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A look back at some SEC season numbers

Now that the regular season is over, we thought we’d take a look back at some interesting figures from the 2011 season.

(These figures were calculated before the SEC title game.)

Nonconference games

  • The SEC had another successful season against nonconference opponents. The league went 42-6 (.875), which was second highest among FBS conferences. The Big 12 led the way with a winning percentage of .897, after going 26-3 against non-league foes. The SEC did the best against the Sun Belt, registering a 7-0 record.

  • A total of 930 points were scored in intraconference play, with an average scoring margin of 19.38 points per game. Less than six points decided eleven nonconference matchups, while five were decided by 6-to-10 points.

Stadium capacity

  • SEC fans came out in full force this season. SEC stadiums’ percent of capacity was 95.66 in 2011. The average attendance for games was 75,607 and the total attendance was 6,275,384 in 83 home games. Forty-two of those games reached 100 percent capacity or higher.

  • Alabama and Mississippi State were the only teams to be at 100 percent capacity or higher during all of their home games. Alabama did it in seven games, while Mississippi State did it in six.

  • Vanderbilt was the only team not to reach 100 percent capacity in its seven home games.

Scoring

  • LSU led the SEC by scoring 59 touchdowns during the regular season, while Kentucky was last, scoring 22 touchdowns.

  • Alabama allowed the fewest touchdowns (12), while Ole Miss allowed the most (49).

  • When Ole Miss scored first the Rebels went just 1-5 (.167), which shouldn’t be too surprising, considering Ole Miss won just two games all year.

  • South Carolina orchestrated the most time-consuming drive when it went 98 yards for a touchdown against Tennessee on 20 plays in 11:35. That drive also featured the most plays in a drive. The Gamecocks also registered the second-most plays (18) in a 72-yard touchdown drive against The Citadel in 9:18.

  • Florida, Georgia and LSU all orchestrated the longest drives of the season, with touchdown drives of 99 yards. Florida needed just five plays against Tennessee, Georgia took eight against Ole Miss, and LSU used 16 plays against the Vols.

  • LSU led the league by scoring on 68 of their 137 offensive drives. Fifty-two of those scores came by way of a touchdown. Ole Miss was last, scoring 30 times (21 touchdowns) on 149 offensive drives.

  • Alabama and LSU were plus-87 in scoring in the fourth quarter, while (shocker) Ole Miss was last, at minus-37.

Points off turnovers

  • LSU forced 27 turnovers during the regular season and scored 125 points off of them. That accounted for 27.29 percent of their scoring. On the flip side, the Rebels allowed the most points (100) off their 25 turnovers.

Drives

  • Arkansas led the league averaging 63.04 yards per drive. Believe it or not, Georgia was last in the SEC, averaging just 50.61 yards per drive.