TET College Pick’Em Results—WEEK 7

My, oh my, what has happened to our Auburn Tigers? Another disappointing loss came to our boys on the Plains, and right now this year’s season  is looking dismal. The Tigers will need some tough skin as many have lost confidence in their ability to end the season with a winning record. I, for one, still think they can pull themselves together and finish strong, but it will take some inner strength and determination not to let the outside distractions deter them. 

I’ve seen some pretty nasty hate in comments across the web in regards to the team. Message boards are for venting and rightfully so, but there is no place for hateful comments against college kids who are simply playing a game (and remember that’s all it is) for their college and putting in the work, whether we like the outcome or not. So keep it civil and mature out there! 

KJNolan4 is our new leader for the week with NY War Eagle falling to second and War Eagle son rounding out the top three. Below are the standings of the top 25.

Standings

Rank Pick Set Name Total Dropped W-L
1 KJNolan4 75 15 75-47
2 NY War Eagle 73 18 73-49
3 War Eagle son 72 22 72-51
4 Kbrow31 72 10 72-50
5 Awbee75 71 21 71-49
6 WDE 1977 71 19 71-49
7 Blade 71 16 71-51
8 HELLCAT83 70 21 70-52
9 catskid 69 20 69-55
10 sullivan013 69 19 69-53
11 Jando323 69 23 69-51
12 LaxTiger 68 15 68-54
13 DawgFan 68 15 68-54
14 Oracle 67 24 67-56
15 WarEagle32789 67 16 67-55
16 SandMountainTiger 67 13 67-55
17 Landonturner91 67 15 67-55
18 24-Hour Jon-a-thon 66 16 66-56
19 Hambino 66 20 66-55
20 SCTigers 66 17 66-56
21 anorum183 66 16 66-56
22 AubieGirl1985 66 7 66-56
23 Greyfox 65 9 65-57
24 FlyingTiger92 65 20 65-55
25 Brianyork 65 17 65-57

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Andy Kennedy is joining the SEC Network!

We asked for this very thing, and SECN is giving to us.

We’re eight months removed from former Ole Miss basketball head coach Andy Kennedy’s sudden resignation before the end of last season. Ignominious best describes the way his departure from Oxford went down, because Andy Kennedy remains a terrific basketball intellect.

At the time, we predicted that AK would undoubtedly land somewhere on the college basketball landscape by the start of the 2018-19 season, like a mid-major in need of immediate and demonstrated experience. Well, spring and summer came and went, and Kennedy didn’t land anywhere in the CBB coaching menagerie, an indictment on athletics directors across the country.

Kudos then are due to the SEC Network, which on Tuesday announced that it had hired Kennedy on as a college basketball analyst. According to the network’s press release, AK will “appear as an analyst for college basketball coverage across SEC Network and ESPN for the 2018-19 season.” This is an excellent development, because basketball mind aside, Kennedy is downright entertaining and hilarious on television.

It’s yet to be known whether he’ll sit as a live in-game analyst — which everyone with even a passing interest in SEC basketball should hope for — or merely offer his insight from the comfort of SECN’s studios, a role in which his candor and humor would be utterly wasted. The man coached for 12 seasons in every arena in the conference, after all, and his storytelling would be expansive and genuinely interesting.

Nor should you doubt his ability to articulate the complexities of offensive schemes or break down defenses — LORD, his knowledge of defense is vast — on court in the moment. He threw in a short stint with SECN during last year’s postseason, and it was refreshing to witness his passion for, and knowledge of the game of basketball.

And so let’s not delay this news at all: AK starts on Wednesday at SEC basketball media days. Let’s hope he gets to talk to Kermit Davis.

Georgia at Georgia Tech on December 22 to air at Noon

The Georgia Bulldogs at Georgia Tech basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 will be televised by ESPNU at Noon ET, ESPN announced on Tuesday.

The game will be the second for new UGA head coach Tom Crean at Tech’s McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta. Crean’s final game as head coach of Indiana resulted in a 75-63 loss to the Yellow Jackets in the first round of the NIT.

