Alabama Rising, Florida flying – Week 5 SEC Rankings

Week 5 of the season came and went with these feelings about the SEC: The Swamp was titinus-causingly loud. And Florida is good. Or Ole Miss was overrated. Alabama playing at their best will be unbeatable. Or Georgia was overrated. Auburn fans toilet-papered Toomer’s Corner out of relief. Les Miles has got to get his team’s head together against lower opponents. Maty Mauk may have started his last game for Missouri. South Carolina is awful. Kentucky is overrated. Texas A&M is good. Mississippi State’s run game is bad. Kyle Field is loud.Vanderbilt scored a nice upset win. Over MTSU. The weather was horrible in most parts of the SEC this week. Prayers to Columbia, SEC, where it’s flooding at the time of writing. 

Anyway, here’s your rankings after Week 5.

  1. Alabama (2): They came, they saw, they conquered. Brutal weather conditions meant nothing to Saban, who’s defense took advantage of Georgia having no vertical passing threat whatsoever. The Tide played near-enough a perfect game. If they play like this, they will win the College Football Play-Off. With some ease. And Saban was actually happy. Beware, SEC folks, when Nick Saban is happy. 
  2. Texas A&M (3): Defense stood up nicely against Mississippi State, and the offense did what it needed to do against a better-than-advertised Cowbeller team. We still love Christian Kirk, and we’re already eyeballing the Alabama game.
  3. Florida (6): The Swamp and the Gators fans that lived in it were a loud, drunken, rageful-turned-delirious frenzy on Saturday night. The refs couldn’t hear themselves think. Even watching on TV, nor could we. From the first whistle, it was obvious that blood was sensed. By the end, Ole Miss and Hugh Freeze were crucified at the altar of The Gator. Florida was great in almost all passages of play, and unlike the orange unis, were great to watch. This Gators team is good, folks.
  4. Ole Miss (1): The Rebels’ destruction at Ole Miss proved that if you’re not playing Fresno State, then maybe your offense isn’t that good after all. And it shouldn’t have been too much surprise that the defense was at times shredded in the second half….that’ll happen with a bunch of 3 or 6-and-outs.
  5. LSU (5): “LSU’s great because it has Leonard Fournette” seems to be the line that ESPN and all the other guys trot out. Yes, Fournette may have had a 200-yard game, but the defense and a lot of the quarterback play is pretty ugly. The worst part? Les Miles cannot seem to get his team psyched up for crappy teams. This has now happened for two weeks’ straight. Against the likes of Alabama, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Florida, can LSU get psyched up for the good ones? I just don’t know.
  6. Georgia (4): After their shellacking in the rain, Georgia fans can lie there with their hangovers, comforted that at least the Alabama loss wasn’t a divisional loss. They can also worry that in-division Florida’s suddenly looking a lot better than they are. Another thing that Georgia fans are annoyed about: Abandoning the running game too early. In Brian Schottenheimer/Mark Richt’s defense, every 3-and-out seemed to be leading to points for Alabama. They had to do something.
  7. Mississippi State (7): Losing at Kyle Field isn’t something to hate your team about, but going 14-0 down quickly and having an offense that’s not good trying to dig yourself out of that hole probably is. If Manny Diaz’ defense can play two halves and Mississippi State can get something going on offense, this will be one of the SEC’s toughest outs this year.
  8. Arkansas (10): Alex Collins is a beast, and again proved that against Tennessee. The 24-20 win – especially the final drive – was an exhibition of run-down-your-throat offense, with no stupid penalties given away. Brandon Allen looked serviceable.
  9. Kentucky (10): Kentucky’s risin’ and Tennessee’s fallin’. Kentucky was lucky to win on Saturday. Against Eastern Kentucky.
  10. Missouri (11): Mizzou’s got a quarterback in Drew Lock, who went 21/28 for 136 yards and 2 TDs against South Carolina. The defense had 3 picks. They were a lot better against this crappy opponent than they were, say, against UConn. Mind you, that’s hardly a high standard.
  11. Tennessee (8): On the surface of it losing 24-20 at home to Arkansas is simply another heartbreaking loss. But when the offensive co-ordinators seem to have no clue as to what they are doing, and the wide receivers don’t seem to be allowed to catch – or even try – for a deep ball (and the Razorbacks’ secondary was hardly special going in), all you can think is: “This team’s got problems.”
  12. Auburn (13): Peyton Barber might have gotten five touchdowns, and the defense might have gotten four turnovers, but ‘D’ still gave up 406 yards. I’m sorry, but I don’t think future SEC opponents give the ball up four times to Auburn this season. And I don’t think Peyton Barber scores 5 TDs against future SEC opponents either.
  13. Vanderbilt (14): THE COMMODORES ARE OFF THE BOTTOM OF THE LIST!! An ‘upset’ win over MTSU will do that for  you. And the defense is looking much improved, even if the offfense is, er, poor.
  14. South Carolina (12): South. Carolina. Is. Awful. And the cry for Steve Spurrier to retire are getting even louder.


