2011 Southeastern Conference football season

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2011 Southeastern Conference football season
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SEC Logo 2011
League NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision)
Sport football
Duration September 1, 2011
through January 9, 2012
Number of teams 12
TV partner(s) CBS, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, FSN, CSS
Season champions LSU
East champions Georgia
  East runners-up South Carolina
West champions LSU
  West runners-up Alabama
SEC Championship Game
Champions LSU
Football seasons
← 2010
2012 →
2011 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#19 Georgia x   7 1         10 4  
#9 South Carolina   6 2         11 2  
Florida   3 5         7 6  
Vanderbilt   2 6         6 7  
Kentucky   2 6         5 7  
Tennessee   1 7         5 7  
Western Division
#2 LSU x   8 0         13 1  
#1 Alabama #   7 1         12 1  
#5 Arkansas   6 2         11 2  
Auburn   4 4         8 5  
Mississippi State   2 6         7 6  
Ole Miss   0 8         2 10  
Championship: LSU 42, Georgia 10
# – BCS National Champion
† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011 Southeastern Conference football season began on Thursday, September 1, 2011 with Kentucky taking on Western Kentucky on ESPNU. The season concluded on January 9, 2012 as the Alabama Crimson Tide shut out LSU Tigers, 21–0 in the Allstate BCS National Championship Game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans to claim their 14th national championship in school history.

Preseason[edit]

Florida head coach Urban Meyer retired in early December citing his health concerns and wanting to be around his family more.[1] Meyer then joined ESPN as an analyst for its college football coverage during the 2011 season.[2] In his place Florida hired Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp as the new head coach.[3] Muschamp elected to bring in former Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis as his offensive coordinator.[3]

Vanderbilt interim head coach Robbie Caldwell had a tough year in 2010 with injuries and tough schedule, going 2–10.[4] The school decided to search for a new coach to replace former head coach Bobby Johnson, who retired unexpectedly in July 2010.[4] Vanderbilt hired Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin, and this is Franklin's first head coaching job.[4]

LSU decided to part ways with offensive coordinator Gary Crowton because of a lack of offensive production the previous seasons.[5] In his place LSU hired former Louisville head coach Steve Kragthorpe.[6]

Kentucky added new schemes to its defense by adding former Cincinnati head coach Rick Minter as its co-defensive coordinator alongside Steve Brown.[7]

2011 Pre-season Coaches All-SEC[8]

First Team Offense
Position Player Class Team
QB Murray, AaronAaron Murray So. Georgia
RB Lattimore, MarcusMarcus Lattimore So. South Carolina
RB Richardson, TrentTrent Richardson Jr. Alabama
WR Childs, GregGreg Childs Sr. Arkansas
WR Jeffery, AlshonAlshon Jeffery Jr. South Carolina
TE Charles, OrsonOrson Charles Jr. Georgia
OL Glenn, CordyCordy Glenn Sr. Georgia
OL Jones, BarrettBarrett Jones Jr. Alabama
OL Sowell, BradleyBradley Sowell Sr. Mississippi
OL Warford, LarryLarry Warford Jr. Kentucky
C Vlachos, WilliamWilliam Vlachos Sr. Alabama
First Team Defense
Position Player Class Team
DL Bequette, JakeJake Bequette Sr. Arkansas
DL Chapman, JoshJosh Chapman Sr. Alabama
DL Jackson, MalikMalik Jackson Sr. Tennessee
DL Taylor, DevinDevin Taylor Jr. South Carolina
LB Hightower, Dont'aDont'a Hightower Jr. Alabama
LB Marve, ChrisChris Marve Sr. Vanderbilt
LB Trevathan, DannyDanny Trevathan Sr. Kentucky
DB Barron, MarkMark Barron Sr. Alabama
DB Gilmore, StephonStephon Gilmore Jr. South Carolina
DB Lester, RobertRobert Lester Jr. Alabama
DB Claiborne, MorrisMorris Claiborne Jr. Louisiana State
First Team Special Teams
Position Player Class Team
K Walsh, BlairBlair Walsh Sr. Georgia
P Butler, DrewDrew Butler Sr. Georgia
RS Boykin, BrandonBrandon Boykin Sr. Georgia
All-purpose back Adams, JoeJoe Adams Sr. Arkansas

