SEC football notes, Bowl edition

After the conclusion of the 2001 SEC regular season, every SEC team has at least the same record or better than last year except Mississippi State. The Bulldogs were 7-4 last year and this year, State finished 3-8. The team with the biggest improvement is Alabama with a three-game turnaround. Last season, the Crimson Tide were 3-8 and this season, they improved to 6-5.

2001-02 POST-SEASON BOWL LINEUP

SEC Has Placed At Least Eight Teams in Post-Season Bowls for Four Straight Seasons

LSU (9-3) vs. ILLINOIS (10-1)

  • Nokia Sugar Bowl • Louisiana Superdome (75,000) • New Orleans, La.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002 • 8:30 p.m. ET • ABC Sports
  • Series: First Meeting
  • LSU in the Sugar Bowl: 3-7-0
  • LSU in Bowl Games: 15-16-1

FLORIDA (9-2) vs. MARYLAND (10-1)

  • FedEx Orange Bowl • Pro Player Stadium (75,192) • Miami, Fla.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2002 • 8 p.m. ET • ABC Sports
  • Series: UF leads, 11-6
  • Last Meeting: UF, 15-10 (Oct. 10, 1981 at Gainesville)
  • Florida in the Orange Bowl: 2-0-0
  • Florida in Bowl Games: 13-15

TENNESSEE (10-2) vs. MICHIGAN (8-3)

  • Capital One Florida Citrus Bowl • Florida Citrus Bowl (70,000) • Orlando, Fla.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002 • 1 p.m. ET • ABC Sports
  • Series: First Meeting
  • Tennessee in the Citrus Bowl: 3-1-0
  • Tennessee in Bowl Games: 22-19

SOUTH CAROLINA (8-3) vs. OHIO STATE (7-4)

  • Outback Bowl • Raymond James Stadium (65,657) • Tampa, Fla.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002 • 11 a.m. ET • ESPN
  • Series: USC leads, 1-0
  • Last Meeting: USC, 24-7 (Jan. 1, 2001 at Tampa, Fla. - Outback Bowl)
  • South Carolina in the Outback Bowl: 1-0-0
  • South Carolina in Bowl Games: 2-8

ARKANSAS (7-4) vs. OKLAHOMA (10-2)

  • SBC Cotton Bowl • Cotton Bowl (68,252) • Dallas, Texas
  • Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002 • 10 a.m. CT • FOX
  • Series: OU leads, 9-4-1
  • Last Meeting: OU, 42-8 (Jan. 1, 1987 at Miami, Fla. - Orange Bowl)
  • Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl: 3-5-1
  • Arkansas in Bowl Games: 10-18-3

AUBURN (7-4) vs. NORTH CAROLINA (7-5)

  • Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl • Georgia Dome (71,228) • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Monday, Dec. 31, 2001 • 7:30 p.m. ET • ESPN
  • Series: UNC leads, 3-2
  • Last Meeting: AU, 47-21 (Oct. 1, 1988 at Auburn)
  • Auburn in the Peach Bowl: 2-0-0
  • Auburn in Bowl Games: 14-11-2

GEORGIA (8-3) vs. BOSTON COLLEGE (7-4)

  • Music City Bowl • Adelphia Coliseum (67,000) • Nashville, Tenn.
  • Friday, Dec. 28, 2001 • 4 p.m. CT • ESPN
  • Series: UGA leads, 2-1
  • Last Meeting: BC, 27-24 (Dec. 23, 1986 at Tampa, Fla. - Hall of Fame Bowl)
  • Georgia in the Music City Bowl: First Appearance
  • Georgia in Bowl Games: 19-14-3

ALABAMA (6-5) vs. IOWA STATE (7-4)

  • Mainstay Independence Bowl • Independence Stadium (50,459) • Shreveport, La.
  • Thursday, Dec. 27, 2001 • 7:30 p.m. CT • ESPN
  • Series: First meeting
  • Alabama in the Independence Bowl: First Appearance
  • Alabama in Bowl Games: 28-19-3
  • Head Coach: Dennis Franchione (Pittsburg State, ‘73) Overall/Yrs: 144-70-2 (.671)/ 19th season • AL/Yrs: 6-5 (.545)/ 1st season
  • In Bowl Games: 1-2 (.333)
  • Formations: Offense - Multiple • Defense - Pressing

Bama's Individual Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Sr. RB Ahmaad Galloway [174 for 881 yards; 5.1 avg.; 6 TDs] (3) [53]
  • Passing: Jr. QB Tyler Watts [94-172-3; 54.7 pct.; 1,325 yards; 10 TDs; 135.0 rating] (6) [35]
  • Receptions: Sr. SE Freddie Milons [36 for 627 yards; 17.4 avg.; 3 TDs]
  • Scoring: Sr. PK Neal Thomas [0 TD; 15-21 FGs; 33-34 PATs; 78 points] (5) [50]
  • Defense: Jr. LB Saleem Rasheed [114 (71-43); 9 TFL (-29); 2 Sacks (-15)]

