News of the day, 10/10
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I've been getting a few emails and a comment or two regarding former Auburn linebacker Patrick Trahan, who left school during the summer because of academic problems. He could have stayed at Auburn, improved his grades and regained eligibility in the spring. He elected instead to attend a Mississippi junior college. I didn't understand that decision at the time. Now I do. Trahan, in essence, is a free agent now and is using that status to generate interest from several schools -- mostly notably Ole Miss. The caveat is that if Trahan wants to play somewhere other than Auburn, he must graduate from junior college first. If he wants to play at Auburn and his grades are back in the satisfactory range, he can enroll immediately. My guess is that he ends up at Auburn. If I'm an Auburn coach, though, I'm not very happy with the way Trahan has played this little game.
I thought it would be fun to take a gander at some SEC stats you probably haven't seen, which indicate patterns you probably didn't identify. Or care about.
Games using SEC replay: 45
Play stoppages: 61
Plays overturned: 16
Average time of review: 1 minute, 38 seconds.
Auburn has allowed 12 touchdowns this season. Only two teams have allowed fewer: LSU (7) and South Carolina (11). Vanderbilt also has allowed 12 touchdowns.
Auburn is averaging 5.1 plays per drive this season. Only one team, Arkansas (4.99), has a lower average. The leader is Kentucky at 5.73 plays/drive.
Auburn is averaging 26.03 yards per drive. That's the lowest among SEC teams. The leader is Florida at 39.66 yards per drive.
Auburn is basically the middle of the pack here, but this is a really interesting category to me. Here is a list of each team's fourth-quarter scoring margin:
LSU -- +47
Florida -- +41
Kentucky -- +40
So. Carolina -- +38
Georgia -- +31
Vanderbilt -- +29
Arkansas -- +26
Auburn -- +7
Tennessee -- +7
Miss. State -- (-3)
Alabama -- (-6)
Ole Miss -- (-35)