Saturday's Ohio State-Penn State showdown should feature plenty of offensive fireworks
Week 4 of the college football season was full of shocking upsets, entertaining matchups and plenty of impressive performances, both from an individual and team standpoint. What does Week 5 have to offer? Here are 10 statistics to help get you ready for this week's slate.
110: Combined points per game scored by Ohio State and Penn State
Saturday's game in Happy Valley could be the most important in the Big Ten this season and it will feature the nation's top two scoring offenses. The Nittany Lions currently lead the nation at 55.5 points per game with the Buckeyes right behind at 54.5. Penn State is coming off of back-to-back 63-point efforts in wins over Kent State and Illinois while Ohio State put up 77 points in its season-opening victory over Oregon State.
1945: Last time Nebraska started a season 0-4
Last week's 56-10 beatdown at Michigan was the latest in a string of early-season body blows suffered by the Cornhuskers in Scott Frost's first season as head coach. On Saturday, Nebraska will take on Big Ten West rival Purdue, who is coming off of a convincing 30-13 win over previously undefeated and then-No. 23 Boston College, in Lincoln. The Huskers are trying to avoid their first 0-4 start in more than 70 years. The 1945 team ended up losing its first five games before finishing the season with a four-game winning streak.
3: ACC teams expected to have new starters at quarterback this week
A month into the season, and several ACC teams are changing things up under center. For Clemson, the time is apparently now for highly regarded freshman Trevor Lawrence, who replaced Kelly Bryant in last week's game against Georgia Tech and wound up throwing four touchdown passes in the 49-21 rout. Similar situation in Miami, as N'Kosi Perry came off of the bench against FIU and has potentially supplanted Malik Rosier as the starter after throwing three touchdown passes to lead the Hurricanes to victory over FIU. In Virginia Tech's case, the quarterback change is out of necessity, as Josh Jackson broke his leg in the Hokies' shocking 49-35 road loss to ODU. Ryan Willis, who started his career at Kansas, tried to lead a comeback but came up short. He presumably will get the starting nod as Virginia Tech looks to rebound at home against Duke.
40-21: Florida head coach Dan Mullen's record at Davis Wade Stadium
On Saturday, Mullen will find himself in unfamiliar territory as head coach of the visiting team in Davis Wade Stadium. As Mississippi State's head coach from 2009-17, Mullen went 40-21 in home games. Now he brings his Gators to Starkville with a 3-1 record following last Saturday's 47-21 undressing of Tennessee in Knoxville. The Bulldogs, under first-year head coach Joe Moorhead, also are 3-1 but looking to bounce back from a 28-7 loss at Kentucky.
4: First downs surrendered by Texas Tech in second half of last week's win vs. Oklahoma State
The Red Raiders held a slim 24-17 halftime lead on the road in Stillwater before really putting the defensive clamps down on the Cowboys. Oklahoma State managed just four first downs the rest of the game as Texas Tech cruised to a 41-17 victory. Next up is a visit from West Virginia, the nation's eighth-ranked offense in terms of yards and tied for 23rd in first downs (25.0 per game). Incidentally, the Red Raiders currently boast the No. 1 offense at 623.5 yards per game and they are first in first downs (33.5 per game) as well.
1-7: Texas' all-time record in road games vs. Kansas State
The Little Apple has not been kind to the Longhorns. Texas has just one win in its eight trips to Manhattan, Kansas, with that coming back in 2002. Bill Snyder's Wildcats would love to maintain its home dominance against its Big 12 rivals, especially considering they are coming off of a 35-6 loss to West Virginia in Morgantown. Meanwhile, Tom Herman's Longhorns have put together three straight wins, the last a 31-16 upset of then-No. 17 TCU.
1977: Last time Kentucky started 3-0 in SEC play
The Wildcats come into Saturday's big SEC East matchup against South Carolina undefeated and ranked 17th in the AP poll. More importantly, Kentucky is 2-0 in the SEC thanks to a streak-busting win at Florida and last week's 28-7 home victory over Mississippi State. A win this week in Lexington would not only position the Wildcats as the primary competition to Georgia in the division, but it would be the team's first 3-0 start in conference games since the 1977 team went 6-0. That UK team under head coach Fran Curci finished 10-1 overall and ranked sixth in the AP poll.
709: Darrell Henderson's FBS-leading rushing yards
It's early, but through the first month of the season, Henderson, and not Bryce Love or Jonathan Taylor or AJ Dillon, is leading the nation in rushing. Memphis' junior running back is averaging 177.3 rushing yards per game even though he's gotten a total of 58 carries (14.5 per game). He has done this by averaging an eye-popping 12.2 yards per carry. He's nearly 100 yards ahead of Taylor (628) even though the Wisconsin ball carrier has nearly twice as many (102 carries). Henderson will look to add to his total on Friday night against Tulane. The Green Wave are 96th in the nation against the run, allowing 187.5 rushing yards per game.
44:51: Time of possession for Army in last week's game vs. Oklahoma
The Black Knights gave the Sooners everything they could handle last Saturday in Norman, before falling 28-21 in overtime. Army dominated time of possession, utilizing its running game (339 yards on 78 carries) to control the clock and put a scare into Oklahoma in the process. It should come as no surprise that Army leads the nation in time of possession at nearly 41 minutes per game. Next up for Army is a road game against Buffalo (4-0), who is coming off of a 42-13 defeat of Rutgers.
1: Turnovers by Kansas through four games
The Jayhawks (2-2) have already doubled their win total from 2017 thanks to victories over Central Michigan and Rutgers by a combined 65 points (86-21). Part of the reason for Kansas' early-season success is a plus-12 turnover margin that leads the nation. The Jayhawks have committed just one turnover in their first four games compared to generating 13 takeaways. Kansas hosts Oklahoma State on Saturday and both teams are coming off of losses – the Jayhawks to Baylor (26-7), the Cowboys to Texas Tech (41-17). Oklahoma State has won its last eight meetings against Kansas, who is looking to snap a 12-game losing streak in Big 12 play.