2009 Southeastern Conference football season
|2009 Southeastern Conference football season|
|League||NCAA Division I FBS|
|Duration||September 3, 2009
through January 7, 2010
|Number of teams||12|
|TV partner(s)||CBS, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, FSN, CSS|
|East champions||Florida Gators|
|West champions||Alabama Crimson Tide|
|SEC Championship Game|
|Champions||Alabama Crimson Tide|
|Finals MVP||Mark Ingram, Alabama|
The 2009 Southeastern Conference football season started on Thursday, September 3 as conference member South Carolina visited North Carolina State. The conference’s other 11 teams began their respective 2009 season of NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) competition on Saturday, September 5. All teams started their season at home except Kentucky, who started their season on neutral turf at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio against Miami (OH), Georgia, who traveled to Oklahoma State, and Alabama, who traveled to the Georgia Dome to face Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff for the second straight year.
|Independence Bowl||December 28, 2009||Independence Bowl||Shreveport, LA||ESPN||Georgia vs. Texas A&M||$1,100,000|
|PapaJohns.com Bowl||January 2, 2010||Legion Field||Birmingham, AL||ESPN||South Carolina vs. Connecticut||$300,000|
|Liberty Bowl||January 2, 2010||Liberty Bowl||Memphis, TN||ESPN||Arkansas vs. East Carolina||$1,700,000|
|Music City Bowl||December 27, 2009||LP Field||Nashville, TN||ESPN||Kentucky vs. Clemson||$1,600,000|
|Chick-fil-A Bowl||December 31, 2009||Georgia Dome||Atlanta, GA||ESPN||Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech||$3,005,000|
|Cotton Bowl Classic||January 2, 2010||Cowboys Stadium||Arlington, TX||FOX||Ole Miss vs. Oklahoma State||$3,000,000|
|Outback Bowl||January 1, 2010||Raymond James Stadium||Tampa, FL||ESPN||Auburn vs. Northwestern||$3,300,000|
|Capital One||January 1, 2010||Citrus Bowl||Orlando, FL||ABC||LSU vs. Penn State*||$4,250,000|
|Sugar Bowl||January 1, 2010||Louisiana Superdome||New Orleans, LA||FOX||Florida vs. Cincinnati||$18,000,000|
|BCS Championship Game||January 7, 2010||Rose Bowl||Pasadena, CA||ABC||Alabama vs. Texas||$18,000,000|
* Penn State's win was vacated due to the Penn State child sex abuse scandal
Awards and All-SEC Teams
- 2009 AP All-SEC First Team
|Improvement in ranking|
|Drop in ranking|
|Not ranked previous week|
|RV||Received votes but were not ranked in Top 25 of poll|
SEC vs. BCS matchups
|September 3||South Carolina||NC State||South Carolina|
|September 5||Georgia||Oklahoma State||Oklahoma State|
|September 5||Alabama||Virginia Tech||Alabama|
|September 19||West Virginia||Auburn||Auburn|
|September 26||Arizona State||Georgia||Georgia|
|October 3||Arkansas||Texas A&M||Arkansas|
|October 3||Georgia Tech||Mississippi State||Georgia Tech|
|October 31||Georgia Tech||Vanderbilt||Georgia Tech|
|November 28||Florida State||Florida||Florida|
|November 28||Clemson||South Carolina||South Carolina|
|November 28||Georgia||Georgia Tech||Georgia|
During the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season, Florida and Alabama won their respective divisions and met in the 2008 SEC Championship Game which Florida won 31–20. Florida went on to win the 2009 BCS National Championship while SEC Runner-Up Alabama lost in the Sugar Bowl. Georgia was the heavy favorite to win the SEC in the pre-season, but did not live up to the hype. The Bulldogs, however, did finish strong winning the Capital One Bowl. Other bowl winners include Chick-fil-A Bowl champion LSU, Cotton Bowl Classic champion Ole Miss, Liberty Bowl champion Kentucky, Music City Bowl champion Vanderbilt
Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin begins his first season in Knoxville. Kiffin is a former head coach of the Oakland Raiders and assistant coach at USC. Gene Chizik also begins his first season as head coach at Auburn.
In a given year, each SEC team will play its five other division foes plus three opposing division opponents. Each team has a set opposing division opponent. The other teams from the division are on a rotation, playing a home/away series every five seasons.
|Western Division||Eastern Division||Series Record|
The Southeastern Conference announced on July 22 that the SEC media had elected Florida and Alabama as the preseason favorites for their divisions for the 2009 football season. It chose Florida quarterback Tim Tebow as the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry as the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
In the preseason Coaches' Poll released on August 7, the SEC was one of only three conferences with multiple teams ranked in the top ten. Florida was elected pre-season #1 while Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss, and Georgia also were in the top 25.
- "Ohio State Named Preseason Favorite for 2009 Football Season: Buckeyes' Pryor and Michigan State's Jones earn individual preseason honors". CBS Interactive. 2009-07-27. Retrieved 2009-08-24.
- "2009 AP All-SEC honors". Courier-Journal. 2008-12-07. Archived from the original on 2009-12-07. Retrieved 2009-07-16.
- Auburn-Georgia series record
- Alabama-Tennessee series record
- Ole Miss-Vanderbilt series record
- LSU-Florida series record
- Mississippi St.-Kentucky series record
- Arkansas-South Carolina series record