September 2012

College Stats 'n Stuff for the SEC (Week Four)

Gamecocks hand Mizzou defeat No. 2 ... Georgia has top talent, faces challenge from Vols ... etc.

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE [Scores] [Standings]

Best Wins: 

  • South Carolina handed Missouri its second inaugural SEC defeat, 31-10.
  • South Alabama is a 1-3 Sun Belt team, but it was more that Mississippi State's win over the Jaguars put the Bulldogs at 4-0.

Stats Smorgasbord:

  • Freshman Todd Gurley  of Georgia is the conference's leading rusher with an average of 101.5 yards per game and 9.2 yards per carry.
  • A.J. McCarron of Alabama is No. 4 in the nation in passing efficiency, with 10 TDs and 0 INT, and an average of 10.1 yards per attempt.  And, lo and behold, a tiny bit of Heisman buzz finally appears.
  • Damontre Moore of Texas A&M is the national leader in sacks per game, at 2.0 in three games.
  • Alabama and LSU are No. 3 and No. 4 nationally in total defense, and both are holding opponents to under 4 yards per play and under 200 yards per game.
  • Conference newcomer Texas A&M is next in total defense, but the Aggies are giving up almost 80 more yards per game than the Tigers.
  • Mississippi State is No. 1 in the nation in turnover margin, with an amazing 15 takeaways and only 2 turnovers lost.

College Stats 'n Stuff for the Pac-12 (Week Four)

Ducks rout Arizona en route to No. 2 ranking ... Beavers shut down another top runner ... etc.

PAC-12 CONFERENCE [Scores] [Standings]

Best Wins: 

  • Oregon took it to previously undefeated Arizona by a 49-0 margin.
  • Oregon State played just its second game of the year, and knocked off its second ranked team, beating UCLA by a 27-20 margin.

Week Five preview:

  • Thursday night, Washington upended previously undefeated Stanford, 17-13.

Stats Smorgasbord:

  • Oregon State stuffed one-time Heisman hopeful Jonathan Franklin for just 45 yards on 12 carries.  The UCLA star nevertheless continues to lead the conference in rushing after going over 200 yards in each of his first two games.
  • The Beavers have played just two games, but in each they shut down a potential Heisman-level back (Wisconsin's Montee Ball in the other game).
  • Arizona State's Taylor Kelly leads the conference in passing efficiency while averaging a sparkling 11 yards per attempt.  He is No. 9 nationally in that category.
  • Meanwhile, the Sun Devil defense has been excellent, ranking No. 10 nationally with 274 yards per game and 3.96 yards per play.
  • Marqise Lee of USC is lighting up the receiving board: 29 catches in three games for 391 yards, 130 yards per game and 13.5 yards per catch.
  • QB Matt Scott has led Arizona to the top of the passing offense list, with 329 yards per game ... good for No. 11 nationally.
  • UCLA, perhaps surprisingly, is ahead of Oregon in total offense, but only by 26 yards.  The Bruins are No. 3 nationally, and the Ducks are No. 5.

College Stats 'n Stuff for the Big XII (Week Four)

K-State gets a huge win ... Klein is suddenly a Heisman darling ... etc.

BIG XII CONFERENCE [Scores] [Standings]

Best Wins: 

  • Kansas State got a "signature win" for Bill Snyder's second go-around by beating Oklahoma, 24-19, in the conference opener for both teams.
  • Baylor surely wouldn't have viewed a 47-42 win over Louisiana-Monroe as a "good win" as the season began, but after ULM beat Arkansas and took Auburn to overtime, I think they'll take it.

Stats Smorgasbord:

  • Kansas State's Collin Klein got some love in this space two weeks ago, but with the win over the Sooners, suddenly he's hot everywhere, and getting the T-word thrown around (as in "Tebow" comparisons).  Klein isn't dazzling with the arm, but he is completing 70 percent of his passes, is averaging 9.5 yards per attempt, and ranks No. 19 in the nation in passing efficiency.
  • With the legs, Klein averages 72.3 yards per game and 4.6 yards per carry.
  • Interestingly, Klein ranking No. 19 in the nation in passing efficiency is only good for 7th in the conference.  Yes, the Big XII has seven of the top 19 in the nation ... including Nos. 1, 2, and 3.
  • No. 1 on that chart is TCU's Casey Pachall, who hit on 21-of-32 against Virginia for 305 yards.  Pachall has 8 TDs and only a single INT.
  • TCU also leads the conference with an amazing 11.5 yards per pass attempt.
  • But the Horned Frogs are also No. 1 in the nation in scoring defense, having allowed only 4.3 points per game.

