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]

LSU’s Tiger Stadium is the best in country, media say

  • 12:21 pm Monday, July 7th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Everybody has their favorite stadiums.

You might love Neyland Stadium because that’s where you saw your first game. Or Doak Campbell, simply because you’re a FSU fan.

Even sportswriters have our faves, either for the atmosphere or accessibility to interview rooms or even for the ease of getting in and out on game days.

Athlon polled 15 members of the national media to find out their favorite stadiums.

Here is the result:

1. Tiger Stadium, LSU

2. Ohio Stadium, Ohio State

3. Autzen Stadium, Oregon

4. Kyle Field, Texas A&M

5. Bryant-Denny Stadium, Alabama

6. Notre Dame Stadium

7. Neyland Stadium, Tennessee

8. Sanford Stadium, Georgia

9. Husky Stadium, Washington

10. Beaver [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 AL.com.

“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]

Alabama has great group, but Gurley best back in SEC

  • 1:28 pm Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Lane Kiffin recently lauded Alabama’s group of running backs, and as a whole, they are exceptional.

But the SEC’s best back resides at Georgia.

Not a shock.

Todd Gurley repeatedly has proven that he has the tools — receiving to blocking to hitting the holes to breakaway speed — and as long as he’s healthy, is the best in the SEC.

Some thought LSU’s Jeremy Hill his equal last year, but Hill is now with the Cincinnati Bengals, and Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon might not be the best RB on his own team (see Derrick Henry). And Hillgrove’s Kenyan Drake also excelled last [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]