STAT WATCH: Midseason leaders a mix of familiar, new names

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A review of college football statistics at midseason shows a lot of familiar names at or near the top of the charts, and a few surprises, too.
Oklahoma is on track to lead the nation in offense for a third straight year. Then there’s LSU, which has ranked in the top 50 in offense only three other seasons since 2009, but is producing points and yards at a rate unseen in program history.
Wisconsin has posted four shutouts in six games, and Penn State, Ohio State and Iowa give the Big Ten four of the top five defenses.

Chuba Hubbard of Oklahoma State was a relative unknown before the season but has emerged to take a wide lead in the rushing race.
No surprise, a Washington State quarterback (Anthony Gordon) leads the nation in passing. Big surprise, Arkansas State’s Omar Bayless is first in receiving.
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