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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]

Sorry FSU, Mississippi State deserves to be No. 1

  • 9:02 pm Saturday, October 11th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Move over Florida State.

Mississippi State should be No. 1 when the new polls are released Sunday.

I’m not saying they Bulldogs (6-0) will surpass the top-ranked Seminoles, but they’ve done their part.

They’ve defeated three top 10 teams in their past three games.

No. 3 in the streak was their 38-23 victory over No. 2 Auburn on Saturday.

It wasn’t their prettiest win of the season, but the Bulldogs have continued to show that they can score on the ground, through the air and play some mean defense. They can win at home and they can win on the road.

They are playing as well [More]

Berry looks to build on first-ever victory

  • 2:15 pm Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

After Tony Kunczewski helped start the football program at LaGrange eight years ago, he said he’d never do it again.

That was before Berry offered him the job as its first football coach.

So last year, he started another one.

And he suffered through the inevitable losing that often comes with first-year teams.

Berry lost all nine games in 2013 and the first three this season before defeating Washington (Mo.) 29-23 in overtime last Saturday for its first-ever victory.

“You couldn’t have written a better script,” Kunczewski said. “It was homecoming, what we call Mountain Day, and it was the 100th anniversary of Mountain Day. [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]

AJ McCarron says Alabama needs ‘true leaders’

  • 2:33 pm Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

AJ McCarron has plenty to say about Alabama now that he’s no longer with the program.

McCarron, who was a part of three national championship teams and is now a rookie QB with the Cincinnati Bengals, had a few suggestions for Nick Saban’s team on a radio show on Tide 99.1-FM in Tuscaloosa, as reported by

We all know Nick Saban’s team is coming off its first loss of the season, a 23-17 loss at Ole Miss.

Here are what McCarron suggests to help Alabama from here on out.

Distribute the ball more evenly

“I don’t know if that’s Lane (Kiffin’s) doing [More]

Need waffles? Texas Tech plans to give away 10,000 vs. West Virginia

  • 11:58 am Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

There won’t be a need to “Leggo my Eggo” at Texas Tech on Saturday.

The school plans to cook and serve 10,000 waffles to students to make sure they turn out in force in what has become a tough season for the Red Raiders (2-3, 0-2 Big 12).

They have lost three consecutive games — giving up an average 0f 46.3 points a game in that stretch — and school officials want to fill the seats against West Virginia, a game that begins at 11 a.m. in Lubbock, Texas.

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Gators tussle after practice to continue tough week

  • 3:45 pm Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by Andy Johnston
Florida coach Will Muschamp is battling discipline issues this week. (AP photo)

Will Muschamp is having a tough week.

Backup quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg and defensive lineman Gerald Willis III fought each other after Monday’s practice, one day after quarterback Treon Harris was suspended for an alleged sexual assault.

University of Florida police arrived to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium where they found Mornhinweg had sustained “small lacerations on his lower lip,” according to the police report. He was taken to an emergency room for treatment.

He told the officers that the fight was over his cleats, “which he said were located by the team’s staff in Willis’ locker,” reported.

“Upon our arrival, the [More]

SEC Power Rankings: Week 6

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

If you didn’t love college football before Saturday, you should be passionately addicted to it now.

Five of the top 10 and 11 teams in the Top 25 lost over the week (remember No. 2 Oregon went down Thursday), including No. 3 Alabama and No. 6 Texas A&M, which means a shake up in this week’s SEC Power Rankings.

Here we go.

Auburn (No. 3 last week) – The Tigers might be the best team in the country after devastating LSU. They’re running game isn’t as powerful as last year, but QB Nick Marshall is much more potent through the air.

Mississippi State (No. [More]

Magnolia magnificence: Ole Miss, Mississippi State tied at No. 3

  • 3:24 pm Sunday, October 5th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

This is fitting.

Fresh off landmark victories, Ole Miss and Mississippi State are tied at No. 3 in the AP Top 25 that was released Sunday.

They each have 1,320 votes as Ole Miss (5-0) jumped from No. 11 after its upset of then-No. 3 Alabama and Mississippi State (5-0) moved from 12th after its victory over then-No. 6 Texas A&M.

The Bulldogs actually received two first-place votes.

Florida State (5-0) remained No. 1 with 35 first-place votes, but Auburn (5-0) gained 23 first-place votes to climb to No. 2 after its dismantling of LSU.

Alabama fell to No. 7 and is first one loss [More]

Got $25,000? Chris Davis’ Auburn helmet heading to auction

  • 12:48 pm Friday, October 3rd, 2014 by Andy Johnston

If you need something for that tough-to-buy-for Auburn fan, here’s your chance.

The helmet worn by Chris Davis during last year’s Iron Bowl, made famous by his stunning 109-yard return return of Alabama’s missed field as time expired to give the Tigers a 34-28 victory, is going to auction.

All you need is about $25,000.

Goldin Auctions acquired the helmet from one of Davis’ family friend, has reported, and company president Kevin Golden expects it to sell for at least 25 grand.

“I know there are several Auburn graduates who are big memorabilia collectors who will be bidding on this,” Goldin [More]

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