This Week in the SEC

This is your source for previews for all the SEC teams in action this week.

MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS at LSU TIGERS
11:30 p.m. (C) * JP Sports * Tiger Stadium (91,600) * Baton Rouge

MISSISSIPPI STATE (1-2, 0-1 SEC)
Head Coach: Jackie Sherrill (Alabama, '66)
Overall/Yrs: 176-103-4 (.629)/ 25th * MSU/Yrs: 71-58-2 (.550)/ 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 [19 for 100 yards; 5.3 avg; 1 TD]
Passing: Jr. QB Kevin Fant [34-57-1; 59.6 pct; 551 yards; 3 TDs]
Receptions: Sr. WR Terrell Grindle [8 for 194 yards; 24.2 avg; 1 TD] and Jr. FL Justin Jenkins [8 for 89 yards; 11.1 avg; 0 TDs]
Scoring: Sr. TB Dontae Walker [4 TDs; 24 points] (6) [50]
Tackles: Sr. LB Mario Haggan [39 TT (15-24); 1 TFL (-2)]

LSU (1-2, 0-0 SEC)
Head Coach: Nick Saban (Kent State, '73)
Overall/Yrs: 63-34-1 (.648)/ 9th * LSU/Yrs: 20-8 (.714)/ 3rd
National Rankings: 20th - ESPN/USA Today; 22nd - AP
Formations: Offense - Multiple * Defense - 4-3
Internet Web Address: www.lsusports.net

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing: Jr. TB LaBrandon Toefield [16 for 131 yards; 8.2 avg.; 2 TDs] (6)
Passing: So QB Matt Mauck [23-53-2; 43.4 pct.; 224 yards; 0 TDs] (10)
Receptions: So. WR Michael Clayton [10 for 104 yards; 10.4 avg.; 0 TDs] (4) [23]
Scoring: Jr. TB LaBrandon Toefield [2 TD; 12 points] and Sr. RB Domanick Davis [2TDs; 12 points]
Tackles: Sr. LB Bradie James [37 TT (18-19); 1.5 TFL (-6); 1 sacks (-3)]

Series History
Record: LSU leads 59-33-3 * Last: LSU, 42-0 (10/20/2001 in Starkville)
Notes: LSU has won nine out of the last ten games, including the last five games played in Baton Rouge ... In games played in Baton Rouge, the Tigers hold a 41-18-1 advantage ... LSU has won the last four games by an average score of 36-15.25 ... MSU's Jackie Sherrill is 2-12 against the Tigers, while LSU's Nick Saban is 2-0 against Mississippi State ... LSU has lost their last three SEC season openers ... Last year, Josh Reed caught ten balls for 146 yards and two touchdowns as the Tigers dominated the Bulldogs,42-0 ... It was LSU's first road shutout in conference play since blanking Alabama 27-0 in 1997... It was also their biggest margin of victory since defeating Mississippi State 47-0 in 1986 ... Nick Saban is 2-0 against Sherrill-coached teams ... The two teams have met every year since 1944.

NEW MEXICO STATE AGGIES at GEORGIA BULLDOGS
1 p.m. (E) * Sanford Stadium (86,520) * Athens

NEW MEXICO STATE (1-2, 0-0 Sun Belt)
Head Coach: Tony Samuel (Nebraska, '79)
Overall/Yrs: 20-39 (.339)/ 6th * NMSU/Yrs: 20-39 (.339)/ 6th
2002 Schedule: 8/31-at South Carolina (L 24-34); 9/7-at California (L 13-34); 9/21-NEW MEXICO (W 24-13); 9/28-at Georgia; 10/5-UTEP; 10/12-LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE; 10/19-LOUISIANA MONROE; 10/26-at Arkansas State; 11/2-MIDDLE TENNESSEE; 11/9-at Utah State; 11/16-at North Texas; 11/23-at Idaho
Conference: Sun Belt
National Rankings: N/A
Formations: Offense - Power I * Defense - Multiple 4-3
Internet Web Address: www.nmstatesports.com

