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Report: Chizik Out As Auburn’s Coach

Auburn has fired coach Gene Chizik, according to reports from AL.com and CBSSports.com.

Chizik was told the news on Sunday before he informed his coaches and then his players during a team meeting, according to the AL.com report.

Auburn finished the season with a 3-9 record, 0-8 in the SEC. The Tigers finished the year with a 49-0 loss to rival Alabama on Saturday.

Chizik compiled a 33-19 overall record in four years at Auburn. He went 15-17 in the SEC with the only winning season in conference play coming with the school’s national title in 2010.

UPDATE: Auburn has officially announced Chizik’s dismissal. From Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs:

“This season demonstrated that we need a different direction to get where we want to go. We will move as quickly as possible in our search for a new Head Coach, guided by the benchmarks President (Jay) Gogue and I expect. Those benchmarks are a track record as a proven winner, a commitment to playing within the rules and student-athlete academic success. 

“I am pleased to announce that we have put together an outstanding search committee to find our next head coach. The committee consists of several great Auburn leaders who share our commitment to competing at the highest level and who understand what it takes to succeed at Auburn. I am honored that Mac Crawford, Bo Jackson and Pat Sullivan have agreed to join our efforts to find the best coach possible for our student-athletes, the students of Auburn University and the Auburn Family. I’m proud to be part of this distinguished group.”

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Alabama Commit Deon Johnson Arrested, Charged

Alabama wide receiver commitment Deon Johnson from Spanish Fort (Ala.) High School has been arrested on charges of second-degree rape and sodomy.

Johnson, 18, turned himself into police on Thursday, a spokesman for the Daphne (Ala.) Police Department told AL.com.

Check the link above for more information on Johnson’s charges. See the arrest report here.

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SEC Headlines 7/26/12

1. Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray won’t be charged in a beer bottle throwing incident.

2. Here’s a look at Alabama’s group of wide receivers and tight ends.

3. AL.com has a breakdown of Auburn’s defensive backs.

4. That list doesn’t include Jonathan Rose, who won’t return to Auburn for his sophomore season.

5. The Alabama game will be “crucial” for Arkansas, according to coach John L. Smith.

6. The chances for ex-Georgia DB Chris Sanders to return to the Bulldogs appear to be finished.

7. Georgia’s tight ends are young but talented as they prepare to replace Orson Charles.

8. The Gainesville Sun‘s Pat Dooley believes Florida’s season will come down to the quarterbacks.

9. Florida coach Will Muschamp is “hungry” after losing six games last year.

10. Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin is proud the Aggies have arrived in the SEC.

11. Sumlin has a lot of work to do as his offense prepares for a new system.

12. Mississippi State’s shooting guard was arrested for bringing a BB gun into the dorm.

13. LSU coach Les Miles is ready to get the season started and move on from 2011.

14. Brishen Matthews is the 16th most important player on the Ole Miss football team.

15. Marcus Lattimore and Aaron Murray overrated? This writer doesn’t think so.

16. Arkansas running back Knile Davis is ready to run again in the SEC.

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LSU- Alabama & The Rematch Option

Thom Abraham

I have continually maintained that I am not a big “Rematch” guy when it comes to the National Championship Game. After LSU’s overtime victory over Alabama Saturday night, the scenario that the voters are going to be left with is this:

    1. Did anything other than “who has the better kicker” get decided in Tuscaloosa?
    2. In a game that features so much great defense, the college overtime system is decidedly unfair, in as much as it does what the teams were unable to do the entire game – get into the Red Zone.

In the case of Alabama, who kept the Bengal Tiger Offense at bay all night, the system put the ball on the 25 yard line, basically assuring LSU of an opportunity to kick a field goal. Of course, Alabama had that same opportunity, but they had already established they had no one on the team, nor in a fraternity house, who could make a kick.

The reason I don’t like a playoff is in this contrived BCS system, the proponents continually tell us that the beauty lies in the fact that the ENTIRE SEASON becomes a playoff.  Well, you can’t have it both ways!

Do I think those are the 2 best teams in the country?  No question!  Would they meet again if a playoff were in place?  Probably…but without out one, I don’t think you can just tell LSU, now do it again!

In reality, with the Tide only falling to 3rd in the BCS, it could happen.  In the end, Alabama made way too many mistakes to win that game, and seemed on the brink of breaking it open several times…but no one ever came up with a play to finish a drive.  And if Daniel Moore would like to take some money from the Bayou faithful, he ought to be doing a painting of Reed’s play against Williams and call it “The Theft”.

