Posted on: October 23, 2010 5:23 pm
Edited on: October 23, 2010 5:27 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Through one half, the LSU defense has lived up to its reputation ... and unfortunately for the visiting Tigers, so has their offense. Gus Malzahn 's dynamic Auburn offense was held to just 10 points and 177 yards in the first half, well below their season averages. While Cam Newton ran for 78 yards and a touchdown, he also threw for only 32 total yards and looked uncomfortable in the pocket against LSU's (arguably) SEC-best secondary.
But those 10 points were good enough for a 10-3 lead until the final 15 seconds of the half, when Jordan Jefferson escaped a Daren Bates tackle at the 10 and sprinted in to tie the game. The play capped a huge 14-play, 78-yard, momentum-changing drive for LSU following a missed field goal by the usually-reliable Wes Byrum , the miss wasting Auburn's own 13-play march. Both teams will kick themselves for missed opportunities; LSU took the ball across midfield on their first three possessions and scored just one 48-yard Josh Jasper field goal.
So who's got the upper hand? LSU will take the second-half kickoff, a big deal in what's shaping up as an extremely low-possession game, but LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee suffered a wrist injury just before the half; Les Miles just said he would play in the second half, but if he can't, can Jefferson throw well enough to keep LSU moving? Can Auburn use their big home crowd to propel themselves into a big second half, as they did against Clemson and South Carolina ? But what if Nick Fairley really has a head injury and has to miss the second half himself?
The Lee injury might tilt the odds slightly in Auburn's favor, but after 30 minutes, things are way too close to call.
Don't forget to stop by Tom Fornelli's live Facebook chat during the second half and have your say.
Posted on: October 23, 2010 2:03 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Watching college football is fun. I know, I do it every Saturday for about 13 hours. This afternoon I'll be watching Auburn and LSU battle on CBS, listening in on the soothing, dulcet tones of Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson. You should watch too, because it should be a pretty good game.
Know what would make the game even better, though? Chatting about it with me. If only there was some kind of way to do that.....
Oh, wait, there is! I'll be hosting a live chat over at our Facebook page in which I'll be talking about the game and answering your questions about what the hell Les Miles happens to be thinking. So make sure you join me there at 3:30 Eastern.
I promise, it will change your life forever.
Posted on: October 23, 2010 12:24 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:13 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Here's the weather outlook for all of today's important matchups. You like storms? We got storms. There's a front moving through the nation's heartland, and there's copious amounts of rain all the way from Chicago to Texas. Will this affect Missouri-Oklahoma? All times are Eastern.
Purdue at No. 11 Ohio State, 12:00, Columbus, OH: Upper 50s, clear
Syracuse at No. 20 West Virginia, 12:00, Morgantown, WV: Mid 60s, mostly cloudy
No. 8 Michigan State at Northwestern, 12:00, Evanston, IL: Upper 50s, rain
Ole Miss at No. 21 Arkansas, 12:21, Fayetteville, AR: Upper 60s, cloudy (storms later)
No. 10 Wisconsin at No. 12 Iowa, 3:30, Iowa City, IA: Upper 60s, chance of rain
No. 6 LSU at No. 5 Auburn, 3:30, Auburn, AL: Upper 70s, clear
No. 14 Nebraska at No. 17 Oklahoma State, 3:30, Stillwater, OK: Mid 70s, chance of storms
No. 7 Alabama at Tennessee, 7:00, Knoxville, TN: Mid 60s, partly cloudy
No. 3 Oklahoma at No. 18 Missouri, 8:00, Columbia, MO: Mid 60s, scattered storms
Air Force at No. 4 TCU, 8:00, Fort Worth, TX: Upper 60s, scattered storms
Late night kickoffs
Washington at No. 15 Arizona, 10:15, Tucson, AZ: Upper 60s, partly cloudy
Posted on: October 22, 2010 4:08 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 4:17 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
Every season, every month, every week, there are several outcomes and achievements that, frankly, nobody operating within reason would ever predict. Who could have predicted Nebraska would beat Florida for the 1995 title by 38 points, or that Boise State would pull off three late trick plays to knock off Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, or that South Carolina would fail to score a point in the second half against Kentucky a week after knocking off the Tide? Nobody... until now. We're going to try capture that lightning in a bottle by making similarly absurd predictions every week. Are they at all likely to come true? No. Do we even believe the words we're writing? No. But if we make even one correct call on these, we will never stop gloating. Ever.
Jordan Jefferson's utter distaste for the Auburn Tigers is fully revealed with a historic performance on Saturday. Last season, Jefferson entered the contest with the Tigers having thrown interceptions in three out of the last four games. He went on to stun the Auburn defense, throwing for 242 yards and two touchdowns. Jefferson adds to his record against the Tigers by throwing (gasp) a perfect game as a quarterback. Jefferson completes 30 of 30 passes for 324 yards and four touchdowns with ZERO interceptions to lead LSU in the 35-31 victory in Auburn. Cam Newton has a chance to win the game in the last minute but Les Miles' spies apprehend him with a planted laptop in his flack jacket. TIGERGATE!
Tennessee trots out the young Tyler Bray for some snaps against the Tide, and the freshman explodes for 297 yards and a pair of touchdowns in two quarters of action. Trailing 28-27 with four seconds left on the clock, Volunteers kicker Michael Palardy lines up a 34-yard field goal searching for some sweet redemption for the Tennessee faithful. A rocking Neyland Stadium drops to silence as Marcel Dareus charges up the A-gap and extends his arm to pull off his best Terrence Cody impression. History repeats itself and Dareus deflects the kick, celebration ensues on the Crimson Tide sideline. But there is a flag on the play. Twelve men on the field is called because Greg McElroy is standing on field, trying to sign language his cell phone number to a Tennessee cheerleader. Palardy drills the second attempt to seal the upset, and Nick Saban sets McElroy's 'Bama Bangs ablaze with his eyes.
