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Week 6 college football by the numbers

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A memorable game occurred in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Saturday, but several individual and team performances were also worthy of mention. Here, by the numbers, are just a few.

712 – Passing yards allowed by Florida State’s defensive unit over the last two games against Miami and Louisville; both wins, but a cause for concern for the near future (see the next item). Louisville’s freshman QB Lamar Jackson threw for 307 in the Cardinals’ 41-21 loss to FSU.

532 – Total offense put up by the Clemson Tigers in their 34-17 victory at home against the Boston College Eagles. Going into the game, BC led Division 1-FBS colleges with a season average of only 140 yards permitted. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson threw for 420 of those yards and three touchdowns.

372 – Passing yards by Florida State’s Everett Golson in the Seminoles win over Louisville. The total is a season high and ranks second on Golson’s personal list. He accumulated 466 passing yards in a game for Notre Dame last year.

243 – Rushing yards accumulated by No. 15 Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey in the Cardinal’s stunning 56-35 rout of No. 18 UCLA on Thursday. McCaffrey, who scored 4 touchdowns in the game, averages 253 all-purpose yards per game, leading the nation. A distant second, at 210 yards per game, is LSU Heisman front-runner Leonard Fournette.

27 – Passing TDs by Baylor QB Seth Russell. He leads the nation in that category after throwing 5 more in the Bears’ 62-38 romp over West Virginia in Waco, Texas.

13 – Consecutive wins by the Memphis Tigers dating back to last season. Saturday’s convincing 37-24 victory over No. 13 Ole Miss kept Memphis unbeaten at 6-0 and ensured an overdue appearance in the AP Top-25 poll coming out on Sunday. QB Paxton Lynch threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Tigers.

8 – Turnovers by No. 21 Boise State in their lopsided 52-26 loss at Utah State. Seven of those turnovers came in the first half, including a 90-yard interception return by the Aggies’ Marwin Evans.

2 – Victories on the road vs. top-10 teams by the Alabama Crimson Tide. Saturday’s 41-23 win against Texas A&M before 105,733 puts the Tide squarely back in the national title conversation. They routed previously No. 8 Georgia in Athens two weeks ago.

1 –Winning streak by Florida A&M. The Rattlers (1-6) earned their first victory of the season with a 41-13 Homecoming rout of Delaware State at Bragg Stadium. Coach Alex Wood earned his first victory as Rattler coach.

0 – Available words of encouragement for No. 12 Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh and Michigan fans after Saturday’s not-to-be-believed loss to No. 7 Michigan State. Needing only to get a punt in the air to guarantee a victory, the Wolverines botched the most basic special teams play allowing the Spartans’ Jalen Watts-Jackson to grab the ball and race 38 yards to the end zone as time expired, giving MSU a 27-23 victory.

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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