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November 23, 2006

Amazing stats: It's about scoring points

Before you get dazed and confused after a full day of eating turkey and all of the trimmings, we offer an "amuse bouche" of Amazing Stats.

Obviously I've been watching too much "Top Chef" on Bravo. But just so you know, an amuse bouche is a small, creative bite before the meal.

And the Amazing Stats are nothing if not creative. They don't always go down as well as pumpkin pie, but maybe if you throw a little whipped cream on them

All right, enough. Enjoy this week's helping of the stats, which focuses on some of this weekend's big games and intriguing matchups, and don't forget to come back for seconds.

P.S. When the score for the Purdue-Hawaii game is flashed late Saturday/early Sunday, don't worry, it's not a tryptophan-induced state. My pick: Hawaii 63, Purdue 59.


212.2
Average rushing yards by Arkansas since Darren McFadden became a starter last season
35
Rushing yards the Razorbacks managed last season against LSU, their worst total in the McFadden Era by more than 50 yards
7-0
Arkansas' record this season when McFadden tops 100 yards
15
Games since LSU surrendered a 100-yard rusher (Alabama's Kenneth Darby last season)



Arkansas RB Darren McFadden.



Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn.
6.3
Points per game surrendered by USC in the three games since its loss at Oregon State
36.1
Points per game Notre Dame is averaging in the eight games since its loss to Michigan

3 Times in the past seven years that Florida State has been a home underdog, including this week's game against rival Florida

60.5
Points per game for Hawaii over its past six games (6-0)
13
Total number of games in which Hawaii and Purdue have scored more than 38 points this season (nine for the Rainbow Warriors; four for the Boilermakers)
966
Combined per-game total offense for Purdue and Hawaii



Hawaii QB Colt Brennan.



Arizona DC Mark Stoops.
45
Points Arizona surrendered to LSU on Sept. 9
71
Points the Wildcats have surrendered in their past five games, in which they are 4-1

2:30 In minutes and seconds, total time Stanford has led at home this season




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