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Mullen era already has a different feeling than previous coaches

Florida fans have the right to be skeptical but if you haven't yet it's time to buy into what Dan Mullen is building and selling.

Foes say Tulsa better than record

Tulsa has lost 18 consecutive games to the University of Arkansas and hasn't beaten a Football Bowl Subdivision team this season, but the Razorbacks should be on upset alert when the Golden Hurricane visit for homecoming Saturday.

UA cannot take struggling Tulsa lightly

Since the University of Arkansas' 2018 football schedule was announced, this week's opponent, Tulsa, was considered a win.

Storey, Boyd both practice

University of Arkansas quarterback Ty Storey and tailback Rakeem Boyd were both actively practicing Tuesday, three days after being injured in a 37-33 loss in the rain to Ole Miss.

The GABACast, Episode 116: The sky isn’t falling but it’s getting closer to the ground.

A long list of missed opportunities thwarted the Gamecocks latest attempt at a top-25 team this season.

Let’s face it; we’ve all had bad days at work. Done stupid things, even. Not that we’d tell anyone about them.

Moving on.

The South Carolina Gamecocks squared off against the Texas A&M Aggies in a weirdly beautiful symphony of stupid miscues sprinkled in with brilliant overtures. Despite holding the ball for more than 41 minutes of game time, they only managed a three-point win after a botched onside kick left our strange new SEC step-brothers the opportunity to screw up the victory formation, which they almost did. This game had everything, but so did the rest of Week Seven.

We all talk about that one week that has ALL of the upsets. This was BLOOD WEEK, Y’ALL! Except this week could’ve been so much worse. We talk about our losers (including COACH FIGHTS) and our winners (hint: gumbo is involved), and we even give y’all a glorious dose of the beautiful mess that is Paul Johnson’s band of misfit pirates. Bees. Whatever. Paul Johnson is a treasure.

Licking our wounds doesn’t come close to describing this week’s episode: we dive into the rest of the season, and give our honest assessment of where the program is versus the bill of goods we were sold. We’ll let you listen to find out more.

In any event, the Gamecocks play our dreaded rival BYE WEEK, so, in addition to our usual nonsense, we decided to take a look at the game we’re most interested to watch, since we don’t have to spend all of Saturday breathing into an Allegiant Air issued barf bag. There are some good ones. Hope y’all enjoy.

There are some jokes, some bad stories, hopefully some insight, and definitely some TAEKS. Hope y’all enjoy.

Click here to find us on iTunes (where you do the rate, subscribe, and review thing), or, just mash the play button below. Either way, we really hope you enjoy and can’t wait to do it again with y’all next week. Thank you!

4-Star Marcus Banks De-Commits

Leaving DBU doesn’t seem the wisest.

Back in June, Houston CB Marcus Banks verbally pledged to LSU after his official visit. Banks, considered a heavy Texas A&M lean, shocked many by picking LSU. Today, Banks re-opened his commitment:

Banks was a bit underrated when he picked LSU, and he’s since risen up to 4-star status after a strong performance at the Opening Finals.

There’s a couple new crystal ball picks in for Banks, one to A&M and a pair to Bama. Odds are, he won’t be re-committing back to LSU.

This is notable considering rumors in recent weeks that stud DB Maurice Hampton may also be looking around, perhaps at SEC W rival Ole Miss. This drops LSU to 19 total commitments, with six remaining spots to fill.

LSU still has the no. 1 CB in America, Derek Stingley, JUCO CB Dreshun Miller, and 3-star Cordale Flott committed, but odds are they’d like to add another player or two, especially with the likely departure of Greedy Williams this fall. One would think attention would turn to NOLA native Devin Bush and 4-star MS native Raydarious Jones, but perhaps they’ll kick the tires on guys like Erick Young and Joey Porter Jr., who they were heavily recruiting before the prospects chose other schools.

Not great news coming off a big win, but there’s still time to nab an equitable prospect. Why would any DB pass on LSU? Beats me.

Despite effort, Hogs let another one slip away

It takes a team effort to win.

Tiger-Eye Review—Redeeming Time Edition

I’ll so offend, to make offence a skill, redeeming time when men think least I will.