College Stats 'n' Stuff for the Big Ten (Week Four)

Minnesota is rolling ... (yes, Minnesota) ... Iowa, not so much ... etc.

BIG TEN CONFERENCE [Scores] [Standings]

Best Wins: 

  • Minnesota moved to 4-0 with a 17-10 win over Syracuse.  So what if the Orange are 1-3 and their only win is over Stony Brook.  The Golden Gophers are making some noise, and wins over directional Michigan shools count (now that Iowa lost to Central Michigan).
  • Outside of the Gophers, there's not much to get excited about, unless you count Nebraska pasting a 73-7 score on hapless Idaho State (same state as Boise State, but different universe).

Stats Smorgasbord:

  • The Gophers were expected to rely heavily on QB MarQueis Gray, who had over 200 yards of total offense in both the first two games, but Gray sat out the Syracuse game with an ankle injury.  He remains second in the conference in passing efficiency.
  • The leader in that category, and No. 10 in the nation, is Nebraska's Taylor Martinez.  After a hiccup in the UCLA loss, Martinez has reverted to the efficient form that turned heads in the season opener against Southern Mississippi.  After a pair of TD strikes in the Idaho State rout, Martinez now has 9 TDs and just 1 INT.
  • Martinez also has 2 TDs on the ground, and, at 48 yards per game, is No. 19 in the conference on the rushiing leaderboard.
  • The rout helped boost the Huskers to No. 8 in the nation in scoring offense.
  • Le'Veon Bell of Michigan State put himself back on top of the conference in rushing with a 253-yard performance against Eastern Michigan.  Bell is averaging 152.5 yards per game.  After the Spartans weak showing against Notre Dame, he 's pretty much disappeared from Heisman buzz, however.
  • Denard Robinson of Michigan has also seen his Heisman buzz evaporate, but Ohio State's Braxton Miller  is probably still in the conversation, if only because the Buckeyes remain undeated.  Weird stat:  both Robinson and Miller have exactly 441 yards rushing after four games.  They are tied for second in the league behind Bell.  Robinson has a mere one fewer carry than Miller, so his yards-per-attempt is just slightly higher.

College Stats 'n' Stuff for the ACC (Week Four)

'Noles takes command ... lead in offense and defense ... and Manuel gets a jump in Heisman buzz as well

ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE [Scores] [Standings]

Best Wins:

  • Florida State convincingly knocked of conference foe Clemson by a 49-37 margin, and put itself squarely in the national championship race.  The Seminoles will be favored to win the rest of their ACC schedule, setting up a nonconference matchup with the SEC's Florida on Nov. 24, which could determine whether they get a shot at the national title game.
  • Miami rallied from a 36-19 deficit and upended Georgia Tech in overtime, 42-36. 

Stats Smorgasbord:

  • 'Noles, part I: On defense, Florida State is No. 2 nationally, yielding just 184 yards per game, and 3.08 yards per play.
  • 'Noles, part II: On offense, they are No. 4 nationally, gaining 575 yards per game, and 8.54 yards per play.
  • A couple of "soft" games (Murray State, Savannah State) helped, but the 'Noles put up their biggest offensive number (667 yards) against then No. 10-ranked Clemson.
  • 'Noles, part III: QB E.J. Manuel has 8 TDs and just 1 INT and is averaging 9.63 yards per attempt.
  • Manuel is No. 11 in the nation in passing efficiency.
  • OK, a non-Nole item:  North Carolina QB Bryn Renner leads the conference with 11 TD passes.

NFL Stats 'n' Stuff for Week Three

Kolb overcomes Vick, with assist from Fitzgerald ... Charles comes back strong ... etc.

Kevin Kolb was originally supposed to be the heir to Donovan McNabb in Philadelphia, but the Eagles decided to go with Michael Vick instead, and Kolb was moved to Arizona.  Of course, Kolb didn't hold on to the job with the Cardinals, either, when John Skelton won the starting nod out of training camp.

But Skelton got injured, setting up a Kolb vs. Vick rematch in the desert this week ... and Eagles fans aren't happy with how it turned out.

