Ten fun facts about the SEC Championship Game

 

Ten fun facts that you may or may not know about Saturday’s SEC championship game:

 

1. This will be the 41st time that the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the Associated Press poll have met. Of the previous 40 meetings, 23 have come in the regular season and 17 have been in bowl games. Of those games, the No. 1 team has a record of 24-14-2.

2. Since Florida quarterback Tim Tebow made “The Promise” after last season’s loss to Ole Miss, Florida has won 22 straight games. In those 22 games Florida has outscored its opponents 907-259.

3. Alabama doesn’t appear to have many weaknesses but here is one. Or at least it is a concern. The Crimson Tide is ranked 116th nationally in defending kickoff returns. Teams are averaging 25.56 yards per kickoff return against Alabama.  Alabama, interestingly enough, has kicked off 82 times (68 have been returned) this season. Only four teams in the country have kicked off more: Boise State (99), Houston (95), TCU (90), and Florida (86).

4. Alabama’s Javier Arenas is one of the best punt returners in the country, averaging 16.64 yards per attempt. But chances are Arenas will not  return the ball much against Florida. The Gators only have allowed only four punts to be returned against them all season for a grand total of 13 yards. No other team in the country has allowed five or less punts to be returned against them this season.

5. This will be the 18th SEC championship game. Seven times in the past 17 years the winner of this game has gone on to win the national championship: 1992, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Two other times (1995, 1997) the winner has played in a game for at least a share of the national championship.

6. Alabama running back Mark Ingram suffered a hip-pointer last Friday against Auburn and was held to a season-low 30 yards rushing. Ingram, however, needs just 43 yards against Florida to set the school record for rushing yards in a season. Bobby Humphrey ran for 1,471 yards on 236 attempts in 1986. Ingram, a sophomore, has 1,429 yards on 221 attempts.

7. Only one running back this season—Dennis Johnson of Arkansas—has rushed for over 100 yards against the Florida defense. Florida is No. 8 nationally in rushing defense, giving up only 89.2 yards per game and 2.9 yards per rush. Florida has held four straight opponents to under 100 yards rushing. Alabama is No. 2 nationally in rushing defense, allowing only 77.08 yards per game and 2.62 yards per attempt. No running back has gone over 100 yards against Alabama’s defense this season. LSU’s Charles Scott (83) and Mississippi State’s Anthony Dixon (81) were the only two backs to run for more than 80 yards against Alabama.

8. Think it will be a low scoring game? Of course. Florida leads the nation in scoring defense, giving up 9.83 points per game. Alabama is No. 2 scoring defense, allowing 10.83 points per game. Florida has allowed only 11 touchdowns this season, four fewer than any other team in the nation. Alabama, Nebraska, and Penn State are tied for second place, allowing only 15 touchdowns.

9. Both of these teams are very good when it comes to stopping third down conversions. Florida is No. 2 nationally in third down defense. Opponents have converted only 43 of 164 third downs (26.22 percent). Opponents have converted only 48 of 166 third downs against Alabama (28.92 percent), which is No. 5 in the nation. In case you’re wondering, TCU leads the nation in third down defense. Opponents have completed only 46 of 176 third downs (26.14 percent) against the Horned Frogs.

10. Florida has nine appearances in the SEC championship game, more than any other school. Alabama has six appearances in the SEC championship game, all of them against Florida. Alabama is 2-4 in those games, winning in 1992 and 1999. The other schools who have appearances in this game are Tennessee (5), LSU (4), Georgia (3), Arkansas (3), Auburn (3) and Mississippi State (1). Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, and Kentucky have never appeared in the SEC championship game.

 

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IN HONOR OF SAINT SIMONS, M, RAMBLE ON, YELLOW FUZZ:

December 2nd, 2009
12:03 pm

((((((((30-24))))))))) hahahahahahahahaha

Tide4u2c

December 2nd, 2009
12:07 pm

While Alabama was down Florida and LSU rose up, well guess what the Tide is Rising again.

brokebackvol

December 2nd, 2009
12:11 pm

Barnhart – what’s the scoop on the rumors that “Full Filmer” is talking to “The Ville”?

Hook Em Horns

December 2nd, 2009
12:13 pm

If Auburn wants to live vicariously through us – that’s fine. Hell, the whole SEC can. We’re still the better team. Hook’em horns!

Old School Gator

December 2nd, 2009
12:13 pm

This says it all “10. Florida has nine appearances in the SEC championship game, more than any other school. Alabama has six appearances in the SEC championship game, all of them against Florida. Alabama is 2-4 in those games, winning in 1992 and 1999.”

tsmonk

December 2nd, 2009
12:17 pm

Strength of schedule rankings:

UT – 41
UF – 20
UA – 14

Ga Dawg in Dallas, Tx

December 2nd, 2009
12:18 pm

I look forward to this weekends SEC Championship game. While as a Dawg my natural instinct to pull for Bama over the Gators, I believe the Gators stand the best chance of beating Texas in the National Championship game. To much speed and talent. Texas won’t stand a chance against a team as stacked as Florida. So good luck to both schools from a Dawg and here is to another BCS National Championship for the SEC.

