Saturday’s Den: College football knowledge

I’m having trouble processing this whole USC/UCLA to the Big 14 thing; my entire life, the Rose Bowl has been Pac-12/Big 14. Now? Not so much. Rutgers/USC are in the same league; one school is in New Jersey, one in Los Angeles. It makes very little sense.

Anyway, here is some college football info for you. Have a good Saturday.

13) Arkansas
— ran ball for 227.8 yards/game LY (#7)
— Hogs have 4 of 5 starters back on offensive line.
— They only have four starters back on defense.
— scored 30+ points in eight games; they won five of last six games. 

12) Auburn
— Lost last five games LY, last three by 4-2-4 points
— ranked 96th of 131 teams in starting field position
— scored 3.3 points/drive that got inside 40-yard line (#121)
— Have 2 new coordinators this year, both promoted from within. 

11) Florida
— 1-4 LY in games decided by 7 or less points.
— Gators had played in January 1 bowl three years in row before LY.
— Florida was minus-8 in turnovers last year.
— New coach Napier was 40-12 at Louisiana; he was an assistant at Clemson/Alabama. 

10) Georgia
— Defending national champs have only 3 starters back on defense.
— QB Bennett is playing his 7th year of college football, six of them at Georgia.
— Dawgs had a 6.8-yard advantage in average field position LY.
— Kirby Smart is 66-15 at Georgia; he has a new defensive coordinator TY.

9) Kentucky
— 10-3 LY; they scored 40.5 ppg in winning their last four games.
— LY’s OC Liam Coen now works for the LA Rams in the NFL.
— Wildcats were 10-3 despite a minus-11 turnover ratio.
— Kentucky added WR transfers from Alabama, Virginia Tech. 

8) LSU
— New coach Brian Kelly has only three starters back on offense.
— Tigers are 11-12 the last two years, since winning a national title.
— Tigers were 114th in country in rushing yardage LY.
— LSU allowed 60 plays of 20+ yards (116th)

7) Mississippi
— Rebels were 10-0 LY when they scored 27+ points.
— They were held to 21-20-7 points in their losses.
— Ole Miss went for it on 4th down 40 times (24-40) LY, most times in country.
— Rebels were +8 in turnovers; they were 105th in rushing defense. 

6) Missouri
— Last two years, are 9-1 vs teams with losing records, 2-11 vs everyone else.
— Tigers have their third defensive coordinator in three years.
— Mizzou was 124th in rushing defense LY.
— 8 of their 11 I-A opponents this year played in bowls LY. 

5) Oregon
— Auburn transfer Bo Nix figures to be their new QB.
— New OC Dillingham coached Nix at Auburn.
— All five starters are back on the offensive line.
— Ducks were 10-4 LY, but lost last two games, giving up 38-47 points. 

4) Oregon State
— Played in bowl LY, their first bowl in eight years.
— Ran ball for 212.4 yards/game LY, #19 in country.
— Scored 4.9 points/drive inside 40, #8 in country.
— Have 4 of top 5 rushers back, 3 of top 4 receivers back

3) Texas A&M
— Who is the QB? Biggest question they have this summer.
— Allowed only 2.9 points/drive that got inside 40 (#10)
— Beat Alabama LY, then lost road games at Ole Miss, LSU
— Played only three true road games LY; they play four this year. 

2) UCLA
— Were 8-4 LY, are 18-25 in four years under Kelly, who was 41-7 at Oregon.
— were penalized 69.5 yards/game LY (#109)
— Dorian Thompson-Robinson is in his 5th year as UCLA’s quarterback.
— Bruins ranked 14th in country in rushing yardage LY. 

1) Washington
— Brought new coach in from Fresno State
— Brought in new QB from Indiana (12-5 there)— he is a mobile QB
— Ranked 125th in rushing offense, 108th in rushing defense.
— Huskies have only three starters back on defense. 

Author: Armadillo Sports

I've been involved in sports my whole life, now just write about them. I like to travel, mostly to Las Vegas- they have gambling there.