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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 Completions

1. Tim Couch (KY) 363
2. Peyton Manning (TN) 287
3. Stewart Patridge (MS) 228
4. Dameyune Craig (AUB) 216
5. Mike Bobo (GA) 199
6. Clint Stoerner (AR) 173
7. Doug Johnson (FL) 148
8. Anthony Wright (SC) 139
9. Damian Allen (VAND) 128
10. Herb Tyler (LAST) 127

Pass Attempts

1. Tim Couch (KY) 547
2. Peyton Manning (TN) 477
3. Dameyune Craig (AUB) 403
4. Clint Stoerner (AR) 357
5. Stewart Patridge (MS) 352
6. Mike Bobo (GA) 306
7. Damian Allen (VAND) 283
8. Doug Johnson (FL) 269
9. Anthony Wright (SC) 252
10. Freddie Kitchens (AL) 237

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Tim Couch (KY) 66.4
2. Mike Bobo (GA) 65.0
3. Stewart Patridge (MS) 64.8
4. Herb Tyler (LAST) 60.8
5. Peyton Manning (TN) 60.2
6. Anthony Wright (SC) 55.2
7. Doug Johnson (FL) 55.0
8. Dameyune Craig (AUB) 53.6
9. Freddie Kitchens (AL) 51.1
10. Clint Stoerner (AR) 48.5

Passing Yards

1. Tim Couch (KY) 3884
2. Peyton Manning (TN) 3819
3. Dameyune Craig (AUB) 3277
4. Mike Bobo (GA) 2751
5. Stewart Patridge (MS) 2667
6. Clint Stoerner (AR) 2347
7. Doug Johnson (FL) 2023
8. Anthony Wright (SC) 1685
9. Herb Tyler (LAST) 1581
10. Freddie Kitchens (AL) 1545

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Mike Bobo (GA) 9.0
2. Dameyune Craig (AUB) 8.1
3. Peyton Manning (TN) 8.0
4. Stewart Patridge (MS) 7.6
5. Herb Tyler (LAST) 7.6
6. Doug Johnson (FL) 7.5
7. Tim Couch (KY) 7.1
8. Matt Wyatt (MSST) 6.8
9. Anthony Wright (SC) 6.7
10. Clint Stoerner (AR) 6.6

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Mike Bobo (GA) 9.1
2. Peyton Manning (TN) 8.5
3. Dameyune Craig (AUB) 7.6
4. Stewart Patridge (MS) 7.4
5. Anthony Wright (SC) 7.2
6. Doug Johnson (FL) 7.1
7. Herb Tyler (LAST) 7.0
8. Tim Couch (KY) 6.9
9. Freddie Kitchens (AL) 6.7
10. Clint Stoerner (AR) 5.6

Passing Touchdowns

1. Tim Couch (KY) 37
2. Peyton Manning (TN) 36
3. Doug Johnson (FL) 21
4. Mike Bobo (GA) 19
5. Anthony Wright (SC) 18
  Dameyune Craig (AUB) 18
7. Clint Stoerner (AR) 12
  Stewart Patridge (MS) 12
9. Freddie Kitchens (AL) 11
10. Herb Tyler (LAST) 10

Passing Interceptions

1. Tim Couch (KY) 19
2. Matt Wyatt (MSST) 15
3. Clint Stoerner (AR) 13
  Dameyune Craig (AUB) 13
5. Doug Johnson (FL) 12
6. Peyton Manning (TN) 11
7. Damian Allen (VAND) 10
8. Mike Bobo (GA) 8
9. Stewart Patridge (MS) 7
  Herb Tyler (LAST) 7

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Mike Bobo (GA) 155.8
2. Peyton Manning (TN) 147.7
3. Tim Couch (KY) 141.4
4. Stewart Patridge (MS) 135.7
5. Doug Johnson (FL) 135.0
6. Herb Tyler (LAST) 133.4
7. Anthony Wright (SC) 130.9
8. Dameyune Craig (AUB) 130.2
9. Freddie Kitchens (AL) 117.8
10. Clint Stoerner (AR) 107.5

Rush Attempts

1. Jamal Lewis (TN) 232
2. James Johnson (MSST) 217
3. Fred Taylor (FL) 214
4. Kevin Faulk (LAST) 205
5. John Avery (MS) 166
6. Robert Edwards (GA) 165
7. Curtis Alexander (AL) 155
8. Anthony White (KY) 129
9. Jared McGrath (VAND) 127
10. Boo Williams (SC) 117

Rushing Yards

1. Jamal Lewis (TN) 1364
2. Fred Taylor (FL) 1292
3. Kevin Faulk (LAST) 1144
4. James Johnson (MSST) 1069
5. Robert Edwards (GA) 908
6. John Avery (MS) 862
7. Curtis Alexander (AL) 729
8. Anthony White (KY) 723
9. Rondell Mealey (LAST) 664
10. Troy Hambrick (SC) 604

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Cecil Collins (LAST) 8.3
2. Fred Taylor (FL) 6.0
3. Rondell Mealey (LAST) 5.9
4. Jamal Lewis (TN) 5.9
5. Derek Homer (KY) 5.7
6. Anthony White (KY) 5.6
7. Kevin Faulk (LAST) 5.6
8. Robert Edwards (GA) 5.5
9. Jimmy Williams (VAND) 5.4
10. Troy Hambrick (SC) 5.3

