Will the SEC Network Carry Clemson at Georgia?
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Will the SEC Network Carry Clemson at Georgia?

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Will the SEC Network Carry Clemson at Georgia?

Written by: Clay Travis

The SEC Network is slowly rolling out the first weekend's football schedule. The goal? Exact a maximum amount of pain for DirecTV, Comcast, Time Warner, and the other smaller cable providers who have not yet signed up to carry the channel.

So far six SEC teams will be commencing their seasons on the SEC Network. It starts on Thursday night when Vanderbilt hosts Temple and then Texas A&M travels to South Carolina. The two games are not so subtle shots at Time Warner -- which is big in South Carolina and Texas -- as well as Comcast, which is based in Philadelphia and dominates the Nashville market. In fact, look into the SEC Network schedule and it's a fascinating battle plan, designed to cause the most pain possible for recalcitrant cable and satellite companies. 

On Saturday Auburn and Arkansas are playing and on Sunday Utah State travels to Tennessee.

That means six SEC teams have been announced for the opening weekend on the SEC Network, but there are still two games left to announce.  

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Kentucky Extends SEC's Brand Into Ohio

Written by: Clay Travis

The Kentucky Wildcats are number two in the nation in recruiting. 

In football. 

Really, this has happened. 

Stop with all your -- "But it's June!" -- Tweets and consider the accomplishment of first year head coach Mark Stoops. I don't care what month it is, did you ever think Kentucky would be number two in the country in football recruiting?

Put simply, Mark Stoops has done a remarkable job snagging talent early in his Kentucky tenure. 

Yes, Kentucky owes much of its rankings prominence to the fact that the Wildcats have more commits than many schools, but so does Texas, your erstwhile number one recruiting class in the country. In fact, Kentucky's 17 recruits actually have a higher average star rating than Texas's 19 recruits.  

Stop with your a lot changes between now and February Tweets and emails as well. Actually, a lot doesn't change. Over time, eighty percent of all verbal commitments are honored. So, yes, some recruits change their minds, but they're a substantial minority of the cases. Recruits who change their minds just get more attention than the recruits who make a commitment and stick with it throughout the year.

At the absolute worst, Kentucky should finish with a top twenty football recruiting class, something they've never managed before in their gridiron history.  

Last night was the Miss USA pageant. 

I missed it trying to fly back from New York City thanks to our three hour delay in LaGuardia, but tons of you were Tweeting me throughout the night about the pageant. I appreciate that because ordinarily I love watching pageants. In particular, I love watching pageant contestants answer questions. 

It's my favorite part of the competition by far. 

When I landed in Nashville y'all deluged me with Tweets about Miss Utah's answer to a question about how to ensure that women received equal pay for equal work. 

It's not exactly the most difficult question that has ever been asked. Sometimes these beauty pageant queens get asked controversial questions with no right answer. For instance, in 2009 Miss California was asked about same-sex marriage. Whatever you say to that question you're going to upset half the audience.

Yeah, good luck with that. 

But this wasn't one of those questions. 

All Miss Utah, Marissa Powell, needed to say was that women should receive equal pay for equal work and that she found it unfair that they didn't.

Pretty simple, right? 

But she couldn't pull that off. 

Instead?

Well, this glorious trainwreck of an answer happened. 

A woman's guide to outkicking your coverage

Written by: Lori Kelly

In movies, the awkward fat kid in the corner wins over the head cheerleader because he's nicer than the quarterback. By now we all know this is bullshit. If you don't look like Ryan Gosling, you won't win her by being nice. During sorority rush, nice was how we described a girl we wanted to cut to the rest of the house. It was (really bitchy) code for bland and boring.

You know the stereotype: Nice guys finish last. And they do, but not because they're nice.  

Okay, it's mailbag time. 

On Thursday. 

Yes, I answered your prayers for something to entertain you while you pretended to work. And Lori will have a good article on Friday to distract you too. So don't complain too much about me making you work on Friday. I'm off to New York this afternoon for a wedding. 

In the meantime, thanks to @jparker698 for this fabulously awkward fan photo of a UT family. 

I'll break this down next week in our awkward fan photos, but I wanted y'all to enjoy it in the meantime. 

Our old buddy Orlando Shaw, he of the 22 kids by 14 women that Outkick made famous, has been autotuned. 

And whoever did this is our beaver pelt trader of the week. 

In late February of 2011 we added a specific mobile site for Outkick the Coverage.

I could tell based on social media driving our readership -- 60% of our traffic is social now, which is astoundingly large for a site -- that many of you were reading on Twitter or Facebook and sharing our stories that way. Intuition, your feedback, and my own experience online told me that lots of our readership was mobile. The rise of mobile dovetailed with the way I consume most of the content I read. I haven't been to a site front page in over a year. ESPN.com, CBSSports.com, Yahoo Sports, FoxSports.com, I barely have a conception of what any of these pages look like on direct entry. Odds are, many of you are the same way. 

Thirty percent of our overall traffic arrives on the front page, so less than one in three people come to outkickthecoverage.com first.

Personally, I read well over half of the stories I read -- probably closer to 60% -- on my iPhone. (We also have an iPad in the house, but our iPad registers Outkick as a typical desktop does. So if you're reading on an iPad you're probably not counting in our mobile numbers. I don't read much on the iPad because my five year old is always playing Angry Birds on it and he steals it from me. Clearly, I rule the house with an iron fist.)

