IN REVIEW: SEC Football Quick Hitters

In retrospect, these are some of the top storylines from the 2007 football season in the SEC.

2007 SEC FOOTBALL QUICK HITTERS

LSU defeated Ohio State, 38-24, in the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 7 in New Orleans. The Tigers give the SEC its second consecutive national championship (Florida, 2006), its fourth title in 10 years of the BCS and its sixth since conference expansion in 1992. It is the SEC's 18th national championship in its history (counting only AP, UPI, FWAA and USA Today polls).

• The SEC is the only league to currently have five football coaches who have won a national championship.

Steve Spurrier, South Carolina (won title in 1996 while at Florida)

Phillip Fulmer, Tennessee (won title in 1998)

Nick Saban, Alabama (won title in 2003 while at LSU)

Urban Meyer, Florida (won title in 2006)

Les Miles, LSU (won title in 2007)

• The SEC had five teams ranked in the top 15 of the final Associated Press poll and five of the top 16 in the final USA Today coaches poll - the most of any conference. The SEC had five of the top 15 teams in the final AP poll four previous times (1952, 1971, 1997 and 2005) and five of the top 16 teams in the final USA Today poll four times since conference expansion (1992, 1997, 1999, 2005).

• LSU and Georgia finished 1-2 in the final AP poll marking the first time the SEC has accomplished that feat and the first time for any conference since 1971 (Big Eight).

• The SEC finished the 2007-08 bowl season with a 7-2 record. The seven wins are the most bowl victories by any conference in NCAA history. The league had won six bowl games last year and five bowl games six times with the latest coming in 2003.

• In 2007, the SEC led all NCAA FBS conferences with a 82.4 winning percentage in non-conference games. The SEC posted a 47-10 overall non-conference mark, edging out the Big 12 Conference with a 41-15 mark (73.2 percent) and the Big Ten Conference at 38-14 (73.1 percent). The 47 non-conference wins by the SEC ties the most by the league in its history (47 in 2006).

• The SEC finished the 2007 season with eight teams earning at least eight-or-more victories for the second straight season. Before the last season, the most teams in a season that had eight wins was six in 2002 and 2003.

• The SEC drew a conference record 6.6 million fans to its games in 2007, the most by any conference in NCAA history. In 89 game dates, the SEC averaged 75,139 fans per game, which is also the best in NCAA history. SEC games filled stadiums at 97.7 percent of capacity, which is the highest since 2001.

SEC student-athletes won 12 individual national awards this season, an SEC all-time high with LSU's Glenn Dorsey winning four, Florida's Tim Tebow winning three and Arkansas' Darren McFadden claiming two honors. Dorsey won the Nagurski, Outland, Lott and Lombardi Awards while Tebow won the Heisman, O'Brien and Maxwell Awards and McFadden claimed the Walter Camp and Doak Walker Awards. Arkansas's Jonathan Luigs won the Rimington Award and Kentucky's Jacob Tamme and Terry Clayton won the Bowden Award and Rudy Award, respectively.

Florida's Tim Tebow and Arkansas' Darren McFadden represent the 12th and 13th National Player of the Year honored in SEC history. Tebow won the Maxwell and Heisman Trophies while McFadden won the Walter Camp Trophy. It is the first time two SEC student-athletes have been named National Player of the Year in the same season.

• The SEC had seven football student-athletes earn first-team All-America mention in 2007. Included are consensus All-Americas: Arkansas C Jonathan Luigs, Florida QB Tim Tebow, Arkansas RB Darren McFadden (unanimous), Arkansas KR Felix Jones, LSU DT Glenn Dorsey (unanimous) and LSU DB Craig Steltz. Also earning first-team mention was Arkansas PK Daniel Lincoln.


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