TIGERS at AUBURN TIGERS
11:30 a.m. (C) * Jordan-Hare Stadium (86,063) * Auburn
LIVE TELEVISION: Jefferson Pilot Sports
(Dave Neal, play-by-play; Dave Rowe, analyst; Dave Baker, sideline reporter)
RADIO: LSU Sports Network (Jim Hawthorne, play-by-play; Doug Moreau, analyst; Jordy Hultberg, sideline reporter) / Auburn Radio Network (Jim Fyffe, play-by-play; Stan White, analyst; Quentin Riggins, sideline reporter)
LSU (6-1, 3-0 SEC)
Head Coach: Nick Saban (Kent State, '73)
Overall/Yrs: 67-34-1 (.662) / 9th season
LSU/Yrs: 24-8 (.750) / 3rd season
National Rankings: 10th - ESPN/USA Today; 10th - AP
Formations: Offense - Multiple * Defense - 4-3
Internet Web Address: www.lsusports.net
RB Dominick Davis (5-10, 211, Sr., Breaux
Currently third in LSU history and ninth in SEC history in all-purpose yards (4,867) ... Has rushed for 527 yards and six touchdowns on 106 carries ... Leads the SEC and is third in the NCAA with 1,244 all-purpose yards.
WR Michael Clayton (6-4, 185, So., Baton
Has played in 20 straight games and has started the last seven ... Has caught 29 passes for 418 yards four touchdowns ... Caught seven passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns against Miami (Ohio).
LB Bradie James (6-3, 238, Sr., West Monroe,
Leads the team with 83 tackles (43 solo) ... Also has five tackles for losses (-18), two sacks (-8), and one interception ... Recorded 19 tackles, and SEC single game high, against Virginia Tech, with one sack (-3).
SS Norman LeJeune (6-0, 188, Sr., Brusly, La.)
Has played in 14 straight games, starting the last 13 ... Has recorded 52 tackles (36 solo) this year, with three tackles for losses (-17) and one sack (-15) ... Recorded 11 tackles against Virginia Tech, with one tackle for loss (-1).
Leads the nation in total defense with 217.4 yards per game and pass efficiency defense (71.0) ... Is second in the nation in scoring defense (11.0 ppg) and rushing defense (93.4) ... Offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher was the quarterbacks coach at Auburn from 1993-98 ... Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp graduated from Auburn in 1997
AUBURN (4-3, 2-2 SEC)
Head Coach: Tommy Tuberville (Southern Arkansas, '76)
Overall/Yrs: 50-37 (.575) / 8th season
AU/Yrs: 25-18 (.581) / 4th season
National Rankings: N/A
Formations: Offense - Pro Style * Defense - 4-3
Internet Web Address: www.auburntigers.com
RB Ronnie Brown (6-1, 217, So., Cartersville,
With the injury to Carnell Williams, Brown now takes over the lead running back position ... Has 53 carries for 347 yards and four touchdowns ... Has also caught four passes for 127 yards and one touchdown.
LB Karlos Dansby (6-5, 221, Jr., Birmingham,
Has played in 19 straight games and has started the last 16 games ... Has 46 tackles, with ten for a loss (-44), one interception and two fumble recoveries ... Leads the team with four sacks (-33)
LB Dontarrious Thomas- (5-11, 175, Fr., Tampa,
Second on the Tigers in tackles with 47 (19 solo) ... Has six tackles for losses (-13) and one fumble recovery ... Had a team-high 14 tackles, including two or losses against USC.
P/K Damon Duval (6-1, 192, Sr., Chattanooga,
First in Auburn history for points kicking with 240 ... Is a perfect 111 for 111 in extra points ... Leads the SEC with a 44.9 average per punt.
Last time they did not rush for over 100 yards was against North Carolina in the 2001 Peach Bowl (31 yards) ... Carnell Williams has rushed for over 100 yards in three games this year ... Williams broke his leg in last weeks game against Florida, and is out for the year ... When Williams is in the lineup, the Tigers are 10-6. When he is out of the lineup, they are 1-1 ... The last time Auburn lost three games in a year was last year (11/17-12/31).