IOWA STATE (7-4, 4-4 Big 12)

  • Head Coach: Dan McCarney (Iowa, ‘75) Overall/Yrs: 29-49 (.372)/ 7th season • ISU/Yrs: 29-49 (.372)/ 7th season
  • In Bowl Games: 1-0 (1.000)
  • 2001 Schedule: 9/8-NO. IOWA (W, 45-0); 9/22-at Ohio U. (W, 31-28); 9/29-BAYLOR (W, 41-0); 10/6-at Nebraska (L, 14-48); 10/13-at Missouri (W, 20-14); 10/20-OKLAHOMA ST. (W, 28-14); 10/27-at Texas A&M (L, 21-24); 11/3-KANSAS ST. (L, 3-42);11/10- COLORADO (L, 27-40); 11/17-at Kansas (W, 49-7); 11/24-IOWA (W, 17-14).
  • Formations: Offense - Pro-Set • Defense - 4-3

Cyclone's Individual Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Sr. TB Ennis Haywood [258 for 1,169 yards; 4.5 avg.; 14 TDs] [24]
  • Passing: Jr. QB Seneca Wallace [167-269-9; 62.1 pct.; 2,044 yards; 11 TDs; 132.7 rating] [42]
  • Receptions: So. WR Lane Danielsen [49 for 694 yards; 14.2 avg.; 4 TDs] [79]
  • Scoring: Sr. TB Ennis Haywood [14 TDs; 84 points] [38]
  • Defense: Jr. MLB Matt Word [106 (70-36); 9.5 TFL (-48); 3 Sacks (-32)]

Series History/Notes

  • Record: First Meeting
  • Alabama leads the nation in bowl appearances (51) and bowl wins (28) ...
  • This is Alabama's first appearance in the Independence Bowl ...
  • This year marks the fifth for a Dennis Franchione-coached team to go bowling (1997-Insight.com; 1998-Sun; 1999-GMAC; 2000-GMAC; 2001-Independence).

SEC ATTENDANCE UPDATE

For the 21st straight season, the SEC recorded the largest total attendance figure of any conference in the nation, according to the NCAA. In 2001, more than 5.5 million fans passed through the turnstiles at SEC stadiums. A total of 5,554,032 fans attended 77 home games in 2001, an average of 72,130, also tops in the nation. SEC stadiums were filled to an average of 97.9 percent of capacity for each home game in 2001.

SEC BCS NOTES

  • At least one SEC team has been in the Top 10 of each of the 29 previous BCS polls [1st poll - Oct. 26, 1998).
  • The SEC has had three-or-more teams ranked in the Top 15 of the BCS rankings in 19 of the 29 polls released to date.
  • Only three weeks has just one SEC team been ranked in the Top 15 of the BCS rankings.
  • Eight of the 12 SEC teams have been ranked at least one week in the previous 29 BCS rankings - Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee.
  • Florida has been ranked in all 29 previous BCS polls and has been ranked in the Top 10 in all but one week.

BOWL APPEARANCES

(Includes 2001 Season) 2001 Bowl
  • 1. ALABAMA 51 Independence
  • 2. TENNESSEE 42 Citrus
  • 3. Texas 41 Holiday
  • 4. Southern California 40 Las Vegas, Nebraska 40 Rose
  • 6. GEORGIA 37 Music City
  • 7. Penn State 36
  • 8. Oklahoma 35 Cotton
  • 9. LSU 33 Sugar, Ohio State 33 Outback, Michigan 33 Citrus
  • 12. ARKANSAS 32 Cotton
  • 13. Florida State 30 Gator, Georgia Tech 30 Seattle
  • 15. OLE MISS 29
  • 16. FLORIDA 29 Orange
  • 17. AUBURN 28 Peach, Washington 28 Holiday
  • 19. Texas A&M 27 Gallery Furniture
  • 20. Miami (Fla.) 26 Rose
  • 21. Clemson 25 Humanitarian, Texas Tech 25 Alamo
  • 23. Notre Dame 24 Fiesta
  • 24. Colorado 24 Fiesta, North Carolina 24 Peach, Brigham Young 24 Liberty

BOWL VICTORIES

  • 1. ALABAMA 28
  • 2. Southern California 25
  • 3. Penn State 23
  • 4. TENNESSEE 22
  • 5. Oklahoma 21
  • 6. Nebraska 20
  • 7. GEORGIA 19, Georgia Tech 19
  • 9. Texas 18
  • 10. OLE MISS 17, Florida State 17, Michigan 17
  • 13. LSU 15
  • 14. AUBURN 14, Washington 14, Ohio State 14, Miami (Fla.) 14
  • 18. FLORIDA 13, Notre Dame 13
  • 20. Clemson 12, Texas A&M 12
  • 22. Colorado 11, North Carolina 11, Syracuse 11, UCLA 11

SEC TOPS NATION IN BOWL APPEARANCES

The schools that currently comprise the SEC have appeared in 317 bowls (including 2001). That is by far the most of any conference in the nation.

