Archive for October, 2013

Ole Miss dismisses DB

Ole Miss has dismissed sophomore DB Anthony Standifer, head coach Hugh Freeze said today.

Standifer played in the win over SE Missouri State earlier in the season, and played against Tulane in his freshman year.

It is not known why he’s left the team, and Hugh Freeze did not expand on the reasons in his Tuesday prs

(Another) Florida starter done for season

The title said it: Another Florida star is done for the season.

Much to Will Muschamp’s frustration, No.1 running back Matt Jones is out for the year with a torn meniscus.

That adds to the season-ending injuries to QB Jeff Driskel, Dominique Easley, offensive linesman Chaz Green and wide receiver/punt return specialist Andre Dubose.

Muschamp said: “It is what it is. I don’t know. It’s unfortunate. More than anything, I hate it for the young men. They put a lot of time and effort into playing in this game and for that to happen, I’m disappointed for them first of all. That’s what hurts the most, to see guys go through the struggle and having to make that phone call and tell them what’s going on or having to walk them in the training room to tell them what’s happening. That’s very frustrating for a young man with as much time and effort as they put into it.

BOTTOM LINE: Jones’ injury piles even more pressure on Florida’s run game, and more pressure on an already-poor and suffering offense. The Gators are getting chomped by injuries.


Arkansas AD Long named Chairman of College Football Play-Off Committee

Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long has been made chairman of the college football play-off committee, starting in 2014, according to a release from the NCAA.

The selection committee will choose the four teams that advance to the College Football Playoff beginning after the 2014 regular season, as well as rank and place at-large teams in the noncontract New Year’s Day bowls — the Cotton, Fiesta and Chick-fil-A“, ESPN said.

Here’s the list of the committee members, per ESPN:

• Former NFL and Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning

• Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

• Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez

• Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Gould, a former Air Force Academy superintendent

• USC athletic director Pat Haden

• Former NCAA executive vice president Tom Jernstedt

• West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck

• Former Nebraska coach/athletic director Tom Osborne

• Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich

• Former Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese

• Former USA Today reporter Steve Wieberg

• Former Stanford/Notre Dame/Washington coach Tyrone Willingham


Here come the Tigers!!! SEC Power Rankings Week 7

Right, it was a pretty nuts absolutely ****ing crazy weekend in college football. CRAZY. Stanford goes down to Utah.  4 overtimes in Happy Valley see Michigan lose to Penn State. Several ranked teams struggle….including Clemson and Baylor.

In the SEC, injury-hit Georgia (almost predictably….apart from Vegas) lost to Missouri, who had a BIG INJURY of their own. Florida was awful in its loss at LSU, who found a defense for the first time this season. Oh, and Johnny Football was Johnny Football.

Anyway, here’s our SEC Power Rankings, which are proving increasingly difficult.

1) Alabama: This one’s pretty easy. Alabama maybe caused themselves one of the biggest upsets of the season, by coming out of the first quarter with Kentucky scoreless. They committed two red zone turnovers, and were really poor. And then the Porsche hit a gear, and Bama rolled.  This is the best team in college football….and they were under the spread, by the way.

2) LSU: Found some defense to go with the sprightly offense….finally. LSU wins 17-6, and John Chavis made a bright(ish) Florida offense look third-rate. What we hated about the afternoon in Death Valley were the empty seats. There were too many empty seats. CBS fans: “Listen LSU fans, we know you don’t like afternoon games….. It’s an awful representation of the school, and the conference…..” Actually, the LSU messageboards have another story, involved humidity, heat, and LSU fans trying to get out of the sun. LSU fans win because of their “It’s great to beat a Florida Gator!” chant, complete with ‘Gator Chomp’. Awesome.

3) South Carolina: Yes, we know they lost to Georgia. But the Gamecocks have found a gear in Connor Shaw and Mike Davis (what is it about good athletes with the first letter of ‘M’ in their name?), and they are suddenly looking a little impressive. Well, they did against Arkansas, anyway. Oh, and it was good to see Jadeveon Clowney get off the bus, holding hands with Steve Spurrier. We love it when you get along, people.

