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SEC Headlines 9/3/2011 Part One

Utah State – Auburn

1. Starting quarterback Barrett Trotter is now  a big man on campus.

Kent St. – Alabama

2. This is the second time Nick Saban has faced his alma mater.

BYU – Ole Miss

3. Transfer quarterback Barry Brunetti makes his first career start this afternoon.

Montana – Tennessee

4. Back for his second season as head coach, Derek Dooley is now getting the chance to focus on football.

East Carolina – South Carolina

5. Expect a lot of attention on Conner Shaw and Jadeveon Clowney.

 Florida Atlantic – Florida

6. Will Muschamp emphasizes big-play ratio and turnover ratio.

Missouri State- Arkansas

7. Expect a strong performance from the Arkansas defense.

Elon – Vanderbilt

8. No time for jitters for first-year head coach James Franklin.

Boise State – Georgia

9. D.J. Shockley recalls the last time these two teams met back in 2005. The roles have reversed.

Oregon-LSU

10. Dennis Dodd: “The loser of the first top-five opener on a neutral field in 27 years isn’t necessarily out of the national championship race. But history tells us they’re not exactly in the mix either.”

Picks

11. Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated likes Oregon over LSU and Georgia to upset Boise State.

12. One writer picks the SEC to sweep on Saturday, with the exception of Ole Miss.

 Extra

13. From breakfast to a late-night snack, a Saturday meal plan for a college football junkie.

 

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Vegas’ View Of The SEC: Week One

The Week One odds have been set by the boys out in Las Vegas and — as usual — SEC schools are getting a whole lot of love.  Below you’ll find the lines from:


* The Las Vegas Sports Consultants
* The Las Vegas Hilton
* The MGM/Mirage Casinos
* The Caesars/Harrah’s Casinos


Tennessee-Montana, Arkansas-Missouri State and Vanderbilt-Elon do not have lines as the Grizzlies, Bears and Phoenix are all FCS squads.

The favorites are in italics.


Game
LVSC
Hilton
MGM/Mirage
Caesars/Harrah’s
MSU at Memphis
-27.5
-28
-27.5
-27.5
WKU vs Kentucky
-18.5
-19
NONE
-20
Utah St. at Auburn
-21.5
-22.5
-22
-22
Kent St. at Alabama
-36.5
-37
-36.5
-37
BYU at Ole Miss
-3
-3
-3
-3
S. Carolina vs E. Carolina
-20.5
-21
-20.5
-20.5
Boise St. vs Georgia
-3
-3.5
-3
-3.5
LSU vs Oregon
-3
OFF
OFF
-1
Fla. Atlantic at Florida
-34
-33.5
NONE
-35



There are only two SEC underdogs to start the week: Ole Miss (hosting BYU) and Georgia (in Atlanta against #5 Boise State). 

You’ll also notice that two groups have pulled the LSU-Oregon-Willie-Lyles-Distraction Bowl from their boards altogether.

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Don’t Bet On It!: Week Eleven College Football National Game of Disinterest

Georgia
Content provided by Dawg Sports.

All right, I read you loud and clear; you’re tired of talking about everything other than the Georgia Bulldogs’ upcoming outing against the Auburn Tigers, so, having dispensed with “Don’t Bet On It!” last week, I’m going to dispense with most of “Don’t Bet On It!” this week, as well.

You know, I know, and the American people know that, with a rivalry game as intense as this one coming up on Saturday, no one wants to know which team I would pick to win the Iowa-Northwestern game, nor does anyone need to read the “in-state rivalry showdown” joke I would make regarding Louisiana-Monroe’s trip to Baton Rouge to take on Louisiana State. Ere I turn my focus entirely to the matter at hand, however, I simply must declare this week’s national game of disinterest, for reasons which will be obvious when you learn that this week’s national game of disinterest is . . .

Army Black Knights at Kent St. Golden Flashes

Seriously? Seriously?!?!

What sicko decided that 2010, the year in which America marked the 40th anniversary of the Ohio National Guard shootings on the campus of Kent State University, would be the appropriate time to schedule a game in which Army played at Kent State?

Are the Golden Flashes going to name Mary Ann Vecchio the honorary captain for the coin toss? Will the halftime show be interrupted by students protesting the invasion of Cambodia? Will someone have the wherewithal to prevent this guy from wandering out onto the field? Will the home team declare it a moral victory if the final stat sheet doesn’t read “35 points, 397 yards of total offense, four dead”?

Am I the only one who finds this whole thing weird? I’m not watching it because I find the whole thing genuinely disturbing.

All right, now I’m turning my attention back to the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry.

Go ‘Dawgs! Auburna delenda est!


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