Tide Ranking Is Top SEC Football News

Alabama has vaulted into the top spot in the three major polls for the first time since the end of its National Championship season in 1992. It is also the first time the Crimson Tide has held the top spot during the regular season since Weeks 3-9 in the 1980 season. Bama is tops in the news in this week's Sunday Southeastern Conference notebook.



New AP/USA Today/Harris number one is Alabama (BCS standings not out at press time) travels to AP / USA Today/ Harris 15 LSU on Saturday to highlight this weekend's SEC football slate. The game will be televised by CBS Sports with a 2:30 p.m. CT kickoff.

Alabama junior defensive back Ali Sharrief is this week's SEC Community Service Team Player of the Week and will be highlighted during this week's Raycom Sports telecast of the Georgia at Kentucky game.

Number four (AP / Harris) Florida visits Vanderbilt at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2 while number 14 Georgia (AP / Harris / USA Today) visits Kentucky at 12:30 p.m. ET on Raycom Sports.

Both divisional races could be clinched following Saturday games. An Alabama win over LSU and a Florida win over Vanderbilt would clinch a spot for the Tide and the Gators in the SEC Championship Game. It would be the earliest date ever that both teams have clinched spots in the SEC Championship Game. The earliest clinches in SEC Championship Game history were Oct. 29, 1994 (Florida); Oct. 30, 2004 (Auburn); Oct. 30, 1993 (Alabama) and Nov. 4, 2006 (Florida).

Other games this weekend will include Arkansas visiting South Carolina (1 p.m. ET), Tennessee hosting Wyoming at 1 p.m. ET and Auburn hosting Tennessee-Martin at 1:30 p.m. CT.

The SEC continues to lead the nation in non-conference winning percentage (81.6) with a 31-7 record. In years when regular seasons have been 12 weeks (6th year since 2002), the SEC has never won fewer than 31 non-conference games (2003).

In 61 home games this season, SEC stadiums have been filled to 98.45 percent capacity. More than 4.6 million fans have attended SEC home games this season.

This season, the SEC has had the most teams ranked in both the AP and USA Today Top 25 polls (8 in each). The ACC has had eight teams ranked in the AP and seven in the USA Today polls.

Florida's Tim Tebow has moved into a tie for fifth in the SEC career record books for TD Responsibility with 90 (39 rushing, 51 passing).

LSU leads the SEC in offensive touchdown red zone success, scoring TDs on 75.86 percent of its times inside the 20. Alabama leads the SEC in defensive touchdown red zone success, limiting opponents to just six touchdowns in 15 tries (40 percent).

SEC game times are lasting 3:11 with the national average at 3:13. SEC games have an average of 125.9 plays while the national average is 136.5.

SEC teams have scored 26 defensive touchdowns this season. Arkansas scored its first this past weekend against Tulsa. Mississippi State is the only SEC team not to score a defensive touchdown this season.

SEC intra-conference games are being decided by an average margin of 12.85 points per game, third lowest among FBS conferences. Of the SEC's 33 intra-conference games, 21 have been decided by 10 points or less, the second highest percentage rate in FBS.

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