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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 AVarsity Pool BVarsity Pool CVarsity Pool D
1Georgia2Tennessee3Auburn4LSUFinal 2012 Varsity Rankings
8South Carolina7Kentucky6Alabama5Florida(1) Texas A&M University
12Vanderbilt11Ole Miss10Miss State9Missouri(2) University of Georgia
(3) University Tennessee
1GeorgiaSouth Carolina2TennesseeKentucky3AuburnAlabama4LSUFlorida(4) Auburn University
5GeorgiaVanderbilt6TennesseeOle Miss7AuburnMiss State8LSUMissouri(5) Louisiana State University
9South CarolinaVanderbilt10KentuckyOle Miss11AlabamaMiss State12FloridaMissouri(6) University of Florida
(7) University of Alabama
Cup Quarter FinalsCup Semi-FinalsCup 3rd/4th PlaceCup Championship(8) University of Kentucky
13A1B221Winner 13Winner 1527Loser 21Loser 2230Winner 21Winner 22(9) University of South Carolina
14B1A222Winner 14Winner 16(10) University of Missouri
15C1D2(11) Mississippi State University
16D1C2(12) University of Mississippi
(13) University of Arkansas NP
Bowl Semi-FinalsBowl Semi-FinalsBowl Championship(14) Vanderbilt University NP
17Loser 15A325Winner 17Winner 1929Winner 25Winner 26NP = not present
18Loser 16B326Winner 18Winner 20
18Loser 13C3
20Loser 14D3Consolation Semi-FinalsConsolation Championship
23Loser 17Loser 1928Winner 23Winner 24
24Loser 18Loser 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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Greg Poole

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Multimedia Director and writer for Bulldawg Illustrated. Member of Football Writers Association of America.

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