Record: LSU leads 19-16-1 Last: 27-14 (12/1/2001 in Baton Rouge)
Notes: Auburn holds a 6-5 advantage in games played in Auburn ... Auburn leads 6-4 in the last ten games ... Seven games in the series have been decided by three points or less, while 16 have been decided by seven points or less ... AU has won three of the last five meetings ... Last year, Rohan Davey completed 16 passes for 245 yards and one touchdown, and Josh Reed caught 10 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown as LSU won 27-14 ... The win sent LSU to the SEC Championship to represent the Western Division.
HUSKIES at VANDERBILT COMMODORES
1 p.m. (C) * Vanderbilt Stadium (41,221) * Nashville
LIVE TELEVISION: WFSB-TV (Hartsford,
Conn.) (Joe Tessitore, Don McPherson, Eric Clemons)
RADIO: Vanderbilt Radio Network (Joe Fisher, play-by-play; John Gromos, analyst; Kevin Ingram, sideline reporter) / UConn Radio Network (Joe D'Ambrosio, play-by-play; Wayne Norman, analyst; Bob Joyce, sideline reporter)
CONNECTICUT HUSKIES (2-5)
Head Coach: Randy Edsall (Syracuse, 1980)
Record at Connecticut: 11-29 (.275) / 4th season
Record: 11-29 (.275) / 4th season
Conference: Division I-A Independent (joins Big East in 2005)
National Rankings: None
Date Opponent Time/Score
8/31 at Boston College L, 16-24
9/7 GEORGIA TECH L, 14-31
9/14 at Buffalo W, 24-3
9/21 OHIO W, 37-19
9/28 BALL STATE L, 21-24 (OT)
10/5 at Miami, Fla. L, 14-48
10/19 TEMPLE L, 24-38
10/26 at Vanderbilt 2 p.m. ET
11/2 FLORIDA ATLANTIC 12 p.m. ET
11/9 KENT STATE 12 p.m. ET
11/16 at Navy 12 p.m. ET
11/23 at Iowa State 2 p.m. ET
Internet Web Address: www.uconnhuskies.com
QB Dan Orlovsky (6-5, 228, So., Shelton,
Has started every game this season for the Huskies ... Has completed 125 of 222 passes for 1,401 yards with 7 TDs and 7 INTs this season ... 10th in UConn history in career passing yards (2,780) and ninth in career completions (253).
RB Terry Caulley (5-7, 178, Fr., Lusby, Md.)
Started four games as a true freshman ... Has rushed for 525 yards on 107 carries and 4 TDs and has caught 14 passes for 109 yards ... Did not play against Georgia Tech and Miami (injury) ... Rushed for 131 yards against Ball State.
TE Tommy Collins (6-3, 253, Sr., Jacksonville,
One of three tri-captains for the Huskies ... Starter in every game, catching 27 passes for 356 yards and 4 TDs this season ... Has 57 career grabs for 661 yards and 8 TDs.
LB Alfred Fincher (6-1, 231, So., Norwood,
Starter in every game at middle linebacker and leads UConn in tackles (65) ... Had 15 tackles against Boston College and 13 against Ball State.
Randy Edsall was defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech during the 1998 season before becoming head coach at UConn ... Edsall was an assistant coach at Syracuse in 1987 when the Orangemen went undefeated at 11-0-1, tying Auburn, 16-16, in the Sugar Bowl ... Jr. P Adam Coles is a former Australian Rules Football player and is currently the Huskies' career leader with a 39.8 yard per punt average.
VANDERBILT COMMODORES (1-5, 0-3 SEC)
Head Coach: Bobby Johnson (Clemson, 1972)
Record at Vanderbilt: 1-6 (.143) / 1st season
Record: 61-42 (.592) / 4th season
National Rankings: None
Formations: Offense/2-Back Set Defense/4-3
Internet Web Address: www.vucommodores.com
WR Dan Stricker (6-3, 201, Sr., Cincinnati,
Currently is 7th in SEC history in career receiving yards (2,662) and 11th in career receptions (165) ... Listed second in VU history in receiving yards and TD catches (19) and third in receptions ... Has 27 catches for 404 yards and 4 TDs in 2002.
