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.
Posted on: September 27, 2010 5:53 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2010 5:57 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
For the last four years, the winner of the SEC Championship game has gone on to compete and win the National Championship. With the conference play heating up and a rematch of Florida-Alabama ahead in Week 5, here is a breakdown of the division races in the SEC.
SEC EAST -- CONTENDERS
Florida Gators (4-0, 2-0)
So far...: The Gators got a slow start with a lot of questions after uninspiring victories over Miami and South Florida, but the last two games have shown a relentless defense and an offense that is beginning to find an identity. That identity is looking like it includes the multi-talented freshman quarterback Trey Burton, who scored six times (5 times rushing, once receiving) against Kentucky.
Toughest challenges ahead: October 2 - at Alabama; October 9 - vs. LSU; November 13 - vs. South Carolina
Outlook: The biggest game of the season for the Gators will be their visit to Tuscaloosa on Saturday. The rematch of the last two SEC Championship games has huge implications for both division races. If the Gators fall to the Tide, they will likely need to win the rest of their division games to ensure a trip back to Atlanta for the title game. An upset win over Alabama puts the Gators in the drivers seat for the title game, and likely would bring the Gators back into the national title discussion.
South Carolina Gamecocks (3-1, 1-1)
So far...: The Gamecocks burst on the scene with impressive victories and an improved offense that had Ol' Ball Coach running his mouth around the conference once again. Freshman running back Marcus Lattimore has proven to be a game-changing back already, and until the 35-27 loss to Auburn, quarterback Stephen Garcia finally looked ready for a true breakout season. Now the Gamecocks have a quarterback controversy on their hands, and their toughest challenges of the year left on the schedule.
Toughest challenges ahead: October 9 - vs. Alabama; November 6 - vs. Arkansas; November 13 - at Florida
Outlook: If they had been able to knock off Auburn on Saturday night, South Carolina would have been a frontrunner to knock Florida off its throne atop the SEC East. Unfortunately, the loss has put them in a can't-lose scenario if they want to get reach their first SEC Championship Game in school history. Looming dates against Alabama, Arkansas, and Florida in the Swamp will make it difficult to keep the loss column thin. If they can get pull off an upset or two and get some help from, they could enter the Florida game with a chance to steal the division.
Pretenders: Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia
SEC WEST -- CONTENDERS
Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0, 1-0)
So far...: Alabama left very little doubt on Saturday who is the best team in the nation. Being pushed up against the ropes on the road by a very talented Arkansas team, the defending champs battled back into the game and escaped Fayetteville with a victory. After being down 17-7 at halftime, the Alabama defense (which had not allowed a TD all season until that game) tormented Ryan Mallett and the Arkansas offense in the second half. Mallet was picked off three times and the Tide defense only allowed three points after halftime while Mark Ingram led the charge for Alabama to reclaim the lead and a win.
Toughest challenges ahead: October 2 - vs. Florida; October 9 - at South Carolina; November 6 - at LSU; November 26 - vs. Auburn
Outlook: The tests are far from done for Alabama, but thankfully the two most threatening opponents remaining on the schedule (Florida and Auburn) both have to travel to Tuscaloosa. After watching their performance on Saturday, it is hard to imagine many situations that don't involve Alabama back in the SEC Championship game. However, South Carolina and LSU are both talented teams playing in hostile territory and those games should not be taken lightly. If Auburn and Alabama don't slip, they could enter the Iron Bowl with the division title on the line.
Auburn Tigers (4-0, 2-0)
So far...: The Tigers are quickly becoming one of the darlings of the SEC. For the third week in a row, Auburn has been locked in a nationally televised nail-biter and emerged victorious. The 17-14 win over Mississippi State was not impressive by any means, but the overtime victory against Clemson and Saturday's upset of South Carolina have bumped the Tigers to No. 10 in the nation and now a relevant part of the SEC Championship discussion.
Toughest challenges ahead: October 16 - vs. Arkansas; October 23 - vs. LSU; November 26 - at Alabama
Outlook: Cam Newton has officially arrived as one of the premiere quarterbacks in college football this season, and as long as the 6-6 250 pound signal-caller is scoring five total touchdowns like he did against South Carolina, Auburn will always have a chance. The Tigers have the benefit of getting Arkansas and LSU at home, but this team cannot afford another performance like Mississippi State and expect to win. If they play to their potential, Auburn could find themselves heading into the Iron Bowl with a shot to return to the SEC title game for the first time since 2004.
LSU Tigers (4-0, 2-0)
So far...: LSU's defense has proven to be one of the best units in the nation. Their offense, on the other hand, is about as productive as a late Friday afternoon. With no good option at quarterback (Jarrett Lee is not a "good" option, just not as a bad) the Tigers have relied on their defense and return game to spring them out to an early No. 12 national ranking.
Toughest challenges ahead: October 9 - at Florida; October 23 - at Auburn; November 6 - vs. Alabama; November 27 - at Arkansas
Outlook: If the Bayou Bengals are for real, they will get a chance to prove it in October in their road games against Florida and Auburn. If LSU can take care of business away from Death Valley, they will make the November 6 show down with with Alabama a lot more interesting. It is hard to support a team with no offense as a conference title contender, but they have at least earned the right to be in the discussion.
Arkansas Razorbacks (3-1, 1-1)
So far...: Until halftime of Saturday's game against Alabama, Ryan Mallet looked like the best pro quarterback in college football, and the Razorbacks looked ready to have one of the most successful seasons in the programs history. Unfortunately, the second half unraveling has temporarily overshadowed Arkansas' impressive start.
Toughest challenges ahead: October 16 - at Auburn; November 6 - at South Carolina; November 27 - vs. LSU
Outlook: Arkansas had not played a truly challenging team before Alabama, so there is a lot left for this team to prove. The defense looked fired up and strong in the first half against the Tide, but it is unknown if they will be able to repeat the same performance on the road against a team like Auburn or South Carolina. The Razorbacks made for a good story, but it is hard to believe that Alabama's comeback did not break their spirits a little. Difficult to imagine that they will be able to reach that level of energy the rest of the season.
Pretenders: Mississippi State, Ole Miss