Week 12: SEC Games
Tennessee at Vandy....Dores by 4
Ole Miss at LSU....Tigers by 18
Arkansas at Miss State....Dawgs by 7
Syracuse at Mizzou....Tigers by 4.5
*No other spreads given for SEC games
Week 11 Odds: SEC Football
SEC SPORTS REPORT-
Texas A&M at Alabama....Tide by 13.5
Georgia at Auburn.....Dawgs by 15.5
Arkansas at South Carolina....Gamecocks by 14
Miss State at LSU.....Tigers by 14
Vandy at Ole Miss...Rebels by 3
Missouri at Tennessee....Vols by 3.5
LA-Lafayette at Florida....Gators by 26
Week 10 Odds: SEC Football
Alabama at LSU....Tide by 9.5 points
Texas A&M at Miss State....Aggies by 6
Missouri at Florida.....Gators by 16
Vanderbilt at Kentucky ......Dores by 7.5
Ole Miss at Georgia....Bulldogs by 14
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Week 8: SEC Football Odds
#7 South Carolina at #2 Florida....Gators by 3.5
#6 LSU @ #18 Texas A&M....Tigers by 3.5
Auburn @ Vandy......Dores by 7
#1 Alabama @ Tennessee.....Tide by 20
#11 Georgia @ Kentucky.....Dawgs by 27.5
Middle Tennessee @ #12 Miss State....Bulldogs by 19.5
Week 7: SEC ODDS
SEC SPORTS REPORT-
#3 South Carolina at #9 LSU....Tigers by 2.5
Auburn at Ole Miss....Rebels by 6
#4 Florida at Vandy....Gators by 8.5
Tennessee at #19 Miss State....Bulldogs by 3
#1 Alabama at Missouri....Tide by 21.5
Kentucky at Arkansas.....Hawgs by 17
Texas A&M at Louisiana Tech....Aggies by 8
ODDS: SEC Football Week 6
SEC SPORTS REPORT-
Georgia at South Carolina...Gamecocks Favored by 2
LSU at Florida....Tigers favored by 2.5
Arkansas at Auburn.....Tigers favored by 10
Miss State at Kentucky.....State by 10
Texas A&M at Ole Miss.....Aggies by 11
Vanderbilt at Missouri.....Tigers by 7
Alabama, Tennessee bye week
ODDS: SEC Football Week 4
LSU at Auburn.....LSU favored by 20
Mizzou at South Carolina....Gamecocks by 10
Vandy at Georgia....Bulldogs by 16
Kentucky at Florida....Gators by 24
Florida Atlantic at Alabama....Tide by 49.5
Rutgers at Arkansas....Hawgs by 7
Ole Miss at Tulane....even
Week 3: SEC Football Times, TV
SEC SPORTS REPORT- To see all listings, click on link.
Alabama at Arkansas 3:30 pm
Florida at Tennessee 6:00 pm
Michigan Suspends 2 Before Alabama Game
ESPN- Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Friday that both starting running backFitzgerald Toussaint and backup defensive end Frank Clark had been suspended for one game and would not make the trip to Dallas for the No. 8 Wolverines' season opener against second-ranked Alabama.
2012 Content Policy Change
SEC SPORTS REPORT- In previous years, I have talked on the radio and published a weekly SEC football prediction column. Last year, I was 87% accurate including picking LSU against Alabama in the regular season and accurately reversing my pick for the National Championship Game. My inside track clearly has given me an advantage.
With my new job responsibilities as College Scout/Recruiting Advisor and my on-going professional relationships with College Coaches, as a professional courtesy, I will not continue with SEC football predictions.
AP Pre-Season Top 25--5 SEC Teams in Top 10
AP Preseason Top 25
Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/football/ncaa/08/18/preseason-ap-poll.ap/index.html#ixzz240o7vU3I
WEEK 1: AP TOP 25---SEC Has 5 of Top 10
AP TOP 25 9-4-12
6) Florida $tate
9) South Carolina
10) West Virginia
Honey Badger Effect
USA TODAY- It is only a preseason national title, but the permanent dismissal last week of the star LSU cornerback for repeated positive drug tests dropped the Tigers from No. 1 to No. 3 in the Associated Press preseason poll released Saturday. LSU was voted No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll.
Texas A&M Names Freshman QB as Starter
USA TODAY- Johnny Manziel will be taking Texas A&M's first snap as a member of the Southeastern Conference.
Honey Badger Permanently Ineligible to Play Football at LSU
THE DISPATCH- Tyrann "Honey Badger" Mathieu cannot return to the LSU football team at any time in the future, LSU senior associate athletic director for NCAA compliance Bo Bahnsen reiterated on Monday after an ESPN story stated there was a chance Mathieu could return for the 2013 season.
"He's permanently ineligible to play football at LSU," Bahnsen said in a telephone interview Monday afternoon. "That's definite. That's what was said Friday."
Tide Team Attends Church Together
THE BIRMINGHAM NEWS- After practicing for the first nine days of preseason camp - twice on two days, not counting split-practices on the first day - the Alabama football team enjoyed its first day off on Sunday.
Alabama coach Nick Saban called it "Squad Sunday."
It's "a great tradition we have here at Alabama where our entire team goes to church together," Saban said Saturday after the Crimson Tide's first preseason scrimmage.
