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John Zenor

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Ex-teammates Pinkel, Saban meet for SEC title

Four decades ago, Gary Pinkel and Nick Saban captured a conference championship with Kent State.

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No. 4 Alabama holds off No. 1 Bulldogs 25-20

Alabama’s lead had dwindled into dangerous territory against the nation’s top-ranked team. Suddenly, Blake Sims and the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide’s offense roared to life with a downfield march full of clutch plays.

SEC teams not done beating each other up

All the hand-wringing over the SEC’s near-monopoly of the top 5 might well prove a moot point.

E.J. Manuel leads South to Senior Bowl win, 21-16

Florida State's E.J. Manuel passed for a touchdown and rushed for another on the South's first two drives in a 21-16 victory over the North in the Senior Bowl on Saturday.

Valdosta State rolls to D-II title

Winston-Salem State coach Connell Maynor watched his unbeaten team give up a touchdown on the opening kickoff but didn't get worried.

No. 3 Georgia, No. 2 Alabama backfields come in twos

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- That running back duo in the Southeastern Conference championship game has been punishingly effective all season.. Pick a team -- No. 3 Georgia or No. 2 Alabama -- the description fits.. Bulldogs freshmen Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall roll into Saturday's game with 1,858 combined yards and

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No. 5 Georgia guns for SEC East title

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn remembers being where No. 5 Georgia stands: a win away from the SEC championship game with a national title still within grasp.. It was only two years ago, after all. Before the Bulldogs' impressive rise and the Tigers' dramatic fall.. Georgia (8-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) can

UGA faces two former defensive coordinators

AUBURN, Ala. -- Brian VanGorder got his start in major college football running Georgia's defense. Willie Martinez used to hold that job, too.. Now, the two former defensive coordinators for the fifth-ranked Bulldogs will be on the opposing side Saturday night trying to help Auburn figure out how to

Shootouts trump shutouts in SEC's early weeks

The defensive-minded Southeastern Conference is generating headlines more for shootouts than shutouts.. The league that has won six straight national titles largely on the backs of powerful defenses had two teams combine for 1,000 yards Saturday afternoon. Then it happened again.. Texas A&M racked up 716 yards and

SEC remains loaded with fierce pass rushers

The Southeastern Conference appears poised to maintain its reputation as the Sack Exchange Club.

Georgia has 'unfinished business'

HOOVER, Ala. -- The Georgia Bulldogs want to put the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division back atop the league.. They see no reason why it can't happen this season, especially after a big group opted to return for their senior seasons instead of heading to the NFL.. "We're still hungry,"

Alabama's prominent golf trail celebrates 20 years

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Signs and billboards across Alabama point to sites on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, a near-ubiquitous complex of scenic courses that has helped make the state known for something besides college football and civil rights battles.. There's pretty good golf here, too. The 11-site

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Alabama's mantra: Don't 'settle' for 10 wins again

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama's expectations have gotten so routinely lofty that "Remember 2010" has become something of a rallying cry this spring.. Ten wins, three losses? How depressing for a program that seems to be entering every season lately with national championship expectations -- not just aspirations -- among players

Alabama AD Moore chasing national title No. 9

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- New coach Paul "Bear" Bryant gave Mal Moore and the rest of his first freshman class a welcome-to-Alabama moment with a bold proclamation at their initial team meeting.. "He walked in and introduced himself and said that he was there to build this program and

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Alabama's Richardson chasing a 2nd title, Heisman

Fast, strong back one of five finalists for Saturday presentation

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Alabama's Richardson chasing a 2nd title, Heisman

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama's Trent Richardson wasn't a starter when he arrived on the scene.

SEC West teams lead way, create crazy scenarios

Mississippi State's Dan Mullen said two months ago that whoever wins the SEC West is "the best in the country." If only it were that simple.

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No. 3 Alabama seniors on verge of milestone win

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama's seniors are poised to become the program's winningest class.

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No. 3 Alabama seniors on verge of milestone win

Alabama's seniors are poised to become the program's winningest class. They'll wrap up their careers at Bryant-Denny Stadium today against Georgia Southern (9-1) of the Football Championship Subdivision, a game in which they're favored to notch record-setting win No. 46.

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Auburn hoping healthy Blake, Reed to aid passing game

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn's passing game should get a sizable boost, even without another quarterback change.

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Auburn hoping healthy Blake, Reed to aid passing game

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn's passing game should get a sizable boost, even without another quarterback change.. Top receivers Emory Blake and Trovon Reed are healthy after missing a combined seven games with injuries, giving Clint Moseley a couple of much-needed reliable targets going into his third start in today's

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LSU-Alabama an old-fashioned showdown

The LSU and Alabama showdown promises to be a throwback of old-school football. Both the top-ranked and barely-tested Tigers, and No. 2 and mostly-unchallenged Alabama are built on power runs and run-stuffing defenses.

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Auburn aiming for national credibility

AUBURN, Ala. -- Mississippi State and Auburn both would love to gain some national and Southeastern Conference credibility this weekend.. The 16th-ranked Bulldogs have climbed up the rankings but are still only 2-8 against SEC Western Division opponents under coach Dan Mullen entering today's game. The Tigers fell out

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Slive sees change in air for NCAA

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive is well aware of the recent criticism of the NCAA -- complaints about prolonged investigations and rulings that leave coaches and administrators scratching their heads.

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'Bama-Auburn rivalry spills into draft

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- That nasty Alabama-Auburn rivalry is spilling over into the NFL draft. The in-state rivals, who have divvied up the last two national titles and Heisman Trophies, figure to have a heavy presence in the top 10 Thursday night -- and, possibly, in the top two.

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Georgia's Green says he's never been to Miami

HOOVER, Ala. -- A party on Miami's South Beach and sports agents were once again hot topics at the Southeastern Conference media days, with South Carolina and Georgia taking center stage on Thursday.

SEC short on proven quarterbacks Tebow, Snead only returning stars at QB

HOOVER, Ala. - Joe Cox might not become the next Matthew Stafford, a top draft pick now enjoying NFL riches.

Iron Bowl's top targets have run different routes

Julio Jones has been one of No. 1 Alabama's most talked about players since stepping on campus. Rod Smith arrived at Auburn no fanfare - or scholarship.

No titles on line as Bulldogs, Tigers meet

AUBURN, Ala. - This Auburn-Georgia game figured to be a doozie, with championships and BCS bowl ambitions on the line, and maybe even a Heisman Trophy candidate or two on the field.

Auburn hoping for turnaround vs. rivals Tigers get Georgia, then 'Bama

AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn Tigers still have hope, however slim.

UGA's Richt to keep letting emotions out

HOOVER, Ala. - The mild-mannered, pokerfaced Mark Richt of the past won't be back patrolling Georgia's sidelines this season.

Georgia coping with all the buzz

HOOVER, Ala. - The Georgia Bulldogs were still celebrating a Sugar Bowl victory when the national title talk started.

Humphrey's frees help Bulldogs beat Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. - Georgia was the best last-place team on the court, but not by much.

Coutu, Booty talk titles at Senior Bowl

MOBILE, Ala. - Southern California's John David Booty and Georgia's Brandon Coutu are too busy preparing for the Senior Bowl and NFL careers to bemoan national championship games that never happened.

Tide trying to keep it rolling against Georgia

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - If the Southeastern Conference hierarchy is already turning a bit topsy-turvy, Georgia and Alabama deserve some of the blame - or credit.