Before the Georgia Bulldogs begin their regular-season schedule, they will compete in two exhibition games. The first is at UAB on Thursday, Oct. 18, which is a charity game to benefit the Red Cross.

Georgia then hosts the West Georgia Wolves at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7:00pm ET. The game will be streamed via SEC Network Plus.

The Hoop Dawgs tip off the 2018-19 regular-season on Friday, Nov. 9 in Athens against the Savannah State Tigers. That game is set for an 8:30pm ET start, also on SEC Network Plus.

Highlights of Georgia’s 2018-19 slate include a trip to Temple (Nov. 13), the Cayman Islands Classic (Nov. 19-21), and home non-conference games against Arizona State (Dec. 15), Oakland (Dec. 18), UMass (Dec. 30), and Texas (Jan. 26).

Georgia begins SEC play on Saturday, Jan. 5 in Knoxville against the Tennessee Volunteers (3:30pm ET, SECN).

UGA Basketball Schedule

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Four Tigers Named to Mid-Season All-America Teams

BATON ROUGE – Three defensive standouts – Devin White, Greedy Williams and Grant Delpit – along with placekicker Cole Tracy have been named mid-season All-Americas by various news organizations for their efforts in leading LSU to a No. 5 national ranking and a 6-1 overall mark at the halfway point of the season.

Gameday Tweets: Tennessee 30, Auburn 24

WarBlogle_twitter_newIt was hot. My phone said it was 74 degrees, but without a cloud in the sky and the noontime sun blasting you in the face, it was hot. Hotter than LSU. The sun is a powerful thing. You can tell how worried I am about a game by the amount of tweets I fire off during pregame. You can tell how the game went by how many tweets I tweet after halftime. These gameday tweets were a perfect example of those two things. Follow me.

 

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2018 ATVS Pick’em – WEEK 8

A terrible week, but you know, somehow I think I’ll get over it. BLOOD WEEK got it’s blood out of all of us.

If you haven’t joined us yet, sign up is simple. Click on THIS LINK and sign up for an account at funofficepools.com when prompted, the password is “geaux”. Picks will generally be ready every Monday night. DO NOT MAKE PICKS until this post goes up each week.

Running late today, so quick and dirty picks

  • HAWGS
  • SPARTY
  • TERPS
  • LANDSHARKS
  • WOLFPACK FOR CHAOS
  • NAVY
  • BAMA
  • MIZZOU
  • UK
  • WAZZU
  • HAWAI’I

ALL PICKS DUE BEFORE KICKOFF! GOOD LUCK!

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Kerwin Bell, the former Florida quarterback and Valdosta State football coach, joins Pat Dooley this week, along with a recap of the Gators win over Vanderbilt and picks for the upcoming weekend.

John Calipari visits Vernon Carey; More pro-UK buzz

Kentucky continues to get buzz for Carey following his visit to Lexington.

Vernon Carey just wrapped up his official visit to Kentucky, and now John Calipari is returning the favor.

On Tuesday, Calipari met with Carey, according to Rivals’ Corey Evans. It comes as Carey is set to visit the Duke Blue Devils, one of the perceived leaders in this recruitment.

This is an interesting trend that Calipari has had recently in visiting a recruit right after he takes an official visit to Kentucky. Calipari did the same thing with Scottie Lewis and James Wiseman, and now he’s doing it with Carey.

Carey is the No. 2 player and No. 1 power forward in the class of 2019 on the 247 Sports Composite ratings. Rivals has him at No. 1 overall. He’s 6-10, 275 pounds, and is one the most physical players in the 2019 class that can also hit mid-range shots.

Duke currently leads in his crystal ball, receiving 50 percent of the predictions. Miami and Michigan State are close behind, while Kentucky has gotten just one prediction thus far.

For what it’s worth, KSR’s TJ Walker still thinks Kentucky has jumped into the lead for Carey:

I feel better about UK’s chances than I ever have in the past and I’ve said in the past that I thought UK was the leader. That was a couple months ago, but I still think the Cats are the leader.

