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Here is Todd Gurley running off and leaving Clemson last year. He's all better after a knee injury, so expect him to do this a lot Saturday. (Source: Chris Collins/UGA Athletics) Here is Todd Gurley running off and leaving Clemson last year. He's all better after a knee injury, so expect him to do this a lot Saturday. (Source: Chris Collins/UGA Athletics)
  • AlabamaMore>>

  • Former 5-star QB Barnett transfers to USF after 'Bama, ASU

    Former 5-star QB Barnett transfers to USF after 'Bama, ASU

    Friday, May 18 2018 2:11 PM EDT2018-05-18 18:11:51 GMT
    Blake Barnett (Source: University of Alabama Athletics)Blake Barnett (Source: University of Alabama Athletics)

    Former Alabama and Arizona State quarterback Blake Barnett, once a five-star recruit, has transferred to South Florida, where he'll be immediately eligible to play with two seasons remaining.

    Former Alabama and Arizona State quarterback Blake Barnett, once a five-star recruit, has transferred to South Florida, where he'll be immediately eligible to play with two seasons remaining.

  • Alabama, Texas announce home-and-home series

    Alabama, Texas announce home-and-home series

    Wednesday, May 16 2018 4:40 PM EDT2018-05-16 20:40:24 GMT
    Source: WBRC graphicsSource: WBRC graphics

    The University of Alabama and The University of Texas have announced a home-and-home series between the Crimson Tide and Longhorns. The Tide will travel to Austin in 2022 and the Longhorns will come to Tuscaloosa in 2023.

    The University of Alabama and The University of Texas have announced a home-and-home series between the Crimson Tide and Longhorns. The Tide will travel to Austin in 2022 and the Longhorns will come to Tuscaloosa in 2023.

  • Alabama-Louisville to kickoff ABC's Saturday Night Football

    Alabama-Louisville to kickoff ABC's Saturday Night Football

    Wednesday, May 16 2018 12:19 PM EDT2018-05-16 16:19:13 GMT

    National champion Alabama will face Louisville in ABC's first Saturday Night Football game, and Miami plays LSU on Sunday night of the season-opening weekend.

    National champion Alabama will face Louisville in ABC's first Saturday Night Football game, and Miami plays LSU on Sunday night of the season-opening weekend.

  • 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
    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. 
  • National SportsMore>>

  • WORLD CUP: Dads Ronaldo and Messi still seek World Cup title

    WORLD CUP: Dads Ronaldo and Messi still seek World Cup title

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 7:42 AM EDT2018-05-22 11:42:54 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 1:46 PM EDT2018-05-22 17:46:09 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File). FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 file photo, Portuguese soccer player Christiano Ronaldo, second from right, and son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., right, sit beside Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi, left, and wife An...(AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File). FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 file photo, Portuguese soccer player Christiano Ronaldo, second from right, and son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., right, sit beside Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi, left, and wife An...
    Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi go into their fourth World Cup as changed men each seeking to win the game's most coveted prize for the first time.
    Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi go into their fourth World Cup as changed men each seeking to win the game's most coveted prize for the first time.
  • Yates maintains Giro lead, Dennis wins 16th stage time trial

    Yates maintains Giro lead, Dennis wins 16th stage time trial

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 11:43 AM EDT2018-05-22 15:43:05 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 1:46 PM EDT2018-05-22 17:46:02 GMT
    Simon Yates is still in control of the Giro d'Italia after the British rider limited his losses to closest rival Tom Dumoulin in the individual time trial.
    Simon Yates is still in control of the Giro d'Italia after the British rider limited his losses to closest rival Tom Dumoulin in the individual time trial.
  • In Salah's Nile delta village, the Egyptian is a super hero

    In Salah's Nile delta village, the Egyptian is a super hero

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 11:33 AM EDT2018-05-22 15:33:04 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 1:45 PM EDT2018-05-22 17:45:56 GMT
    (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty). In this May 2, 2018 photo, boys play football at the sports and youth center in Mohamed Salah's hometown Nile delta village of Nagrig, Egypt. Residents boast of how the Liverpool winger has poured millions of pounds into th...(AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty). In this May 2, 2018 photo, boys play football at the sports and youth center in Mohamed Salah's hometown Nile delta village of Nagrig, Egypt. Residents boast of how the Liverpool winger has poured millions of pounds into th...
    In Salah's village deep in Egypt's Nile Delta, the Liverpool winger is a superhero and a role model.
    In Salah's village deep in Egypt's Nile Delta, the Liverpool winger is a superhero and a role model.
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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.

