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UK linebackers among tops in SEC Saturday

Kentucky linebackers Miles Simpson and Avery Williamson ranked among the best in the Southeastern Conference Saturday when it came to total number of tackles made by each. Simpson, a converted tailback, registered 12 stops, which tied him for third in the league, and Williamson had 10 in the Wildcats' loss to South Carolina.

UK looks for its first SEC victory this Saturday when the Wildcats host Mississippi State. Kickoff is set for 12:21 p.m.; the game will be broadcast on the SEC Network (WKYT-27 in Lexington).

Other notes provided by the SEC:

* - Six SEC teams are ranked in this week’s Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls. Alabama is top-ranked in both polls while LSU is 3rd in USA Today and 4th in AP. Georgia and South Carolina, which play this weekend in Columbia, are 5-6, respectively, in both polls. Florida is 10th in AP and 11th in USA Today and Mississippi State is 19th in USA Today and 20th in AP. Texas A&M receives votes in both polls and Tennessee received votes in the AP poll. The SEC is tied with the Pac-12 for most teams ranked in the AP poll and with the Big 12 for most teams in the USA Today poll.

* - This week’s games mark two matchups between Top 10 teams. #5 (AP/USA) Georgia visits (#6 AP/USA) South Carolina on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET while #10 (AP)/ #11 (USA) Florida hosts #3 (USA) / #4 (AP) LSU on CBS Sports at 3:30 p.m. ET. It is the second year in a row where the SEC has had two Top 10 matchups on the same day. On Nov. 5 of last season, #2 Alabama hosted #1 LSU and #8 Arkansas hosted #10 South Carolina.

* - In 42 home games, SEC games have drawn 3,190,578 fans, an average of 75,996 fans per game. The average capacity for games is 96.41 percent. Half of the 42 games (21), have been filled to 100 percent capacity or more.

* - SEC teams have recorded a record of 30-7 (.811) against non-conference foes this season. The last time the league did not have at least a .800 non-conference winning mark was in 2008 (37-11, .771).

* - The LSU-Florida matchup pits the two winningest teams in the SEC since 2003 (last 10 seasons). The Tigers are 102-22 (.823) and the Gators are 91-31 (.746) since 2003.

* - Winningest active SEC starting QBs – Aaron Murray, Georgia (21-11); A.J. McCarron, Alabama (17-1); Connor Shaw, South Carolina (12-1); Tyler Wilson, Arkansas (12-5); Tyler Bray, Tennessee (11-6).

* - SEC teams have scored 136 rushing and 116 passing TDs after five weeks. Arkansas and Kentucky are the only SEC teams not to score a non-offensive TD this season. SEC teams have allowed 88 rushing TDs and 72 passing TDs this season. Alabama, South Carolina and Texas A&M have allowed just five TDs each.

* - Alabama leads SEC, scoring on 56.9 percent of its offensive drives (TD + FG), 33 of 58 drives, 56.9 percent. Georgia leads SEC in drives scoring touchdowns at 41.9 percent (31 of 74). Texas A&M is a close second at 41.8 percent (23 of 55).

* - Alabama leads SEC, allowing scores (TD + FG) on just 08.5 percent of its defensive drives (5 of 59) while South Carolina leads SEC in allowing least TDs on drives (07.5 percent, 5 of 67).

* - LSU leads the SEC in holding opponents to three-downs-and-out. The Tigers have stopped opponents 47.1 percent of the time (32 of 68) in three downs or less.

* - Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Texas A&M have not allowed a score when an opponent takes possession on a turnover.

* - Alabama has scored a league-high 84 points when taking the ball on an opponents turnover.


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