Savannah State to be paid big bucks to face brual matchups

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WHO’S HOT

Oklahoma State's Ashton Lampkin  intercepted a pass intended for Savannah State's Marcus Johnson during the Cowboys' rout Saturday.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Oklahoma State's Ashton Lampkin intercepted a pass intended for Savannah State's Marcus Johnson during the Cowboys' rout Saturday.

Alabama. The defending national champion picked up where it left off against Michigan.

WHO’S NOT

Savannah State. According to the Savannah Morning News, the Tigers will receive a total of $860,000 for their two opening embarrassments – the 84-0 beatdown last week at Oklahoma State and the likely upcoming blowout loss at No. 6 Florida State on Saturday.

Will the money make this program better in the long run? Hard to say. But consider this: Savannah State is 19-108 since 2000.

RUNNING WILD

There’s no shortage of quality running backs at area major colleges.

Clemson’s Bruce Ellington rushed for 231 yards against Auburn.

Marcus Lattimore went for 110 and two scores in the victory over Vanderbilt.

And who can forget the breakout by Georgia freshman Todd Gurley? All he did was rush for 100 yards and two scores and return a kickoff 100 yards for another touchdown.

RANKING THE BIG FOUR

1. Georgia (1-0, 0-0 Southeastern Conference). Isaiah Crowell, who?

2. South Carolina (1-0, 1-0 SEC). Gamecocks have to keep Connor Shaw healthy after the junior quarterback suffered back and shoulder injuries in recent weeks.

3. Clemson (1-0, 0-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). Tigers have to figure out how to score more touchdowns (two) than field goals (four) after rolling up more than 500 yards of offense against Auburn.

4. Georgia Tech (0-1, 0-1 ACC). If nothing else, the white helmets looked cool.

• East Carolina at South Carolina, 12:21 p.m. (WRDW-My12)

• Ball State at Clemson, 12:30 (Fox-Ch. 54)

• Georgia Southern at The Citadel, 6 (No TV)

• Bethune-Cookman at S.C. State, 6 (No TV)

• Presbyterian at Georgia Tech, 7 (No TV)

• Georgia at Missouri, 7:45 (ESPN2)

THIS WEEK’S STORYLINES

Clemson: Ellington could easily have another 200-yard game against Ball State.

Georgia: We’ll see how “old-man football” fares against Missouri’s spread attack in the teams’ SEC opener.

Georgia Tech: Short week to prepare, but the Jackets are playing Presbyterian.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks can’t overlook East Carolina, which led by 10 at halftime of last year’s contest.


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