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    SECond HELPING OF SEC FOOTBALL (Nov. 1, 2012)
     
    * - The SEC has a nation-best seven teams in this week’s four major polls and rankings – Associated Press, USA Today, Harris Interactive and Bowl Championship Series.  The SEC has either led or tied for most teams ranked in least one of the major polls for 19 straight weeks.  The last time the SEC did not have a team ranked in one of the four major polls was Week 7 of last season.
     
    * - An SEC team has been ranked first in 13 straight BCS Standings, dating back to Nov. 21, 1010 (Oregon).  This week broke a streak of five straight rankings where the SEC was 1-2 in the BCS Rankings (Nov. 13, 2011).
     
    * - An SEC team has been in the top two of 38 of the last 40 BCS Standings releases.  In the first release of the BCS Standings in 2010, Auburn was the highest ranked SEC team at fourth.  In the Nov. 25, 2007 release of the BCS Standings, Georgia was fourth.  The first week of the 40 starts with the Nov. 4, 2007 release of the standings.
     
    * - Since 2006, the average percent of capacity for SEC home games has been 97.40 percent.  Below is a breakdown of the percentages since the 2006 season.  The total attendance of each season is in parenthesis.
    2012 – 96.86 (4,950,655)
    2011 – 95.75 (6,369,898)
    2010 – 98.51 (6,521,151)
    2009 – 98.10 (6,560,738)
    2008 – 98.41 (6,377,085)
    2007 – 97.69 (6,687,342)
    2006 – 96.48 (6,568,867)
     
    * - Since 2004, the average margin of SEC intra-conference games has been 14.86 points, which is fourth closest of all FBS conferences.  (ACC 13.46; Sun Belt 13.79; Big East 14.32).  Since 2004, the SEC has had 197 of 430 intra-conference games decided by 10-points-or-less (45.8 percent).  The percentage is fifth highest of FBS conferences (ACC 53.4%; Sun Belt 49.8%; Big East 48.0%; MAC 46.2%).
     
    * - This season, SEC intra-conference games have a 18.86 margin, which is the highest the league has had since the stat has been kept in 2004.  However, 11 of the 37 SEC intra-conference games have been decided by 5-points-or-less (29.7 percent), which is the second highest of FBS conferences this season (Big East 35.7%).
     
    * - This weekend’s LSU at Alabama matchup will pair two top five teams in the latest major polls. Since 1980, this will be the 17th time that two SEC teams ranked in the top five have squared off.  This will mark the fourth matchup where both LSU and Alabama have been ranked in the top 5 at game time.  Seven times previous, LSU and Alabama were both ranked in the top 10 at game time (1964-1972-1973-1978-2009-2011-2012*).  In the last calendar year (Nov. 3, 2011 – Nov. 3, 2012), this will be the fourth SEC Top 5 matchup (Nov. 5, 2011 - #1 LSU 9, #2 Alabama 6; Nov. 25, 2011 - #1 LSU 41, #3 Arkansas 17; Jan. 9, 2012 - #2 Alabama 21, #1 LSU 0; Nov. 3, 2012 - #1 Alabama vs. #5 LSU).
     
    * - The SEC has the nation’s top three teams in NCAA statistics for pass efficiency defense (Alabama – 1st; LSU – 2nd; Florida – 3rd).  In pass defense, the SEC has three of the top 5 (Alabama – 1st; LSU – 4th; Vanderbilt – 5th).  In total defense, the SEC has seven of the top 30 (Alabama – 1st; LSU – 3rd; Florida – 6th; South Carolina – 13th; Vanderbilt – 21st; Missouri – 25th; Mississippi State – 28th).
     
    * - SEC offenses are averaging 30.1 points per game this season, which is the third highest average for the league since 1992 and the most since 2010 (31.0).  SEC offenses also averaged 30.3 points per game in 2007.
     
    * - SEC offenses have averaged 168.6 rushing yards and 225.0 passing yards this season.  Passing yards have accounted for 57.2 percent of SEC offenses this season, which is the most for the league since 2006 (60.1 percent).
     
    * - SEC teams have allowed just 14 non-offensive touchdowns this season.  Florida, LSU, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt have yet to allow a non-offensive touchdown this season.
     
