Posted on: October 17, 2010 12:23 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
1. Parity has wrought havoc in the SEC. Remember the days when there was no question that the SEC was the class conference in college football? Well, that either no longer applies to the conference, or everybody has become so good that everybody can beat everybody. No matter which side of the argument you fall on, one thing is clear: when it comes to who is going to win the conference, none of us know anything.
2. The SEC East is up for grabs. Sticking with the parity theme, while we know that the SEC West is going to finish with either LSU, Auburn or Alabama on top, the SEC East can be had for the taking by anybody who wants it. South Carolina may have lost to Kentucky on Saturday night, but no matter, if it wins out it's still theirs. Right behind the Gamecocks is Florida, who have lost three in a row, and Georgia. The same Georgia team that we all thought might have a new head coach by the end of the season.
3. Cam Newton is a monster. Newton had a monster performance against Arkansas on Saturday, leading the Tigers to 65 points -- the first time that Auburn's hung 60 on an SEC opponent since they did it to Florida in 1970. With all the losses in the top 10 this week, it's safe to say that Newton will be on top of the Heisman list come Monday. The only question is how long will his defense let him stay there?
4. Florida REALLY wishes it still had Cam Newton. You really do have to wonder how much time Steve Addazio has left in Gainesville following another anemic performance from the Gators offense against Mississippi State. Anytime your defense holds an opponent to 10 points in your building, you have to win that game. Florida just couldn't get it done. It's time to go back to the drawing board, and the Gators may need to put the dry erase marker in somebody else's hand.
5. Marcus Lattimore is the key to South Carolina's offense. Lattimore had 212 yards and three touchdowns in the first half against Kentucky, and South Carolina had a 28-10 lead. Then Lattimore spent the second half on the bench on the second half, and the Gamecocks couldn't do anything on offense, getting outscored 21-0 in the second half and losing. Leaving the ball in the hands of Stephen Garcia is just not a winning formula.
Posted on: October 16, 2010 8:38 pm
Edited on: October 16, 2010 8:40 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Florida may have been hoping to end its two-game losing streak this week, but so far that's the only thing the Gators have done: hope. It's halftime in Gainesville and Mississippi State has a 10-0 lead. Though it's really not as bad as it sounds, and, yes, being down ten to Mississippi State at home does sound really, really bad.
The truth is, though, that Florida has an edge in just about every meaningful stat. They've outgained the Bulldogs 138-to-126, and have had the ball three minutes longer. The problem has been putting points on the board and keeping John Brantley off of his back. Oh, and if Florida could start getting more than one yard a carry in the second half, that would probably help too.
The Gators had a nice chance to get some points in the second quarter, putting together a 15-play 59-yard drive, but Chas Henry missed a 33-yard field goal that would have cut the lead to 10-3.
Still, even though they haven't played well in the first half, the Gators still only trail by ten points and Mississippi State hasn't exactly been playing magnificent football either. Though if the Gators don't find a way to get a ground game going in the second half, the ten point deficit may be too much to overcome. And if the Gators lose this one, well, hello, Cotton Bowl.
Posted on: October 16, 2010 5:34 pm
Edited on: October 16, 2010 6:23 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
While Denard Robinson was grabbing most of the intention during the first month of the college football season, now that Michigan has begun to fade a bit -- it lost last week, and could be on its way to another loss against Iowa -- there is some room atop the Heisman discussion. Much like the Arkansas linebacker in the clip above, Cam Newton is running right over everybody in his way.
The Auburn Tigers lead Arkansas 27-21 at halftime, and Cam FREAKING Newton is running roughshod all over the Arkansas defense. He's thrown for 88 yards and rushed for another 143 on 13 carries. In other words, he's dominating the Arkansas defense and is putting his team in a position to be 7-0.
Though he is getting some help.
Auburn was given a gift touchdown by the officials following a big Newton run to set the Tigers up inside the 10-yard line. On the next play Mario Fannin got a carry and fumbled at the one-yard line before going into the end zone, Arkansas recovered the fumble, but according to some mystery official, Auburn had scored a touchdown. To anyone watching the replay it was obvious that Fannin had not broken the plane of the goal line with the ball in his arm, but tell that to the replay official who ruled it a touchdown anyway.
Also not helping Arkansas today? Ryan Mallett left the game in the second quarter with what Bobby Petrino said was some kind of head injury.
Posted on: October 16, 2010 5:06 pm
Edited on: October 16, 2010 5:49 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett has left the game due to an apparent injury. What that injury is, nobody knows exactly. Following an Auburn touchdown -- that wasn't really a touchdown -- the Razorbacks came back on the field with Tyler Wilson under center. CBS's Tracy Wolfson tried to find out what the problem with Mallett was, and where he was, but Arkansas refused to tell her anything.
According to the Auburn sideline, however, Mallett has gone back to the locker room with what they say is a knee injury. How accurate that report is, we don't know. What we do know is that without Mallett on the field, Arkansas is in serious trouble.
The first series with Wilson under center resulted in a blocked punt that set up another Auburn touchdown to give Auburn a 24-14 lead.
Hopefully there will be more information on Mallett's injury following halftime. When we learn more about what's going on, we'll let you know.
