Top-Ranked Bama Leads SEC Success

Southeastern Conference teams were 4-0 against non-conference foes during the third weekend of the season. For the season, the SEC is 19-3 (.864) against non-conference competition. The SEC currently has the nation's top non-conference winning percentage (.864). The Big 12 (27-5, .844) and Big Ten (26-6, .813) follow closely behind.

Alabama has done its part. The Crimson Tide of Coach Nick Saban has had three games, all non-conference, and has three convincing victories. Bama's latest win was a 62-13 trouncing of Duke in Durham.

The schedule ratchets up for Alabama beginning this week. The Crimson Tide's next three games are all against nationally ranked opponents, two of them against teams ranked ion the top 10 and the other 12th, and two of those games are on the road.

The difficult stretch for the number one ranked Alabama team begins Saturday at Arkansas. The Razorbacks are 3-0 and coming off an exciting win at Georgia last Saturday. Arkansas is ranked 10th in the latest Associated Press poll.

Kickoff for Bama-Arkansas Saturday will be at 2:30 p.m. CDT with national television coverage by CBS.

Following the Arkansas game, Bama will be home to ninth ranked Florida on October 2, then go to 12th rated South Carolina on October 9.

This week, the SEC has six teams ranked in the top 15 in of the USA Today Top 25 poll and in the top 17 of the AP poll. Alabama is first in both polls while Florida (9th – AP / 8th – USA Today), Arkansas (10th – AP / 11th – USA Today), South Carolina (12th – AP / 15th – USA Today), LSU (15th – AP / 12th – USA Today) and Auburn (17th – AP / 14th – USA Today) round out the SEC teams in the poll. The SEC and the Big Ten are tied for the most teams ranked in the top 25 this week with six each.

Here are some notes from the SEC:

Since 2004, the average scoring margin in an SEC intra-conference game has been 13.45 points per game, which is second among all conferences (ACC – 13.07). Since 2004, 91 SEC games have been decided by 5-points-or-less (tied with ACC), which is most in the nation. This season, so far, seven SEC intra-conference games have been decided by 13.6 points per game.

SEC teams have scored 79 rushing TDs to 55 passing TDs this season. On defense, it's close with 32 rushing TDs scored and 33 passing TDs allowed.

After three weeks and 24 games at SEC stadiums, games have drawn 1,854,677 fans, an average of 77,278 fans per game. Stadiums have been filled to an average 97.59 percent capacity with 11 sellouts.

Alabama's Greg McElroy is 17-0 as a starting quarterback, the second longest such streak in Tide history. Jay Barker began his Alabama career with a 22-0 mark from 1991-93.

South Carolina's defense has not allowed a touchdown in the redzone this season (0 for 11). Alabama is second in the SEC, allowing one TD in six chances in the redzone. Both South Carolina and Alabama have not allowed a rushing TD this season.

Kentucky is the only team in the SEC to score on its opening possession in every game this season (2 TDs and 1 FG) in three games.

Kentucky's Joe Mansour leads the SEC with 10 touchbacks on kickoffs while LSU's Josh Jasper has had three punts stop inside the 20, two field goals over 40 yards and a touchback to his credit so far this season.

Schedule of Games for Sept. 25

UAB (1-2) at Tennessee (1-2, 0-1) (12:21 p.m. ET / SEC Network &

Alabama (3-0, 0-0) at Arkansas (3-0, 1-0) (3:30 p.m. ET / CBS Sports &

Georgia (1-2, 0-2) at Mississippi State (1-2, 0-2) (6 p.m. CT / FSN &

Kentucky (3-0, 0-0) at Florida (3-0, 1-0) (7 p.m. ET / ESPNU &

Fresno State (2-0) at Ole Miss (1-2, 0-1) (6:30 p.m. CT / CSS &

South Carolina (3-0, 1-0) at Auburn (3-0, 1-0) (6:45 p.m. CT / ESPN, ESPN 3D &

West Virginia (3-0) at LSU (3-0, 2-0) (8 p.m. CT / ESPN2 &

Results from Sept. 18

Alabama 62, Duke 13 (39,042 at Durham, N.C.)

Arkansas 31, Georgia 24 (92,746 at Athens, Ga.)

Auburn 27, Clemson 24 (1 OT) (87,451 at Auburn, Ala.)

Florida 31, Tennessee 17 (102,455 at Knoxville, Tenn.)

Kentucky 47, Akron 10 (64,014 at Lexington, Ky.)

LSU 29, Mississippi State 7 (92,538 at Baton Rouge, La.)

Vanderbilt 28, Ole Miss 14 (51,667 at Oxford, Miss.)

South Carolina 38, Furman 19 (73,681 at Columbia, S.C.)

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