    * - Alabama has scored 126 points when starting drives after opponent’s turnovers.  The 126 point total is more than any two other SEC teams combined (Highest:  Florida, 65, & Ole Miss, 58).  Alabama opponents have only scored 3 points when receiving ball after Crimson Tide turnovers.
     
    * - Only 3 of the 10 longest drives (by time on clock) have resulted in touchdowns.  Four have been decided by field goals, one was a missed field goal, one was ended by turnover and one by a failed fourth-down conversion.  The longest drive in the SEC this season was 9:28 by South Carolina against Georgia and resulted in a touchdown.  A 9:03 drive by Florida vs. Kentucky and a 8:25 drive by Vanderbilt against Auburn also resulted in touchdowns.
     
    * - Moving up the Record Charts:
         - Arkansas’ RB Dennis Johnson needs 136 all-purpose yards to move into 10th on the SEC career list.  Johnson has 4,948 yards.  Auburn’s Carnell Williams (2001-04) is 10th at 5,084 yards.   Johnson is also the SEC career leader in kickoff return yards with 2,755.
         - Georgia’s Aaron Murray is 9th in SEC history with 76 career touchdown passes.  Florida’s Rex Grossman (2000-02) is 8th at 77; Kentucky’s Jared Lorenzen (2000-03) is 7th at 78; and, Kentucky’s Andre Woodson (2004-07) is 6th at 79.
         - Florida’s Caleb Sturgis is tied for 9th in the SEC record books for career field goals made (61).  Alabama’s Michael Proctor (1992-95) is 8th at 65.
         - Mississippi State’s Johnthan Banks is tied for 7th in SEC history with 16 career interceptions.  Auburn’s Buddy McClinton (1967-69) and Tennessee’s Tim Priest (1968-70) are tied for 5th with 18.
     
     
    GAME NOTES
     
    Texas A&M at Mississippi State (11 a.m. CT / ESPN / Sirius 91 / XM 91)
     
                    Mississippi State leads the series with Texas A&M, 3-2 … This will be the first meeting of the teams in Starkville … The last meeting was the 2000 Independence Bowl in Shreveport, with Mississippi State winning, 43-31 in overtime … The game has been dubbed the “Snow Bowl” … State will commemorate the “Snow Bowl” by wearing all-white uniforms on Saturday, which the team wore in the bowl game … This game will mark the first time since 2001 that two ranked teams have faced off at Davis Wade Stadium (No. 17 Mississippi State vs. No. 18 South Carolina) … Historically, the two schools share two head coaches … Jackie Sherrill coached at Texas A&M from 1982-88 and Mississippi State from 1991-2003 … Emory Bellard coached at A&M from 1972-78 and then at Mississippi State from 1979-85 … Of 532 offensive plays, Mississippi State has run 279 times (52.4 percent) and passed 253 times (47.6 percent).  The Bulldogs have gained 3,174 total yards, with 1,864 through the air (58.7 percent) … Texas A&M is holding opponents to a 28 percent (34-of-120) conversion rate on third downs this season … The Aggies have 26 sacks this season from 12 different players.
     
    Missouri at Florida (12 p.m. ET / ESPN2 / Sirius 85 / XM 85)
     
                    The only meeting between the two teams was in the 1966 Sugar Bowl with Missouri winning, 20-18 … The Gators trailed 17-0 at half and a second-half comeback, directed by quarterback Steve Spurrier, came up just short … Florida has yet to allow a touchdown in their three home SEC games so far this season … In two straight home games, the Gators have allowed less than 50 yards rushing … Missouri’s defense leads the nation in forced fumbles with 17 … The Tigers have 26 straight games with at least one takeaway … The Gators have 28 upperclassmen (juniors + seniors) on their depth chart, which is the fourth highest total in the SEC … Missouri has just 22 upperclassmen, which is the lowest total in the league … Florida’s turnover margin this season is at +8 after being at -12 last season … Mizzou’s Sheldon Richardson leads all SEC interior linemen and second among all SEC defensive linemen with 57 stops this season.
     
