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Couch Potato: South Carolina debut highlights football season return

Steve Spurrier is in his 10th year as Head Ball Coach at South Carolina, where he has won 11 games each of the last three years.  The Gamecocks are a national championship contender this season. (Source: Keith Allison/flickr/image cropped) Steve Spurrier is in his 10th year as Head Ball Coach at South Carolina, where he has won 11 games each of the last three years. The Gamecocks are a national championship contender this season. (Source: Keith Allison/flickr/image cropped)
  • AlabamaMore>>

  • Johnson expects Collin Sexton to play vs. Arkansas

    Johnson expects Collin Sexton to play vs. Arkansas

    Friday, February 23 2018 4:44 PM EST2018-02-23 21:44:32 GMT
    Collin Sexton at Alabama basketball practice. (Source: WBRC video)Collin Sexton at Alabama basketball practice. (Source: WBRC video)

    Alabama men’s basketball coach Avery Johnson said on Friday that he expects freshman Collin Sexton to be eligible to play in Saturday’s game against Arkansas.

    Alabama men’s basketball coach Avery Johnson said on Friday that he expects freshman Collin Sexton to be eligible to play in Saturday’s game against Arkansas.

  • Alabama football hires two new assistant coaches

    Alabama football hires two new assistant coaches

    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:58 PM EST2018-02-22 22:58:36 GMT
    (Source: University of Alabama)(Source: University of Alabama)
    (Source: University of Alabama)(Source: University of Alabama)

    Alabama head football coach Nick Saban announced Thursday the addition of Dan Enos and Craig Kuligowski to the Crimson Tide coaching staff. Enos will serve as an associate head coach and quarterbacks coach for the Tide, while Kuligowski will be an associate head coach and coach the defensive line. 

    Alabama head football coach Nick Saban announced Thursday the addition of Dan Enos and Craig Kuligowski to the Crimson Tide coaching staff. Enos will serve as an associate head coach and quarterbacks coach for the Tide, while Kuligowski will be an associate head coach and coach the defensive line. 

  • SEC announces lineup for SEC Media Days

    SEC announces lineup for SEC Media Days

    Thursday, February 22 2018 4:59 PM EST2018-02-22 21:59:17 GMT

    Media Days kickoff July 16 from Atlanta's College Football Hall of Fame and  Alabama head coach Nick Saban will speak on day three and Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn on day four.

    Media Days kickoff July 16 from Atlanta's College Football Hall of Fame and  Alabama head coach Nick Saban will speak on day three and Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn on day four.

  • LSUMore>>

  • 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.
    The LSU football team took a break from the sweaty grind of fall camp Tuesday night to enjoy some team bonding and great food.
  • 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
    Thursday, August 6 2015 3:36 PM EDT2015-08-06 19:36:51 GMT
    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. 
    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. 
  • 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. 
    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. 
  • National SportsMore>>

  • Oodles of oohs and ughs in the Pyeongchang Games

    Oodles of oohs and ughs in the Pyeongchang Games

    Sunday, February 25 2018 3:56 AM EST2018-02-25 08:56:11 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 8:37 PM EST2018-02-26 01:37:13 GMT
    (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko). Gold medal winners from left: United States' curlers Joe Polo, John Landsteiner, Matt Hamilton, Tyler George, John Shuster and captain Phill Drobnick stand on the podium during the men's curling venue ceremony at the 2018 ...(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko). Gold medal winners from left: United States' curlers Joe Polo, John Landsteiner, Matt Hamilton, Tyler George, John Shuster and captain Phill Drobnick stand on the podium during the men's curling venue ceremony at the 2018 ...
    Wind, snow, ice or shine, the Winter Games had its share of golden moments that will forever be etched in Olympic lore.
    Wind, snow, ice or shine, the Winter Games had its share of golden moments that will forever be etched in Olympic lore.
  • Pyeongchang's final race delivers a lasting image

    Pyeongchang's final race delivers a lasting image

    Sunday, February 25 2018 6:06 PM EST2018-02-25 23:06:08 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 8:36 PM EST2018-02-26 01:36:38 GMT
    (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky). Marit Bjoergen, of Norway, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 30k cross-country skiing competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018.(AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky). Marit Bjoergen, of Norway, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 30k cross-country skiing competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018.
    Pyeongchang's final race, a cross-country ski event easily won by a Norwegian athlete, provides a defining image of the Pyeongchang games and Norway's dominance of the medal count.
    Pyeongchang's final race, a cross-country ski event easily won by a Norwegian athlete, provides a defining image of the Pyeongchang games and Norway's dominance of the medal count.
  • North Korean envoy, in South, opens door to US talks

    North Korean envoy, in South, opens door to US talks

    Saturday, February 24 2018 11:15 PM EST2018-02-25 04:15:38 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 8:27 PM EST2018-02-26 01:27:28 GMT
    (Korea Pool/Yonhap via AP). Kim Yong Chol, center, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, arrives to attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, at the Korea-transit office near the Demilitarized Zon...(Korea Pool/Yonhap via AP). Kim Yong Chol, center, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, arrives to attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, at the Korea-transit office near the Demilitarized Zon...
    North Korean delegation led by a controversial former general arrives in South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
    North Korean delegation led by a controversial former general arrives in South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
  • Texas A&MMore>>

  • Game winning shot rattles out, Ole Miss falls at Texas A&M

    Game winning shot rattles out, Ole Miss falls at Texas A&M

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 11:44 PM EST2018-01-17 04:44:02 GMT
    Source: SEC NetworkSource: SEC Network

    Tyler Davis scored 20 points, including Texas A&M's final basket, and the Aggies defeated Mississippi 71-69 on Tuesday night for A&M's first victory in Southeastern Conference play this season. The Rebels' Breein Tyree missed a 3-point attempt at the other end that rattled in and out as time expired.

