It's time to look at some facts in the SEC that maybe you didn't know before today:
The SEC is fourth among FBS conferences in rushing plays per game at 38.5. The league is 10th among FBS conferences in passing plays per game at 28.6. The national averages are 37.7 rushing plays per game and 32.3 passing plays per game. The SEC averages 67.0 total plays per game, the lowest of the 11 FBS conferences. The national average is 70.1 plays per game.
The SEC is second among FBS conferences in the largest gap of plays between rushing and passing (9.9). The largest gap is the Big Ten at 13.5 (41.3 rushing plays vs. 27.8 passing plays per game). All 11 FBS conferences average more rushing plays than passing plays per game except two -- Pac-12 (35.6 passing plays vs. 33.6 rushing plays) and Conference USA (36.0 passing plays vs. 33.9 rushing plays).
The SEC is fourth among FBS conferences in rushing yards per game at 164.3. The league is 11th among FBS conferences in passing yards per game at 207.1. The national averages are 164.3 rushing yards per game and 207.1 passing yards per game. The SEC averages 371.4 total yards per game, ninth of the 11 FBS conferences. The national average is 400.0 yards per game.
The SEC is tied for seventh among the FBS conferences, averaging 5.54 yards per offensive play. The Big 12 leads the nation at 6.36, while the national average is 5.71.
SEC defenses are allowing an average of 20.0 points and 321.1 yards per game this season. The scoring figure is the lowest in the SEC since 2006 (19.4) and the fourth lowest since 1992. Last year, the SEC defenses gave up an average of 23.7 points per game. The yardage figure is the lowest since 2008 (309.4) and the fifth lowest since 1992.
In 2011 games against current AP-ranked opponents, LSU is third in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 43.5 points per game (40 vs. Oregon / 47 vs. West Virginia). Wisconsin and TCU are tied for first at 48.0 points per game.
Alabama leads the nation in fewest touchdowns allowed per game (five touchdowns in five games). Central Florida and Texas have allowed five touchdowns in four games while Wisconsin, Michigan and Penn State have allowed six touchdowns in five games. The Tide also lead the nation in fewest first downs allowed per game, giving up 11.2 per contest.
Tennessee is 10th in the nation in passing yards per attempt (9.3). The Vols’ 175.36 pass efficiency rating is eighth in the nation. Tennessee is also fifth in the nation in time of possession, averaging 35:02 per game.
Five SEC teams are among the top 10 in the nation in passing yards allowed per play. Alabama is third at 4.2 yards per play, while Florida is tied for 4th at 4.9 yards per play followed by Georgia and LSU tied for seventh (5.1 yards per play) and South Carolina 9th at 5.3 yards per play.
Florida and South Carolina are two of eight teams in the nation that have not given up an offensive play of more than 40 yards this season.
Tennessee and Wisconsin are tied for the national lead in third-down conversions, hitting on 62.07 percent (36 of 58).
South Carolina’s Melvin Ingram leads the nation in total sacks against FBS winning teams this season (5.5 in three games). Texas A&M’s Sean Porter is second (4.5 in three games) and the Gamecocks’ Jadeveon Clowney is third at four sacks in three games.
The SEC has three of the top four interceptors in the nation. Georgia’s Bacarri Rambo, Vanderbilt’s Casey Hayward and Ole Miss’ Charles Sawyer each have four interceptions this season (along with N.C. State’s David Amerson).
Georgia’s Brandon Boykin is fifth in the nation in all-purpose yards (rushing/receiving/return) per play. In 28 plays, Boykin has tallied 569 total yards, an average of 20.3 yards per play. Washington State’s Marquess Wilson leads the nation at 26.2 yards per play (21 plays/550 yards).
Florida is 3-8 all-time against teams ranked No. 1 in the AP poll. Its last such win came in the 2008 SEC championship game against Alabama. But this is only the Gators third true road game against a top-ranked opponent.
LSU’s defense has allowed as many completions as interceptions on throws of 15-plus yards this season.
With 78 more rushing yards, Trent Richardson will already match last season’s total of 700, done over 11 games.
Arkansas is a perfect 20-for-20 in red zone drives this season (15 touchdowns, five field goals). That’s tied with four other teams for the FBS lead.
Kentucky is 0-9 all-time on the road against Steve Spurrier-coached teams, including 0-3 against South Carolina.
Spurrier is 17-1 all-time against Kentucky. His 17 wins against Kentucky are tied for the most wins Spurrier has against a team. He also has 17 victories over Vanderbilt.