While sitting out in a duck blind, former Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster texts in every play call to his interim replacement/offensive coordinator Jeff Horton. Interestingly enough, Brewster calling plays with no knowledge of down or distance is more effective than having him on the sideline. The Golden Gophers succeed in knocking off Penn State 28-10, picking up their first conference win of the season. Coach Joe Paterno tries to get some offensive spark by inserting freshman Kevin Newsome in a wildcat package. Paterno paces his feeble fibulas up and down the Nittany Lions sideline but can't find Newsome anywhere. He is back in University Park in Music Building 1, tickling the ivories.
Posted on: October 21, 2010 1:49 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
One of the deepest ongoing mysteries in the SEC is why Mark Richt and Georgia simply cannot shake their team's penchant for (mostly) petty lawlessness. There are plenty of other coaches with a more laissez-faire approach to discipline than Richt, and plenty other programs with more character risks on the roster than the Bulldogs ... but almost none of them can match the amazing 11 arrests the Dawgs have racked up this calendar year, with several coming since the start of Georgia's roller coaster of a season.
Not surprisingly, this is a development of some concern for Georgia fans, and no Georgia fan's opinion carries as much weight as Dawg uberlegend Herschel Walker . So when Walker says of Richt ...
"The losses, that is going to concern me as well, but when you got kids that got off-field problems, we need to get into and see what’s going on. Because when you got off-the-field problems, there’s something going on with that program ...... it's the clearest sign yet that if Richt wants to maintain the support of the Dawg fanbase -- particularly in the face of the miserable 1-4 start that put his head on the chopping block before routs of Tennessee and Vanderbilt righted the ship -- he'd best either find a way to keep his players in line, or desperately hope that whatever shoulder-devils have been luring them astray take the rest of the season off.
Walker did say that individual responsibility is "one of the problems I think athletes have today," but left the onus squarely on Richt to solve the Dawgs' problems. As for potential solutions, well, reading the notorious comments section of the Journal-Constitution website is wholeheartedly not recommended, but we can't help but make note of user "Chili"'s useful suggestion regarding Walker's budding mixed-martial arts career:
The next one arrested should have to get in the cage with Herschel.Yes, please. And hey, at this point, what does Richt have to lose?
Posted on: October 21, 2010 1:34 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2010 1:35 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
LSU fans have long wondered why Les Miles has been so loyal to his quarterback Jordan Jefferson even though Jefferson has struggled so much on the field. Many theories have evolved over time, though none of them get to the truth. That truth being that Les Miles is the craziest genius to ever walk the sidelines of a college football field.
Or it could just be the naked photos Jefferson has of Miles. But no need to worry about those any more, coach. According to one LSU fan who called into a local radio show with the LSU coach, those photos have been confiscated.
Yes, that is Les Miles laughing at the joke. Even if the host, LSU play-by-play man Jim Hawthorne, doesn't find it all that funny, Miles knows a good joke when he hears it. Even if he doesn't have a chance to hear the whole thing.
Had the caller had a chance to explain how he came upon the photos, he'd likely have explained that Jefferson was trying to pass them on to a teammate when he intercepted them.
Hat tip: Deadspin
Posted on: October 20, 2010 2:40 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier announced today that he's starting Kenny Miles at tailback for his Gamecocks' game this weekend against Vanderbilt. Miles is quite conspicuously not Marcus Lattimore, who sprained an ankle in last week's contest with Kentucky.
Gamecocks fans have every reason to be nervous about this development; Miles led South Carolina in rushing last season with 626 yards, so he's not untested. At the same time, though, the Gamecocks' rushing offense was 91st in the nation last season; with Lattimore in the fold, they've been up at 69th and rushing for 25 more yards per game. More importantly, before the Kentucky game, South Carolina was 4-1 and on pace to significantly better its 2009 record of 7-6.
But Lattimore's absence is even more immediately problematic for the Gamecocks. When he hurt his ankle last weekend, South Carolina was leading 28-10. When Miles replaced Lattimore, South Carolina was outscored 21-0 and lost by three points. That's not to put the loss all on Miles -- he wasn't exactly tasked with guarding Randall Cobb, after all -- but Lattimore's effect on a game can't be underestimated. Until the freshman's ankle heals, South Carolina's offense will more closely resemble its 2009 iteration, and that's not a good thing.
Posted on: October 20, 2010 2:24 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
The Florida Gators are on a bye this week, but when they do return to action next week against Georgia, the Gators may have an old weapon back. During his weekly appearance at the SEC teleconference on Wednesday, head coach Urban Meyer said that Chris Rainey is once again eligible to play for the Gators. Rainey returned to practice last week, but has had to sit out for the last five weeks following his arrest for aggravated stalking.
Still, just because Rainey is eligible to play, Meyer didn't want anyone to make the mistake that all this means he will play.
“Chris Rainey is eligible to participate in the Georgia game, but I’m not saying he will,” Meyer said. “That hasn’t been determined.”
No, it hasn't been determined, but trust me, Rainey will be playing against Georgia. You don't let him start practicing again and then restore his eligibility for him to sit on the sideline while your struggling football team battles for its life. The fact is that while Rainey may not be the answer for what ails Florida, his return certainly wouldn't hurt the team's chances.
So unless Rainey manages to get himself arrested during Florida's off week, he's going to be on the field against Georgia.