Tide Idle, But Talk Won't Be
Alabama had a nice game at Auburn with junior Crimson Tide tailback Trent Richardson adding considerably to his Heisman Trophy resume. Richardson had the best rushing game in the Southeastern Conference last weekend with 27 carries for a career-best 203 yards.
He wasn't the only Tider to do well among SEC performers. Soph quarterback A.J. McCarron had the sixth best day by a passer with 18-23 for 184 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. His top target, tight end Brad Smelley, had six catches for 86 yards and a touchdown, ranking second in the league for the weekend.
Alabama has a record 22 SEC championships, but won't add to that number this year. Georgia will be attempting to join Tennessee in the runner-up spot as the Bulldogs play for their 13th title. LSU will be trying to win its 11th championship.
The SEC Championship Game will be played at 4 p.m. EST (3 p.m. central time) Saturday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. LSU is 12-0 overall and 8-0 in the SEC, while Georgia is 10-2 overall and 7-1 in SEC games.
The combined record of Georgia and LSU is 22-2 (.917), which is fourth highest combined winning percentage in SEC Championship Game history. Top three are 2009 (24-0), Alabama vs. Florida, both with 12-0 records; 2008 (23-1), Alabama (12-0) vs. Florida (11-1); and 1994 (20-1-1), Alabama 11-0 vs. Florida 9-1-1.
CBS will televise Saturday's SEC Championship Game. Last year's game between Auburn and South Carolina had only a 6.0 television rating. The 2009 game between Alabama and Florida became the highest rated SEC title game, earning a national household rating share of 11.1/23. The 1994 game between the Tide and Gators is second all-time.
LSU is ranked first in all polls and Alabama--idle until its bowl destination, which will be announced next Sunda--is second in all rankings this week. Georgia is 12th in the Harris and AP and 14th in the Coaches' Poll. Arkansas is sixth in the AP, ninth in the Harris, and eighth in the Coaches' polls, while South Carolina is 14th in AP and Harris and 13th in in the Coaches'.
SEC pass defenses are allowing 177.1 yards per game this season, lowest in the nation and lowest for the SEC since 1992 (169.3 yards per game). the SEC has 10 of the top 50 in the nation in pass efficiency defense, including the top four -- 1. Alabama, 2. South Carolina, 3. LSU, 4. Georgia. In passing yards allowed per game, the SEC has 11 in the top 35, including four in the top nine -- 1. Alabama, 2. South Carolina, 6. LSU, and 9. Florida.
Alabama continues to lead the SEC in defensive three-and-outs. The Crimson Tide held Auburn seven of 10 times and now has 72 three-and-outs in 143 opponent drives, which is 50.3 per cent defensive success.
In 24 comnbine games, Alabama (9) and LSU (12) have allowed just 21 offensive touchdowns, an average of less than one per game. Auburn had two touchdowns against Bama, but zero offensive touchdowns.
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