Will Alabama win at Georgia? Week 5 SEC Predictions

After a weekly state that saw Tennessee and Arkansas choke away leads, Ole Miss and LSU cough a lot against Vanderbilt and Syracuse respectively, and Auburn not manage to score a touchdown against Mississippi State, this week’s back with a vengeance with a monster clash between National Championship Contenders Georgia and Alabama in Athens.

So without further ado, here’s ranking your SEC games for Week 5…

  1. No.13 Alabama at No.8 Georgia

Alabama’s record against Georgia is a good one: 37-25-4, with the Crimson Tide winning the last two, which included an incredible SEC Championship Game and a 41-30 stuffing of the Bulldogs in Athens in 2008. This year, Alabama’s home loss to Ole Miss has meant the SEC West isn’t in Nick Saban’s hands anymore, while Georgia’s still the class of the SEC East. Georgia’s got a legitimate Heisman contender in running back Nick Chubb, while Alabama’s got a legitimate Heisman contender in running back Derrick Henry. Both teams have pretty good defenses, and both quarterbacks – UGA’s Greyson Lambert and Alabama’s Jacob Coker will be hoping to get some time to throw the ball. But if Saturday’s clash on what could be on a crappy, rainy day (70% chance) is anything like the game the two teams played in 2012, then we can’t frickin’ wait.

PREDICTION: Alabama’s a two-point underdog (first time in 72 matches blah blah blah…). We’ll take Alabama to win, because of their superior defense. By 7. 

2. No.3 Ole Miss at No. 25 Florida

Florida came back from a double-digit fourth quarter deficit to beat Tennessee, while Ole Miss struggled with Vanderbilt after their huge win in Tuscaloosa. This week, Robert Nkemdiche & Co roll into The Swamp, where the atmosphere is going to be electric. If Ole Miss wins this time, you won’t get the big Tim Tebow speech like there was after an unranked Ole Miss side stunned the No.4 Gators in 2008, because a loss will be pretty much expected. But this Florida’s defense – led by future first rounder Vernon Hargreaves – is very, very mean, so don’t expect a monster day from Chad Kelly, either. Can’t wait for Hargreaves’ clash with Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell. Nor can the NFL Scouts.

PREDICTION: Ole Miss is a 7-1/2 point favorite in Vegas. We’ll take Ole Miss by 10 after three quarters of a scare. 

3. No. 21 Mississippi State at No. 14 Texas A&M

Texas A&M’s only unbeaten because Arkansas couldn’t hold onto a big lead in JerryWorld last week, but this week, the Aggies had better watch out for Dak Prescott, who’s the best QB in the SEC right now. WR De’Runnya Wilson could cause some havoc in the secondary if he’s got the time….and the Cowbellers are pretty good at converting opportunities. On the other side, we’re sure that A&M’s future All-American Christian Kirk WILL cause havoc with his punt returning or wide receiving adventures. The great thing for Texas A&M is that Mississippi State doesn’t exactly have a monster running game (Arkansas exploited it last week).

PREDICTION: Texas A&M’s favored by 6-1/2. We’ll take the Aggies by 14. 

4. Arkansas at Tennessee

BIG NEWS FROM KNOXVILLE: Extra counsellors have been hired to monitor the 100,000-odd crowd who are going to be sat there in the peeing rain in Neyland Stadium for the inevitable:  One of these two sides losing in the heartbreaking fashion. The counsellors won’t change the game on the field, but they might stop the losing fanbases attempting to end the life of their head coach.