Kolb: 17-of-24, 222 yards, 2 TDs,  0 INT

Vick: 17-of-37, 217 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INT

Kolb led the Cardinals to a 27-7 victory and a 3-0 record, and is now likely to retain the starting job even after Skelton comes back, although one never knows with this guy.

By the way, Larry Fitzgerald was on the receiving end of 9 of Kolb's 17 completions.  That's a pretty big help to any QB.

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College Stats 'n Stuff for the SEC (Week Three)

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE [Scores] [Standings]

Best Wins:

  • Alabama put the hammer on any hopes for a rebound by Arkansas, by a 52-0 margin.
  • Florida and Tennessee jockeyed for position under their second-year coaches and the Gators prevailed, 37-20.

Stats Smorgasbord:

  • The Crimson Tide is No. 6 nationally in total defense despite the tough early schedule that included Michigan and Arkansas.  (At least Arkansas was considered tough going in.)
  • LSU, however, is just above the Tide at No. 3 in the nation.  The Tigers' toughest foe was Pac-12 opponent Washington.
  • 'Bama is also No. 3 in the nation in scoring defense, after two consecutive shutouts, and allowing only 14 points to Denard Robinson and Michigan.
  • Tide again: QB A.J. McCarron is No. 3 in the nation in passing efficiency, with 7 TDs and 0 INTs.  No Heisman buzz of note for McCarron, though.
  • OK, not Tide: Georgia's freshman running back Todd Gurley is averaging 9.9 yards per carry.

College Stats 'n Stuff for the Pac-12 (Week Three)

Cardinal knock off Trojans again ... Oregon-Arizona presents intriguing matchup ... etc.

PAC-12 CONFERENCE [Scores] [Standings]

Best Wins:

  • Hands down: Stanford 21, USC 14.  The Cardinal take down the Trojans for the fourth consecutive time. 
  • Utah defeated cross-state rival Brigham Young in a duel to the finish, 24-21.

Stats Smorgasbord:

  • Stanford didn't give USC's offense much to work with, and, in particular, has shut down the run all year.  The Cardinal are No. 3 in the nation in rushing denfense, having yeilded only 45 yards per game.
  • The Trojans only got 26 yards on the ground on 41 attempts against Stanford.
  • The Cardinal also registered four sacks against Trojan star Matt Barkley.
  • Barkley's 20-of-41 peformance with 0 TDs and 2 INTs dropped him off the top spot in Heisman buzz and dropped him to No. 41 in the nation in passing efficiency.
  • Oregon freshman Marcus Mariota is the conference leader in passing efficiency with 8 TDs and just 1 INT, and is completing 75 percent of his pass attempts.
  • Jonathan Franklin of UCLA didn't pass 200 yards, but he 110 more against Houston (in a 37-6 Bruin win) and continues to lead the nation in yards per game at 180.
  • Sheldon Price of the Bruins snagged an amazing three interceptions in the Houston game, and now leads the nation with a total of four.

College Stats 'n' Stuff for the Big XII (Week Three)

Smith still putting up huge numbers ... Wildcats have showdown with Sooners ... etc.

BIG XII CONFERENCE [Scores] [Standings]

Best Wins:

  • TCU got its first win against a Big XII conference foe, by defeating Kansas, 20-6.
  • Texas went on the road and crushed Mississippi of the SEC by a 66-31 margin.

Stats Smorgasbord:

  • West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith has made himself a top Heisman pick after a pair of dazzling games.  Smith went 32-of-36 in the air for 4 TDs against Marshall in Week 1, but followed that up with an even more stunning performance against James Madison: 34-of-39 for 5 TDs. He's No. 2 in the nation in passing efficiency, trailing only TCU's Casey Pachall in that category.
  • If appears the only reason that Pachall is ahead of Smith in that ranking is that Pachall leads Smith handily in yards per attempt.  Otherwise, Smith has the better stats.
  • Smith's heroics have the Mountaineers ranked No. 2 overall in passing offense and No. 3 overall in total offense.
  • The Mountaineers trail Oklahoma State in total offense, but the Cowboys' stats are still padded by their 84-0 win over Savannah State.
  • Texas Tech, helped somewhat by a lightweight schedule, are No. 2 in the nation in total defense.
  • Texas has been helped by a solid turnover margin:  seven takeaways and only one turnover for plus-6.
  • Kansas has 12 takeaways in three games, but has offset that with 7 giveaways.

