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  • AuburnMore>>

  • No. 6 Auburn defeats Arkansas in season opener 45-21

    No. 6 Auburn defeats Arkansas in season opener 45-21

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:41 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:41:18 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)
    The Auburn Tigers defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday by a score of 45-21 to start the 2014 season. From the way things looked on Saturday, the Auburn offense has not slowed down since 2013. The
    The Auburn Tigers defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday by a score of 45-21 to start the 2014 season.
  • What We Learned from the SEC in Week 1

    What We Learned from the SEC in Week 1

    Sunday, August 31 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-08-31 17:51:41 GMT

    For a while, it looked like the college football world was going to be upended in the first week of play, but it all worked out according to plan in the end.

    For a while, it looked like the college football world was going to be upended in the first week of play, but it all worked out according to plan in the end.

  • No. 6 Auburn runs over Arkansas

    No. 6 Auburn runs over Arkansas

    Saturday, August 30 2014 11:56 PM EDT2014-08-31 03:56:50 GMT
    No. 6 Auburn wasted no time getting into conference play.The reigning Southeastern Conference champion wasted no time getting its first win either after defeating Arkansas 48-24."I'm very proud of our
    No. 6 Auburn wasted no time getting into conference play.The reigning Southeastern Conference champion wasted no time getting its first win either after defeating Arkansas 48-24."I'm very proud of our
  • AlabamaMore>>

  • Saban wraps up WVU game, previews FAU

    Saban wraps up WVU game, previews FAU

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:59 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:59:01 GMT
    The focus for the second ranked Alabama Crimson Tide heading into their game against Florida-Atlantic is strictly on improving as individual players and as a team as a whole.

    The focus for the second ranked Alabama Crimson Tide heading into their game against Florida-Atlantic is strictly on improving as individual players and as a team as a whole.

  • Karle's Korner: The Crimson Tide's odd couple may just have the last laugh!

    Karle's Korner: The Crimson Tide's odd couple may just have the last laugh!

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:09:29 GMT
    Perhaps it was the fact that Alabama's new offensive coordinator was coaching from the sideline. Perhaps it was that screen grab with less than two minutes remaining in the first quarter that went viral.
    Perhaps it was the fact that Alabama's new offensive coordinator was coaching from the sideline. Perhaps it was that screen grab with less than two minutes remaining in the first quarter that went viral.
  • What We Learned from the SEC in Week 1

    What We Learned from the SEC in Week 1

    Sunday, August 31 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-08-31 17:51:41 GMT

    For a while, it looked like the college football world was going to be upended in the first week of play, but it all worked out according to plan in the end.

    For a while, it looked like the college football world was going to be upended in the first week of play, but it all worked out according to plan in the end.

  • South CarolinaMore>>

  • No. 9 South Carolina, No. 16 Clemson lose openers

    No. 9 South Carolina, No. 16 Clemson lose openers

    Sunday, August 31 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-08-31 22:27:33 GMT
    Dylan Thompson (Source: TheBigSpur.com) Dylan Thompson (Source: TheBigSpur.com)
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Maybe it's not too early for some Palmetto panic after No. 9 South Carolina and No. 16 Clemson both were blown out on opening weekend. It's the first time in 15 years the Palmetto
     Maybe it's not too early for some Palmetto panic after No. 9 South Carolina and No. 16 Clemson both were blown out on opening weekend. 
  • USC's Mike Davis doubtful for ECU

    USC's Mike Davis doubtful for ECU

    Sunday, August 31 2014 3:14 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:14:00 GMT
    Mike Davis Mike Davis
    COLUMBIA, SC (TheBigSpur.com) - South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier said during his Sunday teleconference that running back Mike Davis is doubtful for Saturday night's game against East Carolina. Davis
    COLUMBIA, SC (TheBigSpur.com) - South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier said during his Sunday teleconference that running back Mike Davis is doubtful for Saturday night's game against East Carolina. Davis
  • What We Learned from the SEC in Week 1

    What We Learned from the SEC in Week 1

    Sunday, August 31 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-08-31 17:51:41 GMT

    For a while, it looked like the college football world was going to be upended in the first week of play, but it all worked out according to plan in the end.

    For a while, it looked like the college football world was going to be upended in the first week of play, but it all worked out according to plan in the end.

This is not a real interesting week in the SEC, but there are a few somewhat significant league contests.

All times Eastern:

Ole Miss at Tulane - Noon, FSN

The Rebels are wearing a "DW" sticker on their helmets this week to honor Tulane player Devon Walker, who suffered a spinal injury against Tulsa two weeks ago. Ole Miss fans know how a terrible injury to one of your guys can put things in perspective. Mississippi star Chucky Mullins suffered a paralyzing injury in a 1989 game and died a couple of years later after a hard, brave fight.

It's a classy gesture by Ole Miss, and good wishes to Walker, who is recovering in a rehab facility.