PREDICTION: Tennessee’s favored by 6-to-7 points. Oh hell. We’ll take Arkansas by 3 in fun shoot-out. 

5. South Carolina at Missouri

With Maty Mauk getting suspended indefinitely for an unspecified rules violation, Missouri fans are suddenly happy again. That’s because Mauk has been pretty much awful so far this season, and the rest of the offense has been – as the brilliant podcast “The Mizzodcast” puts it – “Hot Garbage”. The pressure will be on freshman Drew Lock to do the job against a South Carolina side who’s on its third quarterback – Lorenzo Nunez. Pharoh Cooper will be the person to watch – as usual – as the potential gamebreaker. This won’t be a game for the neutrals.

PREDICTION: Missouri’s a 3-point favorite. We’ll take Missouri by 7, winning, er, 10-7??

6. Vanderbilt at Middle Tennessee State

The bookies seem to hate Vanderbilt so much that they’ve installed Middle Tennessee State as a 1.5 point favorite on Saturday (although that’s fallen from 4). It’s weird, because Vandy’s defense was fantastic at offensive juggernaut Ole Miss, limiting them to 26 points and intercepting QB Chad Kelly twice. MTSU this season has lost to Alabama (37-10) and Illinois (27-25) and beaten Jackson State and Charlotte. And put up 70 points in each game.

PREDICTION: Vanderbilt with the ‘upset’, locking the defense and winning by 7.

7. Eastern Michigan at LSU

We’ll only be keeping an eye on this because of Leonard Fournette.

PREDICTION: LSU’s a 45-point favorite. Which we’re not sure about. The Tigers will win, though.

8. Eastern Kentucky at Kentucky

Patrick Towles and the Wildcats return to the site of their monster victory against Missouri last week by hosting Eastern Kentucky. Will this game really matter? Leading up to the game we got the appalling news that EKU redshirt freshman defensive linesman Joey Kraemer – who was only 19 – was killed in a car crash over last weekend. Our condolences, EKU Family. 

PREDICTION: Kentucky by 21, but it’s closer that it seems. 

9. San Jose State at Auburn

If Auburn doesn’t get a touchdown in this game, then we might see the trees burn in Auburn.

PREDICTION: Auburn’s a 20-point favorite. We think they win by 28. Won’t really ‘make a point’ to the rest of the SEC, but it’ll make everyone smile.






How good is Ole Miss? Week 4 SEC rankings

Ole Miss was expected to smash Vanderbilt at home and didn’t, instead grinding out an 11-point win over the Commodores and never totally looking in control. Yes, we know that they were coming off a monster win at Alabama, but that’s hardly College Football Play-Off form. Ohio State, by the way, has been ‘grinding’ since it won at Virginia Tech – although it found some signs of life on Saturday.

The fact is this: Ole Miss is still the toast of the SEC West, but we don’t have a clue how good the SEC West actually is. Last year, it was so much easier….

Elsewhere, Arkansas choked against Texas A&M at Jerryworld and lost in overtime, Tennessee choked away the first win in a decade against Florida, and Kentucky got its first win against a ranked side- Missouri – in a 21-13 victory. Leonard Fournette continued to be “Mr Unstoppable” at Syracuse – although LSU was awful up there, Auburn remained a trainwreck in losing at home to Mississippi State, while the SEC East’s favorite trainwreck – South Carolina – beat all-FBS trainwreck UCF (and was actually losing at halftime). And Georgia got outplayed by Southern’s band at half-time (#FIREMARKRICHT), but won the four quarters. Oh, and that little-known or cared about SEC team Alabama? They m’ehed their way to smashing ULM and taking a 2-1 series lead in that mighty rivalry.

