Mitchell: What SEC fans should be discussing
TAMU's Johnny Manziel
TAMU's Johnny Manziel
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Oct 3, 2012


SEC fans are some of the most educated college football advocates around, but like everyone they tend to focus on the big picture. So...what are the ten things every SEC fan should be talking about in week six, but aren’t?


The following is an excerpt from Y’all Play Nice, Week Six. Read it every Thursday at College Football News.

By Russ Mitchell
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Well, that leaves out anything to do with Bama being “vulnerable” Part I, LSU being "overrated" Part Deux, or just how far Arkansas has fallen (ranked dead last in the conference in six statistical categories)...

(i) If Florida’s going to make hay with LSU, they should do it in the second quarter. LSU has outscored its opponents 155-30, including 48-0 in the 15 minutes after the halftime break. But in the second quarter the Tigers are almost even at 40-33…

(ii) 6-0, 195 pound quarterback Johnny Manziel is TAMU’s leading rusher in terms of yards (366), carries (52) and touchdowns (6). Did we mention he’s a 6-0, 195 pound quarterback?...

(iii) Up next for TAMU and Johnny Football is their road-trip-to-hell…five of the next six straight weeks are on the road for the Aggies, including a comfy stretch that has them butting heads with LSU, @Auburn, @State and @Bama. Welcome to the SEC, y’all! Gig’em...

(iv) Missouri's punt return coverage is the worst in the conference…by a large margin. The Tigers have punted 13 times and surrendered 152 net yards. By comparison, the only other team that’s punted in double digits (Arkansas, 12) has allowed only just 69…

(v) Ironically, Missouri also leads the conference in punt return yardage, currently averaging 23 ypr and three touchdowns...which places them fourth in the nation. Of course, more than half of those return yards and two touchdowns came in their first game against mighty Southeastern LA…

(vi) LSU’s defense is only ranked eighth in the conference in sacks, which puts them behind SC, TAMU, Bama, Mizzou, UK, Ole Miss, & Auburn. Yuck. Meanwhile, Florida’s defense is ranked 12th in sacks. Double yuck. That big sigh of relief you hear coming out of the state of Georgia is from Mama Mettenberger…

(vii) Only two SEC defenses have so far allowed 2,000+ yards of offense: Arkansas and Tennessee. Bama has allowed 958…

(viii) Mizzou’s game last Saturday at UCF was the first time it’s had a 100 yard rusher (Kendial Lawrence) since the aforementioned Southeastern LA opener. It was also the first time since joining the SEC that Missouri quarterback James Franklin was not asked to carry the ball in double digits. Perhaps head coach Gary Pinkel is starting to see the light. Note to TAMU head coach Keith Sumlin: Franklin is 6-2, 225 pounds…

(ix) In our weekly installment of “Introducing the World of CFB Outside the South”: Tennessee fans will already be familiar with the Akron Zips! Of Ohio. Showing great imagination, Akron’s mascot (a kangaroo - can't explain it) was named “Zippy” by a guy from their diving team. Apparently, Akron has a diving team too…

(x) The SEC currently has three teams ranked in the top 25 in total offense (UGA 11, TAMU 12 and Tenn 18), and only four teams ranked in the top 25 in total defense (Bama 2, LSU 4, SC 13, Florida 17)…


Russ Mitchell is CFN's lead SEC Columnist. Follow Russ for SEC and CFB analysis @russmitchellcfb