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September 4, 2019
The Southeastern Conference has four teams in the top 10 and six in the top 12. The last conference to represent half of the first dozen teams in the rankings was the SEC on Sept. 7, 2013: No. 1 Alabama; No. 6 South Carolina; No. 7 Texas A&M; No. 9 LSU; No. 11 Georgia; No. 12 Florida.
The Auburn Tigers moved up to 10th in the Associated Press college football poll after defeating Oregon Ducks in a thriller Saturday.
The Tigers moved up six spaces in the polls after their 27-21 victory over Oregon on freshman quarterback Bo Nix’s touchdown pass to Seth Williams with nine seconds remaining.
For a moment, Williams did not realize the magnitude of his reception. Auburn fans instantly informed him.
“At first, I was like, oh it’s just a touchdown,” he said. “But In the way the crowd reacted, I looked at the scoreboard, I said, ‘Oh, snap. I just won the game. This is the same thing that happened in the Texas A&M game.’ I was extra hyped.”
‘Nix to Sanders’ helped Auburn come from behind to win the 1993 Iron Bowl, completing an 11-0 season.
‘Nix to Williams’ helped Auburn come from behind to defeat the first of six highly ranked opponents this season, establishing Bo Nix as a cool-under-pressure leader, just like his father a quarter-century earlier.
The LSU Tigers will have two starters back for Saturday’s game at No. 9 Texas, as offensive tackle Saahdiq Charles and linebacker Michael Divinity Jr. will play.
Coach Ed Orgeron didn’t specify why neither saw the field, only saying, “We handle all that in-house.” Orgeron said Tuesday that both players will be back for the Texas game.
The Crimson Tide had 10 student-athletes make their first career start vs. Duke, including four on offense, five on defense and one specialist.
Getting their first career nod on offense was running back Jerome Ford, offensive linemen Landon Dickerson, Evan Neal and Chris Owens. Making their first start on defense was defensive lineman DJ Dale, linebackers Christian Harris and Shane Lee and defensive backs Josh Jobe and Jared Mayden. Placekicker/punter Will Reichard started for the first time on special teams.
Georgia Bulldogs opened their 2019 season with a 30-6 victory over Vanderbilt in front of 40,350 fans at Vanderbilt Stadium.
Georgia improved to 96-27-3 in season openers and 13-10-1 in openers against SEC opponents. Saturday’s win was the first opening game at an SEC opponent since a 24-21 Bulldog victory at South Carolina in 1994.
Texas A&M students set a Kyle Field record Thursday night with 36,567 in attendance for the season opener against Texas State.
It is the largest student crowd in the redeveloped Kyle Field (opened 2015).
Prior to the redevelopment, the largest student crowd was on November 20, 2010, when 31,007 Aggie students saw A&M defeat Nebraska, 9-6.
Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond has been named to the Honorable Mention List for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award following his four-touchdown effort against Texas State to open the season last week. The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Player of the Week and Honorable Mention List was released Wednesday by the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce and SPORTyler.
Reserve wide receiver Jordan Murphy and defensive back Terrell Bailey have left Tennessee’s program.
Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt said Wednesday during the Southeastern Conference coaches’ teleconference that both players had chosen to leave the program.
Neither Bailey nor Murphy played Saturday in a 38-30 season-opening loss to 26-point underdog Georgia State. Pruitt said Monday that Murphy had been sick over the last week.
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