Around the SEC

Here are a few final notes on the Southeastern Conference 2007 college football season courtesy of the SEC offices. Check back weekly for news and commentary during the off-season.

Notes:

  • LSU’s victory over Ohio State gave the SEC its fourth national title in the ten years of the BCS format (Tennessee 1998; LSU 2003; Florida 2006; LSU 2007)
  • LSU and Georgia finished 1-2 in the final AP poll … first time ever for the SEC and the first time for any conference since 1971 (Nebraska #1 and Oklahoma #2)
  • The SEC finished with a 7-2 bowl record … most bowl victories by any conference in NCAA history
  • The SEC is the only conference to currently have five head coaches who have won national championships
    o Steve Spurrier-South Carolina (with Florida in 1996)
    o Phillip Fulmer-Tennessee (1998)
    o Nick Saban-Alabama (with LSU in 2003)
    o Urban Meyer-Florida (2006)
    o Les Miles (2007)
  • Darren McFadden of Arkansas will finish his career as the 2nd leading rusher in SEC history behind Herschel Walker of Georgia. McFadden has 4589 yards (38 games) only 670 yards behind Walker’s 5259 (33 games)
  • Tim Tebow of Florida became the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy
  • Tebow is also on track to shatter the conference’s record for touchdown responsibility … after only two seasons, he has accounted for 68 touchdowns (31 rushing 37 passing), well over halfway to the all-time mark of 122 held by former Gator QB Danny Wuerffel
  • Earl Bennett of Vanderbilt will finish his career as the all-time SEC leader in receptions with 236, eclipsing the 208 of former Kentucky receiver Craig Yeast (1995-1998)
  • Kentucky’s Jacob Tamme was named a National Scholar-Athlete by the National Football Foundation
  • In the past six years, LSU and Georgia are tied for the best record in the SEC with matching 64-15 marks … here are the full records:
    o Georgia and LSU 64-15
    o Auburn 59-18
    o Florida 54-23
    o Tennessee 52-25
    o Arkansas 45-31
    o Alabama 43-33
    o South Carolina 37-35
    o Kentucky 32-40
    o Ole Miss 31-41
    o Miss State 22-49
    o Vanderbilt 20-50
  • In the past eleven seasons, Georgia has the top mark at 107-32 … here are the full records:
    o Georgia 107-32
    o Tennessee 104-36
    o Florida 103-36
    o LSU 98-40
    o Auburn 87-43
    o Arkansas 80-55
    o Alabama 74-61
    o Ole Miss 68-63
    o South Carolina 60-69
    o Miss State 58-72
    o Kentucky 54-75
    o Vanderbilt 35-90

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