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Posted on: December 10, 2010 12:54 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2010 12:59 pm
 

Capital One Bowl -- Fun Facts

Capital One Bowl
 
BCS No. 9 Michigan State Spartans versus BCS No. 16 Alabama Crimson Tide

This is the first meeting of the 2 teams.
 
Team Records
 
Michigan State
CBS No. 7 Michigan State, Big Ten (11-1, 7-1) and is rated the No. 37 SOS per CBS.
MSU has averaged 31.3 ppg while giving up 20.1 ppg (11.2 ppg MoV).
MSU is on a 3-game winning streak.
 
W 38-14 vs CBS No. 82 Western Michigan, MidAmerican (6-6, 5-3) and is rated the No. 107 SOS.
W 30-17 at CBS No. 101 Florida Atlantic, Sun Belt (4-8, 3-5) and is rated the No. 114 SOS. ("Neutral site", Ford Field)
W 34-31 vs CBS No. 36 Notre Dame, Independent (7-5, 1-1) and is rated the No. 3 SOS.
W 45-7 vs FCS Northern Colorado, Big Sky (3-8, 2-6).
W 34-24 vs CBS No. 4 Wisconsin, Big Ten (11-1, 7-1) and is rated the No. 62 SOS.
W 34-17 at CBS No. 44 Michigan, Big Ten  (7-5, 3-5) and is rated the No. 13 SOS.
W 26-6 vs CBS No. 54 Illinois, Big Ten (6-6, 4-4) and is rated the No. 12 SOS.
W 35-27 at CBS No. 48 Northwestern, Big Ten (7-5, 3-5) and is rated the No. 76 SOS.
L 6-37 at CBS No. 46 Iowa, Big Ten (7-5, 4-4) and is rated the No. 18 SOS.
W 31-8 vs CBS No. 90 Minnesota, Big Ten (3-9, 2-6) and is rated the No. 10 SOS.
(bye week)
W 35-31 vs CBS No. 88 Purdue, Big Ten (4-8, 2-6) and is rated the No. 20 SOS.
W 28-22 at CBS No. 35 Penn State, Big Ten  (7-5, 4-4) and is rated the No. 15 SOS.
 
Alabama
CBS No. 18 Alabama, Southeastern (9-3, 5-3) and is rated the No. 11 SOS per CBS.
UA has averaged 34.6 ppg while giving up 14.1 ppg (20.5 ppg MoV)
UA is on a 1-game losing streak and lost 3 of the past 7 games.
 
W 48-3 vs CBS No. 120 San Jose State, Western Athletic (1-12, 0-8) and is rated the No. 19 SOS.
W 24-3 vs CBS No. 35 Penn State, Big Ten  (7-5, 4-4) and is rated the No. 15 SOS.
W 62-13 at CBS No. 93 Duke, Atlantic Coast (3-9, 1-7) and is rated the No. 54 SOS.
W 24-20 at CBS No. 8 Arkansas, Southeastern (10-2, 6-2) and is rated the No. 5 SOS.
W 31-6 vs CBS No. 43 Florida, Southeastern (7-5, 4-4) and is rated the No. 17 SOS.
L 21-35 at CBS No. 19 South Carolina, Southeastern (9-4, 5-4) and is rated the No. 2 SOS.
W 23-10 vs CBS No. 79 Mississippi, Southeastern (4-8, 1-7) and is rated the No. 34 SOS.
W 41-10 at CBS No. 60 Tennessee, Southeastern (6-6, 3-5) and is rated the No. 57 SOS.
(bye week)
L 21-24 at CBS No. 12 Louisiana State, Southeastern (10-2, 6-2) and is rated the No. 6 SOS.
W 30-10 vs CBS No. 21 Mississippi State, Southeastern (8-4, 4-4) and is rated the No. 25 SOS.
W 63-7 vs FCS Georgia State, Colonial (6-5, 0-0) played its inaugural season in 2010.
L 27-28 vs CBS No. 2 Auburn, Southeastern (13-0, 9-0) and is rated the No. 4 SOS.
 
