SEC Football by the Numbers: Top 10 for Week 3

The third Saturday of the SEC’s 89th season features 12 games, including two conference contests with Alabama visiting Florida and South Carolina visiting Georgia. Here are 10 numbers, along with the schedule, TV and betting lines, to get ready for the SEC’s third football Saturday of 2021:

0 Victories in 10 games against Alabama for Florida coach Dan Mullen, who will try again when the Crimson Tide visits the Gators on Saturday. Mullen has the most losses of any coach against Alabama without at least one victory. Nine of Mullen’s losses came when he was the Mississippi State coach, and the most recent came in Florida’s 52-46 defeat by Alabama in the 2020 SEC Championship Game.

2 Former SEC coaches will return to Tiger Stadium to face LSU in non-conference games this season. On Saturday, former Florida coach Jim McElwain will lead Central Michigan against the Tigers. On Nov. 20, former Auburn coach Terry Bowden will direct Louisiana-Monroe against LSU. McElwain had a 1-2 mark against LSU in three seasons at Florida, including a 16-10 victory in Baton Rouge in 2016. Bowden had a 3-3 record against LSU from 1993 through 1998 at Auburn, including victories at Tiger Stadium in 1993 and 1997.

3 Victories and six losses for Auburn when facing ranked non-conference opponents in their home stadiums. The Tigers defeated No. 16 Miami (Fla.) 3-0 in 1974, No. 9 Florida State 42-41 in 1984 and No. 20 Kansas State 20-14 in 2014 in regular-season road games. Auburn lost to No. 19 Santa Clara 12-0 in 1936, No. 4 Boston College 33-7 in 1940, No. 18 Wake Forest 42-38 in 1979, No. 4 Texas 35-27 in 1984, No. 18 Southern Cal 24-17 in 2002 and No. 3 Clemson 14-6 in 2017 in regular-season road games. The margin of victory has been eight or fewer points in the past seven of the games.

3 Coaches have won 100 conference games for a single SEC school, with Alabama coach Nick Saban entering Saturday’s game against Florida owning a 99-15 on-the-field record in league regular-season contests with the Crimson Tide. Paul “Bear” Bryant had a 137-28-5 record at Alabama from 1958 through 1982, Johnny Vaught had a 106-41-10 record at Ole Miss from 1947 through 1970 and in 1973 and Vince Dooley had a 105-41-4 record at Georgia from 1964 through 1988 in SEC games.

5 Consecutive victories for Stanford and five consecutive losses for Penn State in games against SEC opponents. The Cardinal visits Vanderbilt and the Nittany Lions host Auburn on Saturday. Since losing to Alabama 29-13 in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 1935, in its first game against an SEC opponent, Stanford has beaten Tulane in regular-season games in 1961, 1962 and 1965, LSU in the 1977 Sun Bowl and Georgia in the 1978 Bluebonnet Bowl. The 25-22 victory over the Bulldogs on Dec. 31, 1978, is Stanford’s most recent game against an SEC opponent. Saturday’s game will be the third for the Cardinal on an SEC home field after trips to New Orleans to play Tulane in 1962 and 1965. Penn State’s most recent victory over an SEC opponent is a 19-17 win over LSU in the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1, 2010. Since then, Penn State has lost regular-season meetings with Alabama in 2010 and 2011 and had bowl setbacks against Florida, Georgia and Kentucky. Penn State has a 16-21 record against SEC opponents – 6-13 in the regular season and 10-8 in bowls. The Nittany Lions are 3-6 in home games against SEC opponents.


8 Times since South Carolina joined the SEC in 1992, the Gamecocks have given Georgia its first loss of the season. South Carolina pinned the first defeat on the Bulldogs in 1993, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2019. Georgia takes a 2-0 record into Saturday’s game against South Carolina.

17 Consecutive victories for Alabama when the Crimson Tide opens its SEC schedule on the road. Alabama most recently had an 0-1 conference record after a road game in 1991, when the Tide lost its league opener 35-0 at Florida. Alabama will play its first league game of the 2021 season at Florida on Saturday.

37 Years since Tulane defeated a ranked team on the road. The Green Wave visits No. 17 Ole Miss on Saturday. Since defeating No. 19 Vanderbilt 27-23 on Oct. 6, 1984, in Nashville, Tulane has lost 28 road games in a row against ranked opponents, including a 40-35 loss at No. 2 Oklahoma on Sept. 4. Fourteen of the losses came against SEC opponents. Ole Miss has 11 straight victories over Tulane since a 14-9 loss on Nov. 5, 1988. The Green Wave has lost eight in a row against SEC opponents since a 32-29 victory over Mississippi State in 2006. Tulane has a 33-94 record against SEC opponents since leaving the conference after the 1965 season.

57 Games have been played by Arkansas since the Razorbacks had a three-game winning streak. The Razorbacks won their first three games of the 2016 season and have had back-to-back victories twice since then – in 2017, when they followed wins over Ole Miss and Coastal Carolina with a 33-10 loss to LSU, and this season, which has started with victories over Rice and Texas entering Saturday’s game against Georgia Southern. Every other SEC team has had at least one three-game winning streak since Arkansas most recently enjoyed one.

90 Years since Auburn’s previous regular-season game against a Big Ten opponent, something that will happen again on Saturday at Penn State. The Tigers tied Wisconsin 7-7 on Oct. 10, 1931, in Madison, Wisconsin. Since then, Auburn has squared off against 13 Big Ten opponents in bowls, including each of the past three seasons. The Tigers have a 7-6 record in those games. Auburn has one other game against a Big Ten opponent – a 0-0 tie against Ohio State on Nov. 24, 1917, in Montgomery.


This week’s SEC schedule includes (all times are CDT with point spreads from


· Chattanooga (1-1) at Kentucky (2-0), 11 a.m. at Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky (SEC Network+/ESPN+). Line: .

· New Mexico (2-0) at No. 7 Texas A&M (2-0), 11 a.m. at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas (SEC Network). Line: Texas A&M by 30.

· Southeast Missouri (0-2) at Missouri (1-1), 11 a.m. at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri (SEC Network+/ESPN+). Line: Missouri by 34.

· Tennessee Tech (0-2) at Tennessee (1-1), 11 a.m. at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee (SEC Network+/ESPN+). Line: Tennessee by 41.5.

· No. 1 Alabama (2-0, 0-0) at No. 11 Florida (2-0, 0-0), 2:30 p.m. at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida (CBS). Line: Alabama by 14.5.

· Georgia Southern (1-1) at No. 20 Arkansas (2-0), 3 p.m. at Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas (SEC Network). Line: Arkansas by 23.5.

· Mississippi State (2-0), at Memphis (2-0), 3 p.m. at Liberty Bowl Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee (ESPN2). Line: Mississippi State by 3.5.

· South Carolina (2-0, 0-0) at No. 2 Georgia (2-0, 0-0), 6 p.m. at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia (ESPN). Line: Georgia by 31.5.

· No. 22 Auburn (2-0) at No. 10 Penn State (2-0), 6:30 p.m. at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania (ABC). Line: Penn State by 5.

· Central Michigan (1-1) at LSU (1-1), 6:30 p.m. at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (SEC Network). Line: LSU by 19.5.

· Tulane (1-1) at No. 17 Ole Miss (2-0), 7 p.m. at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi (ESPN2). Line: Ole Miss by 14.

· Stanford (1-1) at Vanderbilt (1-1), 7 p.m. at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee (ESPNU). Line: Stanford by 12.5.

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.