Tag:SEC
Posted on: October 16, 2010 5:06 pm
Edited on: October 16, 2010 5:49 pm
 

Ryan Mallett leaves game with concussion

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
 

Georgia isn't having any trouble with Vanderbilt

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
 

Game day weather updates, Week 7

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.

Noon kickoffs

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

Afternoon kickoffs

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

Evening kickoffs

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


Posted on: October 14, 2010 11:01 am
Edited on: October 14, 2010 11:05 am
 

Meyer: Demps probable, Brantley at full speed

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.

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 6:18 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2010 6:21 pm
 

Georgia picks a new, adorable Uga

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." 

*Arf! Arf!

Posted on: October 13, 2010 4:31 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2010 4:34 pm
 

Derrick Locke doubtful against South Carolina

Posted by Chip Patterson

Kentucky came painfully close to stunning the No. 8 Auburn Tigers at home last Saturday, only to have their hearts ripped out by a last minute field goal.  The Wildcats fought till the end, but at the end of the night found themselves still winless in conference play.  Unfortunately for first-year head coach Joker Phillips, that elusive first conference win will be even more difficult to obtain with leading rusher Derrick Locke doubtful for Saturday's matchup with No. 10 South Carolina.  

The senior running back has been the cornerstone of the Wildcats offense, rushing for 574 yards and scoring seven times through the first six games of the season.  The SEC's third-leading rusher suffered a shoulder stinger in the 37-34 loss to Auburn last week, limiting the use of his left arm.  Locke has not been ruled out against the Gamecocks, but Phillips does not sound optimistic.

“If he can’t protect himself, we’re not going to put him out on the field,” Phillips said Wednesday morning.  “He’ll be in the hotel on Friday night...we’ll take him to the hotel and he’ll be part of the 70 that travels. We’ll see how he feels on Saturday morning because (feeling) could come back at any moment, any day, anytime. It could be this afternoon, a week and a half, two weeks, who knows. But we’ve got to put him on the bus.”

If Locke is out, the rushing duties will likely fall in the hands of sophomore Donald Russell and junior wide receiver Randall Cobb.  Cobb was a threat all over the field against the Tigers, rushing for two touchdowns, catching a touchdown pass, and throwing for another.

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 2:27 pm
 

Georgia turning to true freshman on line

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Back in August, the Georgia offensive line was, to say the least, well-regarded; the players combined for 155 starts coming into the season, which was tops in the nation. Phil Steele ranked the Dawgs' front five as the best in the NCAA in his preseason magazine. Georgia placed two linemen in the SEC's preseason all-conference teams this season, which doesn't sound fantastic, but no SEC school had three. It's a good year for linemen in the SEC, and Georgia looked like they were at the top of the heap.

But along the way, ugh. Josh Davis was ineffective at right tackle, forcing head coach Mark Richt to move LT Clint Boling to the right side and install Trinton Sturdivant (who's coming off two knee injuries) at RT. Chris Davis and Tanner Strickland both struggled at right guard, so that paved the way for true freshman Kenarious Gates to start at RG last Saturday.

“Gates did a nice job,” Richt told the Athens Banner-Herald. “He did not have a bunch of busted assignments. Being next to [center Ben Jones] and Clint [Boling] helped him a lot, I’m sure, for those guys to get him where he’s supposed to be. … He pass protected pretty good. There might have been one pressure or one sack that was attributed to him. Overall, he did well.”

From the top O-line to only two of the five starters keeping their original assignments, all in the first week of the season. Not good form, Dawgmollies.

It's worth noting that Gates wasn't even Georgia's most highly-regarded offensive lineman by a longshot; Rivals and Scout both gave Gates a 3-star rating, and his only other major college offers were from the drecks of the SEC. That isn't to point out that Richt took the redshirt off the wrong true freshman, but just to further illustrate the folly of strictly adhering to the arbitrary 5-star ranking system. Gates is playing because he was best-suited to the task, and once camp starts, those ratings don't really mean much of anything.

At any rate, Georgia's 2-4 and facing a road test at Vanderbilt this Saturday. A win puts them one step closer to .500 -- and a bowl berth. No, sneaking into the Music City Bowl at 6-6 to face, like, Maryland wasn't really ideal for the Dawgs at the outset of the season, but Georgia's not really in a position to get choosy about their postseason prospects at this point.

Posted on: October 13, 2010 12:52 pm
 

Jerrell Powe knows how to stop Alabama

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Man, you lose one game in two years and suddenly everybody thinks they know how to beat you.

Alabama is hoping to rebound from its loss against South Carolina last weekend when they host Ole Miss this weekend, but according to the Rebels' defensive tackle Jerrell Powe, it isn't going to happen.  You see, Mr. Powe watched the game against South Carolina and now he knows the secret formula for beating the Crimson Tide.

"I think they got exposed, you know what I mean? Showed that they're a one-dimensional team, that they run the ball really well, and I think South Carolina did a good job of stuffing the run and they really couldn't get nothing going after they got stopped," Powe said. "I think they tried to come out and do the same thing they did against Arkansas - tried to wear South Carolina down with the run - but I think South Carolina did a great job of persevering through the whole game."

Wow, Powe cracked the secret code.  Who knew Alabama was a running team?  I always thought that Mark Ingram won the Heisman last season for his tremendous pass-blocking skills.

Listen, figuring out that stuffing Alabama's ground game is the key to beating them isn't a revelation.  It's actually doing it that matters, which is something that nobody had done until the Gamecocks did it last week.  So you'll have to excuse me if I don't have much faith in Powe and the Rebels this weekend, as last I checked the Rebel defense was 103rd in the nation allowing 32.6 points per game. 

And those games include losses to Jacksonville State and Vanderbilt.   Something tells me that if you can't stop Jacksonville State at home, you aren't going to be able to beat Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
 
 
 
 
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