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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]

SEC Power Rankings: Week 5

  • 6:30 am Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

No surprises among the first six mean nothing changes at the top. The Best of the West again fill the first six spots in this week’s power rankings. It probably won’t be that way next week after Alabama plays Ole Miss, LSU visits Auburn and Texas A&M travels to Mississippi State on Saturday.

Alabama (No. 1 last week) – Nick Saban will have his Crimson Tide well rested and eager for their visit to the 11th-ranked Rebels. “College GameDay” will be there, so it must be an important game.

Texas A&M (No. 2) – What a scary day for Aggies fans, but their [More]

College football TV viewing guide: Five games to watch

  • 11:47 am Friday, September 26th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

You don’t have to stay up too late tonight. The best games should be done in time for you to learn something new about Derek Jeter on SportsCenter.

Tennessee at Georgia, noon, ESPN

Swarm was the key word in Tennessee defender Curt Maggitt’s vocabulary this week, using it to describe how to bring down Todd Gurley. The Vols should get plenty of practice against Gurley and the other Bulldogs backs, but Tennessee also has a talented freshman in Jalen Hurd.

Florida State at N.C. State, 3:30 p.m., ABC

It’s that time of year when we start discovering if teams are pretenders or contenders. N.C. [More]

SEC Power Rankings: Week 4

  • 6:30 am Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Is this the year that Mississippi State makes a move? The Bulldogs sure looked like a contender, not a pretender, in their upset of LSU. Dak Prescott is beginning to receive some Heisman talk, but I’m not ready to put him among the leaders just yet.

Alabama (No. 2 last week) – Alabama moves ahead of Texas A&M because it put the “Roll” in “Roll Tide” with 645 yards of offense against Florida. Lane Kiffin is proving that he was a strong hire.

Texas A&M (No. 1) – SMU played road kill for the Aggies, who rested Kenny Hill for the [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]

More SEC underclassmen drafted than other conference

  • 6:30 am Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by Andy Johnston
Auburn's Tre Mason was one of many SEC players who have left with a year of eligibility remaining. (AP)

Steve Spurrier wouldn’t be surprised if RB Mike Davis leaves for the NFL after this season.

Davis will have a year of eligibility left, but Spurrier might help push him out the door.

“Mike Davis, if he has a big year, he’s going to go pro,” Spurrier told ESPN.com. “And we’re going to tell him to go pro, because he should. The lifespan of a running back is only a certain amount of years. If a young man after three years can go, we’re going to shake his hand and let him go. That’s why you keep recruiting more running [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]