Reading inside the SEC numbers

Pondering some SEC numbers here.

Jeff Scott is No. 6 in rushing at 110 yards a game. The average is skewed, because he played very little against SEMO and 28 yards on only four carries. He’s averaging 151 yards against BCS opponents Vanderbilt and Texas. Without the 75-yard run at Vanderbilt Scott still averaged 5.7 yards on 11 carries. Scott is fifth in all-purpose yardage at 151.7 a game.

Bo Wallace also played very little against SEMO when he could have padded numbers. He has yet to throw an interception but is No. 11 in pass efficiency with four touchdown passes. Six other quarterbacks have thrown more. Wallace ranks sixth in total offense at 256.0 yards a game.

The Rebels are No. 7 in penalties right now, flagged an average of 46.0 yards a game. Last year they were No. 2 in the league, penalized just 36.9 yards a game.

In other team categories Ole Miss is tied for No. 5 with Georgia in scoring offense at 38.0 points a game.

The Rebels are No. 8 in scoring defense at 23.7 a game, tied with Kentucky for No. 4 in total offense at 490 yards a game, No. 4 in total defense at 332.7 yards a game.

The Rebels are tied with four teams for last in red zone defense, having allowed scores in every opportunity. They are third in red zone offense with 13 scores in 14 chances. Auburn is the only perfect team right now, but the Tigers have visited the red zone just 10 times. LSU is second with a 15-for-16 ratio.

The category that often tells the tale is turnover margin. Ole Miss is No. 5 but is only plus-1 for the year. The good news is three of the Rebels’ four turnovers have been committed by reserves, not every-down players. All three of those were with a comfortable lead against SEMO. Last year the Rebels were No. 9 in turnover margin at minus-1.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to Kory Keys and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Cid Riley

    My theoretical musings are based upon investigation and common sense. I am trying to get the shark fin nation to think. Freeze will be a hot name and that is fact. There are going to be some big jobs open. Take it from there.
    #olemissprobation2014

    • Roger Davis

      Duly noted. Basically, a hypothesis, would be more appropriate because its not proven and is an assumption for the sake of argument. But I also see the ‘shark fin’ nation’s side. Football, in past years, has not been something to be excited about and that’s looking like it will change. So why put the cart before the horse?

  • JB

    I think we are going to see more exciting thing of Jeff Scott’s
    performance before this season is over. I looked over some NCAA stats today and found Ole Miss Rebels are pretty much a balanced team. As follows: and again from NCAA. Total defense Ole Miss #35 national, Total Offense #33. So in my thinking that Freshmen group is now paying its dividends to this football team in its performance. In other thing the SEC is well represented in total defensive teams, Florida Gator #3, Arkansas #6, LSU #10 all on a national basis. Offense the best the SEC can offer was Texas A&M @#3,Ga #16, MO #17 LSU #36. These stats and a Yankee dollar plus can buy you a cup of coffee.

    • Lee814

      I agree with you. If he stays healthy, Scott’s numbers are going to get much better. He is definitely the Mackey and McCluster type back, providing numerous ways to rack up yards. The good thing about now is that there are also many other play makers that defenses have to focus on. As Parrish mentioned, these stats contain the SEMO numbers, which don’t tell much about the team as a whole. Obviously, the next four games will tell a lot about the offense and defense. I am looking forward to seeing how the freshmen, and the team as a whole, respond.

  • Cid Riley

    Not to split hairs, but it is more a theory than a hypothesis, by definition . Regardless, the Texas media is throwing possible names out and Freeze is mentioned as much if not more than the others.

    • Roger Davis

      There’s simply no reasoning with you. So, please continue your coaching change, your obsessed, continued down-grade of Ole Miss and your probation posts. Rather than lifting up young men – some barely out of high school – you seem to take real pleasure in tearing them down. Whatever happens, if anything, you’ve already shown lack of morals and lack of character. The Bible suggest we pray for friends and foes. May God Bless You and keep you. Have a blessed night.

  • Cid Riley

    Ol Rog, I don’t tear anybody down. Just reporting what’s happening outside the state of Mississippi. Speculation is that Texas, Nebraska,USC, Mizzu and MSU will all be looking for new coaches.