UPDATE: Before heading into the locker room at halftime, Bobby Petrino told Tracy Wolfson that Mallett had "hurt his head." When asked if it was a head injury Petrino responded, "I don't know." Apparently his head is hurting too.
UPDATE: Bobby Petrino confirmed that Mallett has suffered a concussion and will not be returning in the second half. Tyler Wilson will continue to play in his place.
Posted on: October 16, 2010 2:07 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
The debut of Uga VIII has been going pretty well for the Georgia Bulldogs this weekend. While Uga is chilling on the sidelines the Bulldogs are off to a very nice start against Vanderbilt, holding a 22-0 lead at halftime.
Things didn't start out all that smoothly, as the Bulldogs needed all three of their first-half timeouts on their opening drive and still had to settle for a field goal, but the ride hasn't been nearly as bumpy since then. The Bulldogs have put up 297 yards of offense against Vandy, while limiting the Commodores to 76 yards on defense.
Washaun Ealey is enjoying all the extra carries he's getting with Caleb King suspended for the game, outgaining Vanderbilt by himself with 89 yards on 10 carries, including a 58-yard run to set up a 15-yard touchdown by Carlton Thomas. Aaron Murray hasn't been fantastic, completing 9-of-17 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown, but he's making the plays he needs to with his arm and legs.
Still, even if it hasn't been all that pretty, the Bulldogs will happily take what looks like an easy victory this week. Given the way things started in 2010, the idea of being 3-4 and 2-3 in the SEC after today means that a bowl appearance is still a possibility.
Posted on: October 16, 2010 12:54 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:16 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Here's the weather outlook for all of today's important matchups. It's another gorgeous day across the country, but it's starting to get just a little bit chilly. You should still bring the sunscreen. All times are Eastern.
Boston College at No. 16 Florida State , 12:00, Tallahassee, FL: Low 70s, clear
Illinois at No. 13 Michigan State, 12:00 , East Lansing, MI: Mid 50s, partly cloudy
Missouri at No. 21 Texas A&M, 12:00 , College Station, TX: Low 70s, clear
No. 15 Iowa at Michigan , 3:30, Ann Arbor, MI: Low 60s, partly cloudy
No. 12 Arkansas at No. 7 Auburn , 3:30, Auburn, AL: Low 70s, clear
Texas at No. 5 Nebraska , 3:30, Lincoln, NE: Low 70s, clear
No. 10 South Carolina at Kentucky , 6:00, Lexington, KY: Low 60s, clear
No. 1 Ohio State at No. 18 Wisconsin , 7:00, Madison, WI: Mid 50s, partly cloudy
Mississippi State at No. 22 Florida , 7:00, Gainesville, FL: Low 60s, clear
Late night kickoffs
Ole Miss at No. 8 Alabama , 9:00, Tuscaloosa, AL: Low 50s, clear
No. 24 Oregon State at Washington , 10:15, Seattle, WA: Mid 40s, partly cloudy
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Posted on: October 14, 2010 11:01 am
Edited on: October 14, 2010 11:05 am
Posted by Chip Patterson
Florida's home loss to LSU on Saturday night left Gator fans with a lot of "what if's." Fans wondered how the game could have been different if quarterback John Brantley had been 100%, or if the outcome would have changed with the presence of speedy playmaker Jeff Demps. Head coach Urban Meyer was able to deliver good news on both players on Wednesday.
"Good news on Demps," Meyer said during the SEC teleconference on Wednesday. "He's feeling a lot better than he did last week. Obviously, we need his big-play shot. I put him as probable for Saturday (against Mississippi State). He's going to do some practice (Wednesday) and then, he's telling me, he's going to practice (Thursday)."
While the exact extent of Brantley's rib and thumb injuries have been a topic of much debate, Meyer continues to insist that his starting quarterback is ready to play. Though this time he has some more evidence to present, with Brantley going full speed in practice for the first time in almost two weeks. Brantley was limited leading up to the LSU game due to shoulder complications from his rib injury.
Posted on: October 13, 2010 6:18 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2010 6:21 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
For all their troubles this year -- whether at wideout or offensive line -- it can certainly be argued that the Georgia Bulldogs' most pressing need was at, well, Bulldog. Uga VII, the seventh iteration of their live English bulldog mascot, died unexpectedly near the end of last season, during just his second year on the job. A replacement bulldog, Russ (Uga VII's half-brother) filled in to finish out the 2009 season and to start this season, but well, it's just not the same you guys. With no Uga VIII, everyone's just going through the motions. Certainly that, and no other reason, is why Georgia embarked* on a four-game losing streak earlier this season.
But if you're a dog or a friend of a dog, fret no longer; a real Uga is coming to town, and he met the press today. Here's a picture, courtesy of Danny White:
LOOK AT THAT CUTE LITTLE UGA! Look at those sweetheart eyes! Is that an intimidating little doggie? No it's not! Not at all! I bet he's such a softie that he listens to Air Supply every night and craps strawberry ice cream. Who's my little teddy bear bulldog? Who's my little teddy bear bulldog??
Err, sorry. Got carried away a little bit. But seriously, that dog is way too adorbs to be an Uga. It's so adorable it made me type "adorbs."