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College football TV viewing guide: Five games to watch

  • 6:30 am Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

October’s wonderful TV offerings become complicated Saturday night if you want to watch Game 4 of the World Series between the Giants and Royals and keep up with an evening college football schedule that includes three ranked SEC games. Good luck trying to manage all those options.

Mississippi State at Kentucky, 3:30 p.m., CBS

Coming off a three-game stretch against three top 10 teams, No. 1 Mississippi State needs to be wide awake going into Kentucky. The Bulldogs have had an extra week to prepare for the improved Wildcats, who are 5-0 at home, but haven’t faced a team as well equipped [More]

Lane Kiffin’s mother ‘scared to death’ for her son

  • 8:36 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Do you remember when Phil Fulmer was hit with a subpoena on a trip Alabama?

Well, now Lane Kiffin’s mother is fearing something might happen to her son when Alabama plays at Tennessee on Saturday.

Y’all know about Kiffin’s inglorious departure for Southern California after one year as coach of the Volunteers in 2009, which didn’t leave him in high regard with the fine folks of that state.

He’s already been dragged into a political battle between two candidates for the state legislature.

And a Knoxville barber says Kiffin still owes him for a $14 haircut.

And now, Kiffin’s mom Robin, [More]

Top JUCO RB Jovon Robinson playing at 240 pounds

  • 6:30 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Georgia Military College running back Jovon Robinson, the nation’s top junior college recruit according to many services, shared some surprising news this week.

It has nothing to do with where he’s headed next year. Robinson is still committed to Auburn.

“I just weighed in (Tuesday),” he said. “I’m about 240 pounds. I’ve jumped up in pounds the past couple of months.”

I wasn’t sure I heard him correctly, so I asked again. Yep, he’s at 240.

Robinson, who is 6 foot, has played at about 225 pounds the past few seasons and said the extra weight hasn’t hampered him this fall, but [More]

Texas AD Steve Patterson’s ‘$10,000-year’ comments misconstrued

  • 7:30 pm Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Andy Johnston

It was much ado about nothing.

The Internet blew up earlier today when Texas athletic director Steve Patterson’s comments about paying his school’s athletes $10,000 a year were misconstrued.

Several websites reported that Texas was about to start paying its athletes a yearly stipend to cover expenses and the use of their likeness.

Texas has no plans to begin paying its athletes. Patterson was only responding to what it could cost colleges and universities per athlete should the NCAA lose its appeals related to the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit.

Here’s the Dallas Morning News story in which Patterson talked about the [More]

Who is SEC’s best QB? Marshall, Prescott, Wallace or Sims

  • 10:49 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Auburn’s Nick Marshall was thought to be the SEC’s best QB entering this season.

With none of the M&M&M Boys (Manziel, McCarron and Murray) around, he seemed the likely candidate.

Marshall had just put together a Cam-like season in leading the Tigers to the SEC title and the national championship game and was voted to most of the preseason All-SEC teams.

He’s playing exceedingly well again this fall, but quality QB play has lifted the two Mississippi schools to the top of the SEC and added oomph to Alabama’s offense.

Let’s take a look at the SEC’s top QBs this season:

Nick Marshall, Auburn

Stats: 55.4 [More]

Florida AD: Will Muschamp staying put for now

  • 4:25 pm Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Will Muschamp isn’t going anywhere right now.

Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said Monday that he’ll wait until the end of the season to determine the future of the embattled coach.

“At the beginning of the season we said we would evaluate the season as it plays out,’’ Foley said in a statement on “We will continue to do so. Our sole focus right now is supporting our coaching staff and players as they prepare for Georgia.”

I wrote Saturday night that something needed to be done with Muschamp before Florida plays ninth-ranked Georgia on Nov. 1. The [More]

SEC Power Rankings: Week 8

  • 6:30 am Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

I usually write a few sentences to lead into the weekly SEC Power Rankings, but this morning, here’s loyal reader PigIron’s own rankings, as he posted in the comments of another post.

Read his and then you can compare his to mine.

PigIron’s SEC Power Rankings: 1. Mississippi State; 2. Ole Miss; 3. Alabama; 4. Auburn; 5. Georgia 6. LSU; 7. Missouri; 8. Texas A&M; 9. Kentucky; 10. South Carolina; 11. Arkansas; 12. Florida; 13; Tennessee; 14. Vanderbilt.

A strong list. Here is mine:

Mississippi State (No. 1 last week) – The leader of the SEC pack still has a treacherous road, [More]

Football first: Four SEC teams among top five

  • 3:03 pm Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

The SEC’s Fantastic Four has set a football first.

SEC teams make up four of the top five spots in the AP Top 25, becoming the first conference to accomplish the feat in the history of the poll.

Mississippi State (6-0) is No. 1, followed by Florida State  (7-0) at No. 2. After that, it’s Ole Miss (7-0), followed by Alabama (6-1), which jumped from No. 7 to No. 4, and Auburn (5-1), which didn’t play, but moved up because of losses by Notre Dame and Baylor.

Mississippi State had 43 first-place votes to 14 for FSU and three for Ole [More]

Will Muschamp needs to go at Florida

  • 10:27 pm Saturday, October 18th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

You might have seen the last of Will Muschamp.

Florida’s second disastrous season in a row is what happens when you mix a Dumpster fire with a train wreck.

It’s such a mess that the Gators might have a new coach before they play Georgia on Nov. 1.

“Fire Muschamp” chants filled The Swamp long before Missouri finished its dismantling of Florida on Saturday night.

Just think.

One week after Missouri looked like a JV team in a 34-0 loss to Georgia, the Tigers scored every way imaginable to build a bonfire under Muschamp’s La-Z-Boy.

This week would be the perfect time for Florida to [More]

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