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No. 16 Gators look to extend streak against Vols
Growing up a huge Florida fan, quarterback John Brantley tried to forget losses to Tennessee. It wasn't too difficult.

There weren't many of them - and none lately.

The 16th-ranked Gators will try to extend their dominance in the rivalry when they host the Volunteers on Saturday. With the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division seemingly up for grabs - Georgia is 0-2 and South Carolina has been far from impressive - the game could be as meaningful as it was for more than a decade beginning in 1990.

Brantley says the game has the "same intensity that it always has."

The Gators have won 15 of 21 since the series became an annual occurrence, including six in a row. It's Florida longest winning streak against Tennessee since they first played in 1916.

Winless Georgia to face Coastal Carolina
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -
History suggests Mark Richt is facing long odds to reach his goal of a successful season for Georgia.

Georgia is 0-2 for only the 11th time in the program's history.

The only year Georgia lost its first two games and finished with a winning record was in 1979, when the Bulldogs lost their first three contests before finishing 6-5 to establish momentum that carried over to a national championship the following year.

Georgia, coming off its first losing season under Richt, opened with losses to Boise State and South Carolina. It's the first time the Bulldogs have opened against two Top 25 teams.

The Bulldogs play Coastal Carolina on Saturday.

North Texas visits rolling Crimson Tide|
Alabama coach Nick Saban wants his team to "challenge ourselves to play our best" this week.

Really, the second-ranked Crimson Tide might not need to be at its best Saturday night when 45-point underdog North Texas visits.

Alabama is 2-0 and North Texas is 0-2.

This is a sandwich game for the Tide, which is coming off a win at Penn State and faces No. 14 Arkansas next weekend.

This might be a chance for quarterback AJ McCarron to build some confidence against a defense that allowed more than 500 yards passing against Houston last weekend. It might also allow backup Philip Sims to get some seasoning.

Tide receiver Darius Hanks returns after having to sit out the first two games under the NCAA's redshirt rule.

Trotter, No. 21 Auburn play at Clemson
Auburn quarterback Barrett Trotter can't wait to silence Tigers fans - Clemson Tiger fans, that is.

No. 21 Auburn (2-0) heads to Death Valley on Saturday for a rematch of last year's overtime matchup on the Plains with Clemson (2-0).

It's Trotter's first road game as Auburn's starter, a challenge he can't wait to face.

The defending BCS champs have passed several road tests during their 17-game win streak, the longest in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Seven victories during the stretch have come away from home, including the Southeastern Conference title game in Atlanta and the BCS championship game in Glendale, Ariz.

Trotter and his Auburn teammates expect a crazy, loud atmosphere at Clemson and an opponent eager for a bit of revenge for last year's 27-24 overtime defeat.

Vandy looking at rare 3-0 start vs Mississippi
Vanderbilt coach James Franklin preaches on 6 seconds. He wants his Commodores thinking ahead only for the 6 seconds it takes from the snap of the ball to the whistle.

No more, no less.

With the Commodores 2-0 and hosting Mississippi in both teams' Southeastern Conference opener Saturday, that is a little tougher for those around long enough to know to enjoy being undefeated. A win Saturday would match the 3-0 start in 2008.

Vanderbilt receiver John Cole says being undefeated means a confidence across campus that they haven't had much of in the past.

But he says that means showing they are a new team and really don't want to lose.

That's what worries Mississippi (1-1) who has lost four of the past six in this series.

Ga. Tech still smarting over 2010 loss to Kansas
Coach Paul Johnson remembers Kansas taking a knee at the end of the game. Stephen Hill recalls dropping a touchdown pass.

For Georgia Tech, an ugly loss sent the team into a swoon that lasted a whole season.

The Yellow Jackets (2-0) will be looking to make up last year's 28-25 shocker when they host Kansas (2-0) on Saturday in the final tuneup before the start of conference play.

Georgia Tech is trying not to fret over what happened in 2010, but there's no doubt that game still stings in these parts. Kansas took advantage of numerous blunders by the visiting team to pull out the first of just three wins in Turner Gill's debut season as coach.

The Yellow Jackets never really recovered from the setback, stumbling to a 6-7 record.

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