- 6:30 am Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Andy Johnston
October’s wonderful TV offerings become complicated Saturday night if you want to watch Game 4 of the World Series between the Giants and Royals and keep up with an evening college football schedule that includes three ranked SEC games. Good luck trying to manage all those options.
Mississippi State at Kentucky, 3:30 p.m., CBS
Coming off a three-game stretch against three top 10 teams, No. 1 Mississippi State needs to be wide awake going into Kentucky. The Bulldogs have had an extra week to prepare for the improved Wildcats, who are 5-0 at home, but haven’t faced a team as well equipped [More]
- 8:36 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Andy Johnston
Do you remember when Phil Fulmer was hit with a subpoena on a trip Alabama?
Well, now Lane Kiffin’s mother is fearing something might happen to her son when Alabama plays at Tennessee on Saturday.
Y’all know about Kiffin’s inglorious departure for Southern California after one year as coach of the Volunteers in 2009, which didn’t leave him in high regard with the fine folks of that state.
He’s already been dragged into a political battle between two candidates for the state legislature.
And a Knoxville barber says Kiffin still owes him for a $14 haircut.
And now, Kiffin’s mom Robin, [More]
- 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]
- 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:
- 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]
- 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]
- 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]
- 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.
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
- 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]
- 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]