    Vanderbilt at Kentucky (12 p.m. ET / ESPNU / Sirius 123 / XM 201)
     
                    Kentucky leads the series with Vanderbilt, 41-39-4 … In games played in Lexington, the Wildcats hold a 22-14-2 advantage … This will be the 85th meeting of the two teams … Vanderbilt has played only Tennessee (106) and Ole Miss (86) more times … Kentucky has only played Tennessee (107) more times … Kentucky has won eight of the last 11 meetings … Vandy took a 38-8 decision last year in Nashville … The winning margin for the Commodores was their largest in an SEC game since 1971 … UK is fifth in the nation in most true freshmen played (14) … Of Kentucky’s 80 recruiting scholarship players, 55 are freshmen or sophomores … Vanderbilt RB Zac Stacy needs one rushing TD to be school’s career leader … Stacy has 25 TDs (Dean Davidson, 1947-50, 26 TDs) … Kentucky LB Avery Williamson leads the SEC in total tackles with 95 and has double figures in six of nine games this season, including two in a row.
     
    Troy at Tennessee (12 p.m. ET / FSN / Sirius 112 / XM 200)
     
                    This will mark the first meeting between Troy and Tennessee … The Vols are 7-1 in its history against Sun Belt teams … The Vols have a nine-game win streak in non-conference regular season games … Tennessee has won eight in a row at home vs. non-conference opponents … It’s Homecoming on the UT campus … Tennessee is 68-17-3 in Homecoming games … The Vols are 39-11 in November games since 2000 … Tennessee has scored 33 touchdowns in 2012, eclipsing the 2011 full-season total of 31 … The Vols have scored 276 points in eight games this season, the fourth-highest point total in school history through eight games and the most since 1995.
     
    Tulsa at Arkansas (11:21 a.m. CT / SEC Network / Sirius 137 / XM 198)
     
                    This will mark the 72nd meeting between Tulsa and Arkansas … The Razorbacks lead the series, 53-15-3 … The last meeting between the two schools was Nov. 1, 2008, with Arkansas winning, 30-23 … The Hogs have won the last 17 meetings between the schools, dating back to 1977 … It’s Homecoming on the Arkansas campus … The Razorbacks are 54-32-4 (.622) in 90 previous Homecoming games … Arkansas leads the SEC and ranks 17th in the nation with 309.6 passing yards per game … The Razorbacks have rushed for more than 100 yards in four straight games and are averaging 146.5 rushing yards per game over that stretch.
     
    New Mexico State at Auburn (11:30 a.m. CT / CSS / Sirius 106 / XM 199)
     
                    The Tigers have won the previous two matchups with the Aggies … It’s Homecoming on the Auburn campus … The Tigers are 72-8-5 all-time in Homecoming games … Emory Blake is just the ninth receiver in Auburn history to record 100 career catches … Blake now ranks ninth in career yards at Auburn (1,764) … LB Daren Bates is third in the SEC with 10.0 tackles per game … RB Onterio McCalebb is just the second player in SEC history to tally more than 2,000 yards rushing (2,356), 1,000 kick return yards (1,186) and 500 receiving yards (528) … Freshman Jonathan Wallace will have his first start as Auburn quarterback against the Aggies.
     
    Ole Miss at Georgia (3:30 p.m. ET / CBS Sports / Sirius 123 / XM 201)
     
                    Georgia owns a 31-12-1 series advantage against Ole Miss, including a 17-4-1 edge in Athens … The Bulldogs have taken nine straight in the series … The last Ole Miss win in the series was in 1996 in Athens (31-27) … Last year, Georgia used 475 yards of total offense and blanked Ole Miss in the second half to record a 27-13 road win in Oxford … It’s Homecoming on the Georgia campus … The Bulldogs are 71-17-2 in Homecoming games … This will be the first game that both teams have played against teams from the opposite division in the SEC this season … Ole Miss has already surpassed last year’s total number of wins, points, touchdowns, passing yards and total yards … The Rebels have scored in 26 of its 28 red zone trips (92.9 percent), sixth best in the nation and second in the SEC … Georgia’s defense is ninth nationally forcing 39 three-and-outs this season (4.88 per game) … Georgia RB Todd Gurley is 6th in school history among freshmen with 740 rushing yards … Ole Miss RB Jeff Scott is fifth in the SEC with 87.4 rushing yards per game.
     
