SEC weekend preview

Alabama is off this weekend, but for college football fans there are several excellent games involving SEC schools on the schedule, including Arkansas/Auburn, LSU/Florida, Georgia/Tennessee and Kentucky/South Carolina.

* ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS at AUBURN TIGERS *

11:30 p.m. (C) * JP Sports * Jordan-Hare Stadium (86,063) * Auburn

ARKANSAS (2-2, 0-2 SEC)
Head Coach: Houston Nutt (Oklahoma State, '81)
Overall/Yrs: 68-42 (.618) / 10th * UA/Yrs: 32-20 (.615) / 5th
National Rankings: RV - AP
Formations: Offense - I * Defense - Multiple
Internet Web Address: www.hogwired.com

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing: Sr. TB Cedric Cobbs [53 for 293; 5.5 avg; 2 TDs] (6)
Passing: QB Matt Jones [34-63-2; 54.0 pct; 551 yards; 6 TDs] [12]
Receptions: Jr. FL Richard Smith [11 for 302; 27.5 avg; 3 TDs]
Scoring: Jr. PK Brennan O'Donahue [6-9 FGs; 14-14 PATs; 32 points] (3) [49]
Tackles: Jr. FS Ken Hamlin [31 TT (28-17); 2 TFL (-2); 2 FR]

AUBURN (4-1, 2-0 SEC)
Head Coach: Tommy Tuberville (Southern Arkansas, '76)
Overall/Yrs: 50-35 (.588)/ 8th * AU/Yrs: 25-16 (.610)/ 4th
2002 Schedule: See page 2
National Rankings: 21st - ESPN/USA Today; 24th - AP
Formations: Offense - Pro Style * Defense - 4-3
Internet Web Address: www.auburntigers.com

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing: So. TB Carnell Williams [113 for 639 yards; 5.7 avg; 9 TDs] (1) [9]
Passing: Sr. QB Daniel Cobb [50-95-2; 52.6 pct; 750 yards; 4 TDs] (T9)
Receptions: Sr. WR Marcel Willis [18 for 281 yards; 15.6 avg; 1 TD] (T9)
Scoring: So. TB Carnell Williams [9 TDs; 54 points] (1) [T12]
Tackles: Sr. LB Mark Brown [49 TT (17-32); 2 TFL (-6); .5 Sacks (-3)]

Series History
Record: AU leads 6-4-1 * Last: ARK, 42-17 (10/27/2001 in Fayetteville)

  • Arkansas has won three out of the last five games ...
  • In games played in Auburn, the Tigers hold a 3-1-1 advantage ...
  • Six of the eleven games have been decided by seven points or less ...
  • Houston Nutt is 3-1 in games against Auburn, while Tommy Tuberville is 2-5 against Arkansas ...
  • Last year, Razorback quarterback Zak Clark threw for 128 yards and one touchdown, and Richard Smith caught five passes for 59 yards and two touchdowns as Arkansas defeated Auburn, 42-17 ...
  • The only other meeting was the 1984 Liberty Bowl, where Auburn earned a 21-15 victory.

* ARKANSAS STATE INDIANS at OLE MISS REBELS *

1 p.m. (E) * Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250) * Columbia

ARKANSAS STATE (4-3, 1-2 Sun Belt)
Head Coach: Steve Roberts (Ouachita Baptist, '87)
Overall/Yrs: 53-36-1 (.594) / 9th * ASU/Yrs: 4-3 (.571)/ 1st
Conference: Sun Belt
National Rankings: N/A
Formations: Offense - Pro * Defense - 4-2-5
Internet Web Address: www.asuindians.com

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing: Sr. RB Danny Smith [114 for 602 yards; 5.3 avg; 4 TDs]
Passing: So. QB Elliot Jacobs [69-139-2; 49.6 pct; 937 yards; 6 TDs]
Receptions: Jr. WR Mike Cox [18 for 344 yards; 19.1 avg; 1TD] and
Sr. WR James Hickenbotham [18 for 339 yards; 18.8 avg; 3 TDs]
Scoring: Sr. RB Danny Smith [4 TDs; 24 points]
Tackles: Jr. LB Les Echols [44 TT (17-27); 3 sacks]

