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Numbers and statistics are a huge part of college football. Every Sunday, reading updated box scores and stats is like Christmas for fans and media members. Some stats like total offense and total defense are overrated but each help paint a picture for a team or particular game.

 

Whether the stats are historic, advanced or just an observation from a box score, Athlon Sports brings the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from around the weekend of Atlantic Coast Conference football action:

 

1
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson became Clemson's first true freshman quarterback to record a win in his first career start after leading the Tigers to a 50-35 win over North Carolina. He threw for six TDs in the win, also becoming the first freshman QB in ACC history to throw for six scores and tied the ACC single-game record for TD passes. Only five ACC players have thrown six TDs in a game. Clemson won for just the fifth time in 17 tries when starting a true freshman QB.

 

3
Wake Forest's Tylor Harris set an FBS record by recovering three fumbles in a 20-10 loss at Louisville. No FBS player had ever collected three fumbles in a game since it became an official statistic in 1992. His sack, forced fumble, and recovery in the end zone gave Wake a 10-7 lead in the third quarter before the Cardinals reeled off 10 unanswered points on the way to the win. The nose tackle is one recovery away from Wake's season record of five.

8

Andrew Motuapuaka handed Virginia Tech its fastest ever touchdown in the Frank Beamer era when he returned a fumble of the opening kickoff 11 yards for a 6-0 lead eight seconds into the Hokies game with Western Michigan. It broke Andre Davis' mark of 18 seconds after his 74-yard TD catch from Michael Vick against Rutgers in 1999.

 

13
On the way to its 20-10 win against Wake Forest Saturday, Louisville picked off Demon Deacons QB John Wolford three times. The Cardinal's defense has now forced 13 turnovers in the first five games this season, which is the most through five contests since forcing 14 in 2005. Wolford was also sacked eight times, the most for the UofL defense since eight against Rutgers last October.

 

15  
Duke quarterback Anthony Boone suffered his first loss in 15 regular season career starts when the Blue Devils fell 22-10 Saturday at Miami. Boone tossed two interceptions, the final one in the fourth quarter helped the Hurricanes ice the game four plays later, and saw Duke's school-record tying 12-game regular season winning streak snapped.

 

24

N.C. State became the first-ever opponent to score 24 points in the first quarter against Florida State in school history - a span of 768 first quarters. In three previous games against the nation's No. 1 team, N.C. State had never lead at any point. On Saturday, the Wolfpack led 24-7 after one quarter and 24-21 at halftime. The Seminoles went on to win 56-41.

 

30 
With its 31-15 win against Syracuse, Notre Dame has scored at least 30 points in each of its first four games. That is a feat that has not been accomplished by the Irish since their 1943 national championship season. And for the fourth consecutive game in 2014, Notre Dame has held its opponent to 17 or less.

56
Since 2000, Florida State is 56-1 when it scores at least 40 points. The only defeat was 49-44 to Georgia Tech in 2009.


280
After gaining 64 yards over its first six possessions, resulting in five punts and an interception, Akron collected 280 yards and three touchdowns over its next five drives en route to a 21-10 win over host Pittsburgh. The Zips' seventh drive outgained its previous six alone when they went 75 yards to tie the game at 7 before halftime.

500
With its 45-13 win and 520 yards of total offense against Kent State, Virginia has registered 500+ yards in total offense in back-to-back games for the first time since 2004. The Cavaliers had a three-game span against Temple (504), North Carolina (549), and Akron (522) where they reached 500 to open the season on the way to an 8-4 season.

 

- Corby A. Yarbrough

@Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

 

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Numbers and statistics are a huge part of measuring performance and marking milestones in the NFL. With that in mind, Athlon Sports rounded up the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from Week 4 of the season.

 

0

There have now only been two NFL regular season games without any punts after Green Bay and Chicago combined to keep their punters off the field in Week 4. The other came Sept. 13, 1992 when Buffalo and San Francisco did not punt in a game that featured 1,118 yards of total offense combined. An AFC Divisional matchup between Kansas City and Indianapolis (2004) is the only playoff game with zero punts.

 

1

J.J. Watt's 80-yard interception return for a score against Buffalo made him the first player in NFL history with 35-plus sacks, a receiving touchdown (Week 2 this year) and an interception touchdown return in his first four seasons.

 

1

Indianapolis' quarterback Andrew Luck completed 70.7 percent of his passes (29 of 41) for 393 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 123.3 passer rating in the Colts’ Week 4 win over Tennessee. Luck, who last week completed 79.5 percent of his passes for 370 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 140.4 rating, is the first player in NFL history to post consecutive games with at least 370 passing yards, four or more touchdown passes, a completion percentage above 70 percent and one or no interceptions.

 

2

With a punt return for a touchdown (Darren Sproles), a blocked punt return for a touchdown (Brad Smith) and an interception return for a touchdown (Malcolm Jenkins) against San Francisco Sunday, Philadelphia became just the second team in NFL history to pull off such a trifecta. In NFL history, teams that had three returns for TDs in a game were 71-1-1; the Eagles lost 26-21.

 

3

New Orleans was shutout in the first half for just the third time (2007, 2011) under head coach Sean Payton when Dallas took a 24-0 lead into halftime Sunday night. The Cowboys won 38-17.

 

4

Dallas' DeMarco Murray became the fourth running back in NFL history with 100+ rushing yards and 1+ rushing touchdown in each of the team's first four games, and the first since Dallas' Emmitt Smith did so in 1995. Jim Brown (1958) and O.J. Simpson (1975) are the other two. Brown stretched the streak to six games, while Simpson pushed it to five.

 

4

Rookie quarterbacks Blake Bortles (Jacksonville) and Teddy Bridgewater (Minnesota) made their first NFL start in Week 4. Along with Derek Carr (Oakland), three rookies have started at quarterback this season. It marks the fourth consecutive season (2011-14) in which at least three rookies started at quarterback in a September game. That is the longest such streak in the Super Bowl era.

 

8

With their 41-17 victory against Tennessee in Week 4, the Indianapolis Colts have won eight consecutive games within the AFC South. It is the longest active streak in the NFL.

 

9

Over Philadelphia's first nine possessions of its Week 4 game against San Francisco, the Eagles collected just five first downs on 37 plays. They picked up six first downs on 15 plays on their second-to-last drive of the day, which was halted on a fourth-and-goal pass play from the 2 for a potential game-winning TD pass. Philly finished with 213 total yards of offense, which is the second lowest under Chip Kelly, and 22 rushing yards, which is the lowest by any team this season entering Monday night's game.

 

13

Entering Week 4, Philadelphia was the best second-half team in the league with a +50-point differential while San Francisco was the worst at -49, including zero points in the fourth quarter. The 49ers outscored the Eagles 13-0 in the second half, including three points in the fourth quarter.

 

17

Since opening up with a 17-0 halftime lead in Week 1 against Philadelphia, Jacksonville has been outscored 152-41. The 0-4 Jaguars have scored 21 of those points in the first half.

 

700

With Green Bay's 38-17 win against Chicago in Week 4, the Packers posted the franchise's 700th regular-season win. They joined the Bears as the only two franchises to achieve 700 wins. Chicago has 732.

 

3,065

Aaron Rodgers needed the fewest attempts in NFL history to reach 25,000 passing yards when he accomplished the feat in Week 4. He hit the mark in 3,065 attempts, besting Kurt Warner's 3,076.

 

10,000

Baltimore's Steve Smith had seven catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns against Carolina, his old team, in Week 4. The 429 yards he has this season are the most ever by a 35+ year-old player through the first four games of the season. In addition, Smith is the Panthers' all-time leading receiver (12,197) and became the second player in NFL history to have 100+ receiving yards in his first game against a franchise for which he had 10,000+ yards. He joined Torry Holt.

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Numbers and statistics are a huge part of college football. Every Sunday, reading updated box scores and stats is likeChristmas for fans and media members. Some stats like total offense and total defense are overrated but each help paint a picture for a team or particular game.

 

Whether the stats are historic, advanced or just an observation from a box score, Athlon Sports brings the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from around the weekend of Atlantic Coast Conference football action:

 

0
In its 23-17 overtime win against Clemson, Florida State kepts its streak of first-quarter shutouts alive. With a 3-0 lead over the Tigers after one quarter, the Seminoles are still unscored upon in the first 15 minutes in three games this season, and have not allowed any first-quarter points in a regular-season game — nine games — since Clemson's touchdown with 51 seconds remaining in the Oct. 19, 2013 meeting. The shutout extends to 10 of the last 11 games counting Duke being blanked in the first quarter of last year's ACC title game. Auburn scored a TD with 3:07 remaining in the BCS National Championship Game.

 

2.1
Miami traveled to Nebraska having seen the most rushes of any ACC team (123) and yielding the lowest yards per carry (2.1) in the conference. That 2.1 defense must have stayed in Coral Gables. Nebraska, behind 229 yards from Ameer Abdullah, averaged 6.4 per carry (54-347) in a 41-31 win.

4

Georgia Tech entered Saturday's game tied for first in the ACC in fourth-down conversions, a perfect 3-of-3. The practice must have helped as no fourth down was bigger than the Jackets' final one. A Justin Thomas pass to DeAndre Smelter for 19 yards on fourth-and-15 with 2:30 left kept the game-tying drive alive. The Jackets followed with an interception on VT's ensuing drive, and seven plays later kicked the game-winning field goal. Georgia Tech is no longer perfect, however. The team failed on its other fourth-down attempt early in the second quarter — an incomplete pass at the Hokies' 37 that Virginia Tech turned into a 10-play TD drive for a 13-3 lead.

 

6
Mike Wever's 20-yard field goal in the fourth quarter made the Wake Forest redshirt freshman 6-of-6 on field goals to start the season. That streak ties Tracy Lounsbury's school record set in 1969 for consecutive makes to start a career. Weaver is also a perfect 9-of-9 on extra-point attempts. Weaver's field goal cut Army's lead to 21-17 before the the Demon Deacons scored the game-winning TD with 6:45 left in the fourth.

 

17 
Virginia fell to host BYU 41-33 in a rare trip west of the Mississippi River for the Cavaliers. This was just the 17th game played west of the river in school history. The Cavs are 4-13 in those games. The last win west of the river was at BYU, 45-40 on Sept. 25, 1999. This was the first of five straight seasons in which UVa will play a game west of the Mississippi.

