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SEC Week 5: Saban tries scare tactics; UT seeks upset

Mark Richt's Georgia Bulldogs face a challenge from a wounded but dangerous Tennessee team. (Source: Rob Saye/University of Georgia) Mark Richt's Georgia Bulldogs face a challenge from a wounded but dangerous Tennessee team. (Source: Rob Saye/University of Georgia)
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  • Saban on how he handles the politics and football conversation

    Saban on how he handles the politics and football conversation

    Monday, September 25 2017 5:01 PM EDT2017-09-25 21:01:19 GMT

    "But to me, some of the things we do in our country, I grew up, they were unifying events and it’s a little painful to see that those things are not so right now. But I also respect everyone’s right not to be censored in terms of the way they express their beliefs."

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    "But to me, some of the things we do in our country, I grew up, they were unifying events and it’s a little painful to see that those things are not so right now. But I also respect everyone’s right not to be censored in terms of the way they express their beliefs."

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    No. 1 Alabama shuts out Vanderbilt

    No. 1 Alabama shuts out Vanderbilt

    Saturday, September 23 2017 6:53 PM EDT2017-09-23 22:53:00 GMT

    Alabama hits the road for their first SEC match-up of the year. Keep up with the Crimson Tides clash with the Vanderbilt Commodores up in Nashville here.

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    Alabama hits the road for their first SEC match-up of the year. Keep up with the Crimson Tides clash with the Vanderbilt Commodores up in Nashville here.

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  • Alabama finalizes 2018 football schedule

    Alabama finalizes 2018 football schedule

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 4:49 PM EDT2017-09-19 20:49:44 GMT
    Source: WBRCSource: WBRC

    Officials at the University of Alabama finalized the 2018 football schedule on Tuesday. As usual, there are seven home games scheduled for Bryant-Denny Stadium with one neutral site game and four SEC road games.

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    Officials at the University of Alabama finalized the 2018 football schedule on Tuesday. As usual, there are seven home games scheduled for Bryant-Denny Stadium with one neutral site game and four SEC road games.

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  • LSU football enjoys team outing at original T.J. Ribs restaurant

    LSU football enjoys team outing at original T.J. Ribs restaurant

    Tuesday, August 11 2015 9:37 PM EDT2015-08-12 01:37:12 GMT
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    The LSU football team took a break from the sweaty grind of fall camp Tuesday night to enjoy some team bonding and great food.More >>
    The LSU football team took a break from the sweaty grind of fall camp Tuesday night to enjoy some team bonding and great food.More >>
  • LSU football wants return to 2011 defense

    LSU football wants return to 2011 defense

    Thursday, August 6 2015 3:15 PM EDT2015-08-06 19:15:51 GMT
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    LSU may have ranked No. 1 in the SEC defensively last season, but many fans and analysts agree that wasn’t an accurate reflection of how the team actually played. More >>
    LSU may have ranked No. 1 in the SEC defensively last season, but many fans and analysts agree that wasn’t an accurate reflection of how the team actually played. More >>
  • LSU football reports for fall camp, Miles says Bain was never reinstated

    LSU football reports for fall camp, Miles says Bain was never reinstated

    Wednesday, August 5 2015 12:06 PM EDT2015-08-05 16:06:42 GMT
    Wednesday, August 5 2015 4:52 PM EDT2015-08-05 20:52:04 GMT
    On a steamy and sweltering morning in south Louisiana, the LSU football team officially reported for the start of fall camp. The Tigers checking into the West Campus Apartments Wednesday morning, with their first practice set for Thursday. More >>
    On a steamy and sweltering morning in south Louisiana, the LSU football team officially reported for the start of fall camp. The Tigers checking into the West Campus Apartments Wednesday morning, with their first practice set for Thursday. More >>

(RNN) - We've hardly scratched the surface of the conference season. We haven't had a really good, skull-busting league game yet, where the cheerleaders cry if you lose. This week is no exception. But there are still plenty of reasons to sit on the couch from morning until late in the evening with remote in hand and a cooler at your feet.

Missouri at UCF, Noon, FSN

We're beginning to wonder if this Missouri outfit is SEC material. Mannerly SEC schools are far too refined and dignified to travel to play lower-level ruffians like UCF on the Knights' home field.

My stars. It's as shameful a breach of Southern etiquette as wearing white after Labor Day or serving a mint julep without a doily.

We understand Missouri is located in the barren, cold country of the stark Midwest where there's nary a magnolia to be seen. A trip to Orlando in September is like a cute, little bowl game for its fans, bless their hearts, they're so precious.

But here in the SEC, dears, we just win so many games we get invited to a bowl game, after the season as God intended, and we take a week off from work, like proper fans of a proper team.

