Friday, November 9, 2012
Did you know?
By Edward Aschoff
It's that time when we check out news and notes from the SEC and ESPN Stats & Information:
- The Texas A&M at Alabama matchup is one of the two most efficient offenses in the SEC. The Aggies lead the SEC in highest average points per drive (3.09 / 336 points in 110 offensive drives) with the Tide second at 3.07 (332 in 108) points per drive. The Tide leads the SEC in overall scoring-efficiency percentage (50.9 percent / 55 scoring drives out of 108 total drives) and the Aggies are second at 49.6 percent (60 of 121). In touchdown scoring efficiency, the Aggies lead the SEC at 40.5 percent (49 TD drives out of 121 overall drives) while the Tide are second at 38.9 percent (42 of 108).
- The Vanderbilt at Ole Miss game is the fourth most competitive series in the SEC since 2000, with an average winning margin of 11.17 points per game. Seven of the 12 games in the series since 2000 have been decided by nine-points-or-less.
- At its current pace, SEC offenses are passing for more yards per game (227.7) since the 2001 season (245.1). Since 1992, the 227.7 average would be fourth highest in SEC behind 2001 (245.1), 1997 (234.7) and 1998 (232.4). Passing is accounting for 57.5 percent of SEC offenses this season while running (168.5 yards per game) is 42.5 percent.
- There have been 215 scoring drives in the SEC this season that have been less than two minutes compared to 59 scoring drives of more than five minutes.
- Of the 22 offensive drives that have been for 15-plays-or-more, eight have ended in touchdowns, nine in field goals, two in missed field goals, one in a turnover and two on downs.
- Arkansas’ Cobi Hamilton has 14 plays of more than 20 yards this season against FBS teams with winning records. That total is third in the nation (Austin Hill, Arizona, 1st with 17; Terrance Williams, Baylor, second with 16).
- The SEC had the top three in sacks against teams that are ranked in the AP Top 25-- Damontre Moore, Texas A&M, 1st with 6.5 sacks; Corey Lemonier, Auburn, 2nd with 5.0 sacks; Jarvis Jones, Georgia, 3rd with 4.0 sacks.
Arkansas at South Carolina: These teams have played every year since they came into the league in 1992, with Arkansas leading the series, 13-7. In games played in Columbia, the series is tied, 5-5.
Missouri at Tennessee: This is the first meeting between the two teams.
- Arkansas has won eight straight games against opponents from the SEC Eastern Division, the longest current interdivisional streak in the SEC and the longest win streak against Eastern Division foes in school history.
- Arkansas has 17 players who have made their first collegiate start this season, the most in the SEC and tied for seventh-highest in the nation.
- Connor Shaw is 14-3 as a starting Gamecock QB, which, at 82.4 percent, is the highest winning percentage for a Carolina starting QB since 1971.
Louisiana-Lafayette at Florida: Florida is 4-0 all-time against the Ragin’ Cajuns. The last meeting was in 1996, when the Gators took a 55-21 decision. In that game, Florida scored four defensive touchdowns.
- Tennessee has won eight consecutive November games against SEC opponents at Neyland Stadium since a 17-12 win over Kentucky on Nov. 25, 2006. The Vols have won eight consecutive home games in the month of November, dating to a 28-10 win over Kentucky on Nov. 29, 2008.
- Mizzou is 3-0 this year in games which it gains a fourth-quarter turnover, while the Tigers are 0-3 this season when committing a fourth-quarter turnover.
- T.J. Moe is sixth in Mizzou history with 178 career catches and 8th in career receiving yards with 1,972.
- Tennessee has scored 42 touchdowns in 2012, 11 more than the 2011 full-season total of 31.
Texas A&M at Alabama: Alabama leads the series history, 3-1. It’s the first visit to Bryant-Denny Stadium for the Aggies. The teams played in the 1942 and 1968 Cotton Bowls, in 1985 at Legion Field in Birmingham and 1988 in College Station.
- The Gators are 64-22-2 all-time in Homecoming games.
- Florida has been held under 15 points in each of its past two games, and overall in two seasons under Will Muschamp the Gators have been held under 15 points eight times. Consider that in Urban Meyer's six seasons at Floirda, the Gators were held under 15 points eight times.
- This season, Florida is plus-11 turnover margin, improving on last season’s minus-12 turnover margin.