Rankings[edit]

Legend
  Increase in ranking
  Decrease in ranking
  Not ranked previous week
  (Pre)
Aug
20
Sept.
6
Sept.
11
Sept.
18
Sept.
25
Oct.
2
Oct.
9
Oct.
16
Oct.
23
Oct.
30
Nov.
6
Nov.
13
Nov.
20
Nov.
27
Dec.
4
Final
Alabama AP 2 3 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 4 3 2 2 2 1
C 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 2 2 4 3 2 2 2 1
BCS Not released 2 2 2 3 3 2 2 2
Arkansas AP 15 14 14 14 18 10 10 10 8 8 8 6 3 7 6 5
C 14 13 13 12 18 12 11 10 8 8 8 6 3 10 7 5
BCS Not released 9 10 7 8 6 3 8 6
Auburn AP 23 NR 21 NR NR 15 24 19 NR 25 24 NR NR
C 19 22 19 NR NR 23 NR 23 NR NR 25 NR NR
BCS Not released 20 23 22 20 24 24 NR 25
Florida AP 22 18 16 15 12 17 NR
C 23 18 17 15 12 18 NR
BCS Not released
Georgia AP 19 NR 25 22 18 14 13 13 12 18 19
C 22 NR 21 20 16 15 14 14 18 20
BCS Not released 22 18 15 14 13 14 16
Kentucky AP
C
BCS Not released
LSU AP 4 2 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
C 4 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
BCS Not released 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Mississippi State AP 20 16 25 NR
C 20 17 25 NR
BCS Not released
Ole Miss AP
C
BCS Not released
South Carolina AP 12 12 10 12 10 18 15 14 14 10 15 14 14 14 10 9
C 12 12 11 10 9 14 13 12 14 10 15 14 13 13 9 8
BCS Not released 14 13 9 13 12 12 12 9
Tennessee AP
C
BCS Not released
Vanderbilt AP
C
BCS Not released

Regular season[edit]

Index to colors and formatting
SEC member won
SEC member lost
SEC teams in bold

All times Eastern time.

Rankings reflect that of the AP poll for that week until week eight when the BCS rankings will be used.

Week One[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance Reference
September 1 8:00 pm No. 20 Mississippi State Memphis Liberty BowlMemphis, TN FSN South W 59–14 33,990 [9]
September 1 9:15 pm Kentucky Western Kentucky LP FieldNashville, TN ESPNU W 14–3 24,599 [10]
September 3 12:00 pm Utah State No. 23 Auburn Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, AL ESPN W 42–38 85,245 [11]
September 3 12:21 pm Kent State No. 2 Alabama Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL SEC Network W 48–7 101,821 [12]
September 3 4:45 pm BYU Mississippi Vaught–Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS ESPN L 14–13 55,124 [13]
September 3 6:00 pm Montana Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN PPV W 42–16 94,661 [14]
September 3 7:00 pm Missouri State No. 15 Arkansas Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR PPV W 51–7 70,607 [15]
September 3 7:00 pm Florida Atlantic No. 22 Florida Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL ESPNU W 41–3 88,708 [16]
September 3 7:00 pm East Carolina No. 12 South Carolina Bank of America StadiumCharlotte, NC FSN W 56–37 58,272 [17]
September 3 7:00 pm Elon Vanderbilt Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN CSS W 45–14 27,599 [18]
September 3 8:00 pm No. 3 Oregon No. 4 LSU Cowboys StadiumArlington, TX ABC W 40–27 87,711 [19]
September 3 8:00 pm No. 5 Boise State No. 19 Georgia Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA (Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game) ESPN L 35–21 73,614 [20]

