Georgia played its most complete game since 2007

2:50 pm Aug. 31, 2014

So what did we learn about the SEC in the first weekend of the 2014 season?

1. Georgia played its most complete football game since beating Auburn in 2007. I’m never comfortable with reading a lot into a first game — good or bad. But I do believe Georgia’s 45-21 victory against No. 16 Clemson was the most complete game I’ve seen a Georgia team play since the Bulldogs beat No.

SEC Saturday: Five Burning Questions

11:19 am Aug. 28, 2014

My Five Burning Questions for the first SEC Saturday of the 2014 season:

1. How long before Nick Marshall comes into the game against Arkansas? Auburn coach Gus Malzahn made official what we already knew during his news conference this week. Sophomore Jeremy Johnson will start at quarterback against Arkansas while last year’s starter, Nick Marshall, sits (marijuana citation). But Malzahn also made it clear that Marshall would play in the

Five SEC position groups that still have question marks

8:30 pm Aug. 26, 2014

We are one day away from the first SEC game of the college football season. And when the games begin, we finally start to get some of our questions answered. Here are five position groups I’m really wondering about as Thursday night’s game between South Carolina and Texas A&M approaches:

1. The Georgia secondary: Jeremy Pruitt, Georgia’s new defensive coordinator, didn’t make a secret of the fact that he was not

A toast to Dan Magill: The greatest Bulldog of all

8:07 pm Aug. 24, 2014

Once Dan Magill was in your life, he was in your life forever.

Greg McGarity was 10 years old when he started working for Coach Magill at the University of Georgia tennis courts in 1964.

“He would give us free tennis lessons in the summer and we would work for him doing every job you could name,” said McGarity, who would later play for Magill. “That evolved into a lot of different

How Braxton Miller’s injury could impact new playoff

9:07 am Aug. 21, 2014

There is no good time for an injury in college football. But if you care about the game, it breaks your heart to see what happened to Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller. Miller, a senior, injured his right shoulder on a routine throw during practice on Monday. He had a MRI on Tuesday after which he was pronounced out for the season. Miller said he plans to take a redshirt

Who’s playing the toughest road schedule in the SEC?

2:43 pm Aug. 19, 2014

The Associated Press preseason media poll was released Sunday. Now I know many of you don’t put a whole lot of stock in human polls. And with the arrival of the first College Football Playoff and its selection committee, the traditional polls simply don’t mean as much as they did during the BCS era (1998-2013).

But what the preseason polls can do is give us a place to start the conversation,

Why Mizzou cast-off Dorial Green-Beckham should not play this fall

4:38 pm Aug. 17, 2014

These facts are not in dispute:

• On Friday, April 11, sophomore wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was kicked off the Missouri football team. In the school’s announcement of the decision, director of athletics Mike Alden said this: “We have a high standard of conduct for our student athletes. … We are also responsible to the community at large and the ideas and values of the University of Missouri.”

• Just five days

So who’s going to start at quarterback?

3:14 pm Aug. 14, 2014

A year ago the SEC was as deep as I’ve ever seen it in really good quarterbacks. A quick rundown of the guys who are gone: Aaron Murray (Georgia), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), Connor Shaw (South Carolina), Zack Mettenberger (LSU), AJ McCarron (Alabama), James Franklin (Missouri), Austyn Carta-Samuels (Vanderbilt).

There are some proven quarterbacks returning (Nick Marshall, Auburn; Bo Wallace, Ole Miss; Dak Prescott, Mississippi State) and some seniors who have

Should the Power Five only play the Power Five?

4:26 pm Aug. 12, 2014

Last week my good friend Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com got folks all worked up with a survey of coaches from the 65 teams in the Power Five conferences (ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 plus Independent Notre Dame).

The survey revealed that 30 of the 65 coaches (43 percent) liked the idea of the Power Five conferences playing all of their games within the Power Five. That means no games

Will autonomy, O’Bannon ruling change college football?

2:57 pm Aug. 10, 2014

I’m not big on hyperbole so just  trust me on this:

Last week’s NCAA vote to give the Big Five Conferences more autonomy followed by a landmark ruling in the Ed O’Bannon case represent the two biggest changes in college athletics that we have seen in 30 years. Not since the Supreme Court ruled in 1984 that the individual schools, not the NCAA, owned football television rights, have we had a