 

20

In a 40-10 win against Maine on Saturday, Boston College held its opponent to 20 rushing yards or less for the second straight week. On Saturday, Maine collected just 16 yards on the ground a week after Southern California was limited to 20 in a 37-31 BC victory.

 

40 
In its 42-0 win against Presbyterian Saturday, N.C. State posted at least 40 points in a third straight game for the first time in school history. The Wolfpack, 4-0 for the third time ever, scored 46 against Old Dominion and 42 against South Florida. It was also the first shutout thrown by N.C. State since a 2011 win against North Carolina, and the first against a non-conference opponent since a 2005 bowl win against South Florida.

71
All 71 yards of Duke's opening drive came via QB rushes Saturday in a 47-13 win against Tulane. Anthony Boone had four rushes for 27 yards, while Thomas Sirk ran for 44 yards on two carries, including a 1-yard TD. The two quarterbacks combined for 84 of Duke's 100 first-half rushing yards (Sirk 43, Boone 41), and Sirk collected a career-high 94 yards on the ground, including a career-long run of 50 yards. Boone finished with 42 yards on a season-high 10 carries, including 1-yard TD run to open the third quarter.


89
During Syracuse's 34-20 loss to former ACC member Maryland on Saturday, the Orange allowed its first sack of the season. The third-quarter sack of Terrel Hunt ended a streak of 89 straight pass attempts, dating back to 2013, without a Syracuse QB being dropped.

257
Syracuse's streak of offensive snaps without a turnover came to a resounding end against Maryland when quarterback Terrel Hunt was intercepted by William Likely in the second quarter. Likely returned in 88 yards for a score. It was the first turnover in 257 snaps when the Orange coughed it up in the first quarter of the 2013 Texas Bowl against Minnesota.

 

- Corby A. Yarbrough

@Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

 

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Numbers and statistics are unquestionably a huge part of the game. Any game, for that matter. With that in mind, Athlon Sports rounded up the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from Week 3 of the NFL season:

 

0

After falling 26-20 to Seattle Sunday, Denver is 0-3 in overtime games, including playoffs, since Peyton Manning joined the team in 2012. The Seahawks are 4-0 in overtime the last three seasons, the most OT wins in the NFL over that span. Sunday was the first overtime in NFL history featuring the participants from the previous season's Super Bowl. There has still been no Super Bowl OT. Tim Tebow was 4-0 in OT games as the Broncos' QB in 2011 alone.

 

1

A week after throwing a 50-yard pass, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu threw a scoring TD pass. His 18-yard touchdown to quarterback Andy Dalton made Sanu the only player in NFL history with no incompletions, 2+ touchdown passes, and 150+ passing yards. He is 4-for-4, having completed one pass in each of his first two years, including a 73-yard TD as a rookie, and is 2-for-2 this year for 68 yards and a score. Sanu has thrown for 166 yards for his career.

 

3

Green Bay only managed to move across midfield three times in a 19-7 loss to Detroit, tying the fewest times the Packers have driven into opposing territory in any of the 97 games quarterback Aaron Rodgers has started.

 

4

With four catches against the Giants, Texans receiver Andre Johnson moved ahead of Art Monk and tied Derrick Mason for 12th on the all-time catch list (943). Passing Andre Reed (951) is the next rung in the all-time ladder for Johnson.

 

7

Philadelphia became the seventh team in league history to trail after the first quarter of its first three games and win all three. The last team to do this was the 1999 New England Patriots. Philadelphia has trailed by 14, 4, and 7 after each of the first quarters this season. The Eagles are also the first team in NFL history to start 3-0 after trailing by 10+ points in all three games.

 

10

In leading Seattle to the game's first touchdown in a 26-20 overtime win over Denver, quarterback Russell Wilson snapped a streak of 10 straight incompletions on throws of 30+ yards with his 39-yard scoring pass to Ricardo Lockett. The late second-quarter TD proved to be the game-winner.

 

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17

When Dallas erased a 21-0 deficit to knock off St. Louis 34-31 in Week 3, it marked the fourth time this season a team has overcome a deficit of at least 17 points to win. Philadelphia, Chicago, and Green Bay have also come back from 17+ down. That is tied with 2011 for the most through the first three weeks of the season since the 1970 merger. Dallas also tied its largest comeback in franchise history.

 

20

Devin Hester of the Falcons set an NFL record with the 20th touchdown return of his career during his team's win over Tampa Bay on Thursday night. The previous record was held by Deoin Sanders.

 

25

With a 101-yard receiving game at Cleveland Sunday, Steve Smith now has 25 career 100-yard receiving games on the road. Only Jerry Rice (39) and Marvin Harrison (26) have more since 1960. Smith passed Randy Moss, Isaac Bruce, Michael Irvin and Terrell Owens. The five catches for 101 yards pushed Smith to 290 yards for the season, the most by a player in the first three games with the franchise since Anquan Boldin's 287.

 

30

Arizona moved to 3-0 with a 23-14 victory against San Francisco in Week 3, and for the third straight week, the Cardinals had a shutout in the fourth quarter. Arizona has now outscored its opponents 30-0 in the final 15 minutes. San Francisco, which has outscored its opponents 55-37 in the first three quarters of the first three games, has been outscored 31-0 in the fourth quarter.

 

80

With his 81-yard touchdown catch against Philadelphia in Week 3, Washington's DeSean Jackson is only the third player in NFL history with an 80-yard TD catch both for and against his team. Jackson had an 88-yard TD catch for the Eagles against the Redskins on Nov. 15, 2010. He joins Charlie Joiner and Art Powell in pulling off the rare feat.

 

85

Tom Brady has an 85 percent completion rate when throwing to receiver Julian Edelman. The longtime Patriots quarterback is completing just 51 percent of his passes when throwing to anyone else.

 

150

Speaking of Brady, he nabbed his 150th career victory with Sunday’s win over Oakland. Brady joins Brett Favre (186) and Peyton Manning (169) as the only quarterbacks to accomplish the feat.

 

1967

With a 370-yard, four-touchdown day through the air against Jacksonville, Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck (31-39-0) became the first Colts quarterback with 350+ yards, four touchdowns, no interceptions, and a 75+ completion percentage in a game since Johnny Unitas did so in 1967.

 

By Corby A. Yarbrough, @Corby_Yarbrough 

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Numbers and statistics are a huge part of college football. Every Sunday, reading updated box scores and stats is like Christmas for fans and media members. Some stats like total offense and total defense are overrated but each help paint a picture for a team or particular game.

 

Whether the stats are historic, advanced or just an observation from a box score, Athlon Sports brings the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from around the weekend of Atlantic Coast Conference football action:

 

10 Amazing CFB Stats from Week 3 in the ACC

 

1
Virginia's 23-21 upset of No. 21 Louisville Saturday marked the first win for the Cavaliers when facing a new ACC member for the first time in conference play. UVa upped its record to 1-6 in such games, dating back to Georgia Tech joining the ACC in 1979. The Cavs are 2-1 all time against the Cardinals.

 

2
South Florida amassed 92 yards of offense on its first two drives — 75 coming from a touchdown reception. However, the Bulls were limited to just two total yards over their final five drives of the first half. The 75-yard score tied the game at 7 before N.C. State went on a 28-0 run the rest of the half, a 42-0 run for the game, leading to the 49-17 victory.

4
Virginia Tech punted on all four first-quarter drives against East Carolina Saturday, while the Pirates scored touchdowns on three of their four first-quarter drives on the way to a 21-0 lead. ECU needed those three scores on the way to holding off the Hokies 28-21. Virginia Tech ended up punting on its first five drives, was intercepted on its next two, and missed a 37-yard field goal on its eighth possession.

 

5
In its 40-3 win against host Central Michigan Saturday, Syracuse scored 40 unanswered points thanks in part to a 5-for-5 effort inside the red zone. The Orange scored TDs of 4, 1, 3, and 1, and added a 23-yard field goal. Syracuse is now 9-for-9 for in the red zone this season.

 

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9
With its 41-3 win over Kansas, Duke moved to 3-0 for just the ninth time since 1960. The Blue Devils are 3-0 for the first time since 1994 (7-0), and the victory is the program's ninth consecutive non-conference regular-season win, the most in school history.

 

10

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson and the Yellow Jackets defeated Johnson's former team with a 42-38, comeback win against Georgia Southern Saturday. Johnson is the 10th active FBS head coach to coach against his former team, and joined the other nine in being victorious in their last meeting against their former schools. Johnson's first college head coaching gig was in Statesboro (1997-2001), winning two I-AA titles, and he was an assistant for the Eagles from 1983-86. This was the first meeting between the two schools.

 

49
The first four scores of the Wake Forest-Utah State game averaged 49 yards, and only one of them came from the offense. The Demon Deacons returned an interception 70 yards for the game's opening score before the Aggies countered with a 35-yard interception return, a 44-yard touchdown pass, and a 47-yard fumble recovery for a score and a 19-7 lead. Utah State pushed the lead to 29-7 before eventually winning 36-24. The final six scores of the game averaged 13.3 yards, including each team kicking field goals (26 and 30).

16
Pittsburgh fought back against host Florida International for a 42-25 win Saturday after trailing 16-0 entering the second quarter. The 16-point deficit was the Panthers' largest comeback win since Oct. 5, 1996. Pittsburgh erased a 19-point lead on that day to defeat Temple 53-52 after trailing 52-33 entering the final quarter.


201
Phillip Dorsett posted 201 receiving yards in Miami's 41-20 win against Arkansas State Saturday. The 201 yards marked the third time in Hurricanes' history that a player had over 200 receiving yards. Wesley Carroll had 208 yards at California on Sept. 15, 1990, and Eddie Brown had 220 yards vs. Boston College on November 23, 1984. Dorsett’s 201 yards came on just four catches — two of which were touchdowns, both 63 yards.

500
After being held to minus-6 yards of offense and falling behind 10-0 to Southern California over the first 11:44 of the game, Boston College went on an offensive tear. The Eagles posted 500 yards of offense the rest of the way, and outscored the ninth-ranked Trojans 37-21 for a 37-31 win and their first victory against a top-10 team since 2004.

 

- Corby A. Yarbrough

@Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

 

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Numbers and statistics are unquestionably a huge part of the game. Any game, for that matter. Some fall on the sabermetric side of things, while others like to keep it simple and use the ol' eyeball test. In the football world, that means total offense, total defense and points scored versus points per play and defensive efficiency ratings. Rational and logical arguments can be made for the legitimacy and relevance of both sides of the stats spectrum.

