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Marshall To Start At QB For Auburn Vs Texas A&M

nick-marshallAny Auburn fans wowed by Jeremy Johnson’s performance against Western Carolina and hoping he would take over the Tigers’ starting job can forget it.  At least for now.

Nick Marshall will be the starter on Saturday at Texas A&M, back from the knee injury that kept him out of action last week and opened the door for Johnson to show off his running and throwing abilities.  To date, Marshall’s own running abilities have surpassed his passing skills.  Johnson — in completing 17-of-21 passes for 201 yards and four touchdowns — matched Marshall’s passing TD total from five games in one.

Though that one was against the less-than-formidable Catamounts.

As for Marshall, Gus Malzahn said he looked “pretty good” at practice on Sunday and that with another day’s rest yesterday, he’ll hopefully “be looking good today” at practice.

The Tigers are 5-1 on the season and are currently ranked #24 in the nation heading into Saturday’s tussle with Johnny Manziel and A&M.



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South Carolina Cruises Past Arkansas; Freshman Johnson Leads Auburn

postgame-links-150x1501South Carolina 52 – Arkansas 7

1. South Carolina’s score at the end of the first half might have been what put Arkansas away.

2. Coach Steve Spurrier said he felt bad for Arkansas. “It’s no fun getting your butt beat like this at home,” he said.

3. Jadeveon Clowney return for South Carolina on Saturday. Watch his postgame press conference along with running back Mike Davis.

4. ESPN College GameDay reported before the game Clowney didn’t ride the team bus to the game. That was incorrect. He did.

5. Saturday’s performance was “just unacceptable,” according to coach Bret Bielema.

6. Saturday’s loss by the Razorbacks was among the worst defeats Arkansas has endured.

Auburn 62 – Western Carolina 3

7. True freshman quarterback Jeremy Johnson shined in his debut for Auburn. Nick Marshall will start at QB when he returns from injury.

8. Johnson’s performance provided a nice look at the future. He finished 17-of-21 for 201 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.

9. Here’s a look at what else went well for Auburn, which tallied 712 yards of total offense.

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SEC Gameday Links: Afternoon Delights 10/12/2013

gameday linksMissouri at Georgia

1. Can Missouri QB James Franklin take advantage of Georgia’s defense? That’s one key to watch.

2. Franklin has received plenty of attention, but a stable offensive line has also been key for the Tigers.

3. Expectations haven’t changed for Georgia’s offense despite a run of injuries at the skill positions.

4. Georgia’s schedule continues to be tough. This will be the fourth ranked opponent for the Bulldogs.

South Carolina at Arkansas

5. Winning at Arkansas hasn’t been easy for South Carolina. The Gamecocks are going for their third win in Fayetteville.

6. This will be South Carolina’s first of three straight road games. The Gamecocks are trying to prepare mentally for that test.

7. Arkansas needs to take care of the football and protect quarterback Brandon Allen.

Western Carolina at Auburn

8. True freshman Jeremy Johnson will start at quarterback for Nick Marshall, who coach Gus Malzahn said isn’t “100 percent” healthy.

9. Auburn is looking to continue to improve as it prepares to play Texas A&M on Oct. 19.

10. Auburn has shown it isn’t afraid to play true freshmen.

Florida at LSU

11. Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy will face his toughest test on the road against LSU.

12. Florida’s defense is preparing for LSU QB Zach Mettenberger. Florida LB Antonio Morrison: “He’s looking like an NFL quarterback.”

13. One of these teams will be out of the national championship race after the game.

14. LSU’s offensive line will have to block Florida defensive end Dante Fowler Jr.

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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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