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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MaJo

December 2nd, 2009
8:55 am

MaJo

December 2nd, 2009
8:56 am

I don’t know why I did that, I guess because the opportunity was there. I usually hate the whole “First” thing.

30-24

December 2nd, 2009
8:58 am

Tony,

Caleb King just ran untouched 60 yards again for another touchdown!

help, I live in Ga

December 2nd, 2009
9:00 am

What abbout 1998?

Steve Major

December 2nd, 2009
9:02 am

Tennessee beat Ms State in 1998 and FSU in the national championship game.

Gen Neyland

December 2nd, 2009
9:07 am

m

December 2nd, 2009
9:08 am

Hey Tony Jabloni – get ready for your beloved Dawgs to get the beatdown of a lifetime on the Flats. UGA and the SEC are the most overhyped team and conference I have ever seen. There is a new sheriff in town, so thank God and Greyhound that the worst coach in Tech football history is gone forever – hallydamnlooyah – just the beginning!

Well, that’s what m WOULD have said if the score had not been 30 – 24 via the Dawgs beat down of a Tech (well, since that is what most of the Tech fans called their measly 3 point win last year) last Saturday night – that is, he would have said that if he would come out of hiding!

Georgia will allways dominate GT!!!

December 2nd, 2009
9:08 am

10 fun facts about you Tony..

1-you eat crow
2-you enjoy eating crow
3-you liquify crow to drink
4-you fry crow
5-you bake crow
6-you suck crow beaks
7-you have a crow foot fetish
8-you once married a crow
9-you deep fry crow in yer yard
10-you pluck crow among grassy knolls

Georgia will allways dominate GT!!!
30-24

CrazyVol

December 2nd, 2009
9:08 am

Don’t have a dog in this fight, but Florida will spank Bama. It’s not even going to be close.

Paul'sJohnson

December 2nd, 2009
9:09 am

I’m still waiting for that first Tech fan to “punch me in the face” following Paul Johnson’s instructions so I can shove a slurpy up his butt!

Still laughing….Kentucky really Kentucky…..but we beat Tech!!

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

Hope it hurts dorks!!!

Georgia will allways dominate GT!!!

December 2nd, 2009
9:10 am

They now reappear as Vols and Gaytors Tony. WOW!!! You are Mr college football……

Georgia will allways dominate GT!!!

RedKneckerson

December 2nd, 2009
9:11 am

I think ole Tony has it in for Kiffin and his boys at Tennessee.Not giving them a mention hardly at all now. You would think that Mr. college football would have researched a bit and seen that Tenn was the FIRST team to win a BCS national Championship.Of course that was against a FSU team that was favored by 7 points EVEN with a backup QB. But since FSU didn’t play good that nite I guess Tony doesn’t count it as legitimate, plus Tenn. got a break in one or two more games that year. And throw in the fact that UGA didn’t play well that game in Athens when Tenn beat UGA 22-3. I can now see why he didn’t include Tenn as a NC winner.

JJ

December 2nd, 2009
9:11 am

Tony,
I guess you are never going to discuss one of the greatest wins over Tech in the history of the rivalry. That’s weird dude! I guess you are just really embarrassed about totally missing that one. After all, if you can’t pick them right, it makes it look like you have no idea what you are talking about. I suppose I understand. Still…lame!

GeoffDawg

December 2nd, 2009
9:12 am

Number 7 may be overstated. I don’t think Georgia’s defense has allowed a hundred yard rusher this season at all and look where that got us.

Paul "ManBoobs" Johnson

December 2nd, 2009
9:12 am

Tony — You want a piece of me? Yeah, I didn’t think so. I will pop a knot on your head and won’t think twice about doing it. I punched the department head of the School of Culinary Arts & Sciences just the other day at a faculty soiree because she questioned my 4th quarter play calling. It was one hard upper cut in the baby maker and down she went.

I am a BAAAAAD MAN!!!!!!

Georgia will allways dominate GT!!!

December 2nd, 2009
9:13 am

All is quiet in the flats (Sanford South)

Georgia will allways dominate GT!!!