Players of the Week

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Vick Ballard Mississippi State Tyrann Mathieu LSU Joe Adams Arkansas
Reference:[21]

Week Two[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance Reference
September 10 12:00 pm Central Michigan Kentucky Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY ESPNU W 27–13 58,022 [22]
September 10 12:20 pm No. 16 Mississippi State Auburn Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL SEC Network AU 41–34 87,451 [23]
September 10 2:30 pm No. 3 Alabama No. 23 Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ABC W 27–11 107,846 [24]
September 10 3:30 pm Cincinnati Tennessee Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN ESPN2 W 45–23 94,207 [25]
September 10 4:30 pm No. 12 South Carolina Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, GA ESPN SC 45–42 92,746 [26]
September 10 7:00 pm New Mexico No. 14 Arkansas War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR ESPNU W 52–3 52,606 [27]
September 10 7:00 pm UAB No. 18 Florida Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL FSN South W 39–0 87,473 [28]
September 10 7:00 pm Southern Illinois Ole Miss Vaught–Hemingway Stadium • Oxford, MS PPV W 42–24 58,504 [29]
September 10 7:30 pm Connecticut Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN CSS W 24–21 32,119 [30]
September 10 8:00 pm Northwestern State No. 2 LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA PPV W 49–3 92,405 [31]

Players of the Week

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Tyler Bray Tennessee Mark Barron Alabama Melvin Ingram South Carolina
Reference:[32]

Week Three[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance Reference
September 15 8:00 pm No. 3 LSU No. 25 Mississippi State Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, MS ESPN LSU 19–6 56,924 [33]
September 17 12:00 pm No. 21 Auburn Clemson Memorial StadiumClemson, SC ESPN L 38–24 82,000 [34]
September 17 12:21 pm Ole Miss Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN SEC Network VU 30–7 34,579 [35]
September 17 1:00 pm Coastal Carolina Georgia Sanford Stadium • Athens, GA PPV W 59–0 91,946 [36]
September 17 3:30 pm Tennessee No. 16 Florida Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL CBS FL 33–23 90,744 [37]
September 17 6:00 pm Navy No. 11 South Carolina Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC ESPN2 W 24–21 78,807 [38]
September 17 7:00 pm Louisville Kentucky Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY ESPNU L 24–17 68,170 [39]
September 17 7:30 pm Troy No. 14 Arkansas Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR CSS W 38–28 69,861 [40]
September 17 7:30 pm North Texas No. 2 Alabama Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL FS South W 41–0 101,821 [41]

Players of the Week

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Chris Rainey
Marcus Lattimore
Florida
South Carolina
Trey Wilson Vanderbilt Caleb Sturgis Florida
Reference:[42]

Week Four[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance Reference
September 24 12:30 pm Georgia Ole Miss Vaught–Hemingway Stadium • Oxford, MS SEC Network UGA 27–13 58,032 [43]
September 24 3:30 pm No. 14 Arkansas No. 3 Alabama Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL CBS ALA 38–14 101,821 [44]
September 24 7:00 pm No. 15 Florida Kentucky Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY ESPN FLA 48–10 65,134 [45]
September 24 7:00 pm Vanderbilt No. 12 South Carolina Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC ESPN SCAR 21–3 77,015 [46]
September 24 7:00 pm Florida Atlantic Auburn Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL FSN W 30–14 82,249 [47]
September 24 7:00 pm Louisiana Tech Mississippi State Davis–Wade Stadium • Starkville, MS ESPNU W 26–10 55,116 [48]
September 24 8:00 pm No. 2 LSU No. 16 West Virginia Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV ABC W 47–21 62,056 [49]

Players of the Week

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Trent Richardson Alabama Melvin Ingram South Carolina Brad Wing LSU
Reference:[50]