 

With that in mind, Athlon Sports brings the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from Week 2 of the NFL season:

 

1

With Austin Davis starting for St. Louis in Week 2 and Shaun Hill starting for the team in Week 1, the Rams became the first team since 1991 to start two undrafted quarterbacks in the first two weeks of a season. Dave Krieg and Jeff Kemp started the first two weeks for Seattle in '91.

 

1

Alfred Morris scored his 21st and 22nd TDs for Washington in Week Two for his first multi-TD game since scoring three times against Dallas in 2012 (Week 17). Of the 22 touchdowns, nine of them have been 1-yard scores, including both scores in the Redskins' 41-10 against Jacksonville in Week 2.

 

2

With Buffalo's 29-10 win against Miami in Week 2, the Bills are 2-0 for the fifth time since 2000. Of course, the last four times Buffalo has been perfect through two weeks it has gone on to finish the season at .500 or below every time. The Bills had a 3-0 start in 2011 only to finish 6-10.

 

2

Dallas running back DeMarco Murray Sunday surpassed Emmitt Smith for the most rushing yards in the first two games of the season in franchise history. With 167 yards against Tennessee, Murray now has 285 through two games to Smith's 277 set in 1995. Murray is the third player in Cowboys history with 100-yard days on the ground and a touchdown in the first two games of the season, joining Smith and Tony Dorsett.

 

5

A win's a win, it just did not light up the scoreboard as much as it usually does for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. With their 24-17 win against the visiting Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2, the Broncos were held under 25 points in a regular-season game for just the fifth time since Manning arrived in 2012. That's 28 of 33 games in which the Broncos have hit the quarter century mark.

 

8

Dallas pulled off a rare feat during the Jason Garrett reign in Week 2. With 43 rushing attempts to 29 pass attempts, the Cowboys rushed more than they passed for just the eighth time in Garrett's four-plus years as head coach. Dallas is 7-1 in those games. The Cowboys ran 43 times for 220 yards and completed 19-of-29 for 148 yards through the air in a 26-10 win in Tennessee.

 

10

Washington tied its team record (1977) with 10 sacks against Jacksonville in Week 2. Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne was on the wrong end of all 10 sacks, making him the most sacked QB in one game since Greg McElroy was dropped 11 times by San Diego in 2012 (Week 16). Washington outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan had four of those 10 sacks against Henne Sunday, tying the franchise's single-game record.

 

16

If it was not already clear that Jordy Nelson was Aaron Rodgers' favorite target, the Green Bay tandem let you know in Week 2. Nelson was targeted 16 times in the team's win over the Jets, making him the most targets Rodgers has ever sent toward one player in a single game. Nelson turned the 16 targets into 209 receiving yards, which were the most for a Packer since Don Beebe's 220 in 1996.

 

50+

With a 50-yard pass and a 76-yard reception in Week 2, Cincinnati receiver Mohamed Sanu became the first player to throw a 50-plus-yard pass and have a 50-plus-yard reception in a single game since David Patten did so for New England in 2001.

 

90

Cleveland running back Terrence West rushed for 68 yards and caught for another 22 in a 26-24 upset of New Orleans Sunday and became the first rookie RB with 90 yards from scrimmage in his first two games since Chris Johnson and Matt Forte did so in 2008. West had 100 yards in the season opener (all on the ground).

 

149

With the New England Patriots’ 30-7 victory at Minnesota, quarterback Tom Brady earned his 149th career win, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway (148) for the third-most victories by a starting quarterback in NFL history. Brady now has a 149-46 (.764) record as a starter.

 

24,732

Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers passed for 346 yards and three touchdowns in the Packers’ 31-24 win over the New York Jets. Rodgers has 24,732 career passing yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Bart Starr (24,718) for the second-most passing yards in franchise history. Brett Favre ranks first with 61,655 passing yards.

 

By Corby A. Yarbrough, @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Numbers and statistics are a huge part of college football. Every Sunday, reading updated box scores and stats is like Christmas for fans and media members. Some stats like total offense and total defense are overrated but each help paint a picture for a team or particular game.

Whether the stats are historic, advanced or just an observation from a box score, Athlon Sports brings the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from around the weekend of Atlantic Coast Conference football action:


10 Amazing College Football Stats from Week 2 in the ACC

 

1: Virginia Tech's first regular-season meeting against a current Big Ten opponent results in 1-0
In front of the largest crowd ever to watch a game at Ohio Stadium (107,517), Virginia Tech made its first-ever regular-season meeting against a current Big Ten opponent a memorable one. The Hokies' 35-21 win ended the No. 8 Buckeyes' 64-game winning streak at home against non-conference competition, and it was Ohio State's first loss to an unranked non-conference opponent since 1982. Virginia Tech is 30-21 all-time against current Big Ten teams, but has played just two against Big Ten teams when they were a member of the conference. Those games were against Indiana (1992 Independence Bowl) and Michigan (2012 Sugar Bowl).

 

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92: Florida State has scored on 92 percent of its red zone trips
On the way to 2-0 and outscoring its first two opponents by a combined score of 74-43, Florida State has only missed out on one scoring opportunity inside the red zone. The Seminoles are 11-of-12 this season, including five touchdowns. The only drive to stall was the fourth of the season against Oklahoma State with an interception on a play that began at the Cowboys' 13.

 

24: Wake Forest collected 24 first downs one more than the number of points it scored
The Demon Deacons collected more first downs than they did points in a 23-7 win over Gardner-Webb. On the way to posting 24 first downs, Wake Forest needed just 96 net rushing yards to do so. True freshman QB John Wolford did most of the work, completing 30-of-38 passes for 291 yards and two scores, and rushing for 29 of the 96 yards.

 

9: Duke Johnson one of nine Miami players to reach 2,000 yards rushing
In a 41-7 win against Florida A&M, Johnson’s 55-yard second-quarter carry made him one of nine Hurricanes with 2,000 or more career rushing yards. He moved into ninth place on Miami’s all-time rushing list (2,054), passing Frank Gore in the first quarter. He trails No. 8 Willis McGahee (2,067), No. 7 Javarris James (2,162) and No. 6 Danyell Ferguson (2,214).

 

41: NC State's average starting field position was its own 41
The Wolfpack scored a second-half 46-34 comeback win against an Old Dominion team that ran 87 plays. NC State benefited from an average starting field position of its own 41. The Wolfpack scored touchdowns on five of their final six drives before a kneel-down to end the game.

 

24:15: Louisville possessed the ball for all but 5:45 of the second half
In its 66-21 dismantling of Murray State, Louisville controlled possession for 42:09 of the 60 minutes, including 24:15 in the second half. The Cardinals ran 88 plays, converted 11-of-19 third downs, and amassed 603 yards of total offense.

31-3: Duke outscores Troy 31-3 after falling behind 14-3
The Blue Devils traveled to Alabama and saw the host Troy Trojans jump out to a 14-3 lead after the game's first four possessions. Duke turned it around quickly with touchdowns on its next three drives, and scored 31 points altogether over its next seven drives after trailing 14-3. The Blue Devils outgained the Trojans 290-158 during the seven-series surge.

15: A week after attempting 15 passes in a win, Georgia Tech throws for 15 yards in a win
Yellow Jackets quarterback Justin Thomas completed 11-of-15 passes for 282 yards and two scores a week ago in a 38-19 win against Wofford. In Saturday's 38-21 win against Tulane, Thomas was 3-for-8 for 15 yards. The team rushed for 344 yards, including 70 from Thomas. The 15 yards are not the fewest in Georgia Tech history. The team has had 13 games since 1953 in which it failed to register any passing yards. Tech's fewest-ever in an ACC game is 24 against Virginia (Oct. 24, 2011).


31: Virginia's nine takeaways have already produced 31 points
The Cavaliers' 45-13 win against Richmond Saturday included seven takeaways — the most for UVa since Sept. 7, 2002 — and gives the team nine on the season. Virginia collected 21 points off of the seven turnovers Saturday. With those nine for the season, UVa has already produced 31 points compared to the 13 points it scored 21 takeaways a season ago.

 

50: Pittsburgh held Boston College to 50 yards after its first drive of the second half
On Boston College’s first drive of the first half, the Eagles went 77 yards for a touchdown. For the rest of the half, the Pitt defense only allowed 50 yards and zero points.

 

- Corby A. Yarbrough

@Corby_Yarbrough on Twiter

Teaser:
10 Amazing College Football Stats from Week 2 in the ACC
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Numbers and statistics are unquestionably a huge part of the game. Any game, for that matter.

 

Some fall on the sabermetric side of things, while others like to keep it simple and use the ol' eyeball test. In the football world, that means total offense, total defense and points scored versus points per play and defensive efficiency ratings. Rational and logical arguments can be made for the legitimacy and relevance of both sides of the stats spectrum.

 

With that in mind, Athlon Sports brings the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from Week 1 of the NFL season:


11 Amazing Pro Football Stats from Week 1

 

17: Jacksonville has largest lead in over a year; Philadelphia turns it into a comeback only two teams have matched since 1940
On the way to a 17-0 halftime lead on the road, Jacksonville quickly surpassed the largest lead it had all of last season (14), and the largest halftime lead it has had since Week 7 in 2012. However, the homestanding Eagles went on to mount a second-half comeback that had only been accomplished one other time since 1940. As part of its 34-17 victory, Philadelphia's 17-point comeback and 17-point win helped the Eagles join Buffalo as the only two teams since 1940 to pull off such a feat. Buffalo also trailed by 17 against Cincinnati in 2010 before winning 49-31. The comeback win also pushed Philadelphia to 2-39 since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger when trailing by at least 17 at half. The other win was DeSean Jackson's electrifying punt return for the game winner against the Giants (2010).

 

49: Darren Sproles' 49-yard score starts Eagles' comeback and is third-longest fourth-down score for Philadelphia since 2000
Darren Sproles' 49-yard scoring run on fourth down got the Eagles on the scoreboard and kickstarted their comeback run against Jacksonville in Week 1. The 49-yard score was the third-longest fourth-down play for Philadelphia since 2000. LeSean McCoy had a 50-yard TD run against the Giants in 2010, and Brian Dawkins had a 57-yard score as part of a potpourri day against Houston in 2002, when he became the first player in NFL history to record a sack, recover a fumble, intercept a ball, and catch a touchdown in one game; the touchdown was the 57-yard reception from Brian Mitchell on a fake punt.