Chris F

December 2nd, 2009
9:13 am

I expect it to be a relatively low scoring game 20-30 points per team and about 3-7 points will win the game. Florida will try and use the same game plan that Tennesee and Auburn used. Try to stuff the running game and force McElroy to beat ‘em. I don’t think Florida will be as successful because I am sure Nick has an answer. (at least i hope) Ingram has taken a beating all season maybe trent can pick up the slack. Julio should have some success against the monsterous DB’s of Florida however it will be limited. I expect Alabama to attack more with the wildcat and with maze and peek.

On the flipside Alabama will have to stop the triple option threat of Tebow, not any easy task. The defense will need to play the best game they have played all year. Tebow will have to play his best game also if he expects Bama not be all over him. He will be under pressure all day as will McElroy.

Bama has a slight edge everywhere except for special teams. Maybe Bama saved the emotion they didn’t show against Auburn for Florida. Whoever wins this game WILL win the title.

Roll Damn Tide!

JJ

December 2nd, 2009
9:14 am

What’s with that little fold of skin above CPJ’s nose? He must have some bulldog in him. That would also explain his agressiveness.

cattledawg

December 2nd, 2009
9:15 am

Tony, how much is the loss of dunlap going to hurt the gators. So tech fans think ur a georgia homer , and us dawg fans think you worship paul johnson. What gives

Urban Meyer

December 2nd, 2009
9:15 am

I changed my mind… that thug who got drunk & fell asleep at the wheel has been suspended for the opening kickoff.

Urban Meyer

December 2nd, 2009
9:17 am

Gators 42 Bama 10

Georgia will allways dominate GT!!!

December 2nd, 2009
9:17 am

Mr T caint change the world of warcraft fool!!! He aint no computer hacka..what about this fool….
The Jacket Hacka mohawk grenade…Yeah every wheyah I go Im making Jackets look goooooood…

Except when they play them Dawgs!!!

Georgia will allways dominate GT!!!

Corch Meyers

December 2nd, 2009
9:18 am

Bama fans have no teeth and they smell funny.

Corch Meyers

December 2nd, 2009
9:19 am

Bama lies about their total national championships as much as I lie to my recruits.

VOL FAN

December 2nd, 2009
9:19 am

Regular season is over. No more SEC games. Let’s turn our hatred for each other towards the rest of the football world during the bowl season. Here’s to the SEC going undefeated during bowl season and proving once again that the best football in the world is played in the SEC.

JJ

December 2nd, 2009
9:20 am

I guess I could have listened to your comments on talkin football, but that show sucks! All you guys talk about is Tebow.

Georgia will allways dominate GT!!!

December 2nd, 2009
9:21 am

I wrote a song for you Tony,

a 1, a 2, a 1 2 3 and,

Freeeeeeeeeeee credit report dot com,
I shoulda seen those bulldogs coming like an atom bomb,
they tear up your little end zone, your feeling like a jerk,
and now your eating crow in columns when you work

Georgia will allways dominate GT!!!

Paul Big Johnson

December 2nd, 2009
9:21 am

Hey SEC fans, my team was 2-1 against the mighty SEC this year. Don’t like the facts, I’ll punch you in the face.

Joe

December 2nd, 2009
9:22 am

Well well….thanks be to Tebow! His word has led the Gators to 22 wins. My, seems like a God. hmmm…never mind SEC officials having a hand in two of the 22 wins. WORSHIP THE MAN TEBOW…….wooo hooo…..what are you idiots going to do next year when he is gone…..you have no one to LOVE. and just for the sake of it- TONY- pretty lame dude….cant even eat some crow on your call about UGA.

Gator Gary

December 2nd, 2009
9:23 am

VolFan,
Tennessee could be playing Obama Bin Laden and his buddies and I’ll never root for your team. Go Hokies!!!

Jeff

December 2nd, 2009
9:26 am

The only FACT you need to know about “WOW! Mr. College Football” or so he calls himself
1. LOSER- cant even eat a little crow. Barnhard- how about doning a GT shirt from now on. I am ashamed that UGA had someone like you actually go to OUR school……

Gator Mike

December 2nd, 2009
9:27 am

I agree with Vol Fan. We SEC Fans need to pull together for all of the SEC Schools going to bowl games.

Gator Gary

December 2nd, 2009
9:29 am

Gator Mike – turn in your Gator card, you are no longer welcome in Gainesville.

