West Has Been Best In SEC Games

Alabama's young football men will Go East this week. The Southeastern Conference has 12 teams and teams play only eight league games, so it takes awhile for a team from the West to get back to an East stadium.



This week, Alabama will go to South Carolina in a game matching the Crimson Tide from the Western Division and the Gamecocks from the Eastern Division. This will be the Crimson Tide's first trip to Columbia since 2005 when Bama took a 37-14 decision. Last year in Tuscaloosa, Alabama defeated the Gamecocks, 20-6.

The Western Division has got an early season edge against the Eastern Division thus far in 2010.  In eight games between the two divisions this year, the West is 7-1 against the East.

Here are some notes on the Alabama-South Carolina game and on the SEC.

This will be Alabama's third consecutive game against a nationally ranked SEC team and third consecutive game to be nationally televised by CBS. Kickoff will be at 3:30 p.m. EDT (2:30 p.m. central time) Saturday.

Bama is coming off an impressive 31-6 win over Florida, while the Gamecocks had an open date last week. Crimson Tide followers will hear that last statement a lot this year. The SEC made a schedule in which the next six league foes have an open week before playing Alabama.

Two of the top six coaches in SEC vs. SEC winning percentage go head-to-head on Saturday as South Carolina hosts Alabama.  The Tide's Nick Saban is 53-17 in SEC vs. SEC games for a 75.7 per cent winning mark, which is fifth in league history.  South Carolina's Steve Spurrier is 106-37 in SEC vs. SEC games for a 74.1 winning percentage, which is sixth in league history.  Spurrier's 106 SEC vs. SEC wins is tied for second in league history while Saban's 53 is 13th in the SEC.  

Alabama and South Carolina have two of the stingiest red zone defenses in the SEC.  The Tide is first in least TDs allowed in the red zone, with just two TDs allowed in 14 chances (14.29 per cent).  The Gamecocks are second with a 25 per cent (4-of-16). 

The SEC has a conference-best six teams ranked in this week's Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls.  Alabama continues its top ranking in both polls while Auburn is 8th in both polls.  Arkansas is 11th in AP and 13th in USA Today, LSU is 12th in AP and 9th in USA Today, Florida is 14th in AP and 12th in USA Today and South Carolina is 19th in AP and 20th in USA Today.  The SEC has had at least six teams ranked in both polls every week this season.  

After five weeks and 36 home dates, SEC football games have a total attendance of 2,790,310 for an average of 77,509 fans per game.  The total equates to a 97.69 percent of capacity and includes 17 sellouts.

The two winningest programs of both the last five and 10 seasons face off this weekend in Gainesville.  Florida has the SEC's best record since 2006 at 52-8 (.867) while LSU has the league's best mark since 2001 at 96-27 (.780).  LSU is second in the league since 2006 at 45-13 (.776) while Florida is second in the SEC since 2001 at 94-28 (.770).

SEC defenses have scored nine touchdowns thus far in 2010.  Florida has scored three, Tennessee two, while Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Vanderbilt have one each.

Here are some of the top statistical performances from SEC teams in Week 5:

Rushing

123 yards (22 carries, 1 TD) – Stevan Ridley, LSU vs. Tennessee

119 yards (8 carries, 3 TDs) – Vick Ballard, Mississippi State vs. Alcorn State

109 yards (24 carries, 1 TD) – Tauren Poole, Tennessee vs. LSU

108 yards (23 carries, 2 TD) – Brandon Bolden, Ole Miss vs. Kentucky

100 yards (12 carries) – Caleb King, Georgia vs. Colorado

100 yards (5 carries, 1 TD) – Jordan Jefferson, LSU vs. Tennessee

 Passing

300 yards (27-of-46, 2 TDs, 1 INT) – Mike Hartline, Kentucky vs. Ole Miss

245 yards (14-of-19, 1 INT, 3 TDs) – Cam Newton, Auburn vs. Louisiana-Monroe

221 yards (16-of-27, 3 TDs, 1 INT) – Aaron Murray, Georgia vs. Colorado

209 yards (11-of-15, 2 TDs) – Chris Relf, Mississippi State vs. Alcorn State

202 yards (16-of-31, 2 INTs) – John Brantley, Florida vs. Alabama

185 yards (16-of-23, 1 INT) – Jarrett Lee, LSU vs. Tennessee

 Receiving

9 catches (133 yards, 2 TDs) – Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State vs. Alcorn State

