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Florida remembering Lane Kiffin

COLUMBIA - Got to appreciate that Florida coach Urban Meyer didn't even deny that he's going to use Lane Kiffin against, well, Lane Kiffin this week when the Gators host suddenly fledgling Tennessee.

"We'll do what we have to do," Meyer told reporters earlier this week.

Kiffin's mouth gave a lot of teams off-season ammo, but none more than the defending national champs. That's always a good idea, right?

When Kiffin accused Meyer of cheating, even though he wasn't, he put a death knell in his team's coffin. How fair is that to his players?

Oh, by the way, the Volunteers aren't very good. See: Jon Crompton's day against UCLA. How will the Florida defense - the one that returns its top 22 - greet him?

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A.J. Green

The Summerville native was stripped after his first catch against his homestate team, but he had a terrific game thereafter. Green single-handedly led one Georgia touchdown drive, drawing a pass interference call and then ripping off a 34-yard reception that included several broken tackles and side steps.

Tim Tebow

Tebow makes his debut in the good column after taking SEC offensive player of the week honors. The catch: He needed only 2 1/2 quarters against Troy. Will he have to play all four against Tennessee? Don't count on it, unless Meyer's still making a point.

Stephen Garcia

There were miscues, and he didn't complete that final pass, but Garcia showed a blend of toughness and poise in running for a team-high 42 yards and passing for a career-high 313 yards. South Carolina has to feel good - or at least better - about him moving forward.

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Oh, my. After praise was lavished on the Tennessee quarterback, he fell on his face against UCLA. A lot of those passes looked very high school-ish. Leash is short after three-interception day that could've been even worse.

Gamecocks special teams

They had some OK moments, such as Spencer Lanning's five field goals, but first-half kickoff coverage and a blocked extra point in the fourth quarter kept South Carolina from a big road win and a 2-0 start.

Week 2 byes

Yet to figure out why Arkansas, Ole Miss and Kentucky had the week off so early in the season. It actually worked out for Arkansas, which is preparing for Georgia. And Ole Miss, which was battling the flu bug.

By the numbers

204 - Georgia kick return yards in the first half against South Carolina. That set a school record.

7 - LSU's fourth-quarter lead against Vanderbilt in sloppy conditions.

7 - Florida offensive touchdowns of 20 or more yards in first two games, albeit against Charleston Southern and Troy.

Quote of the week

"There were no style points for this one. That's a fact." - LSU coach Les Miles after his Tigers got by with a 23-9 victory against Vandy in the rain at Tiger Stadium.

Trav's Take

* Crompton won't survive this game at Florida. Nick Stephens plays at least a quarter for Vols. Suddenly UT fans start figuring out how to avoid another losing season.

* Arkansas will beat Georgia this week. Ryan Mallett will play exceptionally. Hello, Hogs. Don't forget about them in West discussion.

* Auburn's magic suddenly disappears against an underrated West Virginia team.

High Five

Ranking the SEC's five best pure college towns

1. Athens, Ga. - Eclectic downtown, beautiful campus and beautiful girls make this trip worthwhile.

2. Oxford, Miss. - Ditto No. 1.

3. Auburn, Ala. - Hard to believe it's only 90 minutes from Atlanta.

4. Tuscaloosa, Ala. - Very underrated in this category, nationally.

5. Gainesville, Fla. - Lacks some character but has lots of college town elements.