active FBS quarterback is Southern California’s Matt Barkley, who has 9,054 passing yards to his credit entering this season.