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Dawg Treats – Saturday

Appalachian State Mountaineer drawing by Jack Davis

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Dawg News

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UGA Rugby in Nashville today and Sunday

This is a 7’s tournament-which is what will be played in the Olympics–only 7 men on a team and each half only lasts 7 minutes–so it is wide open spaces and very fast paced.

Varsity Pool A Varsity Pool B Varsity Pool C Varsity Pool D
1 Georgia 2 Tennessee 3 Auburn 4 LSU Final 2012 Varsity Rankings
8 South Carolina 7 Kentucky 6 Alabama 5 Florida (1) Texas A&M University
12 Vanderbilt 11 Ole Miss 10 Miss State 9 Missouri (2) University of Georgia
(3) University Tennessee
1 Georgia South Carolina 2 Tennessee Kentucky 3 Auburn Alabama 4 LSU Florida (4) Auburn University
5 Georgia Vanderbilt 6 Tennessee Ole Miss 7 Auburn Miss State 8 LSU Missouri (5) Louisiana State University
9 South Carolina Vanderbilt 10 Kentucky Ole Miss 11 Alabama Miss State 12 Florida Missouri (6) University of Florida
(7) University of Alabama
Cup Quarter Finals Cup Semi-Finals Cup 3rd/4th Place Cup Championship (8) University of Kentucky
13 A1 B2 21 Winner 13 Winner 15 27 Loser 21 Loser 22 30 Winner 21 Winner 22 (9) University of South Carolina
14 B1 A2 22 Winner 14 Winner 16 (10) University of Missouri
15 C1 D2 (11) Mississippi State University
16 D1 C2 (12) University of Mississippi
(13) University of Arkansas NP
Bowl Semi-Finals Bowl Semi-Finals Bowl Championship (14) Vanderbilt University NP
17 Loser 15 A3 25 Winner 17 Winner 19 29 Winner 25 Winner 26 NP = not present
18 Loser 16 B3 26 Winner 18 Winner 20
18 Loser 13 C3
20 Loser 14 D3 Consolation Semi-Finals Consolation Championship
23 Loser 17 Loser 19 28 Winner 23 Winner 24
24 Loser 18 Loser 20

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Bigger, stronger, faster and more athletic

The Appalachian State Mountaineers better eat their Wheaties on Saturday morning because the football players in the SEC are bigger, stronger, faster and more athletic.

The Mountaineers travel to Athens, Ga., to face the Georgia Bulldogs, a team that was ranked No. 5 in the nation during the preseason but has since fallen out of the Top 25, a time that by far will be the toughest opponent the Mountaineers will have faced all season.

ASU Head Coach Scott Satterfield knows this, and that is why the pre-game speech is “go out there and have fun, enjoy the experience of playing down in Georgia in front of 90,000 fans.”

The Bulldogs (5-3) are coming off a win versus Florda Gators, which is also a historic powerhouse in college football, while the Mountaineers (2-7) are coming off another loss.

“It’s a different level, no question about it. [The SEC has] the best players in the country coming out of high school,” Satterfield said. “It’s an extreme challenge, but they put their pants on just like we do. We’ve never shied away from playing bigger schools here at App.”

Satterfield said his staff will have to get creative with some schemes to create spacing in the open field, noting that App State won’t be able to overpower or outpace the Bulldogs.

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Power ranking SEC

Top 25 Contender

Georgia (5-3 overall, 4-2 SEC) — Another team jumping up a category.  UGA’s third win in a row over Florida snapped a two-game losing streak for the 2013 Bulldogs.  The Silver Britches are still alive for the East Division crown, though they’ll need some help.  There are two losable games still on Georgia’s schedule: Auburn and Georgia Tech.  Lose one and fans might accept a four-loss season considering the spate of injuries Georgia has faced.  Lose both and there’ll be no spinning a five-loss regular season.

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SEC commitment comparator

  Rank   School   Quantity   Quality   High-Caliber   Total Points
  1   Alabama   2   2   2   6
  2   Tennessee   1   6   1   8
  3   Georgia   5   1   3   9
  4   Texas A&M   6   3   4   13
  5   Kentucky   3   9   7   19
  6   Florida   11   4   5   20
  7   Auburn   9   5   7   21
  8   LSU   10   7   5   22
  9t   Ole Miss   6   10   10   26
  9t   Vanderbilt   6   10   10   26
  11t   S. Carolina   12   8   9   29
  11t   Missouri   4   13   12   29
  13   Arkansas   12   12   12   36
  14   Miss. State   12   14   14   40

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Florida excuses

Linebackers Antonio Morrison and Mike Taylor have been repeatedly out of position, flowing too far out of their gaps and getting blocked out of plays at times when offering run support. The latter of those two issues isn’t their entire fault. Muschamp hinted at problems along the defensive line with occupying gaps, that allows opposing offensive linemen to get free shots at Florida’s linebackers who routinely are outweighed by most linemen by 50 pounds or more. While Muschamp seems pleased on a whole with his linebacking corps, he hinted change could be coming.

