Dec 04, 2013

SEC Selection Snapshots

Missouri makes it first appearance in the SEC Championship game this weekend facing Auburn in a matchup of top five teams. Both teams are also in the running for the Capital One Bowl along with Alabama, LSU and South Carolina. Depending on where the SEC’s expected two BCS bids fall, here’s a snapshot look at the five teams in contention for the SEC’s slot in the New Year’s Day bowl. Teams are listed alphabetically.

No. 4 Alabama
Record: 11-1 (7-1 SEC)
Record vs. bowl-eligible teams: 6-1
Wins over bowl-eligible teams: vs. Virginia Tech (35-10), @Texas A&M (49-42), vs. Colorado State (31-6), vs. Ole Miss (25-0), vs. LSU (38-17), @Mississippi State (20-7)
Wins over ranked opponents (current BCS standings): @No. 24 Texas A&M (49-42), vs. No. 15 LSU (38-17)
Wins over ranked opponents (when they played): @No. 6 Texas A&M (49-42), vs. No. 21 Ole Miss (25-0), vs. No. 13 LSU (38-17)
Losses: @Auburn (34-28)
Last Bowl Appearance: 2013 BCS National Championship Game vs. Notre Dame (won 42-14)
Last Orlando Bowl Appearance: 2011 Capital One Bowl vs. Michigan State (won 49-7)
Top Players:
RB T.J. Yeldon – 1,207 rushing yards, 13 touchdowns
QB AJ McCarron – 2,676 passing yards, 26 touchdowns
LB C.J. Mosley – 102 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss
Series Records vs. Possible Opponents (With last meeting score):
Vs. Iowa: No previous meetings
Vs. Michigan State: 1-0, last meeting 1/1/2011, Capital One Bowl – won 49-7
Vs. Minnesota: 0-1, last meeting 12/31/2004, Music City Bowl – lost 20-16
Vs. Nebraska: 3-2, last meeting 9/2/1978 – won 20-3
Vs. Wisconsin: 1-0, last meeting 11/3/1928 – lost 15-0

No. 3 Auburn

Record: 11-1 (7-1 SEC)
Remaining Games: vs. No. 5 Missouri (SEC Championship)
Record vs. bowl-eligible teams: 8-1
Wins over bowl-eligible teams: vs. Washington State (31-24), vs. Arkansas State (38-9), vs. Mississippi State (24-20), vs. Ole Miss (30-22), @Texas A&M (45-41), vs. Florida Atlantic (45-10), vs. Georgia (43-38), vs. Alabama (34-28)
Wins over ranked opponents (current BCS standings): @No. 24 Texas A&M (45-41), vs. No. 22 Georgia (43-38), vs. No. 4 Alabama (34-28)
Wins over ranked opponents (when they played): vs. No. 24 Ole Miss (30-22), @No. 7 Texas A&M (45-41), vs. No. 25 Georgia (43-38), vs. No. 1 Alabama (34-28)
Losses: @LSU (35-21)
Last Bowl Appearance: 2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. Virginia (won 42-23)
Last Orlando Bowl Appearance: 2006 Capital One Bowl vs. Wisconsin (lost 24-10)
Top Players:
RB Tre Mason – 1,332 rushing yards, 18 touchdowns
QB Nick Marshall – 1,627 passing yards, 1,047 rushing yards, 21 total touchdowns
WR Sammie Coates – 747 receiving yards, 6 touchdowns
DE Dee Ford – 12.0 tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks
Series Records vs. Possible Opponents (With last meeting score):
Vs. Iowa: No prior meetings
Vs. Michigan State: 1-0, last meeting 1/1/1938 – won 6-0
Vs. Minnesota: No prior meetings
Vs. Nebraska: 1-3, last meeting 1/1/2007, AT&T Cotton Bowl – won 17-14
Vs. Wisconsin: 1-1-1, last meeting 1/2/2006, Capital One Bowl – won 24-10