Walker goes on to say, “I think Carey ends up at Kentucky unless he’s persuaded on one of his other official visits.”

Carey is currently set to make a decision sometime this fall/winter, so we may soon learn where the elite big man will attend college.

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Kentucky Football Midseason Roundtable and Final Record Predictions

The Cats have been nearly perfect so far, but what does the second half of the season hold?

Nearly perfect.

As a Kentucky Wildcats fan, those words are usually used to describe the men’s basketball team. But, finally those words are being used to describe the Wildcat football program.

Led by All-American candidates Benny Snell Jr. and Josh Allen, the Cats have exploded out to a 5-1 record (3-1 SEC) and a #14 national ranking. The only blemish to their record is a 20-14 overtime loss in College Station to Texas A&M.

The bye week came at a good time for Wildcat fans to catch their breath and consider where the Cats are and what the rest of the regular season holds. The staff at A Sea of Blue has gathered at the roundtable to hash out how they think UK will finish up this so-far magical season.

Shane Shackleford

I really feel good about how this season could end up. I think the Cats coaching staff will take a step back, evaluate where the program is and what needs to be adjusted to move forward.

The key to UK’s success comes down to the continued development of QB Terry Wilson. We know the run game is solid, but as teams pile up defenders in the box to stop Snell and AJ Rose, Wilson has to be able to take advantage of favorable matchups in the passing game and utilize TE CJ Conrad and WR Lynn Bowden Jr. effectively.

Looking at the schedule, there are opportunities the Cats can take advantage of to continue this season of seasons. I feel like the Cats will defeat Vanderbilt at home and win a close one at Missouri going into the Georgia game at Kroger Field. Everything in me wants to pick the Cats to win, but I just can’t pull the trigger. I think Georgia wins in a close one.

That would put UK at 7-2 with a date at Tennessee. If UK wins there, you’re looking at 8-2 with dates with Middle Tennessee and Louisville to close the season. I believe the Cats win both and sit at 10-2. If UK can get any help from Georgia’s remaining schedule, the opportunity to go to Atlanta is there.

Aaron Gershon

Kentucky is on pace for a 10-win season. It’s been an incredible first half, but the Cats still have a lot of work to do in order to win the SEC East. Here’s how I see the remainder of their games shaking out.

10/20 Vanderbilt: I see a Cats win here. Vanderbilt looks a bit improved, but is nothing special. Kentucky will have Vandy at home under the lights with a homecoming crowd. Kentucky should win this one without much stress.

Kentucky 31 Vanderbilt 10

10/27 @ Missouri: Another game against an SEC East foe that has slightly improved. The big danger with Mizzou is Drew Lock, who is one of the best players in the nation. However, the Tigers don’t have much of a defense, and their home field isn’t the most intimidating environment. The Cats should roll here, but it may be closer than one may think

Kentucky 27 Missouri 17

11/3 Georgia: This game just got even harder to predict after the Bulldogs laid an egg in a blowout loss to LSU struggling in all three phases. The atmosphere in Lexington may be the best of any football game in Kentucky history. However, this game may be even more dangerous now that Georgia has lost and knows they need to win out to not just win the SEC East, but have a chance at the playoffs. Thus, I’ll go Georgia in a tight one.

Georgia 17 Kentucky 14

11/10 @Tennesee: The Vols are down but, they just blew out a quality Auburn team on the road. This makes a trip to Knoxville a little more of a challenge. The Vols played Georgia tough on the road, so this game at Neyland Stadium won’t be easy. The last time Kentucky beat Tennessee in back to back seasons was 1976 and 1977. If they’re going to do it again, the time is now. This game won’t be easy like it may seem on paper, but in a game the Cats will need to win in order to play on New Year’s Day, I like their odds.

Kentucky 20 Tennessee 14

11/17 Middle Tennessee: Senior day against a non-conference opponent. This won’t be much of a contest though Middle Tennessee does have a quality quarterback in Brent Stockstill.

11/24 @ Louisville: It’s been a miserable season for the Cardinals, and it doesn’t seem like it will get better any time soon. This game will likely be almost like a home game with Louisville struggling and Kentucky surging. I see the Cats getting a big win and making it two out of their last three against the rival Cards.

Kentucky 38 Louisville 10

Due to the fact I see Georgia taking down the Cats, there will not be an SEC Championship birth for the Cats. However, at 10-2 they should undoubtedly play on New Year’s Day. I’ll say the game will be played in Tampa Florida’s Outback Bowl against the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Jamie Boggs

What a wild ride this season has been. My preseason prediction was 6-6, and I am thrilled to have been so wrong. This Kentucky team may be the most impressive of my lifetime (there is no doubt that the defense is), and the opportunity exists to leave a mark in the UK football history books.

The remaining opponents are Vanderbilt, Missouri, Georgia, Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State, and Louisville. Based on what I have seen from all of these teams, I think the Wildcats finish the season just as they started: 5-1.

I am not convinced that Georgia will be the loss, either. Missouri is dangerous, and Tennessee is looking better and is always tough at home. I just think that stretch of three games will be difficult to sweep.

My final prediction is that Kentucky will go 10-3, including a loss in the SEC Championship Game to Alabama. Kentucky will win the SEC East, and Big Blue Nation will lose its mind.

Drew Brown

Obviously, Kentucky has exceeded all expectations to this point in the season. An overtime loss away from being undefeated and a major threat to win the SEC East is an incredible story. It has been beyond most fans’ wildest dreams and has even put basketball in the shadows to some extent.

The fact that Kentucky is winning with dominant defense makes me confident that the remainder of the season will continue to go well. The UK defense, led by Josh Allen, is just mean and nasty. They gang tackle, talk trash, and punish opponents. Each team is essentially having to game plan on just how to stop Josh Allen on the edge.

Kentucky also has one of the best offensive players in America with Benny Snell. The combination of great defense and an unstoppable running attack has proven to be a valid formula for winning.

Football is unpredictable so I still think that Kentucky will drop another game in the regular season, possibly against Missouri or maybe Tennessee. I believe that if given the chance, Kentucky will beat Georgia for the SEC East and finish with a record of 10-2.

Kentucky would then likely meet Alabama in the SEC Championship, setting up the biggest game in program history. But giving Nick Saban time to prepare has proven lethal. I doubt anyone beats The Crimson Tide.

Drew Koch

A 5-1 start is very promising for the Kentucky Wildcats, and they’re not done yet. Winning all their home games, taking down the Gators in The Swamp, and just missing some chances against a very good Texas A&M team has got Big Blue Nation excited for the rest of the season. Benny Snell is a Heisman Trophy candidate and Josh Allen may be the most dominant pass rusher in college football.

With Georgia taking a loss to LSU, the Cats and Dawgs each have one loss, as do the Florida Gators. The SEC East is up for grabs. The Cats victory over Florida earlier this year gives them a leg up for the time being. Who represents the SEC in the Conference Championship Game could very well come down to the first week in November when Georgia comes to Kroger Field to face the Cats. Let’s take a peek at Kentucky’s remaining games.

Vanderbilt - I don’t see the Wildcats losing at home to a team that doesn’t have a conference win this season. WIN

@ Missouri - This game makes me nervous. If the Cats want to be taken seriously, they must win this game. WIN

Georgia - This game is essentially for the SEC East crown. I just don’t think the Cats are ready for the big stage. LOSS

@ Tennessee - Don’t be fooled by the Vols record. They did beat Auburn on the road, but I think the Cats get the win in a close one. WIN

Middle Tennessee - Kentucky will make easy work of the Lightning. WIN

@ Louisville - There may not be a bigger disappointing team this season than the Cardinals. I don’t see how Kentucky loses this game. WIN

By my count, that gives the Wildcats a record of 10-2 and they’ll land one heck of a bowl game. Perhaps the Citrus Bowl or the Outback Bowl?

Sam Gillenwater

I don’t think Kentucky fans could have asked for a better start to this season. At 5-1, Kentucky has had one of its best starts in recent memory with huge victories at Florida to break their 31-year losing streak against the Gators along with great wins against Mississippi State and South Carolina.

