By The Numbers
The entire first week of the season is in the books, delayed a bit by a rare Monday night game. The numbers are in, and non-BCS teams had a strong Week 1 based on statistical rankings.
1. Hawai'i: 540 yards, seven touchdowns, 76.3 completion rating
2. Boise State: 371 yards, seven touchdowns, 6.75 yards per carry
11. Southern Mississippi: 310 yards, four touchdowns, 5.64 yards per carry
Interesting to note here, Boise hosts Southern Miss later this month.
7. Hawai'i: 577 yards, 8.36 yards per play, nine touchdowns
9. Boise State: 569 yards, 6.86 yards per play, eight touchdowns
1. Fresno State: 13-of-23, 4.62 yards per attempt, no touchdowns
3. Tulsa: 7-of-21, 9.43 yards per attempt, one touchdown
4. Boise State: 11-of-30, 6.45 yards per attempt, no touchdowns
4. Wyoming: 17 carries for seven yards and no touchdowns
1. Fresno State: 102 total yards allowed
2. Wyoming: 110 total yards allowed
6. Boise State: 145 total yards allowed
So what do these rankings tell us? Right now...not necessarily anything. But a few things to consider:
- Though neither one cracked the top 10 statistically, both BYU and TCU manhandled opposing offenses Saturday. The Cougars allowed Arizona just seven points, which came in the game's final minute. TCU blanked Baylor.
- Wyoming holding Virginia to just three points says a lot. It had been decades since an ACC team ventured to Laramie, and UW took advantage of a tired Cavalier bunch. Those 7000-plus feet War Memorial sits atop make for a great homefield advantage, one Wyoming enjoys Oct. 6 against TCU and Nov. 17 when BYU comes to town.
- Another important stat to note is the running game of Southern Miss. As previously mentioned, Southern Miss and Boise State lock up Sept. 27 in what should be a track meet. Who can out rush whom could prove to be the difference.
- While the offensive output of teams like Hawai'i and Boise was expected, Fresno State sitting atop the defensive categories is a shock. Many of Pat Hill's early 2000s teams set the stage for squads like 2006 Boise State, running and gunning against the nation's big names. However last season, Fresno State struggled and allowed over 28 points per game.
Could this be an indication of philosophies' shifting in Fresno? Saturday's game in College Station against Texas A&M will be much more telling than last week's drubbing of FCS Sacramento State. The Bulldogs aren't going to make any BCS noise -- a non-conference schedule that includes consecutive road games against A&M and Oregon assures that -- but if Fresno's defense puts up a fight, this might be the darkhorse to ruin Boise State and Hawai'i's post-New Year's plans.