Matt Melton, at his fine blog Statistically Speaking, has posted his statistical breakdown of the SEC’s last season here. Essentially, he ranks each team in the conference based on how its performance gaining yardage and stopping yardage in conference games only ranks against the mean.
Here’s how Matt breaks it down:
Not a whole lot of surprises there, really. The biggest one is LSU’s poor showing. And we thought the defense in Athens stunk last year! Rich Brooks probably deserves a little more love than we give him for getting a team with those numbers to a bowl game (and winning it).
There’s lots of other good stuff in there – Ole Miss’ passer ratings over the past five years, the percentage of passing plays Arkansas ran over the past five seasons, Jon Gruden’s likely feelings about Junior and LSU’s prospects for next season – that’ll make you take a moment to think about. It’s an interesting post worth your attention.