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UNDATED (AP) — No. 1 Georgia is making a case that defense still does win championships, but this isn’t a trend outside of Athens. Across the country, offenses are still humming along at a pace similar to recent seasons. The Bulldogs are an outlier in many ways during a a first half of the season filled wit upsets and unpredictability. Through seven weeks, 47 ranked teams have lost and more than half of those have been to unranked teams, including a historic loss by Alabama to Texas A&M.

UNDATED (AP) — South Carolina is ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason women’s basketball poll for the second consecutive season. UConn is No. 2. Defending national champion Stanford was third. Maryland and North Carolina State round out the top five. Two Big Ten teams have their best preseason ranking ever: Indiana is No. 8 and Michigan is No. 11. There is excitement in Iowa, too: Iowa is ranked ninth and Iowa State is 12th.

UNDATED (AP) — The Associated Press midseason All-America team is led by Alabama quarterback Bryce Young and Texas running back Bijan Robinson. No. 1 Georgia’s ferocious defense is represented by defensive tackle Jordan Davis and linebacker Nakobe Dean. The team was picked by voters in The Associated Press Top 25 poll.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Kentucky is the favorite to win the Southeastern Conference title, while defending champion Alabama is picked to finish second in voting among a panel of national and league media. Voters picked Vanderbilt sophomore guard Scotty Pippen Jr. as preseason SEC player of the year in results released by the league on Tuesday.Pippen headlined the first-team All-SEC picks that also included Kentucky guard Sahvir Wheeler, a Georgia transfer. Alabama guards Jaden Shackelford and Jahvon Quinerly also made the first team, along with Colin Castleton and Mississippi State’s Iverson Molinar.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Assistant football coach Scott Cochran has returned to No. 1 Georgia’s staff in an off-field capacity after being away from the team for the first seven games for health reasons. Coach Kirby Smart says Cochran will assist the special teams staff for the remainder of the season. Georgia announced before the season that Cochran was “dealing with health issues” and needed time “to prioritize his mental health and well-being.” Cochran is Alabama’s former strength and conditioning coach. Former South Carolina coach Will Muschamp, who joined Georgia’s staff as a defensive analyst, moved on field to help fill the void left by Cochran’s absence. 

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina starting quarterback Luke Doty will miss the rest of the season after re-injuring his foot in a win over Vanderbilt. Gamecocks coach Shane Beamer says Doty will have surgery this week and should be ready for spring practice next season. South Carolina rallied Saturday to beat Vanderbilt 21-20 as back up Zeb Noland led a 75-yard scoring drive that ended with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Legette with 37 seconds to play.  Beamer said on Sunday Noland would start this week at No. 17 Texas A&M. Beamer said St. Francis transfer Jason Brown would back up Noland. 

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