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2016 Southeastern Conference football season

The 2016 Southeastern Conference football season was the 84th season of SEC football and took place during the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The season began on September 1 with Tennessee defeating Appalachian State on the SEC Network.[1] This is the fifth season for the SEC under realignment that took place in 2012 adding Texas A&M and Missouri from the Big 12 Conference. The SEC is a Power Five conference under the College Football Playoff format along with the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big 12 Conference, the Big Ten Conference, and the Pac-12 Conference.

2016 Southeastern Conference football season
Southeastern Conference logo.svg
LeagueNCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision
SportFootball
DurationSeptember 1, 2016
through January 9, 2017
Number of teams14
TV partner(s)ABC, ACCN, ASN, CBS, CBSSN, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, FS1, SECN
NFL
Top draft pickMyles Garrett (Texas A&M)
Picked byCleveland Browns, 1st overall
Regular season
Top scorerDaniel Carlson (134 points)
Eastern championsFlorida
  Eastern runners-upTennessee, Georgia, Kentucky
Western championsAlabama
  Western runners-upAuburn, LSU
SEC Championship Game
ChampionsAlabama
  Runners-upFlorida
Football seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 14 Florida x   6 2         9 4  
No. 22 Tennessee   4 4         9 4  
Georgia   4 4         8 5  
Kentucky   4 4         7 6  
South Carolina   3 5         6 7  
Vanderbilt   3 5         6 7  
Missouri   2 6         4 8  
West Division
No. 2 Alabama x$^   8 0         14 1  
No. 24 Auburn   5 3         8 5  
No. 13 LSU   5 3         8 4  
Texas A&M   4 4         8 5  
Arkansas   3 5         7 6  
Mississippi State   3 5         6 7  
Ole Miss   2 6         5 7  
Championship: Alabama 54, Florida 16
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The SEC consists of 14 members: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and Vanderbilt; and is split up into the Western and Eastern divisions, with the champion of each division meeting in Atlanta to compete for the SEC Championship on December 3. Alabama enters the season as defending SEC champions as they defeated Florida in the previous year's championship game. The Tide would then go on to defeat the Washington Huskies in the Peach Bowl, but lost to Clemson 35-31 on January 9, 2017 in the National Championship Game.

PreseasonEdit

Recruiting classesEdit

National Rankings
Team ESPN[2] Rivals[3] Scout[4] 24/7[5] Total Signees
Alabama #2 #1 #1 #1 25
Arkansas #24 #33 #32 #25 20
Auburn #9 #9 #12 #9 21
Florida #12 #14 #10 #13 25
Georgia #7 #10 #9 #7 20
Kentucky #35 #29 #38 #34 25
LSU #3 #5 #4 #3 23
Ole Miss #4 #7 #5 #6 24
Mississippi State #33 #35 #35 #31 18
Missouri #51 #52 #57 #53 20
South Carolina #27 #26 #26 #26 24
Tennessee #14 #15 #17 #14 21
Texas A&M #20 #16 #21 #18 22
Vanderbilt #48 #60 #68 #54 20

SEC Media DaysEdit

The SEC conducted its annual media days at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Alabama between July 11 and July 14. The event commenced with a speech by commissioner Greg Sankey, and all 14 teams sent their head coaches and three selected players to speak with members of the media. The event along with all speakers and interviews were broadcast live on the SEC Network and streamed live on ESPN.com. On Monday, the teams and representatives in respective order were as follows: Auburn (Gus Malzahn, Carl Lawson, Montravius Adams, Marcus Davis), Florida (Jim McElwain, David Sharpe, Jarrad Davis, Marcus Maye), and Vanderbilt (Derek Mason, Ralph Webb, Zach Cunningham, Oren Burks). On Tuesday: Georgia (Kirby Smart, Jeb Blazevich, Brandon Kublanow, Dominick Sanders), Mississippi State (Dan Mullen, Richie Brown, Fred Ross, A.J. Jefferson), Tennessee (Butch Jones, Joshua Dobbs, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Cameron Sutton), and Texas A&M (Kevin Sumlin, Myles Garrett, Trevor Knight, Ricky Seals-Jones). On Wednesday: Alabama (Nick Saban, Jonathan Allen, O.J. Howard, Eddie Jackson), Arkansas (Bret Bielema, Brooks Ellis, Deatrich Wise Jr., Jeremy Sprinkle), Kentucky (Mark Stoops, Jojo Kemp, Courtney Love, Jon Toth), and Missouri (Barry Odom, Sean Culkin, Charles Harris, Michael Scherer). On Thursday: South Carolina (Will Muschamp, Deebo Samuel, Marquavius Lewis, Mason Zandi), Ole Miss (Hugh Freeze, Chad Kelly, Evan Engram, D.J. Jones), and LSU (Les Miles, Leonard Fournette, Ethan Pocic, Tre'Davious White).[6][7][8]

Media PollsEdit

The SEC Media Days concluded with its annual preseason media polls. Since 1992, the credentialed media has gotten the preseason champion correct just five times. Only eight times has the preseason pick even made it to the SEC title game. Below are the results of the media poll with total points received next to each school and first-place votes in parentheses.