It's "a great tradition we have here at Alabama where our entire team goes to church together," Saban said Saturday after the Crimson Tide's first preseason scrimmage.
QB Battle Continues at Auburn
DOTHAN EAGLE- After Auburn’s second fall scrimmage Saturday, the quarterback competition that already consumed the Tigers spring practices and offseason didn’t have an end in sight.
Junior Clint Moseley was able to throw more Saturday and completed a deep pass to tight end Philip Lutzenkircen. He couldn’t remember the last time he completed a deep ball, a clear sign of improvement.
After a sluggish scrimmage Wednesday, sophomore Kiehl Frazier also said he felt better Saturday.
Bama JUCO DB Leaving Program
THE BIRMINGHAM NEWS- Alabama cornerback Travell Dixon, a promising junior-college transfer who was in the mix to see significant playing time this season, has left the program, according to multiple reports.
Attempts by the al.com Tuscaloosa bureau to reach Dixon were unsuccessful. Alabama has yet to confirm Dixon's departure.
TideSports.com's Andrew Bone was first to report the news. According toBone's report, Dixon left because of "family and personal reasons."
LSU Dismisses Honey Badger--Tyrann Mathieu
Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu was kicked off LSU's football team Friday for breaking an athletic department rule, a blow to the Tigers' national championship hopes three weeks before their season opener.
The junior defensive back nicknamed Honey Badger was a surprising Heisman candidate last season when the Tigers won the Southeastern Conference championship and reached the BCS title game. They are among the favorites to win the championship this year.
At a news conference Friday, coach Les Miles would not specify the reason Mathieu was dismissed.
USA TODAY POLL Likes LSU #1, Bama #2
USA TODAY COACHES POLL-
9) South Carolina
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The Sporting News Pre-Season Top 25
SEC SPORTS REPORT- The Sporting News Releases its Top 25. Here's a look how the SEC fared.
1. LSU 6. Kansas State
2. USC 7. Florida $tate
3. Alabama 8. Michigan
4.Oklahoma 9. South Carolina
5. Virginia Tech 10. Texas
LSU Offers 8th Grader
ESPN- Last week, a hopeful prospect showed up at LSU's July football camp. He posted an impressive 4.46 40-yard dash, and he earned a scholarship offer from the Tigers' coaching staff for his efforts.
It's a scene that plays out on college campuses every single summer, although this offer was different for one main reason -- Dylan Moses has yet to start eighth grade.
Considering the Tigers are only just starting to hand out offers to members of the Class of 2014, it came as a bit surprise for a 2017 prospect to get one.
Holgate Discusses College Recruiting on 560 The Team Sports Radio
SEC SPORTS REPORT- College Scout Jay Holgate will be the guest on sports radio 560 The Team in Columbia, South Carolina Friday at 1:30 pm. Holgate will discuss recent events surrounding Robert Nkemdiche and some of the unwritten rules in college recruitiing. Listen thru I Heart radio http://www.iheart.com/live/2069/?autoplay=true
Sporting News Ranks College Football Coaches
1) Nick Saban Alabama
4) Les Miles LSU
8) Steve Spurrier South Carolina
14) Mark Richt Georgia
25) James Franklin Vanderbilt
John L Smith at Arkansas Raises Some Eyebrows
ESPN- My favorite moment of the John L. Smith era at Weber State -- all 4½ months of it -- was the crock pot full of alma mater nonsense he served during his introductory news conference.
Smith gave something back to Weber State. It's called a kick to the groin.
The next time the Bo Ryans of the world try to explain why they won't let a player transfer without restrictions, I'm going to remind them of this latest hog and pony show. It is Reason No. 9,213 why college coaches have a major credibility problem.
Just 11 days ago, Smith was at Weber's Stewart Stadium as his team finished spring practice with the annual Purple and White game. Smith even did a chalk talk with fans and boosters before the game and introduced his newly hired staff.
LSU Hires Johnny Jones as Head Basketball Coach
THE TIMES PICAYUNE- Although Johnny Jones needs no formal introduction to the LSU athletic family, he's going to get one today when he's officially announced as the men's basketball coach at a 1 p.m. press conference. But Jones already has been on the clock for three days since getting the word he had been hired by Athletic Director Joe Alleva.
Arkansas has fired football coach Bobby Petrino.
Razorbacks athletic director Jeff Long announced the news at a press conference Tuesday night. Long said Petrino was terminated with cause.
"There was no negotiation about how he could remain as our coach," Long said.
Long said he thoroughly reviewed the details involving a motorcycle accident that sent Petrino to the hospital with broken ribs and a cracked vertebrae.
Can Petrino Survive This Storm?
ESPN- Football coaches who win at a high level have been known to survive the most serious of storms.
The storm that has engulfed Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino might get worse before it gets better, and it has already become a huge embarrassment for the university.
Petrino’s success on the field and the way he has made Arkansas relevant again nationally will weigh heavily in his corner, but the stigma that's sure to follow him now might be too much to overcome.
Furthermore, who knows what other details might be out there concerning his motorcycle crash last Sunday night, and more specifically, his relationship with the 25-year-old woman he was riding with when the crash occurred? She’s the same woman, Jessica Dorrell, who was hired last month as the student-athlete development coordinator for football. She works under Petrino and oversees on-campus recruiting.
