Are You Ready For Some SEC Football?

Alabama and Arkansas begin Southeastern Conference play this weekend when the Crimson Tide hosts the Razorbacks at 2:30 p.m. CDT in Bryant-Denny Stadium. CBS will televise the game. Both teams are 3-0 in non-conference games this year.

In addition to Alabama hosting Arkansas, other SEC games this weekend are:

Georgia (1-2 overall and 0-1 in SEC games) at Ole Miss (1-2, 0-1); Florida (3-0, 1-0) at Kentucky (2-1, 0-0); Vanderbilt (3-0, 1-0) at South Carolina (3-0, 1-0); Florida Atlantic (0-2) at Auburn (2-1, 1-0); Louisiana Tech (1-2) at Mississippi State (1-2, 0-2); and LSU (3-0, 1-0) at West Virginia (3-0).

Tennessee (2-1, 0-1) has an open date this week.

Here are some notes on SEC football teams:

The SEC has five teams ranked in the latest AP and USA Today polls, tying it with the Big 12 (both polls) and the ACC (USA Today). All five teams are ranked in the top 15.

Alabama and LSU flip-flopped again this week in the Associated Press poll with the Fighting Tigers moving into second and Bama dropping to third. The Crimson Tide remained second and LSU third in the Coaches Poll conducted by USA Today. Oklahoma is first in both polls.

Alabama and LSU are followed in the polls by SEC teams South Carolina (10th USA Today/12th AP), Arkansas (12th USA/14th AP), and Florida (15th both polls). Vanderbilt is receiving points in this week's poll. The SEC has had 10 of its 12 teams receive points in at least one poll this season.

Six SEC teams are among the top 30 in the nation in pass efficiency defense. Six are also among the top 21 in scoring defense. Alabama and Arkansas are the only SEC teams in the top 25 in both scoring defense and scoring offense. Alabama is second in scoring defense and 24th in scoring offense, while Arkansas is 18th in scoring defense and eighth in scoring offense.

Alabama (vs. North Texas) and Arkansas (vs. Troy) both continued non-conference regular season win streaks against non-conference opponents. Both are riding 13-game non-conference win streaks, longest in the SEC.

The SEC is 22-4 this season against non-conference foes (84.6 per cent). That's second to the Big 12 at 91.7 (22-2). Since 1992 the SEC is 76.1 per cent against non-conference teams (707-221-2).

The eight SEC home games last weekend had total attendance of 592,852, capacity of 99.1 per cent. That equates to an average of 664 empty seats per stadium. (Alabama's attendance of 101,821, full capacity, is based on tickets sold.

Two SEC teams recorded shutouts last weekend – Georgia's 59-0 win against Coastal Carolina and Alabama's 41-0 win over North Texas. Georgia is the only SEC team to record at least one shutout in each of the last three years (including 2011). Alabama has the most shutouts in the SEC since 2008 with four. This was the first weekend since September 5, 2009, that the SEC has recorded multiple shutouts in the same weekend. That weekend the shutouts were produced by unlikely teams--Vanderbilt (45-0) against Western Carolina and Kentucky (42-0) against Miami of Ohio.

SEC defenses gave up only eight rushing touchdowns last weekend and have given up only one special teams touchdown this year (Connecticut blocked punt return vs. Vandy).

Arkansas is the only SEC team to score a touchdown on its opening drive in every game this season. Florida and LSU (both 1 TD, 2 FGs) and LSU have also scored on opening drives in all three games this year.

SEC teams are averaging 35 points per game and giving up 19.5. Since 1992, the SEC best has been 31.0 (last season), while SEC teams gave up only 18.8 points per game in 1992.

Florida's Caleb Sturgis (3.0 field goals per game), South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore (178 yards rushing per game), and Alabama's Trent Richardson (16.0 points per game) are national statistical leaders after three games.

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