SEC Champion Voting

  • Alabama – 223
  • LSU – 59
  • Tennessee – 29
  • Georgia – 7
  • Florida – 5
  • Ole Miss – 4
  • Texas A&M – 1
  • South Carolina – 1
  • Arkansas – 1
  • Vanderbilt – 1

References:[9][10]

Preseason All-SEC: MediaEdit

First Team Offense
Position Player Class Team
QB Chad Kelly SR Ole Miss
RB Leonard Fournette JR LSU
RB Nick Chubb JR Georgia
WR Calvin Ridley SO Alabama
WR Christian Kirk SO Texas A&M
TE O. J. Howard SR Alabama
OL Cam Robinson JR Alabama
OL Dan Skipper SR Arkansas
OL Greg Pyke SR Georgia
OL Alex Kozan SR Auburn
C Ethan Pocic SR LSU
First Team Defense
Position Player Class Team
DL Jonathan Allen SR Alabama
DL Myles Garrett JR Texas A&M
DL Carl Lawson JR Auburn
DL Derek Barnett JR Tennessee
LB Reuben Foster SR Alabama
LB Kendell Beckwith SR LSU
LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin SR Tennessee
DB Eddie Jackson SR Alabama
DB Teez Tabor JR Florida
DB Tre'Davious White SR LSU
DB Cameron Sutton SR Tennessee
First Team Special Teams
Position Player Class Team
P JK Scott JR Alabama
K Daniel Carlson JR Auburn
RS Christian Kirk SO Texas A&M
AP Christian Kirk SO Texas A&M

(*) Indicates tie

References:[11][12][13]

Head CoachesEdit

Three SEC teams hired new head coaches for the 2016 season. All three were in the Eastern Division, and all three were replacing coaches who had spent at least 11 seasons at their respective schools. Former Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart was hired to replace long-time coach Mark Richt at Georgia, who left for the same position at Miami.[14][15] Missouri promoted defensive coordinator Barry Odom to head coach to replace long-time coach Gary Pinkel who resigned at the end of the season.[16] Former Florida head coach Will Muschamp was hired to replace long-time head coach Steve Spurrier at South Carolina, who resigned halfway through the season.[17] Muschamp had spent the previous season as defensive coordinator at Auburn.

After losing to Auburn in dramatic fashion and falling to 2–2 for the first time since 2001, LSU fired head coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on September 25, 2016. During his 11+ seasons as head coach, Miles led the Tigers through one of the most successful periods in school history during which they averaged nearly 10 wins per season, won the 2008 BCS Championship and appeared in the 2011 Championship Game, won 2 SEC titles, appeared in the post-season each year with 7 bowl victories, signed 9 top 10 recruiting classes, and had 69 players drafted by the NFL. Defensive line coach Ed Orgeron was named interim head coach for the remainder of the season, and on November 26 after compiling a 5–2 record, Orgeron was named permanent head coach.[18][19]

Note: All stats shown are before the beginning of the season.

Team Head coach Years at school Overall record Record at school SEC record
Alabama Nick Saban 10 191–60–1 100–18 57–12
Arkansas Bret Bielema 4 86–44 18–20 7–17
Auburn Gus Malzahn 4 36–16 27–13 13–11
Florida Jim McElwain 2 32–20 10–4 7–1
Georgia Kirby Smart 1 0–0 0–0 0–0
Kentucky Mark Stoops 4 12–24 12–24 4–20
LSU Les Miles 12 139–53 112–32 61–27
Ole Miss Hugh Freeze 5 64–25 34–18 17–15
Mississippi State Dan Mullen 8 55–35 55–35 26–30
Missouri Barry Odom 1 0–0 0–0 0–0
South Carolina Will Muschamp 1 28–21 0–0 0–0
Tennessee Butch Jones 4 71–44 21–17 10–14
Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin 5 71–33 36–16 17–15
Vanderbilt Derek Mason 3 7–17 7–17 2–14

References:[20][21]

