-1. Yards gained in poor Nathan Peterman's 12 pass attempts as Tennessee's starting quarterback vs. Florida. The redshirt freshman completed four of 11 passes for five yards, threw two picks, and was sacked once for a loss of six yards.
I have no idea why he was starting to begin with. While Justin Worley certainly wasn't great against Oregon -- 13-for-25, 126 yards, one touchdown -- the Vols' bigger problem in that game was the whole "allowing 59 points and 687 yards" part. Worley was avoiding mistakes (five touchdowns, one interception), which is kind of big against the meanest defense in college football. Regardless, Peterman did start, and now the Spike Factor might have to be renamed the Peterman Factor.
1. In 10 attempts, the number of times this kick would probably work.
But wow, did it work that once.
1.6. Average points scored by BYU in eight trips inside the Utah 40 during a 20-13 Holy War loss. BYU scored a touchdown, attempted three field goals (missing one), punted twice, turned the ball over once, and turned the ball over on downs. Utah, meanwhile, got just four trips inside BYU's 40 but scored on all four and won. BYU controlled the game in average starting field position (30-22), yardage (443-402), and plays (95-68) but figured out how to lose its fourth straight game in this bitter series. (Granted, BYU fans will probably tell you there were other factors involved in the loss as well.) And now the Cougars will have to wait until 2016 to get another shot at the Utes.
USC, meanwhile, blew countless chances but still somehow managed to beat Utah State. The Trojans scored 17 points in eight trips inside USU's 40 -- two touchdowns, two field goal attempts (one missed), three punts, and a clock run-off -- and destroyed the Aggies in the field position battle (average starting field position: USC 42, USU 21) and won by ... three points. But hey, they won, I guess.
~2-4. Yards by which this pass flew over the intended receiver's head.
I have no idea who's at fault here, whether Quinn Kaehler simply (and dramatically) air-mailed this pass, or whether the receiver came back toward the line of scrimmage when he shouldn't have. All I know is that Oregon State, the nation's most confusing team after four weeks, was gifted a win.
So if you're scoring at home, Oregon State has now lost to Eastern Washington and won two road games (Utah, SDSU), each in dramatic, bipolar, and ridiculous ways.
11. Heading into this season, Akron had lost 11 consecutive games to decent or good non-conference opponents (i.e. teams that made bowls) by 17 points or more. The last two weeks, the Zips lost to Michigan and Louisiana-Lafayette -- both likely bowl participants at this point -- by a combined nine points. Coaches will never proclaim to be into moral victories, but that's a reasonably clear sign of growth for the Zips in Terry Bowden's second season, even if both losses still sting.
18. Net yards gained on Michigan State's final 13 pass attempts in a 17-13 loss to Notre Dame. Things hadn't gone incredibly well through the air to that point -- 12-for-23, 110 yards -- but they still figured out how to get worse late.
Of course, Michigan managed only 73 net passing yards for the entire game against UConn; Devin Gardner was 11-for-23 for 97 yards, two picks, and three sacks (and two fumbles), and passes to Notre Dame killer Jeremy Gallon found their mark just four of eight times for 31 yards. The Great Lakes State is not great at passing right now. (Sorry. I'll show myself out after that remark.)
36.0. Iowa's scoring average through four games. This isn't incredibly high considering the level of opponent the Hawkeyes have faced, but after a 59-3 win over Western Michigan, the Hawkeyes have scored at least 27 points in all four games. That's pretty clear, obvious growth after a 2012 season that saw them score 27 or more just three times and never score more than 31.
47. Yards gained by Baylor in 15 scoreless fourth-quarter snaps. The Bears were up big on ULM and coasted, which is nothing unusual, of course. Of course, quick math tells you that this means Baylor had gained 734 yards on 62 plays and scored 70 points in the first three quarters. That's 11.8 yards per play and a four-quarter pace of 979 yards. At some point, when the timing is right, Baylor might actually gain 1,000 yards or score 100 points in a game. I know Art Briles will probably try to avoid it, but it really could happen.
103. Yards gained by Arizona State in the first half against Stanford. The Sun Devils averaged just 2.8 yards per play to Stanford's 7.4 and got destroyed in terms of average starting field position (first half: Stanford 45, ASU 19). That the score was only 29-0 in Stanford's favor is kind of surprising, really. But then ASU went out and put on one of the best garbage-time shows ever, gaining 314 yards and scoring 28 points after halftime, and the final score (42-28) broke the "not as close as the final score would indicate" scale.
Of course, ASU had company in Week 4. After nine total possessions (five for Auburn, four for LSU), LSU had outgained Auburn, 217-52, and led 21-0. Auburn gained 385 yards to LSU's 240 the rest of the way in a 35-21 LSU win. And in Evanston, Northwestern led Maine, 21-0, late in the third quarter before the Black Bears gained 211 yards and scored 21 points in the last four possessions of a 35-21 loss.
