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SEC Headlines 1/2/2014

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1. Are the Cleveland Browns targeting Gus Malzahn or James Franklin for their next head coach?

2. Vanderbilt A.D. says people have contacted him about talking to Franklin. Penn State makes Bill O’Brien’s departure official.

3. Former Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer attended practice at Florida State in September.  What he saw reminded him of his days in the SEC.

4. The Auburn-Florida State game that never happened - Bowden vs. Bowden.

5. Gregg Doyel: “Alabama is the best team in the country.” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops agrees.

6. With Johnny Manziel and Mike Evans likely gone to the NFL, what’s the future look like for the Texas A&M offense?

7. Five predictions for the 2014 Aggies.

8. Mississippi State’s senior class going out in style – four straight bowl games after just one in eight years.

9. Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief and safety Cody Prewitt are both expected to soon make decisions on whether or not to enter the NFL Draft.

10. Missouri lineman Max Copeland on the distraction of the enormous scoreboard at AT&T Stadium: “The first time I walked out here for our first practice, it was like a chicken in the rain.”

11. Several Mizzou players reportedly invited to NFL Combine – but they’ve yet to hear the news. Running back Henry Josey may leave early for the NFL.

12. South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington may decide to leave early to the next level.

13. Connor Shaw finished his South Carolina career with a 27-5 record as a starting quarterback.

14. Conflicting reports about AJ McCarron’s status for the Senior Bowl.

15. Florida’s downfall started one year ago at the Sugar Bowl.”It was an embarrassing night for the Gator Nation before the game ever kicked off.”

Extra

16. Is Lane Kiffin headed to Tampa Bay?

17. Time to change the rules for NFL extra points?  Bill Belichick thinks so.

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Bo Wallace Leads Ole Miss To Victory In Music City Bowl

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1. Rebels now 2-0 in bowl games under Hugh Freeze.  Finish the season at 8-5, best record since 2009.

2. Redemption for Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace.  Completes 22-of-32 passes for 256 yards and one touchdown.  Rushed for two more touchdowns on the ground.

3. Ole Miss linebacker D.T. Shackelford “was all over the field for the Rebels on Monday.”

4. Was this the last game at Ole Miss for wide receiver Donte Moncrief?

5. David Climer on the Ole Miss offense:  ”It’s the football version of jazz, a disjointed melody filled with creativity and self-expression.”

6. Mark Bradley: ”An Ole Miss delay-of-game penalty helped Ole Miss clinch the game, if you can believe that. “

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Week 4 Fantasy Picks: Why The Gurus Love Mississippi State

Which players and teams are  hot in college football fantasy?  Here are the consensus Week 4 picks we found.

Quarterbacks

One quarterback stands out this week – Rakeem Cato of Marshall. Here’s what the experts are saying.

Collegefootballgeek.com: “He has been throwing the ball all over the field and that trend should continue this week against a horrific Rice defense.”

Will Harris at ESPN:  (He) draws a Rice defense that has allowed 43 points per outing.

Athlon Sports expects the game to be shootout and likes both Cato and Rice QB Taylor McHargue: “This game has the second-highest Vegas total on the board.”

Running Backs

We found four running backs where consensus opinion exists.

Cody Getz of Air Force: Phil Steele says ”take a shot here with this upperclassman and you will be thanking us on Sunday morning.”  Athlon adds, “don’t get caught sleeping on a guy that has rushed for 348 yards and six touchdowns.”

 Stefphon Jefferson of Nevada:  ”Anyone know who the 2nd leading rusher in all of the FBS is? Stefphon Jefferson would be the answer,” says Phil Steele.  Will Harris adds, “Chris Ault’s team won’t slow down this week on the road versus rebuilding Hawaii.”

LaDarius Perkins of Mississippi State:  ”Look for Perkins to find his way into the end zone on Saturday night and likely add at least 100 total yards,” predicts Kevin Mount at College Football Geek while Athlon mentions “Perkins has had a nice start to the 2012 season, averaging over 100 yards rushing per game and scoring four touchdowns.”

Antonio Andrews of Western Kentucky: “We’re not expecting him to duplicate his 34-125-3 numbers from a week ago, but he should come close,” is the prediction from Athlon.  College Football Geek frames it this way – “There is some risk here, but the ceiling is very high against a weak Southern Miss defense.”

Wide Receivers

Not a consensus pick here but there is a consensus team – North Carolina.  The big reason is the matchup.

Wide Receiver Erik Highsmith: “He scored for the first time last week against Louisville and could build upon that this week versus East Carolina. The Pirates pass defense is atrocious, yielding 310 yards per game,” notes College Football Geek.

Tight End Eric Ebron: “Ebron’s eleven receptions are second-best on the team and his three receiving touchdowns lead the team.”

Defenses

Both ESPN and College Football Geek like Mississippi State this weekend.  As Will Harris says, the Bulldogs are facing “a visit from punchless South Alabama.”  Two other SEC defenses get attention this week.  Phil Steele like Georgia against Vanderbilt – “you should see Georgia hold Vandy under 300 yds of offense and dominate here.” At ESPN, Will Harris likes Alabama against Florida Atlantic: “Florida Atlantic surprised us last week with a 150-yard first quarter in Athens. We’ll see if the Crimson Tide can deliver the shutout that the Bulldogs could not.”

