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 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 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
Tags: ACC, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Big 12, Big Ten, Boston College, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Kickoff Weather, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Pac-10, SEC, South Carolina, Texas, Texas A&M, Washington, Wisconsin
Posted on: October 15, 2010 3:51 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
The Saturday Meal Plan is a helpful guide put together for you to maximize the results of your college football diet. Just enough to leave you feeling full, but not so much you spend your entire Sunday in the bathroom.
Main Course - #13 Michigan State vs. Illinois - Noon - Big Ten Network
Yes, the morning menu is still incredibly light this week. You'd think I'd be beyond complaining about it at this point since it's been this way all season, but I assure you, I am not above complaining about anything . Though this Michigan State and Illinois game isn't as unfulfilling as it may seem at first glance.
Michigan State is 6-0, after all, and coming off of a very big win against Michigan. Illinois has also played well lately, with a win not many saw coming on the road against Penn State last week. Also, let's not forget that the Illini gave Ohio State a very tough time in Champaign a few weeks ago.
There's enough cause to believe that another upset may be in the works this weekend. First of all, Michigan State is coming off that Michigan win, and there could be a letdown this weekend. Second, it is Michigan State. Completely unexpected losses at home against teams they should beat after getting off to a good start to the season wouldn't exactly be a new phenomenon for the Spartans.
Side Orders: If you don't get the Big Ten Network, and don't have the choice of watching Michigan State and Illinois between Ro-Tel and Velveeta commercials, there are other options. Florida State and Boston College square off in Tallahassee, or you could tune in to what could be Tim Brewster's last game when Minnesota takes on Purdue. Of course, if you want to watch that game I'd suggest spending three hours talking to some sort of counselor instead. Maybe you should watch Syracuse and Pitt instead, just to see if you should actually take this Syracuse team seriously.
Main Course - #7 Auburn vs. #12 Arkansas - 3:30pn - CBS
Now that Alabama has lost, it leaves the door open to a couple of teams in the SEC West. Auburn is one of them. Arkansas, who has already lost to Alabama, has an outside chance, but to make the most of it, a win over Auburn is a must have.
Of course, even if there wasn't so much on the line for both teams in this game, I'd recommend tuning in just to watch Cam Newton and Ryan Mallett face off. In other words, expect a lot of points, and what could turn out to be a very exciting, back and forth affair.
Auburn's pass defense left a bit to be desired against Kentucky last week, and don't think that Bobby Petrino didn't pick up on a few things when watching the game tape. The Auburn defense is going to need to play very well if the Tigers want to leave this one with their perfect record still intact.
Side Orders: There are a couple of other dishes available in the afternoon, including the one that's often best-served cold, which Nebraska is hoping to give Texas tomorrow afternoon. There's also Michigan and Iowa in the Big House, which will be a defining game for the Wolverines. We find out if Michigan is either a good team that lost a tough game against a rival last week, or it's still the same old Michigan we've grown accustomed to the last few years.
Main Course - #18 Wisconsin vs. #1 Ohio State - 7pm - ESPN
It's been a while since the Buckeyes found themselves ranked as the best team in the country, but if they're not careful, it's not going to last long. The Buckeyes have gotten off to a 6-0 start this season, but this is the first real test they'll have faced. Yes, Miami was a tough game, but that was at home and Miami has proven to be pretty average this season.
This is the road, at night, at Camp Randall Stadium. Ohio State's defense hasn't faced a punishing ground game like it'll be seeing against Wisconsin with John Clay and company. Ohio State has only ventured outside of Columbus once this season, and that was what turned out to be their worst game of the season against Illinois.
And trust me, it's a lot easier to win in Champaign than it is in Madison.
Side Orders: Kentucky nearly knocked off Auburn at home last week, and it will try to do this same this week when it hosts South Carolina. The Gamecocks are coming off their biggest win ever, so a let down could be in order. There's also Florida looking to end its two-game losing streak taking on Mississippi State and old friend Dan Mullen, and the Crimson Tide look to take out their frustrations from last week against Ole Miss and its new mascot.
Late Night Snack
Oregon State may have had some troubles with non-conference foes like TCU and Boise State, but it's off to a nice start in conference play. They look to improve to 3-0 in the Pac-10 when they head to Washington to take on the Huskies Saturday night on ESPN.
