SEC Football Notes

Although there was a perception that the 2005 football season was not a good one for the Southeastern Conference, there were some impressive performances. Still, the SEC was not able to fill all its bowl slots with the likes of Tennessee sitting home for the holidays. Alabama did its part to help the league with an undefeated non-conference mark and a bowl victory.

Alabama defeated MTSU, Southern Miss, and Utah State in non-conference regular season games, then dispatched of Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl.

Here are some notes on 2005 football provided by the SEC:

The SEC finished the 2005 season with a 30-12 non-conference record (.714), including a 3-3 mark in bowl games. It is the most non-conference wins by the SEC since 2003, when the league finished 36-17. Since conference expansion in 1992, the SEC has won 30 or more non-conference games (including bowls) 12 times. The league is 454-162-2 (.736) in non-conference games since 1992.

The SEC finished with five teams ranked in the final Associated Press and USA Today Top 25 polls. LSU was the league's highest ranked team at 5th in USA Today and 6th in AP followed by Alabama (8th in both polls), Georgia (10th in both polls), Auburn (14th in both polls) and Florida (12th in AP and 16th in USA Today). The BCS and Harris Interactive do not conduct post-bowl polls.

The 2005 season marked the third straight year that the SEC had five teams ranked in the final USA Today Top 25 poll and the eighth time since 1992 that the league has accomplished that feat. It is the first time since 1999 that the SEC has had five teams ranked in the USA Today Top 16. It is the first time since 1997 that the SEC has had five teams ranked in the top 14 of the final AP poll.

Four football players from the SEC were named NCAA Division I-A Consensus All-America. In order to earn this honor, football players must earn a consensus of the following All-America teams, recognized by the NCAA office: Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America, Walter Camp and The Sporting News. Alabama linebacker DeMeco Ryans, along with Georgia's offensive lineman Max Jean-Gilles and defensive back Greg Blue, as well as Auburn offensive lineman Marcus McNeill earned the honor.

The SEC was tops among all conferences in total and average attendance as well as per cent of capacity in 2005. In 75 SEC home games, the league's teams drew a total of 5,593,699 fans, an average of 74,583 per contest. The SEC had 97.43 per cent of its stadiums full in 2005. According to statistics provided by the NCAA, the Big Ten was second in total and average attendance, with 5,007,067 fans for 69 home dates, an average of 72,566 fans per game. The Big 12 was second in per cent of capacity at 95.01.

The SEC placed third among all conferences in scoring margin for intra-conference games in 2005. In 49 intra-conference games, the average scoring margin for SEC games was 13.96 points per game. Only Conference USA (12.02) and the Sun Belt (12.18) had a closer average in intra-conference games. 49 per cent of the SEC's games were decided by 10 points-or-less (24 of 49 games).

The SEC had 261 of its former student-athletes on 2005 NFL opening weekend rosters, most of any conference in the nation. Using current conference alignment, the ACC was second with 231 players on NFL rosters, followed by the Big Ten with 223, Pac-10 with 188, and the Big 12 with 176. The SEC had nine of its former players selected for the 2006 Pro Bowl.

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