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Alabama football: Crimson Tide returns to SEC play

Fox Sports
UPI
Alabama football coach Nick Saban challenged his players to play a complete game last week against Kent State.

The players did that in Saban's eyes, and now the head coach is hoping the team can build on that momentum against in their homecoming matchup vs. Kentucky. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.


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No. 8 South Carolina Blanks Kentucky 3-0

Go SEC Sports
No. 8 South Carolina women’s soccer extended its winning streak to double-digits after downing Kentucky 3-0 at Stone Stadium behind goals from seniors Sophie Groff and Kaleigh Kurtz and junior Lindsey Lane. Junior forward Savannah McCaskill added a pair of assists for the Gamecocks (10-0-1-, 4-0-0 SEC), who remain as one of four teams unbeaten on the year. Kentucky fell to 4-5-2 overall and 0-3-1 in conference action with the loss..

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LSU fired Les Miles. Here’s everything to know about that, in a 5-minute read.

SB Nation
Amid 12 years that began with a game relocated by Hurricane Katrina, included the 2007 national championship and 113 other wins, and ended with an astounding loss at Auburn, LSU finally succeeded in firing Les Miles.

After a 2015 near-coup that instead saw him carried off the field in victory by his players, the story of LSU’s 2016 was clear: deliver on preseason No. 5 promise or bust.

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Roundtable: Biggest September surprise in the SEC

ESPN
The 2016 college football season is nearly a month old, and every SEC team already has four games in the books. Quite a bit has transpired, some of it expected, some of it downright surprising.

We asked each of our SEC reporters to name their biggest surprise of the season's opening month.
 
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ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit explains why he picked Auburn as sleeper in the SEC (Updated)

AL.com

Kirk Herbstreit is going against the grain.

Despite Auburn coming off a disappointing 7-6 season, an uncertain quarterback picture and the dismissal of running back Jovon Robinson, the ESPN college football analyst picked Auburn as his sleeper in the SEC and No. 4 among his surprise teams this season.

UPDATED: Herbstreit clarified that he was not implying Auburn would actually win the SEC -- he picked Alabama to beat Tennessee -- but was picking the Tigers to be in a "sleeper" in a more general sense.

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SEC West becoming a coaching graveyard

ST Louis Post-Dispatch
LSU coach Les Miles brought a national championship resumé into last Saturday's game at Auburn. So did his counterpart, Gus Malzahn.

But this being the SEC, both coaches entered the fray with jobs on the line. LSU lost, on replay review that erased an apparent game-winning touchdown as time expired, so Miles got fired.

Auburn won, barely, so Malzahn got a reprieve . . . for now. His termination buyout of roughly $14 million offers limited job protection from the angry hordes.

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