RankingsEdit

Legend
    Increase in ranking
  Decrease in ranking
  Not ranked previous week
RV Received votes but were not ranked in Top 25 of poll
  Pre Wk
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Final
Alabama AP 1 (33) 1 (54) 1 (56) 1 (50) 1 (50) 1 (53) 1 (56) 1 (60) 1 (60) 1 (60) 1 (60) 1 (61) 1 (61) 1 (61) 1 (61) 2
C 1 (55) 1 (62) 1 (62) 1 (59) 1 (61) 1 (57) 1 (58) 1 (61) 1 (63) 1 (63) 1 (62) 1 (63) 1 (63) 1 (64) 1 (58) 2
CFP Not released 1 1 1 1 1 1
Arkansas AP RV 24 17 20 16 22 17 RV RV RV RV RV
C RV RV 24 18 22 17 22 17 RV RV RV RV RV RV
CFP Not released 25
Auburn AP RV RV RV RV RV 23 21 15 11 8 18 16 18 17 24
C RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 24 17 12 8 16 16 19 17 22
CFP Not released 9 9 15 13 14 14
Florida AP 25 RV 23 19 23 18 18 15 14 10 22 21 13 15 20 14
C 25 25 23 16 21 18 14 12 12 9 16 18 13 16 18 13
CFP Not released 11 23 15 15 17
Georgia AP 18 9 16 12 25 RV RV
C 16 9 13 11 20 RV RV RV
CFP Not released
Kentucky AP RV
C RV
CFP Not released
LSU AP 5 (1) 21 20 18 RV RV RV 25 19 15 19 16 25 21 19 13
C 6 22 22 17 RV RV 25 23 19 14 19 14 RV 21 20 14
CFP Not released 13 24 16 21 20
Mississippi State AP
C RV
CFP Not released
Missouri AP
C
CFP Not released
Ole Miss AP 11 19 19 23 16 14 12 23 RV
C 12 18 17 21 17 14 13 22 RV RV
CFP Not released
South Carolina AP
C
CFP Not released
Tennessee AP 9 17 15 14 11 9 9 18 18 RV RV RV 24 RV RV 22
C 10 (1) 14 15 12 11 9 11 19 18 RV RV RV 24 RV RV 24
CFP Not released 19 17 22 21
Texas A&M AP RV 20 17 10 9 8 6 6 9 7 10 23 22 RV RV
C RV 24 20 13 10 7 6 6 10 7 11 22 22 RV RV
CFP Not released 4 8 25
Vanderbilt AP
C
CFP Not released

Regular seasonEdit

Index to colors and formatting
Non-conference matchup; SEC member won
Non-conference matchup; SEC member lost
Conference matchup

All times Eastern time. SEC teams in bold.

Rankings reflect those of the AP poll for that week until week 10 when CFP rankings are used.

Week OneEdit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance Reference
September 1 7:30 p.m. Appalachian State #9 Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, Tennessee SECN W 20–13 OT 100,074 [22]
September 1 8:00 p.m. South Carolina Vanderbilt Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, Tennessee ESPN SCAR 13–10 30,304 [23]
September 3 12:00 p.m. Missouri West Virginia Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, West Virginia FS1 L 11–26 60,125
September 3 12:00 p.m. South Alabama Mississippi State Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, Mississippi SECN L 20–21 57,075
September 3 3:30 p.m. #16 UCLA Texas A&M Kyle FieldCollege Station, Texas CBS W 31–24 OT 100,443
September 3 3:30 p.m. #5 LSU Wisconsin Lambeau FieldGreen Bay, Wisconsin ABC L 14–16 77,823
September 3 4:00 p.m. Louisiana Tech Arkansas Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, Arkansas SECN W 21–20 69,132
September 3 5:30 p.m. #22 North Carolina #18 Georgia Georgia DomeAtlanta ESPN W 33–24 75,405
September 3 7:30 p.m. Southern Miss Kentucky Commonwealth StadiumLexington, Kentucky ESPNU L 35–44 57,230
September 3 7:30 p.m. UMass #25 Florida Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida SECN W 24–7 88,121
September 3 8:00 p.m. #20 USC #1 Alabama AT&T StadiumArlington, Texas ABC W 52–6 81,359
September 3 9:00 p.m. #2 Clemson Auburn Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama ESPN L 13–19 87,451
September 5 8:00 p.m. #11 Ole Miss #4 Florida State Camping World StadiumOrlando, Florida ESPN L 34–45 63,042

Players of the Week

Offensive Offensive lineman Defensive Defensive lineman Special teams Freshman
Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team
Nick Chubb Georgia Erik McCoy Texas A&M Jonathan Allen Alabama Deatrich Wise Jr. Arkansas Elliott Fry South Carolina Jonah Williams Alabama
Reference:[24]

Week TwoEdit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance Reference
September 10 12:00 p.m. Nicholls State #9 Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, Georgia SECN W 26–24 92,746
September 10 12:00 p.m. Prairie View A&M #20 Texas A&M Kyle FieldCollege Station, Texas SECN W 67–0 96,412
September 10 3:30 p.m. WKU #1 Alabama Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, Alabama ESPN2 W 38–10 101,821
September 10 3:30 p.m. Kentucky Florida Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida CBS FLA 45–7 85,821
September 10 4:00 p.m. Wofford #19 Ole Miss Vaught–Hemingway StadiumOxford, Mississippi SECN W 38–13 64,232
September 10 4:00 p.m. Middle Tennessee Vanderbilt Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, Tennessee SECN W 47–24 29,627
September 10 7:00 p.m. Arkansas #15 TCU Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, Texas ESPN W 41–38 2OT 48,091
September 10 7:00 p.m. South Carolina Mississippi State Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, Mississippi ESPN2 MISS ST 27–14 57,763
September 10 7:30 p.m. Jacksonville State #21 LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana ESPNU W 34–13 98,389
September 10 7:30 p.m. Arkansas State Auburn Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama SECN W 51–14 86,825
September 10 7:30 p.m. Eastern Michigan Missouri Faurot FieldColumbia, Missouri SECN W 61–21 51,192
September 10 8:00 p.m. Virginia Tech #17 Tennessee Bristol Motor SpeedwayBristol, Tennessee ABC W 45–24 156,990

