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]

C.J. Uzomah and dad share Auburn connection

  • 3:02 pm Thursday, June 12th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Like father, like son.

Auburn tight end C.J. Uzomah — you might remember him as one of North Gwinnett’s star athletes a few years ago — often saw an extremely familiar face on campus.

His dad Xavier Uzomah, who graduated last month with an executive MBA (EMBA) from Auburn, sometimes took the same classes and learned from the same professors as  C.J., who is a senior tight end and marketing major. They were recently featured in this article on the school’s website.

“It was weird at first because I saw him on campus and people are like ‘Hey, I think I [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]