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What are Tennessee and Lil Jon up to?

Despite a tough schedule, Tennessee is an improved football team -- and no category exemplifies that more than the Vols' third-down defense. A year after finishing 92nd nationally in that statistic, UT currently sits atop the entire country by allowing teams to convert just 11 of 53 third-down attempts (20.8 percent). What accounts for this vast improvement? An infusion of talent? A scheme...

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Miss. State's Preston Smith playing with purpose

Something clicked. Preston Smith got the call around 2 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. His daughter, Lauren Marie Smith, had been born in Atlanta. On his cell phone during those early morning hours, he stared at a picture of his little girl. And in that moment, everything changed. Smith, who had flashed talent but never really put it all together in his three seasons at Mississippi State, knew he...

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Kenny Hill maintains poise through adversity

ARLINGTON, Texas -- After he dazzled onlookers and broke records in his starting debut at South Carolina, there wasn’t much more you could ask for from Texas A&M sophomore quarterback Kenny Hill. He stepped into a tough situation and passed his first test with flying colors. There was one thing, though, that Texas A&M offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital...

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Will Muschamp binds fate to Jeff Driskel

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It’s Year Four of Will Muschamp at Florida. It’s Year Four of Jeff Driskel, too. As losses and criticism have mounted it’s looking like the coach and his quarterback are tied to each other and will sink or swim together. “We’ll continue to move forward this season and he'll make the Gator Nation proud he's their quarterback,” Muschamp...

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History on schedule for Mississippi

STARKVILLE and OXFORD, Miss. -- On the week Mississippi will take its rightful place as the epicenter of the college football world, the Magnolia State is beaming with pigskin pride. And why not? There are two games, featuring four of the nation's top 12 teams, being played on Mississippi soil. No. 6 Texas A&M travels to No. 12 Mississippi State, and No. 3 Alabama visits No. 11 Ole Miss as...

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Robinson finds stardom with Bulldogs

Josh Robinson strutted into Death Valley with a purpose last week. Mississippi State's redshirt junior running back wanted to prove he belonged. The Louisiana native, who didn't garner much attention from LSU in high school, stood under the bright lights of Tiger Stadium wearing the wrong colors but possessing the right attitude. A life that has hurled unique challenges his way presented him...

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SEC Heisman watch: Week 5

Well, Todd Gurley isn't exactly slowing down these days. The Georgia running back just keeps chugging along, leaving defenders shamed along the way. On Saturday, Gurley ran for a career-high 208 yards, had two touchdowns and averaged 7.4 yards per carry against Tennessee. Not bad. No wonder he now has 16 career 100-yard rushing games. On the season, Gurley has 610 rushing yards and six...

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Why Ole Miss can upset Alabama

Ole Miss could be embarking on one of the most successful seasons in the program’s history. The Rebels are 4-0 for the first time since 1970 and have a top-10 ranking in the Associated Press poll for only the second time in the past 44 years. To top it off, ESPN’s "College GameDay" crew is headed to the Grove for the first time in the pregame show’s history, as the Rebels host...

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Auburn, LSU swap roles from 2013 game

AUBURN, Ala. -- Every championship team faces adversity at one point or another. For last year’s Auburn team, it came in the form of a September road trip to Death Valley. The Tigers began the season 3-0, snapping their SEC skid against Mississippi State along the way. But in the first half at LSU, Auburn simply looked outmatched. It was pouring rain; the offense couldn’t move the...

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