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Manziel Leads Aggies, Auburn Goes To 2-0, Vanderbilt Gets Win

postgame-linksTexas A&M 65 – Sam Houston State 28. Video Highlights

1. Johnny Manziel gets his first start of the year, throws for 426 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. 462 total yards on the day. Speaks to media after the game for the first time since SEC Media Days.

2. Aggies defense gives up a 68-yard run and 75-yard pass. Suspended defensive players will return for Alabama game.

3. It’s finally Alabama week.  ESPN GameDay crew will be rolling into College Station.  Aggies 0-3 on previous visits from the four-letter network.

Auburn 38 – Arkansas State 9. Video Highlights

4. Auburn’s offense piles up 468 yards; running back Cameron Artis-Payne rushed for a game-high 102 yards.

5. Auburn’s defense keeps Arkansas State from a touchdown.  Defense hasn’t allowed a touchdown now since second quarter of Washington State game.

Vanderbilt 38 – Austin Peay 3. Video Highlights

6. 35-point second quarter gives Vanderbilt plenty of opportunities to play the backups.

7. Vanderbilt defense expected to be without senior captain Chase Garnham for several games. On the sideline on crutches Saturday.

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Texas A&M 65 – Sam Houston State 28

Video highlights from Texas A&M’s 65-28 victory over Sam Houston State.

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Johnny Manziel Speaks -Sam Houston State Postgame News Conference

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel speaks to the media for the first time since SEC Media Days following the Aggies 65-28 win over Sam Houston State.

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Texas A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin On Critics: “They’re Not Around This Program”

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin recaps the Rice game, talks about new targeting rule, previews Sam Houston State and addresses Johnny Manziel’s performance and behavior on Saturday.

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New Schedules: The SEC Is Doing A Better Job Of Laying Out Games For TV

gfx - honest opinionNovember 17th, 2012.  That date about 10 months ago represented the nadir of Southeastern Conference football scheduling.

The lineup of action on that day was as follows:

 

Alabama versus Western Carolina

Arkansas versus Mississippi State

Auburn versus Alabama A&M

Florida versus Jacksonville State

Georgia versus Georgia Southern

Kentucky versus Samford

LSU versus Ole Miss

Missouri versus Syracuse

South Carolina versus Wofford

Tennessee versus Vanderbilt

Texas A&M versus Sam Houston State

 

If you ever wonder why the SEC is so often chastised for scheduling creampuffs, there’s your answer.  On one weekend SEC teams feasted on Western Carolina, Alabama A&M, Jacksonville State, Georgia Southern, Samford, Wofford and Sam Houston State.

Hey, if you’re going to schedule laughers, don’t put ‘em all on one day late in the season.  Get ‘em out of the way early and/or break ‘em up from school to school.  When that isn’t done, the SEC opens itself up for criticism.  Worse, it also ticks off those TV executives who happen to be paying the league billions of dollars for the broadcast rights to… Kentucky versus Samford?

The good news is that the SEC seems to be addressing the issue.  On no date this fall will SEC squads matchup with seven FCS foes as they did last November.  There will be five such games on September 7th, but that’s at the start of the football calendar — and it’s not an issue.  September is cupcake time across the nation.

More impressively, over the course of five football Saturdays in November 2013, only five FCS opponents will face SEC teams.  That’s a helluva lot better than playing seven on one weekend a year ago.

In 2014, SEC schools will battle seven FCS foes total.  While that is better than hosting seven on one day, four — Alabama/Western Carolina, Auburn/Samford, Florida/Eastern Kentucky, and Georgia/Charleston Southern — will all be played on November 22nd.

In other words, the scheduling of the league’s nonconference cupcakes is getting better… but there’s still more work to be done from a television perspective.

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Wow Sunday Headlines 11/18/2012

Derek Dooley fired as coach at Tennessee – offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will be interim coach Saturday against Kentucky
Kentucky denies offering head football coaching job to University of Cincinnati coach Butch Jones
Saturday SEC Football Finals
Mississippi State 45 – Arkansas 14
Alabama 49- Western Carolina 0
Florida 23 – Jacksonville State 0
South Carolina 24- Wofford 7
Auburn 51 – Alabama A&M 7
Georgia 45 – Georgia Southern 14
LSU 41 – Ole Miss 35
Texas A&M 47 – Sam Houston State 28
Vanderbilt 41 – Tennessee 18
Syracuse 31 – Missouri 27
Kentucky 34 – Samford 3

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Vanderbilt Crushes Tennessee, Syracuse Rallies At Missouri, Texas A&M & Kentucky Get Wins

Vanderbilt 41 – Tennessee 18

1. For the first time since 1935, Vanderbilt has won five SEC games.

2. Three interceptions for the Commodores defense.  Quarterback Jordan Rogers: “The defense played unbelievable.”

3. Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray temporarily benched in second quarter. Did he stare down Vandy bench or an official after Vols first TD?  Derek Dooley: ”If I had seen it, I would have addressed it.”

