SEC weekly football notes

The winner of the LSU at Arkansas game on Friday will represent the Western Division and play Eastern Division Champion Georgia in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 7 in Atlanta.

  • The SEC continues to have the nation's best non-conference winning percentage this season, holding a 35-11 record (76.1 percent) ...
  • SEC vs. SEC games have been decided this year by an average of 15.16 points per game, which rates as the third-most competitive conference in Division I-A ...
  • 42.2 percent of the SEC vs. SEC games have been decided by 10-points-or-less ...
  • So far this season, SEC teams are 26-20 in conference games away from home ...
  • Arkansas' Matt Jones leads all active SEC QBs with 1,145 rushing yards ...
  • Kentucky has the best average starting field position in the SEC at its' 38-yard line ...
  • Alabama has scored on 36.36 percent of its offensive drives, best in the SEC.

Thursday, November 28, Schedule

6:45 p.m. (C) Oxford, Miss. * ESPN * Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (60,580)
Series: UM leads, 55-37-6 * Last: MSU, 36-28 (11/22/2001 at Starkville)

Friday, November 29, Schedule

LSU (8-3) at ARKANSAS (8-3)
1:30 p.m. (C) Little Rock, Ark. * CBS Sports * War Memorial Stadium (53,727)
Series: LSU leads, 29-16-2 * Last: LSU, 41-38 (11/23/2001 at Baton Rouge)

Saturday, November 30 Schedule

12:30 p.m. (E) Knoxville, Tenn. * Jefferson-Pilot Sports * Neyland Stadium (104,079)
Series: UT leads, 65-23-9 * Last: UT, 38-35 (11/17/2001 at Lexington)

GEORGIA TECH (7-4) at GEORGIA (10-1)
3:30 p.m. (E) Athens, Ga. * CBS Sports * Sanford Stadium (86,520)
Series: UGA leads, 53-36-5 * Last: UGA, 31-17 (11/24/2001 at Atlanta)

ALABAMA (9-3) at HAWAII (9-2)
6:45 p.m. (C) Honolulu, Ha. * ESPN * Aloha Stadium (50,000)
Series: First Meeting

8 p.m. (E) Tallahassee, Fla. * ABC Sports * Doak Campbell Stadium (82,000)
Series: UF leads, 27-17-2 * Last: UF, 37-13 (11/17/2001 at Gainesville)

Auburn (8-4), South Carolina (5-7), Vanderbilt (2-10)

Last Week's Results

Tennessee 24, Vanderbilt 0
Houston rushes for 140 yards and TD for Vols

Arkansas 26, Mississippi State 19
Razorbacks withstand late Bulldog rally for win

Auburn 17, Alabama 7
Campbell throws for 169 yards and 2 TDs

Clemson 27, South Carolina 20
Tigers' 432 yards of total offense too much for Gamecocks

LSU 14, Ole Miss 13
Randall comes off bench to throw 2 TD passes

Alabama Crimson Tide at Hawaii Warriors

6:45 p.m. (C) * Aloha Stadium (81,473) * Honolulu

LIVE TELEVISION: ESPN (Ron Franklin, play-by-play; Mike Gottfried, analyst; Adrian Karsten, sideline reporter)

RADIO: Crimson Tide Sports Network (Eli Gold, play-by-play; Ken Stabler, analyst; Tom Roberts, sideline reporter) / Hawaii Sports Network (Bobby Curran, play-by-play; Robert Kekaula, analyst)

ALABAMA (9-3, 6-2 SEC)

Head Coach: Dennis Franchione (Pittsburg (KS) State, '73)
Overall/Yrs: 154-73-2 (.677) / 20th season
UA/Yrs: 16-8 (.667) / 2nd season
National Rankings: 14th - AP
Formations: Offense - Multiple * Defense - Pressing

Bama Key Players

QB Tyler Watts (6-3, 222, Sr., Pelham, Ala.)
Has completed 104 of 166 passes for 1,333 yards with 6 TDs and 4 INTs this season ... He has also rushed for 329 yards and three touchdowns on 112 carries ... 7th in school history with 4,560 career total offensive yards ... Last week vs. Auburn, completed 11 of 21 passes for 126 yards ... Is sixth in career rushing yards for QBs at Alabama with 1,102 yards.

RB Santonio Beard (6-1, 216, Jr., Nashville, Tenn.)
Has rushed for 725 yards on 147 carries and has 12 TDs ... Has also caught five passes for 74 yards ... Tied for second in the SEC with 12 TDs ... Rushed 13 times for 138 yards and five touchdowns against Ole Miss, tying an Alabama record ... His performance against the Rebels earned him Offensive Player of the Week.

ROV Brooks Daniels (6-2, 205, Jr., Jasper, Fla.)
Has started every game ... Leads the team in tackles with 100 (66 solo) ... Has nine tackles for loss (-25) and three sacks (-16) ... Recorded 16 tackles against Middle Tennessee State ... Has nine career double figure tackle games including four in 2002 ... In 35 career games, registered 216 total stops.

SS Waine Bacon (5-10, 195, Sr., Fort Washington, Md.)
Has started 24 straight games at strong safety ... Has recorded 68 tackles (32 solo) this year ... Also has three interceptions, two fumble recoveries, nine pass deflections and one blocked field goal ... Against Auburn, credited with four tackles, one sack (-1), three pass deflections and an interception.

