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Johnny Manziel zips by flailing defenders as he will probably do again Saturday night against Ole Miss. (Texas A&M Media Relations) Johnny Manziel zips by flailing defenders as he will probably do again Saturday night against Ole Miss. (Texas A&M Media Relations)
Here is Aaron Murray being awesome. He will have a chance to be really awesome Saturday against Missouri's flaky secondary. (Source: UGA Athletics) Here is Aaron Murray being awesome. He will have a chance to be really awesome Saturday against Missouri's flaky secondary. (Source: UGA Athletics)
AJ McCarron and Alabama should make quick work of Kentucky in an SEC Mismatch. (Source: Alabama Media Relations) AJ McCarron and Alabama should make quick work of Kentucky in an SEC Mismatch. (Source: Alabama Media Relations)
  • Texas A&MMore>>

  • Hot Reads: 'Dogs open eyes and SEC East race

    Hot Reads: 'Dogs open eyes and SEC East race

    Thursday, September 11 2014 8:00 AM EDT2014-09-11 12:00:27 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • What We Learned from the SEC in Week 2

    What We Learned from the SEC in Week 2

    Sunday, September 7 2014 12:54 PM EDT2014-09-07 16:54:17 GMT

    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.

    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.

  • Hot Reads: Up is down, down is up in SEC this week

    Hot Reads: Up is down, down is up in SEC this week

    Thursday, September 4 2014 8:00 AM EDT2014-09-04 12:00:24 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • South CarolinaMore>>

  • Robinson earns SEC honor for efforts in Gamecocks' win over UGA

    Robinson earns SEC honor for efforts in Gamecocks' win over UGA

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:11 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:11:46 GMT
    Offensive tackle Corey Robinson was named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week following South Carolina's 38-35 win over Georgia. The 6-8, 344-pound seniors out of Havelock, N.C., helped the Gamecocks
    Corey Robinson has been named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week.
  • ESPN to televise South Carolina vs. Missouri

    ESPN to televise South Carolina vs. Missouri

    Monday, September 15 2014 11:32 AM EDT2014-09-15 15:32:16 GMT
    The University of South Carolina football game against Missouri on September 27th will be televised on ESPN. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.The university's athletics department announced the broadcast and game time
    The University of South Carolina football game against Missouri on September 27th will be televised on ESPN. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
  • South Carolina jumps to No. 14 in AP poll

    South Carolina jumps to No. 14 in AP poll

    Sunday, September 14 2014 2:12 PM EDT2014-09-14 18:12:17 GMT
    South Carolina's win over Georgia vaulted the Gamecocks 10 spots to No. 14 in The Associated Press college football poll, giving the Southeastern Conference an unprecedented seven teams in the top 15. The
    South Carolina's win over Georgia vaulted the Gamecocks 10 spots to No. 14 in The Associated Press college football poll, giving the Southeastern Conference an unprecedented seven teams in the top 15. 

(RNN) - The ramifications become more intense as we move into Week 7 in the SEC.Hard to figure LSU is a 7-point favorite against Florida, which just keeps getting better.

Alabama is looking increasingly dominant, and Johnny Manziel is steadily scoring more points than his dreadful defense gives up.

This week, we're quoting The Dark Knight at the end of game summaries, because if we make predictions we have to read emails from rancorous blowhards.

Missouri at Georgia

Noon, ET, ESPN

Remember back when September had just come to an end and everybody at Georgia was heaving a big sigh of relief, going, "Whew! Facing three top-10 teams in four weeks is at last behind us. Now all we have to do is pound some easy teams, slide by Florida, figure out how to knock off Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, then swing by Pasadena and pick up our trophy."

Well, that was then. There are two undefeated teams in the SEC, and Missouri is the other one. The Tigers, having fattened up on lesser lights, Indiana and Vandy, storm into Athens with James Franklin the player acting all Johnny Footballish. Last week, Franklin met the Vanderbilt team coached by his identically named nemesis and threw four touchdowns. Georgia took heavy casualties in a wild, 34-31 OT scrape with Tennessee last week in Knoxville, and has five or six starters out, depending on who you ask. Missouri's rolling into town looking to earn its  SEC tattoo, and Georgia, in a most Georgia-like fashion, is battling for its life.

