Curtis: Zeroes mean a lot in West Coast football

Sep 27 2010 - 5:00pm

Zero is a powerful number in college football, and it has particular relevance to some West Coast teams:

0 -- Games Stanford has played since the 1951 season in which both teams were ranked among the top nine. (No. 9 Stanford plays at No. 4 Oregon on Saturday.)

0 -- Stanford wins in its three games as a top-10 team since Nov. 10, 1970. (No. 6 Stanford lost to No. 13 Air Force in 1970; No. 10 Stanford lost to unranked San Jose State in 1971; No. 8 Stanford lost to unranked Arizona in 1992.)

0 -- Times Oregon was held to less than 30 points in its past 17 home games. (The Ducks are averaging 44.8 points in those 17 games, dating back to the 2007 season.)

0 -- Teams Boise State has beaten this season that are currently ranked.

0 -- Losses No. 25 Nevada should have when it hosts Boise State on Nov. 26, giving the Broncos another shot to impress the pollsters.

0 -- Games Nevada has played as a ranked team since 1948. (It beat Fresno State 52-7 on Nov. 11.)

0 -- Nevada players who have finished in the top 10 in the Heisman voting since quarterback Stan Heath was fifth in 1948. (Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who ranks third nationally in total offense, has a shot this year.)

0 -- Losses by UCLA since Bruins coach Rick Neuheisel was booed by UCLA fans during his speech to them following a 35-0 loss to Stanford. (The Bruins since have blown out two ranked teams: Houston and Texas.)

0 - USC Coaches, since 1951, who began their careers 4-0 until Lane Kiffin did it this season. (John McKay started 0-3, John Robinson lost his opener, Pete Carroll began 1-4.)

0 -- Times in the past seven seasons Oregon State (1-2) has had a winning record after four games. (The Beavers have finished third or better in the conference five of the previous six seasons.)

0 -- Wins by the D-I schools in New Mexico. New Mexico State and New Mexico are 0-7. They meet Oct. 9.

0 -- Chuckles elicited by Washington State wide receiver Jeffrey Solomon when he told the Seattle Times after the Cougars' 50-16 loss to USC, "We're so close to being good it's not even funny."

EXTRA POINTS

-- Alabama's game against No. 7 Florida on Saturday will be the Tide's ninth game since the start of the 2008 season in which both teams were ranked in the top 10. Alabama is 6-2 in the previous eight.

-- Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson and Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez both had to win preseason competitions to earn the starting job and neither had started a game at quarterback before this season. Robinson is averaging 172 rushing yards per game, easily the best in the country, and 8.7 yards per carry. The only player among the top 50 rushers with a better per-carry average is Martinez, who is averaging 124 yards a game and 9.4 per attempt.

-- Fitchburg State beat Maine Maritime 46-44 in a Division III game Saturday that must have been an aerial bonanza, right? Hardly. Maine Maritime attempted one pass, a desperation throw from its 40-yard line in the closing seconds of the first half that fell incomplete. In three games, Maine Maritime has attempted nine passes, completing four. But it's 2-1. Last season, Maine Maritime completed 29 passes, went 9-2 and reached the NCAA playoffs. Cloud. Of. Dust.

 

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