History says Oregon won't win national title

November, 8, 2012
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Five great nuggets of information to get you ready for the weekend in college football.

1. Oregon allowed 51 points last week to USC, but won and kept its national championship hopes alive. In the AP Poll Era (since 1936), no team allowed at least 51 points in any game during a season in which it won the national championship. Only one national champion allowed at least 50 in a game. In 2007, LSU lost to Arkansas 50-48, but that game went three overtimes. LSU came back to win the SEC Championship Game and BCS Championship Game.

2. The SEC currently has three winless teams in conference play (Auburn, Tennessee, Kentucky) and could end the season with two (Tennessee and Kentucky still play each other). Since the BCS began in 1998, there have been only three instances of a conference having multiple winless teams in conference play and it hasn't happened in eight years. The MAC had multiple teams in 1999 and 2004, and the SEC had two in 2002 (Vanderbilt, Mississippi State).

3. Southern Miss remains winless at 0-9 this season and is at SMU Saturday. This on the heels of a 12-2 campaign a year ago. The Golden Eagles must win all three remaining games to avoid tying a dubious distinction. In major college history, the record for most losses after a 12-win season belongs to Ball State in 2009. The Cardinals went 2-10 after a 12-2 season in 2008.

4. Colorado has allowed at least 48 points in four straight games. In major college history, only two teams have ever allowed 48 or more points in at least five straight games in a single season. Temple had a five-game streak in 1993 and UNLV owns the all-time mark with a six-game streak in 1995. Prior to its current streak, Colorado never had a streak longer than two such games. The Buffs face Arizona this week. The Wildcats have scored at least 48 points four times this season.

5. Nebraska has the worst turnover differential (-9) of any FBS team with two or fewer losses this season. The Cornhuskers have had three or more turnovers in five games. Only Hawaii has had more such games. Yet, in all five of those games, the Cornhuskers still scored at least four touchdowns. They are the only team this season with five games in which they had at least three turnovers and four touchdowns. No team has had more than five such games in the past 10 seasons.

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