A little bit of this and a little bit of that as we look ahead to Week 4 in the SEC:
Arkansas carries the SEC’s No. 1 scoring offense into Saturday’s game against Alabama and the SEC’s No. 1 scoring defense. In the past 10 meetings between the SEC’s No. 1 scoring offense and the SEC’s No. 1 scoring defense, the team with the No. 1 scoring offense has won eight times.
Dating back to 2006, Arkansas has played four true road games against teams ranked in the AP top 5. The Razorbacks have won two of those contests (Auburn in 2006 and LSU in 2007) and nearly knocked off No. 1 Florida on the road in 2009 before losing 23-20.
Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson has completed 50 percent of his throws of 20 yards or longer in each of the past two seasons, including two touchdown passes against Auburn last season. In that game against Auburn, Wilson completed three of his first four throws of 20-plus yards for 125 yards and two touchdowns, but in the fourth quarter he was 0-3 with an interception on the same throws.
Three of Alabama’s five losses since 2008 have come to teams that led their conference in scoring offense at the time of the game -- Auburn in 2010, Utah in the 2009 Sugar Bowl and Florida in 2008.
Alabama is 22-1 in its past 23 games at Bryant-Denny Stadium with that lone loss coming last season to Auburn. In those games, the Crimson Tide have averaged 415.7 yards per game on offense and given up an average of 224.1 yards per game on defense. In that span, the Tide have averaged 33.4 points per game and given up an average of 8.1 points per game.
Opponents are completing just 38.5 percent of their passes against Alabama, which leads the nation.
Since the start of the 2008 season, Alabama is 15-5 against teams ranked in the AP poll, including a 5-1 mark at home.
Alabama has allowed 143 plays of 10 yards or longer since the start of the 2010 season. Only TCU has allowed fewer among FBS schools.
LSU puts its 35-game regular-season nonconference winning streak on the line Saturday when it travels to No. 16-ranked West Virginia. With a win, the Tigers would tie Miami from 1985-88 for the second-longest such winning streak in the FBS era (since 1978) and be just three wins shy of tying Kansas State from 1993-2003 for the longest streak (39). It would mark the sixth ranked team they defeated during the streak. Kansas State defeated just one ranked team during its run, and Miami defeated 12 teams ranked in the AP poll during its streak.
LSU’s defense has only allowed two completions on throws of 15 yards or longer this season, while West Virginia’s offense has 14 such completions, including five touchdowns.
Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and Kentucky defensive coordinator Rick Minter will be matched against each other on Saturday. They were once colleagues at Notre Dame. Minter was Weis’ defensive coordinator during Weis’ first two seasons as Notre Dame’s head coach. But after a 41-14 loss to LSU in the Sugar Bowl following the 2006 season, Weis fired Minter and replaced him with Corwin Brown.
Through three games, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray has thrown touchdowns to six different receivers. Junior Tavarres King has three, freshman Malcolm Mitchell and junior Orson Charles have two each, while junior Rantavious Wooten and freshmen Isaiah Crowell and Michael Bennett have one each.
Kentucky linebacker Danny Trevathan has posted double-digit tackles in 12 consecutive games dating back to last season. The SEC’s leading tackler (38) ranks fourth nationally in tackles per game (12.67).
Vanderbilt is the only team in America that has surpassed its 2010 win total through the first three games of 2011. In fact, the Commodores’ 3-0 record also surpasses the win total from the 2009 season.
James Franklin is the first Vanderbilt coach to win his first three games since E.H. Alley in 1943.
South Carolina sophomore running back Marcus Lattimore, who leads the country in rushing with 534 yards, has already carried the ball 87 times in three games. He carried it 249 times last season in 12 games. The SEC record for most carries in a season is 385 by Herschel Walker in 1981.
Mississippi State, which faces Louisiana Tech on Saturday has not lost to an unranked team since Dan Mullen’s first season of 2009, and all three losses to unranked squads that season were to opponents receiving votes in the week the game was played.