SEC COMPOSITE BOWL RECORD

  • Alabama 28-19-3 .590
  • Arkansas 10-18-3 .371
  • Auburn 14-11-2 .556
  • Florida 13-15-0 .464
  • Georgia 19-14-3 .569
  • Kentucky 5-5-0 .500
  • LSU 15-16-1 .484
  • Ole Miss 17-12-0 .586
  • Mississippi State 6-6-0 .500
  • South Carolina 2-8-0 .200
  • Tennessee 22-19-0 .537
  • Vanderbilt 1-1-1 .500 OVERALL 152-144-13 .513

SEC BOWL REVENUE DISTRIBUTION

  1. For bowl games providing receipts which result in a balance of less than $2,000,000 (two million), the participating institution shall retain the first $600,000 plus 20% of the balance. The remainder shall be remitted to the Commissioner and will be divided into 12 equal shares with one share to the Conference and one share to each of the other 11 institutions.
  2. For bowl games providing receipts which result in a balance between $2,000,000 and $5,999,999, the participating institution shall retain the first $800,000 plus 20% of the balance. The remainder shall be remitted to the Commissioner and will be divided into 12 equal shares, with one share to the Conference and one share to each of the other 11 institutions.
  3. For bowl games providing receipts which result in a balance of more than $6,000,000, the participating institution shall receive $2,500,000 ($2,600,000 if SEC team is a participant in the Bowl Championship Series bowl which determines the national championship). The remainder shall be divided into 12 equal shares, with one share to the Conference and one share to each of the other 11 institutions. Should two teams from the SEC be selected to play in the Bowl Championship Series, each participating team shall receive $2,500,000 ($2,600,000 if the SEC team is a participant in the BCS game which determines the National Championship). The remainder shall be divided into 12 equal shares, with one share to the Conference and one share to each of the 11 institutions. The two participating institutions share from the respective BCS bowls shall be combined and divided evenly between the two participating teams.
  4. Institutions which participate in an Alliance Bowl shall receive an additional $150 per mile, one way. (Participating institution does not share in the distribution shares.)

SEC LEADS NATION IN LATEST POLLS

The Southeastern Conference has four teams ranked in the final Bowl Championship Series Top 15 Rankings. That figure ties the Big 12 and the Pac-10 for most in the nation. Florida is ranked fifth, leading all SEC teams. Tennessee is sixth, LSU is 13th and South Carolina 14th.

SEC leads all conferences teams in ranked teams for last five seasons

In the last five seasons, the Southeastern Conference has had more teams ranked in the final Associated Press poll than any other conference in the country. In fact, 10 of the SEC's 12 teams have finished the season ranked in the AP Top 25 during the last five seasons. Only the Big Ten has had as many different teams (10) ranked during the last five seasons.

SEC leads all conferences in post-season bowl participation

During the last five seasons, the Southeastern Conference has sent 36 teams to post-season bowl games, the most of any conference in the nation. Since 1997, the SEC is 17-14 in bowl games. Eleven of the SEC's 12 teams have been to post-season bowls in the last five seasons.

SEC LEADS NATION IN NFL PLAYERS

As the National Football League kicked off the 2001 season, the Southestern Conference had 206 players on rosters, which was tops among college conferences. The Big Ten was second with 202 while the Pacific-10 is third with 199. Also, the SEC and Big Ten were tied with 40 for the most players selected in the 2001 NFL Draft. Eleven of the 12 SEC teams had at least two players selected in the draft. Five SEC players were selected in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft, led by Florida DT Gerard Warren, who was taken third overall by the Cleveland Browns.

SEC -- the most competitive conference in the nation

SEC vs. SEC games are the most competitive in the nation. This season, 49 SEC vs. SEC games have an average scoring margin of 14.51 points per contest. 34.7 percent of the SEC's 49 games (17-of-49) have been decided by five-points-or-less and almost half (24-of-49) have been decided by 10 points or less. Only 15 SEC games have been decided by more than 16 points. The Sun Belt Conference has the best percentage of close games at 38.1 percent by five points or less (8-of-21).

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