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Auburn’s Mason Is “Pretty Confident” The Tigers Can Run On Alabama

tre-mason-salutesShut up.

Just shut up.

Why do college football players insist on talking about their confidence and their abilities.  Just say, “It’s going to be tough and we’re practicing hard,” when asked if you can score/pass/run on an opponent.  Then praise the opponent, whether you really mean it or not.  Especially when that foe is a certain #1 team that’s been shutting people’s mouths all year.

Yesterday, Auburn running back Tre Mason was asked if he felt confident that the Tigers could run on Alabama.  His response:


“I’m pretty confident.  We’ve been running it all year.”


He then showed his excitement that his father would be in attendance for the Iron Bowl (the first game he’s been able to attend this year), by saying: “I’m gonna put on a show for him.”

Yeah, well, we’ll see.  Mason’s chances of running the ball and putting on a show were probably greater before he decided to tell us all what he really thinks.

Back on November 11th, after Bama had topped LSU, we wrote the following in our Weekend Wrap piece:


“… here’s a tip for teams going up against the Tide — zip your lips.  Earlier this season Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace said his team could ‘put points on them… I think we can put points on anybody.’  Final score: Alabama 25, Ole Miss 0.  Three weeks ago Tennessee referred to Alabama as ‘the red team’ in practice.  AJ McCarron said his team took that as an insult.  Final score: Alabama 45, Tennessee 10.  Last week LSU receiver Jarvis Landry said of Bama: ‘Nobody is invincible.  No team is invincible and no defense is invincible.’  Final score: Alabama 38, LSU 21.  The lesson is clear — shut up.”


Alabama shouldn’t need any added motivation for the Iron Bowl, of course.  But why take chances.  Why these coaches don’t put their players through a “Say Nothing” course is a mystery.  Call in Lou Holtz to teach “Hyping Your Foe 101″ and Bill Belichick to instruct players in the Art of the Mumble.  Anything to get players to stop popping off about how confident they are.

Especially the week of their game against Alabama, a team thisclose to a BCS threepeat.


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LSU Hangs On To Beat Arkansas

LSU 20 – Arkansas 13

1. Tigers get big plays when it counts.

2. Catch of the year by Jarvis Landry? LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger“It’s got to be No. 1 on ESPN’s top 10 for sure. If it’s not, I’m going to write a letter to the people in Bristol.”

3. Video of Landry’s one-handed touchdown catch.

4. Les Miles on his team’s struggles at times: “It’s aggravating to me.”

5. With fourth down and goal inside the one-yard line, Arkansas elects to kick field goal trailing 17-10 in the fourth quarter.  John L. Smith: ”We have to score twice to win it.  So you take it there.  We have to take the sure points.  That was the thought.”

6. Arkansas finishes 4-8 – most disappointing season in Razorbacks history.

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“Still A Good Chance Arrests Will Be Made” In LSU Case

According to Sgt. Don Stone of the Baton Rouge Police Department, there is still “a good chance arrests will be made” when an investigation into last Friday morning’s bar fight is completed.  And police plan to interview “as many as a dozen” more witnesses.

BRPD Chief Dewayne White opened up — to an extent — about what information police have gathered so far.  “We have conflicting statements from parties at the scene that support one version over the version of the LSU players.  What we don’t have is a version of an objective third party that has absolutely no ties to the parties involved in this incident.”

White added: “We don’t have conclusive video evidence that would support either claim.  Until we’re able to sift through the evidence and statements and arrive at the truth, that may take some time.”

Starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson and teammates Chris Davenport, Josh Johns, and Jarvis Landry might face anything from simple battery charges to second-degree battery charges.

LSU opens its season next Saturday against #3 Oregon at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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SEC Headlines – 7/26/11 Part Two

1.  Now there’s a photo of Trent Richardson having dinner with Tuscaloosa clothier Tom Albetar. 

2.  Crimson Tide play-by-play man Eli Gold has signed a four-year contract extension.

3.  Auburn’s got some holes to fill at linebacker.

4.  LSU freshman receiver Jarvis Landry will miss two to three weeks of practice after breaking his foot in offseason 7-on-7 drills.

5.  Houston Nutt is breaking in transfer quarterbacks yet again.

6.  MSU’s cowbell tradition means a lot to Dan Mullen.

7.  Who’s the best quarterback in the SEC West?

8.  The SEC’s 25th best player is Tennessee safety Janzen Jackson.

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Rivals Unveils Its Final Top 100

The final Rivals100 list was introduced on Tuesday afternoon.

The list includes a total of 26 five-star prospects with defensive end Jadeveon Clowney from Rock Hill, S.C., holding on to the nation’s No. 1 ranking. Clowney is also considered the nation’s top prospect by and

Several SEC prospects received boosts in the ranking:

-Defensive end Ray Drew moved up to the nation’s No. 9 ranking. Drew is still considering Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Miami and Clemson.

-Wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who’s committed to LSU, moved up to the No. 18 spot in the ranking.

-New Alabama commit Dee Hart is now the nation’s 19th best prospect, according to Rivals. The recruiting service considers him the nation’s best all-purpose running back.

-Athlete Kris Frost, who became an Auburn commit on Tuesday, also received a fifth star and the No. 20 ranking in the country.

Check out this story from Rivals to see more about the moving and shaking of the final Rivals100 list.

If you’d like to compare the Rivals rankings to other prominent services, check out the following:, 247sports, ESPN.

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