For You Big-Time Stats Guys | SEC Week 1

For You Big-Time Stats Guys | SEC Week 1
August 31, 2013, 12:30 am
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SEC Edition

For all you passionate fans, you big-time stats guys, you BTSG's. Here are some notes, nuggets and tidbits of all things College Football.  Impress your friends it's time to kickoff!


What can you say about this team that hasn’t been said before?  As the weeks move forward I will expound more on individual performances, but today I will focus more on the team’s dominance.  Over the last two seasons, check out these numbers:

Wins                             Alabama           25                    Opponents       2

Points Scored               Alabama           995                  Opponents       259

First Downs                  Alabama           583                  Opponents       323

Rushing Yards              Alabama       5,973                   Opponents     2,007

Passing Yards               Alabama       5,849                   Opponents     3,880 


From the team everyone talks about to the player everyone talks about.  Johnny Manziel put up some incredible numbers in leading the Aggies to an 11-2 record including a big-time win over No. 1 ranked Alabama.  In more than half of the games (7 of 13) the redshirt freshman had multiple rushing touchdowns AND multiple passing touchdowns. 

For the season the Heisman Trophy winner had 26 rushing touchdowns and 21 passing touchdowns.  Over the last 15 seasons only four players in the FBS have seen 20/20, having at least 20 rush and pass touchdowns.  The four players are all players you have heard of.

Johnny Manziel (2012)             26 TD rushes                21 TD passes

Colin Kaepernick (2010)          21 TD rushes                20 TD passes

Cam Newton (2010)                30 TD rushes                20 TD passes

Tim Tebow (2007)                   32 TD rushes                23 TD passes 


There are so many great quarterbacks in the Southeastern Conference and Bulldog senior Aaron Murray may be the best.  Murray has a great chance to break almost every conference career stat for a quarterback.  This article I will focus on pass yards. 

He is already the only SEC quarterback with three 3,000-yard passing seasons, and in his last game against Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl he matched his career-high with 427 yards through the air.  For his career Murray has 10,091 which is eighth all-time in the conference. 

Many people consider the Bulldogs to be one of the schools with the nickname “Tailback U” or “Running Back U.” But you might not realize they are the only team in the SEC with three different players with over 10,000 career passing yards.  Here are the top eight all-time in the SEC.

David Greene (Georgia)                        11,528 pass yards

Chris Leak (Florida)                             11,213 pass yards

Peyton Manning (Tennessee)               11,201 pass yards

Eric Zeier (Georgia)                              11,153 pass yards

Danny Wuerffel (Florida)                      10,875 pass yards

Jared Lorenzen (Kentucky)                   10,354 pass yards

Eli Manning (Ole Miss)                         10, 119 pass yards

Aaron Murray (Georgia)                        10,091 pass yards 


Enough about quarterbacks. This conference was built on running backs (especially Auburn).

Even with great running backs throughout its history: Bo Jackson, Joe Cribbs, James Brooks, Lionel James, Cadillac Williams, Ronnie Brown, Brent Fullwood, Tucker Frederickson and others, the recent Tigers did something which has happened in the SEC only twice before.  They have had four-straight seasons with a running back gaining 1,000 rush yards.  Cam Newton also did it in this time period, but I am talking running backs. 

Check out this list:

2009    Ben Tate                      1,362 rush yards

2010    Michael Dyer               1,093 rush yards

2011    Michael Dyer               1,242 rush yards

2012    Tre Mason                   1,002 rush yards

Tre Mason is only a junior, so who knows if this list can grow?  The other teams to accomplish this feat were Arkansas from 2005 to 2008 (Darren McFadden, Felix Jones and Michael Smith) and Auburn once again from 2002 to 2005 (Ronnie Brown, Cadillac Williams and Kenny Irons.) 


The Bulldogs of Starkville will open up the season against Oklahoma State, in of all places, Houston, Texas in the Advocare Texas Kickoff Classic.  Under head coach Dan Mullen, Mississippi State has historically started the season with a bang.  They are 4-0 and have scored at will.  Check out these point totals.

2009    vs. Jackson State                      45 points scored

2010    vs. Memphis                             49 points scored

2011    at Memphis                              59 points scored

2012    vs. Jackson State                      56 points scored

Yes, I am very aware that Oklahoma State on paper is a lot better than Jackson State and Memphis, but anything can happen.  The Cowboys were 64th last season in FBS in points per game allowed with 28.2.  They did allow 40 points or more three times last season and 50 points or more twice.

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