College Football Insider Blog 

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

Jameis Winston suspended for part of Clemson game

  • 11:33 am Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Heisman winner Jameis Winston will miss a half of Florida State’s game against Clemson on Saturday night as punishment for shouting an obscene phrase at FSU’s student union this week.

That’s the decision reached by coach Jimbo Fisher position after the ACC teleconference on Wednesday.

“Everything has been addressed and we’re getting ready for the game,” Fisher said, but then later added, “We’re deciding. We’re talking as things go on right now,” when asked about Winston’s availability against Clemson.

The top-ranked Seminoles host 22nd-ranked Tigers at 8 p.m. Saturday (ABC) in the ACC’s premier game of the year.

It was reported that [More]

SEC Power Rankings: Week 3

  • 6:30 am Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Not surprising, there’s some movement in this week’s SEC Power Rankings. South Carolina’s win over Georgia means the SEC West – again not surprising – controls the top six spots.

1. Texas A&M (No. 1 last week) – Kenny “Trill” Hill is better than Johnny Manziel. That’s premature, but the Aggies’ new QB has 11 TD passes and no picks. Very impressive.

2. Alabama (No. 3) – Maybe Amari Cooper should be the Heisman favorite. Like Hill, he’s off to a stupendous start with 33 catches in three games.

3. LSU (No. 5) – So LSU loses a bunch of defensive [More]

Man hides in Nick Saban’s bathroom, springs surprise proposal

  • 3:38 pm Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Bear with me. This one takes an explanation.

Drew Clayton, who graduated from Mississippi State, didn’t want to flush his chance at a grand marriage proposal.

His fiancee, Kayla Posey was finishing graduate school at Alabama last spring, where she worked as one of coach Nick Saban’s student assistants.

Her co-workers helped Clayton gain access to Saban’s office (he was out of town at the time), where he replaced one of the national championship rings with his ring. One of Posey’s jobs was to give tours of the athletic facilities, and Saban’s office was one of the stops.

Here’s how reported [More]

State notebook: Valdosta State ready for Cobb County stage

  • 12:09 pm Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Valdosta State has thousands of alumni throughout metro Atlanta, leading school officials to try for years to schedule a football game somewhere in the area.

College football TV viewing guide: Five games to watch

  • 9:51 am Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

So much for the likes of Nicholls State, The Citadel, Lamar and Sam Houston State. The level of competition is improved – albeit slightly for some teams — which should lead to some fancy channel flipping at night.

East Carolina at Virginia Tech, noon, ESPN

Virginia Tech appears to be back. OK, it’s only two games, but the Hokies were unfazed by the masses and mystique of Ohio State’s Horseshoe last week. With no teams on their schedule currently ranked, Virginia Tech could be looking at a return to glory, when they averaged 10.5 wins from 2004-11. Let downs against teams like [More]

Todd Gurley is Heisman favorite in latest odds

  • 4:00 pm Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

The money is now on Todd Gurley to win the Heisman Trophy.

Of course, there’s nearly three months of the season to be played and votes aren’t due until December, so take that for what it’s worth.

Still, Georgia’s unstoppable running back rumbled to the top of the pack and is now the favorite — at 5-1 — to win this year’s Heisman Trophy, according to sportsbook Bovada.

There’s been a lot of movement at the top, with Gurley moving past Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, despite not playing last Saturday.

“The updated Heisman odds after Week 2 had Marcus Mariota as the [More]

Harvey Updyke behind on payments to Auburn

  • 4:15 pm Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

No one expected Harvey Updyke to write a $800,000 check, right?

Well, it appears the man who poisoned Auburn’s beloved 130-year-old oaks in Toomer’s Corner, is behind on his payments.

He was ordered to pay $796,731.98 by Judge Jacob A. Walker III last November for the 2010 poisoning that caused the death of the oak trees, but Updyke has made only one $100 payment, $1 of which went to processing.

Which means he still owes $796,632.98 of the money to “offset the cost of removing and replacing the trees and affected soil as well as revenue lost because of [More]

Kentucky RB Jojo Kemp provides incentive to Gators

  • 10:21 am Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

You would think if your team hasn’t defeated another team since 1986, you’d mind your mouth.

Not Kentucky RB Jojo Kemp.

Kemp, who is from Deland, Fla., has flamed Florida’s ire by basically guaranteeing a victory on Saturday.

In The Swamp.

“A couple of my (high school) teammates actually went to Florida, so I’m familiar with a lot of those guys,” Kemp told the Louisville Courier-Journal. “It’s going to be fun walking out with a victory and rubbing it in their faces.”

He probably doesn’t know Kentucky hasn’t defeated Florida since 1986 — that’s 27 years — and hasn’t defeated them in Gainesville [More]

SEC Power Rankings: Week 2

  • 6:30 am Monday, September 8th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

There’s not much movement in this week’s SEC Power Rankings, since the biggest challenge for just about every team was signing those big payout checks. The carnage was shown in some of the scores:

Florida 65, Eastern Michigan 0
LSU 56, Sam Houston State 0
Texas A&M 73, Lamar 3
Arkansas 73, Nicholls State 7
Ole Miss 41, Vanderbilt 3

Oh wait. That last one was a SEC game.

You get the drift. On with the rankings.

1. Texas A&M (No. 1 last week) – No let down here. Like we expected one. Kenny Hill has seven TD passes and zero picks in his first two starts.

2. Georgia [More]

State notebook: Mercer has emotional Southern Conference opener for Bobby Lamb

  • 12:42 pm Friday, September 5th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Mercer coach Bobby Lamb is glad the Bears host Furman today.

A home-field advantage can be helpful, but Lamb spent 29 years as either a player, assistant or head coach at Furman and is in the school’s athletic hall of fame, so it would be tough for him to stand on the other side of the field.

“It’ll be different facing (Furman),” Lamb said. “I spent so many years in that stadium and on the home sideline. We’ve got to play them some time. It just happened we get them right out of the gate.”

Lamb helped built Furman (1-0) into a successful [More]