Clearly, Petrino’s bosses are ticked. Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long announced at a press conference late Thursday night that Petrino had been placed on paid leave, and Long said he would conduct a review of both Petrino and Dorrell.
Mizzou and Texas A&M Buyout of Big 12 Contract
ESPN-Missouri's and Texas A&M's price tags for leaving the Big 12 will be $12.41 million each, the conference announced on Tuesday.
In fall 2010, both schools announced they would be leaving the Big 12 on July 1, 2012. Conference bylaws state that universities that provide less than 12 months' notice are subject to having 90 percent of their conference revenue withheld. That total was estimated at nearly $30 million for each school, but lawyers for both sides settled on $12.41 million.
SEC West Committed Recruits Class of 2013--End of February
Ole Miss 2
Miss State 0
SEC Bowl Game Lines
Alabama vs LSU....Tigers by 1
Arkansas vs Kansas State..Hawgs by 7.5
South Carolina vs Nebraska...Gamecocks by 2.5
Georgia vs Michigan State....Dawgs by 3.5
Auburn vs Virginia....Tigers by 3
Florida vs Ohio State...Gators by 2.5
Texas A&M vs Northwestern....Aggies by 10
Miss State vs Wake Forest....Dogs by 7
Vandy vs Cincinnati....Dores by 1.5
Rivalry Week--SEC Football Lines
Arkansas at LSU....Tigers favored by 12.5 pts
Alabama at Auburn.....Tide favored by 21 pts
Georgia at Georgia Tech....Bulldogs by 6
Clemson at South Carolina....Gamecocks by 4 pts
Florida State at Florida...$eminoles by 1.5 pts
Ole Miss at Miss State....Bulldogs by 17
Tennessee at Kentucky.....Vols by 7.5 pts
Vandy at Wake Forest....Dores by 1.5 pts
Houston Nutt Gone at Ole Miss
Nutt will resign at the end of the season..AD Boone will be leaving within the year...
BCS Standings--6 SEC Teams in Top 25
13) South Carolina
Early SEC Lines Week 10
LSU at Alabama....Tide by 4.5 pts
South Carolina at Arkansas....Hawgs by 5.5 pts
Vandy at Florida....Gators by 13.5
Ole Miss at Kentucky...Rebels by 1
New Mexico State at Georgia...Bulldogs by 34
Middle Tennessee at Tennessee....Vols by 20
UT Martin @ MSU....State by 32
Wade Apologizes for Vicious Hit on Vandy Punt Returner
CBS SPORTS- Arkansas freshman Marquel Wade apologized Monday for hitting Vanderbilt punt returner Jonathan Krause early, a crushing tackle that led to Wade's ejection Saturday.
Wade has not been suspended for the hit, which occurred during the third quarter of the No. 8 Razorbacks 31-28 win over the Commodores. The wide receiver, playing on special teams, said he thought Krause had the ball when he ran through the returner.
"I was just going out there doing 100 percent, trying to play my game and I messed up," Wade said. "I take all the [responsibility] for everything I did."
BCS Standings...SEC Has 4 in Top 10
#9 South Carolina
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SEC Early Lines Week 8
Tennessee at Alabama....Tide by 29 pts
Auburn at LSU....LSU by 22.5 pts
Arkansas at Ole Miss.....Hawgs by 17 pts
Jacksonville State at Kentucky....even
Army at Vandy ...Dores by 9.5
Texas A&M at Iowa State....Aggies by 21
SEC Week 7 Final Scores
LSU 38 Tennessee 7
Alabama 52 Ole Miss 7
Auburn 17 Florida 6
Georgia 33 Vanderbilt 28
South Carolina 14 Miss State 12
AP Top 25--#1 LSU, #2 Alabama, #10 Arkansas --10-9-11
The AP Top 25 has been released and here are your SEC Teams:
#15 South Carolina
#21 Texas A&M
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SEC Final Scores --Week 6
LSU 41 Florida 11
Georgia 20 Tennessee 12 F
Arkansas 38 Auburn 14 F
Alabama 34 Vandy 0 F
South Carolina 54 Kentucky 3 F
Miss State 21 UAB 3
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USA TODAY POLL RELEASED
USA Today Poll released and the SEC has four teams (five if you include Texas A&M)
#13 South Carolina
#23 Texas A&M
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SEC Final Scores --Week 5
Alabama 38 Florida 10 F
LSU 35 Kentucky 7 F
Arkansas 42 Texas A&M 38 F
Auburn 16 South Carolina 13 F
Georgia 24 Miss State 10 F
Tennessee 41 Buffalo 10 F
Ole Miss 38 Fresno State 28 F
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AP TOP 25 Released--#1 LSU, #2 Alabama #10 Arkansas, #15 Auburn 10-2-11
Six SEC are in the top 25 with #1 LSU, #2 Alabama, #10 Arkansas, #15 Auburn, #17 Florida, #18 South Carolina.
