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Players Need to Stop Tossing Away TDs

Rodger Sherman, SB Nation

Big Ten, SEC About to Get Rocked

Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports

What? 2 Ex-Purdue QBs Starting in SEC

Chris Hummer, 247Sports.com

Tennessee Looking to Pay Big Dividend

Andy Staples, Campus Rush

This isn’t a sudden outburst at all. A steady stream of players have made this mistake over the past 10 years. Whenever this happens, we say the player has “pulled a DeSean Jac...(full article)

By the end of Saturday ... We should have more certainty about the SEC East. As of now it remains wide open. (Sorry, Vols). There will be more uncertainty -- not less -- about seve...(full article)

College football announcing booths are like shadow versions of the All-America team. Kirk Herbstreit and Gary Danielson are more famous for talking about football than they ever we...(full article)

Florida and LSU are bluebloods in the college football landscape. Both schools regularly reel in Top 10 recruiting classes and have won a pair of national championships within the ...(full article)

Asked about trash talk from Florida's cornerbacks, some overt and some bizarrely metaphorical, Tennessee coach Butch Jones explained his team's bunker mentality insu...(full article)

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