Prince Hal- Henry IV Part 1  by William Shakespeare

Offense *is* a skill. One that all but a very few SEC teams are just beginning to realize. Defense is a skill too, and the evidence that we’re gleaning from this week’s games is that prodigious offensive output week after week in the early season is not a sure recipe for success against teams who can successfully defend against your strengths.

The difference in the LSU–Georgia game was the bottling up of the Dawg’s run game. Jake Fromm’s exceptional 70% completion rate dropped to just 47% once he was forced to throw more than 25 times in a game under pressure. On the flip side of that equation, Auburn’s loss to Tennessee was due primarily to the Volunteer line protecting Jarrett Guarantano just long enough for his receivers to complete their routes on the outside, burning Auburn on nearly every 3rd and long situation. Auburn’s offensive line could not do the same for Jarrett Stidham.

Additionally, some other teams are showing surprising missteps on offense. Four of Alabama’s nine scoring drives against a rather mediocre Missouri defense resulted in field goal attempts. That’s not a misprint. Two of those were gifted short-field turnovers. A third was from a safety scored by the defense. Texas A&M’s excellent early season running game has a tendency to evaporate against good defensive lines. Luckily, Kellen Mond has proven more than successful in getting them out in front of their conference opponents.

But those gaudy early numbers on offense are getting fewer and further between now that the conference defenses have begun to make their mark. Which gives rise to one of the age-old adages of “defense wins championships” or as a wise head coach once opined in a halftime speech: “Guys, if they can’t score, they can’t win.”

Can a season of frustration be redeemed by solid defensive play? Can a successful run of incredible scoring suddenly be challenged by a brick wall and some lucky breaks? In my humble opinion based upon the numbers I’m seeing, I think we’re about to find out.

The tale of two seasons – a last minute defensive pass interference call on 3rd and 11

SEC West Offense

The most remarkable thing I see this week is the wide disparity between the praise being heaped upon Ed Orgeron, the LSU offense, and quarterback Joe Burrow, and what is being dished out in the press about Gus Malzahn, Auburn and Jarrett Stidham. You would think there would be clear distinctions between the two teams—one sitting at 6–1, ranked in the top ten nationally with a clear shot at the division and conference championships and a bid for the playoff, and the other at a disappointing 43 and already being referred to as a “hot seat” disgrace.

But that just isn’t the case. When you look at the numbers, the teams are almost identical in offensive production, and Jarrett Stidham has even played marginally better than Joe Burrow in the last seven games.

Likewise the offensive numbers for the two Mississippi teams would seem to belie the fact that they both have two conference losses and are virtually out of the race for the division. With the exception of scoring, they compare quite well with the conference-leading Alabama team in all other respects of offensive efficiency. And highly ranked Texas A&M? Rather pedestrian in nearly every quality. Whatever its success, it isn’t really reflected in the offensive numbers.

SEC West Defense

Again, the nearly mirrored LSU and Auburn numbers are astonishing, considering the diametrically different slants taken by popular media. Additionally, Alabama is showing some small cracks defensively, and Mississippi and TAMU are showing some rather big ones. And, there stands Mississippi State, arguably the stoutest defense in the Southeastern Conference. With a visit to Baton Rouge this week and a visiting Aggie team the next week, we’ll see how State performs against the rest of the division. By the time November comes around, you might see some interesting possibilities in the division race.

SEC East Offense

Georgia and Florida, with surprisingly equal numbers, are both followed offensively by everyone,  especially on yards per play. The lines between the top and bottom teams in the East is blurring quite a bit on that side of the ball. Now that the division games have begun, it will be interesting how the teams adjust in the following weeks with suddenly open play for the division title. With some surprising upsets of Western teams, the dynamics of the conference are now changing rapidly.

These next couple of weeks are going to be interesting.

SEC East Defense

Saturday’s loss shows as a huge drop off for Georgia’s numbers, the greatest difference in efficiency this week. LSU hit the gas at just the right time and left the dawgs bruised and bleeding badly. With Florida rising and Georgia falling, the end-of-the-month game in Jacksonville looms very large. I said that the East was Georgia’s to lose, and it looks like it just might do exactly that. Kentucky has taken a hit with the loss to Texas A&M, but that hurts much less now that Georgia showed itself to be vulnerable to a good defense.