278: Roethlisberger's 278 yards pass in first half are a career high for the first 30 minutes
Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for a 278 yards in the first half — a career high for an opening half — and helped the Steelers build a 27-3 halftime lead. The 278 yards are the most in the first half of a season opener in the NFL since Donvan McNabb in 2008 (297). All those yards nearly went for naught, as the Steelers needed a last-second field goal to score a 30-27 victory. Roethlisberger finished with 365 passing yards for the game.

 

3: Tennessee scores 20+ points on the road for just the third time since 1998 in a road opener
Since moving to Nashville in 1998, the Tennessee Titans have opened on the road 11 times, losing seven of those Week 1 contests. And in eight of those contests, the Titans have failed to score 20+ points. However, in the three in which they have reached 20 points, they are 3-0. Tennessee hit 3-0 on Sunday with a 26-10 victory in Kansas City, reeling off 23 unanswered points in one stretch. The Titans average 24 PPG in the three Week 1 road wins and 13.3 PPG in the eight road losses.

 

25: Dallas' halftime deficit was its largest ever in a season opener
In a meeting of two depleted defenses, it was San Francisco collecting four first-half turnovers on the way to a 28-3 lead en route to a 28-17 victory. The 25-point deficit was the largest halftime deficit for Dallas in a season opener, and only the fourth time in team history the Cowboys have trailed by 25+ at home a the half. The team fell to 0-15 all time when trailing by at least 25 points at intermission.

 

4: New England is alone in fourth place in AFC East for first time in Tom Brady era
OK, it's only Week 1, but Tom Brady and the New England Patriots find themselves residing in a rare place — last in the AFC East. A 33-20 loss to division rival Miami Sunday left the Pats alone in last place for the first time since Brady became the starting quarterback (2001).

 

14: Oakland loses 14th straight game in Eastern time zone

This has always been one of those fun (read: ridiculous) stats to follow, but the Raiders keep adding to the total. On Sunday, they made it 14 straight losses in the Eastern time zone with a 19-14 loss against the New York Jets. If you're tired of hearing about Oakland's inability to win in the East, buckle up, because its next two road games are in the Eastern time zone (New England and Cleveland).

92: Carolina's Benjamin has more receiving yards (92) in debut than Steve Smith had in any 2013 game
In a little over three quarters, Carolina rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin had already collected more yards in his NFL debut than the now-departed Steve Smith had in any one game all of last year. Benjamin had six catches for 92 yards and a score (26) as the fourth quarter began, and finished 6-for-92 yards in the Panthers' 20-14 win over host and NFC South rival Tampa Bay. Smith's season high was 74 in the 2013 Divisional playoff game for the Panthers. Of note, Smith played with Cam Newton all season, while Benjamin did his damage with Derek Anderson filling in for the injured Newton (ribs) on Sunday.

100: Patterson becomes first Viking to rush for 100 yards in a game in which Peterson also played
Minnesota wide receiver Cordarelle Patterson became the first Vikings player to rush for 100 yards in a game in which running back Adrian Peterson also played with a 102-yard effort Sunday. Patterson carried the ball three times, and his 67-yard touchdown run made him the first wide receiver with 50-plus-yard TD runs in consecutive games since Buffalo's Elbert Dubenion did so in the AFL days (1961).


2: Hurns first to debut with two receiving touchdowns in first quarter of first NFL game
Allen Hurns was a name known to those with deep fantasy rosters long before Week 1 began, but he debuted to the rest of the world with a Week 1 performance that included two touchdown receptions (34 and 21) in the first quarter on Sunday in Philadelphia. The Jacksonville rookie receiver became the first player in NFL history with two receiving touchdowns in the first quarter in his league debut. It helped the Jaguars jump out to a 17-0 halftime lead before falling 34-17. Hurns finished with four catches for 110 yards.

 

75: Two teams had a 75-yard touchdown pass in the same season-opening game for the first time since 1971
Sunday's Baltimore-Cincinnati marked the first season-opening game since 1971 in which each team had a 75-yard touchdown pass (Dallas vs. Buffalo, Sept. 19, 1971). Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green had a 77-yard touchdown catch for the game-winner in the fourth quarter of Cincinnati's 23-16 win. In his Ravens’ debut, wide receiver Steve Smith had an 80-yard touchdown reception, tying for the longest of his 14-year career.

 

- Corby A. Yarbrough

@Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

Teaser:
11 Amazing Pro Football Stats from Week 1
Post date: Monday, September 8, 2014 - 10:11
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Unless you’re still a Garrett Hartley owner, there’s no reason to switch kickers now.

Matt Prater, Stephen Gostkowski, Adam Vinatieri all got you here and none of them are playing for anything this week. No pressure.

Justin Tucker, Mason Crosby, Nick Novak, Dan Bailey, each of them do have postseason aspirations on the line. Tons of pressure. But they have come through for the most part this season.

But if you do want to get cute and need to find a sleeper, look at Graham Gano. He and his Carolina Panthers have an NFC South title on the line against an Atlanta team allowing the most to kickers, including 10 points to Gano in Week 10.
2013 NFL Week 17 Fantasy Football Rankings — Kickers

RankPlayerTeamOpp
1Matt PraterDENat OAK
2Stephen GostkowskiNEvs. BUF
3Steven HauschkaSEAvs. STL
4Justin TuckerBALat CIN
5Mason CrosbyGBat CHI
6Nick NovakSDvs. KC
7Dan BaileyDALvs. PHI
8Adam VinatieriINDvs. JAC
9Phil DawsonSFat ARI
10Nick FolkNYJ at MIA
11Jay FeelyARIat SF
12Blair WalshMINvs. DET
13Caleb SturgisMIAvs. NYJ
14Shaun SuishamPITvs. CLE
15Graham GanoCARat ATL

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

KICKER SCORING
PATs = 1 point
39 yards and under = 3 points
40-49 yards = 4 points
50-59 yards = 5 points
60+ yards = 6 points

 

Teaser:
Unless you’re still a Garrett Hartley owner, there’s no reason to switch kickers now.
Post date: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 06:10
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Carolina has been a double-digit scoring defense/special teams 11 times this season, and gets an Atlanta team that was one of those 11.

The Panthers will go for the NFC South title against a Falcons team that they scored 21 against in Week 9, and have scored in double digits four more times in the seven games following.

It gets a little shaky projecting a good defense after that.

The San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals, and their solid DSTs, are battling each other for playoff spots. San Fran won the DST score 14-6 in Week 6, but Arizona has been on fire the last few weeks.

Seattle is back at home and likely fuming from a rare home loss to an NFC West opponent last week in Arizona and now gets a Rams team it scored 13 against in Week 8.

2013 NFL Week 17 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams

RankPlayerOpp
1Carolina Panthersat ATL
2San Francisco 49ersat ARI
3Seattle Seahawksvs. STL
4Denver Broncosat OAK
5Arizona Cardinalsvs. SF
6Cincinnati Bengalsvs. BAL
7New England Patriotsvs. BUF
8Miami Dolphinsvs. NYJ
9Kansas City Chiefsat SD
10Cleveland Brownsat PIT
11New Orleans Saintsvs. TB
12New York Jetsat MIA
13Indianapolis Coltsvs. JAC
14St. Louis Ramsat SEA
15Tennessee Titansvs. HOU

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

DEFENSIVE SCORING
0 points allowed = 12 points
1-6 points allowed = 10 points
7-13 points allowed = 8 pts
14-20 points allowed = 6 points
21-27 points allowed = 2 pts
28+ points allowed = 0 points
Safeties = 2 points
Fumbles recovered = 2 points
Interceptions = 2 points
Sacks = 1 point
Defensive/Special Teams TDs = 6 points

Teaser:
Carolina has been a double-digit scoring defense/special teams 11 times this season
Post date: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 06:05
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Jimmy Graham, the game’s top tight end, will be trying to help the Saints keep pace for an NFC South title Sunday against a Tampa Bay team he destroyed near the beginning of the season. His 10 catches for 179 yards on 16 targets were all season highs in Week 2. He also scored a TD against the Buccaneers, who have held TEs to six scores this season.

 

Vernon Davis had scored a touchdown in five straight games entering Monday night, and only been held off the scoreboard in three games. He is killing it in TD-only leagues and PPR leagues, and gets an Arizona team had eight catches, 180 yards and two scores on 11 targets — all season highs — in their Week 6 meeting.

 

Green Bay’s Andrew Quarless should be a decent sleeper against a Chicago team that has allowed a TD to the position in three of the last five games, and 5.6 catches per game to tight ends. Quarless had a dud last week, but had back-to-back 15.6-point games the two weeks prior.

 

2013 NFL Week 17 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends

RankPlayerTeamOpp
1Jimmy GrahamNOvs. TB
2Vernon DavisSFat ARI
3Greg OlsenCARat ATL
4Julius ThomasDENat OAK
5Jason WittenDALvs. PHI
6Tony GonzalezATLvs. CAR
7Martellus BennettCHIvs. GB
8Antonio GatesSDvs. KC
9Charles ClayMIAvs. NYJ
10Jordan CameronCLEat PIT
11Coby FleenerINDvs. JAC
12Delanie WalkerTENvs. HOU
13Tim WrightTBat NO
14Heath MillerPITvs. CLE
15Brandon MyersNYGvs. WAS
16Marcedes LewisJACat IND
17Andrew QuarlessGBat CHI
18Anthony FasanoKCat SD
19Zach ErtzPHIat DAL
20Logan PaulsenWASat NYG
 

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

 

Teaser:
Jimmy Graham, the game’s top tight end, will be trying to help the Saints keep pace for an NFC South title Sunday against a Tampa Bay team he destroyed near the beginning of the season.
Post date: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 06:02
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Fantasy’s top three running backs close out the 2013 regular season with three fantastic matchups.

LeSean McCoy draws a Dallas team allowing the most points to running backs. Jamaal Charles gets a San Diego team he scored 30 fantasy points against in Week 12. Matt Forte plays host to a Green Bay team he scored 26 points against in Week 9.

DeMarco Murray has been solid when given the ball, and there’s no reason to think that will stop this week against an Eagles team he did not see in the Week 8 meeting.

Adrian Peterson stays up there in the rankings this week because he is Adrian Peterson. Health was not an issue in the Week 16 dud — a beatdown by the Bengals was. You would like to think he closes out the year strong the same way he began it — racking up a season-high 32 points against Detroit in Week 1.

