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Schedule of Games for Nov. 26

Auburn (11-0, 7-0) at Alabama (9-2, 5-2) (1:30 p.m. CT) (CBS Sports) (Satellite Radio: Auburn XM-143; Sirius-122; Alabama XM-144/199; Sirius-123)

 

Schedule of Games for Nov. 27

Kentucky (6-5, 2-5) at Tennessee (5-6, 2-5) (12:21 p.m. ET) (SEC Network) (Satellite Radio: Tennessee XM-199; Sirius-217)

LSU (10-1, 6-1) at Arkansas (9-2, 5-2) (2:30 p.m. CT) (CBS Sports) (Satellite Radio: LSU XM-143; Sirius-122; Arkansas XM-200; Sirius-216)

Florida (7-4, 4-4) at Florida State (8-3) (3:30 p.m. ET) (ABC Sports) (Satellite Radio: Florida XM-198)

Mississippi State (7-4, 3-4) at Ole Miss (4-7, 1-6) (6 p.m. CT) (ESPNU) (Satellite Radio: Ole Miss XM-199; Sirius-217)

South Carolina (8-3, 5-3) at Clemson (6-5) (7 p.m. ET) (ESPN2) (Satellite Radio: South Carolina XM-198)

Wake Forest (2-9) at Vanderbilt (2-9, 1-7) (6:30 p.m. CT) (CSS) (Satellite Radio: Vanderbilt XM-200; Sirius-219)

Georgia Tech (6-5) at Georgia (5-6, 3-5) (7:45 p.m. ET) (ESPN) (Satellite Radio: Georgia XM-201; Sirius-220)

 

Results from Nov. 25/27

Alabama 63, Georgia State 7 (101,821 at Tuscaloosa)

South Carolina 69, Troy 24 (74,117 at Columbia)

Florida 48, Appalachian State 10 (90,119 at Gainesville)

LSU 43, Ole Miss 36 (92,915 at Baton Rouge)

Arkansas 38, Mississippi State 31 (2OT) (56,406 at Starkville)

Tennessee 24, Vanderbilt 10 (37,017 at Nashville)

 

SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME MATCHUP SET – AUBURN vs. SOUTH CAROLINA

Auburn will play South Carolina on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. ET for the SEC Championship. The game will be held at the Georgia Dome (71,500) in Atlanta and televised live by CBS Sports.

 

THE TEAMS: South Carolina (8-3, 5-3 SEC) is the Eastern Division Champion and the home team. Auburn (11-0, 7-0 SEC) is the Western Division Champion and the visiting team.

 

NATIONAL RANKINGS:  Currently, Auburn is ranked second in the nation in the AP and USA Today Polls and rankings while South Carolina is 17th in the USA Today and 18th in the AP polls. [Harris Interactive and BCS Rankings will be released later today].

 

SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: The game, which started in 1992, is in its 19th year. It was a result of conference expansion, which saw Arkansas and South Carolina become the first members added in SEC history. Almost 1.3 million fans have witnessed the pageantry of the game first-hand, with 15 sellouts in its history. The first two games were played at Legion Field in Birmingham and the game has been played at the Georgia Dome since (1994).

 

SEC CHAMPIONS: Auburn will be vying for its seventh SEC Championship and first since 2004. South Carolina is attempting to win its first SEC football championship. The Tigers' Gene Chizik has never won an SEC title while the Gamecocks' Steve Spurrier won six SEC titles while the head coach at Florida (1991-93-94-95-96-2000).

 

TELEVISION: CBS Sports will televise the game nationally for the ninth straight year (VERNE LUNDQUIST, Play-by-Play; GARY DANIELSON, Analyst; TRACY WOLFSON, Sidelines).

 

RADIO: Managed by IMG College, the SEC Radio Network will broadcast the game to the 9-state SEC region and around the nation on the Westwood One Radio Network (SEC Radio Network: DAVE NEAL, Play-by-Play; DAVE ARCHER, Analyst; DAVE BAKER, Sidelines / Westwood One Radio: JOHN TAUTGES, Play-by-Play; TERRY DONAHUE, Analyst).

