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Hot Reads: Will the real James Franklin please stand up?

When the coach and the quarterback battle Saturday, more than their names are at stake. (Source: University of Missouri Athletics/Vanderbilt University Athletics) When the coach and the quarterback battle Saturday, more than their names are at stake. (Source: University of Missouri Athletics/Vanderbilt University Athletics)
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  • Saban on how he handles the politics and football conversation

    Saban on how he handles the politics and football conversation

    Monday, September 25 2017 5:01 PM EDT2017-09-25 21:01:19 GMT

    "But to me, some of the things we do in our country, I grew up, they were unifying events and it’s a little painful to see that those things are not so right now. But I also respect everyone’s right not to be censored in terms of the way they express their beliefs."

    "But to me, some of the things we do in our country, I grew up, they were unifying events and it’s a little painful to see that those things are not so right now. But I also respect everyone’s right not to be censored in terms of the way they express their beliefs."

  • Sports

    No. 1 Alabama shuts out Vanderbilt

    No. 1 Alabama shuts out Vanderbilt

    Saturday, September 23 2017 6:53 PM EDT2017-09-23 22:53:00 GMT

    Alabama hits the road for their first SEC match-up of the year. Keep up with the Crimson Tides clash with the Vanderbilt Commodores up in Nashville here.

    Alabama hits the road for their first SEC match-up of the year. Keep up with the Crimson Tides clash with the Vanderbilt Commodores up in Nashville here.

  • Alabama finalizes 2018 football schedule

    Alabama finalizes 2018 football schedule

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 4:49 PM EDT2017-09-19 20:49:44 GMT
    Source: WBRCSource: WBRC

    Officials at the University of Alabama finalized the 2018 football schedule on Tuesday. As usual, there are seven home games scheduled for Bryant-Denny Stadium with one neutral site game and four SEC road games.

    Officials at the University of Alabama finalized the 2018 football schedule on Tuesday. As usual, there are seven home games scheduled for Bryant-Denny Stadium with one neutral site game and four SEC road games.

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  • UGA approves Sanford Stadium renovation project

    UGA approves Sanford Stadium renovation project

    Tuesday, February 14 2017 11:51 PM EST2017-02-15 04:51:56 GMT
    Courtesy: UGA AthleticsCourtesy: UGA Athletics

    On the day the University of Georgia dedicated the football program's new indoor practice facility, the university's athletic association unveiled it's next major project. UGAA approved a $63 million renovation project for Sanford Stadium that will focus on the west end zone.

    On the day the University of Georgia dedicated the football program's new indoor practice facility, the university's athletic association unveiled it's next major project. UGAA approved a $63 million renovation project for Sanford Stadium that will focus on the west end zone.

  • Mississippi State/Georgia SEC Tournament opener postponed until Wednesday

    Mississippi State/Georgia SEC Tournament opener postponed until Wednesday

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 9:10 PM EDT2017-05-24 01:10:33 GMT
    Source: WikipediaSource: Wikipedia

    Game 4 of the SEC Baseball Tournament between Mississippi State and Georgia has been moved to Wednesday at 9:30 am CT. Four games will be played Wednesday and Thursday, three games on Friday, two on Saturday and the championship game on Sunday.

    Game 4 of the SEC Baseball Tournament between Mississippi State and Georgia has been moved to Wednesday at 9:30 am CT. Four games will be played Wednesday and Thursday, three games on Friday, two on Saturday and the championship game on Sunday.

  • LSU baseball sweeps Georgia with a 7-6 win in Game 3 of series

    LSU baseball sweeps Georgia with a 7-6 win in Game 3 of series

    Sunday, March 19 2017 9:31 PM EDT2017-03-20 01:31:27 GMT

    Shortstop Kramer Robertson scored four runs and right-hander Eric Walker struck out a career-best eight batters as the No. 6 LSU baseball team completed the series sweep against Georgia, defeating the Bulldogs, 7-6, Sunday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium Skip Bertman Field.