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SEC Football--Early Lines for Week 5
Alabama @ Florida...Tide favored by 3.5
Auburn @ South Carolina...Gamecocks by 10.5
Miss State @ Georgia...GA by 7
Texas A&M @ Arkansas...Aggies by 3
Kentucky @ LSU....Tigers by 29.5
Buffalo @ Tennessee...Vols by 28.5
Ole Miss @ Fresno State....Bulldogs by 4.5
Auburn Struggles with Florida Atlantic 30-14 Final
ASSOCIATED PRESS- Interceptions by Jermaine Whitehead and Neiko Thorpe led to third-quarter scores that helped Auburn stamp out a Florida Atlantic upset bid 30-14 on Saturday night.
With the Tigers (3-1) leading by just four points, Whitehead stepped in front of a Graham Wilbert pass and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown and a 17-6 Auburn lead 1:26 into the second half.
After Onterio McCalebb took a Barrett Trotter screen pass 51 yards for an Auburn touchdown 5:27 later, Thorpe intercepted another Wilbert pass on the next scrimmage play for Florida Atlantic (0-3) and returned it 46 yards to the Owls' 19, setting up a 31-yard field goal by Cody Parkey.
The Auburn defense, which gave up 624 yards at Clemson last week in a loss that snapped the defending national champions' 17-game winning streak, seemed set for more struggles throughout the first half. The Owls moved the ball at will at times, managing 153 yards and six first downs, both significantly more than they managed all game in a 44-0 loss at Michigan State two weeks ago. However, the Owls saw several drives stall out inside Auburn territory, and settled for two Vinny Zaccario field goals.
Miss State Goes OT with Louisiana Tech 26-20 FINAL
ESPN- Nickoe Whitley intercepted Nick Isham's pass in overtime and Chris Relf hit LaDarius Perkins for a quick touchdown to lead Mississippi State to a 26-20 win over Louisiana Tech.
Mississippi State (2-2) scored first and led at half, but could never put the visiting Bulldogs away.
Late in the fourth quarter with the game tied 20-20, Louisiana Tech (1-3) went on a nine-play, 60-yard drive and had the ball in field goal range with less than four minutes to play. But an interception by Jonathan Banks ended the drive.
Neither team was able to generate any offense in the final minutes.
Early SEC Lines--Week 4
LSU at West Virginia...Tigers by 5.5
Georgia at Ole Miss...Dawgs by 9.5...
Arkansas at Alabama...Tide by 11.5...
Vandy at South Carolina...Gamecocks by 16...
Florida @ Kentucky...Gators by 19.5...
Louisiana Tech @ Miss State...Dogs by 20...
Florida Atlantic @ Auburn...Tigers by 33.5....
AP Top 25 Released--SEC Down to 5 Top Teams
SEC SPORTS REPORT- The AP Top 25 has been released and the SEC is down the only 5 schools. #2 LSU, #3 Alabama, #12 South Carolina, #14 Arkansas, #15 Florida. Auburn and Miss State got bounced out this week.
Prediction: Auburn Beats Clemson--Continues to Find a Way to Win
SEC SPORTS REPORT- I was a guest on an Upstate South Carolina radio station last night and the host asked me about the Auburn-Clemson game. I told him I hate to be the bearer of bad news but Auburn would beat Clemson and leave town with another upset win on their record. He said it would never happen. I told him all Auburn does is win and this week would be no different.
The Clemson rationale for beating Auburn is that Clemson played Auburn dead even last year and this year Clemson is better and Auburn is not as good as they were last year. That may all be true but it has nothing to do with the outcome of this game.
SEC TV Listings Announced- Week 3
Thursday Night Game: LSU @ Miss State 8 pm ESPN
Saturday SEC Schedule:
Tennessee at Florida 3:30 pm CBS...
Ole Miss at Vandy TBD SEC Network
Auburn at Clemson 12:00 noon ABC
For all listings click on link:
AP Top 25--Week 2--Bama at #2, LSU at #3
The SEC returns 7 teams to the top 25.
#10 South Carolina...
#25 Miss State
To See complete list, click on link.
Mullen Has Miss State Road Favorite
THE DISPATCH- Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen wanted to dismiss it Tuesday after his team's practice Tuesday night but the MSU program has reached a new territory as a road favorite against a conference opponent.
"Does that (line) mean they're going to put seven points on the scoreboard when we show up?" Mullen asked in a joking fashion. "I'm not much into gambling."
This statistic item led my notebook in Wednesday's edition of The Dispatch but here's the numbers of what State's done on the road against the SEC since 2006.
- Mullen is 7-4 on the road against all teams and 4-4 in the SEC away from Davis Wade Stadium. Yes, that means the Bulldogs third-year head coach is better in conference play on the road than in Starkville (3-5).
Auburn Defense Must Get Better--Quickly
OPELIKA NEWS- Of course, this isn’t last year’s Auburn defense.
“There were way too many mistakes,” defensive coordinator Ted Roof said. “Things that we can control and things we’ve all got to get better at. It was a combination of a bunch of things, and we’ve got to work to get it fixed.
“We’ve got to get better in a hurry.”
Auburn cycled in 24 players on defense Saturday, 11 on the defensive line, six linebackers and seven in the secondary.
Freshmen or sophomores made up 18 of those players, with the only upperclassmen being defensive endDee Ford, defensive lineman Jamar Travis, linebackers Daren Bates and Jonathan Evans, cornerbackT’Sharvan Bell and safety Neiko Thorpe.