- Through nine games, Florida has outscored its opposition, 138-38, in the second half. The defense is averaging 64.4 yards allowed in the third quarter and 75.8 yards allowed in the fourth.
Georgia at Auburn: Georgia leads the South’s Oldest Rivalry, 54-53-8. The teams have played every year since 1944. Georgia has won seven of the last 10 matchups in the series.
- Alabama’s Jeremy Shelley is the only kicker in the nation not to miss an extra-point (40-40) or field goal (9-9) this season.
- The Aggies are 1-10 in games against No. 1 ranked teams, with the lone victory being a 30-26 win over Oklahoma in 2002.
- A&M has scored first in every game in 2012, and in 14 straight games dating back to 2011.
- Johnny Manziel has already broken A&M’s record for quarterback rushing yards in a season (922).
- Manziel is the only player in FBS to average at least 10 yards per rush and 10 yards per pass attempt in those situations, and his 11 touchdowns responsible for in those situations are three more than any other FBS player. He has gained 634 rushing yards on scrambles. That is 182 more yards scrambling than Denard Robinson, Braxton Miller and Collin Klein have combined. Manziel has scrambled for 28 first downs this season, including 18 first downs on third down.
- Manziel is completing 71.8 percent of his passes on first down this season, one of only six players to complete at least 70 percent of his passes on first down this season (min. 140 attempts).
- Alabama is 21-6 against the AP Top 25 during the last four seasons and 12-4 against AP Top 10 teams.
- Alabama QB AJ McCarron has gone 204 pass attempts this season and 289 dating back to last season without an interception. Since 2000, he is the only player in FBS with at least 25 career touchdown passes (38) and as few as five interceptions.
- The Tide defense averages 5.44 three-and-outs per game and its 45.4 percent rate is second highest in the nation.
- The Aggies and Tide have shared three head coaches in their histories -- Bear Bryant (A&M 1954-57; Alabama 1958-82), Gene Stallings (A&M 1965-71; Alabama 1990-96) and Dennis Franchione (A&M 2003-07; Alabama 2001-02).
Vanderbilt at Ole Miss: Ole Miss leads the series 47-37-2. In games played in Oxford, the Rebels lead, 22-5. Ole Miss has won 13 of the past 19 meetings dating back to 1992.
- The Bulldogs defense ranks third nationally forcing 50 three-and-outs, an average of 5.5 per game.
- Auburn is 97-139-6 all-time against ranked opponents.
- Auburn is 3-for-11 passing for 14 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in the red zone this season. That's a passer-efficiency mark of 1.6.
- Georgia has 31 plays of 30 yards or more this season, tied for third most in FBS. They had 23 in all of last season. The only game that the Bulldogs did not have at least one such play was in their only loss of the season at South Carolina.
- Auburn’s Onterio McCalebb is just the second player in SEC history to tally more than 2,000 yards rushing (2,469), 1,000 kick return yards (1,246) and 500 receiving yards (528).
- Georgia’s Todd Gurley is fifth in school history for most rushing yards by a freshman (857).
- Auburn has blocked three field goals this season, two by Angelo Blackson and one by Corey Lemonier.
Mississippi State at LSU: LSU leads the series 69-33-3.
- Ole Miss has already surpassed last year’s total number of wins, points, touchdowns and yards.
- Vanderbilt has won its past three games. The last time Vandy have won four in a row was in 2008.
- Ole Miss has scored in 28 of its 30 red zone trips (93.3 percent), which is tied for fourth-best in the SEC and second in the SEC. Ole Miss is the only SEC team without a turnover in the red zone this year.
- In games played in Baton Rouge, the Tigers lead, 46-18-1. LSU has won 10 straight in the series and 19 of the last 20 meetings.
- LSU faces a Top 25 team for the fifth straight game -- a first in school history.
- The Mississippi State offense has scored 277 points through its first nine games, its most through the first nine contests since the 2000 squad scored 307 points.
- Bulldogs QB Tyler Russell is one of seven QBs nationally with 15-plus passing TDs and three or fewer interceptions this season.
- LSU’s Les Miles is 18-1 in games following a loss. Last time LSU lost back-to-back games under Miles was in 2008 (Ole Miss, Arkansas). LSU hasn’t lost back-to-back games in Tiger Stadium since 2001 (Florida, Ole Miss).
- The Bulldogs have lost 21 straight games against AP Top-10 teams. Their last win against an AP Top-10 team came against third-ranked Florida in 2000.