SEC Foes Take Pride In League

Although there are bitter rivalries in the Southeastern Conference, the league takes pride in its record of superiority against outside teams. The conference notes that the SEC has seven teams ranked in this week's Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Polls. The last time the SEC had as many teams ranked was from Oct. 8 through Nov. 5 of 2007 (five weeks).



In this week's polls, no other conference has more than four teams ranked in these polls.

When it comes to football superiority, the SEC is usually led by Alabama, winner of 23 league championships (including the latest) and 13 national championships (also including 2009). And it is Alabama that leads the league and the nation in this week's polls, ranked at number one.

Here are some notes regarding the SEC:

Since the start of the 2008 season, Alabama and Florida lead the nation with 27 wins each. Boise State and Texas are tied for third with 26.

During Week One of the SEC season, there were 35 offensive scoring drives that executed in less than two minutes. There were only three scoring drives that lasted longer than five minutes – Georgia had two and Ole Miss had one.

Seven SEC teams scored on at least 50 percent of its offensive drives in Week One. The highest percentage was Alabama (8 scores, 6 TDs & 2 FGs, on 13 drives). The highest touchdown efficiency from Week One was Arkansas, which scored six TDs in 11 offensive drives.

Almost one-half of SEC opponents' offensive drives were stopped in three downs-or-less. In all, 80 of 162 opponents drives (49.38 percent) were stopped in three downs or less. The highest percentage was Tennessee, which stopped UT-Martin 13-of-16 times in three plays or less.

Six SEC teams did not allow opponents to turn its turnovers into points – Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State and Tennessee.

SEC teams scored 65 touchdowns in Week One – 25 by air and 36 on the ground. Defensively, SEC teams allowed just 20 touchdowns – 14 through the air and only four on the ground.

Kentucky is 16-11 during the last four seasons in games that have been decided by 10-or-fewer points. The Wildcats defeated Louisville in this season's opener, 23-16.

Miss. State's 49 points against Memphis were the most in a season opener for the Bulldogs since 1974. The 569 total yards were the fifth-highest mark in school history.

Seven of the last nine meetings between South Carolina and Georgia have been decided by seven points-or-less.

Two SEC schools are among the top three nationally in football student-athletes who have already earned their degrees and playing in 2010. Boston College leads the nation with 14 on its roster while Auburn (11) and Tennessee (9) are second and third, respectively.

Florida's Janoris Jenkins' 67-yard interception return for a touchdown last week against Miami (Ohio) was the longest interception return in the nation during Week One of the 2010 season.

Tennessee started 10 players for the first time against UT-Martin on Saturday – six on offense and four on defense. In addition, 12 true freshmen saw playing time.

Alabama and Miss. State had the most first-time starters during week one while Florida played the most freshmen. Here is a chart breaking down each school:

FIRST-TIME STARTERS / FRESHMEN PLAYING

Alabama: 12 / 3 (2 true / 1 redshirt)

Arkansas: 2 / 17 (10 true / 7 redshirt)

Auburn: 2 / 14 (12 true / 2 redshirt)

Florida: 7 / 22 (15 true / 7 redshirt)

Georgia: 8 / 13 (4 true / 9 redshirt)

Kentucky: 7 / 9 (6 true / 3 redshirt)

LSU: 8 / 17 (9 true / 8 redshirt)

Ole Miss: 6 / 9 (5 true / 4 redshirt)

Mississippi State: 7 / 12 (2 true / 10 redshirt)

South Carolina: 4 / 15 (7 true / 8 redshirt)

Tennessee: 10 / 19 (12 true / 7 redshirt)

Vanderbilt: 9 / 17 (10 true / 7 redshirt)

Schedule of Games for Sept. 9

Auburn (1-0) at Mississippi State (1-0) (6:30 p.m. CT / ESPN & ESPN3.com)

Schedule of Games for Sept. 11

Georgia (1-0) at South Carolina (1-0) (Noon ET / ESPN2 & ESPN3.com)

South Florida (1-0) at Florida (1-0) (12:21 p.m. ET / SEC Network & ESPN3.com)

Penn State (1-0) at Alabama (1-0) (6 p.m. CT / ESPN & ESPN3.com)

Louisiana-Monroe (0-0) at Arkansas (1-0) (6 p.m. CT / FSN & ESPN3.com)

LSU (1-0) at Vanderbilt (0-1) (6 p.m. CT / ESPNU)

Oregon (1-0) at Tennessee (1-0) (7 p.m. ET / ESPN2 & ESPN3.com)

Western Kentucky (0-1) at Kentucky (1-0) (7:30 p.m. ET / CSS & ESPN3.com)

Ole Miss (0-1) at Tulane (1-0) (8 p.m. CT / ESPN2, ESPN Classic & ESPN3.com)

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