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September 30, 2013 8:04 PM

Ellis Johnson: SEC defenses 'trying to keep up' with up-tempo attacks

Each week of the college football season seems to bring more and more proof that the Southeastern Conference is shedding its “defense-first” mentality. The only two SEC matchups featuring a pair of top-10 teams thus far — Alabama at Texas A&M and LSU at Georgia — are prominent examples, as each game saw the combatants finish with more than 40 points in regulation.

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Mike Niziolek joins the Ledger-Enquirer after spending the past three years with MLive.com. The past year he covered Eastern Michigan University athletics, including football and recruiting. He also filled in as a backup writer for the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and University of Michigan. Mike is a 2004 graduate of Michigan State.

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