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SEC TEAM NOTES

 

* - Alabama has not allowed an opponent to score more than 14 points during the first nine games of the 2011 season and 10 straight games dating back to the 2011 Capital One Bowl against Michigan State. The Crimson Tide defense leads the nation in scoring defense (7.1 ppg), total defense (187.0 ypg), rushing defense (56.3 ypg), pass efficiency defense (83.1 rating) and pass defense (130.7 ypg). The last time Alabama held its opponent to 14 points or less for at least 10 straight games was 1975-76 when the Tide did it in 14 straight games. The school record for consecutive games holding an opponent to 14 points or less is 31 from 1960-63. No other team in the nation has allowed an opponent to score no more than 14 points in every game this season.

 

* - Arkansas has 16 touchdown drives of less than two minutes in 2011, bringing the total under Coach Bobby Petrino to 78. Last season, Arkansas had 26 touchdown drives of less than two minutes. The Razorbacks have scored 11 touchdowns of more than 50 yards in 2011 and have scored at least one in all eight of their victories. Alabama and Arkansas are tied for the SEC lead with seven plays from scrimmage 50-yards-or-longer.

 

* - Auburn junior RB Onterio McCalebb is tied for first among SEC running backs and tied for 22nd in the FBS with 23 receptions. He is tied for 16th in the SEC in catches for all players. He has caught at least one pass in 12 straight games dating back to Nov. 26 against Alabama in 2010. For his career, McCalebb is ninth in school history for receiving yards by a running back with 388. He is second on the team in receptions with 23. The last back to lead Auburn in receptions was Tucker Frederickson in 1964 with 14.

 

* - Florida is one of three SEC teams – Mississippi State and South Carolina the others – who are tied for fourth nationally with only one play allowed on defense for more than 50 yards this season. Michigan, South Florida and Utah have not allowed a play of more than 50 yards this season. The longest play from scrimmage allowed by Florida this season was a 57-yard pass by LSU's Jarrett Lee to Rueben Randle.

 

* - At seven wins in a row, Georgia has matched its longest winning streak during a season in the Mark Richt era. During this streak, Georgia has outscored the opposition, 250-99. The Bulldogs have held their opponents to just eight offensive touchdowns in the last seven games. A win against Auburn would give the Bulldogs six straight SEC wins for the first time since 1982. In the Dooley era, Georgia had a stretch of 23 consecutive SEC wins from 1980-83.

 

* - Kentucky Seniors Danny Trevathan and Winston Guy are the SEC's top two tacklers. Trevathan has charted a career-high-tying 17 tackles in each of the past two games and is now the league's top tackler with 111 this season. Guy trails Trevathan with 93. The duo rank fifth and tied for 16th, respectively, in the nation with 12.3 and 10.3 tackles per game. Trevathan and Guy are one of three teammate duos that are ranked nationally in tackles in the top 20 (Wisconsin's Chris Borland and Mike Taylor; Ball State's Travis Freeman and Aaron Morris).

 

* - LSU goes into its Western Kentucky game this weekend with a 19-3 record in games played as the nation's top-ranked team. LSU was 5-0 as the #1-ranked team in 1958, followed by a 7-1 record at the top spot in 1959. LSU was 2-2 as the #1-ranked team in 2007 and it is 5-0 this year. LSU is 7-2 under Les Miles in games as the nation's top-ranked team. With a 9-0 mark this season, LSU is off to its best start sicne 1973 when the Tigers won their first nine games. LSU is 9-0 for just the fourth time in school history. In addition to 1973 and this year, LSU's other 9-0 starts came in 1958 when the Tigers won all 11 games and in 1908 when they were 10-0.

 

* - Ole Miss has excelled on special teams this season. The Rebels lead or tied for the SEC lead in punt returns (25.11 ypr) and field goal percentage (100.00). Ole Miss is second in kickoff coverage (46.9 net average) and third in punting (43.91 ypp) and net punting (39.24 net). Tyler Campbell is third in the SEC and tied for 9th in the nation in punting (43.91 ypp) and Bryson Rose is tied for first nationally, hitting on all seven field goal attempts this season.

