A little bit of this and a little bit of that as we point toward Week 6 in the SEC:
After five weeks of the 2010 season, SEC teams are favoring the run over the pass. In 57 games, SEC teams are averaging 37.4 rushes per game and only 26.3 passes per game. The 26.3 pass plays per game is the lowest of any FBS conference. The national averages are 37.4 run plays per game and 30.3 pass plays per game.
The SEC leads the nation in total touchdowns scored (221), but is tied for fourth in scoring average (30.4 points per game) with the ACC. The national average is 28.5 points per game.
Alabama owns the nation’s longest winning streak at 19 games and also the longest regular-season winning streak at 29 games. The Crimson Tide’s 18-game winning streak in SEC regular-season games is nine away from the record. Alabama won 27 in a row from 1976-80.
Alabama has now been the No. 1-ranked team for eight straight Associated Press polls (all six this season and the final two of last season). That’s longer than any streak they’ve ever had, including their dominant late 1970s stretch.
Steve Spurrier’s passing offense at South Carolina has certainly not lived up to expectations. The four lowest single-season passing touchdown totals of his college coaching career have occurred in his first five seasons at South Carolina.
The highest-ranked opponent South Carolina has ever beaten was No. 3-ranked North Carolina in 1981. The Gamecocks are 2-34 all-time against top 5 opponents and were on a 22-game losing streak in those games prior to upsetting No. 4-ranked Ole Miss last season.
Although LSU (four appearances) and Florida (10 appearances) have a combined 14 appearances in the SEC championship game, they have never met there. However, they have met every year in the regular season since 1971, with Florida leading the series 23-14-2 during that time.
Florida, coming off a loss to No.1-ranked Alabama, has lost consecutive games only once in the Urban Meyer era. The Gators lost to Auburn and LSU in back-to-back weeks in 2007.
A year ago, Florida averaged 6.4 yards on first-down running plays. This season, the Gators are averaging just 3.5 yards when they run the ball on first down.
Dating back the last 13 regular-season games, LSU has allowed a total of 22 points in the first quarter. A Tennessee touchdown with 24 seconds left in the first quarter last week ended a streak of 12 consecutive regular-season games in which LSU had not allowed a touchdown in the opening quarter.
Under Les Miles, LSU is 21-2 when having a 100-yard rusher, and the Tigers are 34-0 when reaching the 100-yard rush mark as a team and holding the opponent to less than 100 rushing yards.
Auburn’s defense has allowed just 10 points in the fourth quarter this season and has shut out both of its SEC opponents in the final period. A Clemson touchdown and an Arkansas State field goal are the only points allowed by Auburn in the fourth quarter this season. The Tigers have outscored their opponents 38-10 in the fourth quarter this season.
After rushing for 192 yards in its opener against Tennessee Tech, Arkansas has fallen to 102nd nationally in rushing offense (103 yards per game). The Hogs have managed a total of 117 rushing yards in their last two games against Alabama and Georgia. Arkansas running backs had just five rushing attempts in the second half of the 24-20 loss to Alabama two weeks ago.
Arkansas faces a Texas A&M team on Saturday that has committed 14 turnovers this season. Only Buffalo (16) and New Mexico, Bowling Green and Louisiana Tech (15 each) have committed more.
Vanderbilt has scored six of its nine offensive touchdowns this season on plays of 33 yards or longer. A year ago, the Commodores’ offense produced only four touchdown plays of 33 yards or longer all season.
Kentucky’s Randall Cobb has accounted for a touchdown in 19 of the last 21 games that he’s played in for the Wildcats. He’s accounted for seven this season -- three receiving, two passing, one rushing and one on a punt return. One of his touchdown passes came on a fake field goal, and he’s also caught a two-point conversion pass.
Kentucky’s last win against an Associated Press top 10 team came in 2007, a three-overtime victory against No. 1 LSU. Since then, the Wildcats are 0-6 against top 10 teams, including a loss to Florida earlier this season.
Mississippi State is looking for its first four-game nonconference winning streak since winning eight regular-season non-SEC games from 1998-2001. The Bulldogs are on a three-game non-SEC winning streak, their first since 2007.
The Georgia-Tennessee meeting on Saturday will mark the first when both teams enter the game with a losing record since 1906. It's also the second time in the series history when neither team has been nationally ranked since rankings became a part of college football in the mid-1930s. The first time came last season.