Tide 2nd In AP, 3rd In Coaches Poll

Alabama is second in this week's Associated Press poll (which means nothing since the AP is not part of the BCS formula) and third in the Coaches Poll conducted by USA Today. And that doesn't mean anything either, because in just over a month the Tide will go head-to-head with LSU, which ranks ahead of Bama.



The Southeastern Conference has six teams ranked in the latest AP and USA Today rankings announced Sunday. In addition to Alabama being ranked second in the AP and third in the Coaches, LSU is first in the AP and second in the USA Today polls.

Arkansas is now 10th in the AP, 12th in USA Today and Auburn 15th in AP and 23rd in USA Today. South Carolina is 18th in AP and 14th in USA Today.

Florida, a 38-10 victim of the Crimson Tide in Gainesville Saturday night, fell from 12th in both polls to 17th in the AP and 18th in USA Today.

The first Harris Intractive Poll of the season (another part of the BCS formula) will be announced next Sunday.

This week Alabama is preparing for an SEC game against Vanderbilt. The Commodores come to Tuscaloosa for Homecoming. Kickoff will be at 6 p.m. CDT with television coverage by ESPNU. Bama is 5-0 overall and 2-0 in SEC games, while Vandy is 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference.

Information provided by the SEC this week shows that Crimson Tide tailback Trent Richardson had the top rushing performance by league players last weekend. Richardson had 29 carries for 181 yards and two touchdowns in Bama's romp over the Gators. Florida had been the only team in the nation not to have surrendered a rushing touchdown prior to Saturday.

Alabama scored four rushing touchdowns -- two by Richardson and one each by quarterback A.J. McCarron and tailback Eddie Lacy.

One other touchdown was scored by the Tide defense, specifically Courtney Upshaw intercepting a pass and returning it 34 yards for a score.

SEC teams have scored 18 defensive touchdowns this season. South Carolina has four, Vanderbilt three, and Alabama, Auburn, LSU, and Mississippi State two each. Nine of the 12 SEC teams have scored a defensive touchdown this season.

Vanderbilt has given up just one red zone touchdown on defense this season. The Commodores have allowed opponents in the red zone just six times. Alabama has the next lowest total of trips into the red zone allowed with seven. Bama has given up four touchdowns.

Alabama leads the SEC in total defense and is third in the nation. Four other conference teams are among the top 11 in the nation in total defense -- Florida and Georgia tied for seventh, LSU ninth, and Vanderbilt 11th.

The SEC has six of the top 13 teams in the nation in pass efficiency defense and seven of the top 27 teams in pass defense.

After five weeks of the regular season, 35 SEC games have drawn 2,657,046 fans, an average f 75,916 per game. That is 94.68 per cent of capacity.

Three men, including Alabama's Nick Saban, are closing in on 100 victories as a head football coach in the SEC. Saban is 95-27. Saban had a 48-16 in his five year (2000-04) career at LSU and is 47-11 in his five years (2007-present) at Alabama.

On the field, Saban has already reached the 100-win mark as an SEC coach. In 2007 a petty NCAA penalty forced Alabama to vacate five victories, or Saban's Bama record would now be a phenomenal 52-11.

Mark Richt at Georgia and Houston Nutt at Ole Miss are both one win from the 100 mark. Richt is 99-36 at Georgia and Nutt is 99-67 (split between Arkansas and Mississippi).

The two winningest SEC programs of the past 10 years (2002-11) will meet Saturday in the CBS SEC Game of the Week at Baton Rouge when LSU hosts Florida. The Tigers are 98-26 (78.9 per cent) in that time and Florida is 92-31 (74.8 per cent). Additionally, Florida has been the SEC's best road team over that period at 41-17 (70.7 per cent) and LSU has been the league's best home team at 68-11 (86.1 per cent).

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