8 catches (108 yards) – Derrick Locke, Kentucky vs. Ole Miss

7 catches (119 yards, 2 TDs) – A.J. Green, Georgia vs. Colorado

6 catches (108 yards, 1 TD) – Randall Cobb, Kentucky vs. Ole Miss

6 catches (59 yards, 1 TD) – Chris Matthews, Kentucky vs. Ole Miss

5 catches (35 yards, 1 TD) – Brandon Barden, Vanderbilt vs. Connecticut

5 catches (46 yards) – Gerald Jones, Tennessee vs. LSU

5 catches (45 yards) – Deangelo Peterson, LSU vs. Tennessee

 Defense

15 tackles (10-5) (2 TFL -7) – Danny Trevathan, Kentucky vs. Ole Miss

12 tackles (8-4) (1 TFL -2) – Akeem Dent, Georgia vs. Colorado

11 tackles (9-2) (1 Sack -8; 2 PBU) – Mark Barron, Alabama vs. Florida

11 tackles (7-4) (1 TFL -1; 1 PBU) – Fon Ingram, Ole Miss vs. Kentucky

11 tackles (2-9) (0.5 TFL -1; 1 INT) – Nick Reveiz, Tennessee vs. LSU

10 tackles (3-7) (1 Sack; 1 PBU) – Kelvin Sheppard, LSU vs. Tennessee

 All-Purpose Yards

267 yards (10 rush/108 receiving/85 punt return/64 kick return) – Randall Cobb, Kentucky vs. Ole Miss

250 yards (153 kickoff/97 receiving) – Leon Berry, Mississippi State vs. Alcorn State

214 yards (68 rush/108 receiving/38 kick return) – Derrick Locke, Kentucky vs. Ole Miss

195 yards (27 rush/6 receiving/162 kick return) – Warren Norman, Vanderbilt vs. Connecticut

171 yards (133 receiving/38 rush) – Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State vs. Alcorn State

159 yards (119 receiving/40 rush) – A.J. Green, Georgia vs. Colorado

 Total Offensive Yards

324 yards (300 pass/24 rush) – Mike Hartline, Kentucky vs. Ole Miss

234 yards (245 pass/-11 rush) – Cam Newton, Auburn vs. Louisiana-Monroe

234 yards (221 pass/13 rush) – Aaron Murray, Georgia vs. Colorado

221 yards (157 pass/64 rush) – Larry Smith, Vanderbilt vs. Connecticut

207 yards (209 pass/-2 rush) – Chris Relf, Mississippi State vs. Alcorn State

201 yards (202 pass/-1 rush) – John Brantley, Florida vs. Alabama

Schedule of Games for Oct. 9

Tennessee (2-3, 0-2) at Georgia (1-4, 0-3) (SEC Network / ESPN3.com), 12:21 p.m. ET

Arkansas (3-1, 1-1) vs. Texas A&M (3-1) (at Arlington, Texas) (ABC Sports / ESPN3.com), 2:30 p.m. CT

Alabama (5-0, 2-0) at South Carolina (3-1, 1-1) (CBS Sports / CBSSports.com), 3:30 p.m. ET

Eastern Michigan (0-5) at Vanderbilt (1-3, 1-1) (ESPNU), 6 p.m. CT

LSU (5-0, 3-0) at Florida (4-1, 2-1) (ESPN / ESPN3.com), 7:30 p.m. ET

Auburn (5-0, 2-0) at Kentucky (3-2, 0-2) (ESPN2 / ESPN3.com), 7:30 p.m. ET

Mississippi State (3-2, 1-2) at Houston (3-1) (CBS College Sports), 7 p.m. CT

Results from Oct. 2

Alabama 31, Florida 6 (101,821 at Tuscaloosa, Ala.)

Mississippi State 49, Alcorn State 16 (50,439 at Starkville, Miss.)

Ole Miss 42, Kentucky 35 (55,344 at Oxford, Miss.)

Connecticut 40, Vanderbilt 21 (40,000 at Storrs, Conn.)

Auburn 52, Louisiana-Monroe 3 (80,759 at Auburn, Ala.)

Colorado 29, Georgia 27 (52,855 at Boulder, Colo.)

LSU 16, Tennessee 14 (92,932 at Baton Rouge, La.)

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