Roof said the plan is to continue playing about as many defenders for the near future, to build up some depth on the defense.
Ole Miss Goes With Stoudt at QB
Brandon Bolden is out. Zack Stoudt is in.
Texas A&M to SEC Not a Done Deal Yet
The member presidents of the Southeastern Conference unanimously voted to accept Texas A&M Tuesday night as the league's 13th member, but the Aggies' official acceptance has been delayed by the potential threat of legal action.
The SEC's presidents want assurances that no individual Big 12 school will sue for contractual interference over Texas A&M's departure. Baylor has not given that assurance to this point, according to sources.
"We were notified yesterday afternoon that at least one Big 12 institution had withdrawn its previous consent and was considering legal action," University of Florida president and SEC chairman Dr. Bernie Machen said in a statement released Wednesday. "The SEC has stated that to consider an institution for membership, there must be no contractual hindrances to its departure. "
Texas A&M Decision Could Activate Big Moves
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED- By Tuesday night, the SEC should know whether it has the required nine presidential votes to extend an invitation to Texas A&M, which sent a conditional withdrawal letter to the Big 12 last week. If the Aggies get the invitation, they will accept and announce as early as Wednesday their intention to join the SEC. Then, things could get wild.
So, with college sports again on the precipice of a major realignment for the second time in 15 months, here are the answers to a few key questions.
Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/andy_staples/09/06/realignment/index.html#ixzz1XDnApvFN
Auburn Tigers Simplifying Defense
- Linebacker Jake Holland said the communication “wasn’t there” in the Utah State game. He said some of it was lost in translation. “Some people were calling different calls and some people were receiving different calls,” he said. “We weren’t all on the same page, and obviously that can be devastating to a defense.”
- To make it easier for the youngsters this week, the Tigers are going to simplify the defensive playbook. “Just so we can get lined up and play,” Holland said. “We’ve got a lot of young guys out there and they can get wide eyed. I feel like if we can simplify it down, then a lot of good things will come out of that.”
Week 2: SEC Early Lines
South Carolina @ Georgia...Gamecocks by 3.....
Miss State @ Auburn....Bulldogs by 7.....
Alabama @ Penn State....Tide by 10.....
Cincinnati@ Tennessee...Vols by 7....
AP TOP 25--LSU #2, Bama #3---Georgia and Auburn Out
The AP Top 25 was released Tuesday and there have been some changes. The SEC now has 6 teams in the top 25.
#12 South Carolina
#16 Miss State
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Auburn/Miss State Not Talking Cam Newton Anymore
The Cam Newton recruiting saga dominated headlines for the latter half of the college football season a year ago.
As far as both Auburn coach Gene Chizik and Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen are concerned, that’s where the story remains.
With their teams set to play this weekend, neither coach seemed thrilled to drudge up the past when asked about the Newton, who famously picked the Tigers over the Bulldogs coming out of junior college in December of 2009.
Allegations later emerged, and were confirmed by the NCAA, that Newton’s father, Cecil, asked for $200,000 from Mississippi State for his son to sign there.
Read more: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2011/09/05/1722087/auburn-football-chizik-mullen.html#ixzz1XB4M2f00
Chizik Not Pleased with Performance
THE HUNTSVILLE TIMES- Auburn scored the winning points with 30 seconds left on a Mike Dyer 1-yard run, and that made it a thriller. But coach Gene Chizik, with the bar raised after going 14-0 last season, said he wasn't fooled by the final score. He said the Tigers had a "very poor defensive effort" and he didn't lavish much praise on the offense, either.
"I think it is obvious that everybody that saw the game that we did not play well as a football team. There are no excuses for that," he said. "I don't think there is any question that offensively and defensively we are a long way off from being able to win very many games right now."
Alabama vs Penn State--Both Working on Quarterbacks
AL.COM- The clash of rich college football traditions, iconic coaches and classic uniforms resumes this week when No. 2 Alabama travels to Penn State.
The game marks the 15th meeting between the historically powerful football factories. It will be the Crimson Tide's first trip to State College, Penn., since 1989, and just its sixth visit all-time.
SEC Players of the Week
SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
VICK BALLARD (Watch Mississippi State Highlights)
5-11 • 220 • Sr. • Pascagoula, Miss.
• Ballard rushed for a career-best 166 yards and three touchdowns in Mississippi State’s 59-14 win at Memphis.
• Ballard scored three touchdowns for the fifth time in his 13 career games at State.
• His touchdown runs were for 46, 66 and 1 yard.
• Ballard paced a Bulldog rushing attack that finished with 309 yards rushing against the Tigers.
• Ballard leads the SEC and is fifth in the nation in rushing, averaging 166 yards per game.
One Play May Have Changed it All for Houston Nutt at Ole Miss
COMMERCIAL APPEAL- "But for that play, we would have won," said Lee, which is also true but somewhat misses the point. He should have said: But for that call we would have won.
It was the call that lost the game for the home team. It may be the call that's the beginning of the end of Houston Nutt's tenure at Ole Miss.
Don't laugh. Remember Ed Orgeron's fourth-and-1?
LSU Tigers Make a Statement
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED- Over the past couple of years, Les Miles has redefined how a coach best goes about having a great day.