Players of the Week

Offensive Offensive lineman Defensive Defensive lineman Special teams Freshman
Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team
Austin Allen Arkansas Dan Skipper Arkansas Micah Abernathy Tennessee A.J. Jefferson Mississippi State Daniel Carlson
Tre'Davious White
Auburn
LSU
Johnathon Johnson Missouri
Reference:[25]

Week ThreeEdit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance Reference
September 17 12:00 p.m. Ohio #15 Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, Tennessee SECN W 28–19 101,362
September 17 12:30 p.m. Vanderbilt Georgia Tech Bobby Dodd StadiumAtlanta ACCN L 7–38 41,916
September 17 3:30 p.m. #1 Alabama #19 Ole Miss Vaught–Hemingway StadiumOxford, Mississippi CBS ALA 48–43 66,176
September 17 4:00 p.m. East Carolina South Carolina Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, South Carolina SECN W 20–15 80,384
September 17 4:00 p.m. New Mexico State Kentucky Commonwealth StadiumLexington, Kentucky SECN W 62–42 49,669
September 17 7:00 p.m. Mississippi State #20 LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana ESPN2 LSU 23–20 99,910
September 17 7:00 p.m. #17 Texas A&M Auburn Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama ESPN TAMU 29–16 87,175
September 17 7:30 p.m. North Texas #23 Florida Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida ESPNU W 32–0 86,848
September 17 7:30 p.m. #16 Georgia Missouri Faurot FieldColumbia, Missouri SECN UGA 28–27 57,098
September 17 7:30 p.m. Texas State #24 Arkansas Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, Arkansas SECN W 42–3 72,114

Players of the Week

Offensive Offensive lineman Defensive Defensive lineman Special teams Freshman
Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team
Jalen Hurts Alabama Frank Ragnow Arkansas Justin Evans Texas A&M Arden Key LSU Eddie Jackson
Josh Growden
Alabama
LSU
Traveon Williams Texas A&M
Reference:[26]

Week FourEdit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance Reference
September 24 12:00 p.m. Kent State #1 Alabama Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, Alabama SECN W 48–0 101,821
September 24 12:00 p.m. #12 Georgia #23 Ole Miss Vaught–Hemingway StadiumOxford, Mississippi ESPN MISS 45–14 65,843
September 24 3:30 p.m. #19 Florida #14 Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, Tennessee CBS TENN 38–28 102,455
September 24 3:30 p.m. Mississippi State UMass Gillette StadiumFoxboro, Massachusetts ASN W 47–35 13,074
September 24 4:00 p.m. Delaware State Missouri Faurot FieldColumbia, Missouri SECN W 79–0 53,472
September 24 4:30 p.m. Vanderbilt WKU Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith StadiumBowling Green, Kentucky CBSSN W 31–30 OT 23,674
September 24 6:00 p.m. #18 LSU Auburn Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama ESPN AUB 18–13 87,451
September 24 7:30 p.m. South Carolina Kentucky Commonwealth StadiumLexington, Kentucky SECN UK 17–10 51,702
September 24 9:00 p.m. #17 Arkansas #10 Texas A&M AT&T StadiumArlington, Texas ESPN TAMU 45–24 67,751

Players of the Week

Offensive Offensive lineman Defensive Defensive lineman Special teams Freshman
Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team
Joshua Dobbs Tennessee Jordan Sims Ole Miss Armani Watts Texas A&M Derek Barnett
Denzil Ware
Tennessee
Kentucky
Daniel Carlson Auburn Trayveon Williams Texas A&M
Reference:[27]

Week FiveEdit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance Reference
October 1 12:00 p.m. #23 Florida Vanderbilt Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, Tennessee SECN FLA 13–6 30,565
October 1 12:00 p.m. Alcorn State #20 Arkansas War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, Arkansas SECN W 52–10 46,988
October 1 3:30 p.m. #11 Tennessee #25 Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, Georgia CBS TENN 34–31 92,746
October 1 3:30 p.m. Louisiana–Monroe Auburn Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama SECN W 58–7 84,243
October 1 4:00 p.m. #9 Texas A&M South Carolina Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, South Carolina SECN TAMU 24–13 78,245
October 1 7:00 p.m. Kentucky #1 Alabama Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, Alabama ESPN ALA 34–6 101,821
October 1 7:00 p.m. Memphis #16 Ole Miss Vaught–Hemingway StadiumOxford, Mississippi ESPN2 W 48–28 65,889
October 1 7:30 p.m. Missouri LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana SECN LSU 42–7 102,071

