We all know that Freddie Maggard is a numbers man. When he mentioned some of these on the KSR Podcast, I couldn’t believe it. Let’s just say that Auburn’s offensive output is less than impressive.
Explosive Plays of 20+ Yards
Auburn only has 13 plays of more than 20 yards through five games. That’s less than 3 a game. Of the 13 explosive plays, 8 of them were against San Jose State and Jacksonville Stats. They are at the bottom of the SEC, and by a wide margin.
Kentucky has 19 passes of more than 20 yards, but Auburn’s quarterbacks have only been able to complete 7. They only have 6 runs over 20 yards compared to 8 by UK, bringing Kentucky’s total to 27 (for you mathmagicians, that’s double what Auburn has produced).
Receivers Catching Passes
With Duke Williams off the team, only 6 receivers have caught a pass for Auburn this year. Ricardo Louis and Melvin Ray have a combined 28 receptions, for 277 yards and 3 touchdown. Their bottom 4 receivers have only caught 10 passes combined. They essentially have two receivers with any experience, with the majority of their passes going to running backs on check-downs and screens. Their production at wide receiver is less than the Kansas City Chiefs.
Conversely, Kentucky’s top four receivers – Dorian Baker, Juice Johnson, Jeff Badet and Blake Bone – have 67 receptions for 298 yards and 7 touchdowns. To give you a better perspective, Juice Johnson has 278 yards receiving, one more than their two best receivers COMBINED.
You can blame some of that on their play at quarterback, but it’s tough to throw the ball when you don’t have anyone to catch it.
Bottom of the Barrel
Auburn is dead last in the SEC in opponents’ 3rd down conversion percentage (47%), dead last in rushing defense (210 ypg), and tied for last in sacks allowed (45, or 1.4 a game). The Tigers are 13th in the SEC in passing offense (769 total yards) and #12 in Red Zone offense.
On the other hand, Kentucky is 1st in the SEC in Red Zone offense, as only one of ten teams in the nation with a 100% conversion rate. The only statistical category they scrape near the bottom is in rushing offense, ranked 13th with only 135 yards per game.
The Stat to End All Stats
Mark Stoops is 7-0 as a head coach when his team has the lead entering the 4th quarter (a.k.a. PLEASE have a lead after the 3rd so we all don’t lose our minds).