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Alabama No. 1 In AP Poll; SEC With Five of Top 10, Six Teams In Top 25

poll-voting-boxIf the preseason AP top 25 poll is any indication, don’t expect SEC dominance to end in 2013.  Two-time defending national champion Alabama is ranked No. 1, capturing 58 of 60 first place votes.  Georgia and Ohio State received the other two.  In all, SEC teams captured five of the top ten spots with a total of six SEC teams ranked in the top 25. SEC had the most teams of any conference, with the Big Ten and the Pac-12 tied for second with five teams each.

Here’s the breakdown of SEC rankings:

No. 1 Alabama

No. 5 – Georgia 

No.  6 – South Carolina 

No. 7 – Texas A&M

No. 10 -Florida

No. 12- LSU

Vanderbilt and Ole Miss also received votes.

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SEC Headlines 7/7/2013

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1. Could Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin be the next college coach to jump to the NFL?  ”No one should expect the Sumlin rumors to go away.”

2. Any doubt who’s the most important player at South Carolina? “Clowney is far and away USC’s most talented and disruptive player.”

3. On the field and off, Georgia running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall have distinguished themselves from their predecessors.

4. What kind of team has Mark Stoops inherited at Kentucky? “Simply put: a bad one.”

5. To be successful at Kentucky, Stoops needs to consistently beat four teams.  Three of them are in the SEC.

6. Pat Dooley has Alabama No. 1, Georgia No. 5 in his preseason rankings.

7. Yet another offensive line ranking places Tennessee at the top of the conference.

8. Nick Saban sells an investment property in Georgia.

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9. Gold medal game today for Billy Donovan’s Junior National Team.

10. Will a renovated Rupp Arena become a wedge issue for Kentucky fans? The “skyboxification of American life.”

11. Vanderbilt rising junior Kedron Johnson is recovering from surgery on his shoulder.

Extras

12. Nearly 1,200 fans exchange their Aaron Hernandez jerseys yesterday.

13. NFL weighs not inviting  ineligible players from attending the Combine.

14. Arkansas released a video trailer for the 2013 season this past week.  ”We’re talking some serious scope here people. The universe is at stake.”

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SEC Headlines 8/20/2011

1. AP Top 25 Poll.  Oklahoma No. 1, Alabama No. 2, LSU No. 4, South Carolina No. 12, Arkansas No. 15, Georgia No. 19, Mississippi State No. 20, Florida No. 22, Auburn No. 23. Entire list here.

2. The latest on an investigation into a fight allegedly involving “15-20″ LSU players. More here.

3. LSU’s first-game opponent – Oregon – is dealing with some off-field issues as well.

4. Tigers cornerback Tyrann Mathieu forced the most fumbles of any SEC player last year and now sports Patrick Peterson’s #7 jersey.

5. The Tigers have a trio of offensive guards that are at the heart of a strong offensive line.

6. Ole Miss braces for a possible lawsuit from an ex-assistant coach over violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

7. A south suite at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium will set you back $100,000 plus a $45,000 yearly donation starting in 2015.

8. His college career has taken him from Wake Forest to West Virginia to Eastern Kentucky to Fullerton Community College and now to Ole Miss.  Defensive tackle Uriah Grant says he finally feels at home.

9. Learning from the tragedy at Notre Dame, Florida pays $675,000 for six permanent steel towers.

10. Florida’s John Brantley is a starting quarterback, a senior and a vocal leader. Wide receiver Deonte Thompson: ” (H)is confidence is just higher.”

11, Frankie Hammond, Jr. should be one of Brantley’s top targets.

12. The Iron Bowl rivalry: “It didn’t start with the trees.”

13. Auburn freshman quarterback Kiehl Frazier on naming Barrett Trotter as the starter: “(D)idn’t change anything for me.”

14. Trotter on Frazier: “I know he’s really disappointed.”

15, Alabama’s second and final dress rehearsal at Bryant-Denny stadium is this afternoon.  Don’t expect an answer on a starting quarterback.

16, Kentucky quarterback Morgan Newton teaches the playbook to his backups.

17, South Carolina defensive tackle Aldrick Fordham is undersized but smart. A preview of the Gamecocks.

18. Vanderbilt cancels practice and goes bowling.

19. Mississippi State is still sorting out the depth chart.

20. Some position switching and jersey swapping for Tennessee. Were down to three healthy wide receivers.

21. The banged up Vols will scrimmage this afternoon. Malik Jackson says he feels 100%.

22.  John Adams:  ”UT’s problem with the NCAA was nothing more than bad timing.”

23. Georgia welcomes Isaiah Crowell back to practice, John Jenkins goes down with a hamstring pull and Rantavious Wooten looks to impress at wide receiver. Wide receiver Marlon Brown is drawing rave reviews.

24, The Bulldogs opening game uniforms are set to be revealed. Here’s a sneak peek. More here.

25. South Carolina quarterback coach G.A. Mangus pays $470 to settle the public nuisance charge that got him suspended.

26, Jon Solomon on the Miami scandal:  (T)his is a good time to bring in more outsiders.

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