College Football Stats To Know For No Real Reason

Gary BrownCorrespondent IIOctober 30, 2010

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 23:  Quarterback Tim Jefferson Jr. #7 of the Air Force Falcons carries the ball into the end zone to score against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Stats. Football fans talk about them all the time. Of course stats are just one way of using correct information to prove something that may not be accurate at all. Here are some you might find interesting.



Would it surprise you to learn that Air Force leads the nation in rushing at 326.50 yards per game? Oregon’s vaunted attack only generates 308 yards per game.

Speaking of Oregon football, the Ducks lead the nation in scoring per game with an average of 55.14 points per outing. Last year the Ducks' basketball team only averaged 24 more points on the hardwood. At the other end of the spectrum, San Jose State produces only 10 points per game.

Scoring points comes easy for Oregon as well. The Ducks are near the bottom nationally in time of possession, coming in at 114th at only 26:40 per game. Auburn is 92nd and still has the football less than half the game (28:30). Is TOP a meaningless stat?

Oregon State has not lost a fumble this season. Do the Beavers feel the jinx now? UCLA has fumbled the ball 19 times, losing fumbles 12 times.

Army has zero passes intercepted so far, but of course the Black Knights have only thrown the ball 69 times, or on just 16 percent of their total plays.

You don’t want to be the Rutgers quarterback. The Scarlet Knights give up almost five sacks per game and get stopped behind the line of scrimmage an average of nine times per game when sacks and other plays are combined. They need a better understanding of what forward progress means.



Boise State and Utah win with offense. Does it surprise you to learn that they are both in the top five nationally for defense? The Broncos only give up 210 yards per game to lead the nation. Utah is fifth. The Utes allow 247 yards to the other team. Oh, TCU is second in total defense. The Horned Frogs only give up 219 yards per contest.

Want to score against Penn State’s football team? Get into the red zone. The Nittany Lions have not stopped the other team from scoring when they cross the 20-yard line all year. They are the only team without a stop.


Special Teams

Florida State football is dead last in the nation in kickoff return average at just 16 yards per return. The national average is just over 22 yards. Kansas State leads the nation with 29 yards per return.

Oklahoma State’s Dan Bailey has made all 15 of his field goals this year. He kicked a 40-yard field goal to give the Cowboys a 38-35 win over Texas A&M earlier this season.

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