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FAU Player Says Bama “Can Be Beat”

Ah, another loudmouth.  And no, there’s nothing wrong with confidence.  Confidence is good.  Cockiness bordering on stupidity, well, that’s bad.  And when you just gave up 56 points to Georgia and now you’re heading to Alabama, claiming the Tide can be had is cockiness bordering on stupidity.

According to The Palm Beach Post, earlier this week Florida Atlantic defensive end Cory Henry said the following regarding Alabama, who the Owls play tomorrow in Tuscaloosa:

 

“They ain’t what people think.  They’re good and everything but they can be beat, too.  They just execute well.  They just execute and beat you…

We got speed against them.  You got speed, you can win.”

 

All that famed Owl speed didn’t help much last week at Sanford Stadium.  Georgia rolled up 713 yards — yes, 713 — and whipped FAU 56-20.  Henry is apparently pretty good at letting go of bad memories.

Now, to be fair, he is correct that Alabama can be beaten.  All teams can be beaten.  But Bama won’t be beaten by Florida Atlantic.

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SEC Headlines 9/18/2012

SEC West

1. Les Miles on the bomb scare that forced evacuations on the LSU campus: “I hope they find the guy who did this and certainly make him pay a price.”

2. Arkansas coach John L. Smith isn’t worried about his critics: “I don’t listen to that crap.” Facebook page “Fire John L. Smith” has gained thousands of fans.

3. What does Tyler Wilson think about his chances of playing against Rutgers? “I’m extremely optimistic” on being cleared in time to play Saturday.

4. How similar are current Auburn coach Gene Chizik and former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville? “Their overall resumes are remarkably similar.”

5. How the SEC West could end up hurting the loser of the Alabama – LSU game.

6. Heading into the Florida Atlantic game, how does Nick Saban motivate the No. 1 Tide? “Being average is contagious…”

7. Mississippi State’s offense is great on fourth down – not so hot on third down.

8. Not a surprise – after giving up 66 points to Texas, some changes on the defense at Ole Miss. Safety Trae Elston – suspended against Texas – will get his first college  start.

9. Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief is added to the Biletnikoff watch list.

SEC East

10. What did James Franklin think about about Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel’s revelations about the quarterback’s health? “I know the coaches don’t criticize my decisions off the field and I don’t criticize theirs.”Our opinion on the kerfuffle. We’ll have more to say about the situation later today – stay tuned.

11. Tennessee coach Derek Dooley defends quarterback Tyler Bray: “It’s not fair to say that he shuts it down. He doesn’t.”

12. Likely back-to-back starts for Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels – No. 1 on the depth chart.

13. South Carolina’s defense has allowed just three field goals in the red zone this year.” Safety D.J. Swearinger’s suspension a puzzling move? MrSEC’s take.

14. What to make of the Gamecocks thus far? “This is a team without a true identity.”

15. Comparisons to Tim Tebow are nothing new for Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel. “I’ve definitely heard those comparisons,” Driskel said. “Even back in high school.”

16. Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease and the war of words with former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorezen. “True Top Ten” has Florida No. 1.

17. Mark Story on Joker Phillips: “From the time he was named Kentucky’s head coach in waiting after the 2007 season, bad luck and bad timing have been his constant companions.”

18. Phillips: “We’ve got 72 freshmen and sophomores in this program. We just played a team that has 50 juniors and seniors in their program.”

19. Former Vanderbilt commit and current Georgia linebacker Josh Dawson and what’s sure to be an awkward moment this weekend.

20. Georgia’s Cornelius Washington on the Vanderbilt game: “You go into the game trying to knock somebody’s block off.”

SEC News

21. “The recent spasm of SEC greatness, though, is largely the work of three guys.”

SEC Basketball

22. Tucker Max on the Kentucky fantasy basketball camp.  “Vitale LOVES Calipari. I mean, he praised Cal to the point of it almost being embarrassing.”

Extra

23. Will Leitch: “The prevalence of gambling on the NFL…is something that has long been underreported.

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WOW Headlines – 9/17/12

SEC suspends South Carolina FS D.J. Swearinger for one game for helmet-to-helmet hit versus UAB
South Carolina hosts Missouri in SEC East battle on Saturday
Steve Spurrier says QB Connor Shaw could play for Carolina despite small “fracture” in shoulder
Georgia’s Richt says focus is on Vanderbilt, not fireworks between coaches after last year’s game
Vanderbilt’s James Franklin won’t name a starting QB for Saturday’s game with Georgia
Alabama is a 51-point favorite over Florida Atlantic this weekend
Tennessee gets commitment from 5-star basketball recruit Robert Hubbs
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Opening Lines – SEC Week 4

Ten games this weekend involving SEC teams.  Four conference games – six non-conference.  Here are the early favorites and underdogs.

