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

Top JUCO RB Jovon Robinson playing at 240 pounds

  • 6:30 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Georgia Military College running back Jovon Robinson, the nation’s top junior college recruit according to many services, shared some surprising news this week.

It has nothing to do with where he’s headed next year. Robinson is still committed to Auburn.

“I just weighed in (Tuesday),” he said. “I’m about 240 pounds. I’ve jumped up in pounds the past couple of months.”

I wasn’t sure I heard him correctly, so I asked again. Yep, he’s at 240.

Robinson, who is 6 foot, has played at about 225 pounds the past few seasons and said the extra weight hasn’t hampered him this fall, but [More]

Who is SEC’s best QB? Marshall, Prescott, Wallace or Sims

  • 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]

SEC Power Rankings: Week 8

  • 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:

Mississippi State (No. 1 last week) – The leader of the SEC pack still has a treacherous road, [More]

Football first: Four SEC teams among top five

  • 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]

Second-half snapshot: Who has toughest, easiest road to SEC title game

  • 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.

SEC East

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

Prognosis: [More]

Mississippi State moves to No. 1 in AP poll

  • 2:39 pm Sunday, October 12th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Mississippi State is the top dog.

The Bulldogs are No. 1 in the new AP Top 25 that was released this afternoon, making them the first team in the poll’s 78-year history to go from unranked to No. 1 in five weeks.

I wrote yesterday, after Mississippi State defeated 38-23 then-No. 2 Auburn, that the Bulldogs deserved to be No. 1 based on their strength of schedule and on lack of strength of Florida State’s opponents.

That came to realization today, when Mississippi State received 45 first-place votes from the media panel to FSU’s 12.

The Bulldogs (6-0) were No. [More]

Sorry FSU, Mississippi State deserves to be No. 1

  • 9:02 pm Saturday, October 11th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Move over Florida State.

Mississippi State should be No. 1 when the new polls are released Sunday.

I’m not saying they Bulldogs (6-0) will surpass the top-ranked Seminoles, but they’ve done their part.

They’ve defeated three top 10 teams in their past three games.

No. 3 in the streak was their 38-23 victory over No. 2 Auburn on Saturday.

It wasn’t their prettiest win of the season, but the Bulldogs have continued to show that they can score on the ground, through the air and play some mean defense. They can win at home and they can win on the road.

They are playing as well [More]

Got $25,000? Chris Davis’ Auburn helmet heading to auction

  • 12:48 pm Friday, October 3rd, 2014 by Andy Johnston

If you need something for that tough-to-buy-for Auburn fan, here’s your chance.

The helmet worn by Chris Davis during last year’s Iron Bowl, made famous by his stunning 109-yard return return of Alabama’s missed field as time expired to give the Tigers a 34-28 victory, is going to auction.

All you need is about $25,000.

Goldin Auctions acquired the helmet from one of Davis’ family friend, ESPN.com has reported, and company president Kevin Golden expects it to sell for at least 25 grand.

“I know there are several Auburn graduates who are big memorabilia collectors who will be bidding on this,” Goldin [More]

College football TV viewing guide: Five games to watch

  • 6:30 am Friday, October 3rd, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Some folks are calling this “Separation Saturday” in the SEC West.

“Showdown Saturday” might be more fitting.

No division in college football has ever had six ranked teams – five of them are undefeated — from one division playing each other on the same Saturday.

The SEC hasn’t seen a trio of games featuring ranked teams since 1993, according to STATS.

Of course, all three games are in this list, especially the two played in Mississippi.

Texas A&M at Mississippi State, noon Saturday, ESPN

These are the kind of games that destroyed Mississippi State last year. The Bulldogs lost to all five of the ranked teams [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]