State of the Conference

This last weekend should illustrate a key truth in the Southeastern Conference: There are no sure things. The expected results for any team are never as dark nor as rosy as they appear based upon early games. Something always happens to upset the expected path of the conference, and this year is no exception.

The best two teams in the conference by the numbers? A universally ranked number-one undefeated team and a two-loss team that is only ranked in the lower twenties on one national poll. In between are five other SEC teams who at best could be deemed marginal candidates for winning their respective divisions. The top scoring defense and the second best scoring offense in the conference belong to two teams that are UNranked in the Coaches Poll. Not to mention, a top-five ranked team and the rags-to-riches success story of the SEC West is actually in the bottom half of the conference in BOTH offense and defensive production statistics.

Expectations are a tricky thing. Sports media tends to have a very short memory about games and events that occur in the season. A close win over a marginal team, an errant flag here or there, a key fumble or interception, or a poor weekly performance against a nonpower 5 out-of conference team is swept under the rug all too soon.

How close are Auburn’s and LSU’s seasons at this point in time? About one inch away from each other. If an Auburn defensive back’s hand was just one inch off the jersey of a LSU receiver, he likely wouldn’t have been called for pass interference on a third-and-long play in the last minute of the game on September 15th. That play extended LSU’s final drive to allow for a last-second field goal to win the game.

Were it not for that one inch, Auburn and LSU would each have one division loss, one cross conference loss and would be almost dead equal in all respects statistically on offense and defense, with W-L records of 5–2.

I…dentical!

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Landing Spots for Le’Veon Bell

The Pittsburgh Steelers are finally fed up with their veteran running back, Le’Veon Bell. We could all assume that this was a long time coming, but they have officially opened up their doors for any trade possibilities on Monday. At this point, a relocation for Bell would be best for both parties. It’s clear that he has no intentions of returning to the Steelers as he continues to indicate that his playing days in Pittsburgh are over. And on the other hand, the Steelers have been quite satisfied with the emergence of their second-year running back, James Conner.

If this wasn’t about money concerns, a trade for Bell would’ve probably been completed as early as Monday. But since he is coming with such a demanding price that must be paid off before a deal is in place, the situation becomes a lot more complicated for teams as they would have to give up some substantial assets along with a hefty price to pay on the financial end as well. Considering Bell’s talent is top-three at his position, though, there are going to be teams that would like to work something out and make a deal happen. By now, we don’t have too much information on a potential trade partner with the Steelers, but three teams are rumored to be in the mix. Any team that gets Bell will have a great chance of winning games.  You’ll want to be sure to visit this website to make wagers on Le’Veon Bell’s new NFL team.

1. New York Jets

Let’s get this one out of the way. If I had to choose, I’d say that the New York Jets are probably the favorite to land Bell as of right now. From a cap standpoint, the Jets can afford Bell. They are sitting slightly above the league average with about $19 million, according to Spotrac.

The only problem here is, Bell doesn’t seem too fond of the New York Jets. A Tweet recently resurfaced from Bell when he told his followers that $60 million in cash “wouldn’t be enough to come run with the Jets.” Now, obviously, Bell wouldn’t have a choice but to play for the Jets if they traded for him. But seeing as though he doesn’t really care about the actual game when he is unhappy, maybe it’s best the Jets stay away from Bell.

Unless they can get a sit down to try and convince him that they can be a legitimate winning team with him in the backfield, of course. And it’s also necessary to note that his Twitter comment was from February. So, the pre-Sam Darnold era, to be exact. Who truly knows how Bell feels about the Jets in September.

2. Indianapolis Colts

If this were the offseason, I’d say the Colts should go all in for Bell. But seeing their mediocre start to the season, maybe it’s best to just fall back from trying to acquire Bell. Look, I know it’s early on. But the Colts are not a win-now type of team. There’s no Super Bowl for them this year, with or without Bell in the backfield.