OLE MISS (4-1, 1-0 SEC)
Head Coach: David Cutcliffe (Alabama, '73)
Overall/Yrs: 27-14 (.659)/ 4th * UM/Yrs: 27-14 (.659)/ 4th
National Rankings: RV - ESPN/USA Today; 25th - AP
Formations: Offense - Multiple Pro * Defense - 4-2-5
Internet Web Address: www.olemisssports.com

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing: Sr. RB Robert Williams [53 for 284 yards; 5.4 avg; 3 TDs] (7)
Passing: Jr. QB Eli Manning [107-192-2; 67.9 pct; 1280 yards; 9 TD] (2) [44]
Receptions: So. SE Bill Flowers [26 for 293 yards; 11.3 avg; 2 TD] (2) [T28]
Scoring: So. K Jonathan Nichols [5-8 FGs; 18-18 PATs; 33 points] (9) [T47]
Tackles: So. DB Eric Oliver [42 TT (21-21); 2.5 TFL (-7)]

Series History
Record: UM leads 17-1-2 * Last: UM, 35-17 (10/6/2001 in Jonesboro)

  • Ole Miss is 16-1-2 in games played in Oxford ...
  • Arkansas State's only win came in 1915, a 10-0 victory in Oxford ...
  • Last year, Eli Manning completed 20 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns, as the Rebels defeated the Indians, 35-17 ...
  • This is Ole Miss' homecoming. The Rebels are 59-13-2 all-time in homecoming games, including having won their last five ...
  • The Rebels are 18-1-2 against current Sun Belt Conference teams (17-1-2 v. Arkansas State; 1-0 v. Middle Tennessee State) ...
  • Ole Miss defensive tackles coach Rick Petri was the offensive/defensive line coach at Arkansas State from 1979-1988.

* TROY STATE TROJANS at MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS *

1:30 p.m. (C) * Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field (55,082) * Starkville

TROY STATE (2-4)
Head Coach: Larry Blakeney (Auburn,'70)
Overall/Yrs: 100-38-1 (.723) / 12th * TSU/Yrs: 100-38-1 (.723) / 12th
Conference: Independent
National Rankings: N/A
Formations: Offense - Spread * Defense - 4-3
Internet Web Address: www.troyst.edu/athletics

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing: So. RB DeWhitt Betterson [41 for 439 yards; 10.5 avg; 4 TD]
Passing: So. QB Hansell Bearden [78-155-7; 50.3 pct; 961 yards; 4 TD]
Receptions: So. WR Jason Samples [32 for 416 yards; 13.0 avg; 2 TD] [23]
Scoring: Fr. PK Thomas Olmstead [7-8 FGs; 13-16 PATs; 34 points]
Tackles: Sr. LB Naazir Yamini [47 TT (27-20); 1.5 TFL (-3)]

MISSISSIPPI STATE (1-4, 0-3 SEC)
Head Coach: Jackie Sherrill (Alabama, '66)
Overall/Yrs: 176-105-4 (.625)/ 25th * MSU/Yrs: 71-60-2 (.541)/ 12th
National Rankings: N/A
Formations: Offense - Multiple I * Defense - 50
Internet Web Address: www.mstateathletics.com

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing: Sr. FB Justin Griffith [33 for 168 yards; 5.1 avg; 1 TD]
Passing: Jr. QB Kevin Fant [69-131-4; 52.7 pct; 867 yards; 3 TDs] (4)
Receptions: Sr. WR Terrell Grindle [16 for 321 yards; 20.1 avg; 1 TD]
Scoring: Sr. TB Dontae Walker [5 TDs; 30 points] (4)
Tackles: Sr. LB Mario Haggan [69 TT (36-33); 3 TFL (-4)]

Series History
Record: TSU leads 1-0 * Last: TSU, 21-9 (10/31/2001in Starkville)

  • MSU is 34-5-2 against current Division I-A Independents ...
  • Last year, Brock Nutter threw for 130 yards and a touchdown, as the Trojans defeated Mississippi State, 21-9 ...
  • TSU defensive coordinator Wayne Bolt was tight ends coach at Auburn from 1981-1985, offensive line coach Greg Adkins was an assistant coach at Georgia from 1996-2000 ...
  • TSU defensive ends coach Mike Pelton played at Auburn from 1991-1994 ...
  • Trojans head coach Larry Blakeney was an assistant at Auburn from 1977-1990.

* TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS at GEORGIA BULLDOGS *

3:30 p.m. (E) * CBS Sports * Sanford Stadium (86,520) * Athens

TENNESSEE (4-1, 1-1 SEC)
Head Coach: Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee, '72)
Overall/Yrs: 99-21 (.825)/ 11th * UT/Yrs: 99-21 (.825)/ 11th
National Rankings: 9th - ESPN/USA Today; 10th - AP
Formations: Offense - Multiple * Defense - 4-3
Internet Web Address: www.utsports.com

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing: So. RB Jabari Davis [58 for 275 yards; 4.7 avg; 6 TDs]
Passing: Jr. QB Casey Clausen [110-162-3; 67.9 pct; 1361 yards; 8 TDs] (1) [19]
Receptions: So WR Tony Brown [20 for 210 yards; 10.5 avg; 1 TD] (T5)
Scoring: So. RB Jabari Davis [6 TDs; 36 points]
Tackles: Sr. LB Eddie Moore [40 TT (23-17); 2 TFL (-9); 1 Sack (-6)]

GEORGIA (5-0, 2-0 SEC)
Head Coach: Mark Richt (Miami, '82)
Overall/Yrs: 13-4 (.765) / 2nd * UG/Yrs: 13-4 (.764) / 2nd
National Rankings: 6th - ESPN/USA Today; 6th - AP
Formations: Offense - Pro Style * Defense - Multiple 4-3
Internet Web Address: www.georgiadogs.com

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing: Jr. RB Musa Smith [91 for 483 yards; 5.3 avg; 3 TDs] (4) [43]
Passing: So. QB David Greene [83-144-5; 1013 yards; 57.6 pct; 9 TD] (6)
Receptions: So. WR Fred Gibson [23 for 374 yards; 16.3 avg; 1 TDs] (3)
Scoring: Jr. PK Billy Bennett [6-7 FGs; 19-19 PATs; 37 points] (5)
Tackles: Sr. LB Boss Bailey [44 TT (24-20); 3 TFL (-21); 1 sack (-16)]

Series History
Record: UT leads 17-12-2 * Last: UG, 26-24 (10/6/2001 in Knoxville)

  • After losing nine straight games, Georgia has won the last two in the series ...
  • Tennessee holds an 8-6-1 advantage in games played in Athens ...
  • Last year, Verron Haynes caught a six yard pass from David Greene with five seconds left to give the Bulldogs a 26-24 victory ...
  • With the win, Georgia snapped a five-game losing streak in Neyland Stadium, dating back to 1980 ...
  • The Bulldogs lost four straight games to the Volunteers at Sanford Stadium before defeating Tennessee 21-10 in 2001 ...
  • Georgia assistant coach Rodney Garner was the tight ends and offensive tackles coach at Tennessee from 1996-1997 ...
  • Phillip Fulmer is 8-2 against the Bulldogs, and Mark Richt is 1-0 against Tennessee.

* MTSU BLUE RAIDERS at VANDERBILT COMMODORES *

6 p.m. (C) * Vanderbilt Stadium (41,221) * Nashville

MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE (0-5, 0-1 Sun Belt)
Head Coach: Andy McCollum (Austin Peay, '81)
Overall/Yrs: 17-20 (.459)/ 4th * MTSU/Yrs: 17-20 (.459)/ 4th
Conference: Sun Belt
National Rankings: N/A
Formations: Offense - Multiple * Defense - 3-3 Stack
Internet Web Address: www.goblueraiders.com

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing: So. TB RaShard Lee [53 for 309 yards; 5.8 avg; 2 TDs]
Passing: QB Andrico Hines [70-113-4; 61.9 pct; 740 yards; 1 TD]
Receptions: Sr. WR Tyrone Calico [23 for 256 yards; 11.1 avg; 1 TD] [37]
Scoring: Sr. TB Dwone Hicks [4 TDs; 24 points]
Tackles: Jr. LB Randy Arnold [45 TT (32-13); .5 (-1)]

VANDERBILT (1-4, 0-3 SEC)
Head Coach: Bobby Johnson (Clemson, '72)
Overall/Yrs: 61-40 (.604)/ 9th * VU/Yrs: 1-4 (.200) / 1st
National Rankings: N/A
Formations: Offense - 2-Back Set * Defense - 4-3
Internet Web Address: www.vucommodores.com

