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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 Al.com reported [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]

SEC Power Rankings: Week 1

  • 6:30 am Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Andy Johnston

I hope you enjoyed the first weekend of college football.

Here’s how the SEC stacks up after the first week of the season. I will update this on Monday morning every week.

1. Texas A&M — Boom! Where did that come from? Especially since few folks were expecting an offensive explosion in the absence of Johnny Manziel. The Aggies let everybody know they’ll be a force this season.

2. Georgia – If Texas A&M ruled the air, Georgia controlled the ground in its win over Clemson. Did Vince Dooley replace Mark Richt?

3. Auburn — Nick Marshall was voted preseason All-SEC. Just think. He [More]

Five SEC games you can’t miss this season

  • 6:30 am Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Let’s take a look at the top five SEC games this season. In case you’ve forgotten, the season gets under way on Thursday.

Georgia at South Carolina, Sept. 13

The Gamecocks enter this season with 18 consecutive home wins, a streak that could be at 20 when Georgia visits for the 3:30 p.m. CBS game. The Bulldogs have an extra week to prepare for longtime nemesis Steve Spurrier and all those crazy Gamecocks fans.

South Carolina at Auburn, Oct. 25

A SEC title continues to elude South Carolina. The Gamecocks, depending on what happens against Georgia, likely will need to defeat Auburn to continue [More]

Tide’s new starting QB? Either Jacob Coker or Blake Sims

  • 3:56 pm Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Jacob Coker or Blake Sims.

Sims or Coker.

There has been much debate over who will replace AJ McCarron as Alabama’s starting quarterback, and it appears the mystery might continue until Saturday, when the Tide opens against West Virginia.

Coker and Sims were listed as starters on Alabama’s depth chart that was released Monday.

“We’re going to continue to rep both guys,” Alabama coach Nick Saban told AL.com earlier today. “We feel like both guys have been doing a very, very good job. Obviously somebody has to start the game. We’ll make that decision probably at some point in time [More]

Death threats force carnival organizers to cancel Harvey Updyke appearance

  • 1:50 pm Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Harvey Updyke is off the hook.

At least for any pies to the face or dunk tank splashes.

The organizers of a charity event scheduled for Sept. 29 in Mobile, Ala., canceled Updyke’s appearance after former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron’s mother, Dee Dee Bonner, and wife Katherine received death threats on social media, ESPN.com reported.

An Auburn student was questioned by Auburn city police about a threat against one of the organizers, ESPN.com reported.

Updyke originally was scheduled to appear in a dunk tank or in a pie throwing booth.

The event was organized to honor John Oliver, who died from cancer last month, [More]

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, ESPN.com 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 ESPN.com. “His daughter said he needed to do it because [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.

Alabama, Oklahoma and Oregon each had one first-place vote.

As expected, the SEC leads the way with eight teams in the preseason [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]