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SEC in the headlines: Those fighting Gamecocks

9/12/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

I'm hitting the road for Columbia to take in Saturday's Georgia-South Carolina game. Here's an update from around the conference. I'll check in later Friday night when I arrive in the Palmetto State. One thing to note about the South Carolina-Georgia affair is that the game has been decided by six points or fewer in five of the seven matchups since Mark Richt took over at Georgia in 2001. I also expect this game to be hanging somewhat in the balance heading into the fourth quarter. The Gamecocks, who are really good on defense, will play their best game of the year.

  • South Carolina officials don't expect any charges from the fight involving nonstudents and a handful of football players who were reportedly attacked while eating lunch on campus Thursday.

  • Columnist Ron Morris of The State newspaper in Columbia writes that the Georgia-South Carolina rivalry has lost its relevance for the Bulldogs, who have won five of the last six meetings in the series and 11 of the 16 meetings since the Gamecocks joined the SEC in 1992.

  • Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead has found his go-to guy. Shay Hodge has caught a touchdown pass in five straight games dating back to last season.

  • Gamecocks will see even more of Georgia tailback Knowshon Moreno on Saturday. Moreno only carried the ball 14 times in last season's loss in Athens.

  • With Cornelius Ingram watching for the rest of the season, Aaron Hernandez steps up big as Florida's tight end of record.

  • Tennessee would like to put the deep ball back into its offense, but pass protection will be key. That and quarterback Jonathan Crompton getting rid of the ball quicker.

  • Through two games, Alabama's defense has yet to allow anybody to score a touchdown. The addition of nose tackle Terrence Cody has been one of the main factors in the Crimson Tide's stingy start on defense.

  • Injuries, suspensions and other factors are keeping the Auburn receivers on the move. Four receivers have missed at least one of the first two games, meaning the Tigers have had to improvise a little bit in their passing game.

  • Kyle Veazey of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger has a heart-tugging feature on Mississippi State safety Keith Fitzhugh and how he keeps the memory alive of his younger sister, Brittany, who died in 2005 at the age of 14 after contracting the West Nile virus.

  • LSU's Les Miles says his team is focused despite all the distractions from the last few weeks.