The SEC season started out with a couple of surprises on Thursday night as A&M ran South Carolina out of their own building and we found out that life without James Franklin at Vandy might not be so easy. Overall, I went 1-2 with straight up picks but did go 2-1 against the spread. Here are this weekends picks….
UT Martin at Kentucky, Noon, SEC Network
Pick: Kentucky 38 UT...
Wow. Texas A&M went out and offensively imposed their will on the South Carolina defense. Generally speaking, the Gamecocks have had a pretty good defense over the last few years but they just looked over-matched today. Were they not prepared, do they not have the players or was it just a bad match-up for the Gamecocks?
Aggies QB Kenny Hill finished his debut throwing 44 of...
Every year we will see a FCS (Division I-AA) team (or teams) step up and knock off a FBS team. FootballGeography.com has all the records for current and former FBS schools against FCS Opponents….
Click on this link to see everyone’s record.
Texas A&M at South Carolina
6 PM, SEC Network
Line: Gamecocks by 10.5
South Carolina not only will learn about life after Jadeveon Clowney, but more importantly they must replace Connor Shaw. Dylan Thompson has seen action over the last two years but now it’s time for him to take center stage. The Gamecocks have a good set of weapons to help out Thompson including Mike Davis...
Larry Fedora hasn’t named a starting quarterback for the upcoming season. Is it because he’s unsure of who will be the man under center or maybe it’s because he wants to use the element of surprise in his first game.
Nope. Apparently he just likes to troll the fans and the media….
Larry Fedora on why he won’t reveal his starting QB: “because it bothers everybody and that...
Former Northwestern star running back Venric Mark announced recently that he was transferring rather than play his senior season with the Wildcats. Well, it looks like Mark has found a new home.
Venric Mark off to West Texas A&M: http://t.co/te12GqjcY2
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) August 23, 2014
And in case West Texas A&M doesn’t ring a bell….it was formerly...
Which fanbases are the most loyal in college football? A study by the Emory Sports Marketing Analytics says it’s Texas.
Here is how they describe their approach:
Our approach is data and statistically driven, as we look at how fans support their teams after controlling for how well the team performs on the field, the market it plays in, and school characteristics
The rest of...
Over the past month, there have been rumblings that Oklahoma was “very confident” that their waiver to allow Dorial Green-Beckham to play this season would be approved. This was quite perplexing to myself and most of the college football world. The only way I felt DBG would be eligible was if Missouri went to bat for DGB and I just couldn’t see that happening.
I wrote a piece on Missouri today for The Student Section. Here’s a sneak peak….
The Missouri Tigers would have been the talk of the SEC and possibly the nation last season if not for the miraculous turnaround of the Auburn Tigers. Missouri went from fifth place in the SEC East in its debut season, and just two conference wins, to winning the East and going 12-2. Was 2013 the...
Last competition of #campkyle is none other than Ice Cream Eating!!! https://t.co/Mkg0mIE2S0
— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) August 21, 2014
Braxton Miller re-injured his throwing shoulder at practice on Monday and the word on the street is that he will miss the 2014 season. Miller is one of the top players in college football and one of the front-runners for the Heisman Trophy. Can Ohio State survive life without Braxton?
Last season Miller missed some time and Kenny Guiton filled in admirably but Guiton was a senior...
First NFL completion… Is a 43-yard TD?? Hello @AaronMurray11! WATCH: http://t.co/Ht2kjafBmi #KCvsCAR
— NFL (@nfl) August 18, 2014
The 2013 Clemson Tigers went 11-2 and finished ranked #8 in the country. They beat Georgia and Ohio State but they also lost to rival South Carolina (again) and got waxed by Florida State. Clemson loses Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins but they still have a lot of talent and they have top notch coaches on both sides of the football. Will they be better or worse than they were last season...
Strong is certainly getting rid of the issues rather quickly…
Charlie Strong suspends 3 players, confirms 5 dismissals as Texas enters fall practice http://t.co/cifZ0MZmzK
— Max Olson (@max_olson) August 3, 2014
Spurrier on scheduling, “playing East Carolina is probably tougher than playing one of those bottom tier Big Ten Teams,”
— William Gunter (@WillGunter560) August 3, 2014
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a feature for The Student Section titled “Is Twitter good for college football?” One of the things I said was….
Players can lose scholarships or receive disciplinary action based on what they post on social media so it’s important for them to really think about what they post before they post it because they are no longer in the hallway of their...
This was released by UGA on Vimeo on Friday evening…
Seems a little loud but as long as they win on the football field all will be forgiven…
Our boys Juice & Surge. #RENEWED pic.twitter.com/k4v1AkPAnn
— Hurricanes Football (@CanesFootball) July 30, 2014
I’ve never been so disappointed in Duke and North Carolina State. They are dead to me.
Last stop at #ESPNACC Carwash, @DavidCutcliffe & @StateCoachD comparing 6-packs. @SportsCenter @ESPNCFB @espn pic.twitter.com/ulxaVUMXgU
— Duke Football (@Duke_FB) July 29, 2014
I just can’t make this stuff up….
Carl Spackler and Lacey Underall at the party. pic.twitter.com/OMF3x9RDjo
— Dan Mullen™ (@CoachDanMullen) July 29, 2014
In 2013, Florida State finally broke through and won their first National Championship since 1999. In reality there wasn’t a long time between championships but recent Florida State teams had underachieved. Last years team did anything but underachieve. 2015 BSC championship odds favor Florida State, but will they be better or worse than they were last season?
First let’s take...
Personally I think this is a good idea….
It has been confirmed that #UGA freshmen are banned from social media until after the last game of the season. Thoughts?
— Radi Nabulsi (@RadiNabulsi) July 21, 2014
Update: The #UGA freshman social media ban was proposed by the player’s unity council. They took it to Mark Richt who agreed to the terms.
— Radi Nabulsi (@RadiNabulsi...
The ever quotable Steve Spurrier….
Steve Spurrier on Dabo Swinney’s “He’s from Pluto, I’m from Mars” quote: “Dabo still thinks there are 9 planets out there”
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 22, 2014
In the SEC, teams are built around the line of scrimmage. Tennessee won’t have many familiar faces this season…
#Vols are only FBS program in country replacing every OL and DL starter
— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) July 22, 2014
For more on the Vols, check out the preview I did earlier this season.
After looking like a genius with Chan Gailey’s players, Paul Johnson has settled into an average tenure with the Jackets. Over the last four years the Jackets have never won less than six games and they’ve never won more than eight. They consistently finish 4-4 or 5-3 in the conference. Will the Jackets be better or worse than they were last season?
First let’s take a look...