So here are our rankings after Week 4:

  1. Ole Miss (Last week: 1) : The fact that Robert Nkemdiche scored his third touchdown of the season was the highlight – not the exclamation point – on a poor night offensively for Chad Kelly, who was picked off twice. Look, we know that Ole Miss was against defensive co-ordinators in the SEC in Derek Mason (he is, folks), but getting rescued by your special teams and an inability of a Vandy kicker to nail a fourth-straight field goal hardly has you saying: “This is the best team in college football”. But they still are the best team in the SEC. Maybe.
  2. Alabama (1) : This is not so much about Alabama’s defense turning it on against ULM (they only gave up 92 yards all day), but about the Crimson Tide’s offense. This offense isn’t great, but it pretty darned good. And all-round, I believe the Tide is better than Texas A&M.
  3. Texas A&M (3) : Why is Alabama a better team than Texas A&M? Because at JerryWorld, Texas A&M couldn’t stop Arkansas running backs Alex Collins and Damian Williams down the middle all day long. Alabama’s got a better offensive line and a better running back duo and will run the ball down their throat. Mind you, Alabama’s O-Line had better be ready for Mr Everything Myles Garrett, Alabama’s secondary better be ready for Christian Kirk, though. He’s something else, people!
  4. Georgia (4) : They got their ass whipped by Southern’s band at half-time, but won the actually football comfortably. Our prayers are with Southern WR Devon Gales, who suffered a spinal injury in the third quarter. These sort of injuries make you nauseous.
  5. LSU (5) : Every time you think the Tigers on a roll, Les Miles provides a piss-poor, sleepwalking, crappy effort against a far-inferior opponent. It happened against Saturday. LSU may have won 34-24, and Leonard Fournette got over 200 yards and 2 TDs, but my God, the penalties. The Tigers gave up ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY YARDS IN PENALTIES (14 of them). That’s terrible. The Fournette factor keeps them this high, though.
  6. Florida (6): The Gators got through this win by the skin of their teeth, and that’s OK. At least for Gators fans. Jim McElwain was an inches-wide field goal from losing being the first Florida coach since Ron Zook to lose to Tennessee. The Gators struggled to deal with the run, and at times the INCREDIBLE SECONDARY didn’t look so incredible. I’m still on-the-fence about the Gators. Sorry.
  7. Mississippi State (8): Heartily took advantage of the wreckery in Auburn to take home a 17-9 victory. Manny Diaz’ defense ensured Auburn’s offense went without a touchdown since 2011. Dak Prescott’s probably the best QB in the SEC right now. If there’s a side trending upwards in this league, it’s the Bulldogs.
  8. Tennessee (7): I saw this over Twitter yesterday: Three teams have given up double-digit leads in the fourth quarter this season. Two of them are Tennessee. The game’s match-up with Arkansas may get called off because Neyland’s flooded with both fanbases’ tears.
  9. Kentucky (9): I’m becoming a genuine believer in Mark Stoops, and the trouble he might cause Georgia and other teams when they come against the Wildcats in future games. Well, Mark Stoops’ defense. And Patrick Towles. Kentucky beat Missouri and had its first victory over a ranked opponent in 19 attempts.
  10. Arkansas (12) : Arkansas should have beaten Texas A&M in JerryWorld. They played really, really well. You know, until Bret Bielema decided to go conservative on the final drive, and the team murdered themselves with penalty flags. The referees didn’t exactly help them either, too. But this Arkansas team – if it gets some fire in its belly – might not be the tire fire we all thought it was post-Texas Tech.
  11. Missouri (11) : The Tigers have no offense. Simple.
  12. South Carolina (13): Before the game, a Gamecocks fans tweeted me a badge that said: “For the love of God, please beat UCF”. They did – 31-10 – and Lorenzo Nunez has a bit of confidence in him. Pharoh Cooper doesn’t need any confidence, thanks.
  13. Auburn (9) : Formally an offensive juggernaut, the Tigers simply don’t look that dangerous when they get the ball. And considering that defense is a major issue for them…..Safe to say Tammy from Auburn is not going to be very happy on Monday.
  14. Vanderbilt (14) : A great defensive performance against one of the best offensive teams in college football. Derek Mason is a defensive genius. Our problem? There’s no offense (at least against the ‘bigger’ teams). But a hell of an effort in Oxford, folks.



After Week 2: Auburn and Arkansas fall in SEC rankings

If you are an Auburn and Arkansas fan, you had an intensely forgettable Saturday. Of course, Auburn survived mighty Jacksonville State — in overtime — with the rest of the SEC cheering on the Tigers to fall, while Arkansas comedically fell at ‘home’ to Toledo (2014 record: 9-4, 7-1 MAC). Elsewhere, Missouri and Florida struggled with Arkansas State and East Carolina respectively, Tennessee gave up a 17-0 lead to Oklahoma in the best atmosphere of the day in Neyland, and Les Miles was Les Miles (and LSU won despite it). Otherwise, Alabama, Georgia and Texas A&M pretty much cruised.

Anyway, here’s your SEC rankings after Week 2.

  1. Alabama (Previous Ranking: 1) — Resounding win over Middle Tennessee State despite starting slowly. Derrick Henry had another triple-touchdown day.
  2. Texas A&M (2) — Crushed Ball State with no issues whatsoever. We didn’t watch the game for fear that the commentators would use the words: “Revamped Kyle Field” 4,000,0000,0000,000,000,000 times. They (probably) did.
  3. Ole Miss (4) — “Jumped” one in the rankings. Simply because the offense looks awesome. And Robert Nkemdiche scored another TD. Something tells me that their two-game run of scoring 70 points ends in Tuscaloosa.
  4. Georgia (3) – There are worries at quarterback. Greyson Lambert didn’t have ‘it’ against a poor Vanderbilt side, and nor did Brice Ramsey. But even if Nick Chubb HAS hurt his ankle more than Mark Richt’s letting on, Georgia’s going to have a filthy RB set, offensive line and defense. They’re just fine.
  5. LSU (7) – Les Miles’ clock management is shocking. Leonard Fournette is awesome (3 TDs). Brandon Harris was a hell of lot better than we expected. Need to lessen the penalties, which could have killed them.
  6. Florida (8) – Struggled with dumb penalties and had some poor moments in the secondary, but Florida fans must be psyched to see the offense score more than 21 points in two-straight games.
  7. Auburn (4) – If Jeremy Johnson wins the Heisman this year, I’m going to be an exotic dancer. And they SHOULD have lost to Jacksonville State. Blame JSU for not going for it on 4th down.
  8. Mississippi State (10) – Great comeback (albeit too little, too late) and the Dak Prescott – De’Runnya Wilson connection could be fun to watch. But the defense was poor against the run. Could suffer in the long run.
  9. Arkansas (6) – The “Brandon Allen For Heisman” campaign stopped here when he airmailed it over yet another wide receiver and hit someone in the crowd.
  10. Tennessee (11) – This is a young team, and it’s going to be very good. But maybe not great in 2015. But as a buddy of mine pointed out: “If you give up a 17-point lead in that atmosphere, you’ve got problems”.
  11. Missouri (9) – Maty Mauk was pretty dreadful, but they had enough to beat Arkansas State. Yes, mighty Arkansas State. Auburn probably would have lost to them.
  12. Kentucky (12) – Kentucky’s got a good RB trio in JoJo Kemp and “Boom Williams” and Mikel Horton, who put up over 200 yards on South Carolina. Why so low? They could have easily lost it had it not been for a controversial INT/fumble call in the final minutes.
  13. South Carolina (13) – This team isn’t very good. Sorry, South Carolina.
  14. Vanderbilt (14) – We know there’s a land called hope, but it’s not going to come in Johnny McCrary, who’s not going to win games when throwing 500,000 times.

Top HS player in Mississippi picks MSU over Alabama

Top safety Jamal Peters has decided to commit to Mississippi State over Alabama, LSU and Florida State.

The four-star player from Bassfield, MS, decided to stay at home despite going to LSU and Ole Miss on unofficial visits.

Peters, who is 6-3 in height and weighs 200 lbs,  has been rated the top high school player in Mississippi by, had 28 offers, including Georgia, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Florida State.



Mark Richt comes out combative over Georgia drug rules

Mark Richt is used to criticism as head coach of the University of Georgia. Every year people place him on the hot-seat for either not beating South Carolina, or not beating Auburn, or losing a game they should win, or not beating a team by enough, and 2015 won’t be any different – although after beating Clemson and LSU, maybe the seat’s a LITTLE cooler.

Richt’s also had his fair share of criticism about Georgia’s drug policy, which has seen the school suspend or boot a number of players over his time between the hedges.