College Stats 'n' Stuff for the Big Ten (Week Three)

Abdullah asserting himself for Huskers ... Wildcats go to 3-0 ... etc.

BIG TEN CONFERENCE [Scores] [Standings]

Best Wins: In what's becoming something of a habit for the Big Ten, there aren't many good wins to choose from, and Northwestern has the best one.  The Wildcats topped Boston College, 22-13, in a rare solid Big Ten win over a major-conference opponent.  Ohio State held on to defeat Cal, 35-28, but the Bears are a little tainted since they lost at home to Nevada.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa all struggled against lesser opposition, and Indiana actually lost to Ball State of the Mid-American Conference

Stats Smorgasbord:

  • Nebraska's featured running back Rex Burkhead missed most of the first three weeks with a knee strain, but the Huskers managed to keep their running game on course behind the emergence of Ameer Abdullah.  Abdullah got 167 yards on 30 carries against Arkansas State, to move to second in the conference in rushing, just 10 yards behind Ohio State's Braxton Miller.
  • Combined with quarterback Taylor Martinez' 176 yards, Abdullah has led the Huskers to the top of the conference rushing chart with 295 yard per game, which is good for No. 8 nationally.
  • Le'Veon Bell of Michigan State, who opened the year with 210 yards against Boise State, dropped to 70 and 77 the next two weeks, and has fallen to third on the conference chart.
  • Denard Robison of Michigan, along with Miller and Martinez, gives the conference three of the top all-around QBs in the nation.  Robinson leads the league in total offense (350 yards per game), and is No. 8 nationally, with Miller right behind at No. 12 and Martinez at No. 21.
  • After a shaky week at UCLA, Martinez was back on the mark with the arm against Arkansas State, hitting 13-of-14 for 180 yards and 2 TDs.

College Stats 'n' Stuff for the ACC (Week Three)

Seminoles dominating defense sets up Clemson showdown ... Jackets making their mark on the ground, as usual ... etc.

ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE [Scores] [Standings]

Best Wins: Florida State put the hammer on Wake Forest, which had been 2-0, by a 52-0 margin.  And Georgia Tech also dismantled a previously unbeaten conference foe, defeating Virginia in a 56-20 romp.  The Yellow Jackets were up 42-7 after three quarters.

Best Win Off the Field: Commissioner John Swofford for negotiating the deal to get Notre Dame into the conference ... all the way for non-football sports and part-way for football.  Expect the Domers to continue rivalries with Boston College and new ACC member Pitt, renewing with Florida State and Miami, and launching a few new series with, say, Virginia and Georgia Tech.

Stats Smorgasbord:

  • The Seminoles lead the nation in passing defense, having allowed only 209 yards total.  Not per game ... in three games.  That's 69.7 yards per game.
  • Yet, despite the superior pass defense, Florida State is actually 11th in the league in interceptions, with only one.  Apparently if teams can't get anywhere through the air, there's nothing to intercept.
  • On the other side of the ball, it's the Seminoles again ... leading the conference in total offense with 543.7 yards per game.  That's good for No. 12 in the nation.
  • And also good for an excellent 8.4 yards per play.
  • That being said, Georgia Tech isn't that far behind, averaging 531.3 yards per game and 7.8 yards per play.
  • The Yellow Jackets, of course, are doing it through their ground game: averaging 374.0 yards per game in rushing ... good for No. 3 in the nation.

College Stats 'n' Stuff for the Big XII (Week Two)

Wildcats blow past Hurricanes ... Klein's stock rising as a result ... etc.

BIG XII CONFERENCE [Scores] [Standings]

Best Wins: Hands down, the best win was Kansas State's 52-13 dismantling of one-time national power Miami (FL).  The Wildcats held the Hurricanes to just 40 yards rushing (yes, the school that once had Clinton Portis, Frank Gore and Willis McGahee on the same team), and led 52-6 before a late "gimmee" touchdown.