Week Five[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance Reference
October 1 12:00 pm Mississippi State Georgia Sanford Stadium • Athens, GA FS South UGA 24–10 92,746 [51]
October 1 12:00 pm No. 14 Texas A&M No. 18 Arkansas Cowboys Stadium • Arlington, TX ESPN W 42–38 69,838 [52]
October 1 12:21 pm Kentucky No. 1 LSU Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA SEC Network LSU 35–7 92,660 [53]
October 1 12:30 pm Buffalo Tennessee Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN CSS W 41–10 87,758 [54]
October 1 3:30 pm Auburn No. 10 South Carolina Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC CBS AU 16–13 81,767 [55]
October 1 8:00 pm No. 3 Alabama No. 12 Florida Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL CBS ALA 38–10 90,888 [56]
October 1 9:15 pm Ole Miss Fresno State Bulldog StadiumFresno, CA ESPN2 W 38–28 32,063 [57]

Players of the Week

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Tyler Wilson
Jarius Wright
Arkansas Melvin Ingram South Carolina Steven Clark Auburn
Reference:[58]

Week Six[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance Reference
October 8 12:00 pm Mississippi State UAB Legion FieldBirmingham, AL FS South W 21–3 28,351 [59]
October 8 12:21 pm Kentucky No. 18 South Carolina Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC SEC Network SCAR 54–3 75,838 [60]
October 8 3:30 pm No. 17 Florida No. 1 LSU Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA CBS LSU 41–11 93,022 [61]
October 8 7:00 pm No. 15 Auburn No. 10 Arkansas Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR ESPN ARK 38–14 74,191 [62]
October 8 7:00 pm Georgia Tennessee Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN ESPN2 UGA 20–12 102,455 [63]
October 8 7:00 pm Vanderbilt No. 2 Alabama Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL ESPNU ALA 34–0 101,821 [64]

Players of the Week

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Connor Shaw South Carolina Mike Gilliard Georgia Blair Walsh Georgia
Reference:[65]

Week Seven[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance Reference
October 15 12:21 pm No. 15 South Carolina Mississippi State Davis Wade Stadium • Starkville, MS SEC Network SCAR 14–12 55,418 [66]
October 15 3:30 pm No. 1 LSU Tennessee Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN CBS LSU 38–7 101,822 [67]
October 15 6:00 pm No. 2 Alabama Ole Miss Vaught–Hemingway Stadium • Oxford, MS ESPN2 ALA 52–7 61,792 [68]
October 15 7:00 pm Florida No. 24 Auburn Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL ESPN AUB 17–6 87,451 [69]
October 15 7:00 pm Georgia Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN FS South UGA 33–28 36,640 [70]

Players of the Week

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Trent Richardson Alabama Corey Lemonier
D. J. Swearinger
Auburn
South Carolina
Steven Clark Auburn
Reference:[71]

Week Eight[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance Reference
October 22 12:00 pm Jacksonville State Kentucky Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY ESPNU W 38–14 54,098 [72]
October 22 12:21 pm No. 10 Arkansas Ole Miss Vaught–Hemingway Stadium • Oxford, MS SEC Network ARK 29–24 57,951 [73]
October 22 3:30 pm No. 19 Auburn No. 1 LSU Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA CBS LSU 45–10 93,098 [74]
October 22 7:00 pm Army Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN ESPNU W 44–21 32,210 [75]
October 22 7:15 pm Tennessee No. 2 Alabama Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL ESPN2 ALA 37–6 101,821 [76]

Players of the Week

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Dennis Johnson Arkansas Dont'a Hightower Alabama Brad Wing LSU
Reference:[77]

Week Nine[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance Reference
October 29 12:21 pm No. 10 Arkansas Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN SEC Network ARK 31–28 33,247 [78]
October 29 3:30 pm No. 22 Georgia Florida EverBank FieldJacksonville, FL CBS UGA 24–20 84,524 [79]
October 29 7:00 pm Ole Miss No. 23 Auburn Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL ESPNU AUB 41–23 85,347 [80]
October 29 7:00 pm Mississippi State Kentucky Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY FS South MSU 28–16 57,891 [81]
October 29 7:15 pm No. 13 South Carolina Tennessee Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN ESPN SCAR 14–3 96,655 [82]