Bama fan

December 2nd, 2009
12:20 pm

Old School Gator,

Bama has also won 3 of the last 5 against the gators including a 31-3 blowout in 05 and a second blowout 34-7 in 99 when we also took you down earlier in the season in the swamp. There is a 1 pt differential the 24-23 Florida win in 95 or 96 that has the series at 2-4 in favor of Florida as opposed to 3-3.

Overall Alabama leads the head to head 21-14. To me that pretty much “says it all”. Football didn’t start in the 1990s. It was played long before that but to hear from johnny come latelys like you football didn’t begin until Florida finally was a relevant program after 100 years of mediocrity.

Florida has been a dominant program for about 16 years after 100 years of mediocrity. Don’t get too full of yourself just because of a great recent run of success.

Da Dawg Pound

December 2nd, 2009
12:26 pm

Bama fan,

Thanks for letting the gators know where they stand overall. They’ve owned us for the only 20 years that they’ve been good but they forget that we own the overall series against them. 20 years of being good don’t make up for sucking for a hundrerd years.

We own you

December 2nd, 2009
12:27 pm

8-1, 60-39-5, 30-24 I run this state.

Old School Gator

December 2nd, 2009
12:31 pm

So Bama fan tell me this. How come you all have SUCKED so bad for the last ten years? Where have you been? Da Dawg Pound, I only have one thing to say to you. LMFAO. The Tide will go out as it always does.

Tide4u2c

December 2nd, 2009
12:33 pm

Hook Em Horns,

Arkansas an SEC team beat Texas A&M pretty easy and yet Alabama beat Arkansas.How come Texas had a hard time with A&M?Over-rated?

Nachos

December 2nd, 2009
12:33 pm

Yep…the tide is rising all right! With me and Adam Lambert! We got ‘em good and greased! Ready to go. Join us you Bammer Homos!!

JB

December 2nd, 2009
12:35 pm

Georgia is only a New DC and OC and a pissed off Richt like we saw Saturday away from getting back into this game.

Git'R Done Gators

December 2nd, 2009
12:39 pm

Them Gators gonna take them homers in Atlanta. Whose your Daddy!

obomaisaclown

December 2nd, 2009
12:42 pm

FLA. 24 BAMA 13 FINAL

Go Gold

December 2nd, 2009
12:44 pm

Fun Fact #1…..UGA won’t be there! You’re not a national program. You’d like to think you are but you’re not. Alabama is with 12 NC’s, Tech with 4 NC’s under it’s belt and Florida has dominated UGA with 2 NC’s under Meyer. It’s been 30 years…keep barking!

Hook Em Horns

December 2nd, 2009
12:44 pm

Let’s put it this way. I don’t think Ingram stands a chance to win a heisman over Colt McCoy. He’ll bring it. Hook’em horns!!

ratherBgambling

December 2nd, 2009
12:46 pm

Enter your comments here

The Chick-Fil-A Cow

December 2nd, 2009
12:48 pm

30-24!! What happened to all that smack last week about how you were gonna take the Dawgs to the “pound”? Defend THAT! Not the past! DefenD the here and now!!! 30-24!!!!! Couldn’t get the Nerd Herd to shut up last week about how they would “pound” us! WE OWN YOU!!! NEXT 361!!

Tide4u2c

December 2nd, 2009
12:49 pm

More fun facts.
Let’s see Arkansas beat Texas A&M 47-19, Alabama beat Arkansas 35-7, Texas beat Texas A&M 49-39. By the way Florida beat Arkansas 23-20.

JB

December 2nd, 2009
12:49 pm

Go Gold…………………………………………………………….And Tech is a national program ? Ole Bobby Dodd been gone a long time………..

GatorGuy

December 2nd, 2009
12:50 pm

MiltonDawg – you forgot to add UGA to the list of cream puffs that we played this year.

Nachos

December 2nd, 2009
12:50 pm

Where is my Rising Tide? I’m waiting!!!! I can’t handle a man like Adam Lambert all by myself! Christ. My bung is beginning to pucker!

Call it Like It Is

December 2nd, 2009
12:51 pm

Hey Tide4u2c,

Those stats do not mean S#$%!

The game will be decided on Saturday.

To bad your team will be going home with the loss.

Gators will roll big in this one!

Enough Said!

Spike

December 2nd, 2009
12:55 pm

Tony, Tony, Tony. Still no comment about the UGA WIN over the big mouth nerds? I am really dissappointed in you.

The Chick-Fil-A Cow

December 2nd, 2009
12:56 pm

Still waiting for an answer from the Nerd Herd! What was all that smack last week? Say something!!! Oh I know. You lost your stingers. 30-24!!

