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Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (10) passes while being pursued by Mississippi defensive end Ryder Anderson (89) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Alabama won 63-48. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Path to 2 SEC in CFP is through Tide

Oct. 18, 2020 10:38 AM EDT

Round One goes to Alabama. The question now is will this be the first of two meetings between the second-ranked Crimson Tide and No. 3 Georgia? Or maybe the first of three? The Southeastern Conference is the only league to put multiple teams in the College Football Playoff and is always a threat to do so again....

Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond (11) hands off to running back Isaiah Spiller (28) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

No. 11 Texas A&M beats Mississippi State 28-14

Oct. 17, 2020 8:45 PM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Texas A&M controlled the line of scrimmage and the clock. Isaiah Spiller ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns and Kellen Mond threw for two scores to help the No. 11 Aggies beat Mississippi State 28-14 on Saturday. “When you’re on the road, you’ve got to be...

Alabama running back Najee Harris (22) runs past Mississippi linebacker MoMo Sanogo (46) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Alabama won 63-48. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Week 7: Georgia-Alabama in spotlight; schedule disrupted

Oct. 16, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

The COVID-19 pandemic is packing a punch in college football this week, nowhere harder than in the Southeastern Conference. Alabama coach Nick Saban might not be on the sideline when the No. 2 Crimson Tide hosts No. 3 Georgia on Saturday in perhaps the biggest game of the season. Saban tested positive for...

Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond (11) looks downfield to pass against Florida during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

No. 11 Texas A&M seeks encore to upset at Mississippi State

Oct. 15, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

No. 11 Texas A&M (2-1, 2-1 SEC) at Mississippi State (1-2, 1-2), Saturday at 4 p.m. ET (ESPN). Line: Aggies by 5 1/2. Series: Mississippi State leads 7-6. WHAT’S AT STAKE The Aggies aim to follow up an impressive 41-38 home upset of No. 4 Florida that vaulted them 10 spots in the rankings. They visit a...

Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond (11) looks to run against Florida linebacker Jeremiah Moon (7) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

No. 11 Texas A&M looks to keep rolling vs Mississippi State

Oct. 15, 2020 12:49 PM EDT

Jimbo Fisher wants No. 11 Texas A&M to savor a big victory. For Fisher and the Aggies that means remembering what they did well against then-No. 4 Florida and repeating that performance when they visit Mississippi State on Saturday. Fisher has downplayed last week’s 41-38 triumph as a signature win for...

Tennessee linebacker Kivon Bennett (95) recovers a Georgia fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

No. 18 Tennessee tries to bounce back against rival Kentucky

Oct. 15, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

The 18th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers seem to have the perfect opponent up next for them as they try to bounce back with a victory after an ugly loss. That would be Kentucky. The Wildcats have not won in Knoxville since 1984 with a string of 17 straight losses at Neyland Stadium going into Saturday's game with...

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron watches from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

In unusual SEC season, defense is becoming a punchline

Oct. 14, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

LSU coach Ed Orgeron has lost patience with blown assignments, missed tackles and poor pursuit angles by Tigers defenders. And when Orgeron says, “All these explosive plays have to stop,” he might as well be speaking on behalf of a host of coaches across the Southeastern Conference. Even...

Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (10) hands off to running back Najee Harris (22) during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Alabama won 63-48. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

College Football Picks: UGA vs. 'Bama and BYU's tough test

Oct. 14, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

The Southeastern Conference has the game of the week. The American Athletic Conference might have the most interesting set of games. The marquee event of the college football weekend is No. 3 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama in a game that could very well be first of three meetings between the SEC superpowers. A...

Mississippi State coach Mike Leach stands on the sideline during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

STAT WATCH: Bulldogs' stalled offense leaves Leach in lurch

Oct. 12, 2020 2:16 AM EDT

K.J. Costello's SEC-record passing game against LSU sure seems like a long time ago. The last two weeks Mississippi State's offense has struggled unlike any Mike Leach unit in his 19 years as a head coach. The 24-2 loss to Kentucky on Saturday, which followed a 21-14 loss to Arkansas, gave the Bulldogs a total...

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron watches from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Orgeron star-turn could be short-lived

Oct. 11, 2020 12:35 AM EDT

The comment from LSU coach Ed Orgeron understandably drew a fair amount of attention. A little more than a week before the start of the Southeastern Conference season, Orgeron was talking about his new defensive coordinator, former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini. “We are so much better on defense right now than...