Louisiana-Monroe should be ranked

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WHO’S HOT

Louisiana Monroe quarterback Kolton Browning, left, carries the ball into the end zone past Arkansas safety Rohan Gaines (26) during overtime in an NCAA college football game in Little Rock, Ark., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. Louisiana-Monroe defeated Arkansas 34-31 in overtime. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)  Daniel Johnston
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Louisiana Monroe quarterback Kolton Browning, left, carries the ball into the end zone past Arkansas safety Rohan Gaines (26) during overtime in an NCAA college football game in Little Rock, Ark., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. Louisiana-Monroe defeated Arkansas 34-31 in overtime. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Louisiana-Monroe. Warhawks should have made the top 25 after their overtime upset at then-No. 8 Arkansas. We’ll find out more about ULM this week when it travels to play Auburn (0-2).

WHO’S NOT

Southeastern Conference newbies. Some fans might have thought their schools were going to take the SEC by storm, but Missouri and Texas A&M quickly found out how you play “Old Man Football.” Credit Florida and Georgia each for bouncing back in the second half in their respective wins.

BROKEN WINGS

If Georgia Southern is going to win a national championship, the Eagles will have to play better than they did in Saturday’s loss to The Citadel. Losing two fumbles and missing a field goal at the buzzer are unacceptable for a team expected to go all the way this year.

RANKING THE BIG FOUR

1. Georgia (2-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference). Linebacker Jarvis Jones posted arguably the greatest defensive outing by a Bulldog since David Pollack dominated South Carolina in 2002.

2. South Carolina (2-0, 1-0 SEC). With the emergence of backup Dylan Thompson, the Gamecocks have their most depth at quarterback in coach Steve Spurrier’s eight seasons.

3. Clemson (2-0, 0-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). DeAndre Hopkins already has a pair of 100-yard receiving games.

4. Georgia Tech (1-1, 0-1 ACC). Offense got back on track, even if it was against Presbyterian.

SATURDAY’S GAMES

• Furman at Clemson, 3 p.m. (FS South)

•Virginia at Georgia Tech, 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

• Alabama-Birmingham at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (FS South)

•Florida Atlantic at Georgia, 7:30 p.m. (CSS)

• S.C. State at Arizona, 10:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

THIS WEEK’S STORYLINES

Clemson: Receiver Sammy Watkins returns for what should be a snoozer.

Georgia: Bulldogs’ offense seeking first complete game before jumping back into SEC play.

Georgia Tech: Yellow Jackets 2-3 in their past five against the Cavs.

South Carolina: Cake game for the Gamecocks as they prepare for Missouri the following week.


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