College football Week 3: By the numbers

Our stats guy puts the biggest games in focus for Week 3, going deep inside the numbers to shed some light on college football.

No. 1 Alabama (2-0) at Arkansas (1-1)

40 — The number of passes Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron has thrown this season without an interception, bringing his streak -- when added to the 95 straight he had last year -- up to 135, tied for sixth-best in Alabama history. The top mark in Alabama history is held by Brodie Croyle, who hit on 190 straight throws without a pick.

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It's actually only McCarron's second-best string at this point, as well. McCarron threw 152 straight interception-free passes last year before finally throwing one.

24:42 — The amount of time Arkansas was held scoreless in the second half as Louisiana Monroe mounted a comeback from a 28-7 deficit. Led by quarterback Kolton Browning, the Warhawks tied the game at 28 with 47 seconds left in the fourth quarter, then won 34-31 in overtime when Browning dove into the end zone on a 16-yard run. The Razorbacks scored 21 first-half points under quarterback Tyler Wilson, then just seven in the second half with Wilson on the bench with an "above the shoulders" injury.

No. 2 USC (2-0) at No. 21 Stanford (2-0)

4 — In its history, USC has never lost to Stanford four times in a row. But the Trojans enter Saturday's contest on a three-game losing streak, thanks to last season's triple-overtime Cardinal win. Stanford has actually won four of the last five against USC, and if another statistic holds steady, the Trojans could be in for a rough one. When Stanford has entered the USC contest ranked, the Cardinal is 9-5 against the Trojans.

71.4 — Stanford's winning percentage against ranked teams at home since 2009, with the Cardinal going 5-2. Interestingly enough, none of those victories are over USC. In fact, the last time a ranked Trojan team came to Palo Alto, USC left with a victory in 2009.

Wake Forest (2-0) at No. 5 Florida State (2-0)

Florida State's defense has been typically suffocating. (Geoff Vogt)

2 — The number of turnovers committed by the Demon Deacons after two games this season, both interceptions. That puts Wake Forest exactly on pace (without a bowl) to equal its 2011 turnover output of 12. That figure was good enough to help Wake Forest tie for third in the country -- behind LSU and Wisconsin, and tied with Alabama and Temple -- in fewest turnovers committed.

19 — Every year, it's a popular question: Are the Seminoles back? Their defense may be. Last week's shutout against Savannah State means that Florida State has allowed just three points total this season. And it also marked the 10th straight game Florida State has held an opponent to 19 or fewer points. The last ACC team to pull off that feat? The 1998 'Noles, which made it to the BCS Championship game against Tennessee.

Florida Atlantic (1-1) at No. 7 Georgia (2-0)

0:49 — The amount of time it took Bulldog linebacker Jarvis Jones to swing Georgia's 41-20 victory over Missouri. The Bulldogs were leading 27-20 in the fourth quarter when Jones intercepted Tiger quarterback James Franklin and returned it to the 1-yard line. Less than a minute later, he sacked Franklin, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Jordan Jenkins at the Missouri five. Those two turnovers led to 14 Georgia points and broke open a close game.

2 — How many head coaches the Owls have had in their program's history. Former Miami boss Howard Schnellenberger was given the keys to start the program and coached from the Owls' first year in 2001 through 2011. When Schnellenberger retired, Carl Pelini, Nebraska's defensive coordinator, became the Owls' second head coach. The Owls are 1-1 in their first year under Pelini, with a win over Wagner and a road loss at Middle Tennessee.

No. 20 Notre Dame (2-0) at No. 10 Michigan State (2-0)

7 — Notre Dame produced seven pass completions of 20-plus yards against Purdue. That's the most passes of 20-or-more yards since Brady Quinn had eight in 2005 against BYU. Starting quarterback Everett Golson had six of the completions in a 289-yard performance, while Tommy Rees also completed one of his throws for 21 yards.

