Team and Individual Superlatives Through September

October 4, 2019 by Compiled by Staff

There have been some head-turning numbers posted, both by teams and by individuals, through the first month of the college football season. Here are many of the superlatives.

Quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama and Justin Fields of Ohio State have yet to throw an interception. Tagovailoa has thrown for 23 TD's while Fields has 16. They are not the only quarterbacks who have yet to be picked off as Oregon's Justin Herbert has a 14-0 ratio and Baylor's Charlie Brewer has 10 TD tosses to zero interceptions.

Quarterback ratings are off the charts. Alabama transfer Jalen Hurts of Oklahoma leads the nation at 249.86 with a 77.6% completion ratio, an average gain of 15.2 yards per attempt, and 12-1 TD-INT ratio.

LSU's Joe Burrow is the leader in completion percentage at 80.6%. He has tossed 17 TD passes against just 2 picks.

At running back, Chuba Hubbard of Oklahoma State is channeling former OSU Cowboy Barry Sanders. Hubbard leads the nation with 938 yards and an average of 187.6 yards per game with 10 touchdowns. He is 284 yards ahead of the No. 2 rusher, J.K. Dobbins of Ohio State who has 654 yards at a 130.8 yards per game clip.

As a team, Ohio State is 3rd in scoring offense at 52.4 points per contest, and 4th in scoring defense at 8.6 while the most impressive stat is that the Buckeyes have 4 consecutive wins by at least 41 points.

Want discipline? How about Rice. The Owls are winless, but it's not because of stupid mistakes. Rice has only been penalized 12 times through 5 games at an average of 16.4 yards per game.

Surprisingly, the 2nd-worst team in penalty yards is undefeated Oklahoma at 90.8 yards per game. But the Sooners are also averaging 99.9 more yards of offense than the second-place team in that statistical category with a gaudy 668.5 yards per game.

Notre Dame is plus-9 in turnover margin with 13 takeaways and only 4 giveaways.

Wisconsin is playing lights-out on defense. The Badgers are tops at allowing just 44.5 yards per game on the ground. They are also 8th in pass defense at 147.8 yards per game, 1st in total defense 192.3 at yards per game, and 1st in scoring defense at 7.3 points per game.