College Football Insider Blog 

An inside look at the teams, players, coaches and trends that shape college football Saturdays

Vegas oddsmaker: Florida State favored to repeat

  • 1:31 pm Friday, July 11th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

We interrupt the LeBron News Network to drop some college football knowledge on you.

Florida State is 11-2 to repeat as national champion in odds posted by Las Vegas sportsbook Bovada, followed by the usual suspects Alabama (6-1), Oregon (8-1), Auburn (9-1) and Ohio State (10-1).

The next 10 are: UCLA (14-1), Georgia (16-1), LSU (18-1), Michigan State (25-1), South Carolina (25-1), USC (25-1), Baylor (28-1), Florida (33-1), Wisconsin (33-1) and Ole Miss (40-1).

Other teams of interest: Notre Dame (40-1), Michigan (50-1) and Clemson (66-1).

As for the ACC title, the odds go like this: FSU (2-5), Miami (11-2), Virginia Tech [More]

Need a college football fix? ESPNU to replay 2013′s top games

  • 11:36 am Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

If you’re tired of watching soccer or tennis or just need a warmup for the upcoming football season, you can watch what ESPN is calling the best 25 games of 2013 later this month.

ESPNU will air many of the Top 25 College Football Games of 2013, beginning with two on July 21. The top five will be decided upon by the fans from a list that includes these games (You can vote here; it ends July 28):

Auburn vs. Alabama
Florida State vs. Auburn
Ohio State vs. Michigan
Texas A&M vs. Duke
Auburn vs. Georgia

I don’t know about you, but it’s [More]

Auburn AD says Tigers would have beaten Alabama without ‘Kick Six’

  • 8:53 am Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Even if you don’t believe in luck, some crazy good things happened to Auburn last year.

There were last-minute wins over Texas A&M and Mississippi State even before the improbable catch against Georgia — The Prayer in Jordan-Hare — and the still shocking missed field goal return — the Kick Six — to defeat Alabama.

Was it luck? No way, Auburn AD Jay Jacobs told

“We were going to win the Alabama game whether it went to overtime or not. We had the momentum going and it was at our place and we felt good about it. Then we have [More]

ESPN: Arkansas is new ‘Running Back U.’

  • 2:15 pm Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Darren McFadden is one of the best running backs I’ve ever seen.

I still remember him thundering past me as I stood on the sideline at a couple of Arkansas games several years ago.

What a combination of power and speed. And injuries, which, unfortunately for him, have hampered his NFL career.

McFadden, Felix Jones and Peyton Hillis, his teammates, gave the Razorbacks one of college football’s most feared backfields in the mid-2000s, one that has helped Arkansas claim the title as “Running Back U.” for the 2000s, according to

Arkansas beat out Oklahoma, Alabama and Auburn in the new rankings.

ESPN [More]

Derrick Thomas heads 2014 College Hall of Fame class

  • 1:31 pm Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Former Georgia Tech QB Joe Hamilton is among 14 former players and two coaches who were selected to the College Football Hall of Fame on Thursday, joining former Alabama LB Derrick Thomas and WR Sterling Sharpe, who grew up in Glennville, just west of Savannah.

Folks were wondering when Thomas, who still holds the single-season sack record for college football with 27, was going to be elected. He had already been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2009) after a pro career shortened by a car accident that led to his death on Feb. 8, [More]

Nick Saban quick to show displeasure with Pat White question

  • 10:46 pm Thursday, May 15th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Alabama coach Nick Saban didn’t hold back when a reporter asked about accusations former West Virginia QB Pat White made on Facebook earlier this week.

“I didn’t even know it happened,” he told a reporter with the Nashville Tennessean at a Crimson Caravan stop. “So I can’t comment on it. … Is that the best thing we can talk about? … kiss my a–.”

The entire episode started when Alabama RB Derrick Henry posted a photo of his new car — a red Dodge Challenger — on Instagram.

White, who was recruited by Alabama and went onto to star [More]

Auburn’s Marshall tops SEC QB list next fall

  • 8:25 am Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

The stalwarts are long gone.

AJ McCarron. Aaron Murray. Johnny Manziel. Connor Shaw. Zach Mettenberger. James Franklin.

Four — McCarron (Bengals), Murray (Chiefs), Manziel (Browns) and Mettenberger (Titans) — were drafted this past weekend, and Shaw (Browns) and Franklin (Lions) were signed as undrafted free agents.

Their departures means the SEC will incredibly different and less experienced at QB this fall.

Let’s take a look at the SEC’s QB picture heading into the summer.

1. Nick Marshall, Auburn: Showed explosiveness and poise throughout season, but Tre Mason helped a lot.

2. Maty Mauk, Missouri: Great talent who was undaunted when thrown into the mix.

3. Bo [More]