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AND THE BEAT GOES ON

Most Current Consecutive Losses In Major Bowl Games: Northwestern:

1. 2011losttoTexasA&M,33-22
2. 2010losttoTexasTech,45-38
3. 2009losttoAuburn,38-35(OT)
4. 2008losttoMissouri,30-23(OT)
5. 2005losttoUCLA,50-38
6. 2003losttoBowlingGreen,28-24
7. 2000losttoNebraska,66-17
8. 1996losttoTennessee,48-28
9. 1995losttoSouthernCal,41-32

Source: World Features Syndicate

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NOW YOU SEE US . . .

Teams Ranked No. 1 Only Once in AP Men's Division I Basketball Polls, 1980-2012:

1. Louisville (March 16, 2009)

2. Tennessee (Feb. 25, 2008)

3. Wisconsin (Feb. 20, 2007)

4. Saint Joseph's (March 9, 2004)

5. Iowa (Jan. 20, 1987)

6. Georgia Tech (Preseason Poll, 1986)

7. South Carolina (Preseason Poll, 1970)

8. Wichita St. (Dec. 15, 1965)

9. Oklahoma St. (Jan. 16, 1951)

Source: World Features Syndicate

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RUN WAY MODELS

Most Success With 3rd Down Conversions When Rushing:

1. 2011 Redskins66.7pct.
2. 2010 Patriots69.6pct.
3. 2009 Jaguars63.1pct.
4. 2008 Lions66.7pct.
5. 2007 Browns64.5pct.
6. 2006 Giants59.2pct.
7. 2005 Dolphins58.3pct.

Source: World Features Syndicate

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THROW DOWNS!

Most Success With 3rd Down Conversions When Passing:

1. 2011 Saints54.7pct.
2. 2010 Saints49.9pct.
3. 2009 Colts50.0pct.
4. 2008 Colts48.1pct.
5. 2007 Patriots49.3pct.
6. 2006 Colts54.9pct.
7. 2005 Colts48.5pct.

Source: World Features Syndicate

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SPECIAL GUEST STARS

Bowls Where Most Heisman Trophy Winners Played:

1. Rose-x11(last2005)
2. Orange10(2004)
3. Sugar8(2003)
4. Cotton8(2012)
5. BCS Championship4(2010)
6. Fiesta3(1994)

Note: Recipient Reggie Bush subsequently forfeited his Heisman

Source: NCAA

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MUCH ADO, MUCH ADON'T

How Active NBA Scoring Leaders Fared in First Games:

1. Kobe Bryant0points(6minutes)
2. Kevin Garnett8points(16minutes)
3. Dirk Nowitzki2points(16minutes)
4. Ray Allen13points(28minutes)
5. Paul Pierce19points(39minutes)
6. Tim Duncan15points(35minutes)
7. Vince Carter16points(31minutes)
8. LeBron James25points(42minutes)

Source: World Features Syndicate

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THANKS FOR NUTHIN'

Biggest Shutout Losses in School's First Bowl Games:

1. San Diego St.losttoHardin-Simmons,53-0(1947)
2. StanfordlosttoMichigan,49-0(1901)
3. ArizonalosttoCentre,38-0(1921)
4. Ohio St.losttoCalifornia,28-0(1920)
5. New MexicolosttoUtah,26-0(1938)
6. MiamilosttoBucknell,26-0(1934)
7. Utah st.losttoSanJoseSt.,20-0(1946)

Note: 13 schools were shutout in their first bowl games; Western Kentucky and Louisiana-Monroe are in their first bowls this year.

Source: World Features Syndicate

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UP-DATE

All-Time Records of Schools Moving To Division I Men's Basketball This Year (through 2011-12):

1. North Dakota1,482-952(.609)
2. South Dakota1,209-990(.550)
3. Seattle990-889(.527)
4. Presbyterian1,082-1,095-2(.497)
5. SIU-Edwardsville581-597(.493)
6. Bryant642-699(.479)

Source: NCAA

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A REFLECTION ON PERFECTION

When Major Bowls Had Their Most Recent Matchups of Undefeated and Untied Teams:

1. Rose (2006)Texas41,SouthernCal38
2. Orange (2005)SouthernCal55,Oklahoma19
3. Fiesta (2003)OhioSt.31,Miami24(twoOTs)
4. Sugar (2000)FloridaSt.46,VirginiaTech29

Note: The last time for BCS Championship game was the 2010 season (Auburn 22, Oregon 19)

Source: World Features Syndicate

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WILD, WILD WESTS

Division Records in NFL Wild Card Games, 2002-11:

1. NFC West5-1
2. AFC East5-2
3. AFC South6-5
4. NFC East5-5
5. NFC South4-5
6. NFC North3-4
7. AFC North3-5
8. AFC West3-5

Note: Excludes wild card games played between teams in same divisions.

Source: World Features Syndicate

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GOOD . . . ENOUGH?

Multiple BCS Bowl Games . . . But With Losing Records, 1999-2011:

1. Florida St.1-5
2. Virginia Tech1-4
3. Michigan1-3
4. Oklahoma3-5
5. Alabama1-2
6. Oregon1-2
7. Notre Dame0-3
8. Illinois0-2
9. Cincinnati0-2

Note: 14 teams are 0-1 in BCS bowl games.

Source: World Features Syndicate

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TAMED

Only NFL Wild Card Team Losers With 12 Regular Season Wins (2000-11):

1. Steelers (2011)losttoBroncos,29-23
2. Colts (2008)losttoChargers,23-17
3. Jaguars (2005)losttoPatriots,28-3
4. Chargers (2004)losttoJets,20-17
5. Packers (2002)losttoFalcons,27-7
6. 49ers (2001)losttoPackers,25-15

Source: World Features Syndicate

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SPECIAL DELIVERIES

Six Athletes Born on New Year's Eve:

1. NBA's Brent Barry (1971)

2. NFL's Hugh McElhenny (1928)

3. Olympian track & fielder Willye White (1939)

4. NBA's Tyrone Corbin (1962)

5. Race driver Tony Kanaan (1974)

6. MLB's Rick Aguilera (1961)

Source: World Features Syndicate

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BIRTH MARKS

Leading NBA Scorers Born on Special Days (through 2011-12 season):

1. Jan. 1 Mike Mitchell (1956)15,016points
2. April 1 Mark Jackson (1965)12,489points
3. July 4 Horace Grant (1965)12,996points
4. Nov. 11 Rudy LaRusso (1937)11,507points
5. Dec. 25 Eric Gordon (1988)3,729points
6. Dec. 31 Tyrone Corbin (1962)9,766points

Source: World Features Syndicate

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