SEC Football Notes

LSU and Georgia are only SEC teams to be ranked each week in both the AP and ESPN-USA Today polls ... SEC stadiums have been filled to 97.3 percent capacity this season ... Alabama leads the SEC with nine five-minute+ scoring drives ...

  • Auburn leads the SEC, scoring on 38.58 percent of its offensive drives ...
  • 11 of the 12 SEC teams have outscored their opponents in the fourth quarter ...
  • 15-of-36 SEC games have been decided by 10-points-or-less ...
  • Kentucky leads the SEC with seven blocked kicks this year ...
  • Auburn vs. Georgia is the longest SEC rivalry with the 106th game played this weekend ...
  • Florida's Max Starks is this week's SEC Good Works Team Player of the Week ...
  • Only five teams have a mathematical shot at playing in the SEC Championship Game.

Last Week's Results

Alabama 28, Mississippi State 14
Watts throws for 223 yards and 3 TDs

Arkansas 23, South Carolina 0
Arkansas defense logs back-to-back shutouts for first time since 1974

LSU 33, Kentucky 30
Randall-to-Henderson 75 yarder as time expires is LSU game-winner

Auburn 52, Louisiana-Monroe 14
Tigers account for 503 total yards

Florida 21, Vanderbilt 17
Graham rushes for 125 yards and a TD

Miami, Fla. 26, Tennessee 3
Top-ranked 'Canes hold Vols to 218 total yards

Georgia 31, Ole Miss 17
Bulldogs shut out Rebels, 10-0, in second half

SEC Defensive Player of the Week

FS CHARLES JONES (Alabama)
6-0 * 180 * Jr. * Waynesboro, Ga. (Burke County HS)

Jones recorded 10 tackles and added two pass deflections, two forced fumbles and one interception in Alabama's 28-14 win over Miss. State. Jones' interception came on the Bulldogs' final drive in the fourth quarter and sealed the Crimson Tide victory. For the season, Jones has 75 total tackles (50 solos) with two interceptions, three pass deflections and one tackle for loss (-10 yards).

SEC Standings

WESTERN DIVISION

         SEC  Pct.  Overall Pct.  2001  Streak  
#Alabama 5-1 .833    8-2   .800   5-5    W 4
LSU      4-1 .800    7-2   .778   6-3    W 1
Auburn   4-2 .667    7-3   .700   7-3    W 3
Arkansas 3-3 .500    6-3   .667   6-3    W 3
Ole Miss 2-4 .333    5-5   .500   6-4    L 4
MSU      0-5 .000    3-6   .333   2-7    L 2

EASTERN DIVISION

           SEC Pct.   Overall Pct.  2001  Streak  
Georgia    6-1 .857    9-1   .900   7-3    W 1
Florida    5-2 .714    7-3   .700   9-1    W 3
S.Carolina 3-4 .429    5-5   .500   7-3    L 3
Tennessee  2-3 .400    5-4   .556   8-1    L 1
#Kentucky  2-4 .333    6-4   .600   2-8    L 1
Vanderbilt 0-6 .000    2-8   .200   2-8    L 2

2001=record after same number of games in 2001. 
Teams listed in alphabetical order unless tie-breaker applicable. 
# - Not eligible for conference championship game.

November 16 Schedule

ALABAMA (8-2) at LSU (7-2)
8 p.m. (C) Baton Rouge, La. * ESPN * Tiger Stadium (91,600)
Series: UA leads, 42-18-5 * Last: LSU, 35-21 (11/3/2001 at Tuscaloosa)

TENNESSEE (5-4) at MISSISSIPPI STATE (3-6)
11:30 a.m. (C) Starkville, Miss. * JP Sports * Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field (55,082)
Series: UT leads, 24-15-1 * Last: UT, 24-14 (12/5/98 at Atlanta, Ga.)

LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE (3-7) at ARKANSAS (6-3)
1 p.m. (C) Fayetteville, Ark. * Reynolds Razorback Stadium (72,000)
Series: UA leads, 3-0 * Last: UA, 38-17 (9/5/98 at Fayetteville)

VANDERBILT (2-8) at KENTUCKY (6-4)
1:30 p.m. (E) Lexington, Ky. * Commonwealth Stadium (67,530)
Series: VU leads, 36-34-4 * Last: UK, 56-30 (11/10/2001 at Nashville)

GEORGIA (9-1) at AUBURN (7-3)
2:30 p.m. (C) Auburn, Ala. * CBS Sports * Jordan-Hare Stadium (86,063)
Series: AU leads, 51-46-8 * Last: AU, 24-17 (11/10/2001 at Athens)

SOUTH CAROLINA (5-5) at FLORIDA (7-3)
6 p.m. (E) Gainesville, Fla. * ESPN * Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field (83,000)
Series: UF leads, 16-3-3 * Last: UF, 54-17 (11/10/2001 at Columbia)

OPEN: Ole Miss (5-5)

Most Competitive Conference in the Nation

SEC vs. SEC games have traditionally been among the most competitive in the nation. After 11 weeks of this season, 36 SEC vs. SEC games have an average scoring margin of 15.19 points per contest. 41.7 percent of the SEC's 36 games (15-of-36) have been decided by ten-points-or-less.

SEC Championship Game Scenarios

EASTERN DIVISION
* GEORGIA can win the Eastern Division outright with a win over Auburn. The Bulldogs can still win the Eastern Division title with a loss at Auburn, provided Florida loses to South Carolina. If both Georgia and Florida lose this weekend, the Bulldogs would still claim the Eastern Division title.

* FLORIDA can represent the Eastern Division with a win over South Carolina and a Georgia loss at Auburn. If Florida loses to South Carolina, it cannot represent the Eastern Division, no matter what happens in the Georgia-Auburn game.

* All other teams in the Eastern Division are eliminated from contention in representing the division in the SEC Championship Game.

WESTERN DIVISION
*Though Alabama's goal remains to finish with the league's best record, the Tide is prohibited from participating in the SEC Championship Game.

* LSU is the only team in the Western Division that control its own destiny in reaching the SEC Championship Game. If LSU wins the remainder of its games, it would win the division title outright.

* If LSU loses once more and Auburn wins the remainder of its conference games, Auburn would win the tie-breaker with LSU due to the head-to-head matchup (AU, 31-7).

* LSU, AUBURN, ARKANSAS and OLE MISS are the only teams in the Western Division that remain eligible to represent the Western Division in the SEC Championship Game.

* Currently, Arkansas holds head-to-head tie-breaker advantages over Auburn (AR, 38-17) and Ole Miss (AR, 48-28). ARKANSAS hosts LSU on Nov. 29 in Little Rock.

* Curently, AUBURN holds head-to-head tie-breaker advantages over LSU (AU, 31-7) and OLE MISS (AU, 31-24).

* Should LSU win one more conference game, OLE MISS would be eliminated from Western Division title contention.

* LSU visits Arkansas on Nov. 29 in Little Rock and hosts OLE MISS on Nov. 23.

Championship Game Attracts True Fans

In its 11th year, the SEC Football Championship Game continues to be a hot ticket. All general public tickets have been sold out and the only tickets available are ones purchased through the ticket offices of the participating schools. According to SEC Director of Championships Ticket Operations Craig Mattox, ticket orders for the 2002 game have come from 37 different states, with Georgia fans purchasing the most general public tickets. Below is a breakdown of the top six states for ticket orders:
  1. Georgia 1,593
  2. Alabama 880
  3. Tennessee 783
  4. Florida 358
  5. South Carolina 135
  6. Mississippi 75

Does Scoring First Mean Victory?

In the SEC, it almost 100 percent. SEC teams are 51-11 when scoring first. Arkansas, Auburn, LSU and Vanderbilt are perfect when it scores first, while Alabama and Kentucky have scored first the most amount of times.

Turnovers Lost=Loss

There have been 16 times this year when an SEC team has lost four or more turnovers in a game. Of those games, an SEC team has won only four of those contests - Auburn vs. Syracuse (Tigers lost four turnovers), Miss. State vs. Troy State (Bulldogs lost four turnovers), Ole Miss vs. Arkansas State (Rebels lost four turnovers) and Florida vs. Georgia (Florida lost four turnovers).

SEC teams have lost four or more turnovers in 11 conference games and have won just one of those contests (Florida vs. Georgia - Gators lost four turnovers).

Last-Play Game Winners in SEC Play

LSU's Devery Henderson's 75-yard TD reception on the game's final play against Kentucky marked the first time that an SEC team has won a game on a last-play TD since Nov. 4, 1972. Two of those games have involved Alabama.

* Oct. 20, 1990 - Alabama 9, Tennessee 6 - Philip Doyle 47-yard FG
* Nov. 30, 1985 - Alabama 25, Auburn 23 - Van Tiffin 52-yard FG


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