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November 18, 2008

Inside the numbers: Dillard nears rare mark

Each week, we'll look at some statistics involving individuals and/or teams that we find intriguing.

1. Of the teams in the BCS top 10, Ohio State has the biggest disparity. We're talking about the disparity in how the teams rank in total offense and total defense. Ohio State is 84th in total offense but 13th in total defense, for a disparity of 71 spots. The lowest in the BCS top 10 is Boise State, with a disparity of three: 15th in offense and 12th in defense. The others: USC, 12 (14th in offense, second in defense); Penn State, 14 (18th in offense, fourth in defense); Florida, 19 (25th in offense, sixth in defense); Utah, 24 (35th in offense, 11th in defense); Alabama, 49 (52nd in offense, third in defense); Texas, 49 (ninth in offense, 58th in defense); Oklahoma, 51 (fourth in offense, 55th in defense); Texas Tech, 58 (2nd in offense, 60th in defense).

2. For just the second time in 10 seasons, a "Big Six" running back is going to lead the nation in rushing. Connecticut's Donald Brown, Iowa's Shonn Greene, Michigan State's Javon Ringer and Oklahoma State's Kendall Hunter are ranked first through fourth, respectively, in the nation in rushing, One of the quartet is going to be the nation's rushing leader. The last time a back from a "Big Six" conference led the nation in rushing was Penn State's Larry Johnson in 2002. The other leaders in the past 10 seasons played for Memphis, Nevada, Northern Illinois, North Texas (twice), TCU (twice) and UCF.

3. Oklahoma has scored touchdowns on a nation's-leading 89.3 percent of its red zone possessions. The Sooners have had 56 red zone possessions and scored touchdowns on 50 of them. They also have kicked three red zone field goals, giving them a red zone percentage of 95.0. Texas Tech, meanwhile, has had 64 red zone possessions and scored touchdowns on 49 of them, for 76.6 percent. The Red Raiders also have kicked seven red zone field goals, giving them a red zone percentage of 88.0. Defensively, Oklahoma has allowed opponents to score 24 touchdowns in 38 red zone possessions, or 63.1 percent. Texas Tech has allowed 18 touchdowns in 33 red zone possessions, or 54.5 percent.

4. Rice WR Jarett Dillard has a chance to join an exclusive fraternity. Dillard, a senior, has 3,921 career receiving yards putting him 79 yards away from the 4,000-yard mark. He would be just the 10th player in major-college history to reach that plateau. Dillard and Rice have two regular-season games remaining, and he is averaging 109.3 receiving yards per game this season. The nine who have reached 4,000 yards: Nevada's Trevor Insley (5,005); Wyoming's Marcus Harris (4,518); Oklahoma State's Rashaun Woods (4,414); Wyoming's Ryan Yarborough (4,357); Louisiana Tech's Troy Edwards (4,352); Pacific's Aaron Turner (4,345); New Mexico's Terance Mathis (4,254); Nevada's Geoff Noisy (4,249); and Marshall's Darius Watts (4,031).

Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be heard on Rivals Radio every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. ET and can be reached at mhuguenin@rivals.com.

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