MLB Hunter Hillenmeyer (6-4, 241, Sr.,
Has played in a team-high 40 straight games and has started the last 18 games ... Leads the Commodores in tackles with 93 (66 solos), including 5 for losses (-16) ... Has recorded double figure tackles in every game with a season-best 18 against South Carolina.
TB Kwane Doster (5-11, 175, Fr., Tampa, Fla.)
Leads the Commodores in rushing as a true freshman with 473 yards on 82 carries and 3 TDs ... Also has caught 7 passes for 38 yards ... With his 565 kickoff return yards, leads Vandy with 1,076 all-purpose yards (2nd in the SEC) ... Rushed for 101 yards and a TD against Ole Miss.
OG Jim May (6-4, 302, Sr., Lilburn, Ga.)
Has started 36 straight games on the offensive line, a team-high ... Has also played in a team-high 40 consecutive games, a team-high ... Has already earned his bachelor's degree and is taking graduate courses working toward a master's degree in community development.
Bobby Johnson was head coach at Furman for eight seasons before becoming head coach at Vanderbilt ... Vanderbilt is 1-2 against non-conference foes in 2002 with the UConn game finishing its non-SEC slate ... The Commodores have won at least two non-SEC games in each of the last three years ... Vanderbilt has lost each of the last three games by an average of 4.7 points per contest.
Notes: The Vanderbilt game will mark only the third time in Husky history that they have played outside of the Eastern Time Zone ... The game is Homecoming on the Vanderbilt campus ... Vanderbilt Director of Athletics Todd Turner served as AD at Connecticut for three years (1987-90) ... Vandy WR Coach J.D. Hall served as receivers coach at UConn in 2001-01 ... Vanderbilt backup P Matt Weiss is a native of Cheshire, Conn.
RADIO: Ole Miss Radio Network (Dave Kellum, play-by-play; Harry Harrison, analyst; Stan Sandroni, sideline reporter) / Arkansas Razorback Sports Network (Paul Eells, play-by-play; Keith Jackson, analyst; Quinn Grovey, sideline reporter)
OLE MISS (5-2, 2-1 SEC)
Head Coach: David Cutcliffe (Alabama, '73)
Overall/Yrs: 28-15 (.651) / 4th season
UM/Yrs: 28-15 (.651 )/ 4th season
National Rankings: RV - ESPN/USA Today; RV - AP
Formations: Offense - Multiple Pro * Defense - 4-2-5
Internet Web Address: www.olemisssports.com
QB Eli Manning (6-4, 215, Jr., New Orleans,
18th in SEC history in touchdown passes (43) ... Holds 18 Ole Miss passing records ... Has completed 139 of 243 passes for 1,789 yards with 12 TDs and 4 INTs this season ... Played in 19 consecutive games, starting the last 18 ... Was 24 of 41 for 386 yards and two touchdowns in the 45-38 victory over Vanderbilt.
RB Robert Williams (5-10, 192, Sr., Gadsden,
Has 61 carries for 307 yards and four touchdowns ... Rushed 18 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns against Louisiana-Monroe ... Did not play against Florida and Arkansas State (injury) ... Returned against Alabama and rushed for a touchdown.
DB Eric Oliver (6-2, 207, So., Jasper, Ala.)
Has started every game this year ... Leads the team with 61 tackles (40 solo), and three tackles for loss (-9) ... Recorded a career high 14 tackles in the win over Florida (11 solo), including two and a half tackles for loss (-7).
SS Matt Grier (6-1, 190, Sr., Smithville,
Starter in every game at strong safety and is second on the team in tackles (43) ... Earned SEC and National Defensive Player of the Week honors for his nine tackle (two for loss), two interception performance against Florida, in which he returned the second interception for a touchdown.
Their two SEC victories were by an average of five points ... Third in the SEC in passing with 260.7 yards per game ... Charlie Anderson leads the team in sacks with three (-24).
ARKANSAS (3-3, 1-3 SEC)
Head Coach: Houston Nutt (Oklahoma State, '81)
Overall/Yrs: 69-43 (.616) / 10th season
UA/Yrs: 33-21 (.611) / 5th season
National Rankings: N/A
Formations: Offense - I * Defense - Multiple
Internet Web Address: www.hogwired.com
QB Matt Jones (6-5, 225, So., Fort Smith,
Has completed 56 of 101 passes for 827 yards and six touchdowns ... He is also second on the team in rushing with 367 yards on 64 carries and three touchdowns ... Has accounted for 597 of the team's 1,755 (34.0 percent) offensive yards in four SEC games.
