Quick notes from the Southeastern Conference

The SEC is second among all Division I-A conferences in rushing yards per game, averaging 180.9 yards per game. Only the Big Ten (188.3) averages more than the SEC. <br><br>Alabama led the SEC in rushing last season, and so far in 2002 is averaging 244.2 yards rushing per game.

SEC teams utilizing the ground game

After four weeks of play in 2002, SEC teams used the ground game 57.9 percent of the time compared to 42.1 percent through the air. Last season after four weeks of play, the 12 SEC teams stayed on the ground 55 percent of the time compared to 45 percent through the air.

In 42 games this season involving SEC teams, the league has rushed for 7,596 yards on 1,677 carries. In passing, the league has completed 706 of 1,220 passes for 9,063 yards. This season, only the Big East Conference (61.2% of rushing plays) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (59.1% of rushing plays) have utilized the ground game more.

Quick hitters

  • The SEC's top rushing offenses and rushing defenses meet in Fayetteville when Alabama visits Arkansas ...
  • Kentucky is off to its best start since 1984 with a 4-0 record ...
  • LSU hosts Mississippi State in the 96th renewal of the fifth-longest rivalry in SEC history ...
  • Georgia looks to go 4-0 for the fourth time since 1992 when it hosts New Mexico State ...
  • SEC teams are 24-8 (75.0 percent) against non-conference foes this season ...
  • Since conference expansion in 1992, the SEC has won at least 75.0 percent of its non-conference games every season ...
  • Ole Miss' Eli Manning and Kentucky's Antonio Hall are named to the AFCA Good Works Team.

Best starts since 1992

Kentucky is 4-0 and off to its best start since 1984, when the Wildcats finished 9-3 and defeated Wisconsin in the Hall of Fame Bowl. Since conference expansion in 1992, nine other teams have opened their season with at least four straight wins 25 times.

SEC leads all conferences in ranked teams in last 5 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.

In this week's AP poll, the SEC has four teams ranked while the Big 12 has six, Big Ten has four, Pac-10 has five, Atlantic Coast has two, Big East has two and the Mountain West has one. Auburn is ranked 25th in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll and not ranked in this week's AP poll.

Six SEC teams ranked in major polls this season

Last season, nine different SEC teams were ranked at one time or another in either the AP or USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll. So far this season, six SEC teams have been ranked in at least one of these polls in a week.

Most played rivalries

This weekend sees one of the most-played rivalries in the SEC taking the field. LSU and Mississippi State will meet on the gridiron for the 96th time on Saturday. The Tigers-Bulldogs matchup is the fifth-most played in SEC history. Below is a look at the top 10 rivalries in SEC history:

--- Games --- Series --- Record

  1. 105 (t7) Auburn-Georgia AU leads, 51-46-8
  2. 98 (t16) Ole Miss-Miss. State UM leads, 55-37-6
  3. 97 (t18) Kentucky-Tennessee UT leads, 65-23-9
  4. * Tennessee-Vanderbilt (UT: UT, 64-26-5/VU: UT, 63-28-5)
  5. 95 (t26) LSU-Miss. State LSU leads, 59-33-3
  6. 92# LSU-Tulane LSU leads, 63-22-7
  7. 92# Georgia-Georgia Tech UGA leads, 52-36-5
  8. 90# Auburn-Georgia Tech AU leads, 47-39-4
  9. 90 LSU-Ole Miss LSU leads, 49-37-4
  10. 86 Alabama-Miss. State UA leads, 68-15-3

*-Schools disagree on number of games played & series record. UT records indicate 95 games played (t26), VU records indicate 96 games played (t21).
#-Involves school that is a former member of the SEC.
(Number in parenthesis is the NCAA ranking of most-played rivalries)
[The Clemson-South Carolina rivalry is tied for the 14th longest in NCAA history at 99 games played.]

SEC on TV this week

Below is a schedule of Southeastern Conference athletic events on television for the upcoming week. The schedule includes live and taped events as well as weekly shows. All times are Central.

Thursday, September 26
5:30 p.m. SEC-TV SEC-TV Weekly (Live)

Friday, September 27
2:00 p.m. FSNS Ole Miss vs. Georgia Football (Replay from 1996)

Saturday, September 28
3:00 a.m. FSNS Georgia vs. Kentucky Football (Replay from 1998)
11:00 a.m. JP Sports SEC Football Today (Live)
11:30 a.m. JP Sports Mississippi State at LSU Football (Live)
12 p.m. FSNS Alabama at Georgia Tech Volleyball (Taped from 9/20/02)
2:30 p.m. CBS Sports Kentucky at Florida Football (Live)
6:45 p.m. ESPN Alabama at Arkansas Football (Live)
8 p.m. ESPN2 Syracuse at Auburn Football (Live)

Sunday, September 29
2 p.m. SEC-TV Tennessee at LSU Volleyball (Taped from 9/29/02)
4 p.m. FSNS South Carolina vs. Mississippi State Football (Replay from 2000)

Monday, September 30
1 a.m. FSNS Tennessee at LSU Volleyball (Taped from 9/29/02)
3 a.m. FSNS Arkansas vs. Alabama Football (Replay from 1995)

Tuesday, October 1
12 p.m. FSNS Alabama at Georgia Tech Volleyball (Taped from 9/20/02)

Thursday, October 3
12 p.m. FSNS Tennessee at LSU Volleyball (Taped from 9/29/02)
5:30 p.m. SEC-TV SEC-TV Weekly (Live)

Saturday, October 5
11:00 a.m. JP Sports SEC Football Today (Live)
11:30 a.m. JP Sports TBA Football (Live)
2:30 p.m. CBS Sports TBA Football (Live)
6:45 p.m. ESPN TBA Football (Live)

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