Florida (10-0, 8-0)
Next: vs. Florida International 12:30 p.m. Saturday
Quarterback Tim Tebow will be in New York the second weekend of December and may indeed win the Heisman Trophy again. But his numbers this year are lagging behind the last two. In 14 games last year he had 2,746 yards passing with 30 touchdowns and rushed for 673 yards and another 12 TDs. In 2007 when Tebow won the Heisman, he had 3,286 yards passing and 32 TDs and 895 yards rushing and 23 TDs. Through 10 games this season Tebow has 1,730 yards passing with 12 TDs and 763 yards rushing with 10 TDs.
Kentucky (6-4, 2-4)
Next: at Georgia 7:45 p.m. Saturday
With one more victory the Wildcats will have won seven or more games in three consecutive seasons under coach Rich Brooks. The last time that happened was 1909-11 when they won seven each season. ... Wide receiver/quarterback Randall Cobb (shoulder) remains questionable. Cobb has accounted for 11 touchdowns this season (seven rush, four pass), is UK's leading receiver (32 catches, 384 yards) and returns kicks and punts.
South Carolina (6-5, 3-5)
Next: vs. Clemson Nov. 28
For the second straight year, Clemson fans broke into Williams-Brice Stadium and vandalized the property. But unlike last year, when they painted windows in the weight room orange, the damage was minimal and "barely noticeable," according to Gamecocks officials, after vandals attempted to use orange spray paint in the one of the end zones. ... A win over Clemson could put South Carolina in line for Atlanta's Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Tennessee (5-5, 2-4)
Next: vs. Vanderbilt 7 p.m. Saturday
What did he know and when did he know it? Those are the questions in Knoxville regarding coach Lane Kiffin this week. When three Tennessee players were arrested for armed robbery on Nov. 12, Kiffin said the Vols had a clean arrest record for 11 months and 11 days. Later it was learned that freshman defensive back Nyshier Oliver had been charged with shoplifting on Nov. 7, just hours before the Vols played Memphis, for stealing a $110 polo shirt at a local mall. Kiffin defended that statement, saying Oliver was merely "cited." "He was not arrested and we dealt with it internally," he said.
Vanderbilt (2-9, 0-7)
Next: at Tennessee 7 p.m. Saturday
The Commodores will be without senior cornerback Myron Lewis, who injured a knee last week against Kentucky. Coach Bobby Johnson said Lewis will undergo surgery sometime next week for meniscus damage. Lewis, one of the top cornerbacks in the league, finishes with 10 career interceptions. ... Freshman Warren Norman (Chamblee) needs 17 yards to become the SEC's all-time all-purpose yardage leader for freshmen. Georgia's Herschel Walker holds the record of 1,805 yards in 1980.
Alabama (10-0, 7-0)
Next: vs. Chattanooga 12:21 p.m. Saturday
Alabama has not allowed an opposing running back to gain 100 yards rushing since Oct. 13, 2007 (Ole Miss' BenJarvus Green-Ellis, 131). That's a 30-game streak, longest in the nation, nine ahead of Ohio State and unlikely to end this week against the Moccasins (6-4). The Crimson Tide is one of six teams in the nation that has not allowed a 100-yard rusher this season.
Arkansas (6-4, 2-4)
Next: vs. Mississippi State 12:21 a.m. Saturday
Quarterback Ryan Mallett has been white-hot lately. Over the past three games, he has completed 82.2 percent of his passes for 982 yards with eight touchdowns and one interception. The sophomore set or tied six school records during that stretch, four of which came Saturday night vs. Troy. Mallett broke Arkansas’ single-season passing mark (2,882) and consecutive passes thrown without an interception (141). ... Defensive coordinator Willy Robinson, who was hospitalized after falling ill during a meeting last Thursday and missed the Troy game, returned to work. His illness was described as an infection.
Auburn (7-4, 3-4)
Next: vs. Alabama Nov. 28
Coach Gene Chizik told his team he planned to go for a two-point conversion had the Tigers scored a late touchdown against Georgia last Saturday. The Bulldogs won 31-24 after batting away a pass in the end zone in the closing seconds. ... Ben Tate has 1,209 yards rushing, the ninth-best season in Auburn history, and 3,168 career rushing yards, fifth all time.
LSU (8-2, 4-2)
Next: at Ole Miss 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Coach Les Miles said quarterback Jordan Jefferson (ankle) will be available this week. The Tigers' starter sat out last week against Louisiana Tech. ... Filling in for injured starter Charles Scott, tailback Keiland Williams gained a season-high 116 yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns. No LSU back has gained that many yards since Scott got 144 against Georgia last season. Scott is out for the year with a broken collarbone.
Mississippi State (4-6, 2-4)
Next: at Arkansas 12:21 p.m. Saturday
The Bulldogs have a tall order to stop 6-foot-7 Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett, who leads the SEC in passing. State is 10th in the league against the pass. The Bulldogs faced a similar challenge Oct. 10 against Houston's Case Keenum, who threw for 434 yards on the way to beating the Bulldogs 31-24 at State. ... The idea to wear black jerseys against Alabama last week came from senior linebacker Jamar Chaney, a one-time Georgia signee.
Ole Miss (7-3, 3-3)
Next: vs. LSU 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Think perhaps coach Houston Nutt is wondering what might have happened had he used Dexter McCluster a little more often in the SEC opener at South Carolina? McCluster had only 15 touches for 85 yards and no touchdowns in the game, when the unranked Gamecocks knocked off then-No. 4 Ole Miss 16-10. Last week, McCluster had 29 touches against Tennessee and finished with 324 yards and four touchdowns as the Rebels rolled 42-17. In the last three SEC games, the 5-8, 165-pound McCluster has averaged 28 touches and 260 yards.
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