There was no last-second drama in LSU's runaway 40-27 victory over third-ranked Oregon here Saturday night, no need for one of its coach's wacky play-calls or blind-luck miracles. But make no mistake about it, the fourth-ranked Tigers' season-opening statement had Miles' hatprints all over it.
BYU Beats Ole Miss 14-13
Ole Miss led 3-0 at halftime and stretched it to 10-0 with 8:34 left in the third quarter on a 96-yard interception return for a touchdown by Charles Sawyer.
BYU won its first game as an independent after leaving the Mountain West Conference last year. Heaps completed 24 of 38 passes for 225 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The Cougars outgained the Rebels 318-208.
Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt had said that he hoped Saturday's game would be played in stifling heat and humidity since BYU comes from a more arid climate. But with Tropical Storm Lee looming, the weather was relatively pleasant, with highs in the 80s and overcast skies.
FINAL: LSU Beats Oregon 40-27
Michael Ford ran for two touchdowns and Jarrett Lee admirably directed LSU's offense in place of suspended quarterback Jordan Jefferson in the fourth-ranked Tigers' season-opening 40-27 victory over No. 3 Oregon on Saturday night.
LSU converted three of Oregon's four turnovers into 20 points and won its 34th consecutive nonconference game.
Final: Arkansas 51 Missouri State 7
Tyler Wilson got off to an efficient, if not spectacular, start at Arkansas.
Ryan Mallett's backup the past two seasons threw for 260 yards and a pair of touchdown to Jarius Wright to help the No. 15 Razorbacks beat Missouri State 51-7.
The junior had plenty of help in the form of a dominating defensive performance and a pair of punt returns for touchdowns by Joe Adams, who tied a Southeastern Conference record with his performance.
SEC FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS APP
Just in time for college football season, the SEC football Breaking News App will be officially launched. The official launch will occur at kick-off of the first SEC Football game on Thursday night which features Miss State vs Memphis.
The SEC Football app is similar to a SEC Football mobile newspaper. The SEC Football app gives SEC fans faster access to all the daily top stories through their smart phones. The app covers SEC Football exclusively and collect news stories from journalist all over the country.
Sources: Duron Carter has been Admitted to Alabama
THE BIRMINGHAM NEWS- Duron Carter has been admitted as a student to Alabama and could be at practice as early as today, according to a source close to Carter.
Carter (6-4, 210) had his enrollment delayed due to a transcript issue with a prior school. He was living in Tuscaloosa since July, and training with his father, ESPN analyst and former NFL star Cris Carter, during the wait.
Carter transfers from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College where he caught 44 passes for 690 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also played as a freshman at Ohio State where his father was a star wide receiver.
Jordan Jefferson Charged with Felony 2nd Degree Battery-Suspended from LSU
THE TIMES PICAYUNE- LSU football players Jordan Jefferson and Josh Johns have turned themselves in to Baton Rouge police after being charged with felony second-degree battery Friday.
Police issued arrest warrants for the two for their roles in a bar fight Aug. 19 at Shady's bar. BRPD contacted LSU Coach Les Miles and the players' attorney, Nathan Fisher, to request the players turn themselves in, which they did at 10:15 a.m. at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
Attorney Shannon Fay transported the players to the prison and bail was set at $5,000 each. Both players bonded out at about 11:40 a.m.
Shortly after surrendering to police, both players were suspended indefinitely by Miles. Jefferson is the team's starting quarterback. Johns is a reserve linebacker.
Petrino Names Wilson Starting Quarterback
ARKANSAS NEWS- Arkansas announced what seemed like the worst kept secret of preseason camp Thursday.
Junior Tyler Wilson will be its starting quarterback against Missouri State.
Coach Bobby Petrino said Wilson “deserves” the opportunity to lead Arkansas’ offense after competing for the position with sophomore Brandon Mitchell throughout the preseason.
“He’s prepared hard,” Petrino said. “He’s done a good job in practice. He’s done a good job working hard at his leadership.”
Wilson handled most of the first-team repetitions during preseason practices and has been the odds-on favorite to replace record-setting quarterback Ryan Mallett since the 2010 season ended. The reason: He was sharp in relief of Mallett in six games last season, completing 34 of 51 passes for 453 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions.
Wilson was elected a team captain before preseason practice began and had been lauded by teammates for his leadership during the offseason. But the Razorbacks had not named a starter until Thursday, saying they wanted to evaluate every aspect of its two candidates.
Russell Shephard Declared Ineligible--Will Miss Opener
LSUSPORTS.NET- LSU wide receiver Russell Shepardhas been declared ineligible by LSU for violation of an NCAA rule, it was announced Thursday.
LSU will seek reinstatement for Shepard but he is expected to miss a number of games until the reinstatement can be considered by the NCAA. He can continue to practice with the team.
SEC Expansion: Texas A&M Takes Step Closer to Leaving Big 12
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED- Texas A&M has taken the next step toward leaving the Big 12 and joining the SEC.
A letter from Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin was delivered Thursday afternoon to Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe to inform Beebe that Texas A&M is exploring its conference options. In the letter, Loftin asked Beebe to outline the procedures required should the Aggies decide to leave the conference.
Attorney Representing LSU Football Players Wants More Time
THE ADVOCATE- Four LSU football players reportedly involved in a bar fight Friday will not meet with police investigators until at least Tuesday morning, police spokesman Sgt. Donald Stone said Sunday.