255 — How many yards the Spartans outgunned Boise State by last Saturday. The 17-13 scoreline was reflected by Boise State getting two field goals on drives of just 16 and 28 yards, while the Broncos' lone touchdown was a 43-yard interception return. But the Spartans put up 461 yards and only allowed 206 to the Broncos. If the Spartans had handled their mistakes -- they committed four turnovers, and a 15-yard personal foul penalty set up another Boise score -- they would have had an even more resounding victory.

California (1-1) at No. 12 Ohio State (2-0)

10 — Cal's average tackles for loss per game. The Bears have 20 tackles in the backfield for a loss of 66 yards. That 10-TFL average is good enough to put the Bears at sixth in the country, though they haven't been able to translate that into scoring defense. Cal has allowed 31 points in each of its first two games, though it should be noted that Southern Utah scored 14 of its 31 points in the game's final five minutes, when the contest was already decided.

27 — How many times Braxton Miller carried the ball against Central Florida, a new school record for a quarterback. Even Terrelle Pryor couldn't top that mark, as Pryor's busiest carrying day was when he notched 21 carries against Purdue in 2009. The previous school high for a passer was Cornelius Greene, who carried 25 times against Illinois in 1974. Miller rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns against the Knights. He already owned two other school rushing records, one for most rushing yards in a game for a quarterback and another for the longest rush by a QB.

No. 13 Virginia Tech (2-0) at Pittsburgh (0-2)

1-2 — Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh might as well be called the "Graduate Bowl." Because the one-time Big East rivalry (and future ACC rivalry) features the two schools who have the highest number of graduates on their roster. Virginia Tech has more players who have already graduated than any other FBS school, with 15. Pittsburgh counters with 12 players who have already graduated, the second-most in the country. Florida State and Central Florida are tied for third with 11 college graduates.

13 — Virginia Tech has won 13 straight true road games, the longest active streak in the country. The last time the Hokies lost on the road was 2009, when they lost at Georgia Tech. Oregon has the second-longest active streak, with 11 straight road wins.

No. 14 Texas (2-0) at Mississippi (2-0)

Bo Wallace has been racking up yardage for Ole Miss. (Ole Miss Spirit)

15.4 — The third-down conversion percentage Texas allowed through the final three quarters of its shutout win against New Mexico. The Lobos converted on 4-of-6 third downs in the first quarter, en route to holding the ball for nearly 20 minutes of the first half. But after that first quarter, the Texas defense stiffened, only allowing two conversions on 13 attempts the rest of the game.

286.5 — The total yards per game put up by Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace, the Rebels' leading passer and rusher. Texas briefly flirted with Wallace through the recruiting process, but never offered him, and he chose to play for Hugh Freeze at the Rebels. The decision has paid off, as Wallace has a 187.6 quarterback rating, while also rushing for 135 yards at 5.6 yards per pop.

No. 18 Florida (2-0) at No. 23 Tennessee (2-0)

3 — The number of first downs Florida allowed in the second half against Texas A&M. To put that in perspective, the Aggies earned four first downs on their first drive of the game, and had 18 first downs in the first half. But in the second half, the Gator defense stiffened, holding the Aggies 0-of-6 on third downs.

90 — The completion percentage of Vol quarterback Tyler Bray last weekend. Bray hit on 18-of-20 throws, including 13 in a row to close the game after starting 5-of-7. Those 18 completions went for 310 yards and four touchdowns, a quarterback rating of 286.2.

North Carolina (1-1) at No. 19 Louisville (2-0)

9.5 — The average number of receivers Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has hit per game this season. Bridgewater hit a whopping nine receivers in the Cardinals' victory over Kentucky, then one-upped himself the next week, hitting 10 different receivers against Missouri State.

11.42 — The difference between Tar Heel quarterback Bryn Renner's passer rating in 2011 (159.40) and his passer rating so far in 2012 (147.98). The former mark was enough for Renner to lead the ACC and finish 10th nationally in passing efficiency. The latter mark puts him at third in the league (behind Florida State's E.J. Manuel and Clemson's Tajh Boyd) and 40th nationally. Renner counterpart Bridgewater is 12th nationally in the category.

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