10 schedule facts for Week 13 in the SEC
Who doesn’t like schedule facts?
They’re quick, easy and most importantly … they’ll make you sound really smart when you drop them into casual conversations.
Today, take a look at 10 interesting tidbits about Week 13 — aka Rivalry Week — of the SEC schedule:
1. SEC teams hold a collective all-time record of 143-140-11 against their Week 13 nonconference opponents (Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Louisville).
2. This time next week LSU might have a new head football coach. But first, interim Ed Orgeron will make one final stand for candidacy as the Tigers travel to College Station for the regular season finale against Texas A&M — an opponent they have not lost to since 1995.
3. Arkansas can achieve back-to-back eight-win seasons for the first time since the Hogs won 21 games from 2010-11 and are still in line for their first nine-win campaign under Bret Bielema. But they’ll need to beat a Missouri team that has averaged 40 points per game against unranked competition in 2016 (fourth-best in SEC).
4. Some “Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate” never hurt anybody. Separated by 70 miles, Georgia owns a 65-38-5 series advantage (maybe, maybe not?) in its heated rivalry with Georgia Tech — one that dates all the way back to 1893. The Bulldogs have had no trouble as of late, either, having won 13 of the past 15 contests. But that was under Mark Richt. Now former Dawg defensive back Kirby Smart gets his turn.
5. The last time Kentucky beat Louisville also happens to be the last time it was bowl eligible (2010). Coincidence? We’ll see Saturday when the Wildcats go for their seventh win of the season as 26-point underdogs against a UL team that lost to Houston by just as many in Week 12.
6. Egg Bowl? More like “Egg Blah.” This is the first time since 2006 that neither Ole Miss (5-6) nor Mississippi State (4-7) enter their rivalry matchup without already being bowl eligible.
7. Here’s a stone-cold stat: Nick Saban has never beaten an Auburn team that finished a season with nine or more wins. He has faced six Auburn teams in this position — three at LSU and three at Alabama — and each time the Tide lost. At 8-3, the Tigers need a win in Tuscaloosa to qualify and improve their unique streak.
8. It’s been three years since the last time South Carolina has enjoyed this kind of success prior to Clemson week. After a 2-4 (1-4 SEC) start to the 2016 season, many enthusiasts were chalking up Will Muschamp’s first year as a burn-the-blueprint rebuild. But the Gamecocks have won 4-of-5 while literally doubling their offensive scoring production to become postseason eligible after removing the redshirt from true freshman quarterback Jake Bentley.
9. Butch Jones is 2-2 against Vanderbilt, but 2-0 vs. Derek Mason. The Volunteers have won 36 of the past 40 games. Last year was just the fourth time the Vols scored 50 or more on the Commodores.
10. What happens when you get a Florida State team that is destined for the Citrus Bowl and pair it with Florida team that has already earned its rights to the SEC title game? A bunch of players who on one side have nothing more important than their rivalry game and then some who have bigger fish to fry (e.g. Alabama) on the other. The Seminoles have won the past five of six meetings, including three in a row by an average of 20 points. They are favored by a touchdown to increase the streak.