Seven SEC teams are ranked in this week’s USA Today Coaches and Associated Press Polls – Alabama leads both polls for the 10th straight week followed by Georgia 5th in both polls, Florida 7th in both polls, LSU 9th in both polls, South Carolina 11thin USA Today and 12th in AP, Texas A&M 14th in USA Today and 15th in AP, and Mississippi State 22nd in AP and 23rd in USA Today.
The SEC has had at least four teams ranked in the top 10 of one of the four major polls every week of this season.
Both Florida and Alabama have clinched at least a share of the divisional championship. The Crimson Tide can determine its destiny for the SEC Championship Game, but Florida needs help in order to make the SEC Championship Game.
Alabama needs to defeat either Texas A&M or Auburn to represent the Western Division in the SEC Championship Game. Texas A&M is the only other SEC team mathematically remaining to make the SEC Championship and would need for Alabama to lose twice and A&M to defeat both the Tide and Missouri.
Florida would win the Eastern Division title outright and make the championship game if Auburn defeats Georgia this weekend. Should Georgia defeat the Tigers, the Bulldogs will represent the Eastern Division as a co-champion, winning the head-to-head tie-breaker with the Gators.
This week Alabama has what has proved to be a rarity this season – a daytime football game. Bama, 9-0 overall and 6-0 in the SEC, will host Texas A&M (7-2/4-2) at 2:30 p.m. CST Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium. CBS will televise the game.
According to CBS Sports, the Alabama-LSU game Saturday night earned a 7.0/13 rating/share in overnights, which would make the contest the highest rated college football game of the season.
Here are areas where Alabama and Texas A&M rank in the nation’s top 40 statiscally:
Passing Efficiency – Alabama (1st - 175.85 rating); Texas A&M (37th - 145.28 rating); Pass Efficiency Defense –Alabama (5th - 95.01 rating); Texas A&M (38th - 120.40 rating); Passing Offense – Texas A&M (19th - 308.22 ypg); Pass Defense – Alabama (8th - 162.56 ypg); Rushing Offense – Texas A&M (10th - 251.33 ypg); Alabama (24th - 209.00 ypg); Rushing Defense – Alabama (2nd - 66.33 ypg); Texas A&M_(31st - 132.11 ypg); Scoring Defense – Alabama (1st - 9.11 ppg); Texas A&M (27th - 21.00 ppg); Scoring Offense – Texas A&M (4th - 44.67 ppg); Alabama (17th - 38.44 ppg); Total Offense – Texas A&M (5th - 559.56 ypg); Total Defense – Alabama (2nd - 228.89 ypg); Turnover Margin – Alabama (4th - 1.67 margin); Kickoff Returns – Alabama (10th - 26.77 ypr); Texas A&M (36th - 23.68 ypr); Net Punting – Texas A&M (3rd - 41. Alabama (40th - 38.27 ypp); Punt Returns – Texas A&M (12th - 15.24 ypr);Alabama (33rd - 11.07 ypr);
In individual calculations:
Passing Efficiency – A.J. McCarron, Alabama (3rd - 173.54 rating); Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (29th - 149.82 rating); Punting –Cody Mandell, Alabama (29th - 42.45 ypp); Punt Returns – Dustin Harris, Texas A&M (10th - 14.44 ypr); Christion Jones, Alabama (19th - 11.67 ypr); Jonathan Krause, Vanderbilt (30th - 10.00 ypr); Devrin Young, Tennessee (33rd - 9.54 ypr); Andre Debose, Florida (34th - 9.30 ypr); Receptions per Game – Mike Evans, Texas A&M (33rd - 6.22 rpg); Receiving Yards per Game – JoMike Evans, Texas A&M (25th - 89.11 ypg); Passing Yards per Game -- Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M_(19th - 280.78 ypg); Rushing – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (27th - 102.44 ypg); Scoring – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (18th - 10 ppg); Taylor Bertolet, Texas A&M_(28th - 8.89 ppg); Total Offense – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (2nd - 383.22 ypg); Tackles for Loss – Damontre Moore, Texas A&M_(2nd - 2.11 tpg); Sacks – Damontre Moore, Texas A&M_(2nd - 1.28 spg); Interceptions – Robert Lester, Alabama (31st - 0.33 ipg); Matt Elam, Florida (31st - 0.33 ipg).
The SEC has eight of the top 27 teams in the nation in scoring defense, 10 of the top 40 in net punting and have six of the top 30 passers in passing efficiency.
Home teams are 14-15 in last five weeks in SEC intra-conference games.
Tennessee’s 718 total offensive yards against Troy is the most in the SEC this season. Tennessee and Troy combined for 1,439 total offensive yards yesterday, which is the most for two teams in a game involving an SEC team. The previous record was 1,329 yards, set in 1997 by Tennessee and Kentucky. The 103 combined points are the fourth highest total in a regulation game in SEC history.
Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel has 922 rushing yards this season, third highest for a quarterback in SEC history. Auburn’s Cam Newton has record at 1,473 yards and Auburn’s Jimmy Sidle is second at 1,006 yards.
Vanderbilt’s 40-0 win over Kentucky was the Commodores’ first SEC defensive shutout since Nov. 9, 1968 (6-0 vs. Kentucky).