Stats Smorgasbord:

  • Collin Klein of the Wildcats asserted himself in the Miami game, hitting on 9-of-11 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown, while also gaining 73 yards on the ground and adding three more TDs running.
  • Oklahoma's Damien Williams leads the conference in rushing with 259 yards on just 20 carries (12.9 yards per carry), and he also have five touchdowns.
  • Strength of schedule (or lack thereof) has helped boost the Big XII to the top of the scoring offense charts, with conference teams holding down six of the top ten spots in the nation.  Of all the blowout wins, only K-State's win over Miami was a win of consequence.
  • And ... Oklahoma State padded its stats against hopeless Savannah State and then padded its stats some more in garbage time while being punched around by Arizona, 59-38.  So they may lead the nation in total offense, but it can't really feel like much of an accomplishment.

College Stats 'n' Stuff for the Big Ten (Week Two)

Losses to Pac-12 & Big XII don't look so good ... running QBs take to the forefront ... etc.

BIG TEN CONFERENCE [Scores] [Standings]

Best Wins: Can a win over Vanderbilt count as a "best win"?  Maybe if there aren't any other choices.  Northwestern did defeat an SEC school, even if it was just Vandy, by a 23-13 score.  Needless to say, Nebraska and Wisconsin muffed their chances with losses to Pac-12 schools UCLA and Oregon State, respectively.

Stats Smorgasbord:

  • One week after bowling over Boise State for 217 yards, Michigan State's Le'Von Bell only got 71 against Central Michigan, although he only carried 18 times instead of 44.
  • With Bell slipping, quarterbacks rose to the top, with Ohio State's Braxton Miller taking over as the leading rusher in the conference with 302 yards in two games, and Michigan's Denard Robinson filling in at third, just behind Bell.
  • Two of the guys expected to be among the top runners at the start of the year are down the chart: Montee Ball  of Wisconsin (ineffective: 181 yards in two games) and Rex Burkhead of Nebraska (knee injury).
  • Despite a big letdown game in the loss to UCLA, Nebraska's Taylor Martinez continues to lead the conference with 533 yards passing, 5 touchdowns and 12.4 yards per completion.
  • It's the rushing defense where the red alerts come in for the Huskers -- they are 12th in the league and helped make Jonathan Franklin of UCLA a Heisman contender.
  • Northwestern's plus-4 turnover margin has been a major contribution to its 2-0 record.

College Stats 'n' Stuff for the ACC (Week Two)

Deacs get boost from Campanaro ... Florida State's shortened game is statistical oddity ... etc.

ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE [Scores] [Standings]

Best Wins: Wake Forest kicked off its conference season with a 28-27 win over North Carolina.  The Demon Deacons got the winning score with less than three minutes left.  Everyone knows Penn State is down, and Virginia was at home, but a win over a Big Ten team (even 17-16) is still a win over a Big Ten team.

Stats Smorgasbord:

  • Wake Forest's Michael Campanaro has jumped to the top of the receiving statistics after two games.  Campanaro's 13 catches were a key part of the Deacons' win over the Tar Heels.  His average of 11 receptions per game is No. 1 in the nation, and his average of 130 yards per game is No. 6.
  • I don't quite know how they count the Florida State-Savannah State game for statistical purposes.  The game was called due to weather after three quarters with the Seminoles ahead 55-0.  Of course, Savannah State lost the prior week to Oklahoma State by 84-0.  But apparently the truncated game doesn't stop Florida State from being ranked in the defensive stats as if they played a whole game.  Sure, it doesn't really matter, but it's interesting.  Anyway, the Seminoles are No. 2 in the nation in total defense, I guess on the presumption that Savannah State wouldn't have gotten much in the fourth quarter anyway.
  • The Seminoles' Bjoern Werner got one sack in the shortened game, but, after his four sacks in the first game against Murray State, he is No. 2 in the nation in sacks per game.
  • Maybe we should give a bit more weight to Virginia Tech's defensive stats, since the Hokies have played one major-conference opponent.  The Hokies are No. 3 in passing yards allowed and No. 4 in pass efficiency defense.

College Stats 'n' Stuff for the Pac-12 (Week Two)

Two early Big Ten vanquishings ... Franklin comes on strong ... etc.

PAC-12 CONFERENCE [Scores] [Standings]

Best Wins: A couple of Big Ten slayings ... Oregon State upended No. 13 Wisconsin while UCLA knocked off No. 19 Nebraska.  The Beavers won in a defensive struggle, 10-7, and the Bruins won a shootout, 36-30.

