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SEC Stat Analysis: Quick Strike Offense (Final)

With the 2011 regular season in the rear view — how hard is that to believe — we wanted to look back at some of our favorite stats to see who did what and who did it best this fall.  Here we’ll look at a stat we call Quick Strike Offense.

While Quick Strike Offense has the word “offense” right there in the title — because it has to do with scoring — it’s actually a measure of a whole team’s ability to score.  Good special teams units and strong defenses aid an offense in its pursuit of points.  So what you’ll find below is a list from best to worst of each SEC team’s touchdowns-to-offensive snaps ratio.  The lower the ratio of plays to touchdowns, the easier time the team had scoring.

Two teams in the league scored a touchdown once every 15 offensive snaps.  Three others ran more than 40 plays between TDs.  Below… the 2011 Quick Strike rankings (conference games only, including SEC Championship Game):

School (SEC Record) Touchdowns Plays Plays/TD
LSU (9-0) 40 562 14.1
Alabama (7-1) 34 522 15.4
Arkansas (6-2) 32 516 16.1
S. Carolina (6-2) 28 551 19.7
Vanderbilt (2-6) 23 507 22.0
Georgia (7-2) 27 675 25.0
Auburn (4-4) 20 513 25.7
Florida (3-5) 17 470 27.6
Miss. State (2-6) 17 526 30.9
Tennessee (1-7) 11 492 44.7
Ole Miss (0-8) 11 515 46.8
Kentucky (2-6) 10 513 51.3


* LSU was solid on offense, but a suffocating defense and a big play special teams unit help making scoring easy.  Who would have thought going into the season that the Tigers would score touchdowns every 14 plays?

* The top four teams in the league were a combined 28-5 in SEC contests.  Toss in #6 Georgia and that record goes to 35-7.  But Vanderbilt — with its 2-6 league record — is clearly the exception to the rule.  The Commodores could score touchdowns, but they hit only two field goals all season in SEC play.

* The bottom four teams in this category were a combined 5-27 in league games.  Poor Kentucky — minus Randall Cobb and a quality quarterback for much of the year — managed a touchdown just once every 51 plays in SEC contests.


Tallulah Cusati
Tallulah Cusati

All teams did not play in the SEC Championship game. It should not have been included in the final analysis.


Tallulah Cusati...

We're talking about ratios and not total numbers.



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