 

* - Mississippi State's defense this season has given up 17 touchdowns in nine games this season, which is tied for sixth nationally and third in the SEC. The Bulldogs have given up eight TDs on the ground and nine through the air. Alabama (6) and LSU (10) are 1-2 in least touchdowns allowed nationally this year. Also on defense, the Bulldogs are tied for 26th nationally and tied for fifth in the SEC with 11 passes intercepted.

 

* - South Carolina has an SEC-leading 17 interceptions this season, including 13 over the last five games. Two have gone for "pick-sixes" with one from Antonio Allen against Georgia and one from Devin Taylor at Arkansas. The school record for interceptions in a season is 23, set three times: 1981, 1984 and 1987. The Gamecocks have matched their best season under Coach Steve Spurrier with 27 turnovers forced through nine games. The previous mark of 27 under Spurrier was set during the 2008 season. The school record for turnovers forced in a season is 39, set in the 12-game 1987 campaign.

 

* - Tennessee's 2011 schedule ranks as the toughest in the nation in 2011, according to the NCAA's toughest schedule rankings based on cumulative opposition. The combined records of UT's 2011 opponents are 65-32 (49-21 past/16-11 future), which is 67.0 percent. LSU and Oklahoma are tied for second at 66.3 percent (65-33 overall) and Iowa State fourth at 66.0 percent (64-33). Kansas and Auburn are tied for fifth at 65.6 percent (63-33 overall).

 

* - The Vanderbilt defense has limited seven of its eight FBS foes to less rushing yards than they average. Last week, Florida became the first FBS Vandy opponent to top its season rushing yardage when it totaled 197 yards on the ground. The unit has held four teams – Elon, UConn, Ole Miss and Arkansas – under 100 rushing yards. The unit limited their first seven FBS opponents to an average of nearly 80 yards below their game expectations.

 

SEC DIVISIONAL TIE-BREAKER

In the event of a tie for the division championship, the following procedures will be used to break all ties to determine the SEC Football Championship Game representative. All Conference versus Conference Games (both division and non-division) will be counted in the Conference Standings.

 

Two-Team Tie. In the event two teams are tied for a division title, the following procedure will be used in the following order:

 

A. Head-to-head competition between the two tied teams;

B. Records of the tied teams within the division;

C. Head-to-head competition against the team within the division with the best overall (divisional and non-divisional) Conference record, and proceeding through the division (multiple ties within the division will be broken from first to last and a tie for first place will be broken before a tie for fourth place);

D. Overall record against non-divisional teams;

E. Combined record against all common non-divisional teams;

F. Record against the common non-divisional team with the best overall Conference record (divisional or non-divisional) and proceeding through other common non-divisional teams based on their order of finish within their division; and

G. The tied team with the highest ranking in the Bowl Championship Series Standings following the last weekend of regular-season games shall be the divisional representative in the SEC Championship Game.

 

Three-Team Tie (or more). If three teams are tied for a division title, the following procedure will be used in the following order: (Note: If one of the procedures results in one team being eliminated and two remaining, the two-team tiebreaker procedure as stated in No. 1 above will be used):

 

A. Combined head to head record among the tied teams;

B. Record of the tied teams within the division;

C. Head to head competition against the team within the division with the best overall Conference record (divisional and non divisional) and proceeding through the division (multiple ties within the division will be broken from first to last and a tie for first place will be broken before a tie for fourth place);

D. Overall Conference record against non divisional teams;

E. Combined record against all common non divisional teams;

F. Record against the common non-divisional team with the best overall Conference record (divisional and non-divisional) and proceeding through other common non-divisional teams based on their order of finish within their division; and

G. The tied team with the highest ranking in the Bowl Championship Series Standings following the last weekend of regular-season games shall be the divisional representative in the SEC Championship Game, unless the second of the tied teams is ranked within five-or-fewer places of the highest-ranked tied team. In this case, the head-to-head results of the top two ranked tied teams shall determine the representative in the SEC Championship Game.

 

SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME DIVISIONAL RACE UPDATES

 

EASTERN DIVISION

South Carolina and Georgia are the only teams mathematically eligible to participate in the SEC Championship Game.

