You know Ole Miss is scoring a lot of points in the football games it is playing.
But you may not realize just how incredible the pace the Rebels are on truly is: through two games, Ole Miss is on pace to absolutely shatter both FBS and NCAA scoring records.
Florida State's 2013 team took the record for total points in a single season by an FBS team from 2008 Oklahoma just two years ago, as the Seminoles scored 723 points in their 14 games in that campaign. The 2013 Baylor team, however, holds the record for points per game by an FBS school, with 52.4 points per contest just eclipsing FSU's 51.6; the Big 12's lack of a title game likely prevented the Bears from taking down the all-time scoring record.
2015 Ole Miss is on pace to score 894 points in the regular season.
If the Rebels could somehow keep up their 74.5 points per game over a 15-game schedule — while going undefeated and winning a national title, naturally — they would become the first FBS team to score 750, 800, 900, 1,000, and 1,100 points in a season, topping out at 1,117.
They would also be the first team at any level of NCAA football to top 900 points, eclipsing the 837 put up by Pittsburgh State in 2004, and would smash the per-game scoring records held by FCS-level Mississippi Valley State (60.9 in 1984, Jerry Rice's senior season) and Division III's St. John's of Minnesota (61.5 in 1993).
Partly, that's because scoring 70 or more points is exceedingly rare — even for good teams playing bad ones. 2013 Florida State topped 70 just once, in an 80-14 obliteration of Idaho; 2008 Oklahoma, which scored 58 or more points in the final six games of its season prior to being shut down by Florida in the national title game, never did. Oregon, for all its pyrotechnics, has scored 70 points just once since Chip Kelly became the Ducks' offensive coordinator in 2007.
Perhaps the best comparison for the Rebels is that 2013 Baylor team, which pushed the pedal to or past 70 in four of their first six games. Those Bears never scored more than 73 points in a game, but they also scored more on four FBS teams — including ultimately bowl-bound Buffalo — than the 69 points they put on Wofford in a season opener, and they had three straight games of 70-plus points, and four of 66 or more, something no other team since 1980 has done.
And the Bears also scored at least 28 points in the first quarter of their first four games, something these Rebels can't do, by virtue of putting up "just" 27 on Tennessee-Martin in the first frame of their season opener.
Of course, all of these stats are more fun than they are predictive: No one expects Ole Miss to put up 70 points on Alabama in Tuscaloosa this weekend, or even 40. The Rebels haven't put up 40 on the Tide since 2003, when some guy named Eli was in Oxford and Alabama was in the midst of a 4-9 season.
But, just for the record: Vanderbilt (yep!) handed Alabama its worst-ever defeat, a 78-0 thrashing, way back in 1906, and since Sewanee's (!!!) 54-4 win over the Tide in 1907, just one team has scored more than 49 points on the Tide — Tennessee, in 2003, and in five overtimes.
Wouldn't continuing one record pace while setting another be awesome?