This might be a pretty good game, too. Tulane is up-and-coming, and Ole Miss is rebuilding with a lot to prove.

Missouri at South Carolina - 3:30 p.m., CBS

The SEC leads the nation in schools located in a town called Columbia. One goes to visit the other here.

South Carolina is a 10-point favorite, and probably would be a heavier favorite if the Gamecocks had not been so flaky this year. Speaking of which, what's wrong with Marcus Lattimore? He was the best back in the SEC last year and he's been a nonentity so far.

Lattimore better reappear against Missouri, which has a good pass defense, and S.C. quarterback Connor Shaw has been underwhelming throwing the ball. Mizzou's James Franklin didn't play last week against Arizona State because he had a boo boo or something. If he's well and able to go, Mizzou can hang.

LSU at Auburn - 7 p.m., ESPN

The star value of No. 2 LSU is about all that's left to make this game interesting. Auburn has been a disappointment, while LSU has trampled everybody it's seen, which is to say, nobody in particular.

LSU has played Hector to Alabama's Achilles in 2012 - the roles were reversed last year when LSU was the be-all and end-all of college football while Bama was grinding out workmanlike victories.  This LSU team has a flock of good running backs, a competent quarterback (unlike last year) and a defense that doesn't include the Honey Badger. In other words, everything's better than it used to be.

The line is 21. It'll be worse unless Auburn has something up its sleeve we have not seen yet.

Vanderbilt at Georgia - 7:45 p.m., ESPN2

This one is mildly interesting because last year Vanderbilt played Georgia surprisingly close, and then coming off the field, Vandy coach James Franklin got into a dustup with a Georgia assistant coach, and the players pushed and shoved a little bit. It was a big deal only because if Vanderbilt fought after every loss, the Marines would need a base in Nashville.

Georgia has been an uninspired team this year, and you kind of expect the Bulldogs to get it handed to them sooner or later. Probably not now, but soon.

Moderately interesting:

Florida Atlantic at Alabama - 4 p.m.

Florida Atlantic brings the nation's 105th ranked offense to Tuscaloosa. Alabama has not had three straight shutouts since 1966. Seeing if the Tide can pull that off is the only reason to watch this game besides pure sadism.

Rutgers at Arkansas - 7 p.m.

Well, as if things weren't bad enough for Arkansas interim coach John L. Smith,  bankruptcy figures released a few days ago show he's about $25 million in debt. He got caught up in some bad real estate deals, and a couple of banks in Louisville, where he used to coach, say he owes them several dump trucks full of $100 bills.

Coincidentally, the Razorbacks gave up 25 million yards to Alabama last week.

Sorry. That was mean. The 1-2 Razorbacks are reeling, and undefeated Rutgers is in town. Tyler Wilson dogged his team last week in the news conference after the embarrassing loss to Alabama, and he might be back under center. That would definitely help.

Bloodbaths

Kentucky at Florida - 12:21 p.m., SEC Network

The Wildcats usually play well at Florida. It won't matter.

South Alabama at Mississippi St. - 7 p.m.

Mississippi State gave up almost 600 yards to Troy last week and won anyway. South Alabama couldn't gain 600 yards against a stiff breeze.

S.C. State at Texas A&M - 7 p.m.

They have South Carolina in their name, but that's about it.

Akron at Tennessee - 7:30 p.m.

The pridestung Volunteers need a ritual sacrifice to rededicate themselves for the important game with Georgia next week.

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  • Southeastern ConferenceMore>>

  • What We Learned from the SEC in Week 1

    What We Learned from the SEC in Week 1

    Sunday, August 31 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-08-31 17:51:41 GMT

    For a while, it looked like the college football world was going to be upended in the first week of play, but it all worked out according to plan in the end.

    For a while, it looked like the college football world was going to be upended in the first week of play, but it all worked out according to plan in the end.

  • Marshall, Johnson, No. 6 Auburn top Arkansas 45-21

    Marshall, Johnson, No. 6 Auburn top Arkansas 45-21

    Saturday, August 30 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-08-31 02:30:45 GMT
    Jeremy Johnson passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns in the first half and Nick Marshall returned from suspension with a 19-yard scoring run to lift No. 6 Auburn to a 45-21 opening victory over Arkansas on Saturday.
    The Auburn offense didn't slow down a bit, even with Nick Marshall a spectator for half the game.
  • Sims starts, No. 2 Alabama beats WVU, 33-23

    Sims starts, No. 2 Alabama beats WVU, 33-23

    Saturday, August 30 2014 9:40 PM EDT2014-08-31 01:40:52 GMT
    Blake Sims was good enough to finish his first start at quarterback for Alabama, getting plenty of help from Amari Cooper, T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry, and the second-ranked Crimson Tide held off West Virginia...
    Blake Sims took a seat on the bench next to Jake Coker after leading Alabama to a score and the two chatted for a few minutes before it was time for the offense to go back on the field.
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