I’m not the biggest stat rat out there and don’t believe they tell us the entire story, but they paint a picture as to why teams are having success and others not.
Florida runs the ball 71 percent of the time
Will Muschamp wasn’t lying when he said he would establish a power running game. Florida is running the football an astounding 71 percent of the time (236 attempts of 333 total offensive plays). And you thought LSU ran the football a lot with Jordan Jefferson and their four running backs last year at 68 percent of the time, but Florida has surpassed that mark. Likewise, the Gators are last in the SEC in passing yardage per game at 158.6 yards per game.
Ole Miss leads the SEC in 3rd down conversions (50.57 %)
Ole Miss has turned around their offense, thanks to new head coach Hugh Freeze. His hurry-up, run-first offensive mentality has Oxford believing there are better days ahead. The Rebels surpassed 2011’s win mark in four games, thanks in large part to their ability to convert third downs. Ole Miss has converted 44 times of 87 attempts, after finishing 10th in the league a year ago.
South Carolina dominates the SEC with 25 sacks
The Gamecocks’ defensive line has been nothing short of dominant through six weeks. The #3 team in the country has totaled 25 sacks already, and the next highest SEC team is Ole Miss and Texas A&M with 17. Opponents have totaled 397 plays on the Gamecocks’ defense, and Carolina is averaging a sack every 15.88 plays. Twenty-five sacks is also good for #1 in the country.
Alabama allows less than 200 yards per game of total offense
The Crimson Tide’s defense is the only squad in American that allows less than 200 yards a game of total offense to their opponents. Yeah, Ole Miss and Michigan surpassed the 200-yard-per-game mark against the Tide, the still Bama defense has just been dominant in five wins, allowing only 191.6 yards per game. I guess losing seven defensive starters is really no big deal after all. Say what you want about the schedule, but holding opponents to under 200 yards per game is crazy.
Auburn has had only 10 attempts in the red zone
If you thought Auburn hasn’t been to the red zone much this season, you were right. The Tigers are ranked 121st in the country in red zone attempts with 10. On a similar comparison, Kentucky has made 16 attempts in the red zone, six more than Auburn. During the Tigers’ time in the red zone, they’ve only scored two touchdowns. These are astounding numbers for just a forgettable first half overall for offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler.