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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]

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]

Todd Gurley is Heisman favorite in latest odds

  • 4:00 pm Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

The money is now on Todd Gurley to win the Heisman Trophy.

Of course, there’s nearly three months of the season to be played and votes aren’t due until December, so take that for what it’s worth.

Still, Georgia’s unstoppable running back rumbled to the top of the pack and is now the favorite — at 5-1 — to win this year’s Heisman Trophy, according to sportsbook Bovada.

There’s been a lot of movement at the top, with Gurley moving past Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, despite not playing last Saturday.

“The updated Heisman odds after Week 2 had Marcus Mariota as the [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]

Five best SEC players in 2014

  • 2:00 pm Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

Cooper should be the No. 1 option on the Tide’s list of weapons, but sometimes receivers are behind RBs in that system. If Alabama’s QBs ever tire of handing the ball off, they have one of the country’s most athletic receivers to find downfield.

Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

No running back was taken in the first round of this spring’s NFL Draft, something that will have to change if Gurley turns pro after this season. He’s the most polished back in college football, and that doesn’t include the fact that he’s 226 pounds and runs angry.

Reese Dismukes, C, Auburn

Gus [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]

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]