4) Missouri: If Maty Mauk’s as good as he’s predicted to be in Columbia, then the injury to James Franklin will seem a hell of a lot less of a pain to the good people of Columbia. L’Damian Washington and Dorial Green-Beckham can get anything, yo. The SEC East comes through (deep breath) Columbia, Missouri. And at 6-0, the Tigers are bowl eligible!!

5) Texas A&M: Johnny Manziel and the Aggies offense >>>>>> No Johnny Manziel and the Aggies defense. We don’t know what’s going to happen in Death Valley later on in the year, but we predict a shoot-out.

6) Georgia:  The not-that-huge-upset in Athens on Saturday happened not because of Georgia’s offense, which clicked at points on Saturday (Georgia’s now FOUR DEEP at running back, yo!), but because of their GODDAWFUL DEFENSE. Their secondary looked shot, their defensive line looked laughable, and it shouldn’t be a massive surprise bearing in mind the talent left Georgia last year. Damian Swann’s just called Athens PD to come down to Sanford and try and get him off the island he’s still stuck on. Should we start saying goodbye to Todd Grantham, Georgia’s defensive co-ordinator? We should, but Mark Richt’s too much of a good guy.

7) Florida: Nasty defense….given. The offense is horrific. We knew that when Florida went into Death Valley and scored six points against a defense that really isn’t that great. Will Muschamp needs another offensive co-ordinator, fast.

8) Auburn: Sure, they beat nobody this weekend….but we love Gus Malzahn’s offense. He’s one of the best offensive co-ordinators in the land. Frightening. Future opponents should worry.

9) Ole Miss: Great game against Texas A&M. They lost to a Johnny Manziel drive by a field goal. They battled for 60 minutes. Credit where credit’s due. The sad thing is the loss of Robert Nkemdiche, who’s out for at least three games with a pulled hamstring.

10) Vanderbilt: Maybe getting schellacked by Missouri’s looking less awful….We’ll see against Georgia. Upset alert in Nashville?

11) Tennessee: Despite having a week off, I’m suddenly believing the Vols might not be as bad as we think. OK, then better than Mississippi State and Arkansas. And Kentucky.

12) Mississippi State: Sure, they struggled with Bowling Green. But we’re not so sure that Arkansas would have beaten Bowling Green. Can’t wait to see the Arkansas game.

13) Arkansas: Got schellacked by South Carolina. Arkansas’ defense is awful. And despite us liking Alex Collins as its RB, their offense with Brandon Allen as its QB might be the worst in the SEC. Can’t wait to see the Mississippi State game.

14) Kentucky: ‘Won’ the first quarter against Alabama 0-0….and then got firebombed. This team against ‘Bama looked undersized. Heck, they still scored a TD, though!


1) OREGON fans singing ‘Ten More Years’ at the Washington fans after a decade of success. Unclassy, but funny. And the fact that the injury-hit team nearly dropped 50 on their northwestern rivals.

2) UTAH‘s performance against No.5 Stanford. Stunning. This is one of the teams that is much better than you think, folks.

3) FOUR OVERTIMES AT PENN STATE…sending Johnny Football to ESPN News. And it was completely awesome. Christian Hackenberg’s last-minute comeback against Michigan was something for the ages. Somewhere, there was a smile in heaven. And the Michigan dude getting pepper-sprayed teaches us all not to troll the home team. Too much.

4) CLEMSON nearly CLEMSONING against Boston College. Regardless of what an upcoming BC team this is (and all credit to them), Clemson losing to an unranked BC team would have been ‘Clemsoning’. They were outplayed until the fourth quarter. Promise.

5) BAYLOR nearly BAYLORING against Kansas State. Kudos to Bill Snyder and the Wildcats for putting up a fight against THAT Art Briles offense.

6) And congratulations, TEXAS. You can finally say this: “Dear Oklahoma, thanks for taking our ugly, fat girls since 1890….and playing so badly that even Mack Brown could beat you”. Credit where credit’s due….Texas looked pretty great on Saturday in the Red River Rivalry.


Will the Florida Gators be Tiger Bait? Or The Other Way Round? SEC Week 7 Predictions

Jeez Louise, it’s Week 7 of the 2013 College Football season already. At SEC Football Blog Towers, I’m already crying my eyes out that the season is over….and it hasn’t gone yet!

