Did you know? Week 12
November, 18, 2011
By ESPN.com staff | ESPN.com
A little bit of this and a little bit of that as we point ahead to Week 12 in the SEC.
- Alabama is No. 1 nationally in total defense, holding teams to an average of 181.4 yards per game. That's 64 yards fewer than any of the last four teams to lead the SEC in total defense. Alabama was the SEC's total defense leader in 2010 and 2009. The Crimson Tide limited teams to an average of 286.4 yards in 2010 and 245.4 yards in 2009. Tennessee led the SEC in total defense in 2008, limiting teams to an average of 263.5 yards, while LSU was the SEC's total defense leader in 2007 and held teams to an average of 288.8 yards per game.
- Georgia will be looking to win its ninth straight game Saturday and wrap up the Eastern Division championship with a victory over Kentucky at home. The last time the Bulldogs won nine games in a season was 1982, which was Herschel Walker's final season at Georgia. The Bulldogs went 11-0 that year in the regular season, but lost to Penn State in the Sugar Bowl.
- The Wildcats will be looking for their first road win against a nationally ranked SEC team since 1998 when they beat No. 21 LSU.
- Alabama can secure its fourth consecutive 10-win season with a win over Georgia Southern on Saturday. The last time the Crimson Tide recorded 10 wins in four consecutive seasons was 1977-80.
- LSU's opponents have completed 5 of 38 throws of 20-plus yards this season with more interceptions (seven) than completions (five). The last opponent to complete such a throw against the Tigers was Tennessee in Week 7.
- Arkansas faces Mississippi State this Saturday in Little Rock, where the Hogs have won nine straight. Arkansas has won 11 of the last 12 in this series, and Mississippi State has never won at Arkansas (0-8-1).
- Arkansas senior receiver Jarius Wright needs 157 yards to break the school record for career receiving yards currently held by Anthony Lucas, who had 2,879 yards from 1995-99.
- Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson has 39 completions of 20 yards or more, most in the SEC. He also has thrown five touchdowns and only one interception on passes that were 25 yards or more downfield in 2011.
- With a win Saturday over The Citadel, South Carolina would have consecutive nine-win seasons for the first time in school history. The Gamecocks have won nine or more games in a season just three times. This is their first meeting with The Citadel since 1990 when The Citadel pulled off a 38-35 upset in Columbia.
- Auburn has won its last 13 games at home. It's the longest home win streak since winning 13 straight from 1993-94. In addition, the Tigers have won 15 consecutive home games against nonconference opponents.
- Three of the top fourth-quarter rushers in the SEC are from Alabama. Trent Richardson leads the way in fourth-quarter rushing (312 yards). Jalston Fowler is second (256 yards), and Eddie Lacy is fourth (232 yards). Vanderbilt's Zac Stacy is third with 250 yards.
- Richardson is second among all running backs nationally with 17 plays of 20 yards or more this season.
- Auburn’s Onterio McCalebb leads the SEC with 18 total plays of more than 10 yards against teams ranked in the AP Top 25 poll this season. Richardson is second with 15.
- Arkansas’ Joe Adams is tied for third nationally for the most total plays (rush, pass, returns) of more than 50 yards with six.
- Ole Miss has lost 12 straight SEC games dating back to last season, which is the longest active conference losing streak among FBS schools.
- Houston Nutt, who will not return next season as Ole Miss' coach, will coach in his final home game Saturday against No. 1 LSU. Nutt has had the Tigers' number lately. He's won three of his last four meetings with LSU, including the 50-48 triple-overtime victory against No. 1 LSU in 2007 in what was Nutt's final game at Arkansas.
- Nutt is 24-24 in his four seasons at Ole Miss, but only 6-16 over his past two seasons.
- Vanderbilt leads the SEC with 14 plays from scrimmage that were longer than 40 yards.
- In its last six games, Tennessee has been outscored 101-6 in the second half.