  • REB

    Rodger, your wasting your time trying to reason with an Ole Miss obsessed person that is very plainly a loser an needs mental help. He tries to show his vast knowledge and his ignorance is glaring. I guess the words i’m looking for is ignorant, mean, sneaky, a MI$$ $TATE PUPPY, If every would just completely ignore him.

  • Cid Riley

    Preach on brother Reb! Testify! Mark this, though. When the NCAA gets the intel they need to fry Ole Miss, Freeze will be on the first flight to Austin.
    #olemissprobation2014

    • Rickey

      Your logic is insane! If Freeze has led his program in committing all the violations you claim, then what school is going to want him? Every athletic director and president out there is saying right now, “Oh yeah, we want that coach that just led his school to probation to be our next head coach.” You are speaking out both sides of your mouth, having praise for Freeze in one post and running him in the ground in another. You just want to stir the pot when really all you are doing is making yourself look foolish!

  • Cid Riley

    Hey Ricky! Lane Kiffin left Tennessee on probation when USC hired him. Ole Miss hired Nutt, even though he was forced out of Arkansas, due to his shady dealings. UCLA hired Nuehiesal. Winning is all that matters.

  • REB

    Rickey this MI$$ $TATE troal is full of, well let’s say foul logic. He has said Freeze is a terrible coach, a bad cheater and now everybody and his brother wants him as their coach. I repeat WHAT A LOSER!!!!!!!, What he wants is obvious 1 Freeze got 2. Ole Miss placed on the worst possible sanctions. Listen MI$$ $TATE troal. IT AIN’T GOTTA HAPPEN

  • Mantachie

    what kills me is he posts on here ranting bout ole miss. He was pushing State and Ole Turtleneck every breath pre season but now when State is going down down down he shuts up;Also have you ever visited the state blog? They do not have enough fans to even have a blog. Blog after blog has no comments. So why don’t you state wanna bees go over to your own blog and support your classless Turtleneck coach and leave this place. CID and Turf Guy are like a two year old ranting saying look at me look at me. No self esteem so they want everyone to look at them.

  • Missouri Rebel

    It’s hard for me to place any value in statistics at this point in the season. Many teams have played “filler” games at this point in the season. Against the SEMO and Alcorn State level of opponents (which everyone plays early) teams either run up stats and scores or pull starters early to give young players the reps.
    It usually takes until week 6 until seasons start to take shape. Does anyone really believe that Arkansas has the #6 defense in the country? Look at who they have played and convince me…call me back after they have played Texas A&M, Alabama, and Ole Miss.

  • Cid Riley

    Wow! I have never said that Freeze was a bad coach, nor did I ever brag on MSU. I have said that there is a blatant disregard for the rules when it comes to shark fin recruiting. Get it right. I ain’t hiding and I am a NU ‘Cat fan.
    #olemissprobation2014

  • Cid Riley

    It’s troll….I don’t care what happens at MSU, unless they try to cover up something. It seems that MSU is always turning themselves in. I graduated from Northwestern University. I grew up in Oxford, Mississippi. I hate cheating.
    #olemissprobation2014

  • REB

    You said Freeze is a bad coach as follows Mr Turf Guy, 1.What good football coach cheats as you say Freeze is doing? 2. You said this, “Hugh Freeze is just a cheap imitation of Gene Chizik and we know how
    that ended up down on the plains.” I had it right, I know a lair when I hear one. You went on your MI$$ $TATE blog and bragged on them. There is and ole saying “he’s told so many lies he can’t keep them straight.”

  • Cid Riley

    Who is this turfguy you speak of? Freeze IS a cheap imitation of Chiznik, but he is also an innovative offensive coach. Freeze recruits in the same fashion as Chiznik, but not as grandiose.

  • nonfiction2

    Finally its revealed! ‘I hate cheating.’ It has nothing to do with sports. Its hereditary. Many years ago a little boy caught his father at night sneaking into the servants quarters. No it wasn’t a one night stand because ol pops became obsessed. Mommy dearest eventually found out and couldn’t bear the shame. To keep their standing in the community and keep up appearances she accepted being second best. That’s where the hatred began and it has been passed down through the generations. Made up? Maybe…maybe not.

