From the Southeastern Conference
SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL SUNDAY NOTES PACKAGE
November 13, 2011
Results from Saturday, Nov. 12
South Carolina 17, Florida 12 (80,250 at Columbia)
Vanderbilt 38, Kentucky 8 (33,718 at Nashville)
Georgia 45, Auburn 7 (92,746 at Athens)
Arkansas 49, Tennessee 7 (72,103 at Fayetteville)
Alabama 24, Mississippi State 7 (57,871 at Starkville)
LSU 42, Western Kentucky 9 (92,917 at Baton Rouge)
Louisiana Tech 27, Ole Miss 7 (44,123 at Oxford)
Top Performances from Saturday, Nov. 12
135 yards (28 carries, 3 TDs) – Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky
132 yards (24 carries, 1 TD) – Isaiah Crowell, Georgia vs. Auburn
132 yards (17 carries) – Chris Rainey, Florida vs. South Carolina
127 yards (15 carries) – Carlton Thomas, Georgia vs. Auburn
127 yards (32 carries, 1 TD) – Trent Richardson, Alabama vs. Mississippi State
120 yards (29 carries) – Brandon Wilds, South Carolina vs. Florida
119 yards (9 carries, 2 TDs) – Alfred Blue, LSU vs. Western Kentucky
224 yards (14-of-18, 4 TD, 0 INT) – Aaron Murray, Georgia vs. Auburn
224 yards (16-of-26, 3 TD, 1 INT) – Tyler Wilson, Arkansas vs. Tennessee
208 yards (15-of-29, 0 TD, 1 INT) – Justin Worley, Tennessee vs. Arkansas
207 yards (12-of-22, 2 TDs, 1 INT) – Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky
179 yards (15-of-31, 1 TD, 0 INT) – Maxwell Smith, Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt
168 yards (8-of-14, 1 TD, 0 INT) – Jordan Jefferson, LSU vs. Western Kentucky
163 yards (14-of-24, 0 TD, 1 INT) – A.J. McCarron, Alabama vs. Mississippi State
6 catches (131 yards, 1 TD) – Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky
6 catches (101 yards) – Emory Blake, Auburn vs. Georgia
5 catches (94 yards, 1 TD) – Jarius Wright, Arkansas vs. Tennessee
5 catches (106 yards) – Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee vs. Arkansas
5 catches (42 yards, 1 TD) – Chris Smith, Mississippi State vs. Alabama
5 catches (50 yards, 1 TD) – Michael Bennett, Georgia vs. Auburn
5 catches (82 yards) – La'Rod King, Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt
5 catches (62 yards) – Jordan Reed, Florida vs. South Carolina
13 tackles (4 UT, 9 AT, 0.5 TFL -1) – Charles Mitchell, Mississippi State vs. Alabama
12 tackles (8 UT, 4 AT, 1 Sack -3) – Daren Bates, Auburn vs. Georgia
12 tackles (6 UT, 6 AT) – Neiko Thorpe, Auburn vs. Georgia
12 tackles (5 UT, 7 AT, 1 PBU) – Corey Broomfield, Mississippi State vs. Alabama
12 tackles (0 UT, 12 AT, 0.5 TFL -1, 1 INT) – Cameron Lawrence, Mississippi State vs. Alabama
12 tackles (11 UT, 1 AT) – Jon Bostic, Florida vs. South Carolina
11 tackles (11 UT) – Josh Evans, Florida vs. South Carolina
11 tackles (0 UT, 11 AT, 2 TFL -2) – Josh Boyd, Mississippi State vs. Alabama
11 tackles (3 UT, 8 AT) – Kevin Minter, LSU vs. Western Kentucky
11 tackles (4 UT, 7 AT, 1.5 Sacks -9, 1.0 TFL -1, 1 PBU) – Dont'a Hightower, Alabama vs. Mississippi State
Schedule of Saturday, Nov. 19 Games
Kentucky (4-6, 1-5 SEC) at Georgia (8-2, 6-1 SEC)
12:21 p.m. ET • SEC Network / ESPN3.com
Athens, Ga. • Sanford Stadium (92,746)
Series Record: UGA leads, 50-12-2 • Last Meeting: Oct. 23, 2010 at Lexington (UGA, 44-31)
The Citadel (4-6) at South Carolina (8-2, 6-2 SEC)
12 p.m. ET • South Carolina PPV
Columbia, S.C. • Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250)
Series Record: USC leads, 39-7-3 • Last Meeting: Oct. 20, 1990 at Columbia (CIT, 38-35)
Samford (6-4) at Auburn (6-4, 4-3 SEC)
12 p.m. CT • Auburn PPV
Auburn, Ala. • Jordan-Hare Stadium (87,451)
Series Record: AU leads, 25-0-1 • Last Meeting: Sept. 11, 1993 at Auburn (AU, 35-7)
Furman (6-4) at Florida (5-5, 3-5 SEC)
1 p.m. ET • Florida PPV
Gainesville, Fla. • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field (88,548)
Series Record: UF leads, 6-2 • Last Meeting: Sept. 12, 1981 at Gainesville (UF, 35-7)
Georgia Southern (9-1) at Alabama (9-1, 6-1 SEC)
1 p.m. CT • Alabama PPV
Tuscaloosa, Ala. • Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,82)
Series Record: First Meeting
Mississippi State (5-5, 1-5 SEC) at Arkansas (9-1, 5-1 SEC)
2:30 p.m. CT • CBS Sports
Little Rock, Ark. • War Memorial Stadium (53,955)
Series Record: UA leads, 14-6-1 • Last Meeting: Nov. 20, 2010 at Starkville (UA, 38-31, 2 OT)
LSU (10-0, 6-0 SEC) at Ole Miss (2-8, 0-6 SEC)
6 p.m. CT • ESPN
Oxford, Miss. • Vaught-Hemingway Stadium / Hollingsworth Field (60,580)
Series Record: LSU leads, 56-39-4 • Last Meeting: Nov. 20, 2010 at Baton Rouge (LSU, 43-36)
Vanderbilt (5-5, 2-5 SEC) at Tennessee (4-6, 0-6 SEC)
7 p.m. ET • ESPNU
Knoxville, Tenn. • Neyland Stadium / Shields-Watkins Field (102,455)
Series Record: UT leads, 72-27-5 • Last Meeting: Nov. 20, 1010 at Nashville (UT, 24-10)
* - SEC has five teams ranked in this week's AP, USA Today and Harris Interactive polls. All five teams are ranked in the top 15, most of any conference. The Big Ten has five teams ranked in all three Top 25 polls. LSU is tops in all three, followed by Alabama third in all three and Arkansas sixth in all three. Georgia is 13th in the AP, 15th in USA Today and 14th in Harris. South Carolina is 14th in AP and USA Today and 15th in Harris.
