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Trouble in Buckeye land; Is LSU about to call Jimbo Fisher?

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This week’s college football games jumbled the national playoff picture. Shocking defeats and bitter reactions are making headlines. The numbers tell the story. Here are just a few that are helping make headlines.

508 – Yards passing by Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott in the Bulldogs’ 51-50 win at Arkansas. He also connected for 2 touchdowns giving him 23 for the year with just 3 interceptions.

250 – Yards rushing by Maryland’s Brandon Ross against Indiana on Saturday. The total was the fourth most in school history, but his yards and 3 touchdowns were not enough to prevent the Terps from falling to 0-7 in the Big 10 after their 47-28 loss.

95 – Length of touchdown catch and run by Arizona’s Trey Griffey in the Wildcats’ 52-37 loss to rival Arizona State. Griffey is the son of soon-to-be baseball Hall of Fame member Ken Griffey, Jr.

33 – Number of rushing yards by No. 3 Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott, a Heisman Trophy candidate, in the Buckeyes’ 17-14 loss to Michigan State on Saturday. Elliot had only 12 carries and let the world know he was unhappy about it following the loss, vowing he had just played his last home game.

21 – Number of consecutive victories by Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium. Saturday’s 52-13 victory over Tennessee-Chattanooga added to the string that began with a 62-7 victory over Nevada on September 14, 2013. Their last home loss was a 37-26 defeat at the hands of Florida on November 24, 2012.

7 – Consecutive 100-yard rushing games by South Florida’s Marlon Mack. He rushed for 106 yards on only 11 carries in Friday’s 65-27 steamrolling of Cincinnati. Mack and other starters sat out the second half.

6 – Passing touchdowns by No. 23 Oregon QB Vernon Adams, Jr. in the Ducks’ 48-28 victory over No. 24 Southern California. No other USC team in their history had allowed that many. Adams connected on 20 of 25 passes for 407 yards.

5 – Number of Navy running backs who rushed for at least 50 yards in the No. 16 Midshipmen’s 44-21 victory over Tulsa. QB Keenan Reynolds, the all-time NCAA touchdown leader with 82, led the way with 81 yards and a touchdown. Navy rushed for 469 yards in the game.

3 – Number of consecutive losses by the No. 15 LSU Tigers after starting the season 8-0. LSU was drilled by the No. Ole Miss Rebels, 38-24 on Saturday. Tiger fans are now officially upset and the Jimbo Fisher-to-Baton Rouge rumors will likely intensify this week.

2 – Number of Division 1-FBS unbeaten teams remaining. With Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Houston all losing on Saturday, only No. 1 Clemson and No. 5 Iowa have unblemished records.

1 – Number of Florida Gator coaches in their history to win 10 games in their first season. Jim McElwain can’t be happy that the No. 8 Gators struggled so mightily against the Florida Atlantic Owls, but Saturday’s narrow escape against the Florida Atlantic Owls brought Florida to 10-1 for the season.

Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at

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