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SEC: Previewing the games worth watching this weekend

  • AlabamaMore>>

  • Parents say MCSD should increase safety measures after mass FL shooting

    Parents say MCSD should increase safety measures after mass FL shooting

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 6:28 PM EST2018-02-21 23:28:48 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Parents are speaking out after a Columbus middle school increases safety plans following the mass shooting at a high school in Florida. 

    Parents are speaking out after a Columbus middle school increases safety plans following the mass shooting at a high school in Florida. 

  • Kentucky beats Alabama 81-71 behind Washington's 16 points

    Kentucky beats Alabama 81-71 behind Washington's 16 points

    Saturday, February 17 2018 5:29 PM EST2018-02-17 22:29:34 GMT
    (Source: University of Alabama)(Source: University of Alabama)

    PJ Washington scored 16 points, Kevin Knox added 13, and Kentucky beat Alabama 81-71 on Saturday to end a four-game slide.

    PJ Washington scored 16 points, Kevin Knox added 13, and Kentucky beat Alabama 81-71 on Saturday to end a four-game slide.

  • Donta Hall powers Alabama to 80-65 win over LSU

    Donta Hall powers Alabama to 80-65 win over LSU

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 3:52 PM EST2018-02-14 20:52:23 GMT
    (Source: University of Alabama)(Source: University of Alabama)

    Donta Hall had 20 points and eight rebounds, including some powerful dunks, to lead Alabama to an 80-65 win over LSU on Tuesday night.

    Donta Hall had 20 points and eight rebounds, including some powerful dunks, to lead Alabama to an 80-65 win over LSU on Tuesday night.

  • South CarolinaMore>>

  • Olson, pitchers help Carolina to third win in four days

    Olson, pitchers help Carolina to third win in four days

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 11:30 PM EST2018-02-21 04:30:30 GMT
    Junior closer Eddy Demurias (Source: TheBigSpur.com)Junior closer Eddy Demurias (Source: TheBigSpur.com)

    Seven different hitters reached base and the pitching staff allowed only one earned run as South Carolina was able to upend North Florida on Tuesday at Founders Park. 

    Seven different hitters reached base and the pitching staff allowed only one earned run as South Carolina was able to upend North Florida on Tuesday at Founders Park. 

  • Eagles name former Gamecock Staley assistant head coach

    Eagles name former Gamecock Staley assistant head coach

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 6:12 PM EST2018-02-20 23:12:12 GMT
    Philadelphia Eagles' Duce Staley watches warms up before an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)Philadelphia Eagles' Duce Staley watches warms up before an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

    Duce Staley will have a new title with the Philadelphia Eagles. The former South Carolina running back was promoted to assistant head coach by the Super Bowl LII champions on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson. 

    Duce Staley will have a new title with the Philadelphia Eagles. The former South Carolina running back was promoted to assistant head coach by the Super Bowl LII champions on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson. 

  • USC climbs one spot in women’s AP Top 25

    USC climbs one spot in women’s AP Top 25

    Monday, February 19 2018 4:10 PM EST2018-02-19 21:10:52 GMT
    Alexis Jennings (Source: TheBigSpur.com)Alexis Jennings (Source: TheBigSpur.com)

    South Carolina returns to the No. 7 spot in the AP Top 25 this week. 

    South Carolina returns to the No. 7 spot in the AP Top 25 this week. 

  • AuburnMore>>

  • Pearl, Auburn entering stretch run without another big man

    Pearl, Auburn entering stretch run without another big man

    Monday, February 19 2018 5:13 PM EST2018-02-19 22:13:23 GMT
    (Source: Auburn Athletics File Photo)(Source: Auburn Athletics File Photo)

    Auburn coach Bruce Pearl says center Anfernee McLemore has had successful surgery on his left ankle.

    Auburn coach Bruce Pearl says center Anfernee McLemore has had successful surgery on his left ankle.

  • South Carolina holds on to upset No. 10 Auburn, 84-75

    South Carolina holds on to upset No. 10 Auburn, 84-75

    Saturday, February 17 2018 6:56 PM EST2018-02-17 23:56:30 GMT
    (Source: Auburn Ahletics/ Zach Bland)(Source: Auburn Ahletics/ Zach Bland)

    Frank Booker scored 19 points, and South Carolina built a 26-point lead before holding on to defeat No. 10 Auburn 84-75 on Saturday, ending the Gamecocks' six-game losing streak.

    Frank Booker scored 19 points, and South Carolina built a 26-point lead before holding on to defeat No. 10 Auburn 84-75 on Saturday, ending the Gamecocks' six-game losing streak.

