Beating yourself in the SEC

August, 11, 2010
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We’re getting closer to the start of the season, which means you’re going to start hearing coaches talking about the importance of teams not beating themselves.

Which team in the SEC did the best job of not beating itself last season, and which team did the worst?

Based on differential in penalty yards, Alabama and Kentucky were the best and Auburn the worst.

The Tigers had a staggering 381 more penalty yards than their opponents last season. Nobody else in the SEC was even close to that figure. Georgia was the next worst with 120 more penalty yards than its opponents.

Georgia also had the most penalties (105) and most penalty yards (878) in the SEC last season. The Bulldogs finished 107th nationally in penalty yards per game (67.5).

Kentucky led the league and was fifth nationally in penalty yards per game (38.6).

Here’s a look at how the SEC ranked last season in penalty yards differential. Alabama and Kentucky tied for first:

T-1. ALABAMA

Penalty yards: 598

Opponent penalty yards: 729

Difference: Plus-131

T-1.KENTUCKY

Penalty yards: 502

Opponent penalty yards: 633

Difference: Plus-131

3. TENNESSEE

Penalty yards: 516

Opponent penalty yards: 566

Difference: Plus-50

4. OLE MISS

Penalty yards: 564

Opponent penalty yards: 564

Difference: Even

5. ARKANSAS

Penalty yards: 679

Opponent penalty yards: 671

Difference: Minus-8

6. VANDERBILT

Penalty yards: 600

Opponent penalty yards: 567

Difference: Minus-33

7. LSU

Penalty yards: 633

Opponent penalty yards: 575

Difference: Minus-58

8. MISSISSIPPI STATE

Penalty yards: 590

Opponent penalty yards: 517

Difference: Minus-73

9. FLORIDA

Penalty yards: 735

Opponent penalty yards: 647

Difference: Minus-88

10. SOUTH CAROLINA

Penalty yards: 695

Opponent penalty yards: 586

Difference: Minus-109

11. GEORGIA

Penalty yards: 878

Opponent penalty yards: 758

Difference: Minus-120

12. AUBURN

Penalty yards: 847

Opponent penalty yards: 466

Difference: Minus-381

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