Players of the Week

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Michael Dyer Auburn Jerry Franklin
Jarvis Jones
Arkansas
Georgia
Zach Hocker Arkansas
Reference:[83]

Week Ten[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance Reference
November 5 12:21 pm Vanderbilt Florida Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL SEC Network FLA 26–21 90,144 [84]
November 5 12:30 pm New Mexico State No. 18 Georgia Sanford Stadium • Athens, GA CSS W 63–16 92,746 [85]
November 5 3:30 pm Ole Miss Kentucky Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY ESPNU UK 30–13 56,882 [86]
November 5 7:00 pm Middle Tennessee Tennessee Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN FS South W 24–0 88,211 [87]
November 5 7:15 pm No. 9 South Carolina No. 7 Arkansas Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR ESPN ARK 44–28 73,804 [88]
November 5 7:30 pm UT Martin Mississippi State Davis Wade Stadium • Starkville, MS CSS W 55–17 55,096 [89]
November 5 8:00 pm No. 1 LSU No. 2 Alabama Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL CBS LSU 9–6 (OT) 101,821 [90]

Players of the Week

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Jeff Demps Florida Eric Reid LSU Dennis Johnson Arkansas
Reference:

Week Eleven[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance Reference
November 12 12:00 pm Florida No. 13 South Carolina Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC CBS SCAR 17–12 80,250 [91]
November 12 12:21 pm Kentucky Vanderbilt Commodore Stadium • Nashville, TN SEC Network VU 38–8 33,718 [92]
November 12 3:30 pm No. 20 Auburn No. 15 Georgia Sanford Stadium • Athens, GA CBS UGA 45–7 92,746 [93]
November 12 6:00 pm Tennessee No. 8 Arkansas Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR ESPN2 ARK 49–7 72,103 [94]
November 12 7:00 pm Western Kentucky No. 1 LSU Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA ESPNU W 42–9 92,917 [95]
November 12 7:30 pm Louisiana Tech Ole Miss Vaught-Hemigway Stadium • Oxford, MS CSS L 7–27 44,123 [96]
November 12 8:00 pm No. 3 Alabama Mississippi State Davis Wade Stadium • Starkville, MS ESPN ALA 24–7 57,871 [97]

Players of the Week

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Zac Stacy Vanderbilt Dont'a Hightower Alabama Joe Adams Arkansas
Reference:

Week Twelve[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance Reference
November 19 12:00 pm The Citadel No. 12 South Carolina Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC PPV W 41–20 76,816 [98]
November 19 12:21 pm Kentucky No. 14 Georgia Sanford Stadium • Athens, GA SEC Network UGA 19–10 92,746 [99]
November 19 1:00 pm Samford No. 24 Auburn Jordan-Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL PPV W 45–7 84,842 [100]
November 19 1:00 pm Furman Florida Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL PPV W 54–32 84,674 [101]
November 19 1:07 pm Georgia Southern No. 3 Alabama Bryant-Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL PPV W 45–21 101,821 [102]
November 19 3:30 pm Mississippi State No. 6 Arkansas War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR CBS ARK 44–17 55,761 [103]
November 19 7:00 pm No. 1 LSU Ole Miss Vaught-Hemingway Stadium • Oxford, MS ESPN LSU 52–3 59,877 [104]
November 19 7:00 pm Vanderbilt Tennessee Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN ESPNU Tenn 27–21 (OT) 91,367 [105]

Players of the Week

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Tyler Wilson Arkansas Ron Brooks
Danny Trevathan
LSU
Kentucky
Blair Walsh Georgia
Reference:

Week Thirteen[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance Reference
November 25 3:30 pm No. 3 Arkansas No. 1 LSU Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA CBS LSU 41–17 93,108 [106]
November 26 12:00 pm No. 13 Georgia No. 23 Georgia Tech Bobby Dodd Stadium • Atlanta, GA ESPN W 31–17 54,925 [107]
November 26 12:21 pm Tennessee Kentucky Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY SEC Network UK 10–7 59,855 [108]
November 26 3:30 pm No. 2 Alabama No. 24 Auburn Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL CBS ALA 42–14 87,451 [109]
November 26 3:30 pm Vanderbilt Wake Forest BB&T FieldWinston-Salem, North Carolina ESPNU W 41–7 28,020 [110]
November 26 7:00 pm Florida State Florida Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL ESPN2 L 21–7 90,798 [111]
November 26 7:00 pm Ole Miss Mississippi State Davis Wade Stadium • Starkville, MS ESPNU MSU 31–3 55,270 [112]
November 26 7:45 pm No. 17 Clemson No. 12 South Carolina Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC ESPN W 34–13 83,442 [113]

Players of the Week

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Trent Richardson
Connor Shaw
Alabama
South Carolina
Tyrann Mathieu LSU Ryan Tydlacka Kentucky
Reference:[114]

Week Fourteen/SEC Championship[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance Reference
December 3 4:00 pm No. 14 Georgia No. 1 LSU Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA CBS LSU 42–10 74,515 [115]

SEC vs. AQ conference and BCS-buster opponents[edit]

NOTE:. Games with a * next to the home team represent a neutral site game

Date Visitor Home Significance Winning Team
September 3 Boise State Georgia* Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta, Georgia Boise State
September 3 Oregon LSU* Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas LSU
September 10 Alabama Penn State Alabama
September 10 Cincinnati Tennessee Tennessee
September 10 Connecticut Vanderbilt Vanderbilt
September 17 Auburn Clemson Clemson
September 17 Louisville Kentucky Governor's Cup Louisville
September 24 LSU West Virginia LSU
October 1 Texas A&M Arkansas* Southwest Classic in Arlington, Texas Arkansas
November 26 Florida State Florida Florida–Florida State rivalry Florida State
November 26 Georgia Georgia Tech Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate Georgia
November 26 Clemson South Carolina Battle of the Palmetto State South Carolina
November 26 Vanderbilt Wake Forest Vanderbilt

Home attendance[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6 Game 7 Game 8 Total Average % of Capacity
Alabama Bryant-Denny Stadium 101,821 101,821 101,821 101,821 101,821 101,821 101,821 101,821 712,747 101,821 100%
Arkansas Razorback Stadium 72,000 70,607 52,606A 69,861 74,191 73,804 72,103 55,761A 468,933 66,990 100.15%
Auburn Jordan-Hare Stadium 87,451 85,245 87,451 82,249 87,451 85,347 84,842 87,451 600,036 85,719 98.02%
Florida Ben Hill Griffin Stadium 88,548 88,708 87,473 90,744 90,888 90,144 84,674 90,798 623,429 89,061 100.58%
Georgia Sanford Stadium 92,746 92,746 91,946 92,746 92,746 92,746 92,746 555,676 92,612 99.86%
Kentucky Commonwealth Stadium 67,606 58,022 68,170 65,134 54,098 57,891 56,882 59,855 420,052 60,007 88.76%
LSU Tiger Stadium 92,542 92,405 92,660 93,022 93,098 92,917 93,108 557,210 92,868 100.35%
Mississippi State Davis Wade 55,082 56,924 55,116 55,418 55,096 57,871 55,270 335,695 55,949 101.57%
Ole Miss Vaught-Hemingway 60,580 55,124 58,504 58,042 61,792 57,951 44,123 59,877 395,413 56,488 93.25%
South Carolina Williams-Brice Stadium 80,250 78,807 77,015 81,767 75,838 80,250 76,816 83,442 553,935 79,134 98.61%
Tennessee Neyland Stadium 102,455 94,661 94,207 87,758 102,455 101,822 96,655 88,211 91,367 757,136 94,642 92.37%
Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Stadium 39,790 27,599 32,119 34,579 36,640 32,210 33,247 33,718 230,112 32,873 82.62%

^A Games played at Arkansas' secondary home stadium War Memorial Stadium, capacity: 54,120.

