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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Looking for balance in the SEC

By Chris Low

Everybody is looking for balance on offense. Well, just about everybody.

Who has been the most balanced offense in the SEC over the past three years?

Believe it or not, it’s been Florida, at least in terms of total passing yards versus total rushing yards.

The Gators have passed for 6,712 yards during the 2010-12 seasons and rushed for 6,464 yards during that same span. Of course, the truth is they haven’t been very good offensively in any of the past three years. They were 12th in the SEC in total offense last season and 10th in 2011 and 2010.

So in terms of true balance, the title the past three years has to go to Alabama.

No surprise there, huh?

The Crimson Tide are the only team in the league with more than 8,000 rushing yards and more than 8,000 passing yards over the past three seasons.

The biggest discrepancy between rushing and passing yards over the past three seasons belongs to Arkansas. The Hogs have passed for 11,865 yards and rushed for 5,145 yards, a difference of 6,720 yards.

The only team close to that is Tennessee. The Vols have passed for 10,007 yards and rushed for 4,425 yards, which is the lowest rushing total in the SEC over the past three years by more than 500 yards.

Auburn and LSU are the only two teams in the league with more rushing yards than passing yards over the last three years. Auburn has rushed for 8,138 yards and passed for 6.903 yards. LSU has rushed for 7,508 yards and passed for 6,765 yards..

Below is a team-by-team breakdown:

ALABAMA

2012: 3,185 rush, 3,052 pass

2011: 2,788 rush, 2,797 pass

2010: 2,378 rush, 3,395 pass

Total: 8,351 rush, 9,244 pass

ARKANSAS

2012: 1,424 rush, 3,618 pass

2011: 1,786 rush, 3,909 pass

2010: 1,935 rush, 4,338 pass

Total: 5,145 rush, 11,865 pass

AUBURN

2012: 1,781 rush, 1,879 pass

2011: 2,370 rush, 2,022 pass

2010: 3,987 rush, 3,002 pass

Total: 8,138 rush, 6,903 pass

FLORIDA

2012: 2,440 rush, 1,902 pass

2011: 1,859 rush, 2,414 pass

2010: 2,165 rush, 2,396 pass

Total: 6,464 rush, 6,712 pass

GEORGIA

2012: 2,556 rush, 3,991 pass

2011: 2,296 rush, 3,423 pass

2010: 1,854 rush, 3,151 pass

Total: 6,706 rush, 10,565 pass

KENTUCKY

2012: 1,665 rush, 2,115 pass

2011: 1,490 rush, 1,627 pass

2010: 2,061 rush, 3,501 pass

Total: 5,216 rush, 7,243 pass

LSU

2012: 2,258 rush, 2,607 pass

2011: 2,836 rush, 2,135 pass

2010: 2,414 rush, 2,023 pass

Total: 7,508 rush, 6,765 pass

MISS. STATE

2012: 1,874 rush, 3,091 pass

2011: 2,279 rush, 2,364 pass

2010: 2,793 rush, 2,424 pass

Total: 6,946 rush, 7,897 pass

MISSOURI

2012: 1,662 rush, 2,615 pass

2011: 3,172 rush, 3,010 pass

2010: 2,033 rush, 3,292 pass

Total: 6,867 rush, 8,917 pass

OLE MISS

2012: 2,260 rush, 3,249 pass

2011: 1,555 rush, 1,820 pass

2010: 2,491 rush, 2,307 pass

Total: 6,306 rush, 7,376 pass

SOUTH CAROLINA

2012: 1,800 rush, 3,095 pass

2011: 2,497 rush, 2,359 pass

2010: 2,161 rush, 3,338 pass

Total: 6,458 rush, 8,792 pass

TENNESSEE

2012: 1,924 rush, 3,787 pass

2011: 1,081 rush, 2,911 pass

2010: 1,420 rush, 3,309 pass

Total: 4,425 rush, 10,007 pass

TEXAS A&M

2012: 3,147 rush, 4,114 pass

2011: 2,589 rush, 3,784 pass

2010: 2,145 rush, 3,599 pass

Total: 7,881 rush, 11,497 pass

VANDERBILT

2012: 2,162 rush, 2,774 pass

2011: 2,138 rush, 2,270 pass

2010: 1,666 rush, 1,913 pass

Total: 5,966 rush, 6,957 pass