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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]

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]

College football TV viewing guide: Five games to watch

  • 6:30 am Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Last Saturday was a such a tremendous day of football, it’ll be interesting to see if this week can match or even surpass it. The quality of the games remains high, especially in Mississippi, where ESPN’s “College GameDay” will be visiting for the second straight Saturday, this time in Starkville.

UGA at Missouri, noon, CBS

There’s a pallor to Bulldog Nation after Todd Gurley’s suspension, which could wreck the season. Georgia would have had a tough time with Missouri even with Gurley on the field. Now the Bulldogs have to reconfigure their game plan while trying to block Missouri sack specialist Shane [More]

SEC Power Rankings: Week 6

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

If you didn’t love college football before Saturday, you should be passionately addicted to it now.

Five of the top 10 and 11 teams in the Top 25 lost over the week (remember No. 2 Oregon went down Thursday), including No. 3 Alabama and No. 6 Texas A&M, which means a shake up in this week’s SEC Power Rankings.

Here we go.

Auburn (No. 3 last week) – The Tigers might be the best team in the country after devastating LSU. They’re running game isn’t as powerful as last year, but QB Nick Marshall is much more potent through the air.

Mississippi State (No. [More]

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]

Arkansas’ Bret Bielema has choice words for Auburn fans

  • 9:39 am Monday, August 18th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Bret Bielema put some spark into this season’s opener between Arkansas and Auburn.

Bielema reminded the Arkansas fans attending its scrimmage on Saturday not to shoot video of the practice.

He then said: “If you see someone videotaping, tell them that ain’t right. Especially if they’re wearing an Auburn shirt, knock the (expletive) out of them,” according to the Arkansas News.

Arkansas opens the season at Auburn at 4 p.m. Aug. 30 (SEC Network).

Bielema, entering his second season, is looking for anything to fire up the Razorbacks and their fans after last season’s 3-9 record, which included nine consecutive losses to [More]

Without much star power, SEC QBs have plenty to prove in 2014

  • 1:33 pm Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

The SEC overflowed with QBs last year.

There was Johnny Manziel, Aaron Murray, AJ McCarron, Zach Mettenberger, James Franklin (when healthy) and Connor Shaw.

But they’re all gone. In fact seven of the SEC’s top eight quarterbacks (from 2013 passing stats) are no longer around, leaving a league-wide void at the most important position.

Auburn’s Nick Marshall, who was a first-year starter in 2013, was selected preseason All-SEC at the conference media days, but he won’t start the opener against Arkansas after an offseason misdemeanor drug charge.

Still, he’ll likely be the SEC’s top QB this year.

That leaves Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott [More]

Auburn QB Nick Marshall won’t start opener

  • 8:28 pm Friday, August 1st, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Nick Marshall will not start for Auburn in its opener against Arkansas, coach Gus Malzahn said Friday evening.

Marshall will play in the game on Aug. 30, but he will sit at the beginning as punishment for being cited for marijuana possession in July. Malzahn didn’t say how long he would sit.

“Nick is still our starting quarterback,” Malzahn told reporters at Auburn’s practice.

Marshall’s mother paid the fines and the case is closed.

Marshall, the former Wilcox County star who began his career at Georgia, led Auburn to the SEC championship and the national championship game last year by [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]