Bowl games[edit]

SEC Bowl Games
Pick Game Date Location/Time* Television Winner+ Score Loser+ Score Payout (US$) per team
BCS No. 1 vs. No. 2 2012 BCS National Championship Game Jan. 9, 2012 Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana
ESPN #2 Alabama 21 #1 LSU 0 $21,200,000
2. Capital One Bowl Jan. 2, 2012 Citrus Bowl
Orlando, Florida
1:00 pm
ESPN #10 South Carolina 30 No. 21 Nebraska 13 $4,250,000
3. Outback Bowl Jan. 2, 2012 Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, Florida
1:00 pm
ABC No. 12 Michigan State 33 No. 18 Georgia 30 $3,400,000
4. AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic Jan. 6, 2012 Cowboys Stadium
Arlington, Texas
8:00 pm
FOX No. 7 Arkansas 29 No. 11 Kansas State 16 $6,750,000
5. Chick-fil-A Bowl Dec. 31, 2011 Georgia Dome
Atlanta, Georgia
7:30 pm
ESPN Auburn 43 Virginia 24 $3,350,000
6. Gator Bowl Jan. 2, 2012 EverBank Field
Jacksonville, Florida
1:30 pm
ESPN2 Florida 24 Ohio State 17 $2,250,000
7. Autozone Liberty Bowl Dec. 31, 2011 Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Memphis, Tennessee
3:30 pm
ESPN Cincinnati 31 Vanderbilt 24 $1,350,000
8. Franklin Music City Bowl Dec. 30, 2011 LP Field
Nashville, Tennessee
6:40 pm
ESPN Mississippi State 23 Wake Forest 17 $1,700,000
*Time given is Eastern Time (UTC-5).
+SEC team is bolded.
Rankings are AP.

Per BCS selection rules, no more than two teams from a conference may be selected, regardless of whether they are automatic qualifiers or at-large selections, unless two non-champions from the same conference are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the final BCS Standings. As the SEC champion Louisiana State was the top-ranked team in the BCS poll, the Sugar Bowl was prohibited from selecting an SEC representative for the 2011-12 season.

Post-season awards and honors[edit]

All-SEC[edit]

The following players were named by the AP All-SEC team:[116]

Position Player Class Team
First Team Offense
QB Tyler Wilson Jr. Arkansas
RB Trent Richardson Jr. Alabama
RB Michael Dyer So. Auburn
WR Jarius Wright Sr. Arkansas
WR Da'Rick Rogers So. Tennessee
TE Orson Charles Jr. Georgia
OL Will Blackwell Sr. LSU
OL Cordy Glenn Sr. Georgia
OL Barrett Jones So. Alabama
OL Rokevious Watkins Sr. South Carolina
C William Vlachos Sr. Alabama
First Team Defense
DL Melvin Ingram Sr. South Carolina
DL Fletcher Cox Jr. Mississippi State
DL Malik Jackson Sr. Tennessee
DL Sam Montgomery So. LSU
LB Jarvis Jones So. Georgia
LB Danny Trevathan Sr. Kentucky
LB Courtney Upshaw Sr. Alabama
DB Tyrann Mathieu So. LSU
DB Morris Claiborne Jr. LSU
DB Mark Barron Sr. Alabama
DB Bacarri Rambo Jr. Georgia
First Team Special Teams
K Caleb Sturgis Jr. Florida
P Brad Wing Fr. LSU
AP Joe Adams Sr. Arkansas

All-Americans[edit]

National award winners[edit]

The following SEC players listed below have been named to the national award semifinalist and finalist lists.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Urban Meyer joining ESPN as analyst". ESPN. ESPN.com News Services. January 31, 2011. Retrieved September 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Andreu, Robbie (January 6, 2011). "Muschamp hires Weis and two others". The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved September 14, 2011. 
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