The final nail in Alabama’s temporary coffin was when Jim McElwain decided to put the overtime in the hands of AJ McCarron instead of Trent Richardson. That was a panic move that may have cost the Tide a shot at #14.

Thom Abraham hosts a daily sportstalk radio program that is syndicated from Nashville, TN to Huntsville, AL to Bowling Green, KY.  His website is thomabraham.net.

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Dooley Panics, Bama Covers Huge Spread

Thom Abraham

Well, Alabama did end up covering the spread by the dreaded hook… the half point. But the story of the game was Tennessee coming out in the first half and selling the farm to stop the run, which they did, and taking chances to hang in the game, which they did; going for it on fourth down on the first drive, the fake punt, all brilliant, gutsy calls.

The result was the 6-6 tie at the half, and getting the ball to start the third quarter… but a 3-and-out gave the ball to Alabama and the Tide’s adjustments were apparent.

UT said, beat us with AJ McCarron, not Trent Richardson; so the Tide obliged.  McCarron took Alabama right down the field, throwing the ball, and scored without having to call a second down play.

When Tennessee came up with 3rd-and-inches at their own 39 on the following drive, Derek Dooley’s decision to go for it again felt more like desperation.

I think he panicked.

Punt the ball, and make Alabama go the length of the field again.  When the Vols came up short, it set off that oh so familiar feeding frenzy.  The Tide defense was jacked up, the crowd was jacked up and it was only a matter of moments before the band was jacked up.  20-7.

Game over.

Now I’m not saying the ending would have been different.  Just that it wouldn’t have been over so quickly. And the longer you stay in it, the better chance of something crazy happening.  Dooley panicked, and in doing so, ended his own misery.

Thom Abraham hosts a daily sportstalk radio program that is syndicated from Nashville, TN to Huntsville, AL to Bowling Green, KY.  His website is thomabraham.net.


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The SEC’s Most (And Least) Impressive Performances Of Week Four

Well that didn’t take long.

Just four weeks into the season and an SEC team has already skipped right past undefeated Oklahoma to grab the #1 spot in the AP Top 25 Poll.  While LSU tops the AP Poll, the Tigers’ 4-0 record is only good enough for #3 in the USA Today Coaches Poll behind the aforementioned Sooners and fellow-SEC member #2 Alabama.  Suffice to say, the top of the SEC is as good as any conference in the land.  Again.

But which team had the most impressive performance of the week?  We’ll rank ‘em all below.  And remember, we’re talking about one week only.  Here’s your weekly best-to-worst look at the SEC’s performances in Week Four:

 

1.  LSU 47, West Virginia 21 at Morgantown, WV —  So how did LSU edge out Alabama for our top spot when it allowed 533 yards of offense?  Because most of those yards were meaningless.  On the road.  In one of the nation’s most hostile environments.  The Tigers got another solid performance from quarterback Jarrett Lee (16 of 28 for 180 yards, 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions), a player who is quickly becoming one of the best stories of the season.  Just as they did in an opening night win over Oregon, the Bayou Bengals forced four turnovers against the Mountaineers.  It seems that even when offenses find ways to the move the ball against John Chavis’ bunch, his lightning-fast defenders answer with key takeaways.  No arguments with this team’s #1 ranking.  None.

 

2.  Alabama 38, Arkansas 14 at Tuscaloosa, AL –  At the end of the day, I think Arkansas will be a better team than West Virginia, but the Crimson Tide  faced the Hogs at home while LSU traveled to WVU.  That’s about the only reason to deduct points from the balanced, dominating effort turned in by Nick Saban’s crew.  While the offense was totaling 200 yards passing and another 197 rushing, the Bama defense was squelching Bobby Petrino’s flashy offense.  Just compare the efficiency of the two QBs: AJ McCarron passed for 200 yards on 20 passes, but it took Tyler Wilson 35 flings to tally just 185 yards.  In addition, the Tide managed to score in all three phases of the game.  Arkansas looked to be outclassed from the get-go… and there’s no reason for them to be ashamed.  A lot of teams will be outclassed by Bama this season.

