Posted 10/17/2008 at 10:02 AM
Since I had some comments about Thursday's college games and the MLB action, let's move to another page here for the rest of this week's SEC Nuggets...
--Alabama owns a 22-1 record against Ole Miss in games played in Tuscaloosa.
--'Bama has won four straight over the Rebels, who last beat the Tide 42-28 in 2003 behind the right arm of Eli Manning. Alabama's last three wins have each come by three-point margins with Ole Miss taking the cash each time.
--Since 1999, Houston Nutt has led his teams to five (outright) wins over top-five foes.
--Arkansas junior running back Michael Smith erupted for a career-high 176 yards in last week's 25-22 win at Auburn. Smith also had a career-high 35 carries and his 65-yard TD run midway through the fourth quarter proved to be the game winner. The Razorbacks won outright as 16 1/2-point underdogs.
--Smith is now the SEC leader in rushing yards per game (119.8). Alabama's Glen Coffee has the most rushing yards (705) among SEC players, but he has played one more game than Smith.
--Arkansas is an eight-point underdog Saturday at Kentucky. Remember the Hogs' last trip to Lexington? That was the seven-overtime thriller won by Arkansas 71-63. The QBs? UK's all-time leading passer Jared Lorenzen and the Hogs' second all-time leading passer Matt Jones.
--Kentucky will be without senior WR Dicky Lyons Jr., who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the loss to South Carolina last week. For his career, Lyons had 141 receptions for 1,752 yards and 18 TDs.
--Kentucky leads the SEC in scoring defense, giving up just 10.5 points per game.
--Mississippi St. junior RB Anthony Dixon is back to 100 percent after being slowed with injuries earlier in the season. Dixon rushed for 107 yards in last week's win over Vandy. It was Dixon's seventh career 100-yard effort.
--Florida's Brandon James is second in the SEC in all-purpose yards with 790.
--Georgia and Vandy have both played six games apiece this year. The Dawgs have an SEC-high 64 penalties, while Vandy has committed an SEC-low 26 penalties.
--Vandy leads the SEC in sacks with 20.
--South Carolina hasn't beaten LSU at home since 1930.