    Alabama at LSU (7 p.m. CT / CBS Sports / Sirius 86 – 91 / XM 86 – 91)
     
                    Alabama leads the series with LSU, 46-25-5 … The two teams met twice last year, with LSU defeating Alabama, 9-6 in overtime, at Tuscaloosa on Nov. 5, and Alabama defeating LSU, 21-0, at the BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans on Jan. 9 … Alabama has won three of the last five meetings of the teams … Alabama’s last win in Baton Rouge was a 27-21 overtime win in 2008 … In the last eight quarters of play between the teams, LSU and Alabama have combined for just one touchdown … Alabama and LSU rank No. 1-2 in the SEC in three major defensive categories – total defense, rushing defense and pass defense … LSU head coach Les Miles is 5-3 in his career against Alabama and Tide head coach Nick Saban is 3-4 in hs career against the Tigers … Saban served as head coach at LSU form 2000-04 … Alabama is ranked No. 1 in all four major rankings (AP, USA Today, Harris Interactive and BCS) while LSU is fifth in all four rankings … This marks the 17th matchup of two top five SEC teams since 1980 and the eighth straight of the 17 involving either LSU or Alabama … LSU is 5-1 under Les Miles in a game following an open date and are 36-1 in Saturday night games in Tiger Stadium under Miles … Alabama leads the nation in three-and-outs percentage (47 of 95 / 49.5%) … Alabama is 20-6 against AP Top 25 teams over the past four seasons and 11-4 against AP Top 10 teams … Since the start of the 2009 season, LSU is 36-2 when scoring 20 or more points … The Tigers have won a school-record 22 straight games in Tiger Stadium, which is also the nation’s longest current streak … Since 2000, 13 games have average scoring margin of 11.77 points, which is 8th in the SEC … 7 of the 13 games have been decided by single digits ... Alabama is 53-30 (.639) in road SEC games since 1992, which is second among SEC teams.
     
    Misc. Statistics Look at Alabama & LSU
     
    Category                                                                      Alabama                                                   LSU
    Team Record since 2008                                          56-6 (.902) / 1st in SEC                          48-13 (.787) / 2nd in SEC
    Team Record since 2003                                          89-36 (.712) / 4th in SEC                        104-23 (.819) / 1st in SEC
    Starting Quarterback Record                                   20-1 (AJ McCarron)                               7-1 (Zach Mettenberger)
     
    2012 Only
    Times Scored First / Record in Games                   8 of 8 / 8-0 (1.000)                                6 of 8 / 5-1 (.833)
    *Overall Offensive Drive Efficiency                       53.6 (52 of 97) / 1st in SEC                    37.9 (39 of 103) / T8th in SEC
    *Touchdown Drive Efficiency                                  40.2 (39 of 97) / 1st in SEC                    26.2 (27 of 103) / 8th in SEC
    *Overall Defensive Drive Efficiency                       10.5 (10 of 95) / 1st in SEC                    18.3 (20 of 109) / 3rd in SEC
    *Touchdown Defensive Drive Efficiency               07.4 (7 of 95) / 1st in SEC                      13.8 (15 of 109) / 3rd in SEC
    Fourth Quarter Scoring                                            +66 margin (83-17) / 1st in SEC            +31 margin (72-41) / 3rd in SEC
    Opponents 3-downs-and-out                                  43.2% (41 of 95) / 1st in SEC                 40.4% (44 of 109) / 2nd in SEC
    Team Pts. Scored off of Turnovers                         126 / 1st in SEC                                       74 / 2nd in SEC
    Average Plays per Drive                                           5.42 / 3rd in SEC                                      5.23 / 8th in SEC
    Average Yards per Drive                                          36.75 / 2nd in SEC                                   29.96 / 9th in SEC
    Average Time per Drive                                           2:48 / 1st in SEC                                      2:20 / 6th in SEC
    Touchdowns in the Red Zone                                  74.3% (26 of 35) / 1st in SEC                 47.1% (16 of 34) / 11th in SEC
    Touchdowns in Red Zone (Defense Allowed)       40.0% (6 of 15) / 2nd in SEC)                 84.6% (11 of 13) / 14th in SEC
     
    * - Percentages of scores and/or touchdowns in offensive or defensive drives scored or allowed.