 

3.  Florida 48, Kentucky 10 at Lexington, KY — Chris Rainey put up his usual good numbers (105 yards rushing), but this game belonged to Jeff Demps.  The speedster galloped 10 times for 157 yards and two scores (one covering 20 yards, the other 84) as the Gators flattened the Cats on the road.  In total UF amassed more than 400 yards on the ground in notching win #25 in a row against UK.  This performance might have ranked higher if not for the level of the Gators’ competition — Kentucky’s pretty bad, folks.

 

4.  Georgia 27, Ole Miss 13 at Oxford, MS — Mark Richt emerged victorious in the Hot Seat Bowl and his team was more dominant on the field than on the scoreboard.  The Dawgs rolled into Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and out-offensed the Rebels 475 to 183.  They won the rushing battle 207-34.  If not for three Blair Walsh missed field goal attempts and one punt return for an Ole Miss touchdown, the Bulldogs’ victory would have appeared even more complete.  You never got the feeling in this one that UM had a chance to win it.  And that’s good enough to keep most Richt-bashers — not all, but most — at bay for at least another week.

 

5.  South Carolina 21, Vanderbilt 3 at Columbia, SC —  As I watched this game I kept wishing someone would come and administer some Novocaine to me.  It was painful to watch.  Vanderbilt’s offense was just non-existent.  And while Carolina should get credit for holding VU to just 73 yards passing and a ridiculous 4 yards rushing… it’s Vandy we’re talking about.  The Commodores got off to a nice 3-0 start this year, but they’d won games over lesser foes and with the help of multiple turnovers.  Against Carolina, not even 4 Stephen Garcia picks could help them.  They just couldn’t move the ball.  At all.  Meanwhile, Steve Spurrier stuck with Garcia — though it was a headset-throwin’ night for the Ol’ Ball Coach — and he credited the 5th year senior after the game for doing the best that he could.  Carolina’s signal-caller is maddening.  One minute he’ll whistle a rifle shot through defenders and the next he’ll overthrow a dump-off to Marcus Lattimore by five yards.  But he’s still the guy the Gamecock team trusts, so credit Spurrier for sticking by him.  But on this night there just wasn’t much to celebrate aside from a methodical victory.  USC fans will take it.

 

6.  Auburn 30, Florida Atlantic 14 at Auburn, AL —  How bad is Auburn’s defense?  Well, FAU entered the game with one of the worst offenses in America and still the Owls almost matched the Tigers in total yardage (315 to 307).  That 307 yards of offense?  FAU was averaging just 92 yards per contest heading into Saturday’s game.  AU fans had to be nervous looking up to see a 10-6 game in the third quarter… before Neiko Thorpe and Jermaine Whitehead picked off FAU passes to set up the Tigers’ pull-away scores.  And how ’bout this for fickle fans — the AP reported several “half-empty” sections in Jordan-Hare’s upper deck.  The report also mentioned booing from the student section “during a particularly bad stretch” for Gus Malzahn’s offense in the first half.  And this is a team that had gone 17-1 in its previous 18 games and won a little sumthin’ called the BCS title.  Yeah, and it’s the media that’s been “disrespecting” Auburn’s young team.  Considering the boos and attendance versus FAU and the thousands of Tiger fans who streamed to the exits and missed their team’s Week One comeback over Utah State, it’s a good thing we’re ranking the team’s performance and not the performance of their fans.

 

7.  Arkansas 14, Alabama 38 at Tuscaloosa, AL —  Think the Hogs missed Knile Davis?  Bobby Petrino’s offense officially logged 17 rushing yards on 19 attempts on Saturday.  That’s bad anywhere.  But against a team like Alabama, such a performance spells certain doom.  Wilson didn’t get much help from his O-line as he was harassed and hurried on seemingly every dropback.  Now throw in a pair of Hog turnovers and you can begin to grasp the Razorbacks’ level of futility.  In a battle between the SEC’s top defense and top offense, it was the defense of Bama that emerged victorious.

 

8.  Vanderbilt 3, South Carolina 21 at Columbia, SC —  James Franklin’s Cinderella 3-0 start to his Vandy coaching career came to a crashing thud Saturday night in the Palmetto State.  If you thought Arkansas’ rushing numbers were bad, check out these: 25 carries, 4 yards.  Four!  And the Commodores converted just one third down all night (out of 14 chances).  At least the Vanderbilt defense put up a fight.  Lattimore was held to just 77 yards on 20 carries.  And a week after picking off Mississippi’s Zach Stoudt five times, VU’s D came down with four Garcia passes.  It just didn’t make a difference on the scoreboard this time around.

