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Ha Ha Clinton-Dix returned from suspension against Arkansas and intercepted this pass, which he returned for a far piece. (Source: University of Alabama Media Relations) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix returned from suspension against Arkansas and intercepted this pass, which he returned for a far piece. (Source: University of Alabama Media Relations)
Austyn Carta-Samuels helped Vanderbilt beat Georgia, but he got beat up pretty bad and is hurt this week. (Source: Georgia Athletics) Austyn Carta-Samuels helped Vanderbilt beat Georgia, but he got beat up pretty bad and is hurt this week. (Source: Georgia Athletics)
  • 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 6:36 PM EST2018-02-21 23:36:59 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.

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  • 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
    Tuesday, August 11 2015 10:06 PM EDT2015-08-12 02:06:19 GMT
    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. 
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  • 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.

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  • South Carolina rains 3s in 66-57 win over Georgia

    South Carolina rains 3s in 66-57 win over Georgia

    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:07 AM EST2018-02-22 06:07:57 GMT
    South Carolina's Wesley Myers blocks a shot by Georgia's Tyree Crump during first-half action in Columbia, S.C. on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)South Carolina's Wesley Myers blocks a shot by Georgia's Tyree Crump during first-half action in Columbia, S.C. on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

    Wesley Myers scored 15 points and made five of South Carolina's 13 3-pointers as the Gamecocks beat Georgia 66-57 on Wednesday night.

    Wesley Myers scored 15 points and made five of South Carolina's 13 3-pointers as the Gamecocks beat Georgia 66-57 on Wednesday night.

  • 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. 

Last week was a gore fest. What promised to be an average day of SEC ball turned into an orgy of delight in the misery of others.

Georgia, South Carolina, LSU, Texas A&M and Florida started the day favored and excited about the future, but their dreams turned to ashes before the bars closed.

It was like watching five different volcanoes erupt and destroy five different villages: grass huts bursting into flame, screaming villagers fleeing scalding ash and lava, livestock hurling themselves into lakes.

It was great.

So now it's Week 9, and nobody's happy except Alabama, Auburn and Missouri. How much longer will that last? 

More weird things are on the horizon. Coach Potato can feel it. Halloween is just around the corner.

That's why this week, instead of predicting outcomes so that college message board trolls can launch profane tirades at us from the other side of the computer screen, we'll conclude each game summary with quotes from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Frank: So come up to the lab and see what's on the slab. I see you shiver with antici …… pation.

Vanderbilt at Texas A&M

12:21 a.m. ET, SEC TV

Both teams have QB issues. Vandy's Austyn Carta-Samuels is questionable and Johnny Football fell on his shoulder short of the Auburn goal in the fourth quarter, got up gimpy, then staggered back into play a few series later and was not himself. Auburn took advantage to mount a dramatic comeback against the worst defense in Christendom to all but eliminate the Aggs from the BCS picture.

Vandy is stoked after beating a dispirited, beat-up Georgia bunch last week. Even last year's golden 9-4 season didn't include a win over Georgia or a ranked opponent. Now this one does.

Vandy and A&M, two wounded teams, tearing each other to shreds: what a great way to start the morning.

Riff Raff: It's astounding. Time is fleeting. Madness takes its toll.

Tennessee at Alabama

3: 30 p.m. ET, CBS

First-year coach Butch Jones probably doesn't really know how much his fans hate Alabama and how much Alabama fans hate his team, everything that has to do with his team and by association, him.

He will, very soon.

Alabama lost safety Vinnie Sunseri to a snapped ACL. Sunseri was an overachieving, Charlie Hustle guy that even people who hated Alabama liked.

If you are one of those people, feel free to hate with impunity.

Because after a slow start, Alabama is keeping it street and looking like the all-destroying death machine hated by all.

Defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is back after a brief suspension for borrowing a few hundred bucks from his assistant strength coach. T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake are providing a crushing run game behind a steadily improving offensive line. A.J. McCarron is picking defenses apart with his typical, boring efficiency.

In contrast to the bitter cloud that has descended over most of the league, Tennessee's fans are fairly giddy after last week's win over schizophrenic South Carolina. But they're bummed when they realize they'd be the beast of the East if they'd only beaten Georgia, which was happening until that incredible, overtime fumble on the goal line.

So, is Tennessee any good or what? Could these be the guys to finally knock off Alabama and make the world rise in a chorus of celebration?

Chorus: But it's the pelvic thrust/ That really drives you insane./Let's do the time warp again.

South Carolina at Missouri

7 p.m. ET, ESPN2

South Carolina, what's the deal, guys? Couch Potato extolled you as the national title dark horse, and look what you have done to my credibility. Thanks a lot.

What was wrong with Steve Spurrier last week? When he called back-to-back time outs and then punted anyway, he had the same look on his face as my dog when I pretend to throw the stick, and she runs after it and then realizes it's still in my hand.

"What? What? Where's the stick? Where's the stick! Ahhhhhh! I can't find the stupid stick! Wait, what? You've got the stick? How can you still have the stick? You threw it! I saw you throw it! barkbarkbarkbarkbarkbarkbarkbark!"

Connor Shaw is hurt, and guess what else?

In this actual universe and not one imagined by H.P. Lovecraft, Missouri is the golden team of the SEC East, despite being located halfway to California and two hours closer to Minneapolis than Atlanta.

And they're led by this guy, redshirt freshman replacement QB Maty Mauk, who allowed himself to be forever typecast with this NSFW collection of ill-considered photos.

Couch Potato doesn't want to watch this game. But he will. A victim to the same compulsion that made him tap the brakes and gawk in bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 north of West Palm Beach that time when the pickup truck loaded to the axles with stolen outboard motors overturned in the median and random people were screeching to a halt, grabbing them and muscling them into the beds of Rancheros and the backseats of Chrysler convertibles then speeding off.

It was just too weird and awful not to look at.

The Criminologist: And crawling on the planet's face, some insects called the human race. Lost in time, and lost in space... and meaning.

The others: Furman at LSU, which is in need of a sacrifice to the football gods to atone for last week's hideous loss; Florida Atlantic at national championship contender Auburn; Idaho at Ole Miss, which is in need of a sacrifice to the football gods in thanks for last week's unlikely win.

Magenta: You're lucky, he's lucky, I'm lucky, we're all lucky! Ha ha ha...

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