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing: Fr. QB Paul Dombrowski [33 for 205 yards; 6.2 avg.; 1 TD]
Passing: So. QB Buck Pierce [29-43-0; 67.4 pct.; 328 yards; 1 TD]
Receptions: Sr. WR H.B. Briscoe [10 for 146; 14.6 avg; 0 TDs]
Scoring: Jr. PK Dario Aguiniga [6-7 FGs; 5-5 PATs; 23 points]
Tackles: Jr. FS Shiddeeq Shabazz [26 TT (21-5)]

GEORGIA (3-0, 1-0 SEC)
Head Coach: Mark Richt (Miami, '82)
Overall/Yrs: 11-4 (.733) / 2nd * UG/Yrs: 11-4 (.733) / 2nd
National Rankings: 7th - ESPN/USA Today; 8th - AP
Formations: Offense - Pro Style * Defense - Multiple 4-3
Internet Web Address: www.georgiadogs.com

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing: Jr. RB Musa Smith [58 for 278 yards; 4.8 avg; 0 TDs] (4) [43]
Passing: So. QB David Greene [49-83-2; 582 yards; 59.0 pct; 5 TD] (6) [38]
Receptions: So. WR Fred Gibson [17 for 278 yards; 16.4 avg; 0 TDs] (3) [T23]
Scoring: Jr. PK Billy Bennett [4-4 FGs; 11-11 PATs; 23 points] (7)
Tackles: Sr. LB Boss Bailey [26 TT (18-8); 3 TFL (-11); 1 sack]

Series History
Record: UG leads 2-0 * Last: UG, 37-0 (9/23/2000 in Athens)
Notes: Georgia is 4-0 against teams currently in the Sun Belt Conference (2-0 v. Arkansas State; 2-0 v. New Mexico State) ... Quincy Carter threw for 182 yards and Brett Millican rushed for 99 more as Georgia defeated the Aggies 37-0 in 1995.

KENTUCKY WILDCATS at FLORIDA GATORS
3:30 p.m. (E) * CBS Sports * Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field (83,000) * Gainesville

KENTUCKY (4-0, 0-0 SEC)
Head Coach: Guy Morriss (TCU '73)
Overall/Yrs: 6-9 (.400)/ 2nd * UK/Yrs: 6-9 (.400)/ 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] (1) [12]
Passing: Jr. QB Jared Lorenzen [64-107-2; 59.8 pct.; 894 yards; 12 TD] (1) [8]
Receptions: Sr. RB Artose Pinner [16 for 147; 9.2 avg; 2 TD]
Scoring: Sr. RB Artose Pinner [7 TDs; 42 points] (T1) [T15]
Tackles: Sr. LB Morris Lane [28 TT (17-11)]

FLORIDA (3-1, 1-0 SEC)
Head Coach: Ron Zook (Miami (OH), '76)
Overall/Yrs: 3-1 (.750) / 1st * UF/Yrs: 3-1 (.750) / 1st
National Rankings: 9th - ESPN/USA Today; 7th - AP
Formations: Offense - Multiple * Defense - Multiple, 4-3
Internet Web Address: www.gatorzone.com

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing: Sr. RB Earnest Graham [60 for 373 yards; 6.2 avg.; 6 TDs] (3) [42]
Passing: Jr. QB Rex Grossman [73-136-6; 53.7 pct.; 1054 yards; 6 TDs] (8)
Receptions: Sr. WR Taylor Jacobs [24 for 466 yards; 19.4 avg.; 4 TDs] (1) [16]
Scoring: Sr. RB Earnest Graham [6 TDs; 36 points] (3) [T31]
Tackles: Sr. LB Byron Hardmon [47 TT (28-19); 2 TFL; 1 INT]

Series History
Record: UF leads 35-17 * Last: UF 44-10 (9/22/2001 in Lexington)
Notes: Florida has a 15-game winning streak against the Wildcats, and have won the last 11 in Gainesville ... Kentucky won 12 of the first 16 games played ... These two teams have met every year since 1967 ... The last Kentucky win was in 1986 when the Wildcats won 10-3 in Lexington ... Last year, Rex Grossman threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns, and Robert Gillespie was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week with 147 all-purpose yards as the Gators dominated the Wildcats, 44-10.

SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS at VANDERBILT COMMODORES
6 p.m. (C) * Vanderbilt Stadium (41,221) * Nashville

SOUTH CAROLINA (2-2, 0-1 SEC)
Head Coach: Lou Holtz (Kent State, '59)
Overall/Yrs: 235-115-7 (.668) / 31st * USC/Yrs: 19-20 (.487) / 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 [67 for 336 yards; 5.0 avg; 2 TDs] (5)
Passing: Sr. QB Corey Jenkins [53-86-3; 61.6 pct; 663 yards; 5 TDs] (3) [28]
Receptions: Sr. RB Ryan Brewer [17 for 198 yards; 11.6 avg.; 1 TD] (7)
Scoring: Jr. PK Daniel Weaver [2-3 FGs; 12-13 PATs; 18 points] and Sr. RB Ryan Brewer [3 TDs; 18 points]
Tackles: Fr. LB Lance Laury [50 TT (32-18); 3 TFL (-5)]

VANDERBILT (1-3, 0-2 SEC)
Head Coach: Bobby Johnson (Clemson, '72)
Overall/Yrs: 61-39 (.610)/ 9th * VU/Yrs: 1-3 (.250) / 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]
Passing: Jr. QB Jay Cutler [43-80-5; 53.8 pct.; 615 yards; 4 TDs] (9)
Receptions: Sr. WR Dan Stricker [13 for 217 yards; 16.7 avg.; 3 TDs]
Scoring: Jr. QB Jay Cutler [3 TDs; 18 points] (2)
Tackles: Sr. LB Hunter Hillenmeyer [32 TT (20-12); 4 TFL (-12); 1 Sack]

Series History
Record: SC leads 9-2 * Last: SC, 46-14 (10/20/2001 in Columbia)
Notes: South Carolina has a 5-1 advantage in games played in Nashville ... The Gamecocks won the first seven meetings ... USC's Lou Holtz is 5-1 against Vanderbilt, while VU's Bobby Johnson was 1-1 against South Carolina as Furman's defensive backs coach and 1-0 as Clemson's defensive coordinator ... Last year, South Carolina set a school record with 656 yards of total offense in its 46-14 victory over the Commodores ... Andrew Pinnock ran for 105 yards and Phil Petty threw for 208 yards and two touchdowns ... USC assistant coach Dave Roberts served as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt from 1978-1983 ... In the last game in Nashville, the Gamecocks rushed for 356 yards ... Pinnock rushed for 135 yards, while Derek Watson rushed for 128 yards.

RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS at TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS
7 p.m. (E) * Neyland Stadium (104,079) * Knoxville

RUTGERS (1-3, 0-1 Big East)
Head Coach: Greg Schiano (Bucknell, '88)
Overall/Yrs: 3-12 (.200) / 2nd * RU/Yrs: 3-12 (.200) / 2nd
2002 Schedule: 8/31-VILLANOVA (L 19-37); 9/7-BUFFALO (L 11-34); 9/14-ARMY (W 44-0); 9/21-at Pittsburgh (L 3-23); 9/28-at Tennessee; 10/12-WEST VIRGINIA; 10/19-at Virginia Tech; 10/26- at Syracuse; 11/2-MIAMI (FL); 11/16-TEMPLE; 11/23-at Notre Dame; 11/30-at Boston College
Conference: Big East
National Rankings: N/A
Formations: Offense - Multiple * Defense - 4-3
Internet Web Address: www.scarletknights.com

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing: Fr. RB Markis Facyson [68 for 228 yards; 3.4 avg; 1 TD]
Passing: QB Ted Trump [50-106-6; 47.2 pct; 527 yards; 4 TDs]
Receptions: Sr. TE L.J. Smith [13 for 151 yards; 11.6 avg; 2 TDs]
Scoring: Jr. PK Ryan Sands [3-5 FGs; 6-7 PATs; 15 points]
Tackles: Sr. LB Gary Brackett [43 TT (23-20); 5 TFL (-9); 1 INT; 1 FR]