(RNN) - The first week of coma-inducing all-day football on TV at last arrives with the promise of breaking the long string of Saturdays where we had time to cut grass, participate in hobbies and productive pursuits and socially interact with other humans.

Thank goodness that foolishness is over at last.

SATURDAY:

No. 2 Alabama vs. West Virginia

2 p.m. ET

ABC

Alabama is the favorite to win the SEC, but, well...

The quarterback situation is sketchy. The beaten-out-by-Jameis-Winston Florida State transfer Jacob Coker has not taken the starting job from fifth-year senior Blake Sims, who was so bad in the spring game everybody thought he was injured, but he wasn't. The offensive line is a little wonky, as it remained throughout last season.

Alabama lost seven starters off last year's defense, but none were cornerbacks, who suffered several noteworthy collapses last season – most memorably a 39-yard Auburn scoring pass with 32 seconds left in the 2013 Iron Bowl, setting up the most spectacular disaster in the Crimson Tide collective memory. A couple of freshmen sensations have not managed to displace the returnees.

None of this matters right now. West Virginia won four games last year and nothing much has happened to incite increased expectations. They have their own cornerback issues – starter Ishmael Banks has been suspended for three games because of some sort of academic malfeasance. This will create the opportunity for Amari Cooper to catch 1 billion passes for infinity yards, provided Coker and Sims can get it to him.

Mountaineer QB Clint Trickett is another Jameis Winston casualty. He played two years at Florida State, where his dad, Rick, is an assistant coach. Winston showed up in Tallahassee and Clint Trickett headed for the hills. He started seven games last year and did OK before he got hurt.

Earlier this week, the humorous Clint Trickett admitted that he kissed Nick Saban's daughter when they were both 6 years old and his dad was on Saban's staff at LSU. Earlier this summer he became Deadspin-famous when he tweeted a sexist thing about watching football with women, referring to the entire gender by a pejorative that rhymes with "nose."

After a bombardment of a thousand tweets of outrage, he apologized through the West Virginia sports information office and @ClintTrickett9 went dark.

Those who wanted to see him suffer for his indiscretion might want to tune in early.

Arkansas at No. 6 Auburn

4 p.m. ET

ESPN

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema is a confident guy. When you don't have an offense, a defense or a kicking game, what's left but self-confidence?

He talks a good game, but his Arkansas team has yet to put one together. Things aren't looking so good on paper this year, either.

The history is cruel and undeniable:

Last season, the Hogs lost all eight SEC games in a row; they have been clobbered in season-opening SEC games the past three years by an accumulative score of 141-57.

Bielema has said his second Arkansas team has a chip on its shoulder and exhibits great exuberance and esprit de corps. So did the Texans at the Alamo.

Auburn has a lot of talent back off last year's No. 2 team, but we'll need to see what the deal is with the running game after losing Tre Mason, the most underrated back in the nation last year. I'm not sold on that kid with the double-barrel name and the transfer from Alabama.

The OL needs some re-tooling, as well. Oh, and Jeremy Johnson is going to start at quarterback because Nick Marshall got popped with a sack of weed in his car last month. Johnson wasn't much good against Texas A&M when Marshall was hurt, but mopping up against the lesser lights, he did fine. Expect to see Marshall at the first sign of trouble.

Auburn's early uncertainty probably won't make a lot of difference because Arkansas' defense was just dreadful last year, allowing 413 yards and 31 points per game. This program is at least two recruiting seasons away from being able to tackle me and my bowling team consistently.

Auburn's defense was no prize last year, but was just good enough 12 out of 14 times last year. It should be more than good enough against Arkansas, whose quarterback's pickup truck got burned down earlier this week by a suspected arsonist. That's not a good omen, if you believe in omens.

If you were the kind of kid who liked to catch a praying mantis, put it in a Mason jar and feed beetles to it, this is the game for you.

No. 16 Clemson at No. 12 Georgia

5:30 p.m. ET

ESPN

Both teams have new quarterbacks after an era of great stability. Georgia's Hutson Mason took over when Aaron Murray went down last year, and the people in the know say he's going to be the new It Guy in the SEC.

The people in the know are usually wrong, but there's a time for everything: he displayed excellent accuracy last year, and he's got two amazing running backs to help out.

