SEC did you know?: Week 5

A little bit of this and a little bit of that as we point toward Week 5 in the SEC:

  • In the past 16 seasons, the No. 1 team in the Associated Press poll is 27-0 at home against nationally ranked opponents with an average margin of victory of nearly 22 points. Top-ranked Alabama plays host to No. 7-ranked Florida on Saturday.

  • The winner of the past three Florida-Alabama games has gone on to capture the national championship (Alabama last season and Florida in 2008 and 2006). The past two years, they’ve met in the SEC championship game as the top two teams in the Associated Press poll. No. 1 lost both times.

  • Despite throwing two interceptions last week against Arkansas, Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy ranks seventh in the nation in passing efficiency, and the Crimson Tide have more passing yards (1,068) than rushing yards (979) this season.

  • McElroy has thrown three interceptions in his past 35 pass attempts. Before this, he had thrown only four picks in his previous 380 attempts.

  • Much of Mark Ingram's success this season has come when Alabama lines up in the Pistol formation. Ingram's four longest runs have come out of the Pistol despite fewer than half of his carries originating from that formation. He’s averaging 15.3 yards per rush out of the Pistol and has four runs of 20 yards or longer.

  • Florida hasn’t been nearly as successful running the ball on first down this season. The Gators averaged 6.4 yards per rush on first down a year ago. This season, they’re averaging 3.7 yards per rush on first down through the first four games.

  • Alabama has 21 plays this season that have gained 25 yards or more, which is second nationally to Oregon’s 22.

  • LSU has led for 14 straight quarters and has trailed for just 18 seconds this season (10-7 to North Carolina in the season opener). The Tigers also haven’t allowed a first quarter touchdown in their past 12 regular-season games.

  • Patrick Peterson is the first LSU player since Skyler Green in 2003 to return two punts for touchdowns in the same season. He’s scored a touchdown three different ways in his career -- interception return, punt return and returning a blocked field goal.

  • Saturday’s contest against Tennessee is the first home day game LSU has played in since the 2008 home finale against Ole Miss, a 31-13 loss. The Tigers are just 5-4 in home day games under Les Miles.

  • Tennessee is trying to avoid its third straight 0-2 start in the SEC, something that hasn’t happened since 1976-78.

  • In just nine career games (four at Auburn; five at Florida), Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton’s career rushing yardage (598) is already second highest among active SEC quarterbacks. Only Mississippi State’s Chris Relf’s total of 676 is ahead of Newton among active players. Newton leads the SEC in rushing yardage this season with 485 yards in four games (121.2 yards per game).

  • Auburn is one of three teams nationally with three players averaging 70 rushing yards per game, joining Nebraska and Air Force. Newton is averaging 121.2 yards. Mike Dyer is averaging 78 yards and Onterio McCalebb 70 yards.

  • Kentucky tailback Derrick Locke has surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark in all four games this season, the first Wildcat to accomplish that feat since Artose Pinner in 2002. He is second in the SEC in rushing yards, averaging 118 yards per game.

  • Vanderbilt enters its game Saturday against Connecticut with a 9-6 record in its past 15 nonconference games. The Commodores have had a winning nonconference record for the past five seasons (not counting 2010).