Anyway, there will be no tears in Baton Rouge on Saturday afternoon when Florida rolls into Death Valley to play LSU. Last year Florida owned LSU, and LSU will be looking for a rematch against the country’s nastiest defense. Elsewhere on the schedule, a bruised and battered Georgia plays host to an invigorated Missouri side, and Texas A&M’s non-defense plays on the road at Ole Miss, who went 0-2 in the State of Alabama in the last 2 weeks. Elsewhere, we’ve got the Jadeveon Clowney will he/won’t he play debate raging into Arkansas where South Carolina faces a running back defense test against Alex Collins, and Alabama rolls into Kentucky. And we’ve got two no-brainers in Western Carolina on the road to Auburn and a possibility of an upset with under-fire Mississippi State hosting electrified Bowling Green.

So here are your predictions:


While a lot of people have referred to this one as ‘just another college football game’ because of the fact that Florida lost at Miami and LSU have been beaten at Georgia, we’d argue this: if Florida wins at LSU, they might be in the driving seat for the SEC East. They’ve got an exceptional defense, and Tyler Murphy has breathed life in Florida’s offense after replacing the injured Jeff Driskel. LSU on the other hand have a sparkling offense but no ‘D’, but they will have a really loud Death Valley cheering them on on Saturday afternoon. This is going to be a war.

BOTTOM LINE: LSU’s a touchdown favorite in their own park. So we’re going for Florida, just because of their ‘D’ (and LSU’s lack of it).


As much as Ole Miss is 0-2 in their two trips to the State of Alabama in the last two weeks, they could easily be 1-1. Sure, they were inept against Alabama, but against Auburn, they mounted a furious comeback and had their receivers been able to keep a hold of the ball, Auburn was definitely there for the taking. Now, they are at home against a Texas A&M team that has – without question – an awful defense. But on the other hand, they’ve got a great QB in Johnny Manziel and a great wide receiver in Michael Evans, and both are devilishly hard to stop. On the other side of the ball, is anyone going to be able to stop Moncrief, Scott, Treadwell and Bo Wallace? Anyone?

BOTTOM LINE: Texas A&M’s only a seven-point favorite at Ole Miss in a game that could go down to the last drive. I’m taking Texas A&M to beat the points. Maybe 50-41.


South Carolina’s been in a bit of a tempest this week. There have been rumours that future NFL-er and current Gamecocks DE Jadeveon Clowney doesn’t want to play another game for Carolina (he didn’t play in the squeak-by victory against Kentucky), which the school’s PR authorities have done their best to scotch. Will Clowney be back? If he’s not, South Carolina’s defence – particularly in the fourth quarter – could suffer against Arkansas, and particularly the running attack of Alex Collins. On the other side of the ball, running back Mike Davis has been great for the Gamecocks.

BOTTOM LINE: South Carolina’s a six-point favorite. I’ll take South Carolina and the points.


As many strides at Kentucky may have made against South Carolina last week in putting up a healthy fight in the 4th quarter at Williams-Brice, they still aren’t very good. Expect Alabama to roll.

BOTTOM LINE: Alabama’s a 27 point favorite….and we expect them to beat the line.


Mississippi State was in a battle right until the fourth quarter of their game with LSU, until LSU rallied strongly, and put up 50. I’m sorry, but as bad as people think MSU is right now, they are playing a Bowling Green side who lost their only game of any significance to Indiana, 42-10.

BOTTOM LINE: Mississippi State to win, and by more than spread of 10 points.


Auburn should beat the crap out of FCS team Western Carolina. Auburn by 50 (so beating the spread)….unless Gus Malzahn’s feeling classy.



Before last week’s game against Tennessee, you would have had Georgia down as easy winners. We’re talking double-digit, and perhaps taking out their top players in the fourth quarter for the sake of rest. But suddenly, Georgia’s facing a massive, massive game. Both of their best running backs, Toddy Gurley and Keith Marshall are now injured after Marshall was hurt at Tennessee. Aaron Murray’s best receivers, Michael Bennett and Justin Scott-Wesley, were also hurt. Georgia managed to eke out the victory, but everyone’s taking a deep breath for the visit of Missouri, who destroyed a not-meant-to-be-awful Vanderbilt side on Saturday night. Missouri has weapons (QB James Franklin and WR Dorial Green-Beckham).

