- 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]
- 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]
- 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]
- 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]
- 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]
- 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.
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 appear in a dunk tank or in a pie throwing booth.
The event was organized to honor John Oliver, who died from cancer last month, [More]
- 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]
- 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]
- 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.
Alabama, Oklahoma and Oregon each had one first-place vote.
As expected, the SEC leads the way with eight teams in the preseason [More]
- 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]