No. 15 LSU
Record: 9-3 (5-3 SEC)
Record vs. bowl-eligible teams: 3-3
Wins over bowl-eligible teams: vs. Auburn (35-21), @Mississippi State (59-26), vs. Texas A&M (34-10)
Wins over ranked opponents (current BCS standings): vs. No. 3 Auburn (35-21), vs. No. 24 Texas A&M (34-10)
Wins over ranked opponents (when they played): vs. No. 20 TCU 37-27, vs. No. 17 Florida 17-6, vs. No. 12 Texas A&M 34-10
Losses: @ Ole Miss 27-27, @ No. 9 Georgia 44-41, @ No. 1 Alabama 38-17
Last Bowl Appearance: 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. Clemson (lost 25-24)
Last Orlando Bowl Appearance: 2010 Capital One Bowl vs. Penn State (lost 19-17)
Top Players:
RB Jeremy Hill – 1,206 rushing yards, 14 touchdowns
WR Odell Beckham – 1,117 receiving yards, 806 kickoff return yards, 9 total touchdowns
WR Jarvis Landry – 1,172 receiving yards, 10 touchdowns
CB Jalen Mills – 61 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 3 interceptions
Series Records vs. Possible Opponents (With last meeting score):
Vs. Iowa: 0-1, last meeting 1/1/2005, Capital One Bowl – lost 30-25
Vs. Michigan State: 1-0, last meeting 12/29/1995, Independence Bowl – won 45-26
Vs. Minnesota: No prior meetings
Vs. Nebraska: 0-5-1 1/1/1987, Sugar Bowl – lost 30-15
Vs. Wisconsin: 2-0, last meeting 9/30/1972 – won 27-7

No. 5 Missouri
Record: 11-1, 7-1 SEC
Remaining Games: vs. No. 3 Auburn (SEC Championship)
Record vs. bowl-eligible teams: 6-1
Wins over bowl-eligible teams: vs. Toledo (38-23), vs. Arkansas State (41-19), @Vanderbilt (51-28), @Georgia (41-26), @Ole Miss (24-10), vs. Texas A&M (28-21)
Wins over ranked opponents (current BCS standings): @No. 22 Georgia (8-3), vs. No. 24 Texas A&M (8-4)
Wins over ranked opponents (when they played): @No. 7 Georgia (41-26), vs. No. 22 Florida (36-17), @No. 24 Ole Miss (24-10), vs. No. 21 Texas A&M (28-21)
Losses: vs. South Carolina (27-24, 2 OT)
Last Bowl Appearance: 2011 Independence Bowl vs. North Carolina (won 41-24)
Last Orlando Bowl Appearance: 1981 Tangerine Bowl vs. Southern Miss. (won 19-17)
Top Players:
QB James Franklin- 1,952 passing yards, 412 rushing yards, 19 total touchdowns
RB Henry Josey- 988 rushing yards, 13 touchdowns
WR L’Damian Washington- 824 receiving yards, 10 touchdowns
DE Michael Sam- 42 tackles, 18.0 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery
Series Records vs. Possible Opponents (With last meeting score):
Vs. Iowa: 1-3, last meeting 12/28/2010, Insight Bowl – lost 27-24
Vs. Michigan State: 3-5, last meeting 12/1/2001 – lost 55-7
Vs. Minnesota: 4-3-1, last meeting 9/19/1970 – won 34-12
Vs. Nebraska: 33-60-3, last meeting 10/30/2010 – lost 31-17
Vs. Wisconsin: 1-4, last meeting 9/15/1984 – lost 35-34

No. 8 South Carolina
Record: 10-2 (6-2 SEC)
Record vs. bowl-eligible teams: 6-1
Wins over bowl-eligible teams: vs. North Carolina (27-10), vs. Vanderbilt (35-25), @UCF (28-25), @Missouri (27-24, 2OT), vs. Mississippi State (34-16), vs. Clemson (31-17)
Wins over ranked opponents (current BCS standings): @No. 16 UCF (28-25), @No. 5 Missouri (27-24, 2OT), vs. No. 13 Clemson (31-17)
Wins over ranked opponents (when they played): @No. 5 Missouri (27-24, 2OT), vs. No. 6 Clemson (31-17)
Losses: @Georgia (41-30), @Tennessee (23-21)
Last Bowl Appearance: 2013 Outback Bowl vs. Michigan (won 33-28)
Last Orlando Bowl Appearance: 2012 Capital One Bowl vs. Nebraska (won 30-13)
Top Players:
RB Mike Davis – 1134 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns, 342 receiving yards
QB Connor Shaw – 2135 passing yards, 21 passing touchdowns, 511 rushing yards, 5 rushing touchdowns
WR Bruce Ellington – 635 receiving yards, six receiving touchdowns
DE Jadeveon Clowney – 35 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, three sacks
Series Records vs. Possible Opponents (With last meeting score):
Vs. Iowa: 0-1, last meeting 1/1/2009, Outback Bowl – lost 31-10
Vs. Michigan State: No prior meetings
Vs. Minnesota: No prior meetings
Vs. Nebraska: 1-3, last meeting 1/2/2012, Capital One Bowl – won 30-13
Vs. Wisconsin: No prior meetings

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