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South Carolina’s third-place ranking in the AP Poll this week is the highest for the Gamecocks since the Nov. 13, 1984 poll, when it was second. Florida’s fourth-place ranking in the AP Poll is the highest for the Gators since the 2010 preseason poll, when it was fourth.
The SEC has had five different teams ranked in the top 5 of the AP and USA Today polls this season for at least one week -- Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU and South Carolina.
South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore has scored at least one TD in 21-of-26 career games played and is tied for 15th in SEC history with 39 career TDs scored.
In SEC Games, Lattimore has run between the tackles on 76.3 percent of his carries. He has averaged at least 4.3 yards per carry inside the tackles in every season. Lattimore has been at his best in the fourth quarter, during which he averages 5.5 yards per run inside the tackles with 58.6 percent of his yards coming after contact
Lattimore has gained 47 percent (258/549) of his yards after contact this season. That is up eight percent from 39 percent last season. Against SEC opponents, Lattimore has gained 44 percent of his yards after contact in his career and has gotten gradually better each season.
South Carolina runs on 65.1 percent of its plays this season, 12th-highest percentage in FBS. This heavy dose of running appears to be helping the Gamecocks’ play-action game. South Carolina is averaging over 10 yards per play when throwing off play action this season.
Connor Shaw has completed 81.8 percent of his passes thrown 10 yards or more downfield in his past three games. Last week against Georgia, Shaw completed 4-of-5 10-yard throws for 138 yards and two touchdowns.
Opponents have completed 26.5 percent of their 10-yard throws against LSU this season with three interceptions and one touchdown.
LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger completed 78.6 percent of his passes thrown 15 yards or more downfield in his first three games of the season. Once SEC play started, he has not been as sharp, completing 22.2 percent of his 15-yard throws in two conference games.
LSU has sent five or more rushers on 23.1 percent of its opponents’ dropbacks this season. When blitzing, the Tigers have allowed four passing touchdowns this season, compared to just one when dropping at least seven into coverage.
Shaw is completing 81 percent of his passes when opponents send five or more rushers on a play this season. Shaw has been even better in SEC games, completing 85.7 percent against the blitz, including no incompletions in his first three conference games (11 attempts).
In 14 career wins as Mississippi State’s starting quarterback, Tyler Russell has thrown 12 TDs against 2 interceptions.
Mike Gillislee joined Cam Newton, Mark Ingram and Darren McFadden as the only players to run for 100 yards in the second half of a game against LSU in the past seven seasons. All season, Gillislee has worn SEC opponents down in the second half. He is averaging 3.1 more yards per rush in the second half than the first, and is breaking long runs at a higher rate.
Vanderbilt is allowing 179.0 rush yards per game, which ranks 11th in the SEC and 80th in FBS. In the first half, Vanderbilt allows an SEC-worst 100.2 yards per game and 4.8 yards per rush. Vanderbilt improves its rush defense in the second half, allowing 78.8 rush yards per game and 3.8 yards per rush.
Against SEC opponents, Florida sent five or more rushers on 22 of 75 of its opponents’ pass attempts (29.3 percent) in the first half, but just 8 of 52 pass attempts (15.4 percent) in the second half. Overall, SEC opponents are completing 38.7 percent of their passes with two touchdowns and three interceptions against Florida’s blitz.
Driskel is averaging 10.5 yards per carry on designed running plays and 8.7 yards per rush on scrambles. He has at least one rush that has gained 20 yards or more in four of five games this season. Only Jordan Lynch (NIU) and Braxton Miller (OSU) have more games with a 20-yard rush than Driskel amongst FBS quarterbacks.
Driskel is one of the rare quarterbacks in FBS who has performed better when under pressure. Driskel has completed 17 of 31 passes when under duress this season. He has also scrambled for 104 yards on 12 rushes when forced out of the pocket.
Zac Stacy has gained 69.5 percent (287/413) of his yards after contact this season, highest percentage in the SEC (min. 30 attempts).
Arkansas’ seven points allowed to Auburn was lowest opponent total by Arkansas’ defense allowed on the road since a 23-0 win at South Carolina on Nov. 9, 2002.
Following six weeks, SEC stadiums have been filled to 96.24 percent capacity and are averaging 75,489 fans per game. More than 3.6 million fans have attended 48 SEC games thus far in 2012. There have been 23 games in which attendance has been at 100 percent-or-more capacity this season.
SEC teams were 4-2 on the road in Week 6, in a week where stadiums were filled to 95 percent capacity.
Alabama and Florida lead the SEC with only two passing TDs allowed this season, while Alabama and South Carolina are tied for the SEC lead with only three rushing TDs allowed in 2012.
