Welcome to November in the SEC: Can anyone survive with only one loss?

9:44 am Oct. 30, 2014

Our Five Burning Questions for Saturday now that the CFP standings are out:

1) Will Ole Miss recover in time to play Auburn? After a gut-wrenching 10-7 loss at LSU  last Saturday night, Ole Miss (7-1, 4-1 SEC) was beaten up both physically and emotionally. But the Rebels got a lift Tuesday night when the CFP selection committee put them at No. 4 despite the loss. Auburn (6-1, 3-1), ranked No.

Four SEC West teams in the CFP top six; but it won’t last

8:46 pm Oct. 28, 2014

Impressions of the first Top 25 released by the College Football Selection committee Tuesday night:

As expected there were four SEC teams ranked in the top six: 1) Mississippi State, 3) Auburn, 4) Ole Miss, 6) Alabama. But now reality hits home: each of those four teams has two games against the other three in November, starting Saturday when No. 3 Auburn goes to No. 4 Ole Miss in an elimination

Buckle up your chin straps as we head into a November to remember

3:15 pm Oct. 26, 2014

There is really only one thing we learned on the last Saturday in October:

Everything that has happened in college football has been merely to set the table for a November that we are going to long remember.

At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday,  the 12-member selection committee for the College Football Playoff will release its first Top 25 for the 2014 season. These  rankings will give us a template for what promises to

Should Ole Miss be on upset alert at LSU?

12:20 pm Oct. 23, 2014

Our Five Burning Questions as we head into the last Saturday in October:

1) Should Ole Miss be on Upset Alert at LSU? Few units in college football have been more impressive this season than the “Land Shark” defense at Ole Miss (7-0, 4-0 SEC). The Rebels are second nationally in points allowed (10.6 ppg). They are second only to Alabama in SEC rushing defense (97.1 ypg). Ole Miss is on a

Four SEC West teams in top five, but how many survive?

3:03 pm Oct. 21, 2014

In  less than a week, the College Football Playoff selection committee will release its first Top 25 and the real fun of the 2014 season will begin. These would be my 12 teams still in the discussion for the national championship as of today:

THE FIRST FOUR

1) Mississippi State (6-0): The Bulldogs had last week off and I’m still giving them a slight edge over Ole Miss because they have the

SEC now has a shot at getting two teams in playoff

4:14 pm Oct. 19, 2014

What we learned on another wild Saturday:

1) The SEC now has a shot of getting two teams in the College Football Playoff:  Undefeated and  previously No. 5 Notre Dame lost 31-27 at No. 2 Florida State. There were a couple of upsets in the Big 12 as undefeated Baylor lost to West Virginia and once-beaten Oklahoma lost at home to Kansas State (although any time a Bill Snyder team beats

Mason must play well again for Georgia to beat Arkansas

4:17 pm Oct. 16, 2014

Our Five Burning Questions about the SEC as we head for the third Saturday in October:

1) Can Hutson Mason keep it going? Lost in the spotlight of Nick Chubb’s 38-carry performance at Missouri is the fact that Hutson Mason, Georgia’s senior quarterback, played his best game with the Bulldogs. You could see Mason’s leadership of the team growing as he completed 22 of 28 passes with no interceptions. His 9-yard

State of Mississippi moves to top of First Four

1:42 pm Oct. 14, 2014

I’ve been covering college football for a long time. This is a sentence I never thought I would write: Mississippi State and Ole Miss are 1-2 in my rankings for the College Football Playoff.

But there it is.

Will it last until the two teams meet on Nov. 29 in Oxford? The odds are against it. The schedules are just too tough. But then again, the odds were against the two Mississippi

It looks like the Egg Bowl, not the Iron Bowl, for the SEC West title

11:40 am Oct. 12, 2014

What we learned on the second Saturday in October:

1) It looks like the Egg Bowl — not the Iron Bowl —for the SEC West title: After watching Mississippi State thoroughly control Auburn (38-23) and Ole Miss just physically overpower Texas A&M (35-20) is there any doubt that they are the best two teams in the SEC West — and maybe the country? It appeared that the SEC West would come

Can Mississippi State, Ole Miss, do it again?

7:51 am Oct. 9, 2014

Can this Saturday’s SEC schedule possibly match the drama of last Saturday? That’s a good Burning Question. Here are five more:

1) Can Mississippi State get sky high for the second week in a row?  Mississippi State (5-0, 2-0 SEC) posted one of the biggest home wins in school history last week in beating Texas A&M 48-31. They had exactly 24 hours to enjoy it. Now comes Auburn (5-0, 2-0), the