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing: So. RB Norval McKenzie [30 for 256; 8.5 avg; 1 TD] (10)
Passing: Jr. QB Jay Cutler [43-80-5; 53.8 pct.; 615 yards; 4 TDs] (8)
Receptions: Sr. WR Dan Stricker [13 for 217 yards; 16.7 avg.; 3 TDs] (T9)
Scoring: Jr. QB Jay Cutler [3 TDs; 18 points]
Tackles: Sr. LB Hunter Hillenmeyer [32 TT (20-12); 4 TFL (-12); 1 Sack]

Series History
Record: VU 12-1 * Last: MTSU, 37-28 (8/30/2001 in Nashville)

  • The two schools are located less than 30 miles from each other ...
  • In games played in Nashville, Vanderbilt is 11-1 ...
  • Last year, MTSU ran for 300 yards and quarterback Wes Counts threw for 308 yards as the Blue Raiders claimed their first victory against the Commodores, 37-28 ...
  • It was also their first ever win over an SEC team ...
  • Andy McCollum is 1-0 against Vanderbilt, while Bobby Johnson has never faced Middle Tennessee ...
  • This is the Blue Raiders fourth game this year versus an SEC school (L 39-34 at Alabama; L 26-3 at Tennessee; L 44-22 at Kentucky) ...
  • Vanderbilt is 14-1 against Sun Belt Conference schools (12-1 v. Middle Tennessee; 2-0 v. North Texas) ...
  • MTSU offensive coordinator Steve Campbell and defensive coordinator Steve Davis coached at Auburn. Campbell from 1988-1989, and Davis in 1994.

* SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS at KENTUCKY WILDCATS *

6:30 p.m. (E) * ESPN2 * Commonwealth Stadium (67,530) * Lexington

SOUTH CAROLINA (4-2, 2-1 SEC)
Head Coach: Lou Holtz (Kent State, '59)
Overall/Yrs: 237-115-7 (.670) / 31st * USC/Yrs: 21-20 (.512) / 4th
National Rankings: RV - ESPN/USA Today
Formations: Offense - Multiple * Defense - Multiple
Internet Web Address: www.uscsports.com

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing: Sr. QB Corey Jenkins [99 for 484 yards; 4.9 avg; 4 TDs] (5)
Passing: Sr. QB Corey Jenkins [73-117-4; 62.4 pct; 946 yards; 6 TDs] (7) [28]
Receptions: Sr. RB Ryan Brewer [20 for 229 yards; 11.5 avg.; 1 TD]
Scoring: Jr. PK Daniel Weaver [6-9 FGs; 18-19 PATs; 36 points]
Tackles: Fr. LB Lance Laury [56 TT (36-20); 3 TFL (-5)]

KENTUCKY (4-1, 0-1 SEC)
Head Coach: Guy Morriss (TCU '73)
Overall/Yrs: 6-10 (.375)/ 2nd * UK/Yrs: 6-10 (.375)/ 2nd
National Rankings: RV - AP
Formations: Offense - Multiple * Defense - 4-2
Internet Web Address: www.ukathletics.com

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing: Sr. RB Artose Pinner [93 for 507 yards; 5.5 avg; 5 TDs] (2) [12]
Passing: Jr. QB Jared Lorenzen [64-107-2; 59.8 pct.; 894 yards; 12 TD] (5) [8]
Receptions: Sr. RB Artose Pinner [16 for 147; 9.2 avg; 2 TD] (T5)
Scoring: Sr. RB Artose Pinner [7 TDs; 42 points] (2) [T15]
Tackles: Sr. LB Morris Lane [28 TT (17-11)]

Series History
Record: Tied 6-6-1 * Last: SC, 42-6 (10/6/2001 in Columbia)

  • In games played in Lexington, South Carolina holds a 4-3 advantage ...
  • The Gamecocks have won the last two meetings ...
  • Last year, Andrew Pinnock ran for two touchdowns, and Phil Petty threw for 141 yards in a 42-6 victory ...
  • With the win, South Carolina started the year 5-0 for the first time since 1994 ...
  • Five of the ten meetings since 1992 have been decided by less than a touchdown ...
  • South Carolina assistant coach Joker Phillips was a wide receiver for Kentucky from 1981-1984. He also coached there from 1990-1996 ...
  • Lou Holtz is 2-1 against Kentucky, and Guy Morriss is 0-1 against South Carolina.