 

9.  Mississippi State 26, Louisiana Tech 20 in OT at Starkville, MS —  MSU’s meteoric rise has plum flickered out the past three weeks.  Coming off back-to-back losses to Auburn and LSU, the black-jersey’d Bulldogs figured to get well against Louisiana Tech and its 17-year-old quarterback.  Instead… Dan Mullen’s team was outgained and at times outplayed by La. Tech.  If not for a late interception deep in State territory — which prevented Tech from kicking a game-winning field goal — and another INT on the first play of overtime, the Bulldogs might have suffered a remarkably embarrassing loss to a WAC team that’s now just 1-3.  Chris Relf was so shaky in the passing game that Mullen chose to play for overtime on MSU’s final possession even though he had time to throw and good field position.  It’s still early, but MSU seems to be a team moving in the wrong direction these days.

 

10.  Kentucky 10, Florida 48 at Lexington, KY —  Joker Phillips’ team — a squad he called “sloppy” after the game — turned the ball over four times and failed on all five of its fourth-down tries.  And that was just the offense.  Rick Minter’s defensive unit gave up 520 yards and allowed UF to score three touchdowns in a five-minute, first-quarter barrage that put the game away almost as quickly as it had started.  The Wildcats are now 2-2 with a pair of unimpressive victories over Western Kentucky and Central Michigan, but at times they’ve played more like the 1994 Bill Curry-led squad that managed just one win on the season.  Things look very bad in the Bluegrass State.  So once again they find themselves near the bottom of our Impress-O-Meter.  More showings like Saturday’s and they can apply for permanent residence at the bottom of our Monday morning chart.

 

11.  Ole Miss 13, Georgia 27 at Oxford, MS —  Even when Houston Nutt teams have struggled in past years, his offense could move the ball.  Stumbling to a 4-8 mark last season, for example, the Rebels averaged more than 30 points per game.  Not this year.  Not even close.  The check for going out in search of a transfer quarterback every year has finally come due.  UM passed for just 149 yards against Georgia and rushed for a meager 34 yards on the ground.  David Lee’s offense managed just one score on the day.  Athletic director Pete Boone said earlier in the week that he wanted to see more fire from the Rebels’ eyes.  He likely went home disappointed.  Heck, as poorly as the Rebels played on Saturday, I was surprised Nutt didn’t pull his straight-billed cap down a little bit lower so as not to have to cast his eyes upon a squad that’s quickly costing him his job.

 

Open Date — Tennessee

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Breaking Down The Legal Threats To The SEC

Since word leaked out late Tuesday night that Baylor was threatening to sue the SEC and/or league commissioner Mike Slive, we at MrSEC.com have received a number of emails from attorneys and legal experts wishing to help explain the situation.  Each was presented with a list of questions to answer, but only one was a) qualified enough and b) bored enough to fill out our questionnaire in full… for publication.

Below is a 10-shot Q&A with University of Tennessee associate professor of law, Alex Long.  Mr. Long is in his fifth year of teaching at UT.  One specific area of law that he teaches and has written about?  Torts.

And since we’re talking about a possible tortious interference case (rather than a pass interference case), we figured Mr. Long would be able to provide some solid answers to our numerous questions.  Here goes:

 

Q1:  No billion-dollar entity (like the SEC) should blow off any type of threatened lawsuit without first studying the possible worst-case outcomes.  If Baylor was to file a tortious interference claim, what would the school’s odds be of winning such a case?

AL:  There are about a thousand variables involved, and I don’t know at least 100 of the relevant facts.  But with that lawyerly disclaimer in mind, in a nutshell, I think that if it turns out that A&M initiated the contact with the SEC, it’s going to be tough for Baylor to prevail.  Assuming that A&M is actually breaching its contract with the Big 12 by leaving, then Baylor would have to show (1) that the SEC intended to cause A&M to leave the Big 12; (2) that the SEC’s actions actually did cause A&M to leave; and (3) that damage to Baylor resulted.  If A&M made the initial overture to the SEC instead of the other way around, it’s going to be tough for Baylor to establish that the SEC’s actions caused A&M to do something it wasn’t already inclined to do.  So, the SEC’s actions wouldn’t be the proximate cause of A&M’s departure, in which case the lawsuit fails.  The other problem for Baylor that I see is establishing damages.  If Baylor can establish causation, I would guess Baylor could plausibly claim that it will suffer damages based on the loss of revenue resulting from a weakened Big 12, but the extent of those damages would seem to me to be really, really speculative.  I’m not sure they can be calculated with any degree of certainty.  How much money is Baylor going to lose if A&M leaves?  I’m not sure how you can calculate that.  That’s partly why the Big 12 probably included a penalty clause in its contract with A&M in the event that if a team leaves the Big 12 that clause forces the departing team to pay the Big 12 when they leave — because it’s tough to predict how much damages will be in these situations… and it’s a way to insure the Big 12 gets paid something.