I’m not even sure the Colts are a playoff team in that case. As Andrew Luck is easing back into the game, the Colts need to recognize their situation and steer clear of making any crazy ‘win-now’ type of moves. Keep your draft assets, cash, and any semi-decent players and continue to rebuild the team through the draft and free agency in the offseason.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

So much for trusting an early-round running back. The Buccaneers just drafted Ronald Jones in 2018, and the young rookie has yet to be activated on gameday. Not only are they not utilizing Jones, but they are in the mix of a potential trade for Bell as well.

Out of the three teams linked to Bell, the Buccaneers are probably in the best position for winning right now. Although they came back down to earth on Monday Night Football against the Pittsburgh Steelers, they still kept it interesting. I’d say the Bucs are probably even a dark horse in the NFC. And if they get Bell on their team, look out.

The passing game in Tampa seems to be great, so adding Bell into the mix with his multi-talented abilities to be dangerous in the air and on the ground and the Buccaneers are definitely not a team to take lightly.

Tuesday Razorback Practice Report: They Said It – 247Sports


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Tuesday Razorback Practice Report: They Said It
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The Arkansas Razorbacks wrapped up the first day of on-field preparations for Saturday's 11 a.m. kickoff against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (1-5, 0-3 SEC), and tight end Cheyenne O'Grady, left tackle Colton Jackson, linebacker De'Jon Harris, cornerback ...

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Offense disappointed in inability to finish

Colton Jackson could feel everything beginning to take shape as he watched running back Rakeem Boyd roll 69 yards for a touchdown

Battered Arkansas defense looks to regroup against Tulsa

Arkansas’ defense has been battered the past two weeks by two of the best offenses in the country.

Behind the Numbers: Florida Gators vs. Vanderbilt Commodores

The Florida Gators are bowl eligible seven games into the season and for the sixth time this season, they found a different way to win. So far, they have won through: big offense; special teams; defense; low-scoring away game; big rivalry game; and now come from behind. The mixture of these six wins are the […]

NFL Dawgs Update

Dawgs On The Run!

For a school known as RBU, (insert your punchline about Holyfield’s underuse in Red Stick), Sunday was a day in that it made its name known in a big way.

Between Todd Gurley, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, they combined to rush for 339 yards this past week.

At the rate that it’s going, some Dawg fans may have a tough time deciding which UGA running back’s jersey to eyeball this Christmas season.

Needless to say, Todd Gurley is having a big year, leading the NFL in yards (623) and rushing touchdowns (9), for starters. On Sunday, he racked up a career-high 208 yards.

The more the Rams keep winning, the better Gurley looks and the better Georgia looks to recruits.

The Patriots are using a strategy that served Georgia well. Feed Michel the rock. He rushed 24 times for 106 yards and was money in the red zone too, scoring two touchdowns.

He had some strong blocking up front as well via center David Andrews.

In that Patriots win over the Chiefs, Chris Conley caught a pass for 19 yards for Kansas City.

Reshad Jones had five tackles in a 31-28 win for Miami against the Bears. His two interceptions place him ninth in the NFL.

Roquan Smith led Chicago with 13 tackles and Leonard Floyd had four tackles, including this takedown as well...

Despite the loss to the Eagles, Alec Ogletree had a strong showing for the Giants with 13 tackles and Lorenzo Carter had one.

The Bengals fell 28-21 to Pittsburgh, but not without a valiant effort from AJ Green and his seven catches for 85 yards for Cincy’s whose offensive line again including Clint Boling and Cordy Glenn.

Shawn Williams and Geno Atkins also contributed on defense, having two and one tackles, respectively.

The Browns fell 38-14 to San Diego as Cleveland’s offense had 25 yards from Chubb and Orson Charles had a catch for eight yards.

Jordan Jenkins recovered a fumble and had a tackle for the Jets in a 42-34 win against the Colts, who were helped by a Cory Moore tackle.

Thomas Davis returned to play for the first time this season for Carolina, having six tackles.

Ben Jones again started at center for the Titans.

Go NFL Dawgs!

Auburn basketball lands commitment from 4-star G out of Florida – Saturday Down South


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Auburn basketball lands commitment from 4-star G out of Florida
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The Auburn Tigers enter the 2018-19 basketball season with high expectations after winning a share of the SEC regular-season title last year. Bruce Pearl's program is getting national buzz now, and on Tuesday, the Tigers landed a big piece for their ...
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Calipari has a great plan for college basketball’s amateurism problem

Calipari is trying to stay ahead of the curve on this one. The NCAA would be wise to listen up.

