A little bit of this and a little bit of that as we point toward Week 11 in the SEC:
Auburn is the only team in the country to have beaten four teams currently ranked in the Associated Press’ Top 25 -- No. 5 LSU, No. 14 Arkansas, No. 17 Mississippi State and No. 22 South Carolina.
Auburn quarterback Cam Newton has been at his best this season against nationally ranked teams. He’s averaging 193.7 rushing yards, completing 70.6 percent of his passes and has accounted for 11 touchdowns in the Tigers’ games against Arkansas, LSU and South Carolina.
Georgia has scored 30 or more points in its past five games. That’s the school record for consecutive 30-point games. The Bulldogs have won four of those games. Their only loss came two weeks ago to Florida in overtime.
Saturday's game at Jordan-Hare Stadium will pit the SEC’s fifth-best pass offense (Georgia) against the conference’s second-worst pass defense (Auburn). The Bulldogs pass for an average of 240.9 yards per game, while the Tigers give up 241.3 yards per game through the air. Only South Carolina (264.7) allows more passing yards per game than Auburn.
The winner of Saturday’s Florida-South Carolina game will go to the SEC championship game. The Gamecocks have never played in the SEC championship game. The Gators have played in it 10 times, the most of any SEC team.
South Carolina sophomore receiver Alshon Jeffery is the third player in school history to go over the 1,000-yard receiving mark in a single season, joining Sidney Rice (2005 and 2006) and Sterling Sharpe (1986). With 110 more yards, Jeffery will set the all-time school record for yards in a season, passing Rice’s 1,143 yards in 2005.
South Carolina has already beaten two nationally ranked teams this season -- Alabama and Georgia. The Gamecocks have never beaten three ranked teams (according to the Associated Press poll) in the same regular season.
Florida has won 18 of the past 19 meetings in this series. Prior to South Carolina’s win in 2005, the Gamecocks hadn’t beaten the Gators since 1939.
Florida coach Urban Meyer has a career 20-7 record against head coaches with a national championship on their résumé. Meyer is 4-1 against Steve Spurrier.
Florida quarterback John Brantley has struggled to throw the ball down the field this season. On passes thrown 15 yards or longer, he’s completing just 39.5 percent of his throws.
Jordan Reed, Florida’s redshirt freshman quarterback/tight end, has thrown for a touchdown, caught a touchdown and run for a touchdown this season. He’s only the fifth Gator since 1990 to accomplish that hat trick. The other four were Andre Caldwell (2007), Travis McGriff (1998), Doug Johnson (1998) and Jacquez Green (1997).
Starting with Alabama’s game at South Carolina on Oct. 9, the Crimson Tide’s final six SEC games are against teams that had a bye the week before. So far, Alabama has split the first four games.
Nick Saban has lost only 10 games since becoming Alabama’s coach, and seven of his 10 losses have come against teams that had an extra week to prepare, which includes the 2009 Sugar Bowl against Utah.
Mississippi State enters Saturday’s contest on a six-game winning streak, its longest winning streak since 1999 when the Bulldogs started 8-0. The 1999 season was also the last time the Bulldogs won eight regular-season games.
Turnover margin has played a big role in Mississippi State’s season. The Bulldogs were minus-4 in their first five games, compiling a 3-2 record. In their past four games, they are plus-11 with a 4-0 record.
Tennessee has started as many as 10 true freshmen at different points this season and has 21 first-year players in its two-deep depth chart.
Ole Miss quarterback Jeremiah Masoli had still not been cleared to play following Thursday's practice after suffering a concussion in last week's game. Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said Masoli has improved each day throughout the week and is hopeful Masoli will get medical clearance sometime Friday or even Saturday morning.
LSU has won 32 straight regular-season nonconference games, the longest such active streak among FBS teams. The last time the Tigers lost a regular-season nonconference game was the 2002 season opener at Virginia Tech.
Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino will go against an old mentor of his Saturday in UTEP coach Mike Price, who gave Petrino his first coaching job. Price hired Petrino as a graduate assistant at Weber State in 1984, and Petrino worked with the quarterbacks that season.
Kentucky linebacker Danny Trevathan leads the SEC and ranks eighth in the nation with 110 tackles. He’s had double-figure tackle totals in six straight games, the first Wildcat to achieve that feat in 18 years.
The last seven Kentucky-Vanderbilt games have been decided by 12 points or less. The Wildcats have won five of those games.