Team of the Week

Has to be the aforementioned Mississippi State.  In addition to their defense and running back LaDarius Perkins,  Athlon expects wide receiver Chad Bumphis to shine. “Bumphis only has ten receptions on the season, but five of those have been for touchdowns and he is averaging 23 yards per catch.” When fantasy gurus like your running back, wide receiver and defense against a “punchless” team, it’s easy to see why the spread on this game is closing in on five touchdowns.

Honorable Mention: Ole Miss. No consensus picks here but the fantasy gurus are showing some love for the Rebels offense.  Phil Steele likes wide receiver Donte Moncrief. “With a favorable matchup against Tulane this weekend, take a stab at this up-and-coming wideout.” College Football Geeks’s Kevin Mount likes the guy that will throw the ball to Moncrief – quarterback Bo Wallace: “He could be in line for his best fantasy game to date against a Tulane defense that ranks 107th in the nation in total defense.”

Consensus Player To Avoid

Mizzou quarterback James Franklin. Coming off an injury and going on the road to a very good South Carolina defense, fantasy gurus aren’t expecting much from the Missouri quarterback.  As Will Harris notes:” He’ll probably play against South Carolina, but you don’t want to use him against a quality defense in his current state of health,” while Athlon mentions that “the Gamecocks are seventh-best against the run nationally (53.0 ypg) and are only allowing 9.7 points per game.”

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SEC Headlines 7/29/2012

1. Similarities between Les Miles and Steve Spurrier? “If you’re wondering if a coach that’s not used to losing can bounce back from the worst defeat of his career, let your mind wander back to 1995 and 1996.

2. Penn State players and possible SEC targets.”Veterans who may be better fits for SEC programs include linebacker Khairi Fortt, defensive end C.J. Olanlyan and defensive tackle Evan Hailes.”

3. The nation’s No. 1 recruit and package deals: “Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze is the only BCS-level coach to have offered a scholarship to the final member of the Grayson Five…”

4. With only 4 of the top 10 rushers returning this year, who is the best running back in the SEC?

5. Ranking SEC receivers – from No. 1 Tennessee to No. 14 Ole Miss.

6. John Adams on the similarities between Tennessee and Ole Miss: “Ole Miss and UT each finished last in its division last season. The most famous quarterback from each school is a Manning. Both programs have employed Ed Orgeron and David Cutcliffe. Both have a huge fan base in Memphis. Both have had three different head coaches since the 2007 season. Both program’s coaches appeared in the “The Blindside.” ”

7. Tennessee coaches are impressed with all the technology built into their new practice facility.

8. Defensive end C.J. Johnson and right tackle Pierce Burton are key players for Ole Miss this fall while wide receiver Donte Moncrief gives the Rebels hope.

9. Wide receivers at LSU may have felt overlooked last year, but that’s about to change.

10. Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin: “Guys, based on every question I got, they don’t think we have any defense. They don’t think our offense will work, and we don’t have a quarterback or kicker. Other than that we have no problem guys.”

11. Why the Aggies should be on upset alert against Ole Miss.

12. Expect a healthy competition for the Kentucky starting quarterback job this fall.

13. “Spending has increased substantially at Arkansas since 2008 – athletics director Jeff Long’s first year on the job – and it isn’t expected to slow down any time soon.”

14. How much impact will new Auburn defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder have on this years’ team?

15. Who will be available in the secondary and some other preseason questions for the Georgia Bulldogs.

16. With a new college football playoff on the way, what’s the future of the state of Florida’s bowl games?

17. Was giving rapper Drake a national championship ring another stroke of genius by John Calipari?

18. Memphis paper gets details on a year’s worth of secondary violations for Ole Miss and Tennessee.

19. When Tennessee and Vanderbilt played basketball this past season, two Tennessee swimmers bet on the game.

Extras

20. Will Penn State change its uniforms?

21. Heckled by fans - welcome to New York, Tim Tebow.

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SEC Headlines – 10/24/11 Part Two

1.  They’re letting the hype begin in Alabama.

2.  Nick Saban says his team enters its bye week “pretty banged up.”

3.  Gene Chizik liked the fact that his young team didn’t quit in the midst of an LSU spanking on Saturday.

4.  For Auburn, it’s time to put this weekend’s drubbing in the rearview mirror.

5.  Arkansas is getting into a nasty habit of starting slow.

6.  This writer thinks the Hogs got “jobbed, badly, in the current BCS standings.”  (Of course it could be that playing a poor Ole Miss team simply pulled Arkansas’ strength of schedule score down.)

7.  LSU has given Alabama a whole lotta things to think about.  (Including last week’s uniforms which looked pretty bad after all.  What was this the purple sweat stain look under the arms?)

8.  When told his team is a five-point underdog to Alabama, Les Miles said, “I love it, I love it, I love it.”  (Ah, but did he say it like this?)

9.  Houston Nutt might’ve been a little too critical of Donte Moncrief’s dropped pass in Saturday’s loss to Arkansas (the Rebels’ 10th SEC loss in a row).

10.  Quarterback Randall Mackey is earning the respect of his teammates and coaches.

11.  The “Forward Rebels” group has placed another ad explaining why they’re anonymous and they’re using print ad to go after UM athletic director Pete Boone.

12.  When MSU travels to Lexington this weekend, the Dogs will face a team rife with troubles.

13.  Dan Mullen says this “could be a turning point game” for State.

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