2013 NFL Week 17 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Back

RankPlayerTeamOpp
1LeSean McCoyPHIat DAL
2Jamaal CharlesKCat SD
3Matt ForteCHIvs GB
4DeMarco MurrayDALvs. PHI
5Adrian PetersonMINvs. DET
6Eddie LacyGBat CHI
7Reggie BushDETat MIN
8Knowshon MorenoDENat OAK
9Marshawn LynchSEAvs. STL
10Le'Veon BellPITvs. CLE
11Ryan MathewsSDvs. KC
12Zac StacySTLat SEA
13Chris JohnsonTENvs. HOU
14Bobby RaineyTBat NO
15Alfred MorrisWASat NYG
16Fred JacksonBUFat NE
17Rashad JenningsOAKvs. DEN
18Dennis Johnson HOUat TEN
19Maurice Jones-DrewJACat IND
20Danny WoodheadSDvs. KC
21Ray RiceBALat CIN
22Joique BellDETat MIN
23Giovani BernardCINvs. BAL
24DeAngelo WilliamsCARat ATL
25Frank GoreSFat ARI
26Pierre ThomasNOvs. TB
27C.J. SpillerBUFat NE
28Andre EllingtonARIvs. SF
29Donald BrownINDvs. JAC
30Steven JacksonATLvs. CAR

 

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Teaser:
DeMarco Murray has been solid when given the ball, and there’s no reason to think that will stop this week against an Eagles team he did not see in the Week 8 meeting.
Post date: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 06:00
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The greatest fantasy football season for a quarterback — assuming he can score five more points — comes to an end this week as Peyton Manning goes to Oakland.

 

Part of the 5,211 yards and 51 touchdowns he has so far came via a 31.7-point day against Oakland in Week 3. And that was only his ninth-best game of the season.

 

With Manning setting the NFL record for TD passes in a season, will he give way to Brock Osweiller at some point Sunday? Maybe. But predicting a win, a blowout, a close games is useless this season. So ride the Bronco that got you to your Week 17 championship game.

 

The only thing stranger than a Week 17 championship game would be you pulling Manning for said title game.

 

While Manning is not playing for anything for the Broncos this weekend, Nick Foles, Cam Newton, Drew Brees and Jay Cutler — the rest of your top five — are all playing for division titles., and have very friendly matchups in the process.

 

2013 NFL Week 17 Fantasy Football Rankings - Quarterbacks

PlayerTeamOpp
Peyton ManningDENat OAK
Nick FolesPHIat DAL
Cam NewtonCARat ATL
Drew BreesNOvs. TB
Jay CutlerCHIvs. GB
Matthew StaffordDETat MIN
Andrew LuckINDvs. JAC
Matt FlynnGBat CHI
Tony Romo (*check injury reports)DALvs. PHI
Ben RoethlisbergerPITvs. CLE
Tom BradyNEvs. BUF
Ryan FitzpatrickTENvs. HOU
Alex SmithKCat SD
Russell WilsonSEAvs. STL
Colin KaepernickSFat ARI
Andy DaltonCINvs. BAL
Jason CampbellCLEat PIT
Ryan TannehillMIAvs. NYJ
Philip RiversSDvs. KC
Matt RyanATLvs. CAR
Kirk CousinsWASat NYG
Joe FlaccoBALat CIN
Eli ManningNYGvs. WAS
Terrelle PryorOAKvs. DEN
Chad HenneJACat IND

 

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

 

OFFENSIVE SCORING
  • All touchdowns are 6 points
  • 1 point for 25 yards passing
  • 1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
  • Receptions are .5 points
  • Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points
Teaser:
The greatest fantasy football season for a quarterback — assuming he can score five more points — comes to an end this week as Peyton Manning goes to Oakland.
Post date: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 06:00
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Dez Bryant leads the Week 17 receivers charge as the Dallas Cowboys play host to the Philadelphia Eagles in Sunday night’s NFC East title game. Bryant gets an Eagles team that allows the most to catches, yards and TDs per game to receivers. He had eight catches for 110 yards on 16 targets in their Week 7 meeting.

Despite the gimpy knee, Calvin Johnson stays near the top of the rankings in Week 17. It’s hard to sit the game’s best when he gets a Minnesota Vikings team allowing the second-most to receivers this year. He will definitely be one of the biggest ones to monitor this week with the knee and the fact that the Lions are now out of the playoff picture.

Josh Gordon can wrap up a stellar season against a Steelers team he caught a season-high 14 balls for 237 yards and a score against in Week 12.

2013 NFL Week 17 Fantasy Football Rankings — Wide Receivers

RankPlayerTeamOpp
1Dez BryantDALvs. PHI
2Calvin JohnsonDETat MIN
3Josh GordonCLEat PIT
4A.J. GreenCINvs. BAL
5Brandon MarshallCHIvs. GB
6Antonio BrownPITvs. CLE
7Eric DeckerDENat OAK
8Pierre GarconWASat NYG
9Julian EdelmanNEvs. BUF
10Demaryius ThomasDENat OAK
11DeSean JacksonPHIat DAL
12Alshon JefferyCHIvs. GB
13Jordy NelsonGBat CHI
14Keenan AllenSDvs. KC
15Larry FitzgeraldARIvs. SF
16Andre JohnsonHOUat TEN
17Marques ColstonNOvs. TB
18Mike WallaceMIAvs. NYJ
19Cordarrelle PattersonMINvs. DET
20Vincent JacksonTBat NO
21Riley CooperPHIat DAL
22Roddy WhiteATLvs. CAR
23Brian HartlineMIAvs. NYJ
24Jarrett BoykinGBat CHI
25T.Y. HiltonINDvs. JAC
26Andre Caldwell DENat OAK
27Harry DouglasATLvs. CAR
28Torrey SmithBALat CIN
29Nate WashingtonTENvs. HOU
30Danny AmendolaNEvs. BUF
31Rueben RandleNYGvs. WAS
32Brandon LaFellCARat ATL
33Michael CrabtreeSFat ARI
34Dwayne BoweKCat SD
35Michael FloydARIat ARI
36Kendall WrightTENvs. HOU
37Anquan BoldinSFat ARI
38Robert WoodsBUFat NE
39Nate BurlesonDETat MIN
40Hakeem NicksNYGvs. WAS
41James JonesGBat CHI
42Rishard Matthews MIAvs. NYJ
43Aaron DobsonNEva. BUF
44Golden TateSEAvs. STL
45Terrance WilliamsDALvs. PHI

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Teaser:
Josh Gordon can wrap up a stellar fantasy football season.
Post date: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 06:00
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True college football fans like to examine and dissect statistics, whether it's a quarterback's completion percentage or a team's winning record on the road. We, however, love stats. With that in mind, we examined the Pac-12 Championship between Stanford and Arizona State to put together some of the strangest, most amazing, and just plain cool numbers about the conference title game.

Kevin Hogan2: Home team has won both Pac-12 championship games
Arizona State has a small sample size of history on its side when it plays host to Stanford and the Pac-12 championship game Saturday. The home team has won the first two conference title games. Stanford defeated UCLA 27-24 last season, and Oregon defeated UCLA 49-31 in the first championship in 2011.

8: Arizona State has won its last eight home games
Being at home is certainly an advantage for the Sun Devils after having won their last eight games in Tempe. This season, they are 7-0 at Sun Devil Stadium, outscoring opponents 344-146 (49.1-20.9 PPG). Both Cardinal defeats have come on the road this season, while they have won their last 16 at home. One of those seven wins at home this season was a 42-28 victory against Arizona State.

1: Saturday’s Pac-12 title game will be the first time both teams enter on a winning streak
The third Pac-12 Conference championship game will feature both teams arriving after a win for the first time in the three-year history of the game. Arizona State and Stanford are both 10-2, ASU on a seven-game winning streak and Stanford on a two-game upswing. In 2011, Oregon arrived on a two-game win streak and won the title, while UCLA was 6-6 having just lost to USC. Last year, Stanford arrived on a six-game winning streak and won the title, while the Bruins were 9-3 and had just lost to Stanford in the regular-season finale.

17 and 39: ASU going for its first Rose Bowl in 17 years; Stanford looking for first consecutive trips in 39 years
On the line in Saturday’s Pac-12 title game is a trip to the 100th Rose Bowl. It is a game the Sun Devils have not been to since Jan. 1, 1997 — a 20-17 loss to Ohio State, which handed them their first loss (11-1). Stanford is looking to make back-to-back appearances in Pasadena on New Year’s Day for the first time since 1972. The Cardinal won their first Rose Bowl since 1972 with a 20-14 win over Wisconsin last season. They also won the 1971 game. USC is the last team to win consecutive Rose Bowls (2006-09). Stanford has appeared in 13 Rose Bowls, ASU two.

64: Arizona State has the most scores of any FBS team inside the red zone
Arizona State is sixth in the nation in red zone offense with 64 scores on 69 trips — 32 rushing TDs, 13 passing and 19 field goals. Stanford is tied for 31st in the nation in red zone defense. The Cardinal have allowed 29 scores on 37 trips inside the 20 — six rushing TDs, 13 passing and 10 field goals. Stanford’s offense is tied for 20th in red zone offense with 40 scores on 45 trips — 18 rushing scores, eight passing and 14 field goals. The Sun Devils are tied for 71st in red zone defense — 32 scores in 38 trips (12 rushing, 12 passing and eight field goals).

13: Arizona State is plus-13 in turnover margin
The Sun Devils will have to find a way to shake up the balanced Stanford offense, and turnovers could be that way. Arizona State is ninth in the nation at plus-13 in turnover margin, and it is tied for sixth in turnovers gained (30). Stanford is tied for 63 with a zero turnover margin. Both ASU and Stanford are tied for 38th in turnovers lost (17).

29: Stanford led 29-0 in this season’s meeting before ASU scored
The scoreboard showed a 14-point final margin for Stanford in the Sept. 21 conference-opening win over visiting Arizona State, but that game was well in hand in the first 30 minutes. The Cardinal scored the game’s first 29 points — all coming in the first half — and 39 of the first 46 before ASU clawed back with three fourth-quarter TDs. Stanford bookended conference play with 29-point halftime leads. The Cardinal also led California by 29 (42-13) on Nov. 23.

