January 5, 2011 |
A new year poses an old question: Who is going to stop Auburn quarterback Cam Newton? Kentucky couldn't do it. He rushed for 198 yards. South Carolina, in two losses against Newton, "held" him to 493 passing yards and 249 rushing. Louisiana State, which has a pretty decent defense, watched Newton cut loose for 217 rushing yards in October. A scandal didn't stop Newton, and neither did the Southeastern Conference, nor the NCAA. More than 100 Heisman Trophy voters left Newton off their ballots, yet he still received 82.2% of the first-place love in a runaway election.
December 8, 2010 |
Oregon sitting on top never did quite sit right, but order has been fully and faithfully restored. Someone down at the sanity office got wind before it was too late and priority-rushed Auburn to the fore, while simultaneously returning the Southeastern Conference Network to regularly-scheduled deprogramming. Whew, that was close. Only days ago, the Oregon Ducks were college football's jet-set juggernauts and Auburn was the team trailing Georgia, 21-7. The Pacific 10 Conference, for weeks, was rated as the nation's top conference.
November 22, 2010 |
Thanksgiving week means one thing: It's time to set the table. Oregon and Auburn remained 1-2 in the Bowl Championship Series standings Sunday, with Boise State gaining significant ground on No. 3 Texas Christian with a huge crossover game at No. 19 Nevada on Friday. TCU's grip on No. 3 appears to be slip-sliding away. Incredibly, only one of the six major-college conference races has been settled, and even that one requires a drive-by dissertation. We know Auburn and South Carolina are meeting for the Southeastern Conference title on Dec. 4 in Atlanta.
October 3, 2010 |
Five things to watch in Week 4 of college football 1: Alabama has clearly established itself as the class of the Southeastern Conference and next week's trip to South Carolina might be the last chance for an upset until the Crimson Tide faces Auburn in the Iron Bowl. South Carolina, 3-1, has the advantage of coming off a bye week. 2: Weekend losses kept USC and Stanford from being next week's marquee matchup in Palo Alto. The Trojans can't win the Pacific 10 this year, but they can play the spoiler's role and very much want to prevent a third loss to the Cardinal in the last four years.
September 15, 2010 |
No. 12 Arkansas (2-0) at Georgia (1-1) Saturday, 9 a.m., ESPN Is Arkansas any good? The Razorbacks have risen to No. 12 in the country with wins against Tennessee Tech and Louisiana Monroe. Georgia, which is coming off a tough loss against South Carolina, should provide the answer. The pick: Georgia No. 6 Texas (2-0) at Texas Tech (2-0) Saturday, 5 p.m., Channel 7 Texas returns to Lubbock two years after it lost a heartbreaker on Michael Crabtree's touchdown catch with one second left.
November 15, 2009 |
No. 1 Florida 24, at South Carolina 14: Tim Tebow tied the SEC touchdown record and the Gators gained their first perfect league season in 13 years. Tebow scored the last touchdown on a one-yard burst that was the 53rd of his career to match LSU running back Kevin Faulk. Florida won its 20th game in a row. No. 3 Alabama 31, at Mississippi State 3: Mark Ingram rushed for 149 yards and two scores, and the Crimson Tide improved to 10-0 for the second straight season. at No. 8 Louisiana State 24, Louisiana Tech 16: Keiland Williams ran for 116 yards and two second-half touchdowns.
September 8, 2009 |
There are a handful of things at stake for UCLA this weekend. The Bruins have chance to improve . . . an opportunity to start the season 2-0 . . . oh, and the need to defend the honor of the entire Pacific 10 Conference. Playing in Knoxville means another dance with Southeastern Conference fans and media, as well as a game against the Volunteers. Those south of the Mason-Dixon line are convinced, with some justification, that there is no better conference than the SEC. Pac-10 teams have a 3-16 record when traveling to an SEC town since 1980.