Jeff

December 2nd, 2009
9:29 am

VOL Fan….wish I could join you but….cant do it. Here is hoping that UF loses to AL and AL gets embarrased at the NC game. Hope UT and Lanie get blown out in their bowl as well. Will pull for the rest of SEC.

MiltonDawg

December 2nd, 2009
9:31 am

I’m pulling for Bama. Nothing would satisfy me more than seeing Tebow lose and crying in the post game conference. It must be easy too to outscore your opponents that much when your schedule includes Citadel, Charleston Southern, Troy, FIU, Panama City Community College, etc.

Troy

December 2nd, 2009
9:31 am

VOL Fan….yeah right, dream on dude. UT could be playing the devil himself, Osama or Sadaam and I would NEVER pull for UT.

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cattledawg

December 2nd, 2009
9:33 am

Nice credit report song. I willpull for all sec teams come bowl season.

Craig

December 2nd, 2009
9:34 am

LSU Tiger Fan here…..Go Longhorns…hope they lay a nice beatdown on Florida or Alabama. Cheer for those two????? no way in….

Tide4u2c

December 2nd, 2009
9:38 am

Alabama has been better tested than Florida has.Florida had an easy schedule and yet struggled to beat teams later in the season that Alabama beat easier.Florida’s offense is not as potent as it was last year.Alabama has struggled too but has found a way to win games regardless.Florida’s stats look alittle better than Alabama’s because Florida had an easier schedule.These are some reasons I see Alabama beating Florida.

ClinchPanther

December 2nd, 2009
9:38 am

Still no mention of UGA vs GA Tech!!

Gen Neyland

December 2nd, 2009
9:39 am

JJ : Tim Tebow has scheduled the time to snip and clip that fold of skin on CPJ. Tim has the experience on the procedure due to his misson work abroad…

McDawg

December 2nd, 2009
9:39 am

tough to bet against Tebow & company but Bama’s D is just tough-still gut tells me FL in a close one decided late 4th quarter

DFWTX Dawg

December 2nd, 2009
9:39 am

You forgot the Vols (the 1st BCS champ) in 1998. Alabama is the most physical team UF has faced this year. If Bama can get the ball to Jones early and often, this will open up the Bama running game and lookout! However, with Dunlap missing, I think Bama will get their running game going anyway. Bama has just as good of a defense as UF and are more balanced offensively. Tebow is outstanding and is as fearless and competitive as any college football player to play the game. However, he cannot do it against a great defense by himself. Even the almighty Herschel could be stopped. UF just doesn’t have the big play potential that they had last year. Trust me…Tebow is going to get pounded. Bama 20 UF 10

John

December 2nd, 2009
9:41 am

Tennessee won the SEC and National Championship in 1998. You left that out of # 5 Tony.

Paul "ManBoobs" Johnson

December 2nd, 2009
9:42 am

I will be standing outside the Georgia Dome on Saturday night after the SECC game and will take on all comers. I will likely be in an ill temper after the tussle with Clemson, especially with likely repeat of the result from this past Saturday night, so be prepared — be very prepared.

I recently beat up a drunk vagrant outside the Varsity. He was aggressively panhandling me and with one hard right to the kisser — down he went!

I am a BAAAAAAD MAN!!!!

DFWTX Dawg

December 2nd, 2009
9:42 am

HEY VOL FAN! WAKE UP!!! Who’s your 2nd favorite team? I pull for UGA 1st and whoever is playing UF 2nd.

ratherBgambling

December 2nd, 2009
9:50 am

VOLFAN- I rather die in a grease fire than root for Bozo and his pack of thugs.

Gen Neyland

December 2nd, 2009
9:50 am

Geez. There are many Tennessee fans wanting UGA to lose every game they play, too. It’s silly to debate that stuff…I picked Florida to win the SECCG preseason and I’ll hold to it. If it’s a game as good as 2008, we’re in for a treat.

CLK took a jab at Meyer yesterday. He responded to a question regarding the SECCG match up by saying Florida has better athletes but Alabama has better coaches…

Deep Ball

December 2nd, 2009
9:57 am

Gonna be close, but the edge goes to Florida (dang it!). We’re all tired of hearing about Tebow, but the truth is the guy is a competitor and he finds ways to win. I think Florida wins the turnover margin 2-1 and that will be the difference in this once. But gaytors still wear jean shorts…