Alabama Crimson Tide (3-6, 1-4 SEC) Team Notes
- Luke had two catches for 45 yards against Tennessee, including a 36-yard TD ...
- For his career, Luke has 85 catches for 1,005 yards and nine TDs ...
- Sr. LB Derrick Pope returned to the starting lineup after not starting the last three games ...
- He was injured against Arkansas, saw only 12 snaps against Georgia, missed the Southern Miss game and came off the bench vs. Ole Miss.
Last Week's SEC GamesKentucky 42, Mississippi State 17
Georgia 16, UAB 13
Tennessee 51, Alabama 43 (5OT)
Ole Miss 19, Arkansas 7
LSU 31, Auburn 7
South Carolina 35, Vanderbilt 24
SEC in the AP Poll (Oct. 27)1. Oklahoma (62) 8-0
2. Miami, Fla. (3) 7-0
3. Southern Cal 7-1
4. GEORGIA 7-1
5. Florida State 7-1
6. Washington State 7-1
7. LSU 7-1
8. Ohio State 7-1
9. Michigan State 7-1
10. Virginia Tech 6-1
11. Michigan 7-2
12. Nebraska 7-1
13. Iowa 6-2
14. Oklahoma State 7-1
15. Texas Christian 8-0
16. Texas 6-2
17. Bowling Green 7-1
18. Purdue 6-2
19. TENNESSEE 5-2
20. OLE MISS 6-2
21. tie Missouri 6-2 and Northern Illinois 7-1
23. FLORIDA 5-3
24. Minnesota 7-2
25. Pittsburgh 5-2
Others (SEC Only): Auburn (98), Arkansas (9).
SEC, One of the Most Competitive Leagues in the NationSEC vs. SEC games have traditionally been among the most competitive in the nation. After nine weeks of this season, 27 SEC vs. SEC games have an average scoring margin of 14.52 points per contest. 44.4 percent of the SEC's games (12 of 27) have been decided by ten-points-or-less.
ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS (4-3, 1-3 SEC)
TB Cedric Cobbs did not play against Ole Miss (hamstring) ... Decori Birmingham saw 12 carries against the Rebels for 38 yards and Brandon Holmes had his carries of the season ... Holmes, who had been playing linebacker this season, had six carries for 26 yards against the Rebels ... QB Matt Jones is eighth in SEC history in career rushing yards by a QB with 1,536 ... George Wilson (3) and Richard Smith (2) have combined for five 100-yard receiving games this season. The school record for combined 100-yard receiving games in a season by UA teammates is six by Anthony Eubanks (5) and Anthony Lucas (1) in 1997.
AUBURN TIGERS (5-3, 4-1 SEC)
RB Carnell Williams passed James Bostic (2,084) to move into eighth in Auburn history with 2,133 career rushing yards ... RB Ronnie Brown played for the first time in three games. He last saw action in the third quarter of the Tennessee game ... Brown passed Curtis Kuykendall (1,619) for 17th in Auburn history with 1,648 career rushing yards ... NG DeMarco McNeil intercepted the third pass of his career late in the first half ... WR Jeris McIntyre extended his streak of multi-catch games to eight. It is the longest streak since Ronney Daniels had 11 straight games with at least two catches in 1999.
FLORIDA GATORS (5-3, 3-2 SEC)
Four of Florida's first eight games have been against Top-25 ranked opponents ... The Gators are 2-2 in those games ... The Gators still must play Georgia and Florida State, both of whom are ranked in this week's Top 10 ... 14 true freshmen have seen action for the Gators this season, with five drawing starting assignments ... There are 52 freshmen on Florida's roster this season and 33 of them have seen game action ... QB Chris Leak is fifth in the nation among NCAA Division I-A freshmen in total offense (157.2 ypg) and second among the same group in passing efficiency (133.6).
GEORGIA BULLDOGS (7-1, 4-1 SEC)
The Bulldogs continue to lead the nation in total defense, allowing just 243.4 yards per game ... Georgia allowed just 198 total yards to UAB and 416 yards in the last two weeks ... Georgia is also third in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 11.5 points per game ... QB David Greene completed 20-of-33 passes for 221 yards with a TD and two INTs vs. the Blazers ... PK Billy Bennett connected on 3-of-4 field goals, includinga a 48-yarder in the second quarter ... Bennett's 10 points vs. UAB has moved him to third on the SEC career scoring list with 355 points ... He needs 16 points to become the league's career leader.