A meeting had been scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday at Police Department headquarters, Stone said.
The players are senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson, freshman wide receiver Jarvis Landry, sophomore offensive tackle Chris Davenport and sophomore linebacker Josh Johns, Stone said.
Baton Rouge attorney Nathan Fisher, who is representing the four players, said Sunday he requested more time to review the details of the case before his clients meet with investigators. He said the police interviews should happen by the end of the week.
Fisher, who said he was not hired by LSU and routinely represents college students for free, met with the players for the first time Sunday morning and the meetings continued most of the day.
Fisher described the men as “upset, disturbed and obviously concerned.”
“This can affect their futures, their job opportunities and school opportunities,” he said. “It’s not just about football.”
Les Miles Mad---Over 20 Players Broke Curfew--Some Maybe Going to Jail
ESPN- Starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson has been implicated, and Miles said Saturday at a strongly worded news conference, which included members of the team's unity council, that senior offensive guard T-Bob Hebert was also there at the bar. Police have said as many as 20 LSU football players were present.
To be fair, nobody has been arrested, and police are still conducting interviews.
Miles isn't waiting around. He said Saturday that's he already started disciplining some players and suggested that some suspensions could be forthcoming.
Over and above what the police determine, Miles said the players broke their 10:30 p.m. curfew on Thursday. He called his team's behavior "unacceptable" and apologized for the actions of the players involved.
“At the appropriate time, we’ll take very strong action," Miles said. "I want to find out more that went on. The pieces that I have ... first of all, they should not have been there. So first and foremost, I take discredit for that."
Before anybody on LSU's team is branded as anything, let's first allow the legal process to play out. There are two sides to every fight, especially bar fights.
Though it's fair to question the leadership and the focus on this team when a bunch of players, including guys who are supposed to be senior leaders, not only violate curfew, but are shortsighted enough to get themselves involved in a bar fight at 2 0'clock in the morning during the middle of preseason camp.
It's not like LSU is opening the season in two weeks against some directional school. No. 3-ranked Oregon awaits in a game that will go a long way toward shaping the most anticipated season at LSU since the Tigers' last national championship in 2007.
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Malzahn Discusses QB Situation
TIMES DAILY- Barrett Trotter, named the team’s starting quarterback earlier in the week, saw his morning limited to some pre-scrimmage drills. Offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn spoke for the first time Saturday about why he chose Trotter over sophomore Clint Moseley.
“He can handle the adversity. He can handle the arena out there, whether it’s good or bad,” Malzahn said. “We’ll know how he’ll react.
And he’ll react the way we need him to. He’s a champ.”
The comments were intriguing given that Moseley has a reputation for being emotional on the field. Though teammates say Moseley has learned to channel his emotion into positive pursuits — he described his attitude as “negative” shortly arrival in 2009 — Malzahn affirmed Saturday that Trotter’s even-keeled approach helped settle the positional quandary.
That doesn’t necessarily mean he’s down on Moseley.
“Those quarterbacks are like my sons. We do everything together,”
Malzahn said. “When one’s hurting, I’m hurting. Clint is a competitor. He’s disappointed, but he bounced back. He’ll be ready.”
That’s position is settled. Many more are not.
Saban Happy with First Teams Performance
GADSDEN TIMES- Nick Saban liked what he saw from first-team players Saturday as the University of Alabama held its second and final scrimmage of fall camp.
But what he saw from second-team players could use some work. On the same day the Crimson Tide was named the nation’s No.2 team in the Associated Press preseason poll, Saban made it clear that a contending football team requires more than gifted starters. It requires depth, as well.
“We probably need more players to be able to compete at a higher level. I was not really pleased with the way some of our twos competed,” Saban said.
“You’ve got a few guys that aren’t playing all the time, and you’re trying to get some young guys some opportunities to play so you can get a look at them, and they don’t respond maybe the way you’d like for them to, which is a sign of maturity.”
Just Released...AP Top 25...SEC Has 6 Teams
Being voted preseason No. 1 is a tradition at Oklahoma, and this season is no different.
The Sooners will start out top-ranked in The Associated Press college football poll for the 10th time, more than any program in the country.
The defending Big 12 champions received 36 of 60 first-place votes and 1,464 points in the Top 25 released Saturday.
Auburn, last season's national champion, will start the season No. 23, one spot behind where it began in 2010.
If the rankings are any indication, the national title race could be a scramble.
No. 2 Alabama, one of a record eight Southeastern Conference teams in the preseason poll, wasn't far behind OU, receiving 17 first-place votes and 1,439 points.
No. 3 Oregon got four first-place votes, No. 4 LSU received one and No. 5 Boise State got two.
Florida State was No. 6, the Seminoles' best preseason ranking since starting the 2004 season at No. 5.
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SEC West RECRUITING: By the Numbers for Mid-August
As of August 15, 2011, here are the number of verbal commits for the SEC West for the class of 2012:
1) LSU 18...
2) Alabama 16...
3) Miss State 16...
4) Arkansas 15...
5) Auburn 13...
6) Ole Miss 10...