Players of the Week

Offensive Offensive lineman Defensive Defensive lineman Special teams Freshman
Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team
Derrius Guice LSU Dan Skipper Arkansas Derek Barnett Tennessee Daeshon Hall Texas A&M Dan Skipper
Riley Lovingood
Arkansas
Tennessee
Joshua Jacobs Alabama
Reference:[28]

Week SixEdit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance Reference
October 8 12:00 p.m. Auburn Mississippi State Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, Mississippi ESPN AUB 38–14 60,102
October 8 3:30 p.m. #9 Tennessee #8 Texas A&M Kyle FieldCollege Station, Texas CBS TAMU 45–38 2OT 106,248
October 8 4:00 p.m. Vanderbilt Kentucky Commonwealth StadiumLexington, Kentucky SECN UK 20–13 55,030
October 8 7:00 p.m. #1 Alabama #16 Arkansas Razorback StadiumFayetteville, Arkansas ESPN ALA 49–30 75,459
October 9 2:30 p.m.[a] Georgia South Carolina Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, South Carolina SECN UGA 28–14 77,221
^[a] The game between Georgia and South Carolina was rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew; game originally scheduled for October 8 at 7:30 p.m. on the SEC Network.[29]

Players of the Week

Offensive Offensive lineman Defensive Defensive lineman Special teams Freshman
Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team
Trevor Knight Texas A&M Jon Toth Kentucky Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama Carl Lawson Auburn JK Scott Alabama Jalen Hurts
Traveon Williams
Alabama
Texas A&M
Reference:[30]

Week SevenEdit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance Reference
October 14 9:15 p.m. Mississippi State BYU LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, Utah ESPN L 21–28 2OT 62,184
October 15 12:00 p.m. Vanderbilt Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, Georgia SECN VANDY 17–16 92,746
October 15 3:30 p.m. #1 Alabama #9 Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, Tennessee CBS ALA 49–10 102,455
October 15 4:00 p.m. Missouri #18 Florida Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida SECN FLA 40–14 88,825
October 15 7:00 p.m. #12 Ole Miss #22 Arkansas Razorback StadiumFayetteville, Arkansas ESPN ARK 34–30 73,786
October 15 7:30 p.m. Southern Miss LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana SECN W 45–10 102,164

Players of the Week

Offensive Offensive lineman Defensive Defensive lineman Special teams Freshman
Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team
Rawleigh Williams III Arkansas Jonah Williams Alabama Zach Cunningham Vanderbilt Derek Barnett Tennessee Darrius Sims Vanderbilt Jalen Hurts Alabama
Reference:[31]

Week EightEdit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance Reference
October 22 12:00 p.m. UMass South Carolina Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, South Carolina SECN W 34–28 73,428
October 22 3:30 p.m. #6 Texas A&M #1 Alabama Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, Alabama CBS ALA 33–14 101,821
October 22 4:00 p.m. Middle Tennessee Missouri Faurot FieldColumbia, Missouri SECN L 45–51 52,351
October 22 6:00 p.m. #17 Arkansas #21 Auburn Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama ESPN AUB 56–3 87,451
October 22 7:30 p.m. Mississippi State Kentucky Commonwealth StadiumLexington, Kentucky SECN UK 40–38 50,414
October 22 7:30 p.m. Tennessee State Vanderbilt Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, Tennessee ESPNU W 35–17 31,084
October 22 9:00 p.m. #23 Ole Miss #25 LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana ESPN LSU 38–21 101,720

Players of the Week

Offensive Offensive lineman Defensive Defensive lineman Special teams Freshman
Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team
Leonard Fournette LSU Alex Kozan
Ethan Pocic
Auburn
LSU
Jonathan Allen Alabama Montravius Adams Auburn Austin MacGinnis Kentucky Benny Snell, Jr. Kentucky
Reference:[32]

Week NineEdit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance Reference
October 29 12:00 p.m. Kentucky Missouri Faurot FieldColumbia, Missouri SECN UK 35–21 50,234
October 29 3:30 p.m. #14 Florida Georgia EverBank FieldJacksonville, Florida CBS FLA 24–10 84,681
October 29 3:30 p.m. Samford Mississippi State Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, Mississippi SECN W 56–41 58,019
October 29 7:15 p.m. #15 Auburn Ole Miss Vaught–Hemingway StadiumOxford, Mississippi SECN AUB 40–29 65,927
October 29 7:15 p.m. #18 Tennessee South Carolina Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, South Carolina ESPN2 SCAR 24–21 78,696
October 29 7:30 p.m. New Mexico State #9 Texas A&M Kyle FieldCollege Station, Texas ESPNU W 52–10 99,960

Players of the Week

Offensive Offensive lineman Defensive Defensive lineman Special teams Freshman
Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team
Kamryn Pettway Auburn Martez Ivey Florida Jamarcus King South Carolina Adrian Middleton Kentucky Daniel Carlson Auburn Benny Snell, Jr. Kentucky
Reference:[33]

