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Auburn fans have opportunity to dunk, throw pie at Harvey Updyke

  • 7:45 am Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Andy Johnston

If you’re still upset about the oaks in Toomer’s Corner, here’s your chance.

Harvey Updyke has said he will be either in a dunk tank or at a pie throwing booth at a charity event in Mobile, Alabama, on Sept. 27, reported.

You surely remember Updyke.

He’s the zealous Alabama fan — is there another kind? — who poisoned the beloved 130-year-old oaks after Auburn’s win over Alabama in the 2010 Iron Bowl, leading to their death and removal.

“He thought about it and thought about it,” Updyke’s wife, Elva, told “His daughter said he needed to do it because [More]

Jimbo Fisher: ACC had better year than SEC in 2013

  • 11:15 am Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

The ACC was SEC-ond to none last season, according to Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher.

Fisher, who led the Seminoles to the national championship with a last-second win over Auburn said: “No conference has ever had as dominant a year as the ACC had last year.”

Fisher said that and other comments about his team, Jameis Winston and the two rival conferences during an interview with Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman that aired on FOX Sports 1 on Tuesday night.

Comparing the ACC and SEC, Fisher said the ACC had more award winners, and then added this:

“Eleven (ACC) teams had [More]

Beat South Carolina by 10 equals free furniture for Texas A&M fans

  • 2:22 pm Monday, August 18th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Do you want a free couch?

If so, head to the Ashley Furniture HomeStore in College Station, Texas, and then hope and pray Texas A&M defeats South Carolina by 10 points or more in the opener on Aug. 28 (6 p.m. SEC Network).

If that happens, the store will repay their customers who buy furniture during it’s 12-day Kickoff Event, which runs from Saturday and until Aug. 27.

“You can buy just a sofa or a whole new living room,” Chris Clark, director of marketing for the Wilks Group told the Bryan-College Station Eagle. “If the Aggies win by 10 or [More]

Arkansas’ Bret Bielema has choice words for Auburn fans

  • 9:39 am Monday, August 18th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Bret Bielema put some spark into this season’s opener between Arkansas and Auburn.

Bielema reminded the Arkansas fans attending its scrimmage on Saturday not to shoot video of the practice.

He then said: “If you see someone videotaping, tell them that ain’t right. Especially if they’re wearing an Auburn shirt, knock the (expletive) out of them,” according to the Arkansas News.

Arkansas opens the season at Auburn at 4 p.m. Aug. 30 (SEC Network).

Bielema, entering his second season, is looking for anything to fire up the Razorbacks and their fans after last season’s 3-9 record, which included nine consecutive losses to [More]

FSU No. 1, Alabama is second in AP preseason Top 25

  • 2:30 pm Sunday, August 17th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Florida State is right where it ended the 2014 season.

The Seminoles, who had 57 of the 60 first-place votes, are No. 1 in the Associated Press Preseason Top 25, ahead of No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 5 Ohio State. FSU had 1,496 points, followed by Alabama with 1,361.

The Seminoles, featuring Heisman Trophy-winning QB Jameis Winston, open the season versus Oklahoma State at 8 p.m. Aug. 30 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

No. 1 jinx? Last 4 preseason No. 1s: 2013 Bama 11-2 (No. 7), 2012 USC 7-6 (NR), 2011 OU 10-3 (No. [More]

SEC Network debuts today: Are you watching?

  • 7:29 am Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Today’s the day when ESPN unveils the shiny new SEC Network.

It’s scheduled to debut at 6 p.m. today with the initial broadcast of “SEC Now,” a news show, which will include a live look from all 14 SEC campuses.

Are you going to watch?

ESPN has locked up most of the cable and satellite TV providers — Charter, Comcast, AT&T U-Verse, Cox Communications, Dish Network, Time Warner, Bright House Networks and Google Fiber — and is scheduled to reach about 90 million homes.

Here are the channel listings for the SEC Network.

• AT&T U-Verse: Channel 607.
• DISH Network: Channel 404 with [More]

LSU vs. Wisconsin among top non-conference games this fall

  • 10:47 am Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

I love some of the intersectional matchups this year.

These kinds of games — with all the conference pride on the line — tend to rile folks up somewhat.

Here’s a look at what I think are the top non-conference games this season.

Michigan State at Oregon, Sept. 6

Michigan State was one of the best defensive teams in the nation in 2013. Coordinator Pat Narduzzi quickly will know if this year’s group will be able to match the 2013 unit when they face Mariota and Oregon’s speedy offense.

LSU vs. Wisconsin, Aug. 30 (at Houston)

SEC pride will be tested when LSU, which lost 11 [More]

Iron Bowl at top of nation’s conference games this fall

  • 9:53 am Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

The start of the season is about two weeks away, so here’s a look at the nation’s top conference games this season.

Auburn at Alabama, Nov. 29

The Iron Bowl is must-see TV because this is the best rivalry in the country. Four of the past five national champs have come out of this game and Auburn just missed making it 5-for-5 last year. These rivals will have a tough time matching 2013’s game for drama.

Baylor at Oklahoma, Nov. 8

The Sooners were left red-faced after their dismal showing in a 41-12 loss at Baylor last year. Bears QB Bryce Petty threw five [More]

Beam football up: Astronaut to watch SEC Network on space station

  • 11:32 am Friday, August 8th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Talk about going long.

NASA will show off its vertical passing game by beaming the SEC Network to the International Space Station, thanks to astronaut Barry Wilmore, a former Tennessee Tech linebacker from the Nashville area who doesn’t want to miss the action while in orbit.

Wilmore will reach the station on Sept. 25, in the midst of football season. The SEC Network will be waiting, and he also wants to catch Tennessee Tech games on the Internet.

Hey, I’m sure he’s not taking a Blu Ray of “Gravity” with him.

“I don’t watch a lot of sports — my wife might not agree [More]

Without much star power, SEC QBs have plenty to prove in 2014

  • 1:33 pm Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

The SEC overflowed with QBs last year.

There was Johnny Manziel, Aaron Murray, AJ McCarron, Zach Mettenberger, James Franklin (when healthy) and Connor Shaw.

But they’re all gone. In fact seven of the SEC’s top eight quarterbacks (from 2013 passing stats) are no longer around, leaving a league-wide void at the most important position.

Auburn’s Nick Marshall, who was a first-year starter in 2013, was selected preseason All-SEC at the conference media days, but he won’t start the opener against Arkansas after an offseason misdemeanor drug charge.

Still, he’ll likely be the SEC’s top QB this year.

That leaves Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott [More]

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