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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The No. 1 Georgia focused on defense a season ago. Now the defending national champions have quite the attacking punch. The Bulldogs outscored their three opponents 130-10. More of the same is expected on Saturday when they host Kent State as the 44 1/2 point favorite between the hurdles. Led by sixth-year quarterback Stetson Bennett, the offense deployed a plethora of weapons. Eleven players had at least one catch in South Carolina’s 48-7 loss last week. Ten players ran the ball for 208 yards. Kent State coach Sean Lewis calls the Bulldogs “a galaxy of college football stars.”
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The NCAA placed LSU’s football program on one year of probation after determining that former offensive line coach James Cregg and another former football staff member violated the recruiting restrictions during the 2020 football season. The NCAA’s Division I Violations Committee found that Cregg and a former assistant recruiting director violated restrictions against in-person contact with potential recruits during the COVID-19 pandemic and had also provided inappropriate inducements to a recruit. The committee also issued a three-year “show cause” sentence against Cregg. This order means that Cregg’s own recruiting activities would be restricted during this time if he were hired by another NCAA member program.
UNDATED (AP) – Florida and Tennessee are set to meet as the two are ranked for the first time in five years. The 20th-ranked Gators visit the 11th-ranked Volunteers in a Southeastern Conference East Division rivalry. Florida has won the last five meetings and 16 of 17. But Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson is struggling. Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker, meanwhile, leads an offense that ranks in the top 5 in the nation in points, assists and total yards. The SEC weekend action includes another Top 25 game: No. 10 Arkansas vs. No. 23 Texas A&M in Arlington, Texas.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tenth-ranked Arkansas and No. 23 Texas A&M are both playing away for the first time this season. But neither will be on opposite campus either. The Razorbacks and Aggies will play again Saturday night at AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. Arkansas is attempting its first consecutive 4-0 starts since 1988-89. The Hogs went 4-0 last year with their first SEC win against longtime rival A&M. The Aggies had won nine straight in the series since joining their former Southwestern Conference rival in the SEC in 2012.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Coach Josh Heupel quickly learned what playing in Florida really means to Tennessee. Like 30 seconds. There hasn’t really been a rivalry over the past two decades. Florida has won five straight and 16 of the last 17. Tennessee No. 11 is feeling much more confident as a double-digit favorite looking for its best start since 2016 with fans painting a sold-out Neyland Stadium an orange-and-white checkerboard. The 20th-ranked Gators are gearing up for their third Top-20 opponent in the first month. Florida sits just above South Carolina at the bottom of the East Division of the Southeastern Conference.
UNDATED (AP) – Nick Saban wants more of the same from Alabama players in at least one respect. No. 2 Crimson Tide hopes they’ll ignore bettors ahead of Saturday night’s game with Vanderbilt, which they appeared to be doing a good job of in an obvious mismatch with Louisiana-Monroe. It might be easy for the Tide to overlook the nearly six-touchdown underdog Commodores, who have given up the last 22 meetings. Saban said his team didn’t take that approach last week. This Vandy team is off to a 3-1 start entering the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A cleaner game would really appeal to Kentuky coach Mark Stoops. Although the Kentucky No. 8 has had a good time reaching his highest ranking since 2007, he has been inconsistent. Penalties, sacks and fumbles blocked the Wildcats’ offensive flow at times, while turnovers abruptly interrupted the momentum at others. As SEC play resumes next week at No. 16 Mississippi, Stoops wants his team to stop leaving points on the court and put them on the board in Saturday night’s non-conference meeting with Northern Illinois. . The Huskies are looking to stop a two-game slide.
UNDATED (AP) – Mississippi’s defense is rightly full of confidence heading into its biggest challenge yet. The 16th-ranked Rebels have allowed just 13 points in the first three games and will host Tulsa and the nation’s top passer, Davis Brin, on Saturday. Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin says it’s a “totally different challenge”. The Rebels outscored their first three opponents by a combined 129-19 and are favored with three touchdowns this weekend.
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