However, at the SEC Media Days in Hoover, AL, he was unrepentant. He said: “We don’t want our guys to do drugs, okay? I don’t want my son to do drugs.  We’ve got policies that are stronger maybe than some when it comes to the punitive part of it. That’s kind of what everybody talks about. Georgia ends up suspending their guys a little bit sooner in the policy, which I’ve got no problems with. There’s other things we have in the policy, too, as far as the ability to educate them about what’s happening, giving them counseling, making sure that they’re healthy, make sure there’s no addiction issue we need to deal with. It’s a lot more than just the punitive part. There’s a punitive part, there’s an educational part, then we love ’em. You made a mistake. You have these consequences. Now let’s turn in the right direction and become a better man for it. I’d rather them have that type of experience in college rather than being married for four years and got a kid or two and they get fired from their job because of something that never got nipped in the bud while they were in their college days. We’ve got a very good group of young men. The fact that we have our policies as strong as they are, it doesn’t bother me.

One such player is safety Tray Matthews, who transferred to Auburn this summer after he was arrested for ‘theft by deception’ cashing his player stipend check twice. Richt said: “Life’s too short.  They’re young men that make mistakes.  If somewhere along the way you learn from your mistake, you turn it around, finish your career strong, I’m happy for the guy. 
Obviously whether we’re playing Auburn or Tennessee or Florida or anybody else, we want to win that game.  I’m not too concerned about who’s over there, did he play for us, all that kind of thing.  It doesn’t come into my mind.  I have never hindered a transfer from going anywhere that he wants to go.  Because, again, I think life’s too short.  If this kid can get a fresh start and do well, I’m happy for the guy.” You might also want to note that when Georgia lost to Auburn, Matthews was one of the players who let what would have been an easy interception or incompletion bounce away to lose the game.

Speaking of players, he also revealed that starting quarterback Hutson Mason and he had discussed a number of times about him transferring from Athens.  He said to that point: “He came to me [and said] “Hey, coach, if I was your son, what would you tell me? 
And I didn’t say: “Hey, I think you should stay no matter what.  But I talked about, If you stay, this could happen.  If you go, there’s no guarantee of anything good happening for you.”….As we just went through the process of what it might look like, as we get to this point now, at one time when he was deciding should he stay, should he go, Murray could have left after his junior year, given him two years a start.  That was a possibility. ….Also, if you remember, we did redshirt him not this past year, but the year before to guarantee at least one‑year separation from Aaron.  Even that season was a little bit, you know, crazy because at any given time, if Murray would have got hurt, that was the year we played ‘Bama in the SEC championship game.  If Murray got hurt, Hutson would have played.  He would have burnt that redshirt to play in this game…..He’s really sacrificed a lot for this team….I think the stage is set for him to have a tremendous senior year and hopefully have the same success or even better than D.J. [Shockley] had.

Funnily enough, he didn’t mention departed defensive co-ordinator Todd Grantham (who went to Louisville in the summer to work with Bobby Petrino), but said this about new DC Jeremy Pruitt, who was hired in from Florida State: “But I know this year, Coach Pruitt, he’s a proven coach.  He’s won everywhere he’s been.  Not only Coach Pruitt, but the rest of our defensive staff.  We have brand‑new coaches all the way across the board.  Tracy Rocker, Mike Ekeler, and Kevin Sherrer coaching our outside linebackers and our star position, along with Jeremy….They’re all brand‑new.  They all coached high school ball, which I think is great.  They know how to take a kid from ground zero.  They know how to teach fundamentals extremely well.  They’ve all been on college teams that have won national championships.  There’s a lot of credibility as they come in…..But I think these guys know what it looks like to win big, and they’ve put in a system of how we’re going to go about our business.  The guys are responding well to that.  There’s a lot of accountability that goes along with it, as well.” Now, what would the reaction have been if Mark Richt said: “I made a mistake hiring Pruitt. He should have stayed in Tallahassee”.

