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

Ole Miss player says Alabama not ‘as good’ as in past

  • 2:01 pm Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Ole Miss players are getting a little plucky.

The Rebels have a lot of things going for them.

They’re 4-0 for the first time since 1970.

They’re No. 11 in the land.

They have a solid, if not mistake-prone, QB, an aggressive defense and a bunch of talented skill folks.

Ole Miss also hasn’t played a potent team, loading its early-season schedule with Boise State, Vanderbilt, Louisiana-Lafayette and Memphis. Not a lot of heavy hitters there.

But the Rebels are certainly confident and ready to prove they can contend in the SEC West with No. 3 Alabama and the “College GameDay” crew heading to The Grove [More]

SEC Power Rankings: Week 5

  • 6:30 am Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

No surprises among the first six mean nothing changes at the top. The Best of the West again fill the first six spots in this week’s power rankings. It probably won’t be that way next week after Alabama plays Ole Miss, LSU visits Auburn and Texas A&M travels to Mississippi State on Saturday.

Alabama (No. 1 last week) – Nick Saban will have his Crimson Tide well rested and eager for their visit to the 11th-ranked Rebels. “College GameDay” will be there, so it must be an important game.

Texas A&M (No. 2) – What a scary day for Aggies fans, but their [More]

Alabama offense in Fast Lane with Lane Kiffin

  • 1:56 pm Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Lane Kiffin has cut a controversial path through college football, and whether you love him or loathe him, Alabama’s offense has never been more potent.

Ponder this.

In the 1,208 football games in Alabama’s remarkable history, the Tide had never had a 400-yard passer, a 200-yard receiver and a 100-yard rusher in the same game.

That happened on Saturday, in Alabama’s 42-21 domination of Florida.

Blake Sims, who some folks think still shouldn’t start ahead of Jake Coker, threw for 445 yards, the second most ever by an Alabama QB.

Amari Cooper caught 10 passes for 201 yards, and, BTW, had three TD grabs.

On top [More]

SEC Power Rankings: Week 4

  • 6:30 am Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Is this the year that Mississippi State makes a move? The Bulldogs sure looked like a contender, not a pretender, in their upset of LSU. Dak Prescott is beginning to receive some Heisman talk, but I’m not ready to put him among the leaders just yet.

Alabama (No. 2 last week) – Alabama moves ahead of Texas A&M because it put the “Roll” in “Roll Tide” with 645 yards of offense against Florida. Lane Kiffin is proving that he was a strong hire.

Texas A&M (No. 1) – SMU played road kill for the Aggies, who rested Kenny Hill for the [More]

College football TV viewing guide: Five games to watch

  • 6:30 am Friday, September 19th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

What’s that strange site? A day of conference games? Finally. Look around and you’ll see plenty of what should be more competitive matchups than we’ve seen so far this season. Here’s the best of the bunch.

Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech, noon, ESPN

The Hokies were a little pokey at the start of last week’s loss to East Carolina. And it cost them. If Virginia Tech had won, it had a chance at going undefeated this season. That’s evaporated and now the Hokies have to slow Georgia Tech. Even if they don’t, can the Jackets slow them?

Florida at Alabama, 3:30 p.m., CBS

Florida [More]

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]