Week TenEdit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance Reference
November 5 12:00 p.m. Vanderbilt #9 Auburn Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama ESPN AUB 23–16 87,451
November 5 12:00 p.m. #4 Texas A&M Mississippi State Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, Mississippi SECN MISS ST 35–28 58,407
November 5 12:00 p.m. Georgia Southern Ole Miss Vaught–Hemingway StadiumOxford, Mississippi ESPNU W 37–27 60,263
November 5 3:30 p.m. #11 Florida Arkansas Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, Arkansas CBS ARK 31–10 74,432
November 5 4:00 p.m. Missouri South Carolina Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, South Carolina SECN SCAR 31–21 73,817
November 5 4:00 p.m. Tennessee Tech Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, Tennessee SECN W 55–0 98,343
November 5 7:30 p.m. Georgia Kentucky Commonwealth StadiumLexington, Kentucky SECN UGA 27–24 62,507
November 5 8:00 p.m. #1 Alabama #13 LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana CBS ALA 10–0 102,321

Players of the Week

Offensive Offensive lineman Defensive Defensive lineman Special teams Freshman
Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team
Nick Fitzgerald
Rawleigh Williams III
Mississippi State
Arkansas
Martinas Rankin Mississippi State Ryan Anderson Alabama Lewis Neal LSU JK Scott
Rodrigo Blankenship
Alabama
Georgia
Jake Bentley South Carolina
Reference:[34]

Week ElevenEdit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance Reference
November 12 12:00 p.m. South Carolina Florida Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida CBS FLA 20–7 89,614
November 12 12:00 p.m. Mississippi State #1 Alabama Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, Alabama ESPN ALA 51–3 101,821
November 12 12:00 p.m. Kentucky Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, Tennessee SECN TENN 49–36 101,075
November 12 3:30 p.m. #9 Auburn Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, Georgia CBS UGA 13–7 92,746
November 12 3:30 p.m. Vanderbilt Missouri Faurot FieldColumbia, Missouri SECN MIZZOU 26–17 50,261
November 12 7:00 p.m. #24 LSU #25 Arkansas War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, Arkansas ESPN LSU 38–10 75,156
November 12 7:30 p.m. Ole Miss #8 Texas A&M Kyle FieldCollege Station, Texas SECN MISS 29–28 104,892

Players of the Week

Offensive Offensive lineman Defensive Defensive lineman Special teams Freshman
Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team
Jalen Hurts Alabama Martez Ivey
Ethan Pocic
Florida
LSU
Maurice Smith Georgia Charles Harris Missouri Gary Wunderlich Ole Miss Shea Patterson Ole Miss
Reference:[35]

Week TwelveEdit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance Reference
November 19 12:00 p.m. Louisiana–Lafayette Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, Georgia SECN W 35–21 92,746
November 19 12:00 p.m. UTSA #25 Texas A&M Kyle FieldCollege Station, Texas ESPNU W 23–10 102,502
November 19[b] 1:00 p.m. #23 Florida #16 LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana SECN FLA 16–10 102,043
November 19 3:30 p.m. Missouri #19 Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, Tennessee CBS TENN 63–37 101,012
November 19 4:00 p.m. Western Carolina South Carolina Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, South Carolina SECN W 44–31 76,650
November 19 4:30 p.m. Austin Peay Kentucky Commonwealth StadiumLexington, Kentucky SECN W 49–13 48,948
November 19 7:00 p.m. Chattanooga #1 Alabama Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, Alabama ESPN2 W 31–3 101,821
November 19 7:00 p.m. Arkansas Mississippi State Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, Mississippi ESPNU ARK 58–42 58,538
November 19 7:30 p.m. Alabama A&M #15 Auburn Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama SECN W 55–0 87,451
November 19 8:00 p.m. Ole Miss Vanderbilt Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, Tennessee SECN VANDY 38–17 27,763
^[b] The game between LSU and Florida was rescheduled from October 8 and moved from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to Tiger Stadium due to Hurricane Matthew. The two school's athletic departments agreed to buy out their respective Week 12 non-conference opponents (South Alabama, and Presbyterian) to schedule this game. As a result of playing the game in Baton Rouge, the two schools agreed to play the next two games of the series in Gainesville.[36][37]

Players of the Week

Offensive Offensive lineman Defensive Defensive lineman Special teams Freshman
Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team
Rawleigh Williams lll Arkansas Will Holden
Dan Skipper
Vanderbilt
Arkansas
David Reese Florida Derek Barnett Tennessee Eddy Piñeiro Florida Tyrie Cleveland Florida
Reference:[38]

Week ThirteenEdit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance Reference
November 24 7:30 p.m. LSU Texas A&M Kyle FieldCollege Station, Texas ESPN LSU 54–39 102,961
November 25 2:30 p.m. Arkansas Missouri Faurot FieldColumbia, Missouri CBS MIZZOU 28–24 51,043
November 26 12:00 p.m. Georgia Tech Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, Georgia SECN L 27–28 92,746
November 26 12:00 p.m. Kentucky #11 Louisville Papa John's Cardinal StadiumLouisville, Kentucky ESPN W 41–38 54,075
November 26 3:30 p.m. #13 Auburn #1 Alabama Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, Alabama CBS ALA 30–12 101,821
November 26 3:30 p.m. Mississippi State Ole Miss Vaught–Hemingway StadiumOxford, Mississippi SECN MISS ST 55–20 66,038
November 26 7:30 p.m. South Carolina #4 Clemson Memorial StadiumClemson, South Carolina ESPN L 7–56 81,542
November 26 7:30 p.m. #17 Tennessee Vanderbilt Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, Tennessee SECN VANDY 45–34 38,108
November 26 8:00 p.m. #15 Florida #14 Florida State Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida ABC L 13–31 78,342

