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Alabama Returning To BCS Championship Game, Beats Georgia 32-28 In Classic SEC Title Bout

1. Alabama ground-game dominant. Tide set SEC Championship-game record with 350 rushing yards.

2. 270 of those yards came in the second and third quarters.

3. What did Mark Ingram tell Eddie Lacy on the field moments after the game? “He said that’s the best I’ve ever seen you run.”

4. Georgia rally ends at Alabama 5-yard line as time expired.  Why didn’t Bulldogs spike the ball?  Mark Richt: “Well, spiking the ball takes time.” Aaron Murray: “I wasn’t calling the plays.”

5. “Someone asked me just a second ago what I thought the difference was (in the game),” Richt said. “All I could think of was, we just ran out of time.

6. “Several guys came back to be deemed SEC champions, to play for a national championship,” Georgia senior receiver Tavarres King said. “Those dreams were crushed tonight.

7. Kevin Scarbinsky: “Nick Saban’s teams have won bigger games…but one of his Alabama teams has never won a bigger game from a bigger hole, against a better foe, on a bigger stage.”

8. Dan Wetzel: “In many ways Saturday could be called Saban’s greatest victory…”

9. Saban on Georgia: “If you got in this game, you should be in a BCS game.”

10. Dennis Dodd on Quintin Dial’s shot to the head of Aaron Murray:  ”Dial may not get the luxury of suiting up for Notre Dame when SEC officials examine the film.

11. Mark Richt’s testy exchange with a media member after the game.

12. Richt post-game news conference video.

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SEC Headlines – 7/30/12

(We’ll go with Elvis as our headline photo of the day.  I was in Tupelo last week and I can tell you that the King’s first home was about as big as the average American living room.  Tiny.)

1.  Practice starts all across the 14-team SEC this week.

2.  Ex-NFL (and CFL) great Warren Moon talks about his old teammate Brent Pease, Florida’s new offensive coordinator.

3.  Georgia receiver Tavarres King is ready for the season to start.  (I can’t read King’s name without thinking of this.)

4.  Knowing it can’t actually happen, John Calipari has tossed out another “scheduling gimmick” — Indiana, North Carolina, Kansas, Louisville and Kentucky play two home and two road games against other teams in the group every year.  (Sure seems like a safe way to make it look like he’s not ducking home-and-home series… which was part of his last non-traditional “scheduling gimmick.”)

5.  In case you missed it, South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier has found a new kid to pick on in Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze.

6.  This writer says Tennessee can’t afford Tyler Bray’s off-field antics.

7.  Here’s a quickie breakdown of Vanderbilt’s schedule.

8.  The big question at Missouri?  How healthy is quarterback James Franklin?

9.  Michigan and the Big Ten will have a big opportunity to steal some spotlight and some respect from Alabama and the SEC five weeks from now.

10.  Auburn still needs to pick a quarterback at some point.

11.  Well that didn’t take long.  Ex-Auburn tailback Mike Dyer has already been booted from Arkansas State by Gus Malzahn.

12.  The Bobby Petrino scandal takes on new light following the mess at Penn State.  (And don’t forget, AD Jeff Long helped speed up the hiring of the coach’s mistress by getting UA’s HR department to fast-track things past affirmative action standards.)

13.  This scribe says the hype around new LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger is already out of control.

14.  Receiver Donte Moncrief gives Ole Miss some hope in 2012.

15.  MSU defensive back Johnthan Banks is making a bizarrely-spelled name for himself.

16.  Kevin Sumlin may have moved from Houston to Texas A&M, but he still intends to make Houston “home base” in terms of recruiting.  (He also says he won’t oversign players.)

17.  The ever-excellent Jon Solomon of The Birmingham News examines what a disappointment college football’s added 12th game has been.

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