As the saga of the FBI investigation into college basketball seems to never end, it seems more and more every day that the sky is falling in the world of college hoops.

New programs are being implicated, new violations are coming to light, and it certainly looks as though the entire system is corrupt.

In response to the current pay for play scandal, the NBA has voiced their concern and intends to end the one-and-done era in college basketball within the next few years. But many worry that without a strong system in place when that change happens, a chaotic scenario may develop that benefits nobody.

Of course, everyone in college basketball is talking about what the college basketball world may look like in a few years. And John Calipari shared with ESPN his ideas for ensuring the best interest of the players remains a priority.

“I’ve got the solution,” Calipari told ESPN’s Jeff Borzello. “The NBA, you want these kids in the G League, you want to do all this? Everyone that goes in the G League is guaranteed eight semesters of college education if you don’t make it. You give them a signing bonus, you pay them. And then if they don’t make it after two years, the NBA pays to have them on my campus. They have to sit out their first year, to prove they really want to be in college. So you can come to college, the NBA is gonna pay for it, for eight semesters. You come back, sit out a year to prove you really want to be in college, then you start playing and your clock starts.”

Calipari is concerned that the option of the NBA G-League will cause many young men to focus all of their energy on basketball instead of also preparing for academics and life.

“If they’re trying to encourage them to go to the G League, I think it’s wrong,” Calipari said. “Instead of encouraging academic success and learning and a life of learning, just go chase basketball. They can’t do that at 14, 15, 16 years old.”

Essentially, Calipari’s solution is that the G-League would not rule out a basketball player’s amateur status. They could try out the G-League, and if it didn’t work out they could have 3 years of college eligibility remaining after sitting out for a year. He also believes the NBA should pay for that.

Another stipulation of Cal’s suggested system is that a player who took the college option after a run in the G-League must complete two years of college before being eligible for the NBA Draft. This would guarantee 6 semesters of college work, which is what it takes many college athletes to get a degree.

But of course, Calipari did not stop there with his ideas for making sure the players are taken care of. A recent rule change now allows players to return to college if they enter the NBA Draft but are not selected. Coach Cal thinks that is not enough.

“If a kid is picked in the second round, he doesn’t have to go. He can go back to college,” Calipari added. “Everybody is telling him he’s a first-round pick, and you slip to the second round, ‘Nah, I’m going back.’ If you’re gonna let kids stay in the draft and then say they’re coming back a week later after they don’t get drafted, why not put it on the second round?”

Coach Cal’s suggestions are obviously player-friendly, and that is not surprising. All of these proposed rule changes come back to giving players every chance to capitalize on their opportunities.

“Do we care about the kids or is this about the NBA or is this about college?”

That’s the billion dollar question, Coach.

Be sure to read the entire piece here.

No. 11 Florida Gators enter bye week thinking playoffs – Orlando Sentinel (blog)


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No. 11 Florida Gators enter bye week thinking playoffs
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The fact the Gators are even in the College Football Playoff conversation seemed ridiculous after a Week 2 loss at home to Kentucky. But the Gators knocked off ranked teams — Mississippi State and LSU — in consecutive weeks for the first time since 2012.
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VIDEO: Arkansas players look ahead to Tulsa

Hear from Colton Jackson, Cheyenne O'Grady and Jarques McClellion ahead of Arkansas' game against Tulsa.

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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Tennessee football stock report after Week 7: Vols OL a rare negative – All For Tennessee


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Tennessee football stock report after Week 7: Vols OL a rare negative
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Tennessee football's win over the Auburn Tigers has a lot of units looking good. Here is the stock report for the Volunteers after that game. Well, it's safe to say Tennessee football is out of the recession. The stock market isn't reaching all time ...

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Video: Behind the scenes of Tennessee’s upset win at Auburn – 247Sports


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Video: Behind the scenes of Tennessee's upset win at Auburn
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Tennessee's award-winning VFL Films crew dropped its latest gem Tuesday night. A behind-the-scenes video from last weekend's come-from-behind, streak-snapping, 30-24 win at then-21st-ranked Auburn dropped on Tennessee's official Twitter account, ...

