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Auburn And South Carolina Win Exciting SEC Openers

Auburn 41 – Mississippi State 34

1. Bulldogs come up one inch short.

2. The stats: Mississippi State ran 97 plays to Auburn’s 59. Mississippi State gained 531 total yards to Auburn’s 381. Mississippi State held the ball for 12 minutes longer and went 11 of 20 on third downs.

3. Auburn has now won 67 straight games when it scores 30 or more points.

4. State  only has five days to prepare for LSU.

5. Auburn heads to Clemson.  Gene Chizik: ”I fully expect our defense to play better next week.”

South Carolina 45 – Georgia 42

6. Steve Spurrier: “I’ve never won a game like this.”

7. 176 rushing  yards for Marcus Lattimore.

8. Big plays and turnovers send the Bulldogs to an 0-2 start. Fans divided on Mark Richt’s future.

9. Mark Bradley: “There might well be better days — great days, even — ahead for these Bulldogs and their coach, but what we saw Saturday was what we’d seen all last season.”

10. Most exciting South Carolina/Georgia game of the past decade?

***MrSEC.com Facebook Poll Question: Most exciting game on Saturday – Auburn/Mississippi State or South Carolina/Georgia?***

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SEC Headlines – 7/14/11 Part One

1.  The Gainesville Sun says the South Carolina-Georgia game should be a doozy.

2.  The paper also ranks Carolina’s Alshon Jeffery as the league’s 6th best player.

3.  Was Steve Spurrier’s field goal to beat Auburn in 1966 the greatest moment in Florida football history?

4.  Speaking of Auburn, the Tigers struck out at last night’s ESPY awards.  (As millions tune-in and fall into ESPN self-hype trap.)

5.  Georgia looks pretty good on special teams… again.

6.  With major attrition at running back in Athens, Richard Samuel — a tailback turned linebackers — could soon become a tailback-turned-linebacker-turned-tailback.

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