* LSU TIGERS at FLORIDA GATORS *

7:45 p.m. (E) * ESPN * Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field (83,000) * Gainesville

LSU (4-1, 1-0 SEC)
Head Coach: Nick Saban (Kent State, '73)
Overall/Yrs: 65-34-1 (.655)/ 9th * LSU/Yrs: 22-8 (.733)/ 3rd
National Rankings: 15th - ESPN/USA Today; 18th - AP
Formations: Offense - Multiple * Defense - 4-3
Internet Web Address: www.lsusports.net

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing: Sr. RB Domanick Davis [66 for 330 yards; 5.0 avg; 5 TDs] (9)
Passing: So QB Matt Mauck [50-110-2; 45.5 pct.; 629 yards; 7 TDs] (T9)
Receptions: So. WR Michael Clayton [21 for 258 yards; 12.3 avg; 4 TDs] (4)
Scoring: Sr. RB Domanick Davis [6 TDs; 36 points] (T6)
Tackles: Sr. LB Bradie James [62 TT (229-33); 3.5 TFL (-16); 2 sack (-8); 1 INT]

FLORIDA (4-2, 2-1 SEC)
Head Coach: Ron Zook (Miami (OH), '76)
Overall/Yrs: 4-2 (.667) / 1st * UF/Yrs: 4-2 (.667) / 1st
National Rankings: 16th - ESPN/USA Today; 16th - AP
Formations: Offense - Multiple * Defense - Multiple, 4-3
Internet Web Address: www.gatorzone.com

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing: Sr. RB Earnest Graham [108 for 527 yards; 4.9 avg; 7 TDs] (4) [37]
Passing: Jr. QB Rex Grossman [120-223-10; 53.8 pct.; 1634 yards; 10 TDs] (3) [45]
Receptions: Sr. WR Taylor Jacobs [41 for 729 yards; 17.8 avg; 6 TDs] (1) [10]
Scoring: Sr. RB Earnest Graham [7 TDs; 42 points] (8) [T39]
Tackles: Sr. LB Byron Hardmon [57 TT (34-23); 2 TFL; 1 INT]

Series History
Record: UF leads 26-19-3 * Last: UF, 44-15 (10/6/2001 in Baton Rouge)

  • Florida has won 13 out of the last 14 meetings ...
  • LSU's only win during that time came in 1997, a 28-21 defeat over the then #1-ranked Gators ...
  • In games played in Gainesville, the Gators hold a 12-8-3 advantage ...
  • In the last game, Rex Grossman threw for a school-record 464 yards and five touchdowns in a 44-15 victory ...
  • Nick Saban is 0-2 against the Gators, while Ron Zook has never faced the Tigers ...
  • Florida assistants Ed Zaunbrecher and Tyke Tolbert both have LSU ties. Zaunbrecher was the Tigers' offensive coordinator from 1984-90, and Tolbert played at LSU from 1988-90.

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.

Saturday, October 12
11:00 a.m. JP Sports SEC Football Today (Live)
11:30 a.m. JP Sports Arkansas at Auburn Football (Live)
2:30 p.m. CBS Sports Tennessee at Georgia Football (Live)
6:45 p.m. ESPN South Carolina at Kentucky Football (Live)
8 p.m. ESPN2 LSU at Florida Football (Live)

Sunday, October 13
2:30 p.m. SEC-TV Arkansas at Alabama Volleyball (Live)

Monday, October 14
2 a.m. FSNS Arkansas at Alabama Volleyball (Taped from 10/13/02)

Thursday, October 17
5:30 p.m. SEC-TV SEC-TV Weekly (Live)
11 p.m. ESPN SEC Football: The Season (This Week: Kentucky)

Saturday, October 19
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)

Perfect Attendance in Week 6

The five SEC home games in Week 6 drew a total of 422,253 fans, an average of 84,451 per game. Four of the five listed attendances were at or over stadium capacity. Attendance at LSU's 48-0 win over Louisiana-Lafayette was listed at 91,357, which is 243 short of Tiger Stadium's 91,600 capacity.

In the five home games, 420,327 seats were available, meaning that during Week 6, SEC stadiums were filled to 100.4 percent of capacity.


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