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College football TV viewing guide: Five games to watch

  • 9:51 am Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

So much for the likes of Nicholls State, The Citadel, Lamar and Sam Houston State. The level of competition is improved – albeit slightly for some teams — which should lead to some fancy channel flipping at night.

East Carolina at Virginia Tech, noon, ESPN

Virginia Tech appears to be back. OK, it’s only two games, but the Hokies were unfazed by the masses and mystique of Ohio State’s Horseshoe last week. With no teams on their schedule currently ranked, Virginia Tech could be looking at a return to glory, when they averaged 10.5 wins from 2004-11. Let downs against teams like [More]

Dylan Thompson strives to provide leadership for South Carolina

  • 10:08 am Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Dylan Thompson waited for this chance.

Connor Shaw is gone. Thompson is South Carolina’s starting quarterback and has his opportunity to build on what Shaw helped build.

Thompson threw for a career-high 366 yards and four TDs, but the run game and defense struggled mightily in an opening 52-28 loss to Texas A&M.

Who says roosters can’t lay eggs?

Where does South Carolina go from here? The Gamecocks have a chance to work out the issues against East Carolina on Saturday before Georgia arrives in Columbia on Sept. 13.

“It’s only one game. We’ve got to stay positive as coaches, players, fans,” coach Steve Spurrier [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]

Five SEC games you can’t miss this season

  • 6:30 am Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Let’s take a look at the top five SEC games this season. In case you’ve forgotten, the season gets under way on Thursday.

Georgia at South Carolina, Sept. 13

The Gamecocks enter this season with 18 consecutive home wins, a streak that could be at 20 when Georgia visits for the 3:30 p.m. CBS game. The Bulldogs have an extra week to prepare for longtime nemesis Steve Spurrier and all those crazy Gamecocks fans.

South Carolina at Auburn, Oct. 25

A SEC title continues to elude South Carolina. The Gamecocks, depending on what happens against Georgia, likely will need to defeat Auburn to continue [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]

Iron Bowl at top of nation’s conference games this fall

  • 9:53 am Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

The start of the season is about two weeks away, so here’s a look at the nation’s top conference games this season.

Auburn at Alabama, Nov. 29

The Iron Bowl is must-see TV because this is the best rivalry in the country. Four of the past five national champs have come out of this game and Auburn just missed making it 5-for-5 last year. These rivals will have a tough time matching 2013’s game for drama.

Baylor at Oklahoma, Nov. 8

The Sooners were left red-faced after their dismal showing in a 41-12 loss at Baylor last year. Bears QB Bryce Petty threw five [More]

Spurrier vs. Swinney growing into college football’s best reality TV

  • 2:34 pm Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Season 6 of Spurrier vs. Swinney is off to an amazing start.

You have to love Steve Spurrier and Dabo Swinney and the verbal shoving match they have with one another. It’s so good, you wonder if they have an unstated understanding to pick at each other just to draw interest in the rivalry between South Carolina and Clemson.

They’ve gone at each other for five seasons, and even though the Gamecocks have won five straight over Swinney and his Tigers, he keeps coming back for more.

Which is fine with Spurrier.

He’s Yoda of the snide remark, a master at getting under a [More]