The Scoop on Stats - Week 14
With the regular season now complete for the majority of FBS, this week's Scoop on Stats takes a look at some overarching trends that occurred in the 2012 college football season.
- Michigan completed their regular season on Saturday with an 8-4 record. Their four losses came to AP No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Alabama, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 14 Nebraska, who hold a combined record of 45-3. On of Nebraska's two losses came at the hands of Ohio State, meaning that against outside competition Michigan's opponents were 44-2.
- Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel reached the 4,600 total offense mark in the Aggies' win over Missouri on Saturday. The 4,600 yards are a new SEC single-season total offense record, breaking the mark set by Cam Newton in 2010. Newton amassed 4,327 yards in 14 games and Manziel passed him in 12 games.
- West Virginia snapped a very dubious streak this week. Not only did the Mountaineers' 31-24 win over Iowa State halt a five-game losing streak, it also ended a streak of five consecutive games in which a WVU opponent was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week. That honor went to Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones for his come-from-behind win over Oklahoma State.
- Unfortunately, Southern Miss was unable to avoid a dubious record as the Golden Eagles became the first team to drop from 12 wins to zero wins in one year.
- Did any team have a bigger yo-yo season than SMU? The Mustangs opened the season with a 25 point loss, then beat Stephen F. Austin by 52, and then lost to Texas A&M by 45. SMU then nearly upset TCU, shutout UTEP but then lost to 2-10 Tulane, only to set a school record the next week with 72 points in a blowout of Houston. The Mustangs then beat Memphis by 31, lost to UCF by 25, beat Southern Miss by 28, lost to Rice by 22 and ended the year by giving Tulsa its only Conference USA loss.
- With the win over USC, Notre Dame became the first BCS National Championship participant to begin the season unranked.
- Conversely, USC joined the 1964 Ole Miss team as the only AP preseason No. 1's to end the season unranked. In fact, the AP views the Trojans only ahead of Cal in the state of California. Stanford, UCLA, Fresno State, San Diego State and San Jose State all received more votes than the Trojans in this week's poll.
- As we know, Alabama will meet Georgia on Saturday for the SEC championship. But did you know that in eight trips to the SEC title game, Saturday will be the first time the Crimson Tide has played an SEC East opponent other than Florida?
- It was an incredibly top-heavy year for the SEC, as the league's top six teams (Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, LSU and Texas A&M) went a combined 30-0 against the other eight teams in the league.
- Equally top-heavy was the Big Ten's Leaders Division. The two teams ineligible for the conference title (Ohio State and Penn State) went a combined 14-2 in conference play, while the eligible teams (Wisconsin, Purdue, Indiana and Illinois) were a combined 9-23.
- Michigan State held Minnesota to just 96 total yards in their 26-10 to win over Minnesota, the fewest yards allowed in a Big Ten game since Ohio State held Michigan to 91 yards on November 17, 2007.
- Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein produced 29 touchdowns against only three turnovers through his first nine games. Since then, he has totaled four touchdowns and four turnovers.