Players of the Week

Offensive Offensive lineman Defensive Defensive lineman Special teams Freshman
Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team
Derrius Guice
Nick Fitzgerald
LSU
Mississippi State
Cam Robinson Alabama Mike Edwards
Zach Cunningham
Kentucky
Vanderbilt
Marcell Frazier Missouri Austin MacGinnis Kentucky Leo Lewis Mississippi State
Reference:[39]

SEC Championship GameEdit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance Reference
December 3 4:00 p.m. #1 Alabama #15 Florida Georgia DomeAtlanta (2016 SEC Championship Game) CBS ALA 54–16 74,632

References:[40][41][42][43]

SEC vs other ConferencesEdit

SEC vs Power Conference matchupsEdit

This is a list of the power conference teams (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12)A the SEC plays in non-conference (Rankings from the AP Poll):

Date Visitor Home Site Significance Score
September 3 #20 USC #1 Alabama AT&T StadiumArlington, Texas Advocare Classic W 52–6
September 3 #2 Clemson Auburn Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama Auburn–Clemson football rivalry L 13–19
September 3 #22 North Carolina #18 Georgia Georgia DomeAtlanta Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game W 33–24
September 3 #5 LSU Wisconsin Lambeau FieldGreen Bay, Wisconsin Lambeau Field College Classic L 14–16
September 3 Missouri West Virginia Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, West Virginia L 11–26
September 3 #16 UCLA Texas A&M Kyle FieldCollege Station, Texas W 31–24 OT
September 5 #11 Ole Miss #4 Florida State Camping World StadiumOrlando, Florida Camping World Kickoff L 34–45
September 10 Arkansas #15 TCU Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, Texas W 41–38 2OT
September 10 Virginia Tech #17 Tennessee Bristol Motor SpeedwayBristol, Tennessee Battle at Bristol W 45–24
September 17 Vanderbilt Georgia Tech Bobby Dodd StadiumAtlanta L 7–38
October 14 Mississippi State BYU LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, Utah L 21–28 2OT
November 26 #13 Florida #15 Florida State Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida Florida–Florida State football rivalry L 13–31
November 26 Georgia Tech Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, Georgia Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate L 27–28
November 26 Kentucky #11 Louisville Papa John's Cardinal StadiumLouisville, Kentucky Governor's Cup W 41–38
November 26 South Carolina #4 Clemson Memorial StadiumClemson, South Carolina Battle of the Palmetto State L 7–56

^A The SEC recognizes independents Army, BYU and Notre Dame as power five teams for scheduling purposes.[44]

Records against non-conference opponentsEdit

Bowl gamesEdit

(Rankings from final CFP Poll; All times Eastern)

Date Time Bowl Game Site TV SEC Team Opponent Result
January 9, 2017 8:30 PM CFP National Championship Raymond James StadiumTampa, Florida ESPN #1 Alabama #2 Clemson L 31–35
January 2, 2017 8:30 PM Sugar Bowl (New Year's Six) Mercedes-Benz SuperdomeNew Orleans ESPN #14 Auburn #7 Oklahoma L 19–35
January 2, 2017 1:00 PM Outback Bowl Raymond James StadiumTampa, Florida ABC #17 Florida Iowa W 30–3
December 31, 2016 3:00 PM Peach Bowl (CFP Seminfinal) Georgia DomeAtlanta ESPN #1 Alabama #4 Washington W 24–7
December 31, 2016 11:00 AM TaxSlayer Bowl EverBank FieldJacksonville, Florida ESPN Kentucky Georgia Tech L 18–33
December 31, 2016 11:00 AM Citrus Bowl Citrus BowlOrlando, Florida ABC #20 LSU #13 Louisville W 29–9
December 30, 2016 3:30 PM Music City Bowl Nissan StadiumNashville, Tennessee ESPN #21 Tennessee Nebraska W 38–24
December 30, 2016 12:00 PM Liberty Bowl Liberty BowlMemphis, Tennessee ESPN Georgia TCU W 31–23
December 29, 2016 5:30 PM Belk Bowl Bank of America StadiumCharlotte, North Carolina ESPN Arkansas #22 Virginia Tech L 24–35
December 29, 2016 2:00 PM Birmingham Bowl Legion FieldBirmingham, Alabama ESPN South Carolina South Florida L 39–46
December 28, 2016 9:00 PM Texas Bowl NRG StadiumHouston, Texas ESPN Texas A&M Kansas State L 28–33
December 26, 2016 5:00 PM Independence Bowl Independence StadiumShreveport, Louisiana ESPN2 Vanderbilt NC State L 17–41
December 26, 2016 11:00 AM St. Petersburg Bowl Tropicana FieldSt. Petersburg, Florida ESPN Mississippi State Miami (OH) W 17–16

Awards & HonorsEdit

SEC Football AwardsEdit

Reference:[45]

All-SEC TeamsEdit

Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.