DJ Foster7 for 20: ASU’s Foster and his seven scores will likely be called upon to replace Grice and his 20 touchdowns
D.J. Foster (pictured right) has four rushing touchdowns this season — all four have come in the past three games. The sophomore had two and 124 yards in a blowout win of Arizona last week, and will be called upon heavily again with starter Marion Grice (leg) likely out. Grice leads ASU with 14 touchdowns, 966 yards rushing, and also has 50 catches for 438 yards and six receiving scores. Foster has appeared in all 12 games, rushing 65 times for 307 yards, and is second on the team with 54 catches for 550 yards and three scores. He appeared in all 13 games, starting once, as a freshman.

189: While ASU might be without its workhorse, Stanford’s Gaffney is coming off career-high 189 yards
Tyler Gaffney, FBS’ 10th-best rusher at 123.8 yards per game, arrives in Tempe off a career-best day. The senior carried 33 times for a career-high 189 yards and one score in a 27-20 win against Notre Dame last week. Gaffney is averaging 146 yards on the ground over the last seven games and has only gone below 100 once — 95 yards on just 16 carries.

13: Will ASU have an answer for Stanford’s Murphy and his FBS-best 13 sacks?
Trent Murphy leads the FBS with 13 sacks and is seventh in tackles for loss (19.5). Arizona State’s Carl Bradford is not too far behind with 16 sacks (T18 FBS), and he and teammate Davon Coleman each have 7.5 sacks. (T42). As a team, ASU is 90th in the FBS in tackles for loss allowed (6.67 per game) and 103rd in sacks allowed (2.75 per game).

Teaser:
Amazing College Football Stats about the Pac-12 Championship
Post date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 07:15
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True college football fans like to examine and dissect statistics, whether it's a quarterback's completion percentage or a team's winning record on the road. We, however, love stats. With that in mind, we examined the ACC Championship between Duke and Florida State to put together some of the strangest, most amazing, and just plain cool numbers about the conference title game.

Stats to Know for the 2013 ACC Championship

4: Duke and Florida State have four common opponents this season
On the road to the ACC championship, Duke and Florida State have faced four common opponents in 2013. Pittsburgh, NC State, Miami and Wake Forest were all on both teams’ schedules. The Seminoles went 4-0, outscoring the four 47.5-11.8 for a 35.7 PPG margin. The Blue Devils went 3-1, losing to Pitt for their last defeat (Sept. 21), outscoring the four 43-31.5 for an average margin of 11.5.

13.6 Duke’s average winning margin is just under two touchdowns per game at 13.6; FSU’s is above six
Duke and Florida State have reached double-digit wins and the ACC championship game in a much different way. The Blue Devils are outscoring opponents by 13.6 points per game, including the last two by 4.5 PPG. Florida State has only had one game decided by two scores or less (48-34 over Boston College) and is outscoring its opponents by 42.6 PPG.

20.5: The combined spread of the other six FBS conference title games is 20.5; the ACC’s in 29
Duke is clearly the biggest underdog in any of the seven FBS conference championship games this week, sitting as a 29-point underdog to Florida State as of Tuesday morning. Ohio State is a 5.5-point favorite over Michigan State in the Big Ten, Marshall is a 4.5-point favorite against Rice in C-USA, Northern Illinois is a 3-point favorite over Bowling Green in the MAC, Fresno State is a 3-point favorite against Utah State in the Mountain West, Arizona State is a 3-point favorite against Stanford in the Pac-12 and Auburn is a 1.5-point favorite over Missouri in the SEC.

162: Florida State can put this one to bed early if it continues to score like it has in the first quarter — 162 points this season
The Seminoles are 12-0 for a number of reasons, but outscoring opponents nearly 5:1 in the first 15 minutes sure is making it easier. FSU has racked up 162 points to just 35 allowed in the first quarter. Meanwhile, Duke has only been cumulatively outscored in one quarter all season and it’s the first — 82-70. If Duke can get it to the fourth quarter, its chances obviously increase. But limiting opponents to 37 points in the final 15 minutes this season is four points better than the 41 FSU has surrendered.

62: FSU’s 62 red zone scores are 10 more than Duke has red zone attempts
Both Duke and FSU are solid when they get inside the opponent’s 20, but FSU gets there more often and does more when they arrive. The Seminoles have scored on 62-of-64 attempts inside the red zone, including 50 touchdowns. Duke has reached the red zone 52 times, scoring 44, including 36 touchdowns.

3: FSU will be third ranked team Duke has played this season; Seminoles have wins over three ranked teams
No. 20 Duke has faced two ranked teams this season, defeating both in the last five games. The Blue Devils knocked off host and then-ranked No. 14 Virginia Tech 13-10 on Oct. 26 and followed three weeks later with a 48-30 win over then-ranked No. 23 Miami. Top-ranked FSU defeated all three ranked teams it played — 63-0 over then-No. 25 Maryland, 51-14 over then-No. 3 Clemson and 41-14 over then-No. 7 Miami.

6: Duke leads Florida State in six team offensive and defensive categories
The Blue Devils are not in front of the Seminoles in many categories within the ACC, but there is a handful. They lead Saturday’s opponent in total offense plays (861-806), rush attempts (476-431), pass attempts (385-375), first downs rushing (120-119), fourth-down conversion percentage (68.4-66.7) and sacks against (14-28). Duke is in front of Florida State in 19 team categories altogether, adding in special teams and penalties: net yards per punt, average yards per punt, number of punts, yards punted, punt return average, punt return yards, punt return touchdowns, kickoff returns average, kickoff returns, kickoff return yards, kickoff return touchdowns, penalties, opponent penalties average yards per game and kickoff coverage average.

4: The Atlantic and Coastal Divisions have each won four ACC championship games
The Atlantic Division has bookended the first two conference title games and last two with victories, while the Coastal Division won four straight from 2007-10. Three times has the lower or unranked team won the ACC title — Florida State in the inaugural 2005 game, Virginia Tech in 2008 and Clemson in 2011.

0: Duke is 0-18 all time against Florida State
This will be the 19th meeting between Duke and Florida State since 1992. The Blue Devils are 0-18 against the Seminoles, have not scored over 16 points in the last three meetings (2007, 11-12), and the average margin of defeat is 34.6 PPG (50.1-15.5).

10: Duke pits first 10-win season against an accomplishment FSU has reached 21 times since 1977
Duke arrives in Charlotte for the ACC title game off of its first 10-win season in program history, and an eight-game winning streak. FSU has posted 21 seasons of at least 10 wins, the first in 1977, and 14 straight from 1987-2000. The Blue Devils’ best record prior to this season was 9-1 four times — 1933, ’36, ’38 and ’41 — losing the last game three of those four seasons.

 

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The theme is the same for the running backs on top of Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 13 rankings as it is for the quarterbacks — familiar opponents.

Minnesota's Adrian Peterson had 10 points against a much different Chicago team (read: healthy defense) in Week 2.

Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles had a season-low 8.2 points against AFC West rival Denver two weeks ago, but bounced back with a season-high 30.7 points last week.

Matt Forte’s 21.1-point effort in Week 2 against NFC North foe Minnesota was the first of the five 20-plus point games he has had this season. Forte has been at his best on the road this season, averaging over 27 PPG away from Soldier Field.

The New York Giants have not seen the Washington Redskins this season, but Andre Brown is over 10 points each of the last three weeks, and scored a touchdown against the NFC East rival in Week 7 last year.

Reggie Bush had just 8.9 points against the NFC North foe in Week 5, but the Green Bay Packers have allowed the seventh-most points to the position since Week 7.

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2013 NFL Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Back
 

RkPlayerTeamOPP
1Adrian PetersonMINvs. CHI
2Jamaal CharlesKCvs. DEN
3Matt ForteCHIat MIN
4Andre BrownNYGat WAS
5Reggie BushDETvs. GB (Thurs.)
6LeSean McCoyPHIvs. ARI
7Marshawn LynchSEAvs. NO (Mon.)
8DeMarco MurrayDALvs. OAK (Thurs.)
9Chris JohnsonTENat IND
10Frank GoreSFvs. STL
11Eddie LacyGBat DET (Thurs.)
12Ray RiceBALvs. PIT (Thurs.)
13Knowshon MorenoDENat KC
14Zac StacySTLat SF
15Giovani BernardCINat SD
16Maurice Jones-DrewJACat CLE
17Shane VerreenNEat HOU
18Ben TateHOUvs. NE
19Pierre ThomasNOat SEA (Mon.)
20Le'Veon BellPITat BAL (Thurs.)
21Alfred MorrisWASvs. NYG
22Rashad JenningsOAKat DAL (Thurs.)
23Danny WoodheadSDvs. CIN
24Steven JacksonATLat BUF
25Fred JacksonBUFvs. ATL
26C.J. SpillerBUFvs. ATL
27Bobby RaineyTBat CAR
28Chris OgbonnayaCLEvs. JAC
29Andre EllingtonARIat PHI
30Darren SprolesNOat SEA (Mon.)
31Trent RichardsonINDvs. TEN
32Lamar MillerMIAat NYJ
33Chris IvoryNYJvs MIA
34Stevan RidleyNEat HOU
35Bilal PowellNYJvs MIA

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

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All touchdowns are 6 points
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1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
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At this point in the season, don’t get cute with kickers. Make and win the playoffs with who got you there, after consulting Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 13 kicker rankings of course.

New England’s Stephen Gostkowski is fantasy’s top-scoring kicker, so stick with him this week in Houston. It doesn’t hurt that the Texans have allowed the 10th-most points to kickers during their current nine-game losing streak.

Denver’s Matt Prater had the most points he has scored since the shootout in Dallas when he faced Kansas City two weeks ago. His 11 were the most since the season-high 18 against the Cowboys in Week 5.

Dan Carpenter should be a good sleeper this week. He and the Buffalo Bills welcome an Atlanta Falcons team allowing the most to fantasy points to kickers this year. Carpenter is one point shy of being a top-12 kicker this season, and is owned in less than 10 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

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2013 NFL Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings — Kickers

RkPlayerTeamOPPONENT
1Stephen GostkowskiNEat HOU
2Matt PraterDENat KC
3Dan BaileyDALvs. OAK (Thurs.)
4Robbie GouldCHIat MIN
5Mason CrosbyGBat DET (Thurs.)
6David AkersDETvs. GB (Thurs.)
7Steven HauschkaSEAvs. NO (Mon.)
8Alex HeneryPHIvs. ARI
9Dan CarpenterBUFvs. ATL
10Garrett HartleyNOat SEA (Mon.)
11Phil DawsonSFvs. STL
12Ryan SuccopKCvs. DEN
13Nick NovakSDvs. CIN
14Justin TuckerBALvs. PIT (Thurs.)
15Adam VinatieriINDvs. TEN

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

KICKER SCORING
PATs = 1 point
39 yards and under = 3 points
40-49 yards = 4 points
50-59 yards = 5 points
60+ yards = 6 points

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Two olds and a new are must-starts this week on defense, but it is where Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 13 rankings are bookended in the top five that could make the most noise.

