A little bit of this and a little bit of that as we point toward Week 9 in the SEC:
With Auburn being No. 1 in the BCS standings this week, it marks the 14th time in the past 16 BCS Standings that an SEC team has been at the top. The other two times, the top spot was occupied by Oklahoma. The breakdown over those 16 weeks is: Florida 7, Alabama 6, Oklahoma 2, Auburn 1.
So far this season, the Western Division is 11-2 against the Eastern Division. The Eastern Division’s only two wins were South Carolina’s 35-21 victory over Alabama and Vanderbilt’s 28-14 victory over Ole Miss.
When nationally ranked, Auburn is 13-0 all-time against Ole Miss.
This is the first time that both Florida and Georgia will be unranked in the Associated Press poll entering their matchup since 1979. Georgia won that game 33-10.
A big part of Florida’s offensive struggles revolves around the Gators’ inability to score in the red zone. They started the season 16-of-16, but are just 3-of-11 during their current three-game losing streak. They’ve also turned it over 14 times this season after turning it over 16 times all of last season.
The Gators have also struggled on first down. A year ago, Florida led the country in average yards gained on first down with 7.8. This year, the Gators rank 119th (out of 120 FBS teams) in that same category, averaging a mere 3.9 yards. The only team worse is Rice at 3.8.
Tennessee’s secondary has been scorched the last two games by Georgia’s A.J. Green and Alabama’s Julio Jones. They combined to catch 18 passes for 317 yards. The Vols go up against their third consecutive premier receiver Saturday in South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffery, who leads the SEC with 49 catches and 898 receiving yards.
South Carolina has won only four of its previous 28 meetings against Tennessee (4-22-2). However, three of the Gamecocks’ four wins over the Vols have come in Columbia.
Tennessee has started SEC play 0-4 for the first time since 1988, when they finished 3-4 in conference play. The Vols have not opened 0-5 in SEC play since 1977, when they went 1-5 in league play. In addition, Tennessee has lost 23 SEC regular-season games over the last six seasons (2005-10). By comparison, the Vols lost just 12 regular-season games in SEC play over the previous six seasons (1999-2004).
Kentucky’s Randall Cobb has accounted for at least one score in all eight games this season. Cobb has rushed for three touchdowns, passed for three touchdowns (including one on a fake field goal), caught five touchdown passes, returned a punt for a touchdown, rushed for a two-point conversion, caught a two-point conversion and thrown a two-point conversion pass this season.
In Kentucky’s four wins this season, the Wildcats haven’t turned the ball over. In their four losses, they’ve turned it over 10 times. Similarly, they’ve created eight turnovers in their four wins, but only created three turnovers in their four losses. “It’s not hard to put your finger on the difference between winning and losing here at Kentucky,” Wildcats' coach Joker Phillips said.
Mississippi State enters the Kentucky game on a five-game winning streak, the Bulldogs’ longest winning streak since 1999 when they opened that season with an eight-game winning streak.
Arkansas has nine touchdown drives of 70 yards or more that took two minutes or less, which is tied for the second most in the country behind Oregon’s 10.
Arkansas has thrown for at least 300 yards in 15 of 32 games since Bobby Petrino became head coach. Before his arrival, the school had 16 300-yard passing games in its history.