Team Statistics
 
Michigan State      
Rushing Offense: 168.83 yds/gm (No. 40), 4.87 yds/rush, 1 TD per 16.6 rushes
Passing Offense: 237.83 yds/gm (No. 44), 67%, 8.30 yds/att, 12.41 yds/comp, 2.62% int/att, 1 TD per 15.6 att
Total Offense: 406.67 yds/gm (No. 39), 6.42 yds/play
Scoring Offense: 31.33 pts/gm (No. 39), 0.495 pts/play
Passing Efficiency: 152.46 (No. 17)
 
Rushing Defense: 121.92 yds/gm (No. 21), 3.59 yds/rush, 1 TD per 40.7 rushes
Pass Defense: 215.83 yds/gm (No. 60), 56%, 6.49 yds/att, 11.56 yds/comp, 4.26% int/att, 1 TD per 23.5 att
Total Defense: 337.75 yds/gm (No. 31), 5.03 yds/play
Scoring Defense: 20.08 pts/gm (No. 26), 0.299 pts/play
Pass Efficiency Defense: 116.99 (No. 33)
 
Net Punting: 38.22 yds/p (No. 26)
Punt Returns: 12.89 yds/r (No. 16)
Kickoff Returns: 18.79 yds/r (No. 110)
Turnover Margin: 0.5 TO/gm (No. T-26)
Sacks: 1.67 s/gm (No. T-82)
Tackles For Loss: 5.17 t/gm (No. T-87)
Sacks Allowed: 1.58 s/gm (No. 40)
 
Red zone offense (No. 5): 43 drives, 39 scores (91%), 30 TD (17 rush, 13 pass), 9 FG
Red Zone defense (No. 13): 41 drives 30 scores (73%), 21 TD (8 rush, 13 pass), 9 FG
  
Alabama      
Rushing Offense: 175.25 yds/gm (No. 36), 4.97 yds/rush, 1 TD per 17.6 rushes
Passing Offense: 260.33 yds/gm (No. 28), 69%, 9.22 yds/att, 13.35 yds/comp, 1.47% int/att, 1 TD per 14.7 att
Total Offense: 435.58 yds/gm (No. 27), 6.86 yds/play
Scoring Offense: 34.58 pts/gm (No. 21), 0.545 pts/play
Passing Efficiency: 165.85 (No. 6)
 
Rushing Defense: 123.33 yds/gm (No. 22), 3.64 yds/rush, 1 TD per 67.8 rushes
Pass Defense: 172.67 yds/gm (No. 12), 53%, 6.13 yds/att, 11.64 yds/comp, 6.21% int/att, 1 TD per 30.7 att
Total Defense: 296 yds/gm (No. 6), 4.77 yds/play
Scoring Defense: 14.08 pts/gm (No. 5), 0.227 pts/play
Pass Efficiency Defense: 102.51 (No. 7)
 
Net Punting: 36.9 yds/p (No. 49)
Punt Returns: 13.08 yds/r (No. 14)
Kickoff Returns: 24.82 yds/r (No. 14)
Turnover Margin: 0.92 TO/gm (No. 14)
Sacks: 1.83 s/gm (No. 74)
Tackles For Loss: 5.33 t/gm (No. 79)
Sacks Allowed: 2.67 s/gm (No. 98)
 
Red zone offense (No. 52): 53 drives, 44 scores (83%), 32 TD (17 rush, 15 pass), 12 FG
Red zone defense (No. 6): 29 drives, 20 scores (69%), 10 TD (5 rush, 5 pass), 10 FG
 
Common foes
Week 2, Alabama 24-3 vs Penn State (at Tuscaloosa, Alabama)
Week 13, MSU 28-22 at Penn State (at State College, Pennsylvania)
 
Statistically, the only factor that stands out is the Scoring Defense numbers. UA has a 7 point advantage over MSU.
 
Coaching records
 
Mark Dantonio
7th season as head coach
51-35-0 (0.5930)
1-3-0 bowl record
1 Conference Co-Championship
 
1980-2003 (asst)
2004 Cincinnati 7-5-0 (bowl win)
2005 Cincinnati 4-7-0
2006 Cincinnati 7-5-0 (did not coach bowl win)
2007 Michigan St. 7-6-0 (bowl loss)
2008 Michigan St. 9-4-0 (bowl loss)
2009 Michigan St. 6-7-0 (bowl loss)
2010 Michigan St. 11-1-0 (conf co-champion, bowl tbd)
 
Nick Saban
15th season as head coach
133-53-1 (0.7139)
5-6-0 bowl record
1 conference co-championship
3 conference championships
1 NCAA title
 
1972-1987 (asst)
1988-9 NFL (asst)
1990 Toledo 9-2-0 (conf. co-champion)
1991-4 NFL (asst)
1995 Michigan St. 6-5-1 (bowl loss)
1996 Michigan St. 6-6-0 (bowl loss)
1997 Michigan St. 7-5-0 (bowl loss)
1998 Michigan St. 6-6-0
1999 Michigan St. 9-2-0  (did not coach bowl win)
2000 Louisiana St. 8-4-0 (bowl win)
2001 Louisiana St. 10-3-0 (con.f champion, bowl win)
2002 Louisiana St. 8-5-0 (bowl loss)
2003 Louisiana St. 13-1-0 (conf. champion, bowl win)
2004 Louisiana St. 9-3-0 (bowl loss)
2005-6 NFL HC Miami, 15-17-0
2007 Alabama 7-6-0 (bowl win) ** 5 wins vacated due to NCAA sanctions
2008 Alabama 12-2-0 (bowl loss)
2009 Alabama 14-0-0 (NCAA title, conf. champions, bowl win)
2010 Alabama 9-3-0 (bowl tbd)
 
The 7-Year Itch
Dantonio in 7 seasons is 51-35-0 with 1 game to go, 4 bowls (1-3) and 1 conference co-championship.
Saban in his first 7 seasons was 51-30-1, 4 bowls (1-3) and 1 conference co-championship (not counting the 4-year hiatis in the NFL).
Both left a program before a bowl game and those 2 bowls were wins (not counted in their records).
 
