Early Season Reports – SEC

09/23/2009 § Leave a comment

Florida

Recap:  The defense of the National Championship began with crushing wins over Charleston Southern and Troy.  SEC rival Tennessee proved a little tougher, but Florida still came away with a nice 10-point win.

Stats so far:  Florida ranks 1st with 7.06 yards per rush attempt and 14th with 9 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have averaged 47 points and 536.7 yards on offense per game.  Defensively, they are 34th with 3.03 yards allowed per rush attempt and 5th with 4.2 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have allowed 7.3 points and 224 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Gators travel to Kentucky before a crucial road trip to LSU.  Sneaky Arkansas awaits their return.  As with the entire season, anything less than perfection is a disappointment.

Georgia

Recap:  After sputtering in a loss to Oklahoma State, Georgia regrouped and won shootouts against South Carolina and Arkansas.

Stats so far: Georgia is 77th with 3.76 yards per rush attempt and 12th with 9.2 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have scored 34.3 points and gained 365 yards on offense per game.  Defensively, they are 57th with 3.63 yards allowed per rush attempt and 88th with 7.5 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have allowed 34 points and 406.3 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Bulldogs welcome Arizona State before two big SEC games against LSU and Tennessee.  They need to win at least two, but have the ability to take all three.

Kentucky

Recap:  Kentucky is 2-0 with wins over Miami (OH) and Louisville.

Stats so far:  Kentucky ranks 29th with 5.04 yards per rush attempt and 57th with 7.1 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have averaged 36.5 points and 417 yards on offense per game.  Defensively, they are 36th with 3.15 yards allowed per rush attempt and 36th with 5.9 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have allowed 13.5 points and 283 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Wildcats host conference heavyweights Florida and Alabama before travelling to South Carolina.  A win in any of those games would be huge.

South Carolina

Recap:  South Carolina has played in every type of game already, winning a 7-3 slugfest against NC State, losing a shootout with Georgia, and blowing out Florida Atlantic.

Stats so far:  South Carolina is 40th with 4.76 yards per rush attempt and 72nd with 6.7 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have scored 27.3 points and gained 399.7 yards on offense per game.  Defensively, they are 23rd with 2.76 yards allowed per rush attempt and 29th with 5.6 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have allowed 20 points and 249.3 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Gamecocks take on Mississippi, South Carolina State, and Kentucky.  All three are winnable, and they should come away with two of those at worst.

Tennessee

Recap:  A thrashing of Western Kentucky and two fairly close losses to UCLA and Florida give Tennessee a better-than-it-sounds 1-2 start.

Stats so far:  Tennessee ranks 26th with 5.1 yards per rush attempt and 92nd with 6 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have averaged 30.3 points and 358.3 yards on offense per game.  Defensively, they are 31st with 2.97 yards allowed per rush attempt and 7th with 4.6 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have allowed 16.3 points and 197.3 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Volunteers host Ohio, Auburn and Georgia, and hope to get at least two wins out of those, but don’t count them out to take all three.

Vanderbilt

Recap:  Vanderbilt shut out Western Carolina before losing to LSU and Mississippi State.

Stats so far:  Vandy is 52nd with 4.26 yards per rush attempt and 116th with 4.9 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have scored 19 points and gained 329 yards on offense per game.  Defensively, they are 68th with 3.93 yards allowed per rush attempt and 4th with 4.1 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have allowed 12.7 points and 260.7 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Cavaliers take on Rice, Mississippi and Army.  Winning two of those three is not out of the question, but even one would be nice.

Alabama

Recap:  The 3-0 start opened with a huge win over Virginia Tech, then a couple of beatdowns on Florida International and North Texas.

Stats so far:  Alabama ranks 12th with 5.9 yards per rush attempt and 14th with 9 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have averaged 42.3 points and 512.3 yards on offense per game.  Defensively, they are 2nd with 1.52 yards allowed per rush attempt and 20th with 5.3 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have allowed 15 points and 185.3 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Crimson Tide should be able to stay perfect against Arkansas, Kentucky, and Mississippi, but keep an eye on that last one.

Arkansas

Recap:  Arkansas beat up on Missouri State before dropping a shootout to visiting Georgia.

Stats so far:  Arkansas is 58th with 4.09 yards per rush attempt and 3rd with 10.7 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have scored 44.5 points and gained 538 yards on offense per game.  Defensively, they are 46th with 3.29 yards allowed per rush attempt and 119th with 10.4 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have allowed 31 points and 367.5 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Razorbacks go on the road for a couple of tough tests in Alabama and Texas A&M, then host Auburn.  Getting two wins here would be a nice boost.

Auburn

Recap:  Auburn is off to a nice 3-0 start with solid wins over Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, and West Virginia.

Stats so far:  Auburn ranks 24th with 5.2 yards per rush attempt and 14th with 9 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have averaged 42.3 points and 515 yards on offense per game.  Defensively, they are 75th with 4.12 yards allowed per rush attempt and 47th with 6.1 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have allowed 22.3 points and 350.3 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Tigers should do well against Ball State, Tennessee, and Arkansas.  All three are winnable, but don’t be surprised if they drop one of the SEC games.

LSU

Recap:  An 8-point win over Washington a slow-developing 14-point victory over Vanderbilt had some worried.  A more appropriate crushing of Louisiana-Lafayette (along with Washington’s upset of USC) has eased the tension a little.

Stats so far:  LSU is 44th with 4.59 yards per rush attempt and 79th with 6.5 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have scored 28.3 points and gained 325.7 yards on offense per game.  Defensively, they are 59th with 3.66 yards allowed per rush attempt and 24th with 5.4 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have allowed 11.7 points and 320 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Tigers travel to Mississippi State and Georgia for two winnable games before the showdown against Florida.  If they only come out of these three with one win, it’ll be a letdown.

Mississippi

Recap:  Ole Miss has abused Memphis and Southeastern Louisiana to start 2-0.

Stats so far:  Ole Miss ranks 14th with 5.84 yards per rush attempt and 37th with 7.9 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have averaged 48.5 points and 424.5 yards on offense per game.  Defensively, they are 44th with 3.28 yards allowed per rush attempt and 12th with 5 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have allowed 10 points and 293 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Rebels visit South Carolina and Vanderbilt looking to bring home a couple more wins before a crucial matchup with Alabama.

Mississippi State

Recap:  MSU beat Jackson State and Vanderbilt, but lost big to Auburn.

Stats so far:  MSU is 38th with 4.78 yards per rush attempt and 92nd with 6 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have scored 28 points and gained 349.3 yards on offense per game.  Defensively, they are 70th with 3.98 yards allowed per rush attempt and 41st with 6 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have allowed 19.7 points and 313.3 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Bulldogs will need a lot of luck to squeeze a win out of the a tough stretch featuring games against LSU, Georgia Tech and Houston.

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