    • JB

      That’s a very Nasty and disgraceful thing to say, you need an immediate apology – I have never heard Mr Riley say an thing this disrespectful toward anyone on this blog, as this. He states the he lost his dad in the Vietnam War, a war that took the lives of over 50,000 American fighting men who were there sacrificing their precious live so CREEP like you have the freedom speech.Good night hope you have pleasant dreams

      • nonfiction2

        Maybe, maybe not.

        • JB

          I really don’t care one way or another how you feel, this fight is between you and Mr Riley. Glad to see the Ole Miss Rebel colors showing here, .

          • nonfiction2

            Then maybe you should apologize for sticking your nose in it.

          • JB

            I was in SEA during that war and i have high regard for those who payed the sacrifice for that war, Mr Riley states that his Dad was one of those, that why I stuck my nose in it, SO I will not apologize to YOU and your University of Miss for nothing – Good ridance

          • nonfiction2

            That’s exactly why I didn’t apologize to YOU or your so-called Mr. Riley.

          • ernest

            he may state that and it may be true, but as much as he lies it is difficult to put too much stock in anything he says.

      • bob

        but then it is no worse than the things that Cid has said about 18 year old boys for whom he has used their actual names as he’s published his nasty fiction about them.

        • JB

          Bob I don’t know what he had to say about those kids’ and his apology, if he has one, will need come from him, I am out of this.

          • bob

            he will never apologize and you don’t have to read long to see his attacks on those kids.

  • Cid Riley

    Wrongo…my dad died in the Vietnam War, but its all good. I guess he got cheated, so maybe that’s it.
    #olemissprobation204

    • nonfiction2

      Locate in my post where it says ‘my dad.

  • Cid Riley

    No need for apologies, NF2! You representation of the shark fins is not unexpected. You’re loose knowledge of the English language is a byproduct of your habitat. Congratulations!! You’re a true shark fin. DAF.
    #olemissprobation2014

    • nonfiction2

      All you see is print and somehow come up with an analysis. Congratulations! You’re a royal a-hole and about as worthless as a piece of used toilet paper.

    • nonfiction2

      Oh contraire! Something is wrong with your knowledge. I’m sure you meant ‘your’ instead of ‘you’re’.

  • Cid Riley

    And so my point has been proven by your own actions. Nobility has its repercussions. Heavy is the crown..There’s never a denial of my suppositions, just attacks upon me. Cid Riley is a forgiver.
    #olemissprobation2014

    • nonfiction2

      Nothing like contradicting yourself, huh? Return to your message boards and continue your onslaught of Hugh Freeze and Ole Miss. Better yet, Sister Theresa has retired and is offering a discount on crystal balls.

    • bob

      Your suppositions are falsehoods made up to attack 18 to 20 year old young men who you don’t know and know practically nothing about. They have been denied hundreds of times here so I don’t know why you aren’t reading those posts. As far as attacks, someone like you who spends his life attacking others should expect to be attacked on occasion

  • Cid Riley

    NF2, That’s some incoherent babble goobldy gook you just laid out. Alot of gobble from a jive turkey gobbler. Happy Thanksgiving. Wow!
    #olemissprobation2014

    • nonfiction2

      And you’re the biggest jive turkey of them all. Instead of receiving presidential pardons year after year, they should have had the guillotine ready a very long time ago.

  • Cid Riley

    The processes used by the institution in recruiting is what I attack. The NCAA lacks control, so cheating is rampant. That goes against my grain and so I continue to pull the loose thread.
    #olemissprobation2014
    #loosethreads

  • REB

    Bob, Ernest is telling you straight. He’s a Ole Miss hater. I believe he spends hours each day digging on the negatives. When you pin him down on it, he tries to water it down.

  • Cid Riley

    You guys are funny. Y’all gots to be from Pontotoc County. The “Heartland” of N.E. Mississippi. Good hunting up in there. I have seen the doves so thick, they blocked out the sun.

  • nonfiction2

    I take it the aforementioned are not from Pontotoc County. You have 81 remaining to choose from.

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