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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Monday, September 1 2014 3:59 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:59:01 GMT
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  • 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.

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

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    Sunday, August 31 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-08-31 22:27:33 GMT
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  • 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.

(RNN) - College football is a game of emotions. Players are emotional – most actually play for the love of the game, not dreams of an NFL career and a fancy car with giant chrome wheels. Cheerleaders jump up and down because they care, even though nobody pays attention to them. Fans sometimes for no particular reason attach themselves to a college team, paint their bodies and live and die with each play. One moment the world has come to an end and a second later, they're proposing marriage to each other.

Nowhere was this more evident than in Auburn last Saturday night.

The Earth stood still while a ball hovered above two Georgia defenders for what seemed like three minutes, then Ricardo Louis crushed the soul of the Bulldog Nation.

In a normal world (or game against a Conference USA opponent) this might have been just another touchdown pass. But Georgia had just mounted a Herculean, fourth quarter, 21-point comeback. The Bulldog faithful - those who actually attended school in Athens as well as those with "Dawgs" tattooed on their neck - were enjoying the highest high and actually acknowledged each other's existence.

Then it happened.

I watched the ending of the game with mixed emotions. On the one hand, The Line King is the leader of the "Anybody but the $EC crowd;" on the other, my younger brother played for Georgia back in the 80s. He loved his Dawgs.

I lost him earlier this year after a long and brave battle with cancer.

I thought about what his reaction might have been. Auburn had been the fly in his punch bowl for almost three decades. It was an underdog Auburn team that had ruined his Senior Day in Athens. He was on the cover of the game program that day.

He played for the love of the game. He spent the first two years of his career at SMU (he was also part of SMU Death Penalty team – as a walk-on, smarty-pants). After hanging up his cleats after that mess, the Dawgs coaching staff convinced him to "come out of retirement" because they desperately needed a long snapper. He often talked about how his senior and last season of football was the funnest.

He played in the old Southwest Conference (SWC) AND the $EC. In his waning days at SMU, he was interviewed by a room full of NCAA lawyers after he officially listed his car and expenses paid for by SMU alums - our parents both graduated from SMU, but the NCAA never asked that question. He played in a bowl his last game.

After Saturday's miracle play, some of The Line King's Facebook "friends" that actually have internet service pondered, "What would (long-time Georgia radio legend) Larry Munson have said"?

A few suggestions:

"We had this thing won, you know we did, but they crushed our hearts"

"Fourth down and forever… this crowd hates us…they throw a long pass a mile down field…(nothing said, just crowd noise).

Laron (long-time Georgia sideline reporter, Loran Smith), whatcha got?"

I know what my brother would have said.

He would have stared at the TV as if nothing had happened, then after a few minutes, he'd have muttered something like: "Oh well, what are you going to do?"

I miss Larry Munson, but I miss my brother more.

The Line King is having a pretty good year. If the U.S. Government had wagered $100 billion a week, they'd have stockpiled $1.2 trillion by now and that whole debt-ceiling thing would be for entertainment purposes only.

Year: 59-47-3

Last Week: 4-4

Vandy +3 @ Tennessee: Vandy actually recruited my brother, but the Vandy fan was still only in high school.

Kentucky @ UGA -24: How can I go against the Dawgs now?

Johnny Football +4 @ LSUAMC: Johnny Football University used to be part of the old SWC. My brother saw one of their cadets actually draw his sword and threaten SMU cheerleaders when they were on the field.

Cincy @ Houston -3: They don't play in the Astrodome anymore, but Houston was part of the SWC.

Ole' Miss State @ Arkansas +3: Pining for the old glory days of the SWC.

SMU -4.5 @ South Florida: Win one for old No. 57.

Mizzu -3 @ Mississippi: The Line King and his brother once attended a game in Columbia several decades ago. It snowed.

BYU +1 @ Notre Dame: My brother once grabbed the face mask of a former little-league teammate and asked what he was doing playing at ND. It turned out to be a very long day for the Ponies and the referees didn't like his planned stunt, but they both ended up laughing about it many years later.

Baylor -9 @ Oklahoma State: Probably the biggest reach, but will stick with the SWC theme.

Wisconsin @ Minnesota +15: Not only do they play for the Paul Bunyon Axe (one of the coolest rivalry trophies), but watch what how it is exchanged If Minnesota wins the axe –  they literally rush over to the Wisconsin bench to take it. Very manly.

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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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