Friday, October 23, 2009
Did you know, SEC style
By Chris Low
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
A little bit of this and a little bit of that as we kick off the second half of the season in the SEC:
- Despite having already won two BCS national championships, Florida is ranked No. 1 in the BCS standings for the first time in school history. The BCS standings don’t come out after the bowl games. In the first 11 years of the BCS, only twice has the initial No. 1 team gone on to win the national championship.
- Seven of the top 33 scoring defenses in the country belong to SEC teams – No. 1 Florida (8.67), No. 4 Alabama (11.57), No. 8 Ole Miss (13), No. 14 LSU (14.5), No. 26 Vanderbilt (18.29), No. 27 South Carolina (18.57) and No. 33 Tennessee (19.5).
- Florida has lost in its last four trips to Starkville. The Bulldogs won 38-31 in 2004, 47-35 in 2000, 30-6 in 1992 and 16-10 in 1986. The Gators haven’t won in Starkville since 1985 when they prevailed 36-22.
- Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is one touchdown short of tying Herschel Walker’s SEC record of 49 career rushing touchdowns.
- Since his concussion, Tebow hasn’t been as effective running the ball. Before he got hurt, he’d rushed for 197 yards and was averaging 6.4 yards per carry. Since he’s been back, he’s rushed for 80 yards and is averaging 3 yards per carry.
- Alabama running back Mark Ingram had five runs of 20-plus yards last Saturday in the 20-6 win over South Carolina, and he now shares the season lead with Jahvid Best and Ryan Williams at 10. Ingram’s five rushes of 20-plus yards are the most by any player in a game this season. Ingram also has 30 rushes of 10-plus yards this season, which is the most in the nation.
- Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett has 17 completions this season of at least 30 yards, which leads the country. Georgia quarterback Joe Cox has 29 completions of at least 20 yards, which ties him with four other players for the second most in the nation. BYU’s Max Hall leads the country with 31 completions of 20 yards or more.
- With a win over Tennessee on Saturday, Alabama will have consecutive seasons with an 8-0 start for the first time since having four straight from 1971 to 1974.
- Don’t look for many fourth-quarter points out of either Alabama or Tennessee on Saturday. The Crimson Tide have allowed just 14 fourth-quarter points in seven games this season, while the Vols have given up 13 fourth-quarter points in six games. Only Oklahoma and California are allowing fewer points per game in the fourth quarter than Alabama.
- Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy has completed just 8 of his 29 pass attempts in the red zone this season, the worst completion percentage nationally among quarterbacks with at least 20 attempts. His performance has been a major downgrade from John Parker Wilson last season. Wilson completed 51.4 percent of his red zone attempts.
- Kentucky is coming off its first win over Auburn in 43 years (previous win 1966), ending a 15-game losing streak against the Tigers. It was also only the second time in school history that Kentucky had won at Auburn, with the last victory on the Plains coming in 1961.
- Auburn is playing its first nationally ranked team of the season Saturday in LSU. It’s the latest in the season that Auburn has faced its first ranked foe since 1988.
- LSU, coming off a 13-3 loss to Florida two weeks ago at Tiger Stadium, hasn’t lost back-to-back home games since 2001 when the Tigers lost to Florida and Ole Miss. They haven’t lost back-to-back home night games since 1999.
- South Carolina has 66 wins during this decade, making it the winningest decade in school history. The previous mark was 63 wins in the 1980s. The Gamecocks are tied for second among FBS schools in lowest number of seniors (9) on the squad with Duke. Boise State has the fewest with four.