KENTUCKY WILDCATS (4-4, 1-3 SEC)
The Wildcats had season highs in points (42), passing yards (256) and total offensive yards (410) against Miss. State ... Kentucky held its seventh consecutive opponent under 30 points. The last time that happened was 1988-89 when the Wildcats held 12 consecutive opponents under 30 points (the last six games of 1988 and the first six games of 1989). The last time that happened in one season was 1985 when the Wildcats held seven consecutive opponents to less than 30 ... QB Jared Lorenzen now has 75 career TD passes, breaking the UK career record of 74 by Tim Couch.
LSU TIGERS (7-1, 4-1 SEC)
LSU's 21-first quarter points against Auburn marks the first time the Tigers have scored at least 21 points in the first quarter against an SEC opponent since Oct. 12, 1985 when LSU scored 21 in the first at Vanderbilt and went on to defeat the Commodores, 49-7 ... Devery Henderson and Justin Vincent gained over 100 receiving and rushing, respectively, marking the first time LSU has accomplished the feat since Michael Clayton had 162 yards receiving and Shyrone Carey gained 124 yards on the ground against Western Illinois earlier this year ... WR Michael Clayton has caught at least one pass in 34 straight games.
OLE MISS REBELS (6-2, 4-0 SEC)
Ole Miss is off to its first 4-0 start in the SEC since 1970, when Archie Manning was a senior ... The Rebels are now bowl-eligible for the seventh straight season ... Ole Miss has won four in a row, the longest streak for the Rebels since winning five straight in 2001 ... Ole Miss held Arkansas to 82 yards rushing on 32 carries, 143 yards below the Razorbacks average of 225 yards per game, which led the SEC entering the game ... Ole Miss has scored on its opening possession in six of eight games, scoring four TDs and two FGs ... Sr. WR Chris Collins had three catches vs. Arkansas, getting at least one catch in 30 straight games.
MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS (2-6, 1-3 SEC)
Jackie Sherrill announced his retirement from coaching on Oct. 17, effective at the end of the 2003 season ... Sherrill is fourth among active coaches in NCAA Division I-A wins with 180 and 23rd among active coaches in winning percentage (.607) ... His 180 career wins is 28th among in NCAA Division I-A history for all coaches ... He coached his 300th career game and his 100th SEC game against Kentucky ... RB Jerious Norwood rushed for 133 yards on 11 carries and a 58-yard TD agains the Wildcats ... WR Justin Jenkins with 3 catches for 30 yards now has 127 catches (3rd at State) for 1,855 yards (4th at MSU).
SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS (5-3, 2-3 SEC)
Fr. RB Cory Byrd scored his first two career TDs against Vanderbilt ... He had a 3-yard run in the first quarter and a 16-yard TD pass reception in the fourth quarter ... QB Dondrial Pinkins scored a career-high 3 TDs against Vanderbilt, becoming the third Gamecock to accomplish the feat this season (Demetris Summers vs. UAB; Daccus Turman vs. Kentucky) ... So. DE Moe Thompson had an interception (returned 25 yards to the VU7) and also recovered a fumble ... So. WR Andre Hemphill had his first career reception against Vanderbilt for nine yards.
TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS (5-2, 3-2 SEC)
Sr. QB Casey Clausen is 12-1 as a starter in road games ... The Vols converted their first points off of a turnover this season against Alabama (field goal after an interception) ... UT lost three fumbles in the first quarter but did not have another turnover the remainder of the game ... WR James Banks tied a career-high with seven catches for 103 yards and 2 TDs (both are career-highs) ... Tennessee had two goal line stands against Alabama allowing no points ... Derrick Tinsley had his first touches of the season against Alabama, rushing for 28 yards on a reverse and catching a six-yard TD pass in overtime.
VANDERBILT COMMODORES (1-8, 0-5 SEC)
Vandy's four scoring drives against South Carolina averaged 10 plays, 82 yards and 4:05 time of possession ... Carolina scored 14 points off of Vandy turnovers ... So. QB Jay Cutler completed 27 of 35 passes for a season-high 319 yards with 3 TDs and an INT ... Cutler is 8th in Vanderbilt history in career passing yards (3,350) and sixth in career total offensive yards (3,850) ... The Commodores are outscoring their opponents, 71-43, in the second quarter this season ... So. WR Erik Davis tied a career-high with six catches against USC for 103 yards ... Davis is averaging 17.3 yards per reception this season.