BOTTOM LINE: Georgia’s offense might be a lot of fun, but it’s very, very hurt. Missouri’s not hurt, and it’s all guns blazing. I’m going for Missouri to hit the upset…or at worst, keep it under the eight-point line.


Jadeveon Clowney maintains he’ll return

South Carolina defensive end, ESPN star and dreadlocked giant Jadeveon Clowney has promised that he will return in 2013 after missing the Kentucky game through bruised ribs.

Clowney’s decision not to play the Kentucky game really annoyed South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, who said that Clowney simply: “Didn’t want to play”. It soon became the biggest story of last week’s college football schedule…and maybe the biggest of the year.

But Clowney put stories of his demise to (some) rest by saying in a press conference today saying (via tweets from “I haven’t played my last game yet. I’m going to get back on the field.” The tweet added that Clowney said that it was a matter of “when” not “if”.

In a video shown on Sportscenter, he also said: “I can’t really run right now.” He has been listed as ‘questionable’ for Saturday’s trip to Arkansas, where the porous Gamecocks ‘D’ will try and stop the running talents of one Alex Collins.

Sarah Jane Harris, a reporter for ABC Columbia also tweeted: “Clowney made it clear that he is still committed to the team, gets treatments everyday on injuries and can’t wait to get back on the field.”

Spurrier has since apologised, saying that everyone handled the injury “poorly”.

BOTTOM LINE: Whether Clowney likes it or not, Steve Spurrier’s really furious at him. He’s furious because his ‘D’ is porous without him – especially against Georgia and in the fourth quarter of games, and they failed to beat Kentucky as soundly as they probably should have. Right now, South Carolina has to man up and get ready to battle Arkansas, who were pretty strong with their run defense at Florida, if not their pass ‘D’.

The Injuries Mount: Texas A&M starter out for year

The injuries seem to be mounting in the SEC, with bad news now flowing to College Station, Texas, where Texas A&M revealed that senior starting defensive tackle Kirby Ennis was out for the season after tearing his ACL in the win over Arkansas.

He was helped off the field in the victory at the Razorbacks in a rainy Fayetteville.

He’s didn’t have a great off-season, where he was arrested on a gun-related charge, and Texas A&M truly missed him against Rice, where they struggled against the Owls’ fast-paced offense. He was suspended.

Well now, he’s out for the season.

BOTTOM LINE: Texas A&M defense was struggling (to put it nicely) even before Ennis got injured. Aggies fans will be depending on Isaiah Golden to bridge the gap. He’s gone to get a rough opener- Ole Miss and their speed on his first Saturday. Yeowch.




Georgia loses Marshall and Scott-Wesley for the year

Georgia’s news after the Tennessee was as bad as feared: star running back Keith Marshall and star wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley are both out for the year.

Both players were injured during the breathless win at Tennessee, and left the game immediately.

Both players tore their ACLs. Wide receiver Michael Bennett- Georgia’s safest pair of hands when it comes to catching a throw from Aaron Murray – also left Neyland with a knee injury, and he’s getting ‘scoped’ later this week and will be out for the Missouri game, coach Mark Richt said.

It’s now emerged that Bennett has a torn meniscus and will undergo surgery tomorrow, and will be out 3-6 weeks. That will mean he’s definitely not playing the Missouri and Vanderbilt games, and it would be a shock if he plays the Florida Game.

BOTTOM LINE: These injuries change expectations for Georgia this season. It’s going to make most of the rest of their schedules real  nail-biters, and you wouldn’t be particularly surprised if the Dawgs struggle against Missouri…if not lose. They CERTAINLY would have struggled against Florida’s ‘D’ healthy, but without the stars? Yeowch. Florida can reload despite the season-ending injury to Dominique Easley, but without both Marshall and Gurley? Yeowch.

Gators rising- SEC Power Rankings Week 6

Georgia came through Knoxville ‘scathed’ but with an overtime victory. South Carolina survived a furious comeback from Kentucky. Auburn survived a furious comeback from Ole Miss. LSU blew an early lead against Mississippi State and then hit another gear and blew ’em out. Florida and Arkansas was a nasty game…and not in a good way. Alabama had no problems with Georgia State…apart from keeping the score down. Oh, and in the ‘Under-The-Radar Game Of The Day’….Missouri destroyed Vanderbilt…which really impressed us.