 

SERIES: Auburn leads the series, 7-1-1. The teams met earlier this year (Sept. 25 at Auburn), with the Tigers claiming a 35-27 win. The teams first met on Nov. 27, 1930 in Columbus, Ga., with Auburn winning, 25-7. Here is a listing of the nine meetings in the series:

 

Nov. 27, 1930 at Columbus, Ga. Auburn, 25-7

Nov. 26, 1931 at Montgomery, Ala. Auburn, 13-6

Dec. 3, 1932 at Birmingham, Ala. Tied, 20-20

Dec. 2, 1933 at Birmingham, Ala. South Carolina, 16-14

Oct. 5, 1996 at Auburn Auburn, 28-24

Oct. 4, 1997 at Columbia Auburn, 23-6

Oct. 1, 2005 at Auburn Auburn, 48-7

Sept. 28, 2006 at Columbia Auburn, 24-17

Sept. 25, 2010 at Auburn Auburn, 35-27

 

IN THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: This marks Auburn's fourth appearance in the contest while South Carolina is in the game for the first time. The Tigers are 1-2 in its previous visits to Atlanta. The Tigers lost to Tennessee, 30-29, in the 1997 game; lost to Florida, 28-6, in the 2000 game; and, defeated Tennessee, 38-28, in the 2004 game.

The last time a team made its first trip to the SEC Championship Game was 2002. In a team's first trip to the title game, that team is 4-4 in the contest. Alabama (1992), Georgia (2002), LSU (2001) and Tennessee (1997) won its first appearances in the SEC game whle Arkansas (1995), Auburn (1997), Florida (1992) and Mississippi State (1998) lost its first appearances in the game.

 

LAST MEETING: Auburn defeated South Carolina, 35-27, on Sept. 25, 2010 at Auburn. The game was the fourth of the season for both teams. With the win, Auburn improved to 4-0 while South Carolina fell to 3-1. Cam Newton led Auburn with 176 rushing yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns while also completing 16-of-21 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns. He was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week. Auburn DT Mike Blanc was named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week with seven tackles, a fumble recovery and a pass deflection. The Tigers held Carolina to just 79 yards rushing. Gamecock WR Alshon Jeffery caught eight passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns.

Carolina raced out to a 20-7 first-half lead before Newton sored his second rushing TD of the game on a three-yard run just before half to close the halftime gap to 20-14. The two teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter before Auburn went ahead for good, 28-27, early in the fourth quarter on a 7-yard TD pass from Newton to TE Philip Lutzenkirchen. Newton connected again with Emory Blake on a 12-yard TD pass midway through the quarter to make the final margin, 35-27.

 

RECENT HISTORY: Since 2001, Auburn has the SEC's fourth best overall record at 90-34 (.726) while South Carolina has the league's eighth best mark at 68-53 (.562). Since 2006, Auburn has the league's fourth best overall record at 44-18 (.710) while Carolina has the league's seventh best mark at 36-26 (.581).

 

* - The SEC continues to lead the nation in teams ranked in this week's AP and USA Today polls. The league has six teams ranked with Auburn second in both polls leading the way. LSU is 6th in both polls, Alabama is ninth in AP and 11th in USA Today, Arkansas is 12th in both polls, South Carolina is 17th in USA Today and 18th in AP and Mississippi State is 25th in both polls.

 

* - The SEC is 39-5 (.886) in non-conference games this season, the highest non-conference winning percentage in the nation. Last year, the SEC was 42-6 in non-conference games. In the last two years, the SEC is 81-11 (.880). Only the 2006-07 stretch of 81-15 (.844) for the SEC in non-conference games ranks as high in terms of number of wins in a two year stretch in league history.

 

* - In 78 home dates this season, SEC games have drawn a total attendance of 6,013,841 fans, an average of 77,101 per game. There have been 45 sellouts in the 78 games with an average capacity per game of 98.65.

 

* - There have been three double overtime games in the SEC and two single overtime games this season. The league has not had an overtime of more the two since 2007 (1 four-OT; 2 three-OT).

 

* - The Arkansas vs. LSU rivalry is the fifth closest by scoring margin since 2000. In 10 games since 2000, the average winning margin is 10.4, with seven games being decided by 9 points or less.

 

* - Six of the last 10 Alabama vs. Auburn games have been decided by 9 points or less. The last 10 games in the rivalry have been decided by an average of 12.1 points per game.

 

* - LSU has won at least 50 percent of its SEC road games every year since 2001. The 10-year streak is the longest such in the SEC.

 

* - LSU (9-0), Auburn (6-0) and Georgia (5-0) are unbeaten when scoring first this season.

 

* - Auburn has scored a touchdown on the opening drive in seven games this season – more than any other SEC team. Georgia has scored points on eight opening drives this season (4 TDs, 4 FGs) – more than any other SEC team.