TENNESSEE (2-1, 0-1 SEC)
Head Coach: Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee, '72)
Overall/Yrs: 97-21 (.822)/ 11th * UT/Yrs: 97-21 (.822)/ 11th
National Rankings: 11th - ESPN/USA Today; 11th - AP
Formations: Offense - Multiple * Defense - 4-3
Internet Web Address: www.utsports.com

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing: So. TB Cedric Houston [24 for 185 yards; 7.7 avg.; 3 TDs]
Passing: Jr. QB Casey Clausen [76-106-2; 71.7 pct.; 786 yards; 3 TDs] (2) [27]
Receptions: So WR Tony Brown [17 for 174 yards; 10.2 avg.; 0 TDs] (T5) [T23]
Scoring: Three tied at 18 points
Tackles: Sr. LB Eddie Moore [23 TT (14-9); .5 TFL (-2); .5 Sacks (-2)]

Series History
Record: UT leads 2-1 * Last: UT 40-0 (11/2/1985 in Knoxville)
Notes: Tennessee has won the last two meetings, outscoring the Scarlet Knights 47-0 ... The Vols are 21-7 all-time against current members of the Big East (8-2 v. Boston College; 1-0 v. Miami (Fla.); 0-2 v. Pittsburgh; 2-1 v. Rutgers; 3-0 v. Syracuse; 2-0 v. Temple; 5-2 v. Virginia Tech) ... Tennessee totaled 525 yards of offense, including 311 yards passing in defeating Rutgers 40-0 in 1985.

ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE at ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS
6:45 p.m. (C) * ESPN * Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium (72,000) * Fayetteville

ALABAMA (3-1, 0-0 SEC)
Head Coach: Dennis Franchione (Pittsburg (KS) State, '73)
Overall/Yrs: 148-71-2 (.674)/ 20th * UA/Yrs: 10-6 (.625)/ 2nd
National Rankings: RV - AP
Formations: Offense - Multiple * Defense - Pressing
Internet Web Address: www.rolltide.com

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing: Sr. TB Ahmaad Galloway [58 for 257 yards; 4.4 avg; 4 TDs] (10)
Passing: Sr. QB Tyler Watts [45-71-2; 63.4 pct.; 588 yards; 2 TDs] (4) [32]
Receptions: Jr. WR Triandos Luke [14 for 127 yards; 9.1 avg.; 0 TDs]
Scoring: So. PK Michael Ziifle [5-9 FGs; 12-12 PATs; 27 points] (9)
Tackles: Jr. R Brooks Daniels [32 TT (21-11); 4 TFL (-7); 1 Sack (-3)]

ARKANSAS (2-0, 0-0 SEC)
Head Coach: Houston Nutt (Oklahoma State, '81)
Overall/Yrs: 67-41 (.620) / 10th * UA/Yrs: 32-18 (.640) / 5th
National Rankings: RV - ESPN/USA Today; RV - AP
Formations: Offense - I * Defense - Multiple
Internet Web Address: www.hogwired.com

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing: Sr. TB Cedric Cobbs [24 for 139; 5.8 avg; 2 TDs]
Passing: QB Matt Jones [16-26-0; 61.5 pct; 254 yards; 5 TDs]
Receptions: Jr. FL Richard Smith [6 for 130; 21.7 avg.; 2 TDs]
Scoring: Jr. PK Brennan O'Donahue [2-2 FGs; 11-11 PATs; 17 points]
Tackles: Jr. SS Jimmy Beasley [14 TT (7-7); 1 TFL (-12); 1 sack (-12)]

Series History
Record: UA leads 7-5 * Last: UA, 31-10 (9/22/2001 in Tuscaloosa)
Notes: The two teams have met every year since 1992 ... Arkansas holds a 2-1 advantage in games played in Fayetteville ... Alabama won the first four meetings ... The other two meetings have been in the 1962 and 1980 Sugar Bowls ... Both games resulted in Alabama victories and the Tide being named national champions ... Seven of the twelve games have been decided by 10 points or less ... In last year's game, Alabama's defense scored two touchdowns, as Reggie Myles returned a 42-yard fumble recovery and Thurman Ward ran back a 60-yard interception return to guide the Tide to a 31-10 victory.