It was the opposite effect west of Chicago. South Dakota State erupted early against Nebraska -- first three drives: 166 yards, 17 points -- and caused a rather fun Husker fan meltdown on Twitter. (Running back Zach Zenner gained 202 yards on the ground for the game.) But the Jackrabbits scored just three points and turned the ball over three times in their final nine possessions and eventually fell by a lopsided 59-20 margin. And in DeKalb, a couple of hours from Evanston, Northern Illinois allowed 193 yards and 20 points in three possessions to Eastern Illinois (conqueror of San Diego State) before rallying, then holding off a late surge, in a 43-39 win.
386. Not including sacks, Ohio State has thus far allowed 386 rushing yards in 2013, only 96.5 per game. The Buckeyes have allowed one touchdown on the ground. Meanwhile, Wisconsin running backs gained 375 and scored five touchdowns in a pasting of Purdue on Saturday. Did I mention that Wisconsin and Ohio State are playing on Saturday? Did I mention that the Week 5 slate is light years better than Week 4?
2006. The last time a Mike Leach team pitched a shutout before Saturday's 42-0 win over Idaho. Leach's Texas Tech Red Raiders beat SE Louisiana, 62-0, on September 23, 2006. You have to go back to a 28-0 win over Baylor on October 29, 2005, to find a Leach team shutting out an FBS opponent. So yeah, Paul Petrino, of course he was going to go for the shutout on Saturday. As a young, frustrated Missouri fan, I always used to get annoyed with Bill Snyder putting his starters back on the field to preserve shutouts against my Tigers -- 66-0 in 1999, 38-0 in 2002 -- but I was a 21-year-old asshole at the time, not a well-paid, 40-something head coach. And if you don't like what Leach did, then he has a pretty good new Vietnamese place for you to try.
3640. Days that passed between Texas wins over Kansas State. The Longhorns took down Ell Roberson and the Wildcats, 24-20, in Austin on October 4, 2003, then waited nearly a full decade to beat KSU again. If the end of a streak is the time for grasping and admiring just how impressive the streak actually was ... then let's grasp and admire just how impressive this streak was. Texas and Kansas State didn't play every year in that span, obviously, since Big 12 round-robin play didn't begin until 2011, but still.
Oh yeah, and the week after Texas beat KSU, the 'Horns lost to Oklahoma, 65-13. Just throwing that out there.
Meanwhile, it's been 1,445 days since Kansas beat a current member of the Big 12. The Jayhawks are 8-38 since a 41-36 win over Iowa State on October 10, 2009; they have beaten three FCS schools, Georgia Tech, New Mexico State, Colorado, Northern Illinois, and now Louisiana Tech in that span, but they are 0-26 versus nine current conference mates. KU's last-second win over Louisiana Tech felt good, I'm sure, but a) KU was favored by 10, and b) Louisiana Tech was physically dominated by Tulane the week before. I'm not really sure this win was cause for moving the Jayhawks up two spots in the Big 12 power rankings, no matter how awful WVU looks right now.
Speaking of which...
4368. Days that passed between West Virginia shutout losses. The Mountaineers lost, 35-0, to Virginia Tech on October 6, 2001, then fell, 37-0, to Maryland on Saturday. Virginia Tech ranked eighth in 2001 when the teams played and rose to fifth before some late stumbles; Maryland is drastically improved, but it's probably a reach to figure the Terps will spend any time in the top 10 this season, huh? Safe to say, Dana Holgorsen has some work to do in Morgantown.
1,275,000. Dollars paid to Savannah State and Florida A&M to get outscored, 153-7, by Miami and Ohio State, respectively.
We are at an odd place right now with scheduling, and there are two narratives chugging along in two different directions regarding FCS teams. On one hand, the good FCS teams are just about as good as ever, as North Dakota State's win over Kansas State suggests. A league of the current top 10 FCS teams -- North Dakota State, Eastern Washington, Towson, Sam Houston State, Northern Iowa, South Dakota State, Montana, Eastern Illinois, McNeese State, and New Hampshire -- would probably be better than Conference USA this year; hell, it might be better than the AAC.
At the same time, however, the worst teams in the FCS are perhaps further away from the best than ever before. While North Dakota State should probably be in FBS at this point, Savannah State should not be allowed to play FBS teams under any circumstances. Nobody gets anything out of a game like that.
Against Savannah State, Miami starting quarterback Stephen Morris threw four passes. Star running back Duke Johnson carried five times. The game was out of hand so quickly that Miami's stars got less work than they would have in a scrimmage.
FBS teams schedule FCS opponents because a) they want a win, b) their fans want to see them winning at least a little, c) it's a potential opportunity to get backups some work, etc. I defend the right to schedule these teams for all of those reasons; plus, these games offer FCS teams a chance to pay some bills and make investments of their own. It's part of the college football food chain, and I don't object to this at all. If you're willing to take the risk of playing an Eastern Illinois and hoping the Panthers don't suddenly improve dramatically and whip you (like they did San Diego State a few weeks ago), then power to you. As long as it's only once per year, I'm fine.
But there almost needs to be another subdivision. Schedule Villanova? Fine, but you cannot schedule VMI (which ranked 238th in Sagarin's rankings last year and gained 79 yards with four first downs against Virginia on Saturday). Portland State (163rd last year)? Fine, but not Presbyterian (240th). There's got to be a better way of scheduling these games, and I have no idea what it is.