 

Q2:  Nebraska and Colorado left the Big 12 last summer.  Numerous Big 12 presidents and coaches have said that their departures destabilized the league.  Would such comments help the SEC’s case?

AL:  Yes for the same reason I mentioned above.  If the league was already destabilized and A&M was already inclined to leave for that reason, that makes it tougher for Baylor to establish that the SEC’s actions actually caused any damage to Baylor that wasn’t going to occur eventually anyway.  That’s especially true if, again, A&M was the party who flirted with the SEC first.

 

Q3:  Does it matter that A&M would be breaking a contract with the Big 12 and not Baylor specifically?

AL:  This question makes my head hurt with all of the possible issues it raises, but the short answer is that I think this could potentially be a problem for Baylor.  The SEC’s alleged interference didn’t cause the Big 12 to terminate its contract with Baylor.  That makes Baylor’s claim different than most interference claims, where Party A and Party B have a contract, and Party C intentionally causes Party A to breach that contract.  Here, I think you can argue that Baylor is Party D (and that Party D) has a completely separate contract with Party B (the Big 12) and the SEC didn’t set out to interfere with that contract.  (But I don’t know for sure how all of these contracts are structured, so I’m scared to delve too far into this.)

 

Q4:  Who would preside over such a hearing?  Would there be any fear of the SEC having to deal with a pro-Baylor or pro-Big 12, Texas-based judge?

AL:  I’d bet that somewhere in all of the Big 12 bylaws and agreements that there is a provision that lays out which state’s law will apply in the event of  a lawsuit.  I’m sure Baylor would file a claim in Texas if it can.  Surely you aren’t suggesting that a Texas judge would engage in some home cookin’, are you?

 

Q5:  How might the situation change if Baylor was joined in a suit by other Big 12 members?

AL:  If the case is styled “The Big 12 v. the SEC,” that alleviates the concerns I mentioned in #3 above.

 

Q6:  How long might something like this take to actually reach a courtroom?

AL:  To actually get to the merits of the case, you could easily be looking at a year. 

 

Q:  It certainly looks like this is simply a stall tactic by Baylor and a few of its Big 12 comrades.  Just your take… but if things continue to drag out, do you believe the SEC could safely go ahead and invite A&M into the fold despite the threat of a lawsuit?

AL:  That’s why the SEC’s lawyers get paid the big bucks to provide that kind of advice. I just don’t know enough details to say.

 

Q:  There haven’t been many cases like this in past expansion moves.  With TV contracts now the #1 cash cow for major conferences, have Baylor’s actions opened the door for these types of suits to be filed (or threatened) any time a school attempts to leave a conference?

AL:  College football realignment kind of feels Wild West-esque and lawless right now anyway, so I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see lawsuits start flying from all directions if the Big 12 falls apart.

 

Q:  If a tortious interference case were filed, would A&M and the SEC be forced to reveal all types of electronic communications and financial records?  That could be embarrassing.  Also, would the Big 12 or Baylor have to reveal info too?

AL:  Absolutely. The parties would conduct what’s called “discovery,” which is basically the process by which the parties uncover relevant evidence. And I’m sure all of the parties would request every letter and email  and a description of every phone call and face-to-face meeting that has taken place, some of which is undoubtedly going to prove embarrassing for somebody in all of this.  There isn’t a whole lot that is undiscoverable.

 

Q:  We joked on MrSEC.com yesterday that since the Big 12 contacted Arkansas — A&M and the SEC claim that A&M contacted the SEC, not the other way around — the SEC should file suit against the Big 12.  We were kidding because technically the Big 12 might have tried to lure Arkansas out of its contract with the SEC, but it didn’t succeed.  However, could the Big 12′s attempt to grab Arkansas be used to strengthen the SEC’s case if it is sued?  In other words: “See, they’re suing us for something they themselves are doing.”