TB Fred Talley (5-9, 188, Sr., Longview,
Has played in 17 straight games ... Leads the Razorbacks in rushing with 71 carries for 546 yards and 1 touchdown ... Rushed for 241 yards and one touchdown against in Arkansas' 38-17 win over Auburn, earning him SEC Offensive Player of the Week.
LB Tony Bua (5-11, 218, Jr., River Ridge, La.)
Leads the team with 64 tackles (39 solo), with six tackles for loss (-36) ... Also has three sacks (-30), and two interceptions ... Earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against Boise State, in which he had nine tackles (5 solo) two TFL's (-12), one interception, one sack, a blocked punt and one forced fumble.
FS Ken Hamlin (6-2, 205, Jr., Memphis, Tenn.)
Has started 24 straight regular season games at free safety ... Is second on the team with 61 tackles (40 solo) ... Had nine tackles (5 solo) against Boise State ... Also forced one and recovered two fumbles.
First in the SEC in total offense (441.2) ... First in the SEC and third in the nation in rushing offense (275.5) ... Their three SEC losses are by an average of 11 points a game ... The Razorbacks have lost their last two SEC home games.
Record: ARK leads 25-22-1 * Last: ARK 58-56 (11/3/2001 at Oxford)
Notes: A rivalry that dates back to 1908 ... No other SEC team has faced Arkansas more in its history (next-46 games, LSU) ... Teams usually met at either Little Rock, Jackson or Memphis with only 11 on-campus meetings ... Disputed game in series records was in 1914 (13-7 UM win) in which the Rebels used a player that was later ruled ineligible ...Arkansas claims a 1-0 forfeit ...Since Arkansas joined the SEC, the series is tied 5-5. In last year's game, the two teams played the longest game in NCAA history ... It lasted seven overtimes, with Arkansas claiming a 58-56 victory, when Eli Manning's completion to Dusty Zeigler was stopped short of the goal line ... Arkansas had three players rush for over 100 yards (Fred Talley, Matt Jones, Cedric and Cobbs).
LIVE TELEVISION: CBS Sports (Verne
Lundquist, play-by-play; Todd Blackledge, analyst; Jill Arrington, sideline
RADIO: Georgia Radio Network (Larry Munson, play-by-play; Scott Howard, analyst; Loran Smith, sideline reporter) / Kentucky Radio Network (Tom Leach, play-by-play; Jeff Piecoro, analyst; Dick Gabriel, sideline reporter)
GEORGIA (7-0, 4-0 SEC)
Head Coach: Mark Richt (Miami, '82)
Overall/Yrs: 15-4 (.789) / 2nd season
UG/Yrs: 15-4 (.789) / 2nd season
National Rankings: 5th - ESPN/USA Today; 5th - AP
Formations: Offense - Pro Style * Defense - Multiple 4-3
Internet Web Address: www.georgiadogs.com
QB David Greene (6-3, 213, So., Snellville,
Has started every game this season, and 19 consecutive games for the Bulldogs ... Has completed 125 of 204 passes for 1,564 yards with 12 TDs and 6 INTs this season ... 5th in Georgia history in career passing yards (4,353) and fifth in career completions (317) ... Was named CBS Player of the Game v. Alabama.
WR Terrence Edwards (6-1, 175, Sr., Tennille,
Has started in every game ... Has caught 34 passes for 524 yards and 6 TDs this season ... Is 9th in SEC history with 2,613 yards and eighth in receptions with 179 ... Has caught a pass in 40 of 41 career games ... Holds the Georgia record with most 100-yard receiving games (9) ... Caught seven passes for 112 yards against Tennessee.
LB Boss Bailey (6-3, 229, Sr., Folkston, Ga.)
Starter in every game at linebacker and leads the Bulldogs in tackles (72) ... Has started 13 consecutive games ... Led the team in tackles in every game except Northwestern State ... His 14 tackle, 1 sack performance against Clemson earned him SEC Defensive Player of the Week.
