The SEC’s ’10 Fun Facts’ to ponder in advance of Week 11
SEC Country invokes a whimsical look at the numbers side of Saturday’s eight SEC-related matchups, in the form of ’10 Fun Facts’ to ponder before Week 11:
1. If Alabama’s Derrick Henry trumps Leonard Fournette for the Heisman Trophy next month, it won’t be a consolation choice for the voters.
**Dating back to last season, Fournette has scored in 10 consecutive games. Henry, in turn, holds the longer current streak — at 14 straight outings with at least one touchdown.
**Since the start of 2014, Fournette has enjoyed a slight advantage with 100-yard rushing outings, edging Henry by a 12-10 margin.
**Citing their last 15 games apiece, Henry has more rushing touchdowns (24) than Fournette (22). However, the LSU product owns the advantage with rushing yards (2,053-1,714).
2. Prior to his senior campaign, Auburn wideout Ricardo Louis (36 catches, 563 yards, 2 TDs in 2015) had posted just one 100-yard receiving effort — against UGA two years ago, thanks to the miraculous 73-yard touchdown catch in the final minute.
That once-in-a-lifetime catch/score stood as Auburn’s greatest play of the century for two short weeks in 2013 … before being usurped by the famous ‘Kick Six’ ending against top-ranked Alabama.
3. Of the last 10 UGA-Auburn meetings since 2005, at least one club scored 31 points nine times. On the flip side … from 2000-04, neither the Bulldogs nor Tigers reached the hallowed 30-point threshold.
4. Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott (2,769 total yards, 25 TDs, 1 INT this season) has registered only two three-interception outings in his four-year career — against South Carolina (2013) and Alabama (2014).
As a postscript, Prescott never got a chance for so-called revenge against the Gamecocks; but Saturday will mark the Heisman contender’s first — and last — stab at Tide redemption.
5. From 1974-2004, South Carolina had a 1-21 cumulative record against Florida and Florida State. On the flip side … during the Steve Spurrier era in Columbia, S.C. (2005-15), the Gamecocks had a 5-6 record against the Gators and Seminoles, respectively.
6. Four long years have elapsed since a non-quarterback at Florida cracked the 100-yard rushing mark against South Carolina (source: Sports-reference.com) — Chris Rainey’s 132 rushing yards in 2011 (162 total).
That drought might end this weekend for two substantive reasons:
a) Gators tailback Kelvin Taylor (631 yards, 11 TDs in 2015) has scored at least one rushing touchdown on every SEC East opponent this season (eight total TDs).
b) The Gamecocks currently rank 109th in rushing defense, allowing 208 ground yards per game.
7. Ole Miss wideout Laquon Treadwell has been on fire of late, collecting 41 catches, 628 yards and six touchdowns in his last five games. Charting this century only, that five-game stretch subjectively qualifies as the sixth-best output among SEC receivers:
SEC’s Most Prolific Five-Game Receiving Spurts Since 2000
2013/14: Amari Cooper (Alabama) — 52 catches, 676 yards, 5 TDs
2000: Jabar Gaffney (Florida) — 35 catches, 603 yards, 10 TDs
2000: Jabar Gaffney (Florida) — 34 catches, 636 yards, 9 TDs
2001: Josh Reed (LSU) — 48 catches, 847 yards, 4 TDs
2010: Alshon Jeffery (South Carolina) — 33 catches, 629 yards, 7 TDs
2015: Laquon Treadwell (Ole Miss) — 41 catches, 628 yards, 6 TDs
2001: Jabar Gaffney (Florida) — 33 catches, 646 yards, 6 TDs
2012: Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt) — 41 catches, 599 yards, 5 TDs
2005: Sidney Rice (South Carolina) — 36 catches, 628 yards, 4 TDs
2001: Jabar Gaffney (Florida) — 31 catches, 615 yards, 7 TDs
2013: Mike Evans (Texas A&M) — 29 catches, 577 yards, 7 TDs
2005: Sidney Rice (South Carolina) — 29 catches, 532 yards, 7 TDs
2001: Josh Reed (LSU) — 36 catches, 678 yards, 3 TDs
2013: Mike Evans (Texas A&M) — 28 catches, 691 yards, 5 TDs
8. The SEC currently has six defenses (Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi State) ranked in the top 25 for “Third-Down Conversion Percentage” — the highest concentration of any other conference. The ACC and Big Ten boast five and four defenses in that top-25 category, respectively.
9. Now that the media focus involving BYU versus Missouri (Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City) has shifted from politically charged campus strife to on-field action, it’s worth noting:
In his 15-year tenure with Mizzou, Tigers coach Gary Pinkel has dropped five straight games only once — midway through 2004 (losses to Texas, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Kansas State, Kansas).
That deflating factoid could be replicated on Saturday, if the Tigers — who have scored just 25 points in their last four outings — go down for the fifth consecutive time.
Missouri’s key to victory? Keeping the BYU offense between the 20s for sustained periods, or generally on the sideline. The Cougars currently rank second nationally in “Red Zone Offense,” converting on 97.1 percent of red-zone visits (24 touchdowns, nine field goals).
10. For its last three conference games, Vanderbilt’s defense has allowed a low, low average of 10.3 points. But that’s nothing compared to this nugget:
Of their last four outings against Kentucky (this week’s foe), the Commodores have surrendered stifling averages of just 7.9 points to the Wildcats.
Jay Clemons, the 2015 national winner for “Sports Blog Of The Year” (Cynopsis Media), has previously written for SI.com, Bleacher Report and FOX Sports.