4. Volunteers eliminated from bowl contention – lose in Nashville for the first time since 1982.

Syracuse 31 – Missouri 27

5. Wide open Syracuse receiver scores game-winning touchdown with 20 seconds left.  Half the Mizzou secondary in man-to-man coverage, half in zone.  

6. Tigers lose starting quarterback James Franklin to injury again, bowl game hopes come down to Texas A&M game.

7. What was suspended defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson doing when Syracuse took the lead? Tweeting.

Texas A&M 47 – Sam Houston State 28

8. Quarterback Johnny Manziel accounts for 367 yards and five touchdowns. 

9. Close 7-0 game turns into a 34-0 halftime blowout as Aggies defense stiffened.

Kentucky 34 – Samford 3

10. Joker Phillips and his seniors leave Commonwealth Stadium on a winning note.

11. Samford coach Pat Sullivan appreciative of Phillips’ decision to take a knee at the end of the game” ”You know, there are not many people in college football that are doing those things. I told him at the end of the game that it was really a class thing and I wish him well.”

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LSU Survives Ole Miss Scare, South Carolina, Auburn & Georgia Get Wins Over FCS Foes

LSU 41 – Ole Miss 35

1, LSU freshman Jeremy Hill scores a tochdown  with 15 seconds left to give the Tigers the winning margin.  Les Miles: “Wow, what a spectacular game that was. Are you kidding me?

2. Scott Rabalais:” LSU-Ole Miss delivers over and over again, like no other rivalry the Tigers have.”

3. On game-winning drive, Ole Miss linebacker Denzel Mkemdiche called for a personal foul on a hit against LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger: I’d have to jump to get helmet to helmet with him,” Nkemdiche said. “I was absolutely shocked.”

4. Ole Miss athlete Randall Mackey: “We let it slip away.”

South Carolina 24- Wofford 7

5. Career-high 127 yards for running back Kenny Miles.

6. Steve Spurrier: I was relieved, because they beat us in 1917. Was that the last time?”

Auburn 51 – Alabama A&M 7

7. It’s on to the Iron Bowl for the Tigers: Gene Chizik: ”The challenge of next week will be huge.”

8. Kevin Scarbinsky; “The best thing Auburn has done this season is schedule Alabama A&M.”

Georgia 45 – Georgia Southern 14

9. Bulldogs survive first triple-option test.  Running back Todd Gurley becomes the first Georgia true freshman since Herschel Walker to surpass 1,000 yards in a season.

10. Cornerback Sanders Commings tweet: “Thank you Baylor, thank you Stanford.”

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Wow Saturday Headlines 11/17/2012

Saturday SEC Football Finals
Mississippi State 45 – Arkansas 14
Alabama 49- Western Carolina 0
Florida 23 – Jacksonville State 0
South Carolina 24- Wofford 7
Auburn 51 – Alabama A&M 7
Georgia 45 – Georgia Southern 14
LSU 41 – Ole Miss 35
Texas A&M 47 – Sam Houston State 28
Vanderbilt 41 – Tennessee 18
Syracuse 31 – Missouri 27
Kentucky 34 – Samford 3

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Wow Friday Headlines 11/16/2012

Saturday SEC Football Schedule
Arkansas at Mississippi State. MrSEC Pick:  Mississippi State 31, Arkansas 27
Western Carolina at Alabama. MrSEC Pick:  Alabama 42, Western Carolina 9
Jacksonville State at Florida. MrSEC Pick:  Florida 28, Jacksonville State 10
Wofford at South Carolina. MrSEC Pick:  South Carolina 35, Wofford 14
Alabama A&M at Auburn. MrSEC Pick:  Auburn 35, Alabama A&M 13
Georgia Southern at Georgia MrSEC Pick:  Georgia 42, Georgia Southern 17
Ole Miss at LSU. MrSEC Pick:  LSU 37, Ole Miss 14
Sam Houston State at Texas A&M. MrSEC Pick:  Texas A&M 66, Sam Houston State 7
Tennessee at Vanderbilt. MrSEC Pick:  Vanderbilt 34, Tennessee 31
Syracuse at Missouri. MrSEC Pick:  Missouri 31, Syracuse 30
Samford at Kentucky MrSEC Pick:  Kentucky 27, Samford 17

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