“Jarrad Davis is a guy we need to play a little bit more,” Muschamp said. “Right now, I think that Antonio and Mike have been solid. We’ll get Darrin [Kitchens] back in there and get him more reps inside. Alex Anzalone is a guy that keeps coming along. We’ve got to continue to press him to get more. Neiron Ball has been playing on the outside. He’s a guy that plays inside in sub situations. That combinations of guys, and play Jarrad Davis more.”

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Here is a guess at the TV lineup for November 16

12pm ESPN: Ohio St. at Illinois
12pm ESPN2: Indiana at Wisconsin
12pm FOX Sports 1: Iowa St. at Oklahoma
3:30pm CBS: Auburn at Georgia
3:30pm FOX: Utah at Oregon
3:30pm ABC/ESPN2 Reverse Mirror: Syracuse at Florida St.
3:30pm ABC/ESPN2 Reverse Mirror: Michigan St. at Nebraska
3:30pm ESPNU: Miami (FL) at Duke
4pm FOX Sports 1: Baylor vs. Texas Tech
7pm ESPN2: Florida at South Carolina
7:30pm FOX: Oklahoma St. at Texas
7:45pm ESPN: Alabama at Mississippi St.
8pm ABC: Stanford at USC

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SEC and National News

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College football viewership continues to grow

The ABC Saturday Night Football series is posting double-digit audience growth over last year at the same point, averaging 6,356,000 viewers and a 3.8 rating for increases of 18 percent (vs. 5,405,000) and 15 percent (vs. 3.3) over 2012.

Through week 10, college football game telecasts are generating larger audiences across ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU in the 2013 season than the same point in 2012:

ABC is averaging 4,858,000 viewers for a 10 percent increase (vs. 4,399,000).

ESPN is averaging 2,702,000 viewers for a 4 percent increase (vs. 2,607,000).

ESPN2 is averaging 1,209,000 viewers for a 7 percent increase (vs. 1,128,000).

ESPNU is averaging 442,000 viewers for a 4 percent increase (vs. 424,000).  

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Average pro salaries

Average professional sports salaries infographic

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Kevin Sumlin to Southern Cal?

Citing unnamed sources, the Los Angeles Daily News‘ Scott Wolf reported overnight that the Texas A&M head coach “has emerged as the top target” for the same position with the Trojans.  Sumlin, Wolf writes, “is an attractive candidate not just because he is successful but is viewed as a charismatic coach.”

Wolf states that Sumlin, who is making just over $3 million annually at A&M, could double his salary at USC, which is a sure sign that the university will spare no expense in turning around the flagship football program.

Of course, emerging as a school’s top target in a report is quite different from actually landing said target in reality.  As Wolf correctly points out, Pete Carrollwas USC’s fourth choice before the school “settled” on the man who would ultimately send the program roaring back to national prominence.

It seems highly unlikely that Sumlin, who will (again) be coveted and courted by NFL teams in the not-too-distant future, would leave an SEC job for one in an area of the country in which he has little or no experience.

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Nice uppercut

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Screen pass

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Dawg Treats

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Music by PanicFan

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Kingfish is an American rock band led by Matthew Kelly, a musician, singer, and songwriter who plays guitar and harmonica. Kelly co-founded Kingfish in 1973 with New Riders of the Purple Sage bass player Dave Torbert and fellow San Francisco Bay Area musicians Robbie Hoddinott, Chris Herold, and Mick Ward. However, Ward died in a car accident later that year, and was soon replaced by Barry Flast, another keyboardist from San Francisco.  In 1974, Kingfish became more well known, and signed their first record contract, after Grateful Dead member  Bob Weir , a long-time friend of Kelly’s, joined the band. (Kelly had previously been a guest musician on the Grateful Dead album Wake of the Flood.) Weir toured with Kingfish and was a band member on their first two albums, Kingfish and Live ‘n’ Kickin’. When the Dead started touring again in 1976, Weir left Kingfish, along with Hoddinott and Herold, who were then replaced by Barry Flast, Michael O’Neill and Dave Perper.

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Big Iron

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Supplication

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Hypnotize

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City Girls

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Groupie

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Stuff

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Never start a riot in Russia

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8th Avenue Bike Lane at Rush Hour – NYC

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Mirror’s Edge Parkour POV

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BatDad 4

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The first computer?

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