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College football TV viewing guide: Five games to watch

  • 6:30 am Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Nutty November almost had a premature start. Florida State shook off Louisville on Thursday night to almost assuredly retain its spot in the top four of the College Football Playoff Rankings. We know one spot will change. Either No. 3 Auburn or No. 4 Ole Miss won’t survive their showdown in Oxford.

TCU at West Virginia, 3:30 p.m., ABC

These games aren’t for the purists, but do those exist anymore? In case you haven’t been paying attention, TCU doesn’t resemble the team that was 4-8 last year. Quarterback Trevone Boykin is a Heisman candidate and the Horned Frogs beat both Oklahoma teams [More]

Gary Danielson: Florida “has chance” against Georgia without Todd Gurley

  • 11:07 am Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Todd Gurley’s absence could be the key for Florida on Saturday.

The Gators looked downright pitiful offensively and on special teams in a 42-13 loss to Missouri nearly two weeks ago, a defeat that has placed coach Will Muschamp’s job security on top of an inferno.

The defeat left Florida at 3-3. Even worse for Florida fans, the Gators are 0-3 against Georgia under Muschamp.

That could change Saturday, CBS analyst Gary Danielson said this week.

“The air went out of (Florida) and they didn’t show up against Missouri, but the Georgia game is the perfect elixir for them,” he said when we talked [More]

Florida AD: Will Muschamp staying put for now

  • 4:25 pm Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Will Muschamp isn’t going anywhere right now.

Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said Monday that he’ll wait until the end of the season to determine the future of the embattled coach.

“At the beginning of the season we said we would evaluate the season as it plays out,’’ Foley said in a statement on GatorZone.com. “We will continue to do so. Our sole focus right now is supporting our coaching staff and players as they prepare for Georgia.”

I wrote Saturday night that something needed to be done with Muschamp before Florida plays ninth-ranked Georgia on Nov. 1. The [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]

Will Muschamp needs to go at Florida

  • 10:27 pm Saturday, October 18th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

You might have seen the last of Will Muschamp.

Florida’s second disastrous season in a row is what happens when you mix a Dumpster fire with a train wreck.

It’s such a mess that the Gators might have a new coach before they play Georgia on Nov. 1.

“Fire Muschamp” chants filled The Swamp long before Missouri finished its dismantling of Florida on Saturday night.

Just think.

One week after Missouri looked like a JV team in a 34-0 loss to Georgia, the Tigers scored every way imaginable to build a bonfire under Muschamp’s La-Z-Boy.

This week would be the perfect time for Florida to [More]

College football TV viewing guide: Five games to watch

  • 6:30 am Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Halfway through the season and six undefeated FBS teams remain in the FBS. Two of them are in Mississippi, and they are two of the reasons why the past two weeks have been a couple of the most exciting in college football in several years. Mississippi State is off today and Ole Miss should be able to handle Tennessee, so here’s a look at five other games on your watch list this week.

Texas A&M at Alabama, 3:30 p.m., CBS

The Crimson’s Tide offense has blown an engine after being in the fast lane earlier this season. Alabama has scored 17 and [More]

SEC schedules don’t get any easier in 2015

  • 8:26 pm Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Butch Jones’ young Tennessee players better grow up before next season.

The Volunteers’ schedule doesn’t get any easier with a four-game stretch beginning Sept. 26 that includes games at Florida, vs. Arkansas, vs. Georgia and their traditional rivalry at Alabama on Oct. 24.

At least they get a week off before playing the Crimson Tide as the finalized SEC 2015 schedules were announced Tuesday night.

The biggest change in scheduling in 2015 is that the schedules are condensed, with teams playing all 12 games in 13 weeks (one open date), instead of 12 games in 14 weeks (two open dates) like 2013 and [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]

SEC Power Rankings: Week 7

  • 6:30 am Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Since Mississippi State is the new No. 1 team in all the land, I figured they deserved the top spot in this week’s SEC Power Rankings.

Seriously, there was no other choice.

Not after the Bulldogs put a whoopin’ on then-No. 2 Auburn for their third victory over a top 10 team in as many games.

By the way, if you didn’t notice, there are five SEC teams in this week’s top 10.

On to to the power rankings.

Mississippi State (No. 2 last week) – The Bulldogs figure to have at least one more week to enjoy the rewards of their great [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]