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Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel, pictured here at a news conference at the BCS National Championship Game in Miami last January, is expected to be the first player taken in the 2013 NFL Draft. (Source: Matt Valazquez) Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel, pictured here at a news conference at the BCS National Championship Game in Miami last January, is expected to be the first player taken in the 2013 NFL Draft. (Source: Matt Valazquez)
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    Georgia emerges from the dark depths of a bye week and heads across I-20 to take on South Carolina. Redheaded stepchildren have gotten better treatment than the Bulldogs in their last two trips to Columbia.
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    It's still much too early to talk about who will be in the playoff at the end of the year, but it looks safe to say the Big 10 won't be represented.

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    Texas A&M was a surprising team in its first game, but that may not be such a good thing. On the other hand, an Alabama squad that was just blah is likely headed in a more positive direction.
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    Two top 10 teams were upset this week, and to the surprise of few, they were Southern Cal and Georgia.

  • No. 24 South Carolina upsets No. 6 Georgia 38-35

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    Dylan Thompson threw for three touchdowns and No. 24 South Carolina's maligned defense stood strong on a fourth-quarter goal line stand to topple No. 6 Georgia 38-35 on Saturday night.
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  • USC season on line; UGA looking to break bad; Vols face tough road test

    USC season on line; UGA looking to break bad; Vols face tough road test

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    Georgia can establish itself as a top-tier beast if it gets by South Carolina this weekend - and USC would drop to 0-2 in the league with a loss. Tennessee travels to Oklahoma, where Coach Bob Stoops doesn't believe the SEC is all-powerful.
    Georgia can establish itself as a top-tier beast if it gets by South Carolina this weekend - and USC would drop to 0-2 in the league with a loss. Tennessee travels to Oklahoma, where Coach Bob Stoops doesn't believe the SEC is all-powerful.

(RNN) - Big guys are likely to be the stars of the show Thursday night when the NFL Draft airs in primetime on ESPN, live from Radio City Music Hall.

Barring unforeseen weirdness - which can never be completely ruled out in the NFL Draft - Outland Trophy winner Luke Joeckel, the 6'6", 310-pound offensive tackle from Texas A&M, will be holding up a Kansas City Chiefs jersey as the No. 1 overall pick shortly after the 8 p.m. ET air time.

In most mock drafts, he's one of 10 offensive linemen and eight defensive linemen expected to be among the first 32 players chosen in the first round.

It's a far cry from last year, when more than 8 million viewers tuned in to watch QB Andrew Luck go to the Indianapolis Colts with the first pick. Robert Griffin III went to Washington with the second pick and in all, four quarterbacks went in the first round in 2012.

This year, West Virginia's Geno Smith is the only quarterback considered a pretty sure Round 1 selection. EJ Manuel of Florida State, Tyler Bray of Tennessee, Southern California's Matt Barkley and Mike Glennon of N.C. State could slip in as first-round picks, depending on the wheeling and dealing.

The Southeastern Conference has produced the last seven BCS national champions and should dominate this year's draft, as well. A dozen SEC players are considered bona-fide first-round prospects, among them Alabama's Dee Milliner (DB) along with offensive linemen Chance Warmack and D.J. Fluker; Georgia linebackers Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree; Tennessee OT Menelik Watson and WR Justin Hunter; and Florida DT Sharif Floyd.

Notre Dame's controversial linebacker Manti Te'o has crept back into many analysts' first-round projections. He finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting before a horrible game against Alabama, a worse scandal concerning an imaginary dead girlfriend and a lackluster combine performance knocked him down a few pegs.

More of a sure thing is former Fighting Irish tight end Tyler Eiffert, with a 6'6" frame, wide-receiver speed and a good chance to be among the first 10 players chosen.

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  • What We Learned from the SEC in Week 3

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    Two top 10 teams were upset this week, and to the surprise of few, they were Southern Cal and Georgia.

    Two top 10 teams were upset this week, and to the surprise of few, they were Southern Cal and Georgia.

  • No. 24 South Carolina upsets No. 6 Georgia 38-35

    No. 24 South Carolina upsets No. 6 Georgia 38-35

    Saturday, September 13 2014 10:09 PM EDT2014-09-14 02:09:54 GMT
    Dylan Thompson threw for three touchdowns and No. 24 South Carolina's maligned defense stood strong on a fourth-quarter goal line stand to topple No. 6 Georgia 38-35 on Saturday night.
    No. 24 South Carolina's defense showed it's not nearly as bad as it looked two weeks ago - and maybe that No. 6 Georgia isn't the runaway favorite in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division.
  • USC season on line; UGA looking to break bad; Vols face tough road test

    USC season on line; UGA looking to break bad; Vols face tough road test

    Friday, September 12 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-09-12 22:00:26 GMT
    Georgia can establish itself as a top-tier beast if it gets by South Carolina this weekend - and USC would drop to 0-2 in the league with a loss. Tennessee travels to Oklahoma, where Coach Bob Stoops doesn't believe the SEC is all-powerful.
    Georgia can establish itself as a top-tier beast if it gets by South Carolina this weekend - and USC would drop to 0-2 in the league with a loss. Tennessee travels to Oklahoma, where Coach Bob Stoops doesn't believe the SEC is all-powerful.
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