SEC final bowl notebook

The SEC and the Atlantic Coast Conference each won five bowl games during the 2003-04 college football post-season bowl season, earning the most wins among NCAA Division I-A conferences.

The SEC was 5-2 in its seven games while the ACC won five of its six bowl games.

Here is a look at how each conference fared in its post-season bowl games:

League        Record Percentage

SEC            5-2     .714
ACC            5-1     .833
Pac-10         4-2     .667
WAC            3-1     .750
Mid-American   2-0    1.000
Big East       2-3     .400
Big Ten        2-5     .286
Big 12         2-6     .250
Mountain West  1-2     .333
Conference USA 1-4     .200
Independents   0-1     .000
Sun Belt       0-1     .000

The SEC was 3-0 vs. the Big 12, 2-1 vs. the Big Ten and 0-1 vs. the ACC in post-season bowls this season.

SEC Bowl Notes

  • The schools that currently comprise the SEC have appeared in 331 bowls (including 2003-4). That is by far the most of any conference in the nation.
  • The SEC and the Atlantic Coast Conference each won five bowl games during the 2003-04 college football post-season bowl season, earning the most wins among NCAA Division I-A conferences.
  • The SEC has won three straight Sugar Bowls with LSU winning two of the last three. The Tigers defeated Illinois, 47-34, in the 2002 game and Georgia knocked off Florida State, 26-13, in the 2003 game.
  • The SEC has won three straight Capital One Bowls with Tennessee defeating Michigan, 45-17, in the 2002 game while Auburn beat Penn State, 13-7, in the 2003 game. Georgia won its first Capital One Bowl since 1993.
  • The SEC won the Cotton Bowl for the first time since the 2000 game when Arkansas defeated Texas, 27-6. Ole Miss won its first Cotton Bowl since 1956.
  • The SEC has lost two straight Outback Bowls with the Gators falling both times.
  • The SEC has won eight straight Independence Bowls with Arkansas claiming its first win in the Shreveport game.
  • The SEC has lost three straight Peach Bowls with Tennessee falling both times.
  • The SEC won its first Music City bowl since the game's inception in 1998.
  • Each SEC team faced an average of more than seven teams on its 2003 schedule that went to bowl games in 2003-04.

Tigers Win National Title

LSU defeated Oklahoma, 21-14, in the Nokia Sugar Bowl to win its second national championship and the SEC's 15th national crown.

The Nokia Sugar Bowl served as the Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game.

The Tigers last won a national championship in 1958. It is the SEC's first national championship since Tennessee took the honors in 1998.

Since the expansion of the SEC and the start of the SEC Football Championship Game in 1992, the league has had four different national champions - Alabama in 1992, Florida in 1996, Tennessee in 1998 and LSU in 2003.

The SEC and the Big 12 have won more national championships than any other conference since 1992. The SEC has won 3.5 national crowns with four different teams. The Big 12 has 3.5 national titles among two teams while the ACC has two among one team, and the Big Ten has 1.5 among two teams.

SEC has NCAA-High Five Teams Ranked in Final Polls

LSU's number one national ranking in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll leads a roster of five SEC teams ranked in the final 2003 college football rankings.

The Tigers are also ranked number two in the final Associated Press poll.

The SEC and the Big Ten each had five teams listed in the final rankings. The Big 12 had four teams while the ACC had three and the Pac-10 and the Mid-American had two teams each. Georgia is ranked sixth in the coaches poll and seventh in the AP poll, while Ole Miss is 14th in the coaches poll and 13th in the AP poll.

Tennessee comes in at 16th in the coaches poll and 15th in the AP poll and Florida rounds out the SEC teams, ranked 25th in the coaches poll and 24th in the AP poll. Since conference expansion in 2002, the SEC has had 59 teams ranked in the final USA Today/ESPN Coaches and AP polls, an average of almost five teams per season.

SEC in the Final Associated Press Poll

1. Southern Cal (48) 12-1 1,608
2. LSU (17) 13-1 1,576
3. Oklahoma 12-2 1,476
4. Ohio State 11-2 1,411
5. Miami, Fla. 11-2 1,329
6. Michigan 10-3 1,281
7. GEORGIA 11-3 1,255
8. Iowa 10-3 1,107
9. Washington State 10-3 1,060
10. Miami, Ohio 13-1 932
11. Florida State 10-3 905
12. Texas 10-3 887
13. OLE MISS 10-3 845
14. Kansas State 11-4 833
15. TENNESSEE 10-3 695
16. Boise State 13-1 645
17. Maryland 10-3 564
18. Purdue 9-4 526
19. Nebraska 10-3 520
20. Minnesota 10-3 368
21. Utah 10-2 308
22. Clemson 9-4 230
23. Bowling Green 11-3 189
24. FLORIDA 8-5 165
25. Texas Christian 11-2 126

Others (SEC Only): Arkansas (73), Auburn (8).


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