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Bo vs. Herschel: Who was the best?

  • 10:55 am Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Each side has plenty of evidence and is vehement in its beliefs.

There are folks who swear Herschel Walker is the best running back to ever plow under and step on college defenders.

And then there are those who uphold Bo Jackson as the radiant and supreme example of a running back.

No matter who you think was the best, they were both so marvelous in the 1980s we know them by one name: Herschel and Bo.

The topic has been debated for nearly 30 years, since Herschel left Georgia for the USFL and Bo was steamrolling tacklers while playing for Auburn.

Herschel led the [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]

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.

Auburn University police spokesman confirms student was questioned about making threat against organizer involved in Updyke appearance— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) August 22, 2014

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 [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]

Arkansas’ Bret Bielema has choice words for Auburn fans

  • 9:39 am Monday, August 18th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Bret Bielema put some spark into this season’s opener between Arkansas and Auburn.

Bielema reminded the Arkansas fans attending its scrimmage on Saturday not to shoot video of the practice.

He then said: “If you see someone videotaping, tell them that ain’t right. Especially if they’re wearing an Auburn shirt, knock the (expletive) out of them,” according to the Arkansas News.

Arkansas opens the season at Auburn at 4 p.m. Aug. 30 (SEC Network).

Bielema, entering his second season, is looking for anything to fire up the Razorbacks and their fans after last season’s 3-9 record, which included nine consecutive losses to [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.

No. 1 jinx? Last 4 preseason No. 1s: 2013 Bama 11-2 (No. 7), 2012 USC 7-6 (NR), 2011 OU 10-3 (No. [More]

LSU vs. Wisconsin among top non-conference games this fall

  • 10:47 am Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

I love some of the intersectional matchups this year.

These kinds of games — with all the conference pride on the line — tend to rile folks up somewhat.

Here’s a look at what I think are the top non-conference games this season.

Michigan State at Oregon, Sept. 6

Michigan State was one of the best defensive teams in the nation in 2013. Coordinator Pat Narduzzi quickly will know if this year’s group will be able to match the 2013 unit when they face Mariota and Oregon’s speedy offense.

LSU vs. Wisconsin, Aug. 30 (at Houston)

SEC pride will be tested when LSU, which lost 11 [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]

Auburn QB Nick Marshall won’t start opener

  • 8:28 pm Friday, August 1st, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Nick Marshall will not start for Auburn in its opener against Arkansas, coach Gus Malzahn said Friday evening.

Marshall will play in the game on Aug. 30, but he will sit at the beginning as punishment for being cited for marijuana possession in July. Malzahn didn’t say how long he would sit.

“Nick is still our starting quarterback,” Malzahn told reporters at Auburn’s practice.

Marshall’s mother paid the fines and the case is closed.

Marshall, the former Wilcox County star who began his career at Georgia, led Auburn to the SEC championship and the national championship game last year by [More]

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]