The 13th week of the SEC’s 90th season features five conference games and four non-conference contests. Here are 10 numbers, along with the schedule, TV times and betting lines, to get ready for the SEC’s 13th week of 2022:
0 Players with at least 900 plays in SEC history have a better yards-per-play average than Georgia QB Stetson Bennett. Entering Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech, Bennett has 7,312 passing yards and 494 rushing yards on 817 passes and 124 rushing attempts – an average of 8.295 yards on 941 plays. Entering the 2022 season, Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel held the SEC record for players with at least 900 plays at 8.269 yards on 1,208 plays.
1 Victory is needed by Missouri to become the 33rd NCAA FBS program with 700 wins. The Tigers enter Friday’s game against Arkansas with an all-time mark of 699-587-52. Arkansas is one of the programs that already has reached 700 victories. The Razorbacks have an all-time record of 735-530-40.
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7 Consecutive victories for Clemson against South Carolina, matching the longest winning streak for either team in the series. Clemson also won seven in a row from 1934 through 1940. The Tigers lead the series 72-42-4. South Carolina’s only lead in its series against Clemson came when the Gamecocks won the first meeting in 1896. South Carolina and Clemson square off again on Saturday.
12 Victories and eight losses for Alabama coach Nick Saban against Auburn – a .600 winning percentage. In his 16th season with the Crimson Tide after five years at LSU, Saban’s record in SEC regular-season games against all other teams is 127-22 – a winning percentage of .852.
14 Consecutive seasons with at least 10 victories for Alabama, tied for the major-college record for consecutive seasons with double-digit wins. Florida State established the record for consecutive 10-win seasons from 1987 through 2000, and the Crimson Tide would break the mark by beating Auburn on Saturday. Alabama most recently failed to win 10 games in a season in 2007, when the Tide went 7-6. Alabama won 12 games in 2008, 14 in 2009, 10 in 2010, 12 in 2011, 13 in 2012, 11 in 2013, 12 in 2014, 14 in 2015, 14 in 2016, 13 in 2017, 14 in 2018, 11 in 2019, 13 in 2020 and 13 in 2021.
19 Consecutive non-conference opponents have been beaten by Kentucky, the longest such streak in the nation. Kentucky’s most recent loss to a non-conference opponent was a 24-23 setback against Northwestern in the Music City Bowl to end its 2017 season. Kentucky plays non-conference foe Louisville on Saturday.
22 Consecutive Florida-Florida State games have been won by a team that has led or been tied for the lead at halftime. The most recent Sunshine Showdown in which a team losing at halftime won the game came in 1998, when Florida erased a 12-10 halftime deficit to win 23-12. Florida won the 2021 game 24-21 after the game had been tied 7-7 at halftime. Florida and Florida State square off again on Friday.
23 Consecutive victories for Alabama over Auburn when the Crimson Tide enters the Iron Bowl with a record at least three games better than the Tigers’ mark, which is the case this season. Alabama has a 9-2 record, and Auburn has a 5-6 mark. Since the rivalry resumed in 1948, only one Auburn team has won the Iron Bowl with a record at least three games worse than the Tide’s mark. In 1949, the 1-4-3 Tigers upended 6-2-1 Alabama 14-13.
95 Years since the previous time that Georgia and Georgia Tech squared off led by alumni. Georgia’s Kirby Smart and Georgia Tech’s Brent Key, the coaches for Saturday’s game, were players on opposite sidelines in the 1997 and 1998 renewals of the Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate game. On Dec. 3, 1927, Georgia Tech alumnus William Alexander guided the Yellow Jackets to a 12-0 victory over Georgia and George “Kid” Woodruff.
180 Pounds will be lifted in celebration by the winning team after Friday’s game between Arkansas and Missouri, and 110 pounds will be lifted in victory by the winning team after Saturday’s game between Louisville and Kentucky. The Battle Line Trophy, which has been awarded to the winner of the Razorbacks-Tigers game annually since 2015, weighs 185 pounds. The Governor’s Cup, which has been awarded to the winner of the Cardinals-Wildcats game annually since 1994 (except for 2020), weighs 110 pounds. Missouri has a 5-2 advantage over Arkansas in Battle Line games. Louisville has a 15-12 advantage over Kentucky in Governor’s Cup games.
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This week’s SEC schedule includes (all times are CST with point spreads from vegasinsider.com):
· Mississippi State at No. 20 Ole Miss, 6 p.m. at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi (ESPN). Line: Ole Miss by 2.5.
· Arkansas at Missouri, 2:30 p.m. at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri (CBS). Line: Arkansas by 3.
· Florida at No. 16 Florida State, 6:30 p.m. at Doak S. Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida (ABC). Line: Florida State by 9.5.
· Georgia Tech at No. 1 Georgia, 11 a.m. at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia (ESPN). Line: Georgia by 36.5.
· South Carolina at Clemson, 11 a.m. at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina (ABC). Line: Clemson by 14.5.
· No. 25 Louisville at Kentucky, 2 p.m. at Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky (SEC Network). Line: Kentucky by 2.5.
· Auburn at No. 7 Alabama, 2:30 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (CBS). Line: Alabama by 22.5.
· No. 5 LSU at Texas A&M, 6 p.m. at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas (ESPN). Line: LSU by 9.5.
· No. 10 Tennessee at Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m. at FirstBank Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee (SEC Network). Line: Tennessee by 13.5.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.