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Recapping SEC Weekend ScrimmagesESPN-
Coming out of Saturday's scrimmage, Auburn coach Gene Chizik said the quarterbacks did some "nice things," but said there was still not enough separation to name a starter. The longer this goes, the more it sounds like true freshman Kiehl Frazier is going to be a real factor for the Tigers this season at quarterback. Chizik said several jobs remain wide open, and defensive coordinator Ted Roof was able to get a look at a ton of young players. Running back Mike Dyer and offensive tackle A.J. Greene were held out of the closed scrimmage with undisclosed injuries. Here's a video courtesy of Andy Bitter of The Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer with the three quarterbacks talking about the competition
Best Young Talent in the SEC in 2011
ESPN- Here’s a look at how our top 5 teams stack up:
1. LSU: Check out that LSU defense. The Tigers have at least 10 players who are sophomores or younger that will play key roles this season, and most of those have star potential.
2. Florida: It’s hard to beat the Gators’ young collection of talent in both the offensive and defensive lines.
On offense, sophomore guard Jon Halapio is one of three underclassmen who could wind up in the starting lineup or at least be in the rotation. And on defense, the second time around for Ronald Powell, Sharrif Floyd and Dominique Easley should be a lot better. All three are supremely talented.
3. Auburn: The Tigers’ past two recruiting classes have ranked among the top 5 nationally, and you’re going to see a ton of those players on the field this season. The sophomore class will be especially important.
Guys like defensive ends Nosa Eguae, Corey Lemonier and Craig Sanders, defensive tackle Jeffrey Whitaker and running back Mike Dyer will be the heart and soul of this team. Redshirt freshman receiver Trovon Reed would have made a big impact last season had he not had the knee problems, and coach Gene Chizik is already on record as saying the true freshmen would be playing and not watching this season.
Auburn Tigers Getting Ready for Early Games
THE BIRMINGHAM NEWS- Auburn staged all of its single-day practices in the late afternoon, then, lo and behold, the Tigers held their first scrimmage of the fall around 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Coincidence? Coach Gene Chizik thinks not. Auburn's first three games of the season happen to be at 11, 11:21 and 11 in the morning, and the Tigers spent Wednesday catching passes and punts when the midday sun was just so over Jordan-Hare Stadium.
"Pretty much all of our scrimmages are going to be around the 11 a.m. hour, give or take," Chizik said. "When we got done scrimmaging, we were probably somewhere around the middle-to-late fourth quarter in the game, more than likely.
"We wanted to get used to where sun was for our returners on our return game. We wanted to get used to the heat, which our kids are already used to, but mainly the direction of the sun and some of the roles that that plays in our return game was the main reason, but we've got to get used to those first couple games with 11 a.m. starts."
Auburn Dismisses Derrick Lykes--Defensive Lineman-11th Player Gone Since Feb
WAR EAGLE EXTRA- Defensive lineman Derrick Lykes was dismissed from the Auburn football team for a violation of team rules, a school spokesman confirmed this afternoon.
The backup appeared in 16 games during his Auburn career, making 12 tackles, nine of which came in 2009. He played in only three games last year, making three tackles.
He did not appear on the 105-member practice roster for August that was released Wednesday afternoon.
Breaking...Kragthorpe Giving Up Coordinating Duties at LSU--Has Parkinson's Disease
CBS SPORTS- The Tiger program has announced that Kragthorpe is suffering from Parkinson's disease, and will be giving up his coordinating duties effective immediately. He will, however, remain on the LSU staff as quarterbacks coach. The new play-caller will be Greg Studrawa, the Tigers' offensive line coach.
Auburn Tigers Start Practices--Defending National Championship
THE GADSDEN TIMES- The defending national champion Auburn Tigers hit the field Wednesday night for the beginning of their 2011 fall football camp.
Coach Gene Chizik enters his third season with the Tigers on the heels of arguably the most successful season in school history. Following the Tigers' 14-0 march through 2010 and victory over Oregon in the BCS national championship game, the Tigers had quite a busy off-season.
After a trip to the White House, Chizik went on a media blitz promoting the Tigers and his new book, “All In: What it Takes to Be the Best.”
USA Today Coaches Poll--8 SEC Teams in Top 25
5) Florida State....
SEC West Temperatures ---Too Hot to Practice?
Fayetteville, Arkansas 108....
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 99....
Oxford, Mississippi 99....
Starkville, Mississippi 98....
Auburn, Alabama 95....
Baton Rouge 93.....
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SEC WEST: LSU Leads 2012 Recruiting Through July 31, 2011
Through the end of July, here are the verbal commits for 2012:
1) LSU Tigers 18
2) Alabama Crimson Tide 14
3) Miss State Bulldogs 14
4) Auburn Tigers 13
5) Arkansas Razorbacks 12
6) Ole Miss Rebels 8
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SEC Has Multi-Sport Dynasty
THE BIRMINGHAM NEWS- The SEC has forced college sports into a unique moment. Is this SEC stretch of national titles in multiple high-profile sports simply cyclical, or further proof of the widening gap between the haves and have nots?
Whatever the reason, this run can't be ignored. We're witnessing a rare multi-sport dynasty by one conference.
Four NCAA sports are more prominent than others, the Big Four sports, if you will: football, men's basketball, women's basketball and baseball. The SEC has won half of those sports' national titles in the past six years.