Taking stock of impressive statistics from non-conference play is a foolish exercise not worth your time. At least that's the college football curmudgeon's perspective. I, personally, will always welcome a sweet Melvin Gordon stat.
#Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon is averaging over 51 yards per carry (!) on his first carry after halftime against FBS opponents.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) October 1, 2014
That's just so insane. Here are those three runs (ESPN doesn't have video of the third, unfortunately):
Game 1 vs. LSU, 15:00 3Q: Run for 63 yds to LSU 12 for 1ST down
Game 3 vs. Bowling Green, 14:28 3Q: Run for 69 yds for TD
Game 4 vs. South Florida, 15:00 3Q: Run for 22 yds to Wisc 47 for 1ST down
Great stuff. Interestingly enough, the one game omitted above is Game 2 vs. FCS Western Illinois. That was Gordon's worst rushing performance of the season (17 attempts, 38 yards), and he lost 1 yard on his first run out halftime.
The biggest increases among the Power 5 conferences: Maryland (25 percent), UCLA (21 percent), Texas A&M (20 percent), Syracuse (17 percent), Tennessee (12 percent), LSU (12 percent), USC (11 percent) and Colorado (11 percent). This is Maryland's inaugural season in the Big Ten.
Nineteen percent of the 87 FBS schools surveyed by CBSSports.com require a donation to purchase season tickets. That just gets you a seat into the stadium. It costs a lot more for the right to buy season tickets in good locations.
"It's too frustrating," Wheelwright said.
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