Tags: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Bobby Petrino, Boston College, Cam Newton, Dan Mullen, Florida State, Illinois, Iowa, John Clay, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Penn State, Pitt, Purdue, Ryan Mallett, Saturday Meal Plan, South Carolina, Syracuse, Texas, Tim Brewster, Wisconsin
Posted on: October 10, 2010 12:04 am
Edited on: October 10, 2010 1:07 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
1. Les Miles is the smartest, craziest moron to ever coach a college football team. Seriously, the man took nothing but grief all week from the media and his own fans following the near debacle against Tennessee last week. And it was well deserved! It's not like it was the first time he's had problems with clock management at the end of the game. Then the Mad Hatter goes and pulls another white rabbit out of the hat against Florida by calling that fake field goal in the video above. You know what kind of guts that takes to make that play call when your fan base is already calling for your head on a plate? Then he managed to have his team spike the ball following a big catch by Terrence Tolliver to set up a first and goal. A few plays later it was Jarrett Lee hitting Tolliver on a fade to win the game, and the Mad Hatter had struck again. LSU is 6-0.
2. Alabama is mere flesh and bone, just like you and I. Following its 31-6 win over Florida last week, Alabama had been crowned as the clear-cut best team in the country, and people like me were wondering if it would ever lose again. Turns out it would. The Tide saw their 19-game SEC win streak come to an end in Columbia on Saturday, 'Bama's first regular-season loss since 2007. Now they find themselves in the unfamiliar position of having to win out to have a chance to get back to the SEC title game.
3. The Ol' Ball Coach still has it. With the win over Alabama, and Florida's loss to LSU, the Gamecocks find themselves in the driver's seat in the SEC East. Odds are that when they roll into Gainesville on November 13 there will be a trip to the SEC Championship on the line. As long as Stephen Garcia doesn't try throwing any more passes through the uprights, I like their chances.
4. The Auburn defense needs work. Listen, it's nice that the Tigers are 6-0 and tied with LSU atop the SEC West standings, but if their defense doesn't play better than it did in Lexington on Saturday night, they can kiss any hopes of an SEC title goodbye. The Tigers were torn apart through the air, as Kentucky completed 24-of-29 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns. They needed a last second field goal to get out of Lexington alive and keep this from being one of the saddest Saturdays in the state of Alabama's history.
5. Mark Richt and the Bulldogs have a pulse. The first five weeks of the Georgia season had been a nightmare for Richt and his team, and it was one it had to be wondering if it would ever wake up from. Richt will have to thank Tennessee for remembering to set the alarm. Georgia finally played like the team we're all used to seeing on Saturday, putting up 402 yards and 41 points on the overmatched Vols. Georgia needs four wins in its last six games to go bowling, and looking at the schedule, suddenly it seems manageable.
Posted on: October 9, 2010 12:32 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Here's the weather outlook for all of today's important matchups. Short version: warm and clear. It's beautiful everywhere today. This is Mother Nature's way of apologizing in advance, so plan on seeing it snow bloodflakes by Thursday. Anyway, as usual, all times are Eastern.
Indiana at No. 2 Ohio State, 12:00, Columbus, OH: Mid 70s, clear
Minnesota at No. 20 Wisconsin, 12:00, Madison, WI: Mid 70s, clear
No. 1 Alabama at No. 19 South Carolina, 3:30, Columbia, SC: Mid 80s, clear
No. 17 Michigan at No. 18 Michigan State, 3:30, East Lansing, MI: Low 70s, clear
No. 11 Arkansas at Texas A&M, 3:30, College Station, TX: Upper 80s, clear
Oregon State at No. 9 Arizona, 6:00, Tucson, AZ: Upper 80s, clear
No. 10 Utah at Iowa State, 7:00, Ames, IA: Mid 70s, clear
No. 12 LSU at No. 14 Florida, 7:30, Gainesville, FL: Low 70s, clear
No. 8 Auburn at Kentucky, 7:30, Lexington, KY: Upper 60s, clear
Late night kickoffsNo. 23 Florida State at No. 13 Miami, 8:00, Coral Gables, FL: Upper 70s, clear
Southern California at No. 16 Stanford, 8:00, Palo Alto, CA: Lower 70s, clear
Posted on: October 2, 2010 1:40 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2010 2:10 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
In case you haven't heard: Cam Newton is heck of a football player.
At halftime against Louisiana-Monroe, Newton has completed 11 of 14 passes for 231 yards and a pair of touchdowns. One of those scores, a 94 yard bomb to Emory Blake, was the longest pass play in school history. The ULM defense has had no answer for the Tigers, giving up 112 yards on the ground as well to bring the total to a whopping 343 yards of total offense.
Auburn's defense, on the other hand, has completely stymied any plans of a ULM rushing attack. The big defensive line, anchored by junior Nick Fairley, has dominated the line of scrimmage and have been getting after ULM quarterback Kolton Browning all day.
Newton will likely get pulled at some point in the second half if things continue the way they have started, but his performance should be enough to add to his growing Heisman buzz.