- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
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We’re still a week away from Alabama-LSU, and although both teams are off this week, there are still plenty of intriguing games in the SEC. How will Missouri respond? Can Auburn keep rolling? And don't forget about Florida-Georgia.
Here’s a look at some notes from the ESPN Stats & Info to get you ready for Week 10:
Eight teams in the BCS standings are idle this week, including five in the top 10. Things change quickly though. Next Thursday features two top-10 matchups, Oklahoma-Baylor and Oregon-Stanford. On Saturday, No. 1 Alabama hosts LSU. All six of those teams are idle this week.
Florida and Georgia were idle last week, but both enter on two-game losing streaks. How rare is it for both the Bulldogs and the Gators to enter this rivalry game on at least two-game losing streaks each? Georgia alone hasn’t entered the game on a two-game losing streak since 1949. And the last (and only) time both teams entered on a two-game losing streak was 1926.
Georgia has won each of the last two meetings with Florida and with a win will have its first three-game winning streak against Florida since 1987-89. Steve Spurrier took over as Florida coach in 1990.
It has been an ugly slide backwards for the Florida offense, which ranks last in the SEC this season in yards per game (336.9) and yards per play (4.9).
Saturday will be the second-ever meeting between Missouri and Tennessee. In last year’s inaugural meeting, Missouri outlasted the Vols in a wild 51-48 four-overtime game.
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel goes for his 98th win since coming to Missouri in 2001. He’s creeping up on the all-time school record, held by legendary coach Don Faurot, who had 101 wins.
Tennessee has lost 11 straight road games overall and 10 straight road games within the SEC. Its last two road wins came back in 2010 and weren’t even out of the state -- beating Vanderbilt and Memphis. Tennessee’s 11-game road losing streak is the longest in school history.
Auburn’s amazing turnaround season continues. The Tigers have won four straight, including wins over ranked Ole Miss and Texas A&M. Last season, Auburn was 0-5 against AP-ranked opponents and was outscored by an average of 27.6 points in those games.
Auburn has gained at least 600 yards in each of its last three games. Only two other teams this season have had a streak that long. Baylor did it in four straight games from Aug. 31-Oct. 5, and Oregon did it in three straight games from Oct. 5-19.
Arkansas has won two straight and four of the last five meetings against Auburn. In the 22-game series history, Arkansas has never won three straight against the Tigers.
South Carolina has won 14 straight home games, and with a win will tie the longest home win streak in school history. The Gamecocks won 15 straight from 1978 to 1980. Among FBS schools, South Carolina is tied with Ohio State for second-longest active home win streak. Michigan is first with 19 straight.
The fumble bug bit South Carolina running back Mike Davis twice last week against Missouri. Davis had only two career fumbles lost in 184 rushes entering the game but lost two in that game on 19 carries. Fumbles have been an issue all season long for South Carolina. The Gamecocks have lost 11 fumbles, most in the SEC.
Dan Mullen is in his fifth season with Mississippi State, and although he has a winning record (33-25), he’s struggled in games against ranked opponents. The Bulldogs are 2-18 vs AP-ranked opponents under Mullen.
Texas A&M has won 14 straight against unranked opponents and is 13-0 under Kevin Sumlin in such games.
A pair of losses already means that Johnny Manziel’s Heisman hopes look dim, but his opponent-adjusted QBR of 89.7 is fourth-best in FBS. His 46 completions of 20+ yards trails only Sean Mannion (54) and Zach Mettenberger (51) in that category, but Mettenberger has played one more game than Manziel.
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