  • Brown, Harper lead No. 10 Auburn past Kentucky, 76-66

    Brown, Harper lead No. 10 Auburn past Kentucky, 76-66

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 11:48 PM EST2018-02-15 04:48:39 GMT
    No. 10 downs Kentucky 76-66 Wednesday night. (Source: Dakota Sumpter/Auburn Athletics)No. 10 downs Kentucky 76-66 Wednesday night. (Source: Dakota Sumpter/Auburn Athletics)

    Bryce Brown returned from a shoulder injury to score 18 points and make four 3-pointers in leading No. 10 Auburn to a 76-66 victory over Kentucky on Wednesday night.

    Bryce Brown returned from a shoulder injury to score 18 points and make four 3-pointers in leading No. 10 Auburn to a 76-66 victory over Kentucky on Wednesday night.

(RNN) - Week 1 in the SEC: Fake bowls and check games. Fake bowls happen when SEC teams play teams from other leagues because it makes good TV and generates the massive revenues that make check games possible. Check games happen when little schools visit big schools and receive a few hundred grand for getting slapped around like extras in a gladiator movie. It's trickle-down economics at its most brutal.

Let us pause a moment and salute the lads from Bowling Green, North Texas, Jacksonville State, Central Arkansas, Jackson State and Southeastern Louisiana, who will be taking one for the budget this weekend at Florida, LSU, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Missouri, respectively.

Here are the real games, all times Eastern:

Friday, Aug. 31

Tennessee vs. North Carolina State, 7 p.m., Atlanta Georgia Dome

We last saw the Tennessee Volunteers walking dejectedly to the locker room after a humiliating loss to Kentucky - and it wasn't basketball season.  Getting back on track after last year's 5-7, bowl-free season is Job No. 1 for embattled coach Derek Dooley, who needs wins early in the season like a developing forest fire needs control breaks and ditches in its probable path.

The Vols have 10 starters back from last season's lackluster offense but will be missing WR Da'Rick Rogers, who caught an SEC-high 67 balls last year. Rogers was suspended indefinitely for unspecified rules violations.

N.C. State will be missing its starting cornerback C.J. Wilson, who was suspended for unspecified academic issues. Bad news all around, but it seems the Vols got the worst of that exchange.

N.C. State has a 6'6", redheaded quarterback who slung the rock for 3,000 yards last year and Tennessee's pass defense better be better than it was last year or no fun will be had by Tennessee.

Saturday, Sept. 1

Auburn vs. Clemson, 7 p.m. EST, Atlanta Georgia Dome

Two years ago Auburn won the national title under second-year coach Gene Chizik then tapered off to an 8-5 record. Last year, Clemson whipped the fans into a frenzy by winning its first eight games under Dabo Swinney.  

The joy died slowly and painfully. Clemson lost four of its last six games, mixing in three catastrophic failures against N.C. State, South Carolina and West Virginia. Both head coaches have something to prove this year. Both teams are more seasoned.  

Auburn is better on defense. Clemson has more talent on offense. Auburn has had a flurry of internal problems – a couple of players got into trouble for drinking, another was declared ineligible because a high school counselor fudged academic transcripts, assorted dismissals for random misbehavior. Auburn's quarterback is unproven and the running back position is slimly populated.

Alabama vs. Michigan, 8 p.m. EST, Arlington, TX

Alabama lost much of its awesome defense and returns a good portion of an annoying offense that stalled in the red zone most of last year. Michigan returns the coolest quarterback in college football, Denard Xavier Robinson, nicknamed "Shoelace" because he doesn't wear shoelaces while he runs off and leaves defensive players. The Wolverines have seven players back off a pretty good defense.

Nick Saban hired Doug Nussmeier to run the Crimson Tide offense after Jim McElwain left to be head coach at Colorado State. Nussmeier's offenses at Washington and Fresno State scored lots of points and he has produced a lot of good quarterbacks.  He's got a good one to work with: A.J. McCarron threw for 2,600 yards last year and didn't make mistakes. Alabama has a great offensive line.

Saban's teams always start strong.  Alabama has a marked advantage in team speed. Michigan has a chance to make a statement here. If it wins, Brady Hoke will be anointed as a water-walking genius and the Wolverines are elite again. If they play close (Alabama is a 12-point favorite), they're probably good enough to beat Ohio State, Wisconsin and Nebraska and go to the Rose Bowl.

Sunday, Sept. 2

Kentucky at Louisville, 3:30 p.m.

This would be a really good basketball game. It might even be a fairly good football game, because Louisville and Kentucky truly hate each other, which tends to make for interesting sporting events.

The clash of in-state rivals wasn't sexy enough to pull a TV audience on Saturday, though, so it got moved to Sunday.Louisville has a lot of starters back and is probably the best team in the Big East – and Kentucky is one of the few teams in the SEC a team from the Big East can beat.

Kentucky's Joker Phillips is under the gun and a win in this game could go a long way toward making his life easier. And why is Joker Phillips called "Joker?" I have never seen him crack a smile, and that doesn't seem likely anytime soon.

 

 

 

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