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SEC Football, Week 1: Johnny Manziel Ignites A&M Against Rice; Tide Rolls Virginia Tech; Clemson Drops Georgia

South Carolina won easily but not necessarily impressively, while Ole Miss and Vanderbilt went Full Tessitore in their Thursday night showdown. Alabama didn't exactly shine against Virginia Tech, but won. The same couldn't be said for Georgia, which lost to Clemson, while LSU held on against TCU

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Clemson 38, Georgia 35: Not Dead Yet

Yeah, Georgia lost on the road to a Top 10 team. But all their goals are still intact

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Alabama 35, Virginia Tech 10: Easy, But Not Pretty

Alabama won by four scores against Virginia Tech on Saturday afternoon. So why did the Tide's performance feel so thoroughly unimpressive?

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Oklahoma St. 21, Mississippi St. 3:

All is not lost for the Bulldogs right now. But what exactly is left to be won?

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Texas A&M 52, Rice 31: Manziel, Controversy Return

Texas A&M won as expected against Rice, but they made things interesting in more ways than one

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Florida 24, Toledo 6: Gators Ground Rockets

It wasn't a work of art, but it'll do.

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Ole Miss Loses Denzel Nkemdiche, Morris to Injury

Ole Miss won a remarkable game against Vanderbilt two nights ago, but the high has come way down with some injury news:

Morris was on the starting line for the Rebels. Jared Duke was listed as his backup on the depth chart; we'll see if Hugh Freeze moves him up or shuffles some other guys around.

The elder Nkemdiche is a big loss, though at least he's not gone for the season. He was expected the anchor in the middle of the Rebel defense after starring as a freshman All-SEC season a year ago. It's being reported as a torn meniscus.

Ole Miss has a famously brutal schedule to begin the season. If Nkemdiche misses four weeks, he'll be out against Southeast Missouri State, Texas, and Alabama. Being out for five weeks would add Auburn, and being out for six would add Texas A&M. The team wouldn't be favored against UT, Bama, or A&M anyway, but him being out would be a big loss for the game at Auburn.

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Report: Florida Suspends Six for Toledo

Robbie Andreu of the Gainesville Sun broke some news tonight regarding who we won't be seeing take the field for Florida against Toledo:

The Sun has confirmed that [Loucheiz] Purifoy, a starting cornerback, is one of six players who have been suspended from Saturday's game against Toledo for a violation of team rules. The others are starting middle linebacker Antonio Morrison, defensive tackles Darious Cummings and Jay-nard Bostwick, wide receiver Latroy Pittman and offensive lineman Quinteze Williams.

UPDATE: Bostwick was not suspended for the game.

We've known about Morrison's suspension for some time. He was arrested twice this offseason, once for punching a bouncer and again for barking at a police dog. He initially got a two-game suspension following the second arrest, but Will Muschamp reduced it to one game during fall camp.

All of the other suspensions are new news, with Purifoy being the biggest name of the bunch. Among the rest, only Cummings appeared on the two-deep depth chart anywhere. He's listed as a backup. Losing Purifoy and Pittman gives the team even fewer options at receiver, though the depth in the secondary should be able to cover for Purifoy's absence for a week.

From the sounds of it, all of these players will be available to play against Miami (FL) next week.

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A.J. McCarron Is In a Walking Boot

Well, this is something:

The chances that Nick Saban goes over this in detail for us are nil, so there's no good way to know what this is about. However according to Bruce Feldman, it's the just a precaution:

Despite Feldman's report, this will probably be an ongoing story line through the game against Virginia Tech. Knowing ESPN, every time he drops back, plants to throw, or runs out of the pocket, someone will be analyzing his feet and ankles on a high speed camera to find any possible evidence of trouble.

The Tide could just have McCarron hand off to the 15 or so five-star running backs the team has on every play and still cover the 20-point spread, so it doesn't matter a ton this weekend. We'll keep an eye on it, but if he looks like his normal self in Atlanta, you can probably just forget this ever happened.

UPDATE

A source told ESPN's Mark Schlabach that the boot is for an ingrown toenail. An Alabama spokesman told ESPN that it's merely precautionary.

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Clowney Shows Why Defenders Don't Win Heismans

There's a reason why pure defenders don't tend to win the Heisman Trophy.

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Ole Miss 39, Vanderbilt 35: What Just Happened?

The Rebels win a wild game after a bizarre fourth quarter that made the match-up an instant classic

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South Carolina 27, North Carolina 10 -- It's a Win

The Gamecocks didn't look all that great in their opening night win against North Carolina. Except when they did

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