 

Georgia (5-1) ...

• Georgia controls its own destiny and can reach the SEC Championship Game by defeating both Kentucky and Auburn.

 

South Carolina (5-2)

• Gamecocks can get to the SEC Championship Game by defeating Florida and having Georgia lose to either Kentucky or Auburn.

 

WESTERN DIVISION

Alabama, LSU and Arkansas are the only teams mathematically eligible to particpate in the SEC Championship Game.

 

LSU (6-0)

• LSU controls its own destiny and can reach SEC Championship Game by defeating Ole Miss and Arkansas.

 

Alabama (5-1)

• Alabama can get to the SEC Championship Game by defeating Mississippi State and Auburn and LSU losing both of its remaining games.

 

Arkansas (4-1) ...

• The Razorbacks can reach the SEC Championship Game by defeating Tennessee, Mississippi State and LSU and having Alabama lose to either Mississippi State or Auburn.

In case of a three-way tie between Alabama, Arkansas and LSU, all with 7-1 marks, and all have one-loss in the three-team subset, the tie-breaker would go to (G) of the three-team tie-breaker (use of the BCS standings). In this instance, the third team would be eliminated and, if the second team is five spots or less from the top team, head-to-head result would be used to break tie. If top team is more than five spots ahead of second team, it would be the divisional representative in the SEC Championship Game.

 

NFL – SEC NOTES

 

* - Detroit's Matthew Stafford (Georgia) is fourth in the NFL in QB rating (99.1), fifth in lowest percentage of interceptions (1.3), second in percentage of TD passes thrown (6.4), fourth in TDs thrown (19) and tied for fifth in lowest number of interceptions (4).

 

* - New York Giants' Eli Manning (Ole Miss) is fifth in QB rating (98.8), sixth in percentage of TD passes thrown (5.4), tied for fifth in TDs thrown (15), seven in average yards per pass (8.49) and seventh in yards thrown (2,377). He also leads the NFL in fourth-quarter passing rating at 121.7.

 

* - Carolina's Cam Newton (Auburn) leads all NFL rookies in QB rating with 87.1 and is fourth in average yards per pass (8.34) and sixth in yards thrown (2,393). He leads all NFL rookies and is fifth overall in points scored (42).

 

* - Houston's Arian Foster (Tennessee) is eighth in the NFL in rushing yards at 656 with five TDs scored. He is tied for 10th overall and is tied for 7th among running backs with 36 points scored (non-kickers).

 

* - Houston's Ben Tate (Auburn) is tied for 9th in the NFL with 623 rushing yards with two TDs scored.

 

* - Pittsburgh's Mike Wallace (Ole Miss) is tied for fifth in the NFL with 47 receptions for 868 yards and six touchdowns. His yardage total is third in the NFL. He is tied for 10th overall in scoring with 36 points (non-kickers).

 

* - Dallas' Jason Witten (Tennessee) is third among NFL tight ends with 44 catches for 548 yards and four touchdowns. His reception total is tied for 9th overall in the NFL.

 

* - Cincinnati's A.J. Green (Georgia) leads all NFL rookies with 40 catches for 599 yards and five touchdowns.

 

* - Kansas City's Dwayne Bowe (LSU) is tied for seventh in the NFL with 646 reception yards on 39 catches and four touchdowns.

 

* - New Orleans' John Kasay (Georgia) leads the NFL in scoring (including kickers) with 85 points.

 

* - Denver's Britton Colquitt (Tennessee) is third in the NFL in net punting, averaging 43.1 yards per punt.

 

* - Arizona's Patrick Peterson (LSU) leads the NFL in punt returns, averaging 21.8 yards per return.

 

* - Kansas City's Javier Arenas (Alabama) is second in the NFL in punt returns, averaging 15.1 yards per punt return.

 

* - Green Bay's Randall Cobb (Kentucky) leads NFL rookies and is fifth overall in kickoff returns, averaging 29.1 yards per return.

 

* - Detroit's Chris Houston (Arkansas) is tied for fourth in the NFL with four interceptions.

 

* - Green Bay's Charlie Peprah (Alabama) is tied for fourth in the NFL with four interceptions.

 

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