For the majority, the highlight has to be Benny Snell Jr.’s strong start. Snell has amassed almost 700 yards and has rushed for all 8 of his touchdowns through six games. If your focal point isn’t Benny, it has to be the defense. Led by Josh Allen and Kash Daniel, UK has held all their opponents to under 20 points besides Central Michigan and Texas A&M (who both scored exactly 20).

For the rest of the season, the only true test I see will be Georgia, who just came off an upset loss to LSU. It’s also a home game at Kroger Field where Kentucky is 4-0 to this point. Other than possibly Tennessee in Knoxville, I don’t see any of the other five opponents beating the Wildcats in this stretch. Kentucky’s season completely rides on whether or not they beat the Bulldogs on November 3rd.

For me, I predict Kentucky will finish the regular season with a record of 10-2 and will be looking forward to a very big bowl game to end their year.

Janson Hoskins

The first half of the regular season for Kentucky Football this year has already been a success by a long shot. I know there were plenty of optimistic fans coming into this season, but if you were to tell me along with the majority of Kentucky football fans that they would be 5-1 going into the bye week with wins over Florida at home and Mississippi State, then I probably would have been hesitant to believe you.

However, we’ve seen with our own eyes how good and how special this 2018 team is and one has to wonder what should we expect from them for the remainder for the season. Well, the final 6 games consist of Vanderbilt (home), @Missouri, Georgia (home), @Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State (home), and @Louisville.

Kentucky has been banged up a little bit, but what team hasn’t by this point in the year. I think it’s extremely plausible for the Wildcats to handle both Vandy and Mizzou on the road, but ultimately I believe that they fall to Georgia unless the defense can step up like LSU did this weekend and shut down the Bulldogs’ run game.

Okay, so if all of that falls into place, Kentucky would be 7-2 with the only losses being to Texas A&M and Georgia. Fans would take that every day. Tennessee has looked terrible, quite honestly, all season but did end up beating Auburn this weekend so this one is up in the air for me.

Then you have MTSU and Louisville, which I believe the Cats will have no trouble with to close out the season. That would put Kentucky at a 9-3 or even 10-2 record if they can take care of business at Tennessee. But for my overall pick, I believe that the Wildcats will end the season 9-3, which is definitely something BBN should be proud of!

Nick Wheatley

We could not have asked for more from this Kentucky team so far. While the A&M loss was a heartbreaker, if anyone said before the season that UK would be in the position that they are right now, every UK fan would’ve taken it.

With that being said, there’s a lot of season left and there’s a big chance for Kentucky to do something special.

Next week, the Cats play Vanderbilt and I think they will have their way with the ‘Dores. Then is the next big test, at Missouri, will be an incredibly difficult game. But I can confidently say I think UK is the better team. I think the Cats win, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they lost. That would mean worst case scenario is a 9-3 season.

Next, they have their biggest game of the year. I believe Kentucky can keep it close against Georgia. After seeing LSU run all over Georgia, I think Benny will be able to run crazy. But I also think after sleepwalking through the first half of the season, LSU was a big wake up call. I think the Cats keep it close, but fall to Georgia in Lexington.

Tennessee looked good this past weekend, but they’re at the bottom of the totem poll in the SEC. It won’t be an easy win. Kentucky hasn’t won at Tennessee since 1984, but this is the year of ending the streaks and curses that have plagued Kentucky for my entire life. Cats will win.

Middle Tennessee State should be an easy win. They’re a decent team and can hit you in the mouth if you don’t come out ready to play, but I can’t imagine Kentucky losing this one.

Lastly, the Cats go to Louisville for the annual rivalry game. Louisville is a miserable excuse for a football team this year. The two teams have really traded places this year. Cats will win that one easy.

I don’t think Kentucky will make the SEC Championship game, but for the first time ever they hold their fate in their own hands. And any Kentucky fan has to be ecstatic about that type of season and being in that position.