 

* - The SEC has eight bowl eligible teams going into Week 13 – Auburn (11 wins), LSU (10), Alabama (9), Arkansas (9), South Carolina (8), Florida (7), Mississippi State (7) and Kentucky (6). Georgia and Tennessee need one more win to reach the six-win total that is the eligibility for post-season bowls. The SEC has agreements to send nine of its member institutions to bowl games following this season.

 

* - South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore needs one more touchdown to tie the SEC single-season mark for freshmen. Lattimore's 19 trails only Tennessee's Reggie Cobb, who had 20 in 1987.

 

* - SEC offenses are averaging 31.8 points and 400.1 yards per game this season. The numbers are the highest for the league in the expansion era (1992). Previous highs were 30.3 points in 2007 and 399.2 yards in 2001. Two seasons ago (2008), the SEC averaged 342.9 yards per game, the second lowest of the expansion era (1992 – 335.1 ypg).

 

Leading Statistical Performances from Week 11

Rushing

187 yards (30 carries, 2 TDs) – Knile Davis, Arkansas vs. Mississippi State

150 yards (33 carries, 3 TDs) – Vick Ballard, Mississippi State vs. Arkansas

103 yards (31 carries, 1 TD) – Chris Relf, Mississippi State vs. Arkansas

102 yards (7 carries, 3 TDs) – Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina vs. Troy

99 yards (23 carries, 1 TD) – Tauren Poole, Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt

 

Passing

305 yards (17-of-26, 3 TDs, 1 INT) – Ryan Mallett, Arkansas vs. Mississippi State

254 yards (13-of-17, 1 TD, 1 INT) – Jordan Jefferson, LSU vs. Ole Miss

232 yards (16-of-27, 2 TDs, 2 INTs) – Tyler Bray, Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt

224 yards (20-of-30, 0 TD, 0 INT) – Chris Relf, Mississippi State vs. Arkansas

222 yards (16-of-22, 0 TD, 1 INT) – Jeff Brantley, Florida vs. Appalachian State

 

Receiving

7 catches (86 yards, 2 TDs) – Julio Jones, Alabama vs. Georgia State

6 catches (80 yards) – Gerald Jones, Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt

6 catches (100 yards) – Deonte Thompson, Florida vs. Appalachian State

5 catches (62 yards, 1 TD) – Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee

5 catches (78 yards) – Chris Smith, Mississippi State vs. Arkansas

5 catches (45 yards) – Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State vs. Arkansas

5 catches (123 yard) – Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina vs. Troy

 

Defense

15 tackles (14-1) (1 Sack – 4) (1 other TFL – 1) – Jerry Franklin, Arkansas vs. Mississippi State

14 tackles (6-8) (1 FF) – K.J. Wright, Mississippi State vs. Arkansas

12 tackles (8-4) – Chris Mitchell, Mississippi State vs. Arkansas

11 tackles (10-1) – Johnny Brown, Ole Miss vs. LSU

10 tackles (8-2) – Herman Lathers, Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt

10 tackles (5-5) (1 Sack – 9)(1 other TFL – 5) – Jonathan Cornell, Ole Miss vs. LSU

10 tackles (6-4) (1.5 TFL -6) – Karnell Hatcher, LSU vs. Ole Miss

10 tackles (4-6) – Kelvin Sheppard, LSU vs. Ole Miss

 

All-Purpose Yards

214 yards (31 rush/-5 receiving/188 kick return) – Jeff Scott, Ole Miss vs. LSU

199 yards (187 rush/12 receiving) – Knile Davis, Arkansas vs. Mississippi State

163 yards (150 rush/13 receiving) – Vick Ballard, Mississippi State vs. Arkansas

154 yards (121 kick return/30 punt return/3 INT return) – Patrick Peterson, LSU vs. Ole Miss

123 yards (123 receiving) – Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina vs. Troy

112 yards (112 kick return) – Lance Ray, Arkansas vs. Mississippi State

110 yards (99 rush/11 receiving) – Tauren Poole, Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt

110 yards (87 rush/23 receiving) – Chris Rainey, Florida vs. Appalachian State

 

Total Offensive Yards

327 yards (224 pass/103 rush) – Chris Relf, Mississippi State vs. Arkansas

299 yards (254 pass/45 rush) – Jordan Jefferson, LSU vs. Ole Miss

294 yards (305 pass/-11 rush) – Ryan Mallett, Arkansas vs. Mississippi State

241 yards (177 pass/64 rush) – Jeremiah Masoli, Ole Miss vs. LSU

225 yards (232 pass/-7 rush) – Tyler Bray, Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt

222 yards (222 pass) – Jeff Brantley, Florida vs. Appalachian State

202 yards (198 pass/4 rush) – Stephen Garcia, South Carolina vs. Troy

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