You're new, so we're going to look the other way this time, but honey, you had better beat the eyes right out of these peoples' heads or you'll never get into a "good" sorority.

Arkansas at Texas A&M, 12:21 p.m., SEC Network

The Hog Nightmare continues. Soon to be former interim head coach John L. Smith, in a depressing attempt to rally the troops earlier this week, gave a pep talk to a bunch of Arkansas boosters and told them it was time to regroup, circle the wagons, take ‘em one game at a time because we're all in this together and then he really, no kidding, said, "Don't give up on our players, don't give up on us, it's a state of Alabama program…"

Audible gasps from the audience. (You can't make this stuff up. Look at the video, right up there to the right.)

Arkansas and Alabama both start with "A" and wear red. After that, the resemblance ceases.

Texas A&M is fun. It has that crazy-cool freshman quarterback who runs all over the place and throws footballs a mile. Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson, healthy at last, does not play defense and that's where the Razorbacks really need help. The Aggies are a pretty sure bet to pick up their first conference win. Tune in late in the game to watch the fan frenzy erupt in College Station.

Tennessee at Georgia, 3:30 p.m., CBS

Tennessee could wash all that awful home-loss-to-Florida stench right out of its hair with an astonishing road win, which would also turn the race for the SEC East title into The Hunger Games.

Don't count on it. But I still say there's a lot to like about the Vols. The offense is excellent, and Derek Dooley is fighting for his life. Desperate times sometimes bring on amazing upsets.

And sometimes, they don't.

South Carolina at Kentucky, 7 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2

Kentucky got waxed 38-0 last week at Florida and now faces No. 6 South Carolina. The Gamecocks defense has two of the best books in the league with Jadevon Clowney and Devin Taylor. Quarterback Connor Shaw was more accurate than a predator drone against Missouri last week, hitting 20 straight passes.

The slow walk to the end of the Joker Phillips era continues. I hope Kentucky can score, at least.

Towson at LSU, 7 p.m., ESPNU

Really, LSU?

Mississippi at Alabama, 9:15 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2

Nick Saban has been playing his team a tape of Tim Tebow's "This will never happen again" speech when Tebow quarterbacked the heavily favored, undefeated Florida team that shockingly got clobbered on its home field by Mississippi.

The idea is, it shouldn't take a loss for you to rededicate yourself to the relentless, excellent crushing of overmatched foes. Don't wait on the alarm clock for your wakeup call. Remember, you let Florida Atlantic score on you last week. Kill, kill, kill.

Mississippi is rebuilding, has a cool quarterback and a few interesting players sprinkled through the lineup. They're digging up Jimmy Hoffa as we speak, so anything can happen.

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  • South Carolina's late field goal tops Louisiana Tech, 17-16; Allen-Williams out for the season

    South Carolina's late field goal tops Louisiana Tech, 17-16; Allen-Williams out for the season

    Saturday, September 23 2017 7:12 PM EDT2017-09-23 23:12:02 GMT
    The Gamecocks surround kicker Parker White, who says Saturday's game-winning field goal was the first in his career. (Source: WIS)The Gamecocks surround kicker Parker White, who says Saturday's game-winning field goal was the first in his career. (Source: WIS)

    Parker White kicked a 31-yard field goal with four seconds left to give South Carolina a 17-16 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

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    Parker White kicked a 31-yard field goal with four seconds left to give South Carolina a 17-16 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

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  • Mississippi State falls to Georgia 31-3

    Mississippi State falls to Georgia 31-3

    Saturday, September 23 2017 11:47 PM EDT2017-09-24 03:47:50 GMT
    UGA beats MSU 31-3, click on the video above for highlights. Copyright 2017 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved.More >>
    UGA beats MSU 31-3, click on the video above for highlights. Copyright 2017 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Gators rally, nip Cats 28-27

    Gators rally, nip Cats 28-27

    Saturday, September 23 2017 11:46 PM EDT2017-09-24 03:46:02 GMT
    (Source: WAVE 3 News)(Source: WAVE 3 News)
    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Freddie Swain caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Luke Del Rio with 43 seconds remaining to cap No. 20 Florida's rally from a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit that beat Kentucky 28-27 on Saturday night.      The Gators extended their winning streak over the Wildcats to 31 games, the nation's longest streak in FBS, and took early control of the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division. And it required everything they had after t...More >>
    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Freddie Swain caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Luke Del Rio with 43 seconds remaining to cap No. 20 Florida's rally from a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit that beat Kentucky 28-27 on Saturday night.      The Gators extended their winning streak over the Wildcats to 31 games, the nation's longest streak in FBS, and took early control of the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division. And it required everything they had after t...More >>
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