Looking at it from the other perspective...
Dantonio in his 4 seasons at MSU is 33-18-0 (0.6471) with 1 game to go, 3 bowls (0-3) and 1 conference co-championship.
Saban in his 4 seasons at UA is 42-11-0 (0.7925) with 1 game to go (not excluding the vacated wins), 3 bowls (2-1), 1 conference championship, and 1 NCAA title.
 
A Grand Reunion
Of the 20 coaches on the sidelines for the upcoming Capital One Bowl, 9 (3 MSU Head Coaches, 6 MSU assistant coaches) have prior coaching/playing experience prior to 2007 (and their current positions). This does not include current MSU assistants who arrived for the first time in 1997 or later.
 
2007-10 Nick Saban is the Alabama Head Coach.
1995-99 Nick Saban was the Michigan State Head Coach.
1983-87 Nick Saban was an assistant coach (defensive coordinator / defensive backs) under then MSU Head Coach George Perles.
 
2007-10 Mark Dantonio is the Michigan State Head Coach.
2000 Mark Dantonio was an assistant coach (defensive backs) under then MSU Head Coach Bobby Williams.
1995-99 Mark Dantonio was an assistant coach (defensive backs) under then MSU Head Coach Nick Saban.
 
2008-10 Bobby Williams is an assistant coach (tight ends/special teams) at Alabama.
2000-02 Bobby Williams was the Michigan State Head Coach.
1995-99 Bobby Williams was an assistant coach (running backs) under then MSU Head Coach Nick Saban.
 
2010 Brad Salem is an assistant coach (running backs) at Michigan State
1995 Brad Salem was a graduate assistant coach (quarterbacks / wide receivers) under then MSU Head Coach Nick Saban.
 
2008-10 Jim McElwain is an assistant coach (offensive coordinator / quarterbacks) at Alabama.
2003-05 Jim McElwain was an assistant coach (receivers / special teams) under then MSU Head Coach John L. Smith.
 
2007-10 Joe Pendry is an assistant coach (offensive line) at Alabama.
1980 Joe Pendry was an assistant coach (offensive coordinator / quarterbacks) under then MSU Head Coach Frank "Muddy" Waters.
 
2009-2010 Sal Sunsari is an assistant coach (linebackers) at Alabama.
2001 Sal Sunsari was an assistant coach (linebackers / special teams) under then MSU Head Coach Bobby Williams.
 
2007-10 Don Treadwell is an assistant coach (offensive coordinator and wide receivers) at Michigan State.
2000-02 Don Treadwell was an assistant coach (wide receivers) under then MSU Head Coach Bobby Williams.
 
2007-10 Harlon Barnett is an assistant coach (secondary) at Michigan State.
1986-89 Harlon Barnett was a defensive back under then MSU Head Coach George Perles.

Why MSU should win.
1. 11-1 going for 12-1 (school single season record)
2. 0-3 in bowls under Dantonio
3. Big Ten Co-Champion, no Rose Bowl, no BCS Bowl
4. Saban's history with MSU
5. Mark Dantonio
6. Edwin Baker, Kirk Cousins, Aaron Bates, Keshawn Martin, Greg Jones, Dan Conroy
 
Why MSU could lose.
1. Slow starts
2. Mistakes (5 of 9 interceptions in final 4 games)
3. Mental errors (fumble on the what could have been game-ending interception at Penn State would have been avoided by taking a knee in the end zone)
 
Why UA should win.
1. Scoring defense
2. 27-28 versus BCS No. 1 Auburn
3. 2009 NCAA Champion
4. Nick Saban
5. Greg McElroy, Julio Jones, Robert Lester, Marquis Maze, Trent Richardson
 
Why LSU could lose.
1. Lost 2 of last 4 (1 win over 1st season FCS Georgia State)
2. South Carolina and Auburn both gave clinics on how to stop the UA rushing game.
3. Rush defense has slipped in last 4 games. Excluding GaSt., UA rush defense allowing 45 yds/gm more than season average (20 yds/gm including GaSt.).

 
 
 
 
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