DE David Pollack (6-2, 275, So., Snellville,
Second on the team with 53 tackles ... Leads the SEC with eight sacks (-38) ... Has 12 tackles for losses ... Has caused two fumbles and recovered one ... Against South Carolina, recorded 14 total tackles, including two for a loss ... He also intercepted a pass in the end zone for Georgia's only touchdown, earning him SEC Defensive Player of the Week.
Georgia is looking to improve to 8-0 for the first time since 1982 ... Second in the SEC in scoring defense with 15.29 ppg, and third in passing efficiency (141.9) ... Have won their four SEC games by an average of 11.0 points and have only given up an average of 15.5 points.
KENTUCKY (5-2, 1-2 SEC)
Head Coach: Guy Morriss (TCU '73)
Overall/Yrs: 7-11 (.389) / 2nd season
UK/Yrs: 7-11 (.389) / 2nd season
National Rankings: N/A
Formations: Offense - Multiple * Defense - 4-2
Internet Web Address: www.ukathletics.com
QB Jared Lorenzen (6-4, 275, Jr., Thomas, Ky.)
Is currently in the top 15 in SEC history in four categories; 13th in passing yardage (7,387); 9th in completions (613); 12th in touchdown passes (55); and 10th in total offense (7,610) ... Holds school records for passing yards in a game (528 v. Georgia, 2000) and total offense in a game (525 v. Georgia, 2000) ... Has thrown a touchdown pass in 13 consecutive games ... Has completed 125 of 206 passes for 1,521 with 17 touchdowns and three interceptions ... Completed ten of 17 passes for 211 yards and five touchdowns against UTEP to earn SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
TB Artose Pinner (5-11, 238, Sr.,
Is 15th on Kentucky's all-time rushing leaders list with 1,472 yards ... Leads the SEC in rushing with 781 yards on 164 carries and 7 TDs ... Has also caught 29 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns ... Is fourth in the SEC with 995 all-purpose yards ... Rushed for 101 yards and a TD against Ole Miss.
FS Quentus Cumby (6-1, 207, Sr., Cleburne,
Is second on the Wildcats in tackles with 44 (30 solos), including 1 sack (-10) ... Has led the team in tackles in three of the six games this season ... Returned an interception 82-yards to clinch the victory over Indiana ... Had a career high ten tackles against Florida
OT Antonio Hall (6-5, 299, Jr., Canton, Ohio)
Has started 29 consecutive games on the offensive line, a team-high, starting every game since arriving as a true freshman in 2000 ... Leads the team in knockdown blocks with 36.
The Wildcats rank first in the SEC in scoring (35.0 ppg) and net punting (43.8 yards per punt) and are second in pass efficiency (145.3) ... Their two SEC losses were by an average of 5.5 points ... At 5-2, Kentucky has seen a four game improvement over last year's 1-6 record at this time, the largest improvement in the league.
Record: UG leads 43-10-2 * Last: UG, 43-29 (11/24/01 in Athens)
Notes: These teams have met each year since 1945 ... The Bulldogs have won five straight and ten of the last 11 meetings ... The last Kentucky win was 24-17 victory in 1996 in Lexington ... In games played in Lexington, Georgia leads 20-6 ... Last year, David Greene set a career high by throwing for 364 yards and two touchdowns, and Fred Gibson set a school record with 201 receiving yards as Georgia defeated the Wildcats, 43-29.
LIVE TELEVISION: ESPN (Ron Franklin,
play-by-play; Mike Gottfried, analyst; Dr. Jerry Punch, sideline reporter)
RADIO: Crimson Tide Sports Network (Eli Gold, play-by-play; Ken Stabler, analyst; Tom Roberts, sideline reporter) / Vol Radio Network (Bob Kesling, play-by-play; Tom Priest, analyst; Jeff Francis, sideline reporter)
ALABAMA (5-2, 2-1 SEC)
Head Coach: Dennis Franchione (Pittsburg (KS) State, '73)
Overall/Yrs: 150-72-2 (.674) / 20th season
UA/Yrs: 12-7 (.632) / 2nd season
National Rankings: 24th - AP
Formations: Offense - Multiple * Defense - Pressing
Internet Web Address: www.rolltide.com
QB Tyler Watts (6-3, 222, Sr., Pelham, Ala.)