South Carolina and Tennessee lead the SEC with 14 passing TDs this season, while Georgia leads the league with 20 rushing TDs scored. Texas A&M has scored a league high three defensive TDs this season.
LSU leads the SEC in defensive three-and-outs at 45.7 percent (37 of 81). Alabama is second at 42.4 percent (25 of 59) and Florida is third at 41.7 percent (25 of 60).
Florida leads the SEC in fourth quarter scoring margin at 41. The Gators have scored 41 points in the fourth quarter and have not allowed any points.
With the BCS standings coming soon ...
Using conference alignment at the time of games played, the SEC has had the most appearances of any conference in the BCS standings (451). The Big 12 is second at 435 and the Big Ten third at 392.
The SEC, ACC and Big 12 have put the most schools in the BCS standings in its history with 11 each. The Pac-12 and the Big Ten have put 10 teams each in the BCS standings.
Five SEC teams have been ranked at one time or another as the top team in the nation in the BCS standings during its history (31 total weeks) -- Alabama (six times), Auburn (three), Florida (seven), LSU (10) and Tennessee (five).
Here is a listing of the amount of times each SEC team has been ranked in the BCS standings (using current conference alignment): Alabama (50), Arkansas (31), Auburn (45), Florida (85), Georgia (61), Kentucky (4), LSU (73), Ole Miss (9), Mississippi State (15), Missouri (32), South Carolina (25), Tennessee (52) and Texas A&M (30).
An SEC team has been the top ranked team in 10 straight BCS standings, dating to the last two weeks of the 2010 season. LSU was the top-ranked team in all eight BCS standings last season and Auburn was the top-ranked team in the last two standings of the 2010 season. Oregon (Nov. 21, 2010) is the last non-SEC team to be ranked No. 1 in the BCS standings.
An SEC team has been ranked No. 1 in 24 of the past 32 BCS Standings (dating back to 2008).
Since 1992, the Gators have the best record away from home (does include Jacksonville games) in conference games at 68-23 (.747). Alabama and Tennessee, which have the second best record (51-30, .630), are also on the road this weekend.
DRIVE CHART EFFICIENCY/OFFENSE: Alabama leads the SEC, averaging 3.22 points for each offensive drive. The Tide also lead the league in percentage of drives ending in scores (TD+FG) at 56.9 percent (33 scores on 58 drives) and TD scoring efficiency (37.9 percent / 22 of 58). South Carolina is close behind on TD efficiency (37.8 / 31 of 74).
DRIVE CHART EFFICIENCY/DEFENSE: Alabama (0.59 / 35 points allowed on 59 opponent drives), South Carolina (0.81 / 63 on 78), Florida (0.95 / 57 on 60) and LSU (0.95 / 77 on 81) are averaging less than one point on every opponents’ offensive drive. Alabama leads SEC in allowing least amount of scores per opponents’ offensive drive (08.5 percent / five – all TDs – of 59 drives).
Florida is the only FBS team to not allow a fourth-quarter point this season. The Gators are outscoring opponents 41-0 in the fourth quarter, the largest scoring margin of any SEC team this season. South Carolina has outscored opponents by 40 points (61-21) in the fourth quarter this season. Nine SEC teams are outscoring opponents in the fourth quarter this season.
LSU leads the SEC in opponents’ three-and-out percentage at 45.7 percent (37 of 81 drives). Alabama is second (42.4 percent / 25 of 59) and Florida is third (41.7 percent / 25 of 60). The SEC average is 33.1 percent.
Alabama and South Carolina have not allowed any points when an opponent starts a drive off a turnover. The SEC average is 24.3 points per team. Alabama has scored 84 points off of drives started when it gets a turnover. The SEC average is 36.2 points per team.
SEC teams have scored on drives lasting less than two minutes 149 times during the first six weeks of the season. SEC teams have scored on drives lasting more than five minutes 41 times so far this season.
Since the start of the AP poll in 1936, a team has received all first place votes a total of 51 times. Three SEC teams -- Alabama, LSU and Tennessee -- have received unanimous No. 1 votes in AP polls. Alabama has received all first place votes during the past two polls as well as the final polls of the 1992 and 2009 seasons. LSU has been a unanimous selection five times including four polls last season and Week 6 poll in 2007. Tennessee took all first place votes in two polls, both in 1998 (Week 14 and final).
Here's your weekly dose of SEC news and notes from the league and ESPN Stats & Information: South Carolina’s third-place ranking in the AP Poll this week is the highest for the Gamecocks since the Nov.