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College football TV viewing guide: Five games to watch

  • 6:30 am Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Nutty November almost had a premature start. Florida State shook off Louisville on Thursday night to almost assuredly retain its spot in the top four of the College Football Playoff Rankings. We know one spot will change. Either No. 3 Auburn or No. 4 Ole Miss won’t survive their showdown in Oxford.

TCU at West Virginia, 3:30 p.m., ABC

These games aren’t for the purists, but do those exist anymore? In case you haven’t been paying attention, TCU doesn’t resemble the team that was 4-8 last year. Quarterback Trevone Boykin is a Heisman candidate and the Horned Frogs beat both Oklahoma teams [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]

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]

College football TV viewing guide: Five games to watch

  • 6:30 am Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Halfway through the season and six undefeated FBS teams remain in the FBS. Two of them are in Mississippi, and they are two of the reasons why the past two weeks have been a couple of the most exciting in college football in several years. Mississippi State is off today and Ole Miss should be able to handle Tennessee, so here’s a look at five other games on your watch list this week.

Texas A&M at Alabama, 3:30 p.m., CBS

The Crimson’s Tide offense has blown an engine after being in the fast lane earlier this season. Alabama has scored 17 and [More]

Mississippi State moves to No. 1 in AP poll

  • 2:39 pm Sunday, October 12th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Mississippi State is the top dog.

The Bulldogs are No. 1 in the new AP Top 25 that was released this afternoon, making them the first team in the poll’s 78-year history to go from unranked to No. 1 in five weeks.

I wrote yesterday, after Mississippi State defeated 38-23 then-No. 2 Auburn, that the Bulldogs deserved to be No. 1 based on their strength of schedule and on lack of strength of Florida State’s opponents.

That came to realization today, when Mississippi State received 45 first-place votes from the media panel to FSU’s 12.

The Bulldogs (6-0) were No. [More]

College football TV viewing guide: Five games to watch

  • 6:30 am Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Last Saturday was a such a tremendous day of football, it’ll be interesting to see if this week can match or even surpass it. The quality of the games remains high, especially in Mississippi, where ESPN’s “College GameDay” will be visiting for the second straight Saturday, this time in Starkville.

UGA at Missouri, noon, CBS

There’s a pallor to Bulldog Nation after Todd Gurley’s suspension, which could wreck the season. Georgia would have had a tough time with Missouri even with Gurley on the field. Now the Bulldogs have to reconfigure their game plan while trying to block Missouri sack specialist Shane [More]

College football TV viewing guide: Five games to watch

  • 6:30 am Friday, October 3rd, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Some folks are calling this “Separation Saturday” in the SEC West.

“Showdown Saturday” might be more fitting.

No division in college football has ever had six ranked teams – five of them are undefeated — from one division playing each other on the same Saturday.

The SEC hasn’t seen a trio of games featuring ranked teams since 1993, according to STATS.

Of course, all three games are in this list, especially the two played in Mississippi.

Texas A&M at Mississippi State, noon Saturday, ESPN

These are the kind of games that destroyed Mississippi State last year. The Bulldogs lost to all five of the ranked teams [More]

College football TV viewing guide: Five games to watch

  • 11:47 am Friday, September 26th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

You don’t have to stay up too late tonight. The best games should be done in time for you to learn something new about Derek Jeter on SportsCenter.

Tennessee at Georgia, noon, ESPN

Swarm was the key word in Tennessee defender Curt Maggitt’s vocabulary this week, using it to describe how to bring down Todd Gurley. The Vols should get plenty of practice against Gurley and the other Bulldogs backs, but Tennessee also has a talented freshman in Jalen Hurd.

Florida State at N.C. State, 3:30 p.m., ABC

It’s that time of year when we start discovering if teams are pretenders or contenders. N.C. [More]

Former Florida QBs stand out at new schools

  • 2:18 pm Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Tyler Murphy and Jacoby Brissett are enjoying life in the ACC.

Murphy is the conference’s second-leading rusher with 500 yards and has already led Boston College to an upset of Southern California.

Brissett has thrown 108 consecutive passes without an interception, leads the ACC in total offense (280.8) a game and is second in pass efficiency (166.7) for N.C. State, which is 4-0.

What do they have in common?

They both once started at Florida.

Murphy started six games for the Gators last year before transferring to Boston College. Brissett started two games as a freshman in 2011 and played valuable minutes in 2012 before [More]

Deshaun Watson to make first start for Clemson

  • 9:26 pm Sunday, September 21st, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Dabo Swinney did the right thing by not starting Deshaun Watson in Clemson’s game at Florida State.

He’s doing the right thing by starting him this week.

Swinney said Sunday that the incredibly talented freshman quarterback from Gainesville will be behind center when the Tigers host North Carolina at 7 p.m. Saturday.

“That’s the decision I had to make based on what I saw,” Swinney said on his Sunday conference call, as reported by the Charleston Post and Courier. “Had Cole played, well, like he played the first couple games, or Deshaun didn’t play well when he went in, we’d kind of [More]