* - This week's SEC Community Service Team Player of the Week is LSU sophomore safety Eric Reid. The Geismar, La. Native is active in the Baton Rouge community, speaking to high school students, participating in hospital visits with children and participating in Thanksgiving and Halloween activities for underprivileged children.
* - SEC teams are 35-5 (.875) against non-conference competition this year. The percentage is second in FBS (Big 12, 26-3, .897). Since 1992, the SEC is 79.1 percent against non-conference foes in the regular season (640-168-2). The SEC's best mark in non-conference competition (by percentage) since 1992 was in 1997, going 32-4 (.889). The most non-conference wins in a single regular season was 42 in 2009 (42-6).
* - In 69 home games, the SEC has had a total of 5,178,071 fans attend its games, an average of 75,045 fans per game. SEC teams have had 34 sellouts. Alabama, Florida, LSU and Mississippi State have had cumulative 100.0 percent or higher attendance this year.
* - Every SEC team has now scored at least one defensive touchdown this season. This past weekend, Georgia's Bacarri Rambo returned an interception 24 yards for a touchdown, giving the Bulldogs a defensive touchdown this season. South Carolina leads the SEC with 5 defensive TDs this season while LSU and Vanderbilt have 3 each.
* - This week's LSU-Ole Miss game is the third most competitive series in the SEC since 2000. The average scoring margin in the 11 games played between the Rebels and Tigers is 9.91 points. Six of the 11 games have been decided by 9 points-or-less.
* - SEC defenses have held opponents this season to an average of 20.7 points and 328.5 yards per game. The totals are the lowest in the SEC since 2008 (20.5 points / 309.4 points). SEC pass defenses have limited opponents to 185.1 yards per game, which is the lowest since 1993 (183.8).
* - Four SEC teams have scored touchdowns on at least 30 percent of its offensive drives this season – LSU (36.8 percent), Arkansas (33.3 percent), Georgia (32.6 percent) and Alabama (31.7 percent).
* - Arkansas, LSU and Alabama lead the SEC in fourth-quarter scoring margin this season. The Razorbacks have outscored opponents by 71 points (95-24) in the final quarter while the Tigers have outscored teams by 67 points (95-28) and Alabama by 65 points (83-18).
* - Georgia leads the SEC with 28 scoring drives (TD+FG) scored within two minutes while Arkansas is second at 23. LSU leads the league with 11 scoring drives of more than 5 minutes.
* - SEC individual/team NCAA leaders: [INDIVIDUAL] Caleb Sturgis, Florida (field goals per game), Joe Adams, Arkansas (punt returns); [TEAM] Alabama (pass efficiency defense, pass defense, rushing defense, scoring defense, total defense); Ole Miss (punt returns).
* - SEC teams are 34-10 this season when they rush for more yards than pass in a game. When passing for more yards than rushing, SEC teams are 41-35.
* - LSU is third in the nation in least amount of points given up in the first quarter (19). Vanderbilt is fifth (23) and Georgia is tied for sixth (24). Virginia leads the nation with 10.
* - Alabama leads the NCAA FBS in all major defensive statistical categories (total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense and pass defense). The last team to accomplish that feat was Oklahoma in 1986.
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
South Carolina and Georgia are the only teams mathematically eligible to participate in the SEC Championship Game.
Georgia (6-1) ...
• Georgia controls its own destiny and can reach the SEC Championship Game by defeating Kentucky.
South Carolina (6-2)
• Gamecocks can get to the SEC Championship Game if Kentucky defeats Georgia.
Alabama, LSU and Arkansas are the only teams mathematically eligible to particpate in the SEC Championship Game.
• LSU controls its own destiny and can reach SEC Championship Game by defeating Ole Miss and Arkansas.
• Alabama can get to the SEC Championship Game by defeating Auburn and LSU losing both of its remaining games.
Arkansas (5-1) ...
• The Razorbacks can reach the SEC Championship Game by defeating Mississippi State and LSU and having Alabama lose to 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.