SYRACUSE ORANGEMEN at AUBURN TIGERS
8 p.m. (C) * ESPN2 * Jordan-Hare Stadium (86,063) * Auburn

SYRACUSE (1-2, 0-0 Big East)
Head Coach: Paul Pasqualoni (Penn State, '72)
Overall/Yrs: 126-58-1 (.685) / 17th * SU/Yrs: 92-41-1 (.692) / 12th
2002 Schedule: 8/29-at BYU (L 21-42); 9/7-NORTH CAROLINA (L 22-30); 9/14-RHODE ISLAND (W 63-17); 9/28-at Auburn; 10/5-PITTSBURGH; 10/12-at Temple; 10/19-at West Virginia; 10/26-RUTGERS; 11/2-at Central Florida; 11/9-VIRGINIA TECH; 11/16-at Boston College; 11/30-MIAMI (FLA)
Conference: Big East
National Rankings: N/A
Formations: Offense - Pro Option * Defense - 4-3/3-4
Internet Web Address: www.suathletics.com

Returning Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing: So. RB Walter Reyes [36 for 272 yards; 7.6 avg; 4 TDs] [48]
Passing: Jr. QB R.J. Anderson [25-53-3; 47.2 pct; 505 yards; 2TDs] [44]
Receptions: Jr. WR Jamel Riddle [7 for 227 yards; 32.4 avg; 2 TDs]
Scoring: Fr. RB Damien Rhodes [4 TDs; 24 points] and So. RB Walter Reyes [4 TDs; 24 points] [50]
Tackles: Sr. LB Clifton Smith [37 TT (23-14); 4 TFL (-13); 1 Sack (-5)]

AUBURN (3-1, 2-0 SEC)
Head Coach: Tommy Tuberville (Southern Arkansas, '76)
Overall/Yrs: 49-36 (.576)/ 8th * AU/Yrs: 24-16 (.600)/ 4th
National Rankings: 25th - ESPN/USA Today; RV - AP
Formations: Offense - Pro Style * Defense - 4-3
Internet Web Address: www.auburntigers.com

Individual Statistical Leaders
Rushing: So. TB Carnell Williams [73 for 437 yards; 5.5 avg.; 5 TDs] (2) [25]
Passing: Sr. QB Daniel Cobb [43-77-1; 55.8 pct.; 596 yards; 4 TDs] (5) [34]
Receptions: Sr. WR Marcel Willis [15 for 168 yards; 11.2 avg.; 1 TD] (10)
Scoring: So. TB Carnell Williams [7 TDs; 42 points] (T1) [T15]
Tackles: Sr. LB Mark Brown [37 TT (11-26); 1 TFL (-5); .5 Sacks (-3)]

Series History
Record: SU leads 1-0-1 * Last: SU, 31-14 (9/22/2001 in Syracuse)
Notes: Teams tied, 16-16, in the 1988 Sugar Bowl, costing Syracuse a perfect record ... Auburn is 10-8-2 against teams from the Big East (1-2 v. Boston College; 7-4 v. Miami (Fla); 0-1-1 v. Syracuse; 2-1-1 v. Virginia Tech) ... Last year, James Mungro rushed for 142 yards and three touchdowns, and Auburn turned the ball over five times as Syracuse defeated the Tigers, 31-14 ... Paul Pasqualoni is 4-3 against current SEC schools (1-0 v. Auburn; 1-1 v. Florida; 1-0 v. Kentucky; 0-2 v. Tennessee; 1-0 v. Vanderbilt), while Tommy Tuberville is 0-1 against current Big East schools (0-1 v. Syracuse).


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