He noted that he was ‘interested’ to see how the eight-man officiating crews would work out, and whether they would slow down teams’ offenses. “When it comes to tempo, I believe before the ball is snapped, everybody needs to be in position to play.  Offensive player, defensive player, every official needs to be where they need to be. There were times when the ball was snapped, an official was scrambling to get where they needed to get.  Times where defenders were scrambling to get to where they needed to get.  It’s one thing if a team is doing a poor job of substituting when the ball gets snapped. I think sometimes defenders are coming in when a sub of the offense, just because they’re on the field or close to where they’re supposed to be, the ball was allowed to be snapped.  I think everybody needs to be in position to play football when the ball is snapped.  But in doing so, I don’t think it’s going to slow down the tempo much at all.  But that would be my suggestion to officiating, tempo and all that. If there’s more penalties, there’s more penalties.  More eyes, more penalties, that could possibly happen.  I wouldn’t doubt that.

Whatever the injuries, suspensions, officiating teams, Georgia has been picked by writers to finish No.2 in the SEC East behind South Carolina and Steve Spurrier, who – surprisingly – didn’t try and poke fun at Mark Richt during his own conversation with the press on Day 1 of the Media Days.  He said that the SEC is “wide open” and said confidently: “I said, I’m not happy to be named number two.  I’m not going to start cheering that we’re number two.  I think in the end it’s going to be Georgia.

This means one thing: The second Saturday of the season – which see Carolina and Georgia get together – is going to be pretty entertaining.

Mississippi State beats Ole Miss to 4-star DT

Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen had another recruiting coup on Wednesday when he beat Ole Miss to four-star defensive tackle Briston Guidry.

Guidry, who plays at Archbishop Rummel in Metairie, LA, is 6ft2 and weighs 265lbs, and will play for Dan Mullen’s 2016 class.

Guidry had also been offered by Tennessee, Louisville and Southern Miss, and recruited by but not offered by LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, and Texas A&M.

He is rated the 15th overall player in Louisiana, and 24th among defensive tackles in the country by

Mississippi State beats Texas to 2015 QB

Mississippi State has signed three-star quarterback Chason Virgil.

Virgil, who hails from Vesquite, TX, is 6ft-2 and 170lb, and is ranked 23rd in the nation in pro-style quarterbacks and 55th in the State of Texas.

“I called Coach (Brian) Johnson and I had already told him two days ago that I wanted to commit but I knew they were so busy earlier in the week. So he already knew why I was calling and he just asked me if I was ready to commit and I said ‘yes’,” he told

“Then me and Coach (Dan) Mullen plan to talk tomorrow when he gets back in town. At first, they kinda wanted me to wait until I could talk more with Coach Mullen. But Coach Mullen gave Coach Johnson the go-ahead to accept my commitment. Coach Johnson said he was very excited and was glad it happened today.”

Mississippi State beat Arizona State, Clemson and Texas to Virgil’s commitment. In the SEC there was also attention from Auburn, Florida, Missouri, and Texas A&M, as well as Notre Dame, Clemson and UCLA among others.

Mississippi State O-Lineman arrested

Mississippi State offensive linesman Jordan Washington and recently-graduated Bulldog offensive linesman Charles Siddoway were both arrested on Wednesday for burglary and robbery.

Both were charged.

Siddoway was an ever-present in the Mississippi State for the two years he started on the offensive line, while sophomore Washington is expected to be a back-up after not starting in 2013.

ESPN says that incident happened in an apartment complex near MSU’s campus, in which Siddoway was identified, and then Washington.

Washington has been suspended by coach Dan Mullen.

Mississippi State OC hired by Texas

Mississippi State offensive co-ordinator Les Koenning – fresh from a bowl victory and a win in the Egg Bowl over Ole Miss – is leaving Starkville to be the new wide receivers coach at Texas, according to the Clarion-Ledger.

The Clarion-Ledger noted: “Under Koenning’s guidance MSU’s offense set numerous school records, culminating in 13 this season. He also worked with the quarterbacks developing both Tyler Russell and Dak Prescott. Russell leaves the program with a handful of single season passing records. Many analysts are calling Prescott a sleeper for next year’s Heisman.

This season Mississippi State – with Tyler Russell injured for most of the season and Dak Prescott replacing him – was 43rd  in the nation in total rushing offense and 53rd in the nation in total passing offense. They averaged 27.7 points per game, or 71st in the nation.

Koenning worked at Texas A&M as wide receivers coach in 1996, but hasn’t worked with them solidly since then.

BOTTOM LINE: If Mississippi State gets an OC who can coach a QB, Bulldogs fans will be happy.


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