A little bit of this and a little bit of that as we point toward Week 4 in the SEC:
The SEC had four of the Top-10 schools in the country in producing NFL players on opening-day rosters this season. LSU was the top SEC school and fourth overall with 35 players on opening-day NFL rosters. Florida, Georgia and Tennessee were tied for sixth overall, each with 33 players on opening-day rosters. Texas led all schools with 40 players.
Alabama has won 10 of its past 12 games against teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. The Crimson Tide have won seven straight against AP Top 25 teams dating back to the start of the 2009 season.
Alabama has gone 16 consecutive games without allowing more than 21 points, which is the longest active streak in the nation.
The matchup between No. 1 Alabama and No. 10 Arkansas is the first meeting of Top 10 teams in Fayetteville since 1979. The Hogs are 0-11-1 in their last 12 games played between Top 10 teams.
Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett has been lights out at home. He’s 8-1 as a starter with a 69.5 completion percentage and averaging 331.9 passing yards per game. He’s thrown 27 touchdowns and only six interceptions in those nine home games.
Arkansas is a perfect 10-for-10 inside the 20-yard line so far this season. In 2009, the Razorbacks were 47-for-49 (.959), which tied for first in the nation.
A win Saturday at Auburn would give South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier 107 SEC wins, which would move him into sole possession of second place, passing former Ole Miss coach John Vaught. The only man ahead of him is Bear Bryant, who has 159 SEC wins.
Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton is just one of three players nationally to average at least 150 passing yards per game and 100 rushing yards per game, joining Michigan’s Denard Robinson and Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick.
Auburn and Arkansas are tied for second nationally along with Houston for the most 30-yard pass completions this season. They all have nine. Oklahoma State leads the country with 10.
The Gamecocks lead the SEC and are ranked sixth nationally in rushing defense, allowing just 59.7 yards per game on the ground. They’re one of seven teams nationally that has yet to give up a rushing touchdown. However, the Gamecocks have struggled in pass defense. Quarterbacks are completing 64.5 percent of their passes against the Gamecocks, ranking them 99th nationally, and they’re giving up 267.7 passing yards per game, ranking them 101st nationally.
South Carolina has lost five straight SEC road games with four of those losses coming by at least 14 points.
LSU, which faces West Virginia at home on Saturday night, has won 30 consecutive nonconference regular-season games, the nation’s longest current winning streak in nonconference regular-season games. The last time the Tigers lost in the regular season to a nonconference foe was a 26-8 loss to Virginia Tech to open the 2002 season.
In last week’s 31-17 win over Tennessee, 19 different Florida Gators played on the road for the first time in their career, and 41 percent of the players on the Florida dress list were freshmen. Of the 70 players on the dress list, 43 were underclassmen.
With a win against Kentucky, Florida’s Urban Meyer would reach 100 wins faster than any major college coach since WWII other than Oklahoma’s Bud Wilkinson.
Kentucky’s last road win against a nationally ranked team came back in 2002 when the Wildcats beat No. 17 Louisville 22-17. Since then, they’re 0-15 in road games against nationally ranked foes.
Georgia hasn’t lost a game to Mississippi State since 1974 and hasn’t lost in Starkville, Miss., since 1951. The schools have only played 21 times despite both being charter members of the SEC. Georgia has won nine straight over Mississippi State, although they’ve met only twice since 1997.