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Did you know? Week 8

10/20/2011

A little bit of this and a little bit of that as we get ready for Week 8 in the SEC:

  • Alabama and LSU aren't the only two unbeaten teams this season that have won all of their games by double digits. So have Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Stanford and Boise State.

  • With two of its top cornerbacks suspended for Saturday's game (Tyrann Mathieu and Tharold Simon), LSU could have its work cut out in defending the downfield passing game. So far this season, LSU has been at its best defensively when teams have tried to go down the field. In fact, those teams throwing passes that were 15 yards or longer against LSU have had more interceptions than completions. On those plays, LSU has seven interceptions and opponents have converted just 5-of-43 passes.

  • Six of the past seven meetings between Auburn and LSU have been decided by seven points or less.

  • This will be Auburn's third game in the past four weeks against a top 10 team. Auburn beat No. 10 South Carolina on Oct. 1 and then lost to No. 10 Arkansas on Oct. 8.

  • LSU has outscored opponents in the fourth quarter by 54 points (75-21) and leads the SEC in that category. Alabama has allowed just eight fourth-quarter points and is second in fourth-quarter scoring margin at 51 points (59-8).

  • LSU hasn't trailed in a game since the second quarter of the season opener against Oregon. In 420 minutes of action this season, the Tigers have trailed for just six minutes and 33 seconds.

  • Auburn center Reese Dismukes is one of just five true freshmen to start on the offensive line among the 67 BCS automatic-qualifying conference schools. Dismukes is one of three true freshman starters on the offensive line in the SEC, joining Arkansas’ Mitch Smothers and Kentucky’s Darrian Miller. The other two true freshman starters are John Miller of Louisville and Tyler Moore of Nebraska.

  • Since arriving in Fayetteville in 2008, point production for Bobby Petrino’s Arkansas Razorbacks has increased each season. In 2008, the Razorbacks averaged 21.9 points per game and 259.6 yards per game. In 2009, the Hogs produced 36.0 points and 427.4 yards per game. Last season, Arkansas averaged 36.5 points and 482.5 yards per game. So far this season, the Razorbacks are averaging 39.2 points and 466.2 yards per game.

  • After leading Ole Miss to Cotton Bowl victories in each of his first two seasons, Houston Nutt is just 6-12 since. That includes a 1-10 record against the SEC.

  • How dominant has Alabama been at Bryant-Denny Stadium? Check out these numbers: The Crimson Tide are 24-1 in their last 25 home games, losing only to eventual national champion Auburn last season. In those 25 games, the Tide have held opponents to an average of 7.9 points per game, and only two opponents have reached 20 points.

  • Tennessee hasn't scored more than 17 points against Alabama in any of the past 17 meetings.

  • After posting 14 tackles in the first four games of the season, Tennessee senior defensive tackle Malik Jackson has doubled that total in the past two contests with 14 more, including eight against LSU, matching a career best.

  • Tennessee is still looking for that signature win under second-year coach Derek Dooley. Of Tennessee’s seven wins over FBS teams since Dooley took over, only one has come against a team that either finished the season with a winning record (2010 wins) or currently has a winning record (2011 wins). That was the win against Cincinnati earlier this season. The Bearcats are currently 5-1.

  • Vanderbilt leads the SEC in red zone touchdowns allowed percentage. The Commodores have allowed just six red zone touchdowns in 14 chances, a 42.9 percentage.

  • Vanderbilt's Jordan Rodgers will make his first start at quarterback Saturday against Army. The Commodores in their past 18 games dating back to the beginning of last season have thrown just 16 touchdown passes and 20 interceptions.

  • Kentucky linebacker Danny Trevathan became the 18th player in school history to record more than 300 tackles in a career with his 13-tackle performance in the Wildcats’ last game against South Carolina. The Leesburg, Fla., native, has 303 tackles in his college career and needs only 16 tackles to move into a tie for 17th with Keith Martin (1980-83).