Position 1st Team 2nd Team
Player School Player School
QB Jalen Hurts Alabama Joshua Dobbs*
Chad Kelly*
Tennessee
Ole Miss
RB Kamryn Pettway Auburn Rawleigh Williams III Arkansas
RB Derrius Guice LSU Ralph Webb*
Leonard Fournette*
Vanderbilt
LSU
WR Christian Kirk Texas A&M Calvin Ridley Alabama
WR ArDarius Stewart Alabama Fred Ross Mississippi State
TE Evan Engram Ole Miss O. J. Howard Alabama
C Ethan Pocic LSU John Toth Kentucky
OG Avery Gennesy Texas A&M Martez Ivey Florida
OG Will Clapp LSU Alex Kozan Auburn
OT Cam Robinson Alabama Braden Smith Auburn
OT Dan Skipper Arkansas Will Holden Vanderbilt
AP Christian Kirk Texas A&M Derrius Guice LSU
DL Myles Garrett Texas A&M Arden Key LSU
DL Jonathan Allen Alabama Montravius Adams Auburn
DL Carl Lawson Auburn Charles Harris Missouri
DL Derek Barnett Tennessee Caleb Brantley Florida
LB Kendell Beckwith LSU Tim Williams Alabama
LB Zach Cunningham Vanderbilt Jarrad Davis Florida
LB Reuben Foster Alabama Jordan Jones Kentucky
DB Jalen Tabor Florida Jamal Adams LSU
DB Tre'Davious White LSU Eddie Jackson Alabama
DB Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama Quincy Wilson Florida
DB Aarion Penton Missouri Justin Evans Texas A&M
PK Daniel Carlson Auburn Gary Wunderlich Ole Miss
P JK Scott Alabama Johnny Townsend Florida
RS Christian Kirk Texas A&M Evan Berry Tennessee

Reference:[46]

(*) Indicates tie

National Award FinalistsEdit

Winners in bold

Reference:

All-AmericansEdit

  • HB
  • HB
  • TE
  • OL
  • OL
  • DL
  • DL
  • DL
  • LB
  • LB
  • DB
  • DB
  • DB
  • P
  • AP
  • AP
  • AP

References:

Home game attendanceEdit

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[47] 101,821 101,821 101,821 101,821 101,821 101,821 101,821 712,747 101,821 100.00%
Arkansas Razorback Stadium 72,000 69,132 72,114 46,988B 75,459 73,786 74,432 75,156 487,067 69,581 100.19%
Auburn Jordan–Hare Stadium 87,451[48] 87,451 86,825 87,175 87,451 84,243 87,451 87,451 87,451 695,498 86,937 99.41%
Florida Ben Hill Griffin Stadium 88,548[49] 88,121 85,821 86,848 88,825 89,614 439,229 87,846 99.21%
Georgia Sanford Stadium 92,746[50] 92,746 92,746 92,746 92,746 92,746 92,746 556,476 92,746 100.00%
Kentucky Commonwealth Stadium 61,000[51] 57,230 49,669 51,702 55,030 50,414 62,507 48,948 375,500 53,643 87.94%
LSU Tiger Stadium 102,321[52] 98,389 99,910 102,071 102,164 101,720 102,321 102,043 708,627 101,232 98.94%
Mississippi State Davis Wade Stadium 61,337[53] 57,075 57,763 60,102 58,019 58,407 58,538 350,904 58,484 95.35%
Missouri Faurot Field 71,168[54] 51,192 57,098 53,472 52,351 50,234 50,261 51,043 365,651 52,236 73.40%
Ole Miss Vaught–Hemingway Stadium 64,038[55] 64,232 66,176 65,843 65,889 65,927 60,263 66,038 454,368 64,910 101.36%
South Carolina Williams-Brice Stadium 80,250[56] 80,384 78,245 77,221 73,428 78,696 73,817 76,650 538,441 76,920 95.85%
Tennessee Neyland Stadium 102,455[57] 100,074 101,362 102,455 102,455 98,343 101,075 101,012 706,776 100,968 98.55%
Texas A&M Kyle Field 102,733[58] 100,443 96,412 106,248 99,960 104,892 102,502 102,961 713,418 101,917 99.21%
Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Stadium 40,550[59] 30,304 29,627 30,565 31,084 27,763 38,108 187,451 31,242 77.05%

^B Game played at Arkansas' secondary home stadium War Memorial Stadium, capacity: 54,120.[60]

Attendance for neutral site games:

^‡ – Current NCAA record for largest attendance to a collegiate football game.

Reference:[61]

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