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    May 24, 2018 3:27 AM PDT

    Here are some things to watch in Week 8 of the Southeastern Conference football season:GAME OF THE WEEK: No. Nike Air Max 97 Ultra Hombre . 6 Texas A&M at No. 1 Alabama: Three seasons ago, Trevor Knight was Oklahomas quarterback when he engineered a Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama. Now that he has rejuvenated his career at a new school, Knight will try to beat Alabama once again when Texas A&M visits Tuscaloosa. Alabama has won 19 consecutive games over the last two years and is coming off a 49-10 blowout victory at No. 18 Tennessee, which was ranked ninth at the time of the game. That dominant performance might explain why Alabama is favored by 18 points in this matchup of unbeaten teams.MATCHUP OF THE WEEK: Auburn running game vs. Arkansas run defense: No. 17 Arkansas chances of beating the 21st-ranked Tigers depend on how well the Razorbacks contain Auburns rushing attack. Arkansas has given up 17 touchdown runs this season and is allowing 5.57 yards per carry to rank last in the SEC in both categories. Auburn averages 262.8 yards rushing per game to rank third in the SEC and has two 500-yard rushers in Kerryon Johnson (105 carries, 538 yards) and Kamryn Pettway (91-505). The only other FBS teams with two 500-yard rushers are Texas A&M and No. 20 Western Michigan.NUMBERS GAME: South Carolina is the only FBS team that hasnt played a game this season in which either team scored at least 30 points. ... Texas A&M has split its last four meetings against top-ranked opponents. The wins came in 2002 against Oklahoma and in 2012 at Alabama. ... Alabama has scored at least one non-offensive touchdown in nine straight games. Alabama has scored eight touchdowns on defense and three on special teams this season. ...No. 25 LSU had more points than offensive plays (42) in a 45-10 victory over Southern Mississippi. It was only the fourth time since at least 1949 that LSU finished a game with more points than offensive plays.UPSET WATCH: LSU is a six-point favorite at home over No. 23 Ole Miss. The Tigers have played better of late under interim coach Ed Orgeron, beating Missouri and Southern Miss by large margins, but the Rebels will likely provide a much tougher test. Mississippi State is a three-point favorite on the road against Kentucky, which makes some sense because the Bulldogs have a seven-game winning streak in the series. But the Bulldogs have lost three of their past four games while the Wildcats have won three of four.IMPACT PERFORMER: Ole Miss TE Evan Engram: The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Engram leads the nation for tight ends with 37 catches for 590 yards. Hes also scored five touchdowns. The senior has become the focal point of the 23rd-ranked Rebels league-leading passing offense. Hes the nations active leader for tight ends with 1,984 career receiving yards and already has the most career catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns for a tight end in school history.-----AP Sports Writers Steve Megargee in Knoxville, Tennessee, and David Brandt in Jackson, Mississippi, contributed to this story. AP College Football website: . Nike Air More Uptempo Bulls .C. -- Todd Fiddler scored a hat trick, including the overtime goal, as the Prince George Cougars survived an 8-7 win against the Kamloops Blazers in Western Hockey League play Sunday. Nike Off White The Ten . Scott Kazmir allowed four hits in seven shutout innings, Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in a three-run first inning and the Indians maintained their hold on an AL wild-card spot with a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night. . PETERSBURG, Fla.What is it about England summer tours to the other side of the equator? They start off in hope, with a smattering of trepidation, and end up, for the most part, in embarrassing failure. Since that night of nights in Sydney in 2003 when England reached their pinnacle, no fewer than 17 Test matches have been contested away to the big three.In all that time, amid all that endeavour and pain, the chaps with the red roses on their jerseys have managed to come up with just one win and a draw. Martin Johnsons tourists squeaked past Australia in Sydney in 2010, beating the Wallabies 21-20. Two year later, Stuart Lancasters men drew 14-14 in Port Elizabeth against South Africa.  Australia will miss prop Sekope Kepu, who is playing in France for Bordeaux-Begles The same old excuses get wheeled out every time. England are knackered after a long, hard season. Too many of their first-choice players have been knocking seven bells out of each other in big domestic finals. Theyve flown through eleven time zones and havent had enough time to prepare.This year, however, I truly believe things will be different.For a start, the Aussies are almost certainly going to be missing a number of their big stars from the World Cup. Michael Chekika has said hes unlikely to pick players who are based in France. That means the following ought to be unavailable: Matt Giteau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Drew Mitchell, Will Genia and the prop Sekope Kepu, who was instrumental in helping to turn the Australian scrum into such a potent force last autumn. Eddie Jonees discusses the abrasive Michael Cheika Meanwhile, back in Oz, World Cup openside Michael Hooper has been ranked as only the fifth best No 7 in the country by former national coach Bob Dwyer. Nike Air Max 180 Og Ultramarine. Furthermore, apart from the Melbourne Rebels, the other Aussie franchises are not exactly dazzling anyone at the moment in Super Rugby.England, on the other hand, are in a very good place. They are champions of the northern hemisphere and had three sides in the semi-finals of the Champions Cup. Sarries could yet win the thing. Talking of Saracens, England also possess arguably the best second row in the northern hemisphere in Maro Itoje and George Kruis. Their No 8 Billy Vunipola just missed out on being chosen as the Six Nations player of the tournament. Manu Tuilagi is getting back to his best Oh yeah, and at Leicester Manu Tuilagi is back to full fitness and scattering opponents about the park like skittles in a Tom and Jerry cartoon.England are also in a good place psychologically thanks to Eddie Jones. He clearly knows the right buttons to press and how make the most of Englands traditional strengths. In all my time of watching training, I have also never seen the guys pushed as hard as they were in February and March.Jones has also spoken about wanting to go back to his native land and emulate the England cricketers on the Ashes tour of 1932/33. That was the notorious Bodyline Series when Douglas Jardine and co. set about battering Don Bradman out of his comfort zone. Eighty three years later, Jones wants England to be ruthless up front, to earn the right to spread the ball and play rugby.You may accuse me of being unduly optimistic, or for having partied too hard with Martin Castrogiovanni in Vegas, but I believe England can be really competitive in the forthcoming three Test series.A lot will depend on the injury count at the business end of the season, and whether or not we get any more acts of gross stupidity to trouble the disciplinarians, but it could be that England are about to add some long overdue victories to that solitary win in 17 attempts since their World Cup triumph. Watch Englands tour to Australia on Sky Sports. Catch the first Test for £6.99 with a NOW TV day pass. 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