In fact, I probably read more actual print stories than I do read stories on a laptop. (I've never even owned a desktop computer). Which makes me in a dinosaur in that context. Yes, I still get the New York Times newspaper delivered to my house. Of course I write and do 90% of my Outkick work on a laptop, but I don't spend much time reading here.

I'll share more data as our two year anniversary with Outkick approaches next month, but our mobile traffic is up over 200% in 2013 vs. in 2012. (Non-mobile traffic is up 100% as well, but the trajectory of growth is clearly moving towards mobile. FYI, our traffic isn't growing because we're writing more stories, you guys are just reading the stories we do publish much more).  

Way back in late February of 2012 when we debuted the mobile site, we immediately saw substantial mobile readership and that readership has continued to grow. In the past thirty days 48% of our readership has been on mobile devices.

by P. Joseph Donovan Second best isn’t that bad. It gets you a silver medal (the Olympics), a BJ (sex), or $67 billion (Bill Gates). In College Football, second place gets you a sizeable slice of what is now the second most popular sport in America. That’s actually kind of zen, now that I think about it.    The SEC is the consensus number one football conference in America; that much should be clear. In the past seven years the SEC has won seven National Championships. In 2013 the SEC recorded 63 total draft picks, including 12 in the first round. The SEC West tied the ACC for second place with 31 draft picks. The SEC had four teams with eight or more picks (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and LSU). By comparison, the "well-balanced" Big 12 had only 22 players drafted- fewer than the top three SEC teams.  “But wait, eight of the ten Big 12 Teams [pause for laughter] went to a bowl game!”   First of all, nobody cares about bowl games. The “Beef-O’Brady Bowl” sounds like an experimental sex-move you would try on a fat chick just to see if she would let you. Second, let’s indulge Big Game Bob for a moment and compare apples to apples. How do the bottom six SEC teams stack up against the bottom six Big 12 teams in the NFL draft? Well, predictably, the SEC had 33% more players drafted than the Big 12 did (12 from the SEC compared to 9 from the Big 12). The NFL also drafted far more elite players from the "weak" SEC schools. The bottom of the SEC produced seven players that went in the first three rounds: two 1st rounders, one 2nd rounder, and four 3rd rounders.  Meanwhile, the bottom of the Big 12 produced only four such players: one 1 first rounder, 1 second rounder, and 2 third rounders.  So while the top of the SEC utterly annihilated the top of the Big 12 (producing far more draft picks than the entire Big 12 combined), the bottom of the SEC merely dominated the bottom of the Big 12.

But yeah, it’s just propaganda, Bob Stoops.

AJ McCarron and the Ole Miss Playboy Model

Written by: Clay Travis

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron has become a bona fide star in the last six months. His girlfriend, Katherine Webb, has also parlayed her BCS title fame into something of a career, she's now famous for being famous and this leads to appearances and attention across the country. 

But all has not been perfect for the Romeo and Juliet of the South, who Outkick the Coverage introduced you to back in December, when Webb had just 180 Twitter followers.

You see, the couple has a bit of a mess on their hands, a third wheel in their star-crossed relationship. 

And that third wheel just happens to be an erstwhile Ole Miss student who posed in the SEC girls edition of Playboy. 

An Ole Miss Playboy model student who AJ met on the sideline at last year's Ole Miss game -- Joe Namath approves -- and who spent the night at AJ's house in Tuscaloosa over the weekend.

Uh oh, scandalous. 

So how in the world did this become a story?  

Bret Bielema met his wife Jen at a Las Vegas blackjack table. 

That fact alone immediately endeared him to Outkick the Coverage. Since then Bielema has taken a shot at Nick Saban and said the Big Ten was jealous of the SEC. 

So he's quickly become one of our favorite coaches in the country who's not named Kliff Kingsbury. 

We already had zero doubt that Bielema outkicked his coverage with a massive 90 yard punt. 

That's why we'd previously inducted Bielema into the Outick the Coverage hall of fame

But we hadn't really made that big of a deal of Jen Bielema before because you guys hadn't really inundated us with her picture before.

Then Jen Bielema went to Las Vegas with friends this past weekend.   

It's Friday, y'all aren't working and it's time to dive into yet another mailbag. 

I praise you guys pretty frequently, but, honestly, the mailbag questions just get better and better. So do the readership numbers. The mailbag is the most consistently popular thing we do at OKTC and it's because you guys are asking great questions and also sharing it with your friends and co-workers. 

Plus, it helps that no one wants to do actual work on Friday. 

Our beaver pelt trader of the week is easy, our buddy Orlando Shaw and his 14 baby mommas. 

On to the mailbag. 

College Football Games of the Year

Written by: Todd Fuhrman

Today is a major summer milestone on the sports betting calendar in Las Vegas. For the 7th straight year, the Golden Nugget is opening their menu of college football game of the year lines before anyone else in the city. The 248 games that include some of the season's most high profile contests will be available for wagering starting Friday afternoon at the legendary downtown hotel.  As far as college football bettors are concerned, this marks the unofficial beginning of college football season from a betting perspective.

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