Prediction: 10-2

Zac Oakes

Kentucky is off to a solid start this year, and unlike some hot starts in previous years, this team feels like it has more staying power with a schedule that seems to be less back-heavy.

Looking ahead, with Kentucky sitting at 5-1 going into the back half of the schedule, I think Kentucky finishes 9-3 to close out the regular season with a chance to go to an Outback-caliber bowl.

I think Kentucky drops the game against Georgia. LSU served as a wake-up call to a very talented Bulldogs squad that hadn’t yet really been challenged. I wouldn’t be surprised if Georgia wins out from here on out.

I also think Kentucky drops one more game on the schedule. That road game at Missouri seems like the most likely candidate. Missouri’s offense is well-balanced and they have a strong offensive line, which could potentially be a problem. If it becomes a shootout, I’m not sure Kentucky’s offense is up to the task to go toe-to-toe scoring touchdowns with the Tigers on the road.

The other candidate is a road matchup against Tennessee. The Vols are improving each week, and Tennessee has playmakers in QB Jarrett Guarantano and RB Ty Chandler, both of whom had big games against the Wildcats last year.

My guess is in addition to Georgia, the Cats drop one of those, which places them at 9-3, which is far and away the best UK Football season of my lifetime, as well as many other younger fans. A final record of 9-3 going into a bowl game is definitely one to be celebrated.

Prediction: 9-3

Kentucky Football Midseason Roundtable and Final Record Predictions – A Sea of Blue


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As a Kentucky Wildcats fan, those words are usually used to describe the men's basketball team. But, finally those words are being used to describe the Wildcat football program. Led by All-American candidates Benny Snell Jr. and Josh Allen, the Cats ...

Alabama players joke with ex-Vol coach Butch Jones and his lack of cigar smoking

Butch Jones coached Tennessee 2013-17.

Auburn hopes Calvin Ashley returns from medical issue in ‘near future’

Calvin Ashley missed the Tennessee game with a "medically related issue."

Arkansas ties, Henry's friendship enticing to PA's White

Pulaski Academy senior John David White’s family ties to the University of Arkansas run deep, and he hopes to continue the tradition.

Alabama Football: How Tennessee can beat Alabama on Saturday – BamaHammer


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Alabama Football: How Tennessee can beat Alabama on Saturday
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The Governor of Tennessee named the Friday before the third Saturday in October “Big Orange Day” across Tennessee. Phil Fulmer started the chant with the players, post-beating Auburn, “We don't give a [expletive] about the whole state of Alabama”.

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CCACSA Student-Athletes of the Month – October 2018

The LSU Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes (CCACSA) recognizes six athletes for their scholastic and community achievements. Here are the selections for October 2018.

Orgeron Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

Orgeron Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

Gus Malzahn gives Chip Lindsey vote of confidence, won’t take over playcalling

Gus Malzahn said Chip Lindsey has "done a solid job for the most part" this season.

Tyler Herro makes Jerry West Award Preseason Watch List

Herro will look to become the second Wildcat to win the award.

The new college hoops season is about to begin. That means award watch lists are starting to come out, and you can bet the Kentucky Wildcats will be on many of them.

Up first is freshman guard Tyler Herro, who was named to the 2019 Jerry West Award Preseason Watch List. Herro is among 20 players on the watch list for the award named after Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Jerry West, which honors the nation’s top shooting guard.

A big reason why Herro made this list was his performance in the Bahamas, where he was far and away the best scorer that any team had there. He led the Wildcats in scoring with 17.3 points per game and had 15+ points in the contests, which were double-digit wins for Kentucky.

During his final high school season, Herro averaged 32.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.3 steals per game as a First Team All-State selection in Wisconsin.

Former Wildcat and current Malik Charlotte Hornets guard Monk won the award in 2017 after averaging 19.8 points per game during his freshman season. He is the only Wildcat to win the award.

As loaded as Kentucky is, it’s going to be hard for any one player to win a national award, but Herro should be putting up enough points to remain in contention for this honor.

