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UNDATED (AP) — No. 8 Auburn puts its unbeaten record at stake when it visits Mississippi State on Saturday in the first week of Southeastern Conference competition. Mississippi State and Auburn are the SEC's top two teams in rebound margin. Auburn and No. 13 San Diego State are the only two remaining unbeaten Division I teams. LSU opens its SEC title defense by visiting a Tennessee team that could use a win after dropping three of its last four games. Georgia freshman phenom Anthony Edwards gets a national showcase this weekend when the Bulldogs visit No. 9 Memphis in a nonconference game.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tennessee scored two touchdowns in a span of 30 seconds, using an onside kick to help erase a double-digit deficit, and then held on to stun Indiana 23-22 in the Gator Bowl on Thursday night. The Volunteers closed out coach Jeremy Pruitt's second season with their sixth consecutive victory and won their fourth straight bowl, first since 2016. Indiana's Logan Justus missed an extra point in the third quarter that turned out to be costly and was wide right on a 52-yard field goal attempt with 2:12 remaining. Justus' kick had the distance but sailed just outside the right upright.
UNDATED (AP) — LSU star safety Grant Delpit has switched positions and played through an injury this season. His stats are down from year. He was still good enough to win the Thorpe Award as the nation's best defensive back. Delpit heads into the national championship game against Clemson feeling healthy and playing about as well as he has all season. The same goes for LSU's defense across the board.
UNDATED (AP) — Former Maryland football coach D.J. Durkin has been hired as an assistant coach by Mississippi. Durkin was fired by Maryland during the 2018 season following the death of a player who had collapsed during offseason conditioning drills. He spent part of this past season as a consultant with the Atlanta Falcons. Durkin will join new Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin's defensive staff. He had stints as defensive coordinator at Michigan and Florida before being hired as head coach at Maryland at age 37. He went 10-15 in two seasons with the Terrapins. Reports of dysfunction in the football program emerged after the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair. He collapsed during conditioning drills because of heat-related illness.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Chennedy Carter scored 28 points, N'dea Jones and Ciera Johnson each had a double-double, and No. 11 Texas A&M beat 20th-ranked Arkansas 84-77. Jones finished with a career-high 22 points and 14 rebounds and Johnson had 11 points and 10 boards. Makayla Daniels made a layup to make it 61-all - the first tie since 5-5 - with 6:24 left in the game but Carter answered with a layup to give A&M the lead for good. The Aggies made 15 of 20 from the free-throw line in the final six minutes. Arkansas attempted just 13 total foul shots, making nine.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rennia Davis had 19 points and 12 rebounds as No. 22 Tennessee defeated Missouri 77-66 in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. Tamari Key scored 16 points and Jordan Horston added 13 as Tennessee handed Missouri its fifth consecutive loss. Tennessee's Jazmine Massengill had seven points and 12 assists with no turnovers. Amber Smith scored 22 points and Aijha Blackwell added 16 for Missouri. Tennessee trailed for much of the first half before going on a 22-4 run midway through the game to build a 46-32 lead. The Lady Vols stayed ahead the rest of the way.
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