Stats Smorgasbord:

  • Arizona had launched the Rich Rodriguez era with an average of 44 passing attempts and 353 passing yards in its first two games.  Rodriguez had strong offensive success at West Virginia before his less-fruitful experience at Michigan.  The Wildcats are No. 9 in the nation in passing yards after two weeks.
  • But it is the UCLA running game that is the biggest surprise.  Led by Jonathan Franklin's 431 yards and 10.5 yards per carry, the Bruins have jumped to No. 2 in the nation in rushing offense with 344 yards per game.  Franklin burned both Rice and Nebraska for over 200 yards, and has jumped into Heisman-mention territory.  He is No. 1 in the nation in total rushing yards.
  • Franklin is more than 150 yards ahead of the second-best runner in the conference so far, Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey, who has 273.  It's not like Carey is a slouch, his average of 137 yards per game is No. 8 in the nation.
  • USC's Matt Barkley is, of course, the Heisman front-runner and likely high NFL pick, but Arizona State's Taylor Kelly edges him out for the early lead in passing efficiency.  Kelly has completed 33-of-42 attempts for 496 yards, for a whopping 11.8 yards per attempt.
  • Oregon State gets a nod for facing Wisconsin's Heisman candidate Montee Ball, and coming away with not only the win, but the No. 3-rated rushing defense ... holding the Badgers to just 35 yards rushing.  Wisconsin ended up firing its offensive line coach after the game.

College Stats 'n' Stuff for the SEC (Week Two)

Bray can play ... Jones disrupts Mizzou ... etc.

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE [Scores] [Standings]

Best Wins: Georgia got to set out the welcome mat for Missouri as a new member of the SEC, and the Bulldogs rallied late to take a 41-20 win on Mizzou's home field.  Florida did the same for Texas A&M, pulling out a 20-17 victory in College Station.

 

Stats Smorgasbord:

  • Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray has emerged as a statistical darling in the early going.  Through the first two games, Bray has hit on 45-of-61 passes, or 73.8 percent, for 643 yards.  Bray also has six touchdowns and zero interceptions.  Moreover, Junior Bray is averaging a dazzling 10.5 yards per attempt.  Bray's start has created the faintest bit of Heisman buzz (one single 5th-place vote on the ESPN Heisman Watch).
  • Kentucky's Maxwell Smith is right up with Bray, however, as he also has six TDs and zero interceptions.  Sophomore Smith has thrown for 634 yards, just nine shy of Bray.
  • Mike Gillislee of Florida and Alfred Blue of LSU are the only two runners to average over 100 yards per game after two weeks.  Gillislee has 231 yards and four TDs, while Blue has 224 yards and just a single TD.
  • Mississippi State is No. 1 in the nation in turnover margin with eight takeaways (three fumble recoveries and five interceptions) and only one lost fumble, for plus seven.  Alabama is right behind at plus six.
  • LSU leads the conference in total defense, and is No. 5 in the nation in that category.

Louisiana-Monroe upsets Arkansas ... where does it rank?

Is it bigger than Appy State or Carnegie Tech?

On Saturday, No. 8 Arkansas was defeated at home by unranked Sun Belt Conference member Louisiana-Monroe.  The Warhawks were not only coming off a 4-8 season, but had their pre-season practices thrown off by Hurrican Issac and its aftermath.

Of course, the Razorbacks, despite their lofty ranking, had come through some difficulties of thier own, after ex-Head Coach Bobby Petrino's messy offseason provided a host of distractions and a change in leadership.  Petrino's web of lies (legal, marital and administrative) came to light after he and his then-mistress were involved in a motorcycle accident ... and things unraveled from there.

So new Coach John L. Smith came in as a last-minute replacement, but he had to break a commitment to Weber State in order to do that.

The Arkansas mess might diminish the scope of the upset a bit, but the Razorbacks are loaded with talent, and the Warhawks aren't.  In fact, UL-Monroe (formerly Northeast Louisiana) has yet to have a winning season since moving up to the Bowl Subdivision (I-A) in 1994.

UL-Monroe's 34-31 win on Satruday came in overtime, which might "cheapen" the win somewhat, but it's very hard to compare pre-overtime games to overtime games, since coaches obviously employ different strategies with the knowledge that overtime is a possibility.  You can't just say "it would have been a tie if there were no overtime rule."

Clearly, this is a huge upset (the Warhawks were 29-point underdogs on the road), but does it compare to these games?

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