2019 Jerry West Award Watch List

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Moorhead, Bulldogs Put In Recruiting Road Work – 247Sports


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Moorhead, Bulldogs Put In Recruiting Road Work
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Mississippi State had an open date on their 2018 football schedule last weekend. The Bulldogs were fresh off of a win over then #9 Auburn and feeling a lot of momentum. With the State players headed home for some rest and relaxation, Coach Joe ...
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Tennessee football: Vols win over Auburn ended 15 losing streaks – All For Tennessee


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Tennessee football: Vols win over Auburn ended 15 losing streaks
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As a program that has struggled at unprecedented levels over the past 10 years, beating the Auburn Tigers on Saturday was significant for Tennessee football. Dating back to the start of this century, the Vols have been on slides that they were not able ...
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Submit your question for Nick Saban and ‘Hey Coach’

Make sure to submit your question for the Week 8 edition of "Hey Coach!" with Nick Saban. The in-season radio show is recorded live from Baumhower's Restaurant in Tuscaloosa on Thursday night.

Chapel Bell Curve: Let’s talk about our bad decisions.

Did you go to Louisiana and find yourself making some bad decisions and find yourself having to account for them? Kirby Smart knows how you feel! So do Nathan and Justin, well, not literally but they can empathize.

The guys dissect Georgia’s loss to LSU, what it means, and what it doesn’t, including:

• Turns out....turnovers actually are bad.

• A Joe Burrow mea culpa.

• Statistically speaking, running the dang ball is generally a good idea.

• Whether Florida is a better football team than LSU.

•Whether you should bet big on Kentucky and Florida to send the ‘Dawgs to the Liberty Bowl (you probably shouldn’t).

There’s also some thoughts on baby holdin’, CBC’s patented blend of poetry and prose, and a Dawg Sports-approved rant on the economics of college football.

As always, listen, like, repeat, and....

Go ‘Dawgs!!!

Mississippi State Football Following a Bye Week

What’s good about Mississippi State having a bye week last Saturday?

The Mississippi St. Bulldogs had their “bye week” this past weekend. How is this going to help the Bulldogs this week when they travel to Baton Rouge to face the LSU Tigers?

  • This team needed a break.

After facing three straight SEC opponents any team would need a break. The Bulldogs finished that stretch 1-2. Disappointing for sure, but not all is lost.

  • Mississippi State is about to jump into their most difficult games.

LSU. Texas A&M. La Tech. ALABAMA. Arkansas. Ole Miss. That is how the Bulldogs will finish the season. I sure hope they got some good rest this past weekend.

  • LSU is coming off their biggest win this season.

Let’s hope the Tigahs left it all on the field. That was one heck of a performance by the LSU Tigers and Coach O. Joe Burrow played great and maybe he used up all of his powers last Saturday against the Georgia Bulldogs defense.

  • LSU plays Alabama next.

LSU has a bye week before they play Alabama. It would be very easy for the LSU team to overlook the Mississippi St. Bulldogs after playing the #2 Georgia Bulldogs and now looking ahead to the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide.

The Dawgs will compete on Saturday and it should be a fun night in Death Valley.

Mississippi State Football Following a Bye Week – For Whom the Cowbell Tolls


For Whom the Cowbell Tolls

Mississippi State Football Following a Bye Week
For Whom the Cowbell Tolls
The Mississippi St. Bulldogs had their “bye week” this past weekend. How is this going to help the Bulldogs this week when they travel to Baton Rouge to face the LSU Tigers? This team needed a break. After facing three straight SEC opponents any team ...
Moorhead, Bulldogs Put In Recruiting Road Work247Sports


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3 questions Ole Miss needs to answer this Saturday in huge home game versus Auburn – Jackson Clarion Ledger


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3 questions Ole Miss needs to answer this Saturday in huge home game versus Auburn
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The Rebels (5-2, 1-2 SEC) host the Auburn Tigers, coming off back-to-back losses against Mississippi State and Tennessee. With a win ... But Auburn? The Tigers have only allowed three rushing touchdowns all season, tied for the fewest in college football.
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Around the League: Week 7

Lots of Upsets!

