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Coaches Poll: Mississippi State Jumps Four Spots, South Carolina Drops Eight

Seven SEC Teams in the USA Today Coaches Poll – Alabama and LSU were unchanged, the other five moved. Alabama 1, Florida 3 (up 1), LSU 6, Georgia 11 (up 1), Mississippi State 12 (up four), South Carolina 16 (down 8), and Texas A&M 21 (down 2). Complete Poll.


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BCS Title Game Observation 2: Bama Easily Takes AP Title

Alabama’s resounding 21-0 win in the Superdome last night ended any real controversy regarding a split national title.  Of the 60 voters who make up the AP Poll, 55 of them tabbed the Crimson Tide as their #1 team.

Oklahoma State got four votes while LSU received one.  Just a guess, but here’s betting four of those voters are from the Midwest while one is from Louisiana.

At any rate, the final rankings left LSU at #2 ahead of #3 Oklahoma State and when you compare the teams’ resumes, that’s fair.  The #4 slot went to Oregon and Arkansas finished #5.

With a unanimous title this year, Alabama has now had nine national title-winning seasons according to the AP and/or Coaches Poll.

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SEC Headlines – 10/20/11 Part One

Some quickie headlines from around the league today…

1.  Florida’s football game with Furman on November 19th will air on pay-per-view.

2.  The Gators have landed a Top 10 ranking in the USA Today/ESPN Basketball Coaches’ Poll.

3.  Georgia will be without two defensive players for the first half of their game with Florida… but two other starters will return to the lineup.

4.  And now there are claims that another Georgia player was clipped flagrantly by a Vanderbilt player.  Asked about it, Mark Richt said reporters could check the tape for themselves.  Let.  It.  Go.

5.  Kentucky will have to deal with ex-Georgia tailback Washaun Ealey when they host Jacksonville State on Saturday.

6.  UK is ranked #2 in the nation behind North Carolina in the preseason Coaches’ Poll.

7.  Steve Spurrier wants his team to improve its third-down defense.

8.  Carolina hoopster Damontre Harris returned to practice sooner than expected after injuring a big toe.  (Betcha his toe injury wasn’t this interesting.)

9.  Tennessee’s receivers are working to cut down on dropped balls.

10.   UT’s season-ticket sales for basketball are down about 10% from last year (under Bruce Pearl).

11.  James Franklin has decided that Jordan Rodgers will take over for Larry Smith at quarterback.

12.  Franklin doesn’t believe suspended center Logan Stewart meant to play dirty when he clipped Georgia’s Kwame Geathers.  Let.  It.  Go.

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Rankings Released: Commodores Unranked in Coaches Poll/AP

Content provided by Vanderbilt Sports Line.

Despite beating the previously 8th ranked North Carolina Tar Heels (25 in both Coaches and AP Poll), the Commodores weren’t able to crank the Top 25 in either poll. Minnesota, who beat West Virginia to win the Puerto Rico Invitational Tip-Off, entered the Coaches Poll #17 and #15 by the AP. Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee represent the SEC in each poll.

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