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Athlon Sports Heisman Voting: Week 4

Trent Richardson has a chance to improve his Heisman stock this weekend against Arkansas.

-by Braden Gall (@AthlonBraden on twitter)

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<p> Each week the Athlon editors will vote on the most prestigious award in all of sports.</p>
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Can Vanderbilt Sustain Success in the SEC?

The Commodores headline Athlon's Week 3 SEC Notebook
<p> Commodores headline Athlon's Week 3 SEC Notebook</p>

By Mitch Light

Vanderbilt’s hot start has made national news. The Commodores, fresh off a dominating 30–7 win over Ole Miss, are 3–0 under first-year head coach James Franklin.

But despite the epic struggles this program has endured over the past five decades, this is not uncharted territory for Vanderbilt football. In fact, this is the third time in the past seven years the Commodores have opened a season with a 3–0 mark — something that only 31 of the other 119 FBS programs can claim.

Athlon Sports Heisman Voting: Week 3

Heisman hopes for Broyles, Jones will be on the line this weekend in Tallahassee.

-by Braden Gall (@AthlonBraden on twitter)

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<p> Each week the Athlon editors will vote on the most prestigious award in all of sports.</p>
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South Carolina Makes a Statement in SEC East

Gamecocks' win over Georgia headlines Athlon's SEC Notebook
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<p> Gamecocks' win over Georgia headlines SEC Notebook</p>

By Mitch Light (@AthlonMitch)

This might sound a bit obvious, but beating Georgia is a very good sign for South Carolina football. Consider the following: The Gamecocks are a combined 25–23 in the SEC in the six seasons in which they have defeated Georgia. On the other hand, they are 36–67–1 in conference games in the 13 seasons in which they have lost to the Bulldogs, and only once, in 2005, has South Carolina had a winning SEC record without beating Georgia.

Five-Star Freshmen Make Big Impact

The 2011 class of five-star recruits has already made a huge impact on college football.

-by Braden Gall (@AthlonBraden on twitter)

Last week was a slow week in the recruiting world. Washington State picked up a trio of commitments and then won back-to-back games for the first time since 2007. The Pitt Panthers landed Pittsburgh (Pa.) Penn Hills wide receiver Corey Jones, and LSU got a verbal pledge from Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer offensive tackle Patrick Miller.

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<p> The 2011 class of five-star recruits has already made a huge impact on college football.</p>
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Scenes from Saturday: Alabama vs. Penn State

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