Alabama and Oregon rank first and second in every major human poll entering this weekend and have two of the best units in all of football. Which is better?
Oregon’s offense is the best unit in college football this season. The Ducks average 54.3 points per game, best in the nation, and have not scored fewer than 42 points in a game this season. Oregon has scored at least 30 points in 22 straight games, which is tied for the second-longest streak in the FBS era. - S.K.
What about Alabama’s defense? The Tide lead the nation in scoring defense for the second straight season despite losing six players from last season’s defense to the NFL Draft, including four in the first 35 picks. There have been only three other college defenses that have produced four players in the first 35 picks and no team has had more. – T.P.
Have you seen how quickly Oregon scores? The Ducks lead FBS in touchdown drives in two minutes or less (37), one minute or less (20) and three plays or fewer (17) this season. Oregon has scored at least two touchdowns in two minutes or less in every game this season, including four such touchdowns against USC last week. Louisiana Tech is the only other team to score at least two such touchdowns in all of its games.
Let’s see if Oregon can even make it to the red zone to score against Alabama. Opponents have had 17 drives this season in which they reached the red zone against Alabama, the fewest in FBS. In fact, they have forced six more turnovers than they have allowed red zone trips this season.
Oregon does not even need to reach the red zone in order to score. Oregon has 19 touchdown plays longer than 20 yards this season, second in FBS behind Georgia. The Ducks have 93 such touchdowns since Chip Kelly took over in 2009, four more than any other FBS team.
Alabama’s defense does not give up long touchdowns. The Tide have allowed one touchdown longer than 20 yards this season, tied for the fewest in FBS and have not allowed a rushing touchdown of this length against an FBS opponent since Oct. 23, 2010, against Tennessee.
Do you think Alabama will be able to slow down Heisman contender Kenjon Barner? He rushed for 321 yards and five touchdowns last week against USC, and has rushed for 100 yards in each of his last five games despite only playing in the fourth quarter twice.
100 yards against Alabama? There have been two players who have rushed for 100 yards against Alabama since the start of the 2008 season. That is seven fewer than any other FBS team. Granted, the last one was last week when Jeremy Hill rushed for 107 on 29 rushes, but the last one before Hill was in 2010. Remember, Oregon averaged 2.3 yards per rush against Auburn in the BCS Championship Game.
Oregon showed what it is capable of when it plays four full quarters last week at USC. Oregon averages more points in the first half (36.0) than 92 FBS teams average in a game. If the Ducks continued their first-half pace, the Ducks would average 72 points and 728.2 yards per game. Those numbers would crush the FBS record for points (56.0 by Army in 1944) and yards (624.9 by Houston in 1989) per game in a season.
If those Ducks can move up in the computers, maybe they’ll get to tangle with the Tide in Miami and settle this debate on the field.
Rapper The Game isn’t letting New Yorkers use Hurricane Sandy as an excuse not to vote today — in fact, he tells TMZ, he’s already shelled out $10,000 to 500 voters stranded by the storm … in order to help them make it to the polls.
Game tells us, the money was intended to help voters who were hit hard by last week’s disaster to pay for gas or another form of transportation in order to cast their ballot.
And get this — Game says he’s so committed to the cause … he even helped shuttle people to the polls in his own car.
By the way, Game … who lives in LA, says he voted by absentee ballot — and claims he’s not doing this to influence people to vote for President Obama.
As you’re no doubt aware, today is Election Day. And while celebrities sometimes seem like they’re from another planet, let alone country, many of them are indeed Americans–and they were eager to vote just like the rest of us.
Celebrities like Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, and Joan Rivers, as well as fashion A-listers like Terry Richardson and Tim Gunn, took time out of their busy schedules to cast their ballot today–and of course it was all documented on camera thanks to Twitter and Instagram. Needless to say, some shenanigans ensued: Joan Rivers apparently went to the doctor during the process, while Zach Braff arrived in a helmet.
There’s only one minor snag: According to The Atlantic and Mashable, photographing your ballot after it has been signed is illegal in some states, while in other states merely taking photos inside the polling place is also prohibited. Let’s hope none of these celebrities, particularly Kim K and Beyonce, who photographed their signed ballots, get into hot water.
Click through to see celebrities voting, and read what they had to say about it. And if you haven’t voted yet, get yourself to a polling place STAT!!
10:59AM PDT: Sources at the L.A. City Attorney’s Office tell TMZ … they were unaware the Santa Monica City Attorney was going to file criminal charges against Lindsay until they read our post this morning. They are “gathering information” but so far no decision has been made regarding a possible probation violation in Lindsay’s jewelry heist case.
will be charged with the crime of lying to police after her car accident in June on Pacific Coast Highway … TMZ has learned.
We broke the story … Lohan told cops she was NOT behind the wheel of her Porsche when it slammed into the back of an 18-wheeler. Fact is she was — according to multiple witnesses.
Law enforcement sources tell us … the case will be filed as a misdemeanor by the Santa Monica City Attorney … possibly this week.
The charge could spell huge trouble for Lindsay, because she’s currently on probation for the jewelry heist. The criminal filing could trigger a probation violation, and Judge Stephanie Sautner — the jewelry judge — could send her to the slammer for a long, long time.
And law enforcement sources tell us … cops found prescription pills in her purse after the crash. Witnesses tell us pills were also scattered in her trunk. Our sources say authorities were prepared to charge LiLo with drug crimes, but Lindsay’s lawyer, Shawn Holley, gave cops documentations from Lindsay’s doctor, saying the pills were properly prescribed. Authorities then backed off that charge.
As for the charge of lying to cops, Lindsay almost dodged that bullet. You may recall, after the accident, Lindsay went to the hospital where she was interviewed by cops, and that’s when she told them she wasn’t behind the wheel. Her lawyer, Shawn Holley, made a mad dash for the hospital to muzzle her client (see video), but she was a few minutes too late.