Tide Leads Seven SEC Teams In Polls

So in Week 2 of Southeastern Conference football games, there was the Alabama offense scoring points right up there with... Well, with Vanderbilt (24-21 over Connecticut) and Kentucky (27-13 over Central Michigan). Of course, Bama was on the road, and the Crimson Tide defeated 23rd ranked Penn State (27-11).



While Alabama was winning with defense, a couple of SEC teams had some embarrassing showings. Mississippi State scored 34 points and lost to Auburn (41). Georgia scored 42 points and lost to South Carolina (45).

Other SEC offensive units were in high gear, too. Florida scored 39, Ole Miss scored 42, Tennessee 45, LSU 49, and Arkansas 52.

This week Alabama will host North Texas in Bryant-Denny Stadium with kickoff at 6:30 p.m. CDT and television coverage by Fox Sports.

Other SEC games this week are LSU at Mississippi State on Thursday night, and Saturday games Auburn at Clemson, Ole Miss at Vanderbilt, Coastal Carolina at Georgia, Tennessee at Florida, Navy at South Carolina, Louisville at Kentucky, and Troy at Arkansas.

The Ole Miss-Vandy game could decide which team doesn't win a conference game.

Here are some notes on SEC football:



The SEC leads the nation with seven teams ranked in this week's AP and USA Today Polls, led by the Crimson Tide. Alabama is second, LSU is third and South Carolina 11th in both polls. Arkansas is 14th in AP and 13th in USA Today, Florida is 16th in AP and 17th in USA Today and Auburn is 21st in AP and 19th in USA Today. Mississippi State is 25th in both polls.

After two weeks, the SEC is 18-2 (.900) against non-conference competition. The SEC went 8-0 this weekend against non-conference foes. It is the first time since Sept. 11, 1999 that the SEC went undefeated against non-conference competition in at least eight games.

Alabama opponents have not scored a touchdown in the first quarter for seven straight games. The last time an opponent scored a TD in the opening stanza against the Tide was against Tennessee on Oct. 23, 2010.

SEC defenses allowed just 8 offensive touchdowns in 8 non-conference games this weekend.

Florida's defense recorded the SEC's first shutout of the year in a 39-0 win against UAB. It was the Gators' first shutout since a 62-0 win against Western Carolina on Nov. 18, 2006.

After two weeks of games, 16 SEC games have had a total of 1,179,298 fans, an average of 73,706 fans per game. The games have a 95.6 percentage of capacity so far this season.

Ole Miss Coach Houston Nutt has moved into a tie for 17th for wins as an SEC head coach with 98. He ties Harry Mehre, who had 98 wins during his tenure as head coach at Georgia (1928-37) and Ole Miss (1938-45).

Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron is now 2-0 in his first season as a starter with one victory in Tuscaloosa and one on the road, at Penn State. Here are some other notes on SEC quarterbacks:

Tennessee QB Tyler Bray is 6-1 as a starting quarterback. In his six wins, he has 19 TDs to 4 INTs.

South Carolina QB Stephen Garcia is 18-13 as a starting quarterback. In his 18 wins, he has 27 TDs to 11 INTs. In his 13 losses, he has 14 TDs to 20 INTs.

Georgia QB Aaron Murray is 6-9 as a starting quarterback. He has 13 TDs to 1 INT in his six wins and 17 TDs and nine INTs in his nine losses.

The Georgia-South Carolina contest lived up to its recent series record. Since 2000, the game has been decided by nine-points-or-less 8 times. The average scoring margin of the 12 games since 2000 is 8.25, which is the most competitive of any SEC series. Second most competitive by scoring margin is South Carolina-Tennessee at 9.00 per game (11 games).

Auburn PK Cody Parkey leads the SEC with 8 touchbacks while Arkansas' Zach Hocker is second with 7.

Vanderbilt is 2-0 for the first time since 2008. Coach James Franklin is the first, first-year coach at Vanderbilt to start 2-0 since Fred Pancoast in 1975.

LSU win streaks extended with its 49-3 win over Northwestern State: non-conference regular season (35), September (19), home games (12), home openers (6), vs. Louisiana schools (28).

Tyler Bray's 405 passing yards marked the first time a Vol quarterback eclipsed with 400-yard mark since Peyton Manning threw for 523 yards against Kentucky on Nov. 22, 1997.

Arkansas has scored 103 points in the first two games of the season, the second most in school history and the most in the first two games of a season since the 1911 squad scored 165.

Kentucky freshman RB Josh Clemons' 87-yard TD run was the longest for a Wildcat since Bernie Scruggs went 88-yards against Georgia in 1970. It is the longest rush by a UK freshman ever.

The 45-42 score in South Carolina's win over Georgia is the most combined points between the two schools in the history of the series (previous high was 86 points, 52-34 Georgia in 1970). Carolina's 45 points is the most points the Gamecocks have scored in the history of the series.

Six players in the Auburn-Mississippi State game each had more than 100 all-purpose yards in the contest. For Mississippi State, Vick Ballard had 199 (135 rush, 64 receiving), LaDarius Perkins had 117 (78 rush, 2 receiving, 37 kickoff returns) and Chris Relf had 109 (106 rush, 3 receiving). For Auburn, Tre Mason had 186 (14 rush, 172 kickoff return), Michael Dyer had 150 (all rushing) and Emory Blake had 108 (all receiving).

Ole Miss RB/RS Jeff Scott leads the nation in punt returns, averaging 35.67 yards per return. He returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown against Southern Illinois (and also scored three other rushing TDs against the Salukis).

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