We’re past the halfway mark of the season, which means that football is going to be great from here on out. Lots of upsets last weekend, here’s brief summaries of some of the action.

(#2) Georgia 16 @ (#13) LSU 36

In my weekly prediction, I did not elect to take LSU as my upset pick. I saw this game going something like 10-7 or a similarly grueling affair. It was anything but. LSU kicked Georgia’s ass. LSU got it done mostly with Clyde Edwards-Helaire (145 yds) and Nick Brosette (64 yds). Burrow continues to be... well the QB LSU needs him to be right now. 200 yards in the air and 66 on the ground. Burrow is keeping the offense alive and moving the offense with sufficient potency. This is especially encouraging against a very good UGA defense. On the other side of the ball, I don’t know what UGA’s OC is thinking. Their RBs are unstoppable wrecking machines but Swift and Holyfield combined for less than 20 carries. They had Fromm throw over 34 times, twice for picks. This was LSU’s game all night, and UGA simply was not the better team.

(#6) West Virginia 14 @ Iowa State 30

Hey, remember what I told you during my weekly viewing guide. Iowa State is always good for an upset, and it’s always worth keeping your eye on their game when they’re playing a ranked team. Did you know this game was called the “Riot Bowl”? I didn’t! If you thought Vandy had trouble on third down, WVU went 1/10 on third downs over the course of the game. That should explain the absolutely laughable 152 yards of total offense they managed to muster against a Cyclones team they should have beaten. The Mountaineers were equally useless on defense, allowing nearly 500 yards. Going into the half, WVU managed to block a FG that they took 74 yards to the house. A 20-14 score at the half made it look as WVU would regroup and get it done. They would not score again for the rest of the game.

(#7) Washington 27 @ (#17) Oregon 30

This game was a thriller. Back and forth all the way through, and never outside of a one score affair. Washington and Oregon were extremely evenly matched, and it’s a shame we’ll not get to see them play each other again this year. The big glaring issue, however, was UW could not get sufficient pressure on Oregon’s QB which ended up keeping many drives alive that shouldn’t have been. In the end, UW would be on the Oregon 20 for a last second field goal attempt to win the game. They’d miss, and end up blowing it in OT. The Pac-12 North is going to be a season long struggle.

Michigan State 21 @ (#8) Penn State 17

Let’s be honest, we’re pretty much all anti-PSU fans for the foreseeable future. Not just because of HE WHO SHALL NOT BE NAMED but because of well, you know THAT THING SBN GETS MAD AT US IF WE TALK ABOUT PSU’S COMPLICITY IN. What makes it even better, however, is how the Penn State fans had joy stripped from them. MSU tied the game up in the third, for PSU to go up halfway through the fourth by a FG. From there, MSU moved with inevitability. It took three drives and two stellar stops by their defense, but MSU managed to get into the endzone with merely 19 seconds remaining. It’s not up yet, so I cannot link you, but run over to RollBamaRoll later today, because they’ll almost certainly feature sad PSU fans in this week’s meltdown.

Tennessee 30 @ (#21) Auburn 24

I gotta admit, I was really only picking this upset in a cynical rage. Because Vanderbilt can never have anything nice, Tennessee was bound to win a big game well enough before we played them. Now they’ll have confidence and not hate themselves. Because that’s how VUFB is. We can never have a sad Tennessee team to play. Tennessee started pulling ahead in the second half, and didn’t look back. Gus Bus may be done at Auburn.

(#19) Colorado 20 @ Southern Cal 31

Southern Cal won a meaningful game. Boo.

(#16) Miami 13 @ Virginia 16

...on the other hand Miami fans are sad after a hilarious loss to Virginia. So Yay.

2 Wildcats make AP Midseason All-American Team – A Sea of Blue


A Sea of Blue

2 Wildcats make AP Midseason All-American Team
A Sea of Blue
The Associated Press has released their midseason All-American teams, and two Kentucky Wildcats made it. Linebacker Josh Allen was a first-team selection, while running back Benny Snell made the second team. Both players have been instrumental in ...

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