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Kevin Faulk (LAST) 15
2. Fred Taylor (FL) 13
3. James Johnson (MSST) 12
  Robert Edwards (GA) 12
5. Rondell Mealey (LAST) 7
  Olandis Gary (GA) 7
  Jamal Lewis (TN) 7
  John Avery (MS) 7
  Fred Beasley (AUB) 7
  Herb Tyler (LAST) 7

Receptions

1. Marcus Nash (TN) 76
2. Craig Yeast (KY) 73
3. Jacquez Green (FL) 61
4. Anthony White (KY) 59
5. Jeremaine Copeland (TN) 58
6. Hines Ward (GA) 55
7. Karsten Bailey (AUB) 53
8. Kevin Coleman (KY) 52
9. Anthony Eubanks (AR) 51
10. Tyrone Goodson (AUB) 48
  Peerless Price (TN) 48

Receiving Yards

1. Marcus Nash (TN) 1170
2. Jacquez Green (FL) 1024
3. Tyrone Goodson (AUB) 906
4. Craig Yeast (KY) 873
5. Anthony Eubanks (AR) 870
6. Karsten Bailey (AUB) 840
7. Jeremaine Copeland (TN) 732
8. Hines Ward (GA) 715
9. Peerless Price (TN) 698
10. Kevin Coleman (KY) 621

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Tyrone Goodson (AUB) 18.9
2. Anthony Lucas (AR) 18.3
3. Anthony Eubanks (AR) 17.1
4. Jacquez Green (FL) 16.8
5. Hicks Poor (AUB) 16.4
6. Quincy Jackson (AL) 16.3
7. Corey Allen (GA) 15.9
8. Karsten Bailey (AUB) 15.8
9. Robert Reed (MS) 15.8
  Robert Reed (MS) 15.8

Receiving Touchdowns

1. Marcus Nash (TN) 13
2. Craig Yeast (KY) 10
  Jermale Kelly (SC) 10
4. Jacquez Green (FL) 9
  Jeremaine Copeland (TN) 9
6. Kevin Coleman (KY) 8
7. Jamie Richardson (FL) 7
  Karsten Bailey (AUB) 7
9. Hines Ward (GA) 6
  Lance Mickelsen (KY) 6
  Peerless Price (TN) 6
  Kerry Hood (SC) 6

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Jamal Lewis (TN) 255
2. Fred Taylor (FL) 238
3. James Johnson (MSST) 222
4. Kevin Faulk (LAST) 221
5. Robert Edwards (GA) 188
  Anthony White (KY) 188
7. John Avery (MS) 185
8. Curtis Alexander (AL) 171
9. Jared McGrath (VAND) 137
10. Boo Williams (SC) 135

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Jamal Lewis (TN) 1630
2. Fred Taylor (FL) 1530
3. Kevin Faulk (LAST) 1237
4. Anthony White (KY) 1176
5. Marcus Nash (TN) 1170
6. James Johnson (MSST) 1125
7. Robert Edwards (GA) 1122
8. Jacquez Green (FL) 1075
9. John Avery (MS) 975
10. Hines Ward (GA) 938

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Kevin Faulk (LAST) 15
2. Fred Taylor (FL) 13
  Marcus Nash (TN) 13
  Robert Edwards (GA) 13
5. James Johnson (MSST) 12
6. Jacquez Green (FL) 10
  Craig Yeast (KY) 10
  Jermale Kelly (SC) 10
9. Jamal Lewis (TN) 9
  Fred Beasley (AUB) 9
  Jeremaine Copeland (TN) 9

Total Plays

1. Tim Couch (KY) 613
2. Peyton Manning (TN) 526
3. Dameyune Craig (AUB) 499
4. Clint Stoerner (AR) 438
5. Stewart Patridge (MS) 408
6. Damian Allen (VAND) 387
7. Mike Bobo (GA) 346
8. Anthony Wright (SC) 323
9. Doug Johnson (FL) 307
10. Herb Tyler (LAST) 305

Total Yards

1. Peyton Manning (TN) 3789
2. Tim Couch (KY) 3759
3. Dameyune Craig (AUB) 3277
4. Mike Bobo (GA) 2681
5. Stewart Patridge (MS) 2559
6. Clint Stoerner (AR) 2080
7. Herb Tyler (LAST) 1860
8. Doug Johnson (FL) 1838
9. Anthony Wright (SC) 1729
10. Damian Allen (VAND) 1728

Total Yards Per Play

1. Peyton Manning (TN) 7.2
2. Dameyune Craig (AUB) 6.6
3. Tim Couch (KY) 6.1

Total Touchdowns

1. Tim Couch (KY) 40
2. Peyton Manning (TN) 39
3. Doug Johnson (FL) 22
  Dameyune Craig (AUB) 22
5. Mike Bobo (GA) 20
6. Anthony Wright (SC) 19
7. Herb Tyler (LAST) 17
8. Kevin Faulk (LAST) 15
9. Clint Stoerner (AR) 14
10. Fred Taylor (FL) 13
  Stewart Patridge (MS) 13