Georgia has a new defensive coordinator, a fellow called Jeremy Pruitt, who keeps in shape by toting around the giant national championship ring he won being the defensive boss for Florida State last year. It's hard to imagine any scenario in which the UGA defense does not improve, since it was astonishingly awful last year.

Pruitt and his defender Dogs will attempt to rattle Clemson's senior starter Cole Stadt, who hurt his leg after flinging a scoring pass in a scrimmage last week. The Clemson propaganda machine insists he'll be full go.

If not, there's freshman Deshaun Watson, who's highly touted. Highly touted freshmen have a tendency to break into the lineup promptly when fifth-year seniors who finally get their chance don't light it up.

Clemson has a flock of highly touted freshman wide receivers – Artavis Scott, Kyrin Priester and Demarre Kitt – who will get thrown to early and often.

It looks like Clemson is a year or two away, and Georgia is a 9.5-point favorite. Don't touch it with a 10,000-foot pole.

No. 13 LSU vs. Wisconsin

9 p.m. ET

ESPN

LSU lost all its offensive studs and Wisconsin lost all its defensive studs. Both teams are in rebuild mode, and might be bad dogs in a year or two. Or maybe this year. Kids grow up fast these days.

LSU's got a whole bunch of highly touted freshmen. There's that running back Leonard Fournette and that wide receiver Malachi Dupre and that freshman QB Brandon Harris, who will probably play sooner or later.

LSU's defense is also very young because most of the guys who often failed to tackle very well last year are gone.

Wisconsin's Gary Andersen took over last year when Bret Bielema went to Arkansas. Offensively, they do pretty much the same thing, which is pack in tight, block real well and run a big back right at you, gain 3 or 4 yards, repeat.

Andersen has signed more speed, and last year they did more sprint out and option stuff than Bielema did, but they're still not SEC fast. They have more experience on offense than LSU does on defense. After this, their Badger schedule is cake, so if they win, they may be a shoo-in for the playoff.

LSU is faster, Wisconsin is bigger. So it'll be one of those.

The other ones: UT-Martin visits Kentucky, which is just sad. The Missouri-South Dakota State game is on TV, believe it or not. It's ESPNU, which technically counts as TV. Southern Miss at Mississippi State, a standing-room only crowd at Davis Wade Stadium wants to see if the Bulldogs can score 1,000. Idaho comes to Florida; Utah State visits Tennessee and that's that.

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  • SEC FootballSEC CoverageMore>>

  • LSU football legend Billy Cannon passes away; visitation and funeral arrangements set

    LSU football legend Billy Cannon passes away; visitation and funeral arrangements set

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 4:58 AM EDT2018-05-22 08:58:25 GMT
    Billy Cannon at the LSU Spring Game on April 21, 2018 (Source: WAFB)Billy Cannon at the LSU Spring Game on April 21, 2018 (Source: WAFB)

    LSU football legend Billy Cannon died Sunday morning. He was 80 years old.

    LSU football legend Billy Cannon died Sunday morning. He was 80 years old.

  • Ohio State QB Joe Burrow announces transfer to LSU

    Ohio State QB Joe Burrow announces transfer to LSU

    Friday, May 18 2018 5:19 PM EDT2018-05-18 21:19:01 GMT
    Ohio State QB Joe Burrow (10) calls out signals during a game against Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Sept. 30, 2017 (Source: Hunter Martin/Getty Images)Ohio State QB Joe Burrow (10) calls out signals during a game against Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Sept. 30, 2017 (Source: Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

    Ed Orgeron has his quarterback. LSU will add Ohio State transfer Joe Burrow to the roster as a graduate transfer according to a report.

    Ed Orgeron has his quarterback. LSU will add Ohio State transfer Joe Burrow to the roster as a graduate transfer according to a report.

  • Hundreds pack Birmingham temple to celebrate Mike Slive's life

    Hundreds pack Birmingham temple to celebrate Mike Slive's life

    Friday, May 18 2018 4:26 PM EDT2018-05-18 20:26:59 GMT
    (Source: WBRC Video)(Source: WBRC Video)
    (Source: WBRC Video)(Source: WBRC Video)

    The overwhelming message on Friday morning? Former SEC commissioner Mike Slive was tough man who just so happened to be one of the nicest people you’d ever meet.

    The overwhelming message on Friday morning? Former SEC commissioner Mike Slive was tough man who just so happened to be one of the nicest people you’d ever meet.

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