    Tyler Davis scored 20 points, including Texas A&M's final basket, and the Aggies defeated Mississippi 71-69 on Tuesday night for A&M's first victory in Southeastern Conference play this season. The Rebels' Breein Tyree missed a 3-point attempt at the other end that rattled in and out as time expired.

  • Jimbo Fisher accepts head coach position at Texas A&M

    Jimbo Fisher accepts head coach position at Texas A&M

    Friday, December 1 2017 1:40 PM EST2017-12-01 18:40:51 GMT
    Friday, December 1 2017 1:40 PM EST2017-12-01 18:40:51 GMT

    He had been coaching the team for eight years with a 83-23 record. He succeeded Bobby Bowden in 2010.

    He had been coaching the team for eight years with a 83-23 record. He succeeded Bobby Bowden in 2010.

(RNN) - The long months of darkness and despair are at last at an end. Football season begins in earnest Thursday – I'm not counting that monstrosity last Saturday at the place in Washington with the bright red field. I still have an eye twitch. Real ball is underway. Rejoice. 

Thursday, Aug. 28

Texas A&M at No. 9 South Carolina

The greatest SEC season opener since last year kicks at 5 p.m. ET on the SEC Network, which is the best thing to happen to the South since the invention of air conditioning.

We find out if the Gamecocks are prepped for a relentless slaughter march to world domination or if they're just going to have another 11-win season and not get a whiff of a national championship. Winning 11 games three years in a row at South Carolina is a middle-sized miracle, but if the Young Ball Coach still possesses water-walking capability in his twilight years, this is the season we find out.

We also find out if Texas A&M will become the SEC dumpster diver it was predicted to be when it joined the league two years ago, back before we knew that Manziel kid was a killing machine. The Aggie defense has been retooled, and not a moment too soon, since it offered slightly more resistance than high humidity the last two years, forcing Manziel to score every other play to stay in the game. This was fun to watch, don't get me wrong.

Kenny Hill is the sophomore quarterback who won the start away from highly touted freshman Kyle Allen. He has the proper pedigree to succeed party animal Johnny Football – at 3 o'clock on a fine March morning last spring police found him passed out drunk in a planter outside a College Station restaurant. He replied “Bush” when authorities asked who the current president was - he must have thought they were asking him what kind of plant he was sleeping under. So off he went to jail.

If the kid goes all Kenny Football on the Gamecocks, then it's money signs, scandal and fun ahoy. If Gamecock defenders pummel him into agitation and humility, then everybody will go, “Why didn't you start the freshman, Coach Kevin Sumlin?! He was highly touted!”

And it will be a mess, which will be a less enjoyable sort of fun.

South Carolina is a 10.5-point favorite, and the over-under is 57. 

Boise State at No. 18 Ole Miss

The Broncos used to be the little team that people who didn't know any better used to say was good enough to be a contender for the national championship. Nobody says that much anymore.

Ole Miss is the up-and-coming team in the SEC after coach Hugh Freeze directed the Rebels to a 15-11 record over the past two years. Yes, that doesn't sound like much, but it was a good 15-11. He has put together a couple of good recruiting years, and third-year starting quarterback Bo Wallace has been a solid passer, though he tends to throw it to the other team by accident a lot and he infamously fumbled on the 1 against Mississippi State in last year's Egg Bowl. 

He had the most golden, flowing locks in football history until he got a haircut this year, which makes him look like that Viking vampire on True Blood.

The Rebels have a good defense, especially the secondary. That Cody Prewitt kid had six interceptions last year and made All-American.

Ole Miss is a 9.5 point favorite and this one is in the Georgia Dome in the Chicken Sandwich preseason game.

Temple at Vanderbilt

The Derek Mason era begins after James Franklin jumped ship to go coach Penn State. Other than that, well, let's see... last year, Temple went 8-1 against the spread as an underdog and 5-1 ATS as a road dog, so if you're gambling, take Temple. That's the only reason to watch this game I can think of – other than being a graduate of Vandy, Temple or both.

Vanderbilt's football team might make a good basketball team this year. The 6'4" tall Patton Robinette has been named the Vandy quarterback, beating out the 6'7" Stephen Rivers, the brother of NFL QB Phillip. Rivers is from Athens, AL, the home of great band The Alabama Shakes, an amazing band to which you should listen.  

Robinette started a couple of games last year, including the win at Florida after the Gators had folded their tent.

He threw a lot of interceptions. This game starts at 9:15 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.

 Saturday's games will be featured in another edition of Couch Potato to run in the very near future.

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