SEC Football by the Numbers: Top 10 for Week 12





SEC Football by the Numbers: Top 10 for Week 12

The 12th week of the SEC’s 88th season features five conference games – Alabama at Arkansas, Auburn at Mississippi State, LSU at Florida, Georgia at Missouri and Tennessee at Vanderbilt. Here are 10 numbers, along with the schedule, TV and odds, to get ready for the SEC’s 12th football Saturday of 2020:

0 Seven-game losing streaks in Tennessee history. The Volunteers enter Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt on a six-game losing streak. Tennessee hasn’t won since defeating Missouri 35-12 on Oct. 3. This is the fourth six-game losing streak in Tennessee history. The others were ended by a 0-0 tie with Chattanooga on Nov. 20, 1909; a 13-0 victory over Chattanooga on Oct. 8, 1955; and a 38-25 victory over Memphis on Oct. 22, 1988.

2 Combined victories for Tennessee and Vanderbilt this season, the fewest for the teams at the time of their game since 1900. Tennessee has a 2-6 record and Vanderbilt is 0-8 entering their Saturday meeting. Tennessee and Vanderbilt tied 0-0 on Oct. 22, 1900. The Volunteers had a 1-0 record and Vanderbilt was 1-1 heading into that game.

5 Consecutive Mississippi State games have featured an increase in passing yards for QB Will Rogers from the previous contest. The true freshman made his first appearance on Oct. 10 with 43 passing yards against Kentucky. Since then, Rogers’ passing-yardage totals have been 120, 147, 226, 336 and 440. He was the only player in the nation to pass for at least 1,000 yards without an interception in November. In MSU’s three November games, Rogers completed 121-of-159 passes for 1,002 yards with five TDs and no interceptions in the first three starts of his career. The Bulldogs play Auburn on Saturday, and the most passing yards for a Mississippi State player in a game against the Tigers is 288, achieved by Derrick Taite in MSU’s 48-20 loss in 1995.

5 SEC teams have had 0-9 records, a mark that Vanderbilt would own if it loses to Tennessee on Saturday. The SEC’s 0-9 teams have been Florida in 1946, Auburn in 1950, Alabama in 1955, Tulane in 1962 and South Carolina in 1999. None of those teams won a game during those seasons.

10 Consecutive December games have been won by Alabama, the longest winning streak in the 12th month in SEC history. The Crimson Tide’s most recent loss in the 12th month is a 31-20 setback against Florida in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 6, 2008. Since then, Alabama has won six SEC title games, three bowls that served as CFP semifinal games and one regular-season game in December. LSU and Tennessee have the SEC’s next-longest December streaks at eight games. The Tigers’ streak started with a 30-13 victory over South Carolina in the Gator Bowl on Dec. 31, 1987, and ended in a 34-14 loss to Georgia in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 3, 2005. The Volunteers’ streak started with a 27-7 victory over Vanderbilt on Dec. 1, 1956, and ended in a 14-13 loss to Florida in the Gator Bowl on Dec. 27, 1969.

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11 Consecutive Florida games have featured at least 30 points for the Gators, tied for the longest such streak in school history. Florida most recently failed to reach 30 points in a game on Nov. 16, 2019, when the Gators defeated Missouri 23-6. Florida’s previous 11-game streak with at least 30 points started with a 30-6 victory over Tennessee on Sept. 20, 2008, and ended in a 24-14 victory over Oklahoma in the BCS national championship game on Jan. 8, 2009.

11.23 Yards per play have been averaged by Alabama QB Mac Jones this season, the best in the nation. Jones has produced 3,110 yards on 277 rushes and passes. The SEC single-season record for yards per play (with a minimum of 300 plays) is 10.09, the average posted by Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa in 2018.

50 Receiving yards are needed by WR DeVonta Smith to become Alabama’s all-time leader. Smith enters Saturday’s game against Arkansas with 3,414 yards on 198 receptions. The Crimson Tide career record is 3,463 yards, compiled by Amari Cooper on 228 receptions from 2012 through 2014. One of seven players in SEC history with 3,000 receiving yards, Smith is 346 away from the conference career record of 3,760 receiving yards established by Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews from 2010 through 2013. Smith also is one TD reception away from Cooper’s single-season record of 16 set in 2014.

124 Years since Missouri played a regular-season game this late on the calendar. In 1896, Missouri defeated the Dallas Athletic Club 26-0 on Dec. 12, Texas 10-0 on Dec. 14, Austin Deaf School 39-0 on Dec. 16 and San Antonio YMCA 29-0 on Dec. 21 in four road games. It’s been 121 years since Tennessee played a regular-season game this late in December -- a 6-0 victory over Grant on Dec. 25, 1899, in Chattanooga. It’s been 89 years since Georgia played a regular-season game this late on the calendar -- a 60-0 loss to Southern Cal (the most lopsided defeat in the Bulldogs’ history) on Dec. 12, 1931, in Los Angeles. It’s been 86 years for LSU, dating from a 14-13 victory over Oregon on Dec. 15, 1934 – a game notable as the last for Tigers coach Biff Jones after he refused to allow Senator Huey Long to talk to the team at halftime. Florida hasn’t played a game this late in December in 79 years, since a 30-27 loss to UCLA on Dec. 20, 1941, in Jacksonville, Florida. On Saturday, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt will be playing the latest regular-season game in their histories.

126 SEC regular-season games have been won by Alabama coach Nick Saban, tied for second on the conference’s all-time list. Saban has an on-the-field record of 126-27 in conference regular-season games as the coach at LSU and Alabama (28-12 with the Tigers and 98-15 with the Crimson Tide). Steve Spurrier had a 126-52 record in SEC regular-season games as the coach at Florida and South Carolina (82-12 with the Gators and 44-40 with the Gamecocks). The SEC record for league regular-season wins is held by Paul “Bear” Bryant. Bryant compiled a record of 159-46-9 in SEC regular-season games as the coach at Kentucky and Alabama (22-18-4 at Kentucky and 137-28-5 at Alabama). Officially, Saban has 123 conference regular-season victories because three were vacated due to NCAA sanctions.

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This week’s SEC schedule includes (all times are CST with point spreads from vegasinsider.com):

Saturday

· No. 1 Alabama (9-0) at Arkansas (3-6), 11 a.m. at Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas (ESPN). Line: Alabama by 32.5.

· No. 9 Georgia (6-2) at No. 25 Missouri (5-3), 11 a.m. at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri (SEC Network). Line: Georgia by 13.

· Tennessee (2-6) at Vanderbilt (0-8), 3 p.m. at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee (SEC Network). Line: Tennessee by 16.

· LSU (3-5) at No. 6 Florida (8-1), 6 p.m. at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida (ESPN). Line: Florida by 23.5.

· Auburn (5-4) at Mississippi State (2-6), 6:30 p.m. at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi (SEC Network). Line: Auburn by 6.5.

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.

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