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SEC Power Rankings: Week 1

  • 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]

Kenny Hill shows South Carolina is missing more than Jadeveon Clowney

  • 11:50 pm Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

So maybe Johnny Manziel was a product of the system.

Don’t believe that.

But Kevin Sumlin has something special going on at Texas A&M.

And some Aggies fans will be getting free furniture.

Kenny Hill picked and plucked South Carolina from his first pass to his last. He threw for 511 yards — breaking Manziel’s team record — to lead the Aggies to a shocking 52-28 victory over the Gamecocks.

We were once used to seeing Steve Spurrier’s QBs putting up obscene numbers, but Hill — making his first career start in a stadium that’s given plenty of visiting QBs the 1,000-yard stare [More]

Beat South Carolina by 10 equals free furniture for Texas A&M fans

  • 2:22 pm Monday, August 18th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Do you want a free couch?

If so, head to the Ashley Furniture HomeStore in College Station, Texas, and then hope and pray Texas A&M defeats South Carolina by 10 points or more in the opener on Aug. 28 (6 p.m. SEC Network).

If that happens, the store will repay their customers who buy furniture during it’s 12-day Kickoff Event, which runs from Saturday and until Aug. 27.

“You can buy just a sofa or a whole new living room,” Chris Clark, director of marketing for the Wilks Group told the Bryan-College Station Eagle. “If the Aggies win by 10 or [More]

Georgia’s Todd Gurley among Heisman favorites

  • 10:34 am Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 by Andy Johnston
Todd Gurley is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, according to Bovada. (AJC photo)

You can find odds on everything these days, even how long Kim Kardashian’s marriage to Kanye West will last.

So it’s no surprise that Heisman Trophy odds are already listed, nearly two months before the start of the season.

The favorite, according to Las Vegas sportsbook Bovada is the young man who walked away with the 25-pound bronze man last year — FSU QB Jameis Winston at 3-to-2.

Winston, who is a sophomore, could become the first player to repeat as Heisman winner since Ohio State RB Archie Griffin in 1974 and ’75, something that Johnny Manziel, [More]

‘House That Johnny Built’ has a nice ring to it

  • 2:15 pm Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

When we last saw Johnny Manziel, he was modeling new Cleveland Browns apparel at the NFL Draft.

He apparently made a lasting impression on at least one Texas A&M official.

Jim Schwertner, a member of the school’s Board of Regents, thinks the school’s stadium should be renamed “Kyle Field: The House that Johnny Built,” to honor Manziel.

Kyle Field is undergoing a $450 million renovation to increase capacity to 102,500.

“The last person that we all need to thank, and I’m very serious about this, is Johnny Manziel,” Schwertner told Statesman.com. “The stars came together, and we talked about this project for [More]