SEC Highlights After Week Two
Heading into week three, the SEC has six teams ranked in the Top 25 of the Associated Press and USA Today polls. Alabama is at the top of both polls with Florida 7th in USA Today and 10th in AP. Arkansas is 12th in AP and 13th in USA Today, South Carolina is 13th in AP and 16th in USA Today, LSU is 15th in AP and 12th in USA Today and Auburn is 16th in AP and 15th in USA Today. With six teams ranked in the top 16 in both polls, that represents 37.5 percent of the top 16.
SEC teams were 5-1 against non-conference foes during the second weekend of the season. For the season, the SEC is 15-3 (.833) against non-conference competition. The SEC is currently second among FBS conferences in non-conference winning percentage, trailing only the Big 12 with a 21-3 record (.875).
In seven home games during the second weekend, the SEC had 533,772 fans go through the turnstiles (average of 76,253 per game). The stadiums were filled to 99.61 percent of capacity. Sellouts were recorded at Alabama, Florida and South Carolina during week two. For the first two weeks of play, more than 1.29 million fans have gone through the turnstiles at an average of 75,890 fans per game. Stadium capacity is at 97.99 percent.
With South Carolina's 17-6 win over Georgia on Saturday, Steve Spurrier now has 106 career wins in SEC vs. SEC games, which moves him into a second place tie in league history with Ole Miss' Johnny Vaught. Spurrier's SEC record is 106-36 (.746 percent). His SEC vs. SEC win percentage is sixth in league annals.
Two games from this past weekend represent the five longest offensive drives this season. South Carolina's 16-play, 79-yard, 8:02 drive against Georgia is the longest this season (for time) while its 7:07 drive (11 plays, 57 yards) is third longest. Florida's 7:22 drive (13 plays, 57 yards) against South Florida is second longest and its 6:51 drive (15 plays, 68 yards) is the fourth longest. Georgia's 6:43 drive (12 plays, 64 yards) against the Gamecocks is the fifth longest drive this season. [NOTE: USC's 8:02 drive and UGA's 6:43 drive were both in the first quarter.]
South Carolina's Chris Culliver had three kickoff returns for 69 yards against Georgia and now has 2,284 yards in his career, which catapults him into fourth in SEC history. Kentucky's Derek Abney (2000-03) had 2,315 yards in his career and is third on the SEC list. Culliver's combined career punt & kickoff return yardage of 2,302 yards has also moved him into the SEC career list at ninth. Willie Gault of Tennessee (1979-82) is eighth at 2,513 yards.
In week two, there were six offensive plays from scrimmage in the SEC that went for 50 yards or more – three rushing and three passing. The longest play of the week was Ole Miss' 70-yard TD pass from Jeremiah Masoli to Markeith Summers against Tulane. LSU's Stevan Ridley had the league's longest rush – 65-yard TD against Vanderbilt.
Results from Sept. 9-11
Auburn 17, Mississippi State 14 (54, 806 at Starkville, Miss.)
Alabama 24, Penn State 3 (101,821 at Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
Arkansas 31, Louisiana-Monroe 7 (55,705 at Little Rock, Ark.)
Florida 38, South Florida 14 (90,612 at Gainesville, Fla.)
South Carolina 17, Georgia 6 (80,974 at Columbia, S.C.)
Kentucky 63, Western Kentucky 28 (66,584 at Lexington, Ky.)
LSU 27, Vanderbilt 3 (36,940 at Nashville, Tenn.)
Ole Miss 27, Tulane 13 (36,389 at New Orleans, La.)
Oregon 48, Tennessee 13 (102,035 at Knoxville, Tenn.)
Schedule of Games for Sept. 18
Alabama (2-0, 0-0) at Duke (1-1) (3:30 p.m. ET / ABC Sports)
Arkansas (2-0, 0-0) at Georgia (1-1, 0-1) (12 p.m. ET / ESPN or ESPN2*)
Vanderbilt (0-2, 0-1) at Ole Miss (1-1, 0-0) (11:21 a.m. CT / SEC Network)
Florida (2-0, 0-0) at Tennessee (1-1, 0-0) (3:30 p.m. ET / CBS Sports)
Akron (0-2) at Kentucky (2-0, 0-0) (7 p.m. ET / FSN)
Furman (1-0) at South Carolina (2-0, 1-0) (7 p.m. ET / USC PPV)
Clemson (2-0) at Auburn (2-0, 1-0) (6 p.m. CT / ESPN & ESPN 3D)
Mississippi State (1-1, 0-1) at LSU (2-0, 1-0) (6 p.m. CT / ESPNU)
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