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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]

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
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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]