1) Bama- Not about today’s destruction of GSU (it could have been 70, let’s face it!), but this team’s D and no little offense is the best team in the country.

2) Florida- Defense is nasty. Offense is not there yet, but with Tyler Murphy as the QB, we’re a lot more hope in things on that side of the ball. The Gators-Hogs game wasn’t exciting, and it was exceptionally chippy. Can’t wait to see the LSU game – will be unstoppable force vs unmovable object…and more chippiness. 

3) Georgia- Against Tennessee on Saturday afternoon, Aaron Murray’s best receiver, Malcolm Mitchell, injured a knee, and more importantly, running back Keith Marshall also ruined his knee — which means ‘Gurshall’ is now ‘Gurshjured’ (short for injured). but all of the injuries, they came through a battle against Tennessee thanks to a dying-seconds TD from Aaron Murray and an OT field goal victory. But it’s got us thinking….with all the injuries, are this Bulldogs team the second best team in the SEC now? Perhaps not.

4) LSU- Offense is nasty, and QB Mettenberger has weapons at WR (Beckham, Landry) and RB (Hill, Hilliard, Blue). Defense is not. However, the secondary did make some plays against Mississippi State when it needed to.

5) Texas A&M – Johnny Football, baby. He had 5 TDs and 576 yards against ByeWeek. In just 3 quarters.

6) South Carolina- Not convinced by their D, and there’s trouble between Clowney and Spurrier. But Mike Davis and Connor Shaw/Dylan Thompson keep wheels of the train moving.

7) Missouri- Only unbeaten team left bar Alabama in the SEC. Beat the crap out of Vandy. James Franklin’s got 2 honest to God good receivers to throw to.

8) Auburn- Beat Ole Miss, but nearly blew it in the 2H. Need to keep their heads in the game.

9) Ole Miss- Lost second in a row because of poor first half, and Hugh Freeze’s terrible decision-making on 4th downs. But team’s still young. Will rise.

10) Vanderbilt- Awful first half against Mizzou and not much better in second. This may well have been an overrated team that will struggle to get bowl-eligible in 2013.

11) Arkansas- Alex Collins is a beast of a running back. The defense limited Florida to no rushing TDs, and played well in the second half. This team’s improving week by week.

12) Tennessee- Of course, you wonder what would have happened if Georgia had kept its talent healthy. I expect they would have won easily. But Tennessee were gutsy, got 4th and 1s, and Neyland was rocking. There is hope on Rocky Top.

13) Kentucky- Wildcats have got to be happy with the way they stuck with Carolina. Poor start to the game though. Now Stoops has a starting QB, this could be fun! Next year.

14) Mississippi State- Blown out at home by LSU after missing a FG that would have closed the game to 3. Desperately missing Banks in secondary. Good to see Tyler Russell back, too.



Is Mizzou The Truth? SEC Week 6 Predictions

This week doesn’t have your cream-pie match-up in the SEC. Which is good, because some of us have only just finished relaxing after THAT LSU vs Georgia game.

But it has a lot of matches that ask the question: Are you REALLY any good? Are you really any good, Missouri? We’ll know after you visit Vanderbilt. Are you really any good, Auburn? We’ll know after the clash with Ole Miss. Are you really going to surprise us? Arkansas and Tennessee will answer the question when they play Florida and Georgia respectively. Oh, and the short-term future without HaHa Clinton-Dix is going to be OK, Bama fans….Georgia State’s not going to cause y’all any problems.

So here are the previews:


Vanderbilt lost its first game of the season in heart-breaking fashion to Ole Miss, while Missouri are unbeaten at 4-0 after playing pretty easy competition. There’s no denying that Missouri’s offense which starts QB James Franklin and WR Dorial Green-Beckham is going to cause Vanderbilt’s secondary fits, but then again, so will Vandy QB Austyn Carta-Samuels, and the WR combo of Jordan Matthews and Jonathan Krause. This is definitely going to be exciting, folks. Why? Because after all is said and done we’ll get to work out how good both teams actually are.

