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.