Jeff Mattingly: Week 6 College Football Handicapping Report

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Nebraska
-Marks the second straight year Nebraska has opened conference play with a Thursday night game on the road. The Cornhuskers defeated Missouri in Columbia in 2009 on its way to the North crown.
-Nebraska owns a commanding 77-15-2 all-time record in the series between the schools, including a 34-7-2 edge in Manhattan.
-The Huskers have won the past five meetings and won each of the last four matchups by at least two touchdowns.
-The team has won five consecutive road games since a 16-15 loss to Virginia Tech last season. Nebraska has also won five straight Big 12 Conference road games.
-Rushed for 205 yards against South Dakota State, marking the fourth straight game to open the season with at least 200 rushing yards.
-Won 33 of their 35 conference-opening games since 1975. The Cornhuskers are 8-6 in Big 12 road openers since the formation of the league.
-Nebraska is 5-0 in Thursday night ESPN games since first appearing in the series in 1993. All five of those victories have been on the road.
-Quarterback Taylor Martinez is averaging 7.66 yards per play, the fourth-best yards per play average in the nation.
-Reached the end zone 22 times in four games, with the average length of those 22 touchdown plays being 29 yards.

Kansas State
-Returned 15 starters from a 2009 team that went 6-6 in Bill Snyder’s first season back as head coach.
-First-team All-Big 12 running back Daniel Thomas leads the Wildcat offense with 157 rushing yards per game, the fourth-best average in the NCAA.
-Through four games, Kansas State is averaging 216 yards a contest on the ground.
-Of the previous nine 4-0 starts, Snyder’s Wildcats have averaged 10.2 wins a season during those stretches. The last time the team opened the season 5-0 was in 2000 when it began the season with six straight wins.
-The Wildcats have had 15 previous mid-season bye weeks under Snyder and have turned it into an 11-4 record.
-Kansas State is 45-26 against the Northern Division since 1996, which is second to only Nebraska over that span.
-Since the inception of the Big 12 Conference, K-State is 27-20 in October under Snyder.
-Team is 9-7-1 at home against ranked teams since 1993.
-Forced seven turnovers while committing five of their own. Over the last nine games, K-State has forced 22 turnovers while committing just 12 (+10).
 

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UConn
-Head coach Randy Edsall is in his 12th season and has led the Huskies to wins in 58 of the team’s last 95 games dating back to the ninth game of the 2002 season.
-Friday’s game will be the 30th meeting between UConn and Rutgers in a series that dates back to 1940. The Scarlet Knights hold a 20-9 edge, but the teams have split their last eight meetings. Six of the eight recent meetings have been settled by a touchdown or less.
-UConn has a 3-3 record in Big East openers, winning two of its last three, but dropped a 24-21 contest to Pittsburgh last year.
-Owns an all-time mark of 17-24 in Big East Conference games since joining the league in 2004.
-The Huskies have put together a 19-27 road record since 2002.

Rutgers
-Rutgers has more wins versus UConn than any other active Big East oppoennt with 20 victories. The Scarlet Knights are 4-1 versus UConn over the last five games played between the two schools.
-Last season, QB Tom Savage hit WR Tim Brown with an 81-yard touchdown pass with 22 seconds remaining as Rutgers secured a thrilling 28-24 victory in East Hartford.
-Since 2005, Rutgers is 7-3 in home games at night on ESPN or ESPN2.
-Through four games, Rutgers has allowed a total of 48 points, the second-fewest points in through four games under Greg Schiano. Only the 2006 team allowed fewer points (30).
-The Scarlet Knights are 17-18 overall under Schiano in October.
-Rutgers is a perfect 5-0 on Friday night when a player has rushed for more than 100 yards per game.
-Third in the nation in third down defense, limiting opponents to 12-of-51 conversions (23.53 percent).
-Covered kickoffs extremely well this season, allowing just 15.3 yards per kickoff return.
 

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Oklahoma State
-The 4-0 Oklahoma State Cowboys will close the non-conference portion of their schedule with their first road trip of the season.
-Only twice since 1975 has OSU played its first road games after October 8.
-Most of the Cowboys will be making the first road starts of their careers at Louisiana, including four of the offensive linemen.
-Leads the series with Louisiana, 5-0. That count includes a 2-0 record in Lafayette.
-Oklahoma State is 22-2 all-time against members of the Sun Belt Conference.
-The Cowboys are 6-3 on the road over the last two seasons with four wins in its last five road games.
-16 Cowboys have made their first career starts in 2010.
-OSU has outscored its opposition in every quarter, but the fourth. The opposition holds a 43-38 advantage, while the team hold a 171-75 scoring advantage in the other three quarters.

Louisiana-Lafayette
-Cajuns head coach Rickey Bustle is 1-7 versus Big 12 opponents, having defeated Kansas State in 2009. This is his second meeting with Oklahoma State after suffering a 56-3 loss in Stillwater in 2003.
-UL is 8-1 in games in which QB Chris Masson appeared under center and did not throw an interception. Conversely, UL is 1-9 in games where Masson throws a pick.
-Masson is in his second season as the starter, making 16 consecutive starts. He has thrown 96 consecutive passes without an interception.
-Since 2002, Bustle’s squads have seen the fewest penalty flags in the Sun Belt Conference.
-The Cajuns are 2-16 all-time against Big 12 opponents, 2-2 at home and 0-14 on the road.
 

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