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When it comes to Autographgate, which Heisman Trophy hopeful is next? Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott? Notre Dame QB Everett Golson? The Aflac duck?

Morning, how was your weekend?

ATLANTA — The elephant in the Atlanta Falcons' locker room stands 5-feet-9, weighs 192 pounds and answers to Antone Smith.

KNOXVILLE — There may be but one certainty gleaned from Tennessee's 45-10 college football victory over little brother UT-Chattanooga on Saturday afternoon: On Oct. 11, 2014, beneath a pale gray sky, the Volunteers were 35 points better than the Mocs.

The brilliant college career of Todd Gurley looks to be done.

We were 4-5 against the number last week and are a positively pedestrian 21-20 this year. Gross.

Quick question: What do the four largest payrolls in Major League Baseball have in common this morning?

Dodgers are done and they take the highest payroll — roughly $240 million or about $9.5 million per player in a league which the average salary is less than a third of that — on vacation. Again.

OK, so maybe Tuesday's news that our town has landed the USA boxing team qualifying tournament without so much as trying won't generate the immediate electricity that corralling a similar event in women's figure skating or gymnastics might have.

As the calendar turns and we prepare for the clocks to roll, the NFL picture is becoming clearer.

Here's our weekly ranking of the SEC (with record and this week's schedule) and questions facing each this week:

Positioned in the middle of Chattanooga's defensive line that early November Saturday afternoon in 1958, Jerry Arnold gave the Tennessee offensive lineman crouched across from him a shoulder fake, then broke toward Volunteers place-kicker Gene Etter.

It's Monday, and we do what we do.

For proof that not all sports weekends are created equal, allow me to nominate the four days just past — Thursday night, Friday, Saturday and Sunday — as the best in a long, long time.

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