Dogs' Aaron Murray putting up numbers worthy of the Heisman

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WHO’S HOT

Aaron Murray. The Georgia senior quarterback is back in the race for the Heisman Trophy after coming up clutch time and again in the Bulldogs’ win over Louisiana State.

Murray has played well in two quality wins this season. He needs 100 yards Saturday to set the Southeastern Conference and school record for career passing yardage.

WHO’S NOT

Former Tennessee and Southern Cal coach Lane Kiffin. Does anyone outside of his family feel sorry for this guy?

TIDE ROLLING

As of Tuesday, Alabama was a 551/2-point favorite over Georgia State (0-4) for Saturday’s contest. Is that enough points for the Panthers?

GAMES OF THE WEEK

You might need some extra caffeine Saturday, because the only two top-25 games take place at night. Fourth-ranked Ohio State plays at No. 16 Northwestern at 8 p.m. (ABC-Ch.6), while No. 15 Washington plays at No. 5 Stanford at 10:30 (ESPN).

RANKING THE BIG FOUR

1. Clemson (4-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). Quarterback Tajh Boyd is third in the ACC in passing efficiency (163.3).

2. Georgia (3-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference). Offense wins championships? The Bulldogs sure hope so.

3. South Carolina (3-1, 1-1 SEC). With wide receiver Shaq Roland suspended and quarterback Connor Shaw injured, why not give tailback Mike Davis more carries?

4. Georgia Tech (3-1, 2-1 ACC). Sean Poole has a league-best 47.4 punting average.

THIS WEEK’S GAMES

• Georgia Southern at Samford, 3 p.m. (No TV)

• South Carolina State vs. North Carolina A&T, at Atlanta, 3:30 (No TV)

• Clemson at Syracuse, 3:30 (ABC-Ch. 6)

• Georgia at Tennessee, 3:30 (CBS-Ch. 12)

• Georgia Tech at Miami, 3:30 (ESPNU)

• Kentucky at South Carolina, 7:30 (Fox Sports South)

THIS WEEK’S STORYLINES

Clemson: The Tigers, only favored by 13 points, could be in for a battle in the Carrier Dome.

Georgia: The Dogs are 2-2 in the past four meetings at Neyland Stad­ium.

Georgia Tech: If the Yellow Jackets are going to return to the ACC title game, they have to bounce back the Hurricanes.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks face the worst rushing offense in the conference.



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