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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)
  • AlabamaMore>>

  • Saban wraps up WVU game, previews FAU

    Saban wraps up WVU game, previews FAU

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:59 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:59:01 GMT
    The focus for the second ranked Alabama Crimson Tide heading into their game against Florida-Atlantic is strictly on improving as individual players and as a team as a whole.

    The focus for the second ranked Alabama Crimson Tide heading into their game against Florida-Atlantic is strictly on improving as individual players and as a team as a whole.

  • Karle's Korner: The Crimson Tide's odd couple may just have the last laugh!

    Karle's Korner: The Crimson Tide's odd couple may just have the last laugh!

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:09:29 GMT
    Perhaps it was the fact that Alabama's new offensive coordinator was coaching from the sideline. Perhaps it was that screen grab with less than two minutes remaining in the first quarter that went viral.
    Perhaps it was the fact that Alabama's new offensive coordinator was coaching from the sideline. Perhaps it was that screen grab with less than two minutes remaining in the first quarter that went viral.
  • What We Learned from the SEC in Week 1

    What We Learned from the SEC in Week 1

    Sunday, August 31 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-08-31 17:51:41 GMT

    For a while, it looked like the college football world was going to be upended in the first week of play, but it all worked out according to plan in the end.

    For a while, it looked like the college football world was going to be upended in the first week of play, but it all worked out according to plan in the end.

  • Hot ReadsMore>>

  • Hot Reads: Preseason nominees for the 2014 Chinstrap Awards

    Hot Reads: Preseason nominees for the 2014 Chinstrap Awards

    Thursday, August 28 2014 7:00 AM EDT2014-08-28 11:00:25 GMT
    Don't worry. We'll be a lot nicer to the players in the SEC than the Emmy voters were to Netflix. We kind of have to - it's highly unlikely an actor could power clean the equivalent of a human being.
    Don't worry. We'll be a lot nicer to the players in the SEC than the Emmy voters were to Netflix. We kind of have to - it's highly unlikely an actor could power clean the equivalent of a human being.
  • Hot Reads: Ranking the defenses in the SEC

    Hot Reads: Ranking the defenses in the SEC

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 12:55 PM EDT2014-07-16 16:55:17 GMT

    With offenses becoming increasingly explosive, plugging the holes is more imperative than ever. It's no surprise Alabama and Florida top the list, but the rest of the rankings may surprise you.

    With offenses becoming increasingly explosive, plugging the holes is more imperative than ever. It's no surprise Alabama and Florida top the list, but the rest of the rankings may surprise you.

  • SEC Media Days dazes media, fans

    SEC Media Days dazes media, fans

    Monday, July 14 2014 1:30 PM EDT2014-07-14 17:30:02 GMT
    The long, dark night that has persisted since the end of football season is almost over. SEC Media Days, that glimmer of hope before life begins again anew, kicks off this week in Hoover, AL. 
    The long, dark night that has persisted since the end of football season is almost over. SEC Media Days, that glimmer of hope before life begins again anew, kicks off this week in Hoover, AL. 
  • South CarolinaMore>>

  • No. 9 South Carolina, No. 16 Clemson lose openers

    No. 9 South Carolina, No. 16 Clemson lose openers

    Sunday, August 31 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-08-31 22:27:33 GMT
    Dylan Thompson (Source: TheBigSpur.com) Dylan Thompson (Source: TheBigSpur.com)
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Maybe it's not too early for some Palmetto panic after No. 9 South Carolina and No. 16 Clemson both were blown out on opening weekend. It's the first time in 15 years the Palmetto
     Maybe it's not too early for some Palmetto panic after No. 9 South Carolina and No. 16 Clemson both were blown out on opening weekend. 
  • USC's Mike Davis doubtful for ECU

    USC's Mike Davis doubtful for ECU

    Sunday, August 31 2014 3:14 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:14:00 GMT
    Mike Davis Mike Davis
    COLUMBIA, SC (TheBigSpur.com) - South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier said during his Sunday teleconference that running back Mike Davis is doubtful for Saturday night's game against East Carolina. Davis
    COLUMBIA, SC (TheBigSpur.com) - South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier said during his Sunday teleconference that running back Mike Davis is doubtful for Saturday night's game against East Carolina. Davis
  • What We Learned from the SEC in Week 1

    What We Learned from the SEC in Week 1

    Sunday, August 31 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-08-31 17:51:41 GMT

    For a while, it looked like the college football world was going to be upended in the first week of play, but it all worked out according to plan in the end.

    For a while, it looked like the college football world was going to be upended in the first week of play, but it all worked out according to plan in the end.

  • GeorgiaMore>>

  • What We Learned from the SEC in Week 1

    What We Learned from the SEC in Week 1

    Sunday, August 31 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-08-31 17:51:41 GMT

    For a while, it looked like the college football world was going to be upended in the first week of play, but it all worked out according to plan in the end.

    For a while, it looked like the college football world was going to be upended in the first week of play, but it all worked out according to plan in the end.

  • Champ Bailey, Michael Sam among NFL cuts

    Champ Bailey, Michael Sam among NFL cuts

    Saturday, August 30 2014 7:50 PM EDT2014-08-30 23:50:40 GMT
    By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer For the first time in his career, Champ Bailey was told he isn't good enough.
    By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer For the first time in his career, Champ Bailey was told he isn't good enough.
  • Hot Reads: Preseason nominees for the 2014 Chinstrap Awards

    Hot Reads: Preseason nominees for the 2014 Chinstrap Awards

    Thursday, August 28 2014 7:00 AM EDT2014-08-28 11:00:25 GMT
    Don't worry. We'll be a lot nicer to the players in the SEC than the Emmy voters were to Netflix. We kind of have to - it's highly unlikely an actor could power clean the equivalent of a human being.
    Don't worry. We'll be a lot nicer to the players in the SEC than the Emmy voters were to Netflix. We kind of have to - it's highly unlikely an actor could power clean the equivalent of a human being.

(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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  • Southeastern ConferenceMore>>

  • What We Learned from the SEC in Week 1

    What We Learned from the SEC in Week 1

    Sunday, August 31 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-08-31 17:51:41 GMT

    For a while, it looked like the college football world was going to be upended in the first week of play, but it all worked out according to plan in the end.

    For a while, it looked like the college football world was going to be upended in the first week of play, but it all worked out according to plan in the end.

  • Marshall, Johnson, No. 6 Auburn top Arkansas 45-21

    Marshall, Johnson, No. 6 Auburn top Arkansas 45-21

    Saturday, August 30 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-08-31 02:30:45 GMT
    Jeremy Johnson passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns in the first half and Nick Marshall returned from suspension with a 19-yard scoring run to lift No. 6 Auburn to a 45-21 opening victory over Arkansas on Saturday.
    The Auburn offense didn't slow down a bit, even with Nick Marshall a spectator for half the game.
  • Sims starts, No. 2 Alabama beats WVU, 33-23

    Sims starts, No. 2 Alabama beats WVU, 33-23

    Saturday, August 30 2014 9:40 PM EDT2014-08-31 01:40:52 GMT
    Blake Sims was good enough to finish his first start at quarterback for Alabama, getting plenty of help from Amari Cooper, T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry, and the second-ranked Crimson Tide held off West Virginia...
    Blake Sims took a seat on the bench next to Jake Coker after leading Alabama to a score and the two chatted for a few minutes before it was time for the offense to go back on the field.
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