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SEC Report - Week 1

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ACC Report

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The opening weekend of action in the Southeastern Conference figures to be a good one. Sure, there are a couple of dogs on the schedule, but if Thursday's Mississippi-Vanderbilt game is any indication, the SEC will be better than ever in 2013. It all culminates with two huge primetime matchups, as Georgia heads to Death Valley to meet Clemson, and Louisiana State and Texas Christian meet at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

2012 SEC STANDINGS
Team SU Conference ATS Over/Under
Alabama 13-1 8-1 7-7 7-5-1
Arkansas 4-8 2-6 3-8 7-4
Auburn 3-9 0-8 4-8 5-6
Florida 11-2 7-1 7-6 5-7
Georgia 12-2 7-2 8-6 7-6
Kentucky 2-10 0-8 3-9 5-6
Louisiana State 10-3 6-2 5-8 5-7
Mississippi 7-6 3-5 10-3 6-6
Mississippi State 8-5 4-4 6-7 4-7-1
Missouri 5-7 2-6 5-6 5-6
South Carolina 11-2 6-2 8-5 8-4
Tennessee 5-7 1-7 4-8 9-2
Texas A&M 11-2 6-2 5-8 4-7
Vanderbilt 9-4 5-3 9-4 6-6

Toledo at Florida (12:21 p.m. ET)
Toledo comes into this game as a rather hefty underdog, but don't sleep on the Rockets. QB Terrance Owens, RB Andre Fluellen and WR Bernard Reedy are bright stars who could start with plenty of big-time college programs. The problem will be on defense, where Toledo has just four starters back. Florida opens the season ranked No. 10, and, as usual, expectations are high in Gainesville. Winning straight up is one thing, but covering big numbers is another. The Gators are just 1-4 ATS in their past five non-conference games, and 0-4 ATS in their past four home contests.

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Rice at Texas A&M (ESPN, 1:00 p.m. ET)

The Aggies of Texas A&M received good news this week when it was learned the NCAA could not prove QB Johnny Manziel accepted money for signing autographs. As a result, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner will be suspended for only one half of Saturday's opener. The Aggies have not lost a non-conference home game to an in-state opponent since 1954, and they have beaten Rice 15 consecutive times. However, this is the first meeting since 1995. Still, it will seem like old times, regardless who is under center for the Aggies.

Mississippi State at Oklahoma State (ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET)
The Aggies of Texas A&M received good news this week when it was learned the NCAA could not prove QB Johnny Manziel accepted money for signing autographs. As a result, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner will be suspended for only one half of Saturday's opener. The Aggies have not lost a non-conference home game to an in-state opponent since 1954, and they have beaten Rice 15 consecutive times. However, this is the first meeting since 1995. Still, it will seem like old times, regardless who is under center for the Aggies.

Alabama vs. Virginia Tech (ESPN, 5:30 p.m. ET)
The defending national champs open up their title defense in familiar territory, under the roof of the Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta. Neutral site games have been a friend to Bama lately, as they are 7-1 ATS in their past eight neutral site tilts. If the trends are any indication, this one could get ugly. Virginia Tech is just 1-3-1 ATS in their past five neutral site battles, and they're 2-7-1 ATS in their past 10 non-conference games. The Crimson Tide will rely upon a two-headed backfield of T.J. Yeldon and true freshman Derrick Henry. For the Hokies, QB Logan Thomas is a star in the making. However, the running game might be hurt if starting RB J.C. Coleman (ankle) is not ready. Alabama has won 11 of the previous 12 meetings in this series.

Georgia at Clemson (ABC, 8:00 p.m. ET)
The house will be shaking in the upstate, as Georgia invades Death Valley to tangle with Clemson in a battle of Top 10 teams. The Bulldogs have plenty of big-time aspirations, and they'll go as far as QB Aaron Murray will take them. The same holds true on the other side of the field, as Clemson's hopes hinge on the right arm and legs of QB Tajh Boyd. This is the first meeting in 10 years between the relative neighbors, and UGA leads the all-time series 41-17-4. The difference in this one could be in the secondary for Georgia. They have just one starter, CB Damian Swann, returning. Boyd and WR Sammy Watkins will look to exploit that inexperience.

LSU vs. TCU (ESPN, 9:00 p.m. ET)
Any other time, this would be the marquee game of the week, but it is certainly overshadowed by Georgia-Clemson. It will be interesting to see how the Tigers fare after having to replace a school-record eight drafted defensive players. TCU faces questions of their own, including under center, as head coach Gary Patterson has still not tabbed Trevone Boykin or Casey Pachall as his starting QB. The key matchup in this game will be LSU's experienced offense, which looks to be improved under new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, against the shutdown defense of TCU. LSU was ranked 11th out of 14 teams in passing in the SEC, tossing just 12 TD passes in 13 games. That needs to be much better if they're to be taken seriously.

Other Games
Louisiana-Lafayette at Arkansas (4:00 p.m. ET)
Austin Peay at Tennessee (6:00 p.m. ET)
Washington State at Auburn (ESPNU, 7:00 p.m. ET)
Kentucky at Western Kentucky (7:00 p.m. ET)
Murray State at Missouri (7:00p.m. ET)

  
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