The Chicken

December 2nd, 2009
12:58 pm

They’re too busy fighting off the thugs surrounding their campus to speak.

Nachos

December 2nd, 2009
1:00 pm

HAHAHAHAHA! Someone posted with my name… weeeeeeee! I do love Adam Lambert u got me.

FU Barners

Enjoy the Liberty Bowl

Tide4u2c

December 2nd, 2009
1:00 pm

Call it Like It Is,

Your opinion does’nt mean S#$%. The game will be played on Saturday.Just because you say it or want it does’nt make it true.The Gator’s very well could go home with a loss, be prepared.

Nachos

December 2nd, 2009
1:03 pm

I do love me some Adam Lambert. Why do you think my mouth is shaped like an “O”.

Nachos

December 2nd, 2009
1:05 pm

My “O” is ready for the entire Rising Tide team!

Pitbull

December 2nd, 2009
1:08 pm

Tech + Nerds = Terds

Hook Em Horns

December 2nd, 2009
1:10 pm

Colt McCoy – Heisman!

yellow Fuzzy

December 2nd, 2009
1:12 pm

We’re the most prominent program in the country. No one can stop us. Our division is the toughest in the country. Ugag got lucky.

GatorGuy

December 2nd, 2009
1:13 pm

Da Dawg Pound – You do own the overall series (for now). Facts are Facts. Our win % over the last 20 years is off the charts. If you go back another 20 years, it comes down quite a bit but we are still in the lead. So, how far back do we have to go until our win % drops below .500? 50 years? 60 years? Nope, the answer is 71 years!!!! That is pre WWII. And that includes the beat downs we took during the war that you fielded a varsity team while our team was busy fighting for our country.

Does 70 years a better than .500 win % against UGA mean that we just got good?

The Chicken

December 2nd, 2009
1:14 pm

The Nerd Herd is busy flying around and nesting in those terds left behind by the Dawgs!

blawg dawg

December 2nd, 2009
1:15 pm

Joe
Schad from ESPN an hour ago…
Georgia will not retain DC Willie Martinez

Jake

December 2nd, 2009
1:15 pm

Man,, it’s wild today. Tiny Tim by 10 points Sat.

22 wins in a row

December 2nd, 2009
1:19 pm

Gators will score 21 or more and they will hold Bama under 20 like they have done all season to every other team they have played.

Screaming Pigskin

December 2nd, 2009
1:25 pm

The Mulletheads can’t admit their the weaker team. We’re going to ruin Bammer chances of a National Title AGAIN! Because we say so does make it so.

Gators

December 2nd, 2009
1:29 pm

Green with envy Dawgs still talking about the overall series lead like anyone really cares. Where is Joe, A.J., and Mark watching the game on Saturday?

gmoney

December 2nd, 2009
1:29 pm

Miltondawg,
UF was looking at strengthening their schedule. But the SEC told them they couldn’t drop UGA, because they are in the conference.

gmoney

December 2nd, 2009
1:30 pm

Enter your comments here

Tide4u2c

December 2nd, 2009
1:31 pm

All of you who hope the Tide loses this saturday.Don’t forget Bama was leading in the game last year up until about 10 minutes or so to go in the game.Don’t think the Tide can’t beat Florida because a few different plays here and there last year and the Gators could’ve/would’ve lost last year.

Screaming Pigskin

December 2nd, 2009
1:35 pm

Funny you should say THAT Tide4u2C! That’s exactly what happened in the Auburn game last week! They led the game until the last 7 minutes and let me borrow your precise words – “Because a few different plays here and there, Auburn could’ve/would’ve won last week”. Careful what you say. You only emphasize the loser that you’ll be this Saturday.

Tony just got punked - after 20 years

December 2nd, 2009
1:35 pm

Hay Tony – Jim Fennel – the man who singlehandedly tore down the Berlin Wall – will be at the game this weekend. Maybe you can interview him and find out more about this fascinating TRUE LIFE HERO.

JB

December 2nd, 2009
1:35 pm

ACC Title game ::::: 2 tickets $ 36.00 ::::parking: all you want::::::::game time: What time can ya’ll be here::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::;;Spillers from Clemson……………Scores again and Priceless.

SEC title Game: Sold out

NUFF SAID

James Adams

December 2nd, 2009
1:35 pm

be a man and admit failure. Why haven’t you written word one regarding Ga-GaTech, when, had Tech won, you would have written an epic regarding Tech’s newfound dominance of the state of Georgia? What trash. Get back on your knees, Tim Tivo and Corch Irvin Myers are back for more.

BCS Selection Committee

December 2nd, 2009
1:38 pm

2007 – Tennessee 35 Dawgs 14

Tennessee tied with Georgia as champions of the SEC East, however, by virtue of a head-to-head victory over Georgia, the Volunteers were the SEC East representatives in the Championship Game.