Ole Miss at Tulane. No line posted.

Kentucky at Florida. The undefeated Gators return home and open as a 23.5-point favorite against a Kentucky team coming off an overtime loss at home to Western Kentucky. The line quickly moved up to 25 points.

Missouri at South Carolina.  The Gamecocks opened as a 9-point favorite in a game that features both starting quarterbacks dealing with injuries. That line has already been pushed to 10 points.

Florida Atlantic at Alabama. Fresh off their 52-0 beatdown on the road against Arkansas, Alabama returns home and opens as a 51-point favorite.

Rutgers at Arkansas.  Some people still have faith in the Razorbacks.  Arkansas opened as a 2-point favorite.

LSU at Auburn.  LSU opens conference play on the road against their SEC West rival.  Les Miles’ team open as a 18.5 point favorite.

South Alabama at Mississippi State. Cracking the Top 25 for the first time this year, the undefeated Bulldogs opened 32.5 favorite at home. It’s already up to 34.5 in many places.

South Carolina State at Texas A&M. No line posted.

Akron at Tennessee. No line posted.

Vanderbilt at Georgia. After Saturday’s game, both teams were talking last year’s game and the spat between Vanderbilt coach James Franklin and Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.  Judging by the opening line, this shouldn’t be much of a contest.  The Bulldogs open as a 13.5 favorite.

Of the seven games with lines, Arkansas-Rutgers is expected to be closest – Alabama with the biggest blowout.  Of the four conference matchups, Missouri-South Carolina is expected to be the most competitive matchup, Kentucky-Florida the least competitive.

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Wow Saturday Schedule 9/15/2012

Saturday SEC Football Finals
Auburn 31  - Louisiana Monroe 28 (OT)
Vanderbilt 58 – Presbyterian 0
Alabama 52 – Arkansas 0
Texas A&M 48 – SMU 3
Florida 37 – Tennessee 20
Mississippi State 30 – Troy 24
Missouri 24 – Arizona State 20
Western Kentucky 32-  Kentucky 31  (OT)
South Carolina 49 – UAB 6
Georgia 56 – Florida Atlantic 20
LSU 63- Idaho 14
Texas 66 – Ole Miss 31

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Wow Evening Headlines 9/13/2012

SEC and ESPN consider weekly Thursday night game
Kentucky defensive coordinator Rick Minter denies having blow-up with head coach Joker Phillips
Hundreds of fake tickets in circulation at last Saturday’s Georgia-Mizzou game
LSU down to 74 scholarship players – 13 true freshmen have seen action this year
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says if quarterback Connor Shaw can throw downfield without pain, he’ll start Saturday
Georgia paying Florida Atlantic $1 million to play Saturday – highest visitor payout in Georgia history
ESPN’s “College GameDay” to broadcast from Circle Park before Florida’s game at Tennessee this weekend
Mt. Dew and Wow3D Tailgater this Saturday 12-5:30 at Ruth’s Chris-Free Admission, Meet Johnny Majors, Erik Ainge, and more!!!
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SEC TV Schedule For 9-22 Released

The SEC has announced its television schedule for Saturday the 22nd today.

All times are Eastern.

 

Ole Miss at Tulane — 12:oopm, FSN

Kentucky at Florida — 12:21pm, SEC Network

Missouri at South Carolina — 3:30pm, CBS

Florida Atlantic at Alabama — 5:00pm, Pay-per-view

LSU at Auburn — 7:00pm, ESPN

Rutgers at Arkansas — 7:00pm, ESPNU

South Carolina State at Texas A&M — 7:00pm, FSN

South Alabama at Mississippi State — 7:00pm, Pay-per-view

Akron at Tennessee — 7:30pm, CSS

Vanderbilt at Georgia — 7:45pm, ESPN2

 

What’s interesting?  For all the leaked talk that CBS — in its negotiations with the SEC — has claimed Missouri and Texas A&M don’t add much value to the network’s SEC package, they sure are featuring Mizzou early in the season, aren’t they?

Also, just look at all those junk games on the docket.  If I were a fan, I wouldn’t pay $5 to watch Florida Atlantic, South Carolina State, South Alabama or Akron take on an SEC opponent.  The more teams like Louisiana-Monroe take down big teams that have no business scheduling cupcakes, creampuffs and other assorted pastries… the more I laugh.

Sure other leagues’ teams do a lot of this nonsense scheduling as well, but that doesn’t make it right.  How any self-respecting SEC fan can look at all the fluff on league teams’ schedules and not demand a nine-game conference slate is beyond me.