The Carolina defense, a surprise this season at second in total fantasy points, has faltered the last couple of weeks to the tune of nine and eight points after not having dipped below double digits since Week 2.

Baltimore and San Francisco are inside the top five of the DST rankings this week, a spot those two squads are used to residing in during a fantasy season.

Cleveland, tied for 23rd amongst DSTs, plays host to a Jacksonville team allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to fantasy defense/special teams. That's why the Browns are Athlon Sports’ No. 1 DST for Week 13.

Miami, tied for 16th in fantasy points for DSTs, travels to face a New York Jets team allowing the third-most points to DSTs. The Dolphins are ranked fifth this week.

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2013 NFL Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams

RkTeamOPP
1Cleveland Brownsvs. JAC
2Carolina Panthersvs. TB
3Baltimore Ravensvs. PIT (Thurs.)
4San Francisco 49ersvs. STL
5Miami Dolphinsat NYJ
6New England Patriotsat HOU
7Seattle Seahawksvs. NO (Mon.)
8New York Jetsvs. MIA
9Dallas Cowboysvs. OAK (Thurs.)
10Buffalo Billsvs. ATL
11Philadelphia Eaglesvs. ARI
12Washington Redskinsvs. NYG
13Chicago Bearsat MIN
14Cincinnati Bengalsat SD
15Pittsburgh Steelersat BAL (Thurs.)

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

DEFENSIVE SCORING
0 points allowed = 12 points
1-6 points allowed = 10 points
7-13 points allowed = 8 pts
14-20 points allowed = 6 points
21-27 points allowed = 2 pts
28+ points allowed = 0 points
Safeties = 2 points
Fumbles recovered = 2 points
Interceptions = 2 points
Sacks = 1 point
Defensive/Special Teams TDs = 6 points

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There is an interesting quandary this week with Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 13 tight end rankings, right as we position ourselves for playoff seeding.

Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, Jason Witten, Tony Gonzalez and Julius Thomas are the top-five ranked at the position this week, and each of them are facing a defense in the top half of the league against tight ends.

Witten has the best matchup of the top five, going against an Oakland team ranked 14th against the position this season. Graham follows against a Seattle team ranked 11th.

Jordan Cameron, ranked eighth this week, has the best chance — so say the numbers. He takes on a Jacksonville team ranked 31st against tight ends, having allowed six catches, 68 yards and nearly a touchdown per game to the position.

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2013 NFL Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends

RkPlayerTeamOPP
1Jimmy GrahamNOat SEA (Mon.)
2Rob GronkowskiNEat HOU
3Jason WittenDALvs. OAK (Thurs.)
4Tony GonzalezATLat BUF
5Julius ThomasDENat KC
6Vernon DavisSFvs. STL
7Greg OlsenCARvs. TB
8Jordan CameronCLEvs. JAC
9Jordan ReedWASvs. NYG
10Antonio GatesSDvs. CIN
11Coby FleenerINDvs. TEN
12Martellus BennettCHIat MIN
13Garrett GrahamHOUvs. NE
14Charles ClayMIAat NYJ
15Rob HouslerARIat PHI
16Delanie WalkerTENat IND
17Tim WrightTBat CAR
18John CarlsonMINvs. CHI
19Brandon PettigrewDETvs. GB (Thurs.)
20Heath MillerPITat BAL (Thurs.)

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

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Hope you like some receivers with your Thanksgiving meal.  Of the top 11 in Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 13 wide receiver rankings, four of them play on Turkey Day.

But it is hard to go against Detroit’s Calvin Johnson, Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown, Dallas’ Dez Bryant and Green Bay’s Jordy Nelson any week — Thursday game or not.

For Johnson and Nelson it’s a great matchup against each other. The Packers allow the ninth-most points to receivers over the last month, while the Lions are tops in that department.

Bryant gets an Oakland Raiders team allowing the second-most points to receivers over the last month and fourth-most this season.

Brown faces the stingiest receiver defense of the foursome. The Ravens have allowed the 12th-fewest over the last month and are 16th for the season. However, no one has more catches (80) than Brown this season.

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2013 NFL Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings — Wide Receivers
 

RkPlayerTeamOPP
1Calvin JohnsonDETvs. GB (Thurs.)
2Antonio BrownPITat BAL (Thurs.)
3A.J. GreenCINat SD
4Brandon MarshallCHIat MIN
5Dez BryantDALvs. OAK (Thurs.)
6Demaryius ThomasDENat KC
7Josh GordonCLEvs. JAC
8Vincent JacksonTBat CAR
9Pierre GarconWASvs. NYG
10Andre JohnsonHOUvs. NE
11Jordy NelsonGBat DET (Thurs.)
12Victor CruzNYGat WAS
13Alshon JefferyCHIat MIN
14Larry FitzgeraldARIat PHI
15Wes WelkerDENat KC
16Keenan AllenSDvs. CIN
17DeSean JacksonPHIvs. ARI
18Harry DouglasATLat BUF
19Jarrett BoykinGBat DET (Thurs.)
20Michael FloydARIat PHI
21Kendall WrightTENat IND
22Eric DeckerDENat KC
23Torrey SmithBALvs. PIT (Thurs.)
24Cecil ShortsJACat CLE
25Mike WallaceMIAat NYJ
26Riley CooperPHIvs. ARI
27Nate BurlesonDETvs. GB (Thurs.)
28Steve SmithCARvs. TB
29Dwayne BoweKCvs. DEN
30T.Y. HiltonINDvs. TEN
31Brian HartlineMIAat NYJ
32James JonesGBat DET (Thurs.)
33Marques ColstonNOat SEA (Mon.)
34Rod StreaterOAKat DAL (Thurs.)
35Percy HarvinSEAvs. NO (Mon.)
36Stevie JohnsonBUFvs. ATL
37Rishard MatthewsMIAat NYJ
38Danny AmendolaNEat HOU
39Roddy WhiteATLat BUF
40Brandon LaFellCARvs. TB
41Cordarrelle PattersonMINvs. CHI
42Rueben RandleNYGat WAS
43Anquan BoldinSFvs. STL
44Hakeem NicksNYGat WAS
45Julian EdelmanNEat HOU
46Denarius MooreOAKat DAL (Thurs.)
47Emmanuel SandersPITat BAL (Thurs.)
48Golden TateSEAvs. NO (Mon.)
49Tiquan UnderwoodTBat CAR
50Tavon AustinSTLat SF

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

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All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

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Quarterbacks playing conference opponents for a second time this season spearhead the top three on Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 13 rankings at the position this week.

Detroit’s Matthew Stafford is atop the quarterback ranks, having thrown for multiple touchdowns the last three games and in five of the last six. His last game under 22 points was Week 5 at NFC North rival Green Bay (16.4) — this week’s opponent.

It was just two weeks ago that Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos handed the Kansas City Chiefs their first loss. Manning had his lowest-scoring outing of the season against the AFC West rival (18.9), and followed it up last week with a new low — 16 at New England.  The Chiefs followed up limiting Manning to under 20 by surrendering over 33 points to another AFC West rival last week — San Diego’s Philip Rivers.

Carolina's Cam Newton had 31.8 points against Tampa Bay on the road in Week 8, and is coming off back-to-back games of 22.1 and 32.6 points.

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2013 NFL Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings — Quarterbacks

RkPlayerTeamOPP
1Matthew StaffordDETvs. GB (Thurs.)
2Peyton ManningDENat KC
3Cam NewtonCARvs. TB
4Tony RomoDALvs. OAK (Thurs.)
5Drew BreesNOat SEA (Mon.)
6Nick FolesPHIvs. ARI
7Josh McCownCHIat MIN
8Andy DaltonCINat SD
9Tom BradyNEat HOU
10Russell WilsonSEAvs. NO (Mon.)
11Andrew LuckINDvs. TEN
12Philip RiversSDvs. CIN
13Robert Griffin IIIWASvs. NYG
14Matt RyanATLat BUF
15Alex SmithKCvs. DEN
16Colin KaepernickSFvs. STL
17Ryan FitzpatrickTENat IND
18Carson PalmerARIat PHI
19Eli ManningNYGat WAS
20Ben RoethlisbergerPITat BAL (Thurs.)
21EJ ManuelBUFvs. ATL
22Ryan TannehillMIAat NYJ
23Christian PonderMINvs. CHI
24Mike GlennonTBat CAR
25Matt FlynnGBat DET (Thurs.)

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

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True college football fans like to examine and dissect statistics, whether it's a quarterback's completion percentage or a team's winning record on the road. We, however, love stats. With that in mind, we scoured the Pac-12 to put together some of the strangest, most amazing, and just plain cool numbers from around the conference in Week 13.

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48: Arizona’s Carey totes the ball an FBS-high 48 times in upset of Oregon
Ka’Deem Carey became Arizona’s all-time leading rusher (3,913 yards) and touchdown scorer (49) in Saturday’s 42-16 upset of No. 5 Oregon. He did so on 48 carries. The 48 attempts are the most by any FBS player this season, and broke his own school record (39) from earlier this season. Carey finished with 48 carries for 206 yards and four TDs.

7: After seven years, Arizona scores a win over a top-five team
Arizona’s 42-16 upset win of visiting Oregon on Saturday was the Wildcats’ first win over a top-five team since Nov. 5, 2007. The last team Arizona knocked off inside the top five? Oregon. The Wildcats were 34-24 winners that day over the No. 2 Ducks at Arizona Stadium.

371: Oregon’s Mariota has interception streak halted after 371 days
Marcus Mariota threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns in the loss at Arizona Saturday. He also threw his first interception since the Nov. 17, 2012 loss to Stanford. The streak lasted 371 days, 353 attempts and ended on his first throw of the game Saturday.

63: Stanford posts a record 63 points in the Big Game
It was the Cardinal’s turn to try and hang a high number on Cal Saturday, and they did so to the tune of a 63-13 win at Stanford Stadium. The 63 points were the most in the 116th-edition of the Big Game, and a majority of them came on the Cardinal’s school-record 42 first-half points. The 50-point margin in the game was the highest in Big Game history, and the most in the series since Stanford’s 41-0 win in 1930.

