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Earlier this morning we posted the first in a series of year-end stat analysis pieces. Our look at Quick Strike Offenses can be found here.
Now we go in the opposite direction. Below are our rankings for a stat we call Quick Sand Defense. This category measures how well SEC teams slowed down their opponents. The breakdown is simple — touchdowns allowed compared to the total number of defensive snaps run.
As was the case with our Quick Strike Offense numbers, this category is about more than just defense as poor special teams and offensive play can put a defense in bad situations. Keep that in mind when looking at table below.
We have tallied the numbers from SEC games only, including the SEC Championship Game:
|School||Touchdowns Allowed||Plays||Plays/TD Allowed|
|S. Carolina (6-2)||14||516||36.8|
|Miss. State (2-6)||20||566||28.3|
|Ole Miss (0-8)||37||528||14.2|
* Alabama allowed its SEC foes just seven touchdowns on the season, just one every 61 snaps. And yet they were second in the conference by a good bit. That’s how good LSU’s defense was at preventing touchdowns. The Tigers gave up just seven TDs, too, but they allowed a touchdown just once out of every 76 plays. Remarkable.
* The top three schools in this category were a combined 22-3. The bottom four schools were just 7-25.
* Ole Miss’ opponents ran — on average — just 14 plays between touchdowns. Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee had some bad numbers, too, but nothing close to the 0-8 Rebels.