    Shortstop Kramer Robertson scored four runs and right-hander Eric Walker struck out a career-best eight batters as the No. 6 LSU baseball team completed the series sweep against Georgia, defeating the Bulldogs, 7-6, Sunday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium Skip Bertman Field.

(RNN) – Someone finally got the defibrillators out and put life back into what was becoming an unimpressive SEC season.

Tennessee and Georgia, 95 combined points … really guys? Do we have to threaten to trade someone to the ACC to get you all back to the slobber-knocking standards of NFL Lite football?

If you are a fan of records and people who break them (and who isn't?), this is turning into the type of season you'll bookmark your memories by. You know, like the guys who can't remember their anniversary but can recall down to the minute everything that happened from April to September 1967 because that's when Carl Yastrzemski won the Triple Crown.

Speaking of records, congrats to Miguel Cabrera for ending 45 years of frustration. He's a great player, but if he averages one more biscuit per month during the offseason, he'll have to switch from infield to defensive end. Just saying, Miggy, you have to think about total calories and fat content.

Anyway, enough with the daydreaming. There's some quality football to be played this weekend – Southern style.

An Ode to Cobi Hamilton

How is this for irony? The receiver that's having the best personal year in the SEC is playing for a team that looks like it couldn't win its spring game. It's almost like watching Barry Sanders play for the Lions.

(Violin music begins to play) We know it can be tough to bear the burden on your own, Cobi, so we want you to know people are here for you. This is a tribute to you, our friend:

We know a season so dismal is among an athlete's great fears.

But take heed! Your draft stock is rising, and you'll be a pro next year.

Unlike your leader Wilson, who did not seize his chance to get out.

Where once were laid high hopes, he might watch the draft from his couch.

Your former coach was out of control, you current coach is in a swoon.

And your biggest fan is a singing, pig hat-wearing Looney Tune.

But all is not lost, young lad; the pork has not gone to roast.

As long as you keep your head up and keep running the skinny post.

James Franklin, meet James Franklin

When Vanderbilt and Missouri meet for just the fifth time ever, two men on opposite sidelines will share one major thing in common.

One is the starting quarterback of a team that is barely a member of the SEC. The other is the head coach of a team that is barely a member of the SEC. But does the similarity end there? Let's take a look-see.

Ironically, the color schemes of their uniforms also have a strong resemblance, and that's nowhere close to a good thing considering the questionable passes QB Franklin made last week against Central Florida (similar colors, as well). If he forgets his team is wearing the home black and gold unis, it could make for a long day.

Both are also fighting some criticism for their performance. The QB has looked a shade beyond terrible in his first two SEC games, and the coach's team is underachieving. What's that you say? No one expected Vandy to do that well? Moving on then …

Finally, both represent teams that have become conference punchlines. You've heard the jokes. Vandy is only in the SEC to keep the conference GPA up, and Mizzou is only in the conference to … why is Mizzou in the conference again?

Don't get mad, Mizzou fans. We'd be saying the same thing about Texas A&M if more teams could contain Johnny Manziel by sliding a lineman back in spy coverage and playing robber defense on the weak side. Oops, did we say that aloud?

In fairness, there is a very short list of teams that could take Georgia or South Carolina, who have both beaten Mizzou and Vandy.

If there is such a thing as a statement game between two teams at the bottom of the conference, this is it.

Coach Franklin needs to prove he can build off last season's bowl bid and arguably the best recruiting class in school history. QB Franklin needs to prove he can produce against something other than the wet toilet tissue toughness of Big 12 defenses.

SEC vs. SEC

It wasn't all that tough picking which NFL Lite game to feature this weekend. The individual matchups in the Georgia-South Carolina tilt are just phenomenal. For instance…

Jarvis Jones (UGA) vs. Marcus Lattimore (USC) – No one could fault you for blocking out everyone else on the field and watching where No. 29 is in relation to No. 21. Basically, the less they meet, the greater the Gamecocks' chances of winning, and vice versa.

Jadeveon Clowney (USC) vs. "Gurshall" (UGA) – For the record, Hot Reads hates this ridiculous nickname because (A.) it's stupid and (B.) unlike most Hollywood duos, these two will be together for more than 18 months.

