September 23, 2008

Inside the numbers: Give and take

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Each week, we'll look at some statistics involving individuals and/or teams that we find intriguing.

1. Wake Forest leads the nation with 15 forced turnovers. Of course, it helps when one team (Florida State) turns it over seven times against you. At the same time, this is nothing new for the Demon Deacons. They forced 35 turnovers last season and 31 in 2006, giving them 81 in a little less than two-and-a-half seasons. On average, Wake is forcing five turnovers per game, a pace that would give it 60 for the season. The NCAA record for forced turnovers is 57, by Tennessee in 1970 (36 interceptions, 21 fumble recoveries).

2. Only one team Florida is turnover-free this season. The Gators have fumbled twice but recovered both, and Tim Tebow has not thrown an interception. Florida has forced nine turnovers and is second in the nation in turnover margin at plus-nine. The NCAA record for fewest turnovers in a season is eight (Clemson in 1940, Miami University in 1966 and Notre Dame in 2000).

3. Michigan State's Javon Ringer already has 143 carries. He has rushed for 699 yards, which is second in the nation. He's averaging 35.75 carries per game, a pace that would give him 429 for the season. The record for carries in a season is 450 by UCF's Kevin Smith last season.

4. Two teams have no sacks and four teams have allowed no sacks. North Texas and Washington have played three games apiece but have no sacks. Air Force, BYU, Kansas State and Wisconsin haven't allowed any sacks. Air Force and BYU have played four games apiece; K-State and Wisconsin have played three. BYU has attempted 159 passes, Air Force 36.

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