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SEC Notebook: Week 1

Athlon hands out some hardware for the opening weekend of college football
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<p> Athlon hands out some hardware for the opening weekend of college football</p>

The first week of college football action is complete in the SEC. Here is our look at the week that was.

SEC Coaches' Candid Quotes On Conference Rivals

Off-the-record quotes from SEC coaches about their rivals.
<p> Off-the-record quotes from SEC coaches about their rivals.</p>

Each year we ask college football coaches to tell us what they really think about the other teams in their conference. But we don't want the cliche'd press conference platitudes, so we ask them to give us their quotes off-the-record and anonymously. Here are this year's quotes in alphabetical order for each team in the SEC.

Athlon's 2011 SEC Predictions

Trent Richardson looks to lead Alabama back to Atlanta.

The SEC West has won the last two BCS championships, and the league’s balance of power remains tilted in a westerly direction heading into the 2011 college football season.

Nick Saban has built a machine at Alabama during his brief tenure in Tuscaloosa, and despite the loss of solid starting quarterback Greg McElroy and 2009 Heisman winner Mark Ingram, the Tide has once again turned its attention toward a national title.

Exclude From Games: 
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<p> Athlon's countdown to the 2011 season continues with a look at the projected order of finish for the SEC.</p>

Athlon Awards: Defensive Back Units

Alabama's Mark Barron leads the nation's top secondary.
<p> Athlon Sports ranks the best defensive back units in college football for 2011.</p>

They're the teams within the team - those cohesive little units bound together by their shared responsibilities within the larger team context.

Whether it's the offensive linemen firing off time after time into those familiar blocking sleds, or the defensive linemen drilling repeatedly on how to shed blockers, or the defensive backs breaking on ball after ball - these teams in miniature hone their tasks on the practice field until those tasks become second nature.

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