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An inside look at the teams, players, coaches and trends that shape college football Saturdays

Gary Danielson: Florida “has chance” against Georgia without Todd Gurley

  • 11:07 am Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Todd Gurley’s absence could be the key for Florida on Saturday.

The Gators looked downright pitiful offensively and on special teams in a 42-13 loss to Missouri nearly two weeks ago, a defeat that has placed coach Will Muschamp’s job security on top of an inferno.

The defeat left Florida at 3-3. Even worse for Florida fans, the Gators are 0-3 against Georgia under Muschamp.

That could change Saturday, CBS analyst Gary Danielson said this week.

“The air went out of (Florida) and they didn’t show up against Missouri, but the Georgia game is the perfect elixir for them,” he said when we talked [More]

Miss. State, Auburn, Ole Miss among top four in first playoff ranking

  • 8:01 pm Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

The SEC is first, third and fourth to none in the first College Football Playoff ranking released Tuesday night.

Undefeated Mississippi State is the top team in the initial ranking, which isn’t a surprise, but after Florida State at No. 2, Auburn is third and Ole Miss is fourth, leaving Alabama at sixth — behind Oregon — and out of this week’s first four.

Of course, this is the first of the CFP’s rankings, which will continue on Tuesdays until Dec. 7, which is being called Selection Sunday.

Other SEC teams include Georgia at No. 11 and LSU at No. 19.

ESPN.com [More]

Booster group bought Saban’s home for $3.1 million

  • 2:18 pm Monday, October 27th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

How would you like if someone paid for your house, let you live in it — rent free — and are now paying the yearly property taxes?

It’s nice to be Nick Saban.

A group called the Crimson Tide Foundation paid $3.1 million for the four-bedroom, 4 1/2-bath, 8,759-square-foot home that Alabama’s coach and his wife Terry bought in 2007, according to AL.com.

And before you say that has to be an NCAA violation. It’s not.

“A spokeswoman for the NCAA said a coach’s compensation package is determined by the university, and a university foundation is allowed to be a source for [More]

SEC Power Rankings: Week 9

  • 6:30 am Monday, October 27th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

I’ve put a lot of care and thought into this week’s SEC Power Rankings because I know the Selection Committee will use them to help pick this week’s first playoff rankings, which will be released at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

As you probably know, the SEC still holds three of the top four spots in the AP Top 25, even though Ole Miss was upset by LSU on Saturday night.

Here are the last SEC Power Rankings for October. Enjoy what should be a crazy November.

Mississippi State (No. 1 last week) – The path was a little sketchy at times, but [More]

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 GatorZone.com. “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]