Saturday, November 24, 2012
Looking at the final regular-season weekend of SEC action.
All eyes will be on Tuscaloosa, AL, on Saturday for the annual Auburn-Alabama rivalry. This is always a fierce one, and this year it carries strong implications for the SEC title and BCS national championship picture. Alabama can clinch the SEC West title with a win. And no one is giving Auburn, winless in the SEC this year, much of a chance. (Game time: 3:30 p.m., CBS). Shades of 1972. That year, Alabama was heavily favored over Auburn when the teams met. But in one of the most memorable upsets in college football history, Auburn blocked two punts, returning them both for touchdowns in a 17-16 victory. The plays were strikingly similar: Auburn's Bill Newton broke through to block both punts, and Auburn DB David Langner picked them both up…
Friday, November 16, 2012
The Dawgs will play for the SEC title in Atlanta no matter what. But to maintain any national title hope, they can't overlook their next two opponents.
Once again, the Georgia Bulldogs have overcome an early loss to South Carolina to earn their way to the SEC title game. But before heading down the road to Atlanta, the Dawgs host instate rivals Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech. “We know we’re playing in Atlanta and that’s settled right now, but we know there’s a lot of work in the meantime, which is the job of getting better on a daily basis,” head coach Mark Richt said early this week. With eight wins, Georgia Southern is no slouch in the FCS league. Despite being the obvious favorite, the Dawgs expect a challenge both this Saturday and next. "Once a year," reports Seth Emerson of The Macon Telegraph, the Bulldogs face a triple-option offense "and all the cut-blocking and funky running …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
A victory Saturday night should send the Bulldogs to the SEC championship game.
The Georgia-Auburn game will be televised on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. ~ Auburn's not very good this year. They're still looking for an SEC win, and Georgia might not be the best place to find it. The Bulldogs, while romping through some rough patches, are ranked No. 5 in the country and need only beat the Tigers to wrap up the SEC East Division and play for the league championship. Of course, Bulldogs coach Mark Richt isn't preparing his team for a cakewalk. "I told the guys Get your mind right, right now,"' Richt said in an Associated Press story earlier this week. "We know they're capable of knocking us off." The Dawgs will be bringing a depleted receiving corps to Auburn. Marlon Brown was reported out for the season earlier this week after …
A look at this weekend's SEC action.
Now comes another type of test for No. 1 Alabama. After last Saturday's come-from-behind victory over LSU at Baton Rouge, the Crimson Tide will have to deal with a possible letdown when No. 15 Texas A&M comes to Tuscaloosa (game time: 3:30 p.m., CBS). The game carries huge implications for the SEC. Alabama (6-0 in SEC) still must win Saturday and later this year vs. Auburn to be assured of the SEC West title. An A&M win Saturday and later vs. Missouri could give the SEC West title to the Aggies (4-2 in SEC). This week, Alabama will have to deal with an A&M spread offense that is averaging 251 yards rushing (first in SEC) and 308 yards per game (second in SEC) passing. Also, the Aggies are averaging scoring 44 points per game. That will be …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Checking this weekend's SEC football action.
College football is all about rivalries, but Alabama-LSU is moving into a class of its own. Saturday's game in Baton Rouge, La., is the third straight meeting between the teams that will have a direct impact on the No. 1 ranking and the eventual BCS national championship game. (Game time: 8 p.m., CBS). The top-ranked Crimson Tide (5-0 in SEC), of course, defeated No. 5 LSU (3-1 in SEC) for the BCS title in 2011, after the Tigers defeated Bama in the regular season and went on to win the SEC title. (Alabama edged out Oklahoma State in voting to earn the right to play for the 2011 title.) The Tide has not been seriously challenged in 2012, but LSU has lost to Florida and barely survived South Carolina. And again it bears mentioning that LSU …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Here's a look at the weekend's SEC action.
Don't look now, but Mississippi State is in the thick of the SEC title race. The Bulldogs from Starkville, Miss., are unbeaten in the SEC at 3-0 as they prepare to travel to Tuscaloosa and Saturday's game with No. 1 Alabama (4-0 in SEC). Game time is 8:30 p.m., ESPN. Mississippi State has enjoyed steady success under head coach Dan Mullen, a former University of Florida coach who took over in 2009. The team went to bowls in 2010 and 2011, and with seven wins overall in 2012, it is bowl-eligible again. Now, Mississippi State can achieve more by beating No. 1 Alabama. Do you think Mississippi State will upset Alabama? Who do you think will win the SEC title game in Atlanta? Tell us in the comments below. "It should be a great challenge for …
Monday, October 22, 2012
How Saturday's SEC football results played on the web.
A look at coverage, reaction after Saturday's SEC Football games: Georgia 29, Kentucky 24 Georgia Struggles Vs. Kentucky (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, ajc.com) Jeff Schultz: Pessimism Reigns By Georgia Fans (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, ajc.com) Instant Analysis: UGA vs Kentucky (ESPN Blogs, espn.go.com) LSU 24, Texas A&M 19 LSU Game Notebook (New Orleans Times-Picayune, nola.com) Instant Analysis: LSU vs. Texas A&M (ESPN Blogs, espn.go.com) Manziel 'Gutsy,' 'Tough,' But A&M Doomed by Turnovers (Dallas Morning News, dallas.com) Florida 44, South Carolina 11 Win Over Dawgs Will Clinch the East (Gainesville Sun, Gatorsports.com) Florida-South Carolina Storylines (Gainesville Sun, Gatorsports.com) Florida Makes Statement with Rout (Florida …
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Gators chomp Gamecocks; Tide rolls over Volunteers and Dawgs dodge defeat.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Any doubts about which team should be sitting on top of the SEC East were likely erased Saturday with No. 2* Florida’s thrashing of No. 7 South Carolina. By the half, the Gators had a 21-6 lead and things only got worse from there as Florida cruised to a 44-11 victory. As Matt Hayes of the Sporting News noted about Florida, “They don’t miss tackles, aren’t out of position and have a killer instinct in the second half. They’re so physically intimidating on both sides of the ball, the quarterback --the most important position on the field -- just has to stay out of the weeds.” The Gators (7-0) host No. 11 Georgia next week. South Carolina (6-2) welcomes the Volunteers to town. In other SEC action Saturday: No. 1 Alabama 44, Tennessee 13 – …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Checking this weekend's Southeast Conference football action.
Talk about Murderer's Row. The South Carolina Gamecocks (6-1, 4-1) will continue to test some top SEC competition Saturday when they travel to Gainesville, Fla., to test the Florida Gators. (Game time: 3:30 p.m., CBS). Duluth Just two weeks ago, the Gamecocks trounced then-No. 5 Georgia, 35-7. Last Saturday, Steve Spurrier's crew came close but fell 23-21 to now-No. 6 LSU. Now come the No. 3 (in AP) Gators, who bested LSU two weeks ago. -- Do you think South Carolina will defeat Florida? Tell us how the SEC will shake out this week in the comments below. UGA still has to face Florida (6-0, 5-0), so a Gators victory Saturday would help any chances the Bulldogs might have of an SEC East title. That would give the Gamecocks two SEC losses, …
Sunday, October 14, 2012
How Saturday's SEC football games played on the Web.
A look at coverage, reaction after Saturday's SEC Football games: LSU 23, South Carolina 21 Alabama 42, Missouri 10 Ole Miss 41, Auburn 20 Florida 31, Vanderbilt 17 Arkansas 49, Kentucky 7 Mississippi State 41, Tennessee 31 Texas A&M 59, Louisiana Tech 57