SEC FOOTBALL NOTES
· Florida became the eighth team since SEC expansion (1992) to go through the regular season undefeated in the conference (Alabama, at 7-0 this season, has one conference game remaining). The list includes Alabama (1992, 1994, 2008), Florida (1995, 1996), Tennessee (1998) and Auburn (2004).
· Ole Miss’ Dexter McCluster accounted for 324 all-purpose yards against Tennessee (282 rushing / 42 receiving). The total is the 8th highest in SEC history and the 7th highest in an SEC intra-conference game. His 282 rushing yards is the 11th highest in SEC history and the 7th highest in an SEC intra-conference game.
· With wins this past weekend, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky and Ole Miss became bowl eligible. The SEC now has nine bowl eligible teams with Tennessee (needs one win) and Mississippi State (needs two wins) still able to reach bowl eligibility.
· The SEC has three teams ranked in the major polls, with all three in the top 10. Florida is a unanimous number one in the AP, USA Today and Harris polls while Alabama is second in the AP and third in the USA Today and Harris polls. LSU is 10th in all three polls. Ole Miss, Auburn and Georgia received votes in the AP and USA Today polls while Ole Miss and Auburn received votes in the Harris poll. As of press time, the BCS rankings had not been released.
· The SEC has a 37-6 non-conference record so far this season. The 86.1 winning rate is tops in NCAA FBS. The SEC has already reached the win total of last season and needs to go 4-1 the remainder of the regular season against non-conference foes to equal its best winning percentage since the season was expanded to 12 games (41-7 in 2006).
· Vanderbilt’s Warren Norman leads all NCAA FBS freshmen in all-purpose rushing yardage. Norman averages 162.64 yards per game (1,789 yards in 11 games). He has 710 rushing yards, 90 receiving and 989 kickoff return yards. He is ranked 13th overall in the category.
· Alabama’s Leigh Tiffin leads the nation in field goals made per game (2.40). He has hit 24-of-27 field goals this season (88.9 percent).
· Florida’s Tim Tebow has a 32-5 record as a starting quarterback. His 86.5 winning percentage is currently sixth in SEC history.
· Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett is 3rd in the nation in passing efficiency (164.96 rating). In Arkansas victories, Mallett has completed 74.2 percent of his passes, throwing for 15 TDs and 3 INTs. In Razorback losses, he has completed 42.2 percent of his passes with 8 TDs and an interception.
· More than 5.5 million fans have attended 73 SEC home games this season. An average of 75,537 per SEC home game has filled stadiums to 97.47 percent of capacity.
· Twenty (20) SEC football players are either semi-finalists or finalists for 11 post-season individual awards. These student-athletes are: Florida’s Tim Tebow (O’Brien, Campbell, Maxwell), Georgia’s A.J. Green (Biletnikoff), Alabama’s Terrence Cody (Lombardi, Bednarik), Georgia’s Rennie Curran (Lombardi, Butkus, Bednarik), Florida’s Carlos Dunlap (Lombardi), Auburn’s Ben Tate (Walker), Alabama’s Rolando McClain (Lombardi, Butkus, Bednarik), South Carolina’s Eric Norwood (Lombardi, Butkus, Bednarik), Florida’s Brandon Spikes (Lombardi, Butkus, Bednarik), LSU’s Perry Riley (Butkus), Tennessee’s Eric Berry (Bednarik, Thorpe), Alabama’s Mark Ingram (Maxwell, Walker), Alabama’s Javier Arenas (Thorpe), Florida’s Joe Haden (Thorpe), Auburn’s Wes Byrum (Groza), South Carolina’s Spencer Lanning (Groza), Florida’s Caleb Sturgis (Groza), Alabama’s Leigh Tiffin (Groza), Georgia’s Blair Walsh (Groza), Georgia’s Drew Butler (Ray Guy) and Florida’s Chas Henry (Ray Guy).
· Tebow is tied with Kevin Faulk (LSU, 1995-98) for the SEC career touchdowns scored record with 53.
· Since 2004, a total of 143 of 285 SEC intra-conference games have been decided by 10 points or less (50.18 percent). Only the ACC (55.56) and Sun Belt (51.74) have a higher rate of competitive games. The average winning margin in SEC intra-conference games since 2004 has been 13.55, which is second to the ACC (13.13) during that time.
· Opponents have only scored 4 points off of LSU turnovers this season (includes safeties). Arkansas opponents have scored 10 points off of Razorback turnovers and Alabama opponents have scored 12 points off of Tide turnovers this season.
· SEC teams have scored 199 rushing TDs and 186 passing TDs this season while opponents have scored 131 passing TDs and 130 rushing scores.
· THIS WEEK’S SEC FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Chattanooga at Alabama (11:21 a.m. CT / SEC Network*)
Mississippi State at Arkansas (Little Rock) (11:21 a.m. CT / SEC Network*)
Florida International at Florida (12:30 p.m. ET / Florida PPV)
LSU at Ole Miss (2:30 p.m. CT / CBS Sports)
Vanderbilt at Tennessee (7 p.m. ET / ESPNU)
Kentucky at Georgia (7:45 p.m. ET / ESPN2)