BOTTOM LINE: Vandy’s a one-point favorite. We have them to win. By a field goal. In one of the better games of the SEC season you’ll see. 


A quick word about Auburn: They were pretty impressive in coming back against Ole Miss. We really enjoyed seeing how hard they played. Hugh Freeze should be worried about the Malzahn offense. A longer piece at Ole Miss. On Wednesday, 20 Ole Miss football players (amongst others) interrupted a play about the beating up of a gay student at the University of Wyoming. Amongst the taunts were nasty things said about homosexuality and some of the women‘s sizes. Anyway, we think Hugh Freeze should suspend all attendees of the play until those responsible own up. And when they do, they should be either suspended for the next 3 games. But will any action happen before the Auburn game? We doubt it, as the players have to leave on Friday to go to Alabama. We suspect that they will get away with it. Anyway, this will be a great game, but by God it’s soured.

BOTTOM LINE: If Ole Miss doesn’t find the perpetrators, then this game will stay at a three-point game. We think Auburn will win this one by a field goal if not more. Auburn’s really hyped at the moment, guys. As for Ole Miss, they are recovering from the awfulness that was the shutout by Alabama last week.


The other side of that incredible game at Sanford Stadium must be exhausted. Well, Les Miles has got to pick up the troops and travel to sunny Starkville. And because MSU has so much to prove after their laughable loss to Oklahoma State in Week 1, they’d better be up for this one. Well, the Kings of Cowbell Country get their starting quarterback, Tyler Russell, back from a concussion. He’ll go (excuse the pun) head-to-head with LSU QB Zach Mettenberger, who had a great game against Georgia in a losing effort. Mettenberger’s got a great running weapon in Jeremy Hill and two NFL-ready wide receivers in Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. We shudder just thinking about what damage they can do to a secondary.

BOTTOM LINE: LSU’s a 9-1/2 point favorite, but we think LSU wins by 2 touchdowns. That’s because of Mettenberger, Landry and Beckham. 


Florida’s defense is really, really nasty. Arkansas will try and thwack them with Alex Collins, who’s proving to be a beast of a running back for the Razorbacks. But we really believe that Florida’s got too much – particularly as the offense is on a bit of a high with the quarterbacking skills of Tyler Murphy.

BOTTOM LINE: Florida’s an 11-1/2 point favorite, which we think is a little low. We think Florida wins by two touchdowns.


I listened to a Georgia podcast today, and they seem scared to death of a Georgia comedown after THE best game you will ever see against LSU on Saturday (I was there, and it was!). Georgia, apparently, has a knack of letting itself down after big victories. And the LSU one was a big victory. Tennessee, on the other hand, has to pick itself up by its bootstraps after beating South Alabama but being utterly unconvincing in the process. What could help Tennessee is the injury to Georgia running back Todd Gurley, who certainly won’t be fit on Saturday – even if he plays.

BOTTOM LINE: Georgia’s a 10-1/2 point favorite, which we think is low. We think Georgia will win this by 14 in a game that’s a battle into the fourth quarter….


Our favorite moment from last week was Steve Spurrier’s drunken commentary on the Central Florida game, in which the Gamecocks survived by 3 points, thanks to an incredible performance from Mike Davis. It’s worth watching, if you have a spare half-an-hour. Anyway, we expect Steve Spurrier to be a little more settled after the Kentucky game, after his team has beaten Kentucky comfortably. Sorry ‘Cats, we don’t see a lot of hope for ya. Oh, and Connor Shaw is apparently going to start the game after injuring a shoulder in the first quarter of the UCF near-debacle.

BOTTOM LINE: South Carolina wins and beats the spread.


Things have been pretty interesting at Alabama this week, which has ended up with HaHa Clinton-Dix being suspended indefinitely for borrowing cash from an assistant strength coach. Anyways, this doesn’t mean a thing when it comes to playing mighty Georgia State, who we predict will be creamed like the cream puff they are.

BOTTOM LINE: Alabama’s a 54-1/2 point favorite. We’ll take Alabama, but by less than the 54-1/2 predicted. That’s because Nick Saban will call the dogs off at the end of the third quarter.



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