VIDEO: Highlights from Game 1 of the Fall World Series

Watch highlights from the first game of Arkansas' Cardinal and White fall scrimmage.

Tennessee football: New possible outcomes for Vols season after Auburn win – All For Tennessee


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Tennessee football: New possible outcomes for Vols season after Auburn win
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By defeating the Auburn Tigers on the road, Tennessee football has many new possibilities for outcomes in 2018. Here is how the Volunteers could finish. Coming off a 4-8 season, Tennessee football entered 2018 with only three circled victories: the ...
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Razorbacks' payout to Tulsa 2nd largest in program history

The University of Arkansas will pay Tulsa a game guarantee of $1.085 million for Saturday’s homecoming game, but that’s not the entirety of the financial agreement.

Damien Harris quietly closing in on Alabama record

Damien Harris also moved up to No. 10 in the career rushing list Saturday.

Wicklander shows potential in Game 1 of Diamond Hogs' fall series

Patrick Wicklander took the loss in Arkansas' Cardinal and White Series on Tuesday at Baum Stadium, but the freshman showed plenty of promise in his start.

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.

Marcello “not ruling out” coaching change at Auburn – 247Sports


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Marcello "not ruling out" coaching change at Auburn
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All is not well with the Auburn Tigers these days. After a loss to the ... On Monday night, Brandon Marcello of Auburn Undercover got a statement from the president of the university, Steven Leath, about the status of the football program. In that ...
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Talk of payments between Kansas & Zion brought up in corruption trial

One more bombshell drops from the college basketball corruption trial, as payments between Zion Williamson and Kansas were discussed.

Remember when the Kentucky Wildcats really wanted Zion Williamson?

Maybe it’s a good thing he didn’t land in Lexington after all.

As the college basketball corruption trial wraps up, Williamson has been brought up in relation to potential illegal recruiting tactics that the Kansas Jayhawks were involved in.

Be sure to read the full thread from Wetzel.

Also, this isn’t the only shady thing Kansas did in the recruitment of Williamson, who ultimately ended up at Duke.

Considering this trial has already presented some unfavorable testimony for Kansas, this latest revelation isn’t going to help their cause.

This also is a bad news for Williamson, who probably is going to hear from the NCAA about this.

The irony of this is Coach K just publicly stated he doesn’t know anything about the illegal recruiting underworld in college basketball...

Make no mistake about it: Zion Williamson will be one of the best players in college basketball if eligible, but with this latest revelation, there’s no longer a 100-percent guarantee that happens.

But it’s Duke, so it’s still in the 99.9-percent range, at least for Game 1 vs. Kentucky. I doubt anything happens to Williamson, but the evidence that Kansas is playing dirty continues to mount.

It’s hard to see anything drastic happening before the new season since it begins in three weeks, but Kansas is going to have a tough time sweeping all of this under the rug. Until they take serious action, it’s hard to see Bill Self getting into any real trouble, but his program is now firmly under the microscope, and there’s no telling if any more revelations could come out.

And be sure to go ‘like’ our Facebook page and follow our Twitter page to get all of the latest Kentucky Wildcats news, views and some other stuff.

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).

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Former Arkansas Greats to Coach at Red-White Game – Arkansas Razorbacks


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FAYETTEVILLE – The annual Red-White Game, which is set for 7 pm this Friday (Oct. 19), will have a new twist as former Razorback greats Joe Kleine and Charles Balentine will coach for the Red team and, in honor of the 25th anniversary of the 1994 ...

Tuesday Razorback practice report, injuries and more – 247Sports


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Mark Stoops getting Coach of the Year buzz – A Sea of Blue


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Mark Stoops getting Coach of the Year buzz
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When Stoops took over back in 2013, it looked like Kentucky football was perennially cursed. There was no light at the end of the tunnel after constantly falling short of even a respectable football team. Kentucky was forever labeled the “basketball ...

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Mark Stoops getting Coach of the Year buzz

Stoops absolutely deserves to be in the running for this honor.

Every media outlet across the country is handing out their midseason college football awards. And the Kentucky Wildcats football team has been getting tons of praise.

