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1997 Southeastern Conference Year Summary

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Record: 86-54, .614 W-L% (1st of 11) (Schedule and Results)

SRS: 10.68 (1st of 11) ▪ SOS: 7.43 (1st of 11)

Division Champions: Tennessee (East) and Auburn (West)
Conference Champion: Tennessee (Won Championship Game 30-29)

Ranked in Preseason AP Poll:(Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Louisiana State and Tennessee)
Ranked in Final AP Poll:(Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana State, Mississippi and Tennessee)

Standings

Overall Conference Pts/G SRS
East W L Pct W L Pct Own Opp SRS SOS Notes
Tennessee 11 2 .846 7 1 .875 32.9 22.0 20.87 10.56
Florida 10 2 .833 6 2 .750 35.8 17.1 21.07 8.90
Georgia 10 2 .833 6 2 .750 31.7 16.3 17.42 5.59
South Carolina 5 6 .455 3 5 .375 23.5 25.4 6.85 8.94
Kentucky 5 6 .455 2 6 .250 31.6 32.9 3.58 5.76
Vanderbilt 3 8 .273 0 8 .000 12.5 18.5 -1.07 4.75
West W L Pct W L Pct Own Opp SRS SOS Notes
Auburn 10 3 .769 6 2 .750 26.2 19.2 16.33 9.87
Louisiana State 9 3 .750 6 2 .750 31.1 15.7 14.18 4.76
Mississippi 8 4 .667 4 4 .500 22.3 20.0 11.83 8.25
Mississippi State 7 4 .636 4 4 .500 20.5 19.5 9.00 6.09
Alabama 4 7 .364 2 6 .250 22.4 22.5 5.55 6.82
Arkansas 4 7 .364 2 6 .250 16.5 25.8 2.60 8.87

AP Poll Summary

School Pre 8/25 9/2 9/8 9/15 9/22 9/29 10/6 10/13 10/20 10/27 11/3 11/10 11/17 11/24 12/1 12/8 Final
Florida 2 2 2 2 3 1 1 1 7 6 6 13 12 10 7 6 6 4
Tennessee 5 5 3 4 4 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 5 5 3 3 3 7
Georgia         25 19 18 13 19 16 14 9 7 14 14 13 12 10
Auburn 16 17 16 16 12 8 8 8 6 11 11 17 16 13 13 11 13 11
Louisiana State 10 10 10 10 10 13 13 14 8 17 16 14 11 20 17 16 15 13
Mississippi                   25               22
Alabama 15 16 15 15 11 21 20                      
Mississippi State                       19 17 15 22      

6 Bowl Games

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1998-01-02 Orange Bowl Nebraska 42 Tennessee 17 Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
1998-01-02 Peach Bowl Auburn 21 Clemson 17 Peach Bowl (Atlanta, GA)
1998-01-01 Citrus Bowl Florida 21 Penn State 6 Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL)
1998-01-01 Outback Bowl Georgia 33 Wisconsin 6 Outback Bowl (Tampa, FL)
1997-12-28 Independence Bowl Louisiana State 27 Notre Dame 9 Independence Bowl (Shreveport, LA)
1997-12-26 Motor City Bowl Mississippi 34 Marshall 31 Motor City Bowl (Pontiac, MI)

Conference Leaders

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Pass Completion Percentage

1. Tim Couch (Kentucky) 66.4
2. Mike Bobo (Georgia) 65.0
3. Stewart Patridge (Mississippi) 64.8
4. Herb Tyler (Louisiana State) 60.8
5. Peyton Manning (Tennessee) 60.2
6. Anthony Wright (South Carolina) 55.2
7. Doug Johnson (Florida) 55.0
8. Dameyune Craig (Auburn) 53.6
9. Freddie Kitchens (Alabama) 51.1
10. Clint Stoerner (Arkansas) 48.5

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Mike Bobo (Georgia) 155.8
2. Peyton Manning (Tennessee) 147.7
3. Tim Couch (Kentucky) 141.4
4. Stewart Patridge (Mississippi) 135.7
5. Doug Johnson (Florida) 135.0
6. Herb Tyler (Louisiana State) 133.4
7. Anthony Wright (South Carolina) 130.9
8. Dameyune Craig (Auburn) 130.2
9. Freddie Kitchens (Alabama) 117.8
10. Clint Stoerner (Arkansas) 107.5

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Tyrone Goodson (Auburn) 18.9
2. Anthony Lucas (Arkansas) 18.3
3. Anthony Eubanks (Arkansas) 17.1
4. Jacquez Green (Florida) 16.8
5. Hicks Poor (Auburn) 16.4
6. Quincy Jackson (Alabama) 16.3
7. Corey Allen (Georgia) 15.9
8. Karsten Bailey (Auburn) 15.8
9. Robert Reed (Mississippi) 15.8
  Robert Reed (Mississippi) 15.8

Total Yards Per Play

1. Peyton Manning (Tennessee) 7.2
2. Dameyune Craig (Auburn) 6.6
3. Tim Couch (Kentucky) 6.1

Punt Return Touchdowns

1. Jacquez Green (Florida) 2

Kickoff Return Touchdowns

1. Boo Williams (South Carolina) 2

Interception Return Touchdowns

1. Cedric Donaldson (Louisiana State) 2