AL:  It’s not a crazy theory, but I don’t think it would work.  With interference cases, you are allowed to take lawful actions to defend your own interests that are being threatened (like the Big 12 allegedly threatening the SEC’s interests by allegedly trying to steal away Arkansas), but trying to unlawfully steal away A&M (allegedly) wouldn’t be justified.  The remedy for unlawful interference isn’t more unlawful interference.

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Championship Week Phil Steele Forecast For #18 South Carolina

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South Carolina wide reciever Alshon Jeffery (1)  catches a pass for a touchdown during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Auburn, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010 Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/The State, Gerry Melendez).  Can the Gamecocks prove Phil Steele wrong yet again this season?

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South Carolina wide reciever Alshon Jeffery (1) catches a pass for a touchdown during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Auburn, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010 Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/The State, Gerry Melendez). Can the Gamecocks prove Phil Steele wrong yet again this season?

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SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:
GEORGIA DOME, ATLANTA
#2 AUBURN vs #18 S CAROLINA
Rushing
Passing
Points
TO’s
ST
AUBURN 210
200
36
2.0
S CAROLINA
125
285
36
1.6
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The last two years the SEC Champ game has featured #1 vs #2 Florida vs Alabama and while this year’s matchup won’t have the same build-up it is equally intriguing with 12-0 Auburn in contention for a national title and their QB Newton the Heisman frontrunner. These two teams did meet earlier this year which was a 35-27 win by Auburn at home on 9/25. In that gm, SC led 20-7 late 2Q and 27-21 early 4Q, but QB Garcia fmbl’d twice and then was pulled and bkup Shaw was int’d twice (all 4 TO’s in the 4Q and resulting in 14 pts for Aub). Newton threw for 158, 2 TD and rushed for 176, 3 TD in the 1st matchup while Garcia threw for 235 with a 3-0 ratio but RB Lattimore was held to 33 rush yds. Aub did have 492-384 yd and 29-20 FD edges in the gm. SC finished their ssn strong with 3 str DD wins incl LW’s 29-7 win over rival Clem (322-251 yd edge). SC QB Garcia is avg 221 ypg (66%) with an 18-9 ratio while RB Lattimore has 1,114 (4.8). Aub is off the biggest come-from-behind win over rival AL ever as they trailed 24-0 late 2Q but rebounded for a 28-27 win. They were fortunate to be only down by that score as AL scored just 3 pts on 3 drives inside Aub’s 20-yd line in the 1H. QB Newton was held to 39 rush yds but threw for 216 and 3 TD and the D held AL to 69 rush yds (2.3). While this is SC’s 1st trip to the SEC Title gm, it is Spurrier’s 8th and he is 5-2 in those games. Aub’s last title trip was in 2004, a 38-28 win over Tenn when Chizik was the DC here. Spurrier has the experience factor in his favor and I think SC can stay in the gm as long as Garcia doesn’t have another meltdown.
PHIL’S FORECAST: AUBURN 38 S CAROLINA 34


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Yet another testament to this year’s team

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As linked by Chris Low on ESPN.com, AL.com released a list of teams with the most personal fouls. Tops? Southern Miss, with 27. 

But more importantly to us, a supplementary list was provided that shows the number of personal fouls among BCS teams. Have a look:

How Teams in Current BCS Standings Rank

  • Oregon, 21
  • Auburn, 20
  • Florida State, 19
  • Oklahoma State, 19
  • Nebraska, 18
  • Michigan State, 17
  • Missouri, 17
  • Texas A&M, 17
  • Boise State, 16
  • Oklahoma, 15
  • Arkansas, 14
  • Miami, 14
  • LSU, 12
  • Mississippi State, 12
  • Virginia Tech, 12
  • Alabama, 11
  • Nevada, 11
  • Ohio State, 11
  • Arizona, 10
  • Stanford, 10
  • TCU, 10
  • Wisconsin, 10
  • Utah, 9
  • Iowa, 6
  • South Carolina, 5

AL.com goes on to point out that 4 is the least amount any team has committed. One of the most infuriating things is seeing a first down or defensive stop wiped out by a late hit or some other needless PF penalty. But it hasn’t been a problem for our squad. It’s a testament to our coaching and to the intelligence and maturity of our players.

Anyone care to play devil’s advocate? Granted, overall there seems to be a vague inverse relationship between position in BCS top 25 rankings and PFs committed, but it could be coincidental.

At any rate, stupid penalties are absolutely crippling, and we’re doing a good job of ignoring them. Our boys should be lauded for that.


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