This time it’s Mark Stoops’ turn. The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman dished out his midseason awards, in which he named Mark Stoops the Midseason Coach of the Year.

The Cats currently sit at 5-1 overall with a 3-1 record in the SEC. And they are ranked #14 in the country by the AP Poll. Well, people are finally starting to take notice of the job Stoops has done.

Feldman started his awards with this to say about Coach Stoops:

He’s made UK football respectable the past few years, and this season the ’Cats have mauled some solid SEC opponents. They won at Florida for the first time since 1979 by running it down the Gators’ throats. They also whipped Mississippi State by three touchdowns and beat South Carolina by two touchdowns. Their only blemish is an overtime loss at Texas A&M.

This isn’t the first time Stoops has gotten Coach of the Year buzz. Recently, ESPN college football analyst David Pollack gave Stoops his midseason “Best Coach ‘Em Up Performance” while on ESPN’s College Football Live show.

When Stoops took over back in 2013, it looked like Kentucky football was perennially cursed. There was no light at the end of the tunnel after constantly falling short of even a respectable football team. Kentucky was forever labeled the “basketball school.”

Finally, Stoops has changed the landscape of Kentucky football. And Stoops, Benny Snell, Josh Allen, and Co. are taking college football by storm.

Feldman’s praise didn’t end at Stoops, though. He named Josh Allen the Midseason Top Linebacker in the country. The staff at The Athletic also gave Allen First Team All-American honors.

An overlooked two-star recruit who nearly ended up at Monmouth, an FCS school, Allen leads a Kentucky defense that ranks 13th in the FBS in yards per play allowed. He has an SEC-best 10.5 tackles for loss, with six sacks, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles. According to Sports Info Solutions, he ranks third nationally with 34 total quarterback pressures.

Allen was the lone Wildcat to garner First Team All-American honors, but a few other Cats received some recognition. Running back Benny Snell, offensive guard Bunchy Stallings, and safety Darius West were all named to the Second Team All-America.

There has been no shortage of love for UK in the first half of the season.

Hopefully, the second half continues in the same direction and the Cats finish strong.

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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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!!!

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!!!

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


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Around the SEC

The Dawgs enter their bye week, and after their performance in LSU, it couldn’t come at a better time.

With Georgia off for a week, let’s focus on what the rest of the league is doing leading up to the October 20th slate of games.

Here’s what’s happening around the SEC:

  • Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa exited the Tide’s game against Missouri after re-aggravating his sprained knee. The injury doesn’t appear serious and Tagovailoa appears good to go against Tennessee this weekend.
  • LSU was fined $100,000 for storming the field after the win against Georgia. Correct me if I’m wrong in the comments, but I believe that was the first time since Colorado in 2010 that a team has rushed the field against the Dawgs. Which, looking back, it’s hilarious anyone would rush the field against the 2010 Dawgs.
  • After a heated exchange after the Florida vs. Vanderbilt game, the SEC will not hand out discipline to Florida coach Dan Mullen or Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason.
  • Ole Miss wide receiver DK Metcalf is out for the year with a neck injury. Here’s hoping he has a full recovery from this injury.

Until next time… GO DAWGS!!!

Around the SEC

The Dawgs enter their bye week, and after their performance in LSU, it couldn’t come at a better time.

With Georgia off for a week, let’s focus on what the rest of the league is doing leading up to the October 20th slate of games.

Here’s what’s happening around the SEC:

  • Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa exited the Tide’s game against Missouri after re-aggravating his sprained knee. The injury doesn’t appear serious and Tagovailoa appears good to go against Tennessee this weekend.
  • LSU was fined $100,000 for storming the field after the win against Georgia. Correct me if I’m wrong in the comments, but I believe that was the first time since Colorado in 2010 that a team has rushed the field against the Dawgs. Which, looking back, it’s hilarious anyone would rush the field against the 2010 Dawgs.
  • After a heated exchange after the Florida vs. Vanderbilt game, the SEC will not hand out discipline to Florida coach Dan Mullen or Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason.
  • Ole Miss wide receiver DK Metcalf is out for the year with a neck injury. Here’s hoping he has a full recovery from this injury.

Until next time… GO DAWGS!!!

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