SEC weekly football notebook

SEC vs. SEC games have traditionally been among the most competitive in the nation. After five weeks of this season, nine SEC vs. SEC games have an average scoring margin of 14.44 points per contest. 55.6 percent of the SEC's nine games (5-of-9) have been decided by ten-points-or-less.

Last week's SEC game results

Florida 24, Kentucky 21
Arkansas 34, Alabama 31 [2 OT]
Auburn 48, Western Kentucky 3
Texas Tech 49, Ole Miss 45
Georgia Tech 24, Vanderbilt 17 [OT]
Tennessee 23, South Carolina 20 [OT]
LSU 41, Mississippi State 6

SEC overtime affairs

This past weekend marked the first time that the Southeastern Conference had played three overtime games in the same weekend. On Saturday, Tennessee defeated South Carolina, 23-20 and Georgia Tech knocked off Vanderbilt, 24-17 in single overtimes, while Arkansas defeated Alabama, 34-31 in double overtime.

Only one other time has the SEC had a multi-overtime weekend. On Oct. 31, 1998, Ole Miss defeated LSU, 37-31 in one overtime, while Vanderbilt defeated Duke, 36-33 in double overtime.

SEC in the Associated Press Poll

1. Oklahoma (57) 4-0
2. Miami, Fla. (3) 4-0
3. Ohio State (5) 5-0
4. Virginia Tech 4-0
5. Florida State 5-0
6. LSU 5-0
7. TENNESSEE 4-0
8. ARKANSAS 4-0
9. Michigan 4-1
10. Southern Cal 3-1
11. GEORGIA 3-1
12. Nebraska 4-0
13. Texas 3-1
14. Washington State 4-1
15. Pittsburgh 3-1
16. Kansas State 4-1
17. Northern Illinois 4-0
18. Washington 3-1
19. Oregon 4-1
20. Texas Christian 4-0
21. Minnesota 5-0
22. Purdue 3-1
23. Iowa 4-1
24. FLORIDA 3-2
25. Michigan State 4-1

Others (SEC Only): South Carolina (9).

SEC on TV this week

(Thu.) Oct. 2
6:30 p.m. FOX SN/SUN SEC-TV Weekly (Live)

(Sat.) Oct. 4
12:30 a.m. FOX SN/SUN SEC-TV Weekly (Taped from Oct. 2)
12 p.m. JP Sports SEC Football Today (Live)
12:30 p.m. JP Sports Ole Miss at Florida Football (Live)
3:30 p.m. CBS Sports Alabama at Georgia Football (Live)
7:45 p.m. ESPN Tennessee at Auburn Football (Live)

Current active career sack leaders

1st 17 - David Pollack, Georgia (2001- )
2nd 16 - Antwan Odom, Alabama (2000- )
3rd 11 - Reggie Torbor, Auburn (2000- )
Tied for 4th 9 - Jesse Mitchell, Ole Miss (2000- ) and Constantin Ritzmann, Tennessee (1999- )
Tied for 6th 9.5 - Nautyn McKay-Loescher, Alabama (2000- ) and Charlie Anderson, Ole Miss (2000- )
8th 7.5 - Caleb Miller, Arkansas (2000- )
Tied for 9th 7 - Will Thompson, Georgia (2001- ) and Kevin Burnett, Tennessee (2000- )

SEC players in the NFL

The Southeastern Conference led the nation with 263 former players on 2003 National Football League opening day rosters. The Big Ten was second with 207 followed by the Pac-10 with 191, Big 12 with 187 and the Atlantic Coast Conference with 144.

The SEC also had nine of its 12 schools rank in the top 40 among all NCAA institutions with former players on NFL opening day rosters. Florida and Notre Dame led all schools with 40 former players listed on opening day rosters. Georgia and Tennessee tied Miami (Fla.) for fourth with 36 former players on the list.

Auburn and California tied for 14th with 25 former players on NFL rosters followed by LSU in 16th with 24 and Alabama tied with six others for 22nd with 20 former players on NFL rosters. Miss. State and South Carolina tied Michigan State for 29th with 18 while Ole Miss tied Texas and Virginia for 32nd with 17 former players on NFL rosters.

Every SEC school had at least nine former players on NFL rosters.

2003 NFL opening day rosters by conference

1. SEC 263
2. Big Ten 207
3. Pac-10 191
4. Big 12 187
5. Atlantic Coast 144
6. Big East 132
7. Conference USA 79
8. Western Athletic 58
9. Mountain West 55
10. Mid-American 52
11. Independents 43
12. Sun Belt 29

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