College Football by the Numbers: New York visits south Louisiana
Saturday presents a great chance to catch an in-person doubleheader, with an early kick at Yulman Stadium as Tulane plays host to Army West Point, followed by the usual night kickoff at Tiger Stadium when LSU faces Syracuse, another team out of New York State.
Here’s a look at some numbers to get you ready for the college football weekend…
0: Before Saturday, the number of morning kickoffs at Yulman Stadium. The Army game will be the earliest home kickoff for Tulane since returning to campus three years ago.
2: Army’s rank nationally in rushing yards per game. The Black Knights average nearly 365 yards per game on the ground.
3: Teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision without a turnover this season – LSU, Alabama and Miami.
6: Syracuse’s rank nationally in third-down defense. Opponents have only converted on seven of 43 third down tries against the Orange this season – a stingy 16.3 percent success rate.
7: Trips into the red zone by Tulane’s offense this year. The Green Wave has scored on all seven visits – six touchdowns and a field goal.
11.3: Receptions per game by Syracuse receiver Steve Ishmael, which leads the nation. Ishmael has 34 receptions for 389 yards in three games. He’s the only player in the FBS currently averaging 10 or more receptions per game.
17: Total pass attempts by Army in its first three games (with four completions). By contrast, the Black Knights have run the football 171 times.
20: The magic point total for LSU under Ed Orgeron. The Tigers are 8-0 when scoring 20 or more points since Orgeron became head coach, but 0-3 when scoring less than 20.
36: Career starts by Tulane cornerback Parry Nickerson, the most on the Green Wave roster.
48: Consecutive wins against non-conference opponents by LSU at Tiger Stadium. The last non-conference home loss for the Tigers was to UAB in 2000.
53: Seasons since LSU and Syracuse first met in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 1965, at Tulane Stadium. The Tigers won 13-10 when current LSU radio analyst Doug Moreau kicked a 28-yard field goal with less than four minutes remaining.
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Lenny has been involved in college athletics since the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…