Alabama Team Notes

  • Leads the SEC and is eighth in the nation in rushing defense with 87.8 yards per game ...
  • Leads the SEC and is third in the nation in total defense with 248.8 yards per game ... Is second in the SEC in rushing offense (207.7) ...
  • Is also second in the SEC in pass defense efficiency with a 100.6 rating ...
  • Alabama's defense has allowed two or less TDs in eight games this season ...
  • The Tide has also allowed less than 60 rushing yards in six games, going 5-1 in those games.

HAWAII (9-2, 7-1 WAC)

Head Coach: June Jones (New York State Regents College)
Overall/Yrs: 30-18 (.625) / 4th season
UH/Yrs: 30-18 (.625) / 4th season
Conference: Western Athletic
National Rankings: 24th - ESPN/USA Today; NR - AP
Formations: Offense - Run-and-Shoot * Defense - 4-3

Warrior Key Players

QB Timmy Chang (6-1, 195, So., Waipahu, Oahu)
Is fourth in the nation in total offense, averaging 324.4 yards per game ... Has completed 276 of 496 passes for 3,541 yards with 20 TDs and 14 INTs ... Has already established himself as Hawaii's all-time career passing yardage leader ... Was named WAC Player of the Week against Fresno State, completing 36 of 61 passes for 462 yards with 2 TDs.

OG Vince Manuwai (6-2, 309, Sr., Honolulu, Hawaii)
Started season on watchlists for the Outland Trophy ... Going into Cincinnati game had 45 pancake blocks ... Recorded 53 pancakes last year and 49 in 2000 ... Has given up just one sack in 456 pass attempts ... One of the main reasons Hawaii leads the nation in passing offense (384.9 ypg).

SAF Hyrum Peters (5-8, 188, Jr., Laie, Oahu)
Has four interceptions in 11 games this season, which is tied for 49th in the nation ... Played at cornerback last season and made move to safety prior to start of 2002 campaign ... Second on squad in tackles with 67 heading into Cincinnati game.

Hawaii Team Notes

  • Hawaii has had a WAC-high six different players post 100-yard receiving days this season ...
  • The Rainbows will be playing in the ConAgra Foods Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 25.

Series/Game Notes

Record: First Meeting
  • This the first meeting between the two schools ...
  • Alabama is 3-1 against non-conference opponents this year ...
  • UA is 8-6 all-time against current WAC opponents (2-3 v. Louisiana Tech; 0-3 v. Rice; 2-0 v. Southern Methodist; 1-0 v. UTEP; 3-0 v. Tulsa) ...
  • The SEC is 1-0 against the WAC this year (ARK def. BSU 41-14) ...
  • This is the first time Alabama has played in Hawaii since the 1985 Aloha Bowl ... In that game, the Tide defeated Southern Cal, 24-3 ...
  • For the second straight year, Alabama will finish the regular season with a team other than Auburn. Before 2001, that had not happened since 1988.

2002 SEC Bowl Tie-Ins

SEC CHAMPION - Bowl Championship Series
The BCS consists of the Rose Bowl, Nokia Sugar Bowl, FedEx Orange Bowl and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The conferences with automatic berths include the Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and Southeastern Conferences.

ABC-TV will televise the four Bowl Championship Series games. The Bowl Championship Series guarantees a matchup between college football's top two teams in a true national championship game.

Any Division I-A independent team or champion of Conference USA or any other Division I-A conference which is ranked sixth or higher in the BCS standings, will also be eligible for the Bowl Championship Series.

The BCS also guarantees automatic selection to the highest-ranked at-large team should that team be ranked either third or fourth in the final BCS standings of the regular season.

Otherwise, any Division I-A team can qualify for selection in the BCS if they have won at least 9 college football games during the most recently completed regular season (not to include wins in exempted games) and are ranked in the top 12 of the final BCS standings.

At the conclusion of the 2002 regular season, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl will host the National Championship contest. The game will be played on Jan. 3 at 8 p.m. ET in Tempe, Ariz. The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl shall select the top two teams ranked in the BCS final regular season standings. Other BCS games following the 2002 regular season include the FedEx Orange Bowl on Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. ET, the Nokia Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET and the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 at 5 p.m. ET.

The BCS uses regional consideration regarding team selection. Specifically, as a member of the BCS, the Rose Bowl will host the Big Ten and Pac-10 champions in those years in which either the Rose Bowl does not have the national championship game or the Big Ten and Pac-10 champion is not ranked No. 1 or No. 2. Other "regional consideration" tie-ins include the SEC champion in the Sugar Bowl, the ACC or Big East champion in the Orange Bowl and the Big 12 champion in the Fiesta Bowl.

2nd Selection - Capital One Bowl (Orlando, Fla.)
Jan. 1, 1 p.m. ET, ABC-TV [Opponent - Big Ten]

3rd through 5th Selections (Listed Alphabetically) -
* Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (Atlanta, Ga.) Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN [Opponent - ACC]
* Outback Bowl (Tampa, Fla.) Jan. 1, 11 a.m. ET, ESPN [Opponent - Big Ten]
* SBC Cotton Bowl (Dallas, Texas) Jan. 1, 11 a.m. ET, FOX [Opponent - Big 12]

6th and 7th Selections (Listed Alphabetically) -
* Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl (Nashville, Tenn.) Dec. 30, 5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN [Opponent - Big Ten]
* MainStay Independence Bowl (Shreveport, La.) Dec. 27, 4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN [Opponent - Big 12]

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