Has completed 49 of 77 passes for 631 yards with 2 TDs and 2 INTs this season ... He has also rushed for 170 yards on 45 carries ... 10th in Alabama history in career passing yards (2,757) and total offense (3,699) ... Injured against Ole Miss, and left game in the first half ... Did not play against Arkansas and Georgia (injury).
RB Shaud Williams (5-8, 189, Jr., Andrews,
Has rushed for 437 yards on 60 carries and two TDs and has caught 10 passes for 149 yards ... Is fifth in the SEC with 883 all-purpose yards ... Rushed 11 times for 119 yards against Arkansas, including an 80-yard touchdown.
ROV Brooks Daniels (6-2, 205, Jr., Jasper,
Has started every game ... Leads the team in tackles with 54 (35 solo) ... Has six tackles for loss (-18) and two sacks (-11) ...Recorded 16 tackles against Middle Tennessee State.
SS Waine Bacon (5-10, 195, Sr., Fort
Has started 19 straight games at strong safety ... Has recorded 42 tackles (17 solo) this year ... Also has one interception, two fumble recoveries and on blocked field goal.
Leads the SEC and is eighth in the nation in rushing defense with 83.1 yards per game ... Ranks second in the SEC and is 7th in the nation in total defense with 265.9 yards per game and pass efficiency defense (105.0) ... Is also second in rushing offense with 226.7 yards per game ... With a win, Alabama will earn its' 750 all-time victory.
TENNESSEE (4-2, 1-2 SEC)
Head Coach: Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee, '72)
Overall/Yrs: 99-22 (.818) / 11th season
UT/Yrs: 99-22 (.818) / 11th season
National Rankings: 15th - ESPN/USA Today; 16th - AP
Formations: Offense - Multiple * Defense - 4-3
Internet Web Address: www.utsports.com
QB Casey Clausen (6-4, 215, Jr., Northridge,
Currently leads the SEC in passing average/game (272.2), passing efficiency (151.1), and total offense (284.0) ... Listed fourth in UT history in passing yards (5,803, completions (458) and total offense (5,784) ... Has completed 110 of 162 passes for 1,361 yards and eight touchdowns ... Did not play against Georgia (injury)
RB Jabari Davis (6-0, 232, So., Stone
Leads the Volunteers in rushing with 72 carries for 340 yards and seven touchdowns ... Earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Arkansas, in which he rushed for a career high 135 yards on 25 attempts and three touchdowns.
WR Kelley Washington (6-4, 225, So., Stephens
Leads the team in receiving with 23 receptions for 443 yards and one touchdown ... Caught seven passes for 197 yards and a touchdown in the Vols 35-14 victory over Rutgers ... Did not play against Wyoming and Middle Tennessee State (injury).
LB Eddie Moore (6-0, 220, Sr., South Pittsburg,
Has played in 30 straight games, and has started the last 18 ... Leads Tennessee in tackles with 55 (35 solo) ... Has four tackles for losses (-22) and two sacks (-11) ... Recorded 15 tackles against Arkansas.
Leads the SEC in passing efficiency with a rating of 150.5 ... With a victory, Phillip Fulmer will earn his 100th career win ... Tennessee is 13-3 under Fulmer when coming off a bye week.
Record: UA leads 42-35-7 Last: UT 35-24 (10/20/2001 in Tuscaloosa)
Notes: Alabama holds a 19-18-1 advantage in Knoxville ... Phillip Fulmer is 7-1-1 against Alabama. Their only win was a 17-13 victory in 1994 ... Dennis Franchione is 0-1 against Tennessee ... The teams have met for 59 straight years ... Since 1959, only four times has not one team been ranked in the AP Top 20 when the game was played (1965, 1968, 1984, 2000) ... Tennessee has won the last seven meetings in the series by an average of 14.7 points ...At 84 games played, the rivalry is tied for the 11th most played in SEC history ...Last year, Casey Clausen completed 21 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns, and Travis Stephens had 33 carries for 162yards and two touchdowns as the Volunteers won, 35-24.