SEC Week Nine: Trask and Jones Stand out for Division Leaders

by Mark Everett Kelly | Nov 19, 2020 | College Football, General | 0 comments

As the calendar turns toward Thanksgiving next week, the College Football world faces difficulty heading into the final weeks of 2020.

The SEC postponed Texas A&M-Ole Miss representing another week of delays that affects the outcome of the season. Last week the conference postponed four games, including Alabama-LSU, which they will likely cancel due to unavailable remaining dates.

Week 9 Schedule
Southeastern Conference
VisitorHomeTIME (ET)
#6 Florida (5-1)Vanderbilt (0-6)12:00 PM
LSU (2-3)Arkansas (3-4)12:00 PM
Kentucky (3-4)#1 Alabama (6-0)4:00 PM
Tennessee (2-4)#23 Auburn (4-2)7:00 PM
Mississippi State (2-4)#13 Georgia (4-2)7:30 PM
Missouri (2-3)South Carolina (2-5)7:30 PM

Kyle Trask, Mac Jones Lead Race for Heisman

Kyle Trask and Mac Jones possess similarities across the board. Both are big, strong-armed QBs, both received their chance after an injury in their junior season, and both have lit up the SEC this season.

Both QB’s statistics mirror the 2019 Heisman Trophy and National Champion Joe Burrow through six games.

Mac Jones leads the three in passing yards (2,196 – 39 more than Burrow, 26 more than Trask), passing yards per game (366 – 6 more than Burrow, 3 more than Trask), and yards per attempt (12.4 – .8 more than Burrow and 2.1 more than Trask).

Joe Burrow leads in two categories (completion percentage 79.6 – 1 percent higher than Jones and 9 more than Trask) and passer rating (218.1 – just under 8 points higher than Jones and 21 points higher than Trask). Kyle Trask leads in one (TD (28 – 3 more than Burrow, 12 more than Jones).

Mirror Image?
Through Six Games
Pass Yards2,1572,1962,171
Pass YPG359.5366361.8
Comp. Pct.79.678.570.1
Pass Yds Per Att.11.612.410.3
Passer Rating218.1210.3197.5

Alabama Dominates the East Division

This week the Crimson Tide receives another opportunity to showcase their dominance against the East Division when they host Kentucky. The Wildcats lost six straight against the Tide, including going winless at Alabama (0-21). Overall, Kentucky’s lost 36 of their last 38 (one tie) meetings against the Tide, with their only win coming in 1997 (40-34 at Kentucky).

Kentucky’s defense could pose a problem to Alabama, as the Wildcats lead the SEC in fewest passing yards per game allowed with 214.0. They have only allowed three passing TD in their last five games after allowing seven in their first two games.

Alabama takes a 29-game win streak against the East into Saturday’s matchup. Under Nick Saban, they are 38-3 against the East, including 6-1 in the SEC Championship Game.

QB Terry Wilson leads Kentucky’s offense

Alabama vs East
Under Nick Saban (Since 2007)
Current Win Streak29 games
PPG Diff.20.9
>>6-1 in SEC Championship Games

Destined for Showdown?

Both Alabama and Florida head toward a December 19 showdown in the SEC Championship. Here is a breakdown of both teams through six games.

The two opponents last met in the 2016 SEC Championship when Alabama defeated Florida 54-16. Saban’s crew currently holds a six-game win streak over the Gators. This would be the 10th time meeting in the SEC Championship (Alabama leads 5-4).

Florida and Alabama last met in the 2016 SEC Championship Game.

Who’s Better?
2020 Season Stats
PPG All.2230
PPG Diff.25.215.8
Yards PG555.2511.7
Yards PG All.389.2411.3
Yards PG Diff.166100.4

Florida last won the SEC in 2008 (defeated Alabama 31–20). Alabama last won in 2018 and lead the conference with eight titles (since 1992).

Florida Owns Vanderbilt

The Gators head to Vanderbilt on Saturday, where historically they are dominant. Florida won six straight and 28 of last 29 against Vandy, including their last 14 at Nashville.

Since allowing 17 points in their opener against Texas A&M, the Commodores have allowed 39.8 PPG against their last five opponents. Overall Vanderbilt takes a 10-game SEC losing streak into their matchup with Florida.

Vandy was unable to catch Kentucky last week, losing their 10th straight SEC Game, 38-35.

Auburn, Tennessee Meet in Rare Matchup

Auburn and Tennessee face off Saturday for just the third time since 2010. The Vols snapped a six-game losing streak against the Tigers with a 30-24 victory at Jordan-Hare in 2018.

Since taking an eight-game winning streak and leading 21-17 at halftime against Georgia, the Vols opponents have outscored them 133-37. After struggling to start the season, Auburn’s offensive revival in their last four games includes rushing for 224 yards per game, totaling just under 474 yards per game while averaging just under 34 PPG.

Auburn Offense
2020 Season
1st 2 GamesLast 4 Games
Yards PG270473.8
Rushing YPG65224

Bo Nix has totaled 538 passing yards with 4 TD along with 133 rushing yards and 2 TD in the Tigers last two games.

Bulldogs Matchup in Athens

Georgia has won two straight and 11 of their last 12 meetings against Mississippi State. Since starting the season 3-0, Georgia has lost to Alabama and Florida to dash their National Championship hopes.

After racking up 632 yards and 44 points in their season-opening win at the defending National Champions, Mississippi State has registered just 263 YPG and 10.8 PPG in losing four of their last five games.

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