12 wild stats from college football regular season

13A dozen interesting stats

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Despite what some analysts and a former TV show may suggest, numbers can lie. They also can explain a remarkably positive result in college football.

Context, as always, is what tells the story. And as we reflect on the 2018 campaign, a dozen interesting stats caught our eyes — particularly those that point to excellence or are oddly contradictory to what is normal.

Early in the season, everyone could laugh about small sample sizes and “on-pace” stats. But as the year rolled along, impactful trends emerged.

Now that the three-month stretch of the regular season has concluded, full-slate results and home/road splits offer fascinating stories.