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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]

Will Muschamp to go with ‘hot hand’ at QB

  • 10:42 am Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Jeff Driskell or Treon Harris?

They are Florida coach Will Muschamp’s options at QB as the Gators (3-3, 2-2 in the SEC) try to salvage another tough season, and it’s unsure who will start against Missouri on Saturday.

“We’re going to see who has the hot hand and can move the football team and give us the best opportunity to win,” Muschamp said on the SEC coaches teleconference Wednesday. “We’ll make that decision as we go through the game. Both guys have earned the opportunity to play. We’re still kind of going through that in (Wednesday’s) practice and Thursday’s. Kurt and I [More]

SEC schedules don’t get any easier in 2015

  • 8:26 pm Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Butch Jones’ young Tennessee players better grow up before next season.

The Volunteers’ schedule doesn’t get any easier with a four-game stretch beginning Sept. 26 that includes games at Florida, vs. Arkansas, vs. Georgia and their traditional rivalry at Alabama on Oct. 24.

At least they get a week off before playing the Crimson Tide as the finalized SEC 2015 schedules were announced Tuesday night.

The biggest change in scheduling in 2015 is that the schedules are condensed, with teams playing all 12 games in 13 weeks (one open date), instead of 12 games in 14 weeks (two open dates) like 2013 and [More]

Second-half snapshot: Who has toughest, easiest road to SEC title game

  • 6:30 am Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Since we’re halfway through the college football season — pause for collective moan — I thought we should take a look at the contenders’ remaining schedules and see who has the toughest road to the SEC Championship game.

SEC East

Georgia (5-1, 3-1)

Remaining schedule: at Arkansas, vs. Florida, at Kentucky, vs. Auburn, vs. Charleston Southern, vs. Georgia Tech

Prognosis: With only one ranked team left (Auburn) and having already defeated Missouri, the Bulldogs have a strong chance at winning the division, especially if Todd Gurley returns. Soon.

Kentucky (5-1, 2-1)

Remaining schedule: at LSU, vs. Mississippi State, at Missouri, vs. Georgia, at Tennessee, at Louisville

Prognosis: [More]

SEC Power Rankings: Week 7

  • 6:30 am Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Since Mississippi State is the new No. 1 team in all the land, I figured they deserved the top spot in this week’s SEC Power Rankings.

Seriously, there was no other choice.

Not after the Bulldogs put a whoopin’ on then-No. 2 Auburn for their third victory over a top 10 team in as many games.

By the way, if you didn’t notice, there are five SEC teams in this week’s top 10.

On to to the power rankings.

Mississippi State (No. 2 last week) – The Bulldogs figure to have at least one more week to enjoy the rewards of their great [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]

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 AL.com.

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]

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