24: Arizona State has forced a turnover in all 24 games under coach Todd Graham
The Sun Devils pushed their streak to 25 straight games of forcing a turnover — the third-longest active streak in the FBS behind Missouri and Stanford — and that is 24 straight games under coach Todd Graham. Linebacker Carl Bradford intercepted UCLA’s Brett Hundley on the first play of the second quarter and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown — the seventh INT taken back for a score under Graham, and fourth this season.

8: Washington State records six wins, four conference wins and consecutive league wins for the first time in eight years
Washington State played host to Utah on Saturday and posted a trifecta of accomplishments not seen since 2006. The Cougars’ 49-37 victory led to six wins, four conference wins and consecutive conference wins for the first time since 2006.

2: Cougars post two interception returns for score for first time since 2009
Washington State’s Damante Horton (22 yards) and Casey Locker (39) recorded interception returns for touchdowns in a span of 1:21 in its win over Utah. The last time WSU had two interceptions for scores was a Sept. 29, 2009, 30-27 victory over visiting Southern Methodist. Alex Hoffman-Ellis (52) and Myron Beck (67) each returned interceptions for scores in that win.

69: Washington hangs 69 points on Oregon State, the most points for the Huskies in 69 years
Washington’s 69-27 dismantling of Oregon State on Saturday produced the most points for the Huskies since a 71-0 win against Whitman in 1944. It is also the fifth-most points scored in a conference game, dating back to the Pacific Coast Conference.

29: USC scores win over Colorado in the second-coldest game for the Trojans at 29 degrees
Somewhat surprising that it has not played in more cold games considering the long history with Notre Dame, but USC played in its second-coldest game Saturday at 29 degrees. The Trojans defeated Colorado 49-27 in Boulder in the snow. The only game colder USC played in was a Nov. 30, 1957 contest at Notre Dame. The Trojans lost 40-12 on that 20-degree day, also the last time USC played in the snow.

57: Colorado cheerleader sets world record for consecutive handsprings by a male
Colorado senior cheerleader Ozell Williams set the Guiness World Record for the most consecutive handsprings by a male with 57 between the first and second quarters of Colorado’s loss to visiting USC. He broke the record of 46 set by Tim Wade in Dallas on Nov. 9.

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.9: Stanford’s holds USC rushing offense to .9 yards per carry
USC scored a 20-17 upset win over Stanford on the heels of a rushing offense that was shut down by the Cardinal defense to the tune of 23 yards on 27 carries for a 0.9 average. USC entered the game ranked 68th in the nation in rushing at 171.1 yards per game. The Trojans’ offense did their damage early with three scoring drives in the first half before being limited to zero or negative yards on 10 of their first 15 second-half plays.

9: USC beats Stanford a ninth straight time the game after facing Cal
USC has followed up its game with Cal by playing Stanford the following week on 19 occasions. And on the last nine occasions, the Trojans have defeated their oldest rival. Saturday’s win ended Stanford’s four-game winning streak in the series — its longest such streak in the series dating back to 1905. USC had not played the Cardinal the game after Cal since 2008.

9 part II: Washington State has had 10-plus receivers catch a pass in nine games this season
In its 24-17 win at Arizona Saturday, 11 Washington State receivers caught a pass. It marked the eighth straight game 10-plus receivers have caught a pass for the Cougars, and nine games this season altogether. Nine of the 11 receivers Saturday caught at least two passes. Dom Williams led the way with seven catches for 75 yards.

.97: Mariota now atop NCAA career list in interception percentage
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota became the NCAA’s career leader in interception percentage at 0.97 percent (600 or more attempts) in Saturday’s win over Utah. He also extended his Pac-12 record to 353 pass attempts without an interception.

10: Oregon’s seventh-ranked rushing offense limited to 10 first-half yards
The Utah defense limited the Oregon run game to 10 first-half yards before surrendering 135 in the second half. The 145 total yards on the ground is less than half of what the Ducks averaged entering Saturday’s win — 301.6 yards per game for seventh in the NCAA.

13: Cal now has longest losing streak within the Pac-12
Thirteen is the new 14 as Cal’s loss to Colorado gives the Bears the distinction of longest losing streak inside the Pac-12. Colorado stopped its 14-game skid within the conference with a 41-24 victory Saturday. Cal has now lost 13 straight Pac-12 games, 15 straight to FBS teams and has allowed 40-plus points in eight games this season.

419: Yards gained in scoring drives alone for Colorado
A long Pac-12 conference losing streak was stopped with some long drives for Colorado Saturday. The Buffs scored on six of their 14 drives, totaling 419 of their 485 yards on the scoring drives alone. They scored on drives of 71, 87, 75 and 49 in the first half, and added 70- and 67-yard scoring possessions in the second half. Cal gained 411 yards altogether.

2: Washington on the losing end for the second time this season after outgaining an opponent
Washington has topped its opponent in total offensive yards in eight of its 10 games this season. The two times the Huskies were outgained they lost, and UCLA made it two times this season an opponent defeated Washington despite being outgained. The Bruins won 41-31 on the scoreboard, and lost 432-406 in total yards. Stanford’s Oct. 5, 31-28 win after being outgained 489-279 was the other defeat. Oregon (631-376) and Arizona State (585-212) are the only two to outgain the Huskies this year, both resulting in UW losses.

4: Arizona defense posts second straight four-sack game
The Wildcat defense followed up last week’s season-high, four-sack game against UCLA with another four-sack effort to Washington State — both home losses. That makes for 12 sacks for Arizona in the last five games after posting six in the first five games.

100: Cooks becomes fifth Pac-12 player to reach 100 catches in a season
Brandin Cooks ended Oregon State’s 30-17 loss to Arizona State with nine catches for 99 yards and now has 100 on the season. He is just the fifth Pac-12 player to reach the century mark in a season. He became OSU’s single-season reception leader on his fourth catch of the game, surpassing Markus Wheaton (2012) and James Rodgers’ (2009) 91 catches.

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1: A Colorado running back finally lost a fumble this season
Entering Saturday’s game against Washington, Colorado running backs Christian Powell, Michael Adkins II, Tony Jones and Donta Abron combined for 255 touches and had not lost a fumble. That streak ended on the 277th touch. Jones, on his 67th touch of the season and seventh of the game, fumbled late in the third quarter, and it was scooped up by Marcus Peters who returned it 53 yards for a touchdown.

2: Washington defense scores twice in a game for the first time since 2002
Prior to the Peters’ touchdown late in the third quarter, there was a Tre Watson 84-yard interception return for a score 3:11 into that same quarter. Those two scores gave Washington two defensive touchdowns in one game for the first time since a 41-29 win over Oregon State 11 years ago — to the day. Derrick Johnson (42 yards) and Chris Massey (25) each had first-half interceptions returned for scores in the 2002 game.

2 part II: UCLA’s Jack productive on both sides of the ball in Bruins win at Arizona
UCLA true freshman linebacker Myles Jack was also an offensive weapon for the Bruins in their 31-26 win at Arizona Saturday — the first win for UCLA at Arizona since 2003. He carried the ball six times on offense for 120 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that proved to be the game-winner. His 120 yards paced the Bruins on the ground. On defense, he added eight tackles, one for loss, his first-ever fumble recovery and two pass breakups. Jack is tied for third on the team with 62 tackles, and leads the Bruins with nine pass breakups.

3: USC ties NCAA record with three punt returns for scores in win at Cal
Nelson Agholor returned two punts for scores, and Josh Shaw added a score on a blocked punt, as USC tied the NCAA record for punt returns for touchdowns in a game. Agholor scored on a 75-yard return less than two minutes into the 62-28 victory, and added a 93-yard return with 3:47 left in the first half. In between was Shaw’s 14-yard return of teammate Soma Vainuku’s blocked punt. Oklahoma’s Antonio Perkins was the last to have three punt returns for scores when he did so against UCLA in 2003.

3 part II: ASU’s consecutive games of 500-plus yards posted and under-100 yards rushing allowed stopped at three
Arizona State rallied for a 20-19 victory at Utah Saturday for its fourth straight win. The difference in win No. 4 versus the other three was the output gained and allowed. The Sun Devils’ offense entered the game having posted three straight games of 500-plus yards, while their defense had limited three straight opponents to under 100 yards on the ground. ASU’s offense posted 293 yards Saturday, while its defense allowed 126 yards on the ground to the Utes.

3 part III: Three halftime deficits have led to all three Arizona losses
The Wildcats fell behind 21-10 at halftime Saturday’s 31-26 loss to visiting UCLA. It’s the third time this season Arizona has trailed at halftime, and it led to the Wildcats’ third defeat. Washington led 11-6 and went on to outscore Arizona 20-7 in the second half. USC led 28-10 at halftime and used it to fend off the Wildcats’ 21-10 second-half run.

11: Utah posts Pac-12-leading 11th play of 50-plus yards
In its one-point loss to Arizona State, the Utes added their 11th play from scrimmage of 50-plus yards — a 55-yard pass play from Travis Wilson to Dres Anderson in the third quarter. The 11 plays of 50-plus are tied for fifth in the FBS and are tops in the Pac-12. Baylor leads the nation with 17 such plays.

14: Cal’s loss pushes streak to 14 straight losses against FBS teams
Cal lost its eighth straight game of the season Saturday, allowing a season-high 62 points in a 62-28 loss to USC. The loss marked the 11th straight against the Trojans and the 14th straight against FBS teams. The Bears have been outscored 629-276 — an average of 25.2 per game — during the 14-game skid. Their last FBS win was Oct. 13, 2012, at Washington State (31-17).

28: Huskies score 28 second-half points without attempting a pass
Tre Watson’s interception return on the front end of the third quarter and Marcus Peters’ fumble return for a score late in the quarter bookended a 21-point quarter for Washington in its win over Colorado. In between was a Keith Price 4-yard rushing TD. Washington also added a fourth-quarter touchdown when Dwayne Washington scored on a 5-yard run. All told, the Huskies posted 28 points in the second half without passing the ball, rushing 23 times.

45: Arizona State makes it “45” straight scores inside the red zone
The Sun Devils — save for a game-ending kneel down against Colorado — extended their streak to 45 straight scores in the red zone with three more in a 20-19 win over Utah Saturday. Included in the three were two fourth-quarter red-zone scores that led to the comeback win — a Taylor Kelly 2-yard rushing TD and a Kelly-to-Richard Smith 14-yard, game-winning TD with 2:37 remaining in the game.

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