The SEC Didn't Want This Revealed

There's a dirty little secret the Southeastern Conference doesn't want you to know. No, we're not talking about all the Alabama opponents who have a bye week prior to playing the Crimson Tide. And we're not talking about a former SEC commissioner throwing Alabama under the NCAA bus as a favor to Tennessee.



The secret involves game times of SEC football games. After five weeks of the 2010 season, the average SEC game time is three hours and 17 minutes. Think about that the next time a coach says something like, "We've got to play hard for 60 minutes."

Nationally, the average time for a game is 3:11. The reason? Television. TV pays big bucks for the rights to broadcast games, and it takes commercials to make that happen. For those at the stadium, the wait between extra points or field goals and kickoffs is interminable. With Alabama's homecoming game against Ole Miss expects to start a little after 8 p.m. CDT, there will be a late-night traffic jam in Tuscaloosa.

This year's SEC time is the same as it was in 2009, down from the all-time high of 3:23 in 2007.

Here are some other notes from the SEC:

Alabama has outscored its opponents 65-9 in the second half after five games this season. A Penn State field goal accounts for the only points scored by an Alabama opponent in the fourth quarter this season. Alabama has outscored opponents in the fourth quarter, 31-3.

Arkansas is coming off a bye week before playing Texas A&M in Dallas this weekend. Including season openers, bowl games, bye weeks and mid-week games, Bobby Petrino-led teams are 23-7 (.767) all-time when having more than one week to prepare for a game.

Auburn's defense has allowed just 10 points in the fourth quarter and over time this season, and has shut out both of its SEC opponents in the final period. A Clemson touchdown and an Arkansas State field goal are the only opponent points scored in the fourth quarter this season. Auburn has outscored its opponents 38-10 in the fourth quarter this season.

Since 1996, there has not been a player in the country who recorded a single-game punting average (minimum two punts) than Florida's Chas Henry's 62.3 yard average against Alabama while also converting multiple field goals in the same game last Saturday. Henry hit field goals of 39 and 21 yards against the Crimson Tide.

The Georgia-Tennessee meeting this year will mark the first when both teams enter the game with a losing record since 1906. Also, it is only the second time in the series history when neither team has been ranked since rankings became a part of college football in the mid-1930s. The first time came during the 2009 matchup.

Kentucky rushed for more than 200 yards and passed for more than 200 yards in its first three games, marking the first time that has happened in school history. The Cats are currently averaging 189.8 rushing yards and 263.8 passing yards per game. Against Ole Miss last week, Kentucky passed for a season-high 300 yards.

Under Les Miles, LSU is 21-2 when having a 100-yard rusher and the Tigers are 34-0 when reaching the 100-yard rush mark as a team and holding the opponent to less than 100 rushing yards.

Ole Miss has a bye week this week before visiting Alabama on Oct. 16. The Rebels have scored 97 points in their last two games and are second in the SEC in total points scored (186) this season (Alabama – 1st with 189).

Mississippi State is looking for its first four-game non-conference win streak since winning eight regular season non-SEC games from 1998-2001. The Bulldogs are on a three-game non-SEC win streak, its first since 2007 (defeated Tulane, Gardner-Webb and UAB).

In Columbia, S.C., Alabama is only the second top-ranked team to visit Williams-Brice Stadium. Florida was number one when it played in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2009. When playing the nation's top ranked team, Carolina is 0-4. This marks the fourth straight year that South Carolina has played host to the defending national champs: 2010 (Alabama); 2009 (Florida); 2008 (LSU); 2007 (Florida).

Through five games, Tennessee has recorded 25 plays of 20-plus yards, an average of five plays per game this season. It's on pace for 60 such plays this season, which would be well ahead of the team's pace from 2007 and 2008 and almost identical to the 61 from last season.

Four weeks into this season, Vanderbilt has played 21 sophomores, 10 redshirt freshmen and 11 true freshmen. Eight Commodore seniors have contributed this season.

After five weeks of the 2010 college football season, the Southeastern Conference teams are favoring the run over the pass. In 57 games, SEC teams are averaging 37.4 rushes per game and only 26.3 passes per game. The 26.3 pass plays per game is the lowest of any FBS conference. The national averages are 37.4 run plays per game and 30.3 pass plays per game. The Big Ten and the SEC have the largest differentials from run to pass in FBS. The Big Ten has averaged 40.4 run and 28.4 pass plays per game (17.6 percent difference) while the SEC has a 17.4 percent difference.

SEC teams are averaging 8.13 yards per pass attempt, which is second only to the Big Ten's 8.27 yards per pass attempt. The national average is 7.26 yards per pass attempt.

SEC teams are tied for the national lead in least amount of turnovers lost. SEC teams are averaging 1.72 turnovers lost per game (tied with the Pac-10). The national average is 1.80 turnovers lost per game. The SEC leads the nation in least amount of fumbles lost per game (0.74).

The SEC leads the nation in total touchdowns scored (221) but is tied for fourth in scoring average (30.4) with the ACC. The national average is 28.5 points per game.

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