We get to see if the great Aaron Murray can still run and throw with 21 Bulldogs on his back. Fire up the blender, Maude, this one's going to be a goodie.

The Joker: [laughing, after Rachel knees him] A little fight in you. I like that.

Batman: [appears out of nowhere and attacks the Joker] Then you're gonna love me.

South Carolina at Arkansas

12:21 ET, SEC TV

Here's a similar-themed contest to the one above. South Carolina is a team struggling with injuries, buckling under high expectations, and now it rides into Fayetteville to confront a gang of wounded Hogs searching for identity in a cruel universe. Steve Spurrier did everything but call winged warrior Jadeveon Clowney a sissy last week after the Gamecocks got by egregious Kentucky 35-28 while the star defensive end spent the afternoon riding a stationary bike and drinking water on the sidelines.

Spurrier might have been deflecting criticism from himself, or maybe he really is ticked off at the big man. But you can write this down in the book of all truth: if a Clowney-free USC defense plays like it did against UK last week, those big, old Arkansas boys will run wicked and raise havoc. Visor tossing is a very real possibility this afternoon.

Alfred Pennyworth: Some men just want to watch the world burn.

Florida at LSU

3:30 p.m. ET, CBS

Here's Florida's chance to confirm Les Miles' contention that the world isn't fair. The LSU coach has complained to anyone who'll listen that his "traditional rival" from the East is Florida, which has been really good for the past decade or two. Miles points out that West power Alabama's traditional East rival is Tennessee, which has been spun downward by the wheel of fortune, because that's what happens when you hire Lane Kiffin.

Florida's got the best defense in the league, even with major players out with injuries. Florida is undefeated in the SEC and despite a stupid loss to Miami in the opener, is very much a player in the big scheme of things. LSU lost to Georgia, so another one here would turn the season into a noble quest to screw up Alabama on Nov. 9 and maybe get another trip to the Chick-Fil-A Bowl to inherit the wrath of whoever loses the Clemson-Florida State game.

Zach Mettenberger has been valiant this year and is beginning to get much deserved national recognition. He had a wretched game in last year's 14-6 loss to Florida.

Rachel: Can you avenge evil without becoming it?

Alabama at Kentucky

7 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Alabama continues a march through its appallingly weak schedule, which begs the question, why is this game on TV? Maybe there's a quota or something, and Kentucky has to be on ESPN2 at least once, and being ravaged by Alabama is the best chance for somebody to watch, at least for a while? Or it could be Nick Saban's charm and broad appeal.

Lt. James Gordon: He's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight.

Texas A&M at Ole Miss

8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Johnny Manziel is back in primetime, pitting his exhilarating skills against rapidly fading Ole Miss, which evinced further proof that Texas is awful two weeks ago when it got stomped by Alabama.

Last week, the Usurpatious Ursines of a Dusky Hue then lost to Auburn in a grim exhibition of horrid football. You'll recall Bo chided Alabama by claiming that Ole Miss had better wide receivers than Texas A&M. Those lads will now present themselves, live and in person, there in his home stadium for him to observe closely.

Johnny Football has been as good as his word that he'd be all business once the whistle blew. He has not been embroiled in any scandalous activities recently, just running away from flailing defenders and throwing for 400 or 500 yards a game.

The Joker: If you're good at something, never do it for free.

The other ones: Western Carolina picks up a six-figure check for losing to Auburn, and Bowling Green, which is 5-1 (!), visits Mississippi State.

The Joker: Why so serious?

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  • Southeastern ConferenceMore>>

  • What We Learned from the SEC in Week 3

    What We Learned from the SEC in Week 3

    Sunday, September 14 2014 1:47 PM EDT2014-09-14 17:47:12 GMT

    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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