Clowney is likely the only defensive end in the country that could challenge either Todd Gurley or Keith Marshall in the 100-yard dash. No, really. He ran the anchor leg for his high school 4x100 relay team.

You can't really slow Carolina's defense down with screens and draws because they don't blitz a lot, and there is enough speed all the way down the line for someone to catch you from the backside. The Bulldogs enter this game with the top offense in the league, so we'll see how far that gets them.

Aaron Murray (UGA) vs. Connor Shaw (USC) – If the quarterbacks have to pass their way out of the stadium, bet on Murray. He's not only the third-highest rated passer in the country, he's doesn't have the legacy of flakiness that Steve Spurrier's guys have carried.

Steve Spurrier vs. Mark Richt – For play calling? No … For leadership? Nuh uh … Experience in tough games? Negative …  No other coaches in the league nervously run their hands through their hair more.

Richt's hairline is a little further back, but Spurrier just invents stuff to get angry about. This one might result in a draw.

Yes, Alabama did dominate

The consensus is Alabama underachieved in its win against the Rebels.

Seriously? That was the game where Alabama held Ole Miss to a season low in yards and was +2 in turnovers, including three interceptions and five sacks, right?

Didn't the Tide go 4-for-4 on field goals, including a pair of 38-yarders, and just destroy the Rebels in the kick return game? (Christion Jones nodding his head)

They won that game by 19 points, right? The last time Hot Reads checked that's a blowout anywhere except the Pac 12.

We get that Nick Saban will huff and puff until he is able to blow his next opponent's house down, but not even dominant teams do all things well all the time. They can, however, decide to punish opponents even when one aspect of their game isn't clicking. Mission: Accomplished.

And give the Rebels some credit. A bug on a windshield doesn't have much of a chance, but it can still ruin an otherwise perfect day.

This Week's Unique Stat

80: Aaron Murray has accounted for 80 touchdowns (71 passing, nine rushing) in his career, the highest among any active SEC player and 11th all time. The next highest player is UT's Tyler Bray, who has thrown for 49 and rushed for one.

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  • South Carolina's late field goal tops Louisiana Tech, 17-16; Allen-Williams out for the season

    South Carolina's late field goal tops Louisiana Tech, 17-16; Allen-Williams out for the season

    Saturday, September 23 2017 7:12 PM EDT2017-09-23 23:12:02 GMT
    The Gamecocks surround kicker Parker White, who says Saturday's game-winning field goal was the first in his career. (Source: WIS)The Gamecocks surround kicker Parker White, who says Saturday's game-winning field goal was the first in his career. (Source: WIS)

    Parker White kicked a 31-yard field goal with four seconds left to give South Carolina a 17-16 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

    Parker White kicked a 31-yard field goal with four seconds left to give South Carolina a 17-16 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

  • Mississippi State falls to Georgia 31-3

    Mississippi State falls to Georgia 31-3

    Saturday, September 23 2017 11:47 PM EDT2017-09-24 03:47:50 GMT
    UGA beats MSU 31-3, click on the video above for highlights. Copyright 2017 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved.
    UGA beats MSU 31-3, click on the video above for highlights. Copyright 2017 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved.
  • Gators rally, nip Cats 28-27

    Gators rally, nip Cats 28-27

    Saturday, September 23 2017 11:46 PM EDT2017-09-24 03:46:02 GMT
    (Source: WAVE 3 News)(Source: WAVE 3 News)
    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Freddie Swain caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Luke Del Rio with 43 seconds remaining to cap No. 20 Florida's rally from a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit that beat Kentucky 28-27 on Saturday night.      The Gators extended their winning streak over the Wildcats to 31 games, the nation's longest streak in FBS, and took early control of the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division. And it required everything they had after t...
    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Freddie Swain caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Luke Del Rio with 43 seconds remaining to cap No. 20 Florida's rally from a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit that beat Kentucky 28-27 on Saturday night.      The Gators extended their winning streak over the Wildcats to 31 games, the nation's longest streak in FBS, and took early control of the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division. And it required everything they had after t...
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