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Who is SEC’s best QB? Marshall, Prescott, Wallace or Sims

  • 10:49 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Auburn’s Nick Marshall was thought to be the SEC’s best QB entering this season.

With none of the M&M&M Boys (Manziel, McCarron and Murray) around, he seemed the likely candidate.

Marshall had just put together a Cam-like season in leading the Tigers to the SEC title and the national championship game and was voted to most of the preseason All-SEC teams.

He’s playing exceedingly well again this fall, but quality QB play has lifted the two Mississippi schools to the top of the SEC and added oomph to Alabama’s offense.

Let’s take a look at the SEC’s top QBs this season:

Nick Marshall, Auburn

Stats: 55.4 [More]

SEC Power Rankings: Week 8

  • 6:30 am Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

I usually write a few sentences to lead into the weekly SEC Power Rankings, but this morning, here’s loyal reader PigIron’s own rankings, as he posted in the comments of another post.

Read his and then you can compare his to mine.

PigIron’s SEC Power Rankings: 1. Mississippi State; 2. Ole Miss; 3. Alabama; 4. Auburn; 5. Georgia 6. LSU; 7. Missouri; 8. Texas A&M; 9. Kentucky; 10. South Carolina; 11. Arkansas; 12. Florida; 13; Tennessee; 14. Vanderbilt.

A strong list. Here is mine:

Mississippi State (No. 1 last week) – The leader of the SEC pack still has a treacherous road, [More]

Football first: Four SEC teams among top five

  • 3:03 pm Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

The SEC’s Fantastic Four has set a football first.

SEC teams make up four of the top five spots in the AP Top 25, becoming the first conference to accomplish the feat in the history of the poll.

Mississippi State (6-0) is No. 1, followed by Florida State  (7-0) at No. 2. After that, it’s Ole Miss (7-0), followed by Alabama (6-1), which jumped from No. 7 to No. 4, and Auburn (5-1), which didn’t play, but moved up because of losses by Notre Dame and Baylor.

Mississippi State had 43 first-place votes to 14 for FSU and three for Ole [More]

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]

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]

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]

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]

College football TV viewing guide: Five games to watch

  • 6:30 am Friday, October 3rd, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Some folks are calling this “Separation Saturday” in the SEC West.

“Showdown Saturday” might be more fitting.

No division in college football has ever had six ranked teams – five of them are undefeated — from one division playing each other on the same Saturday.

The SEC hasn’t seen a trio of games featuring ranked teams since 1993, according to STATS.

Of course, all three games are in this list, especially the two played in Mississippi.

Texas A&M at Mississippi State, noon Saturday, ESPN

These are the kind of games that destroyed Mississippi State last year. The Bulldogs lost to all five of the ranked teams [More]

Time for Ole Miss, Mississippi State to shine

  • 4:17 pm Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 by Andy Johnston

It’s Mississippi’s time to shine.

No, not just Ole Miss, but also Mississippi State.

This weekend’s football games involving the state’s SEC programs — No. 3 Alabama at No. 11 Ole Miss and No. 6 Texas A&M at No. 12 Mississippi State — are bringing both the Rebels and the Bulldogs to the forefront.

Two games. Four undefeated teams.

It’s the first time both Ole Miss and Mississippi State have played on the same day while ranked in the top 15 for first time since Sept. 29, 1958. And it helps that their opponents are also ranked.

“It’s going to be wild,” Ole Miss DL [More]