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SEC Week 3 Opening Lines

12 games this weekend involving SEC teams.  Here are the opening lines.

Louisiana-Monroe at Auburn.  Tigers opened as a 17-point favorite but that’s line was down 16 most place as of Sunday night. That’s what happens when you beat Arkansas on the road.

Presbyterian at Vanderbilt. No line posted

Texas A&M at SMU. Aggies open as a 13/12 point favorite in this Lonestar State battle.

Alabama at Arkansas. No line posted as of this writing. No doubt bookies are waiting for an update on the condition of Razorbacks QB Tyler Wilson who is “day-to-day”  according to his coach following a blow to the head Saturday night.

Florida at Tennessee.  The Vols opened as a 2-point favorite and it quickly moved to 2 1/2 points at most places.

UAB at South Carolina. Gamecocks open as a prohibitive 33 1/2 point favorite – similar odds to what Arkansas faced against UL-Monroe.

Arizona State at Missouri.  Tigers open as a 7 1/2 point favorite as they look to rebound at home following the loss to Georgia.

Mississippi State at Troy.  The 2-0 Bulldogs open as a 16 1/2 point favorite.

Western Kentucky at Kentucky.  The Hilltoppers tour of the SEC continues.  The Wildcats open as 7-point favorites.

Florida Atlantic at Georgia.The 2-0 Bulldogs return home and open as a 43 1/2 point favorite.

Idaho at LSU.  The Tigers welcome the Vandals – a 42 1/2 point underdog.

Texas at Ole Miss. The Longhorns open as an 11-point favorite in this Big 12/SEC matchup.

The opening line information comes from SBROdds.com

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The SEC’s Best Bets For Undefeated Septembers

We’re now a full week into college football season and we’ve seen 13 of the SEC’s 14 schools in action.  Granted, some teams were playing patsies.  Others were probably being as vanilla as they possibly could.  And we still have no idea how some teams will fare on the road.

With so many unknowns, why not go ahead and try to predict which SEC squads have the best shots at making it through September unbeaten?  Makes sense, no?

Most folks will admit that picking games week to week is tough enough.  To do so weeks in advance — with no knowledge of who’ll be hurt or suspended — is true folly.  But we’ll give her a shot anyway.

Here’s our take on which SEC squads have the best chance of remaining unscathed by the time October rolls ’round:

 

Alabama (1-0, win over Michigan)

Remaining September Schedule:  Western Kentucky, at Arkansas, Florida Atlantic, Ole Miss

Comments:  Not to disrespect Western Kentucky or FAU, but Bama should win those two games easily.  Ditto against a thin Ole Miss squad.  That leaves a road game at Arkansas as the key.  Arkansas’ defense wasn’t great against little Jacksonville State last Saturday while everything about the Tide looked good against Michigan.  But the Tide looked great for the first part of 2010, too, even trouncing Florida at home… before losing at South Carolina the next week.  Arkansas shouldn’t be taken lightly, regardless of how good Bama looked on Saturday.  Still, though, if you’re playing the odds, you gotta like Alabama’s chances.

Chance of Being Undefeated After September:  95%

 

Arkansas (1-0, win over Jacksonville State)

Remaining September Schedule:  Louisiana-Monroe, Alabama, Rutgers, at Texas A&M

Comments:  Louisiana-Monroe should be a win.  Rutgers — with a first-year coach — should also be a victory.  As for Alabama and a yet-to-be-seen Texas A&M team?  That’s a bit trickier.

Chance of Being Undefeated After September:  50%

 

Auburn (0-1, loss to Clemson)

Remaining September Schedule:  at Mississippi State, Louisiana-Monroe, LSU, Open Date

Comments:  If Auburn doesn’t straighten things out quickly, the Tigers could possibly be 1-3 by the end of the month.

Chance of Being Undefeated After September:  Nil.  The Tigers have already lost to Clemson.

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Report: Hog OC McGee Talks To FAU About Head Coaching Job

The website FAUOwlAccess.com reported yesterday that Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee has interviewed for the head coaching job at Florida Atlantic and “he possibly could have an offer to be the next coach already in hand.”

The Owls are 1-10 in Howard Schnellenberger’s final season at the helm and still have a game to play with Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday. 

When it comes to McGee, apparently the writers at OwlAccess are in favor of finding someone with a more proven background as they suggest FAU’s athletic director talk to Ron Zook and Dennis Erickson before rushing into a hire of Bobby Petrino’s coordinator.

It’s appropriate to note that Zook’s offensive coordinator at Illinois — before being fired this week — was former Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino.

McGee has been at Arkansas for four seasons and has led the offense for the past two.  He is one of five finalists for this year’s Broyles Award which goes to the nation’s top assistant coach.

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