A little bit of this and a little bit of that as we point toward Week 8 in the SEC:
Auburn’s No. 4 ranking in the BCS standings marks the 33rd straight week that the SEC has had a team in the top 5 of the standings, which is the longest active streak by far. The last time there was no SEC team in the top 5 of the BCS standings was Dec. 4, 2005. Georgia was the SEC’s highest team at No. 7. The conference with the next longest active streak is the Big 12 (22 straight weeks).
The SEC has now had eight of its teams nationally ranked at least one week in the major polls this season.
Since league expansion in 1992, Florida has the best record in the SEC in league games away from home (excluding SEC championship games). The Gators are 63-19 (.768). Tennessee is second at 50-24 (.676), and Alabama is third at 45-29 (.608). Since the start of the 2005 season, LSU owns the best record at 15-7 (.682). Florida is second at 18-10 (.643), and Alabama is third at 14-8 (.636).
Saturday’s game will be the third straight time that Auburn and LSU have both been ranked in the top 10 when they’ve met in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Auburn has lost its last six games against Ap top 10 teams, and three of those losses have come against LSU. Auburn’s last win over an AP Top 10 team was Sept. 29, 2007 against No. 4 Florida.
If it’s close late, the advantage could go to Auburn. The Tigers’ defense has allowed just 21 points in the fourth quarter/overtime this season and just 11 points against SEC teams. They’ve allowed just two touchdowns in seven games in the fourth quarter.
Since allowing 436 yards in a close win over North Carolina in the opener, LSU has not allowed more than 268 yards in any game. Over that six-game stretch, the Tigers have allowed just 209.8 yards per game.
LSU is the only one of the 10 unbeaten FBS teams that ranks outside the top 50 nationally in total offense. The Tigers are 92nd this week. Eight of the 10 are ranked in the top 25 nationally in total offense.
Auburn has rushed for 300 or more yards in three straight SEC games, which according to the Auburn game notes is a first for the Tigers since available data began in 1967. This is especially impressive considering some of the running backs that have passed through Jordan-Hare Stadium. Among them: Bo Jackson, Rudi Johnson, Carnell Williams, James Brooks, Brent Fullwood, Stephen Davis and Joe Cribbs.
Tennessee is 0-3 in SEC play for the second time in the last three seasons. The last time the Vols started 0-4 in SEC play was in 1988 when they also started 0-6 overall.
Alabama junior running back Mark Ingram has 12 100-yard rushing games in his career, which is tied for the third most in school history. Ingram has not had more than 60 yards rushing in his last three games, averaging 49.3 yards on the ground in that three-game stretch.
Kentucky has come from behind in the fourth quarter to win 13 games since the midway point of the 2006 season.
Kentucky’s Randall Cobb has accounted for a touchdown in all seven games this season and 21 of the last 23 games in which he’s played.
Georgia has moved up to No. 3 in the SEC in total defense. The Bulldogs have forced 11 turnovers in seven games after forcing 12 all of last season.
Arkansas leads the SEC in passing offense (366.3 yards per game) and is ranked second in the nation. However, the Hogs are ranked last in the SEC in rushing yards per game (113.7) and 96th in the country. They’ve passed for at least 300 yards in each game this season. The six straight games with at least 300 passing yards is a school record.
Mississippi State has won four straight games in a single season for the first time since 1999 when the Bulldogs started 8-0 and finished 10-2.
South Carolina has lost seven consecutive SEC games on the road. The Gamecocks’ last road victory in the conference was a 24-17 win over Kentucky on Oct. 11, 2008.
Vanderbilt punter Richard Kent has already punted 44 times this season, which is nine more than the second busiest punter in the league, Tennessee’s Chad Cunningham, who’s punted 35 times. Kent has had 18 of his punts downed inside the 20.