Thursday, November 22 2012 10:56 AM EST2012-11-22 15:56:34 GMT
(RNN) - For the three people that actually read this, the Line King needed to update his bowl projections. With Missouri losing to Syracuse (what happened to the "$EC is the best" theory?), it looks likeMore >>
With Missouri losing to Syracuse (what happened to the "$EC is the best" theory?), it looks like only eight teams will actually qualify for a bowl game.More >>
Thursday, November 1 2012 1:36 PM EDT2012-11-01 17:36:29 GMT
(RNN) - What do you get at the confluence of Halloween, Superstorm Sandy, the last week of what seems like a decade-long presidential election campaign and dang, even Breeders Cup? How about Georgia inMore >>
Bama visits LSU for Armageddon; Georgia back in the hunt; Vanderbilt verging on bowl; Auburn in position to win; presidential campaign will SOON BE OVER!!!! More >>
Wednesday, October 24 2012 6:01 PM EDT2012-10-24 22:01:55 GMT
(RNN) - Is this Week 8 or 9 or has this football season just been one long dream? Seems like it. The Line King is hovering above .500 and that is like dreaming you're walking around downtown in your underwear. It'sMore >>
Mississippi State will wake from dream season at Alabama; Auburn heavy home dog to Aggies; Goergia makes last stand against rampaging Florida; Vandy tries to make it two in a row More >>
Wednesday, October 10 2012 4:58 PM EDT2012-10-10 20:58:04 GMT
(RNN) - The Line King hates to break this to all of you $EC worshippers (and to Death Star Commissioner, His Excellency Mike Slive), but Alabama's opponent in this year's mythical BC$ Championship GameMore >>
Ever wonder what would happen when a stoppable force collides with a moveable object? We'll find out when Auburn plays Ole Miss.Trouble-seeking Tide fans travel to wet, cold Mizzou. Mississippi State tries to break six-game losing skid against faltering Vols. Kentucky vs. Arkansas, meh.More >>
Thursday, October 4 2012 7:44 AM EDT2012-10-04 11:44:05 GMT
(RNN) - Does ANYONE play defense these days? Look: 70-63, 51-41, 51-44, 56-49, 45-43, 49-38, 41-36, 52-40 all sound like basketball scores, not college football games from this past weekend. What causesMore >>
The Line King offers one explanation for why defense is becoming a thing of the past in the college football of today: Young people are just too darned soft these days … for them, sacrifice is eating an unfrosted pop tart … or settling for less than an unlimited phone plan. More >>
(RNN) - The Presidential election is finally over and if you think Mitt Romney supporters were bummed out, be glad you're not a fan of the Troy University Trojans. Troy became the first FBS team since the NCAA began keeping statistics to amass more than 700 yards and LOSE (Baylor gained exactly 700 earlier this season and lost to West Virginia in another egregious example of no-defense football).
Troy got 721 yards to be exact. Romney would have loved that Electoral College number.
Troy also scored 38 points against the University of Tennessee. Not Middle Tennessee, not Tennessee Tech, not Motlow State Community College in Tullahoma – the Big Orange, which gained 718 total yards (the most in its school history), 530 thru the air (again, another proud record) in a victory that didn't make anybody very happy.
If one of your beloved $EC schools plays Troy, be sure to tune in or better yet, buy a ticket and go, because the Trojans have an amazing history of spectacular collapses against $EC teams.
In 2003, the Trojans turned the ball over seven times (twice in the red zone) in an 11-8 loss to Mississippi State.
In 2007, Georgia mounted two, not one, but two 1-yard (ONE YARD!) touchdown drives to defeat Troy 44-34.
In 2008, the Trojans were stomping (that's an understatement) L$U 31-3 in the second half, only to lose (or choke) 40-31.
Earlier this season, Troy yielded two TDs of more than 50 yards and gave up a fourth-down 25-yard TD in a 30-24 loss to Mississippi State at home.
But The Line King has digressed, vented and there isn't much humor in losing – or winning the way Tennessee did last week. Just ask Romney supporters or the Trojan and Tennessee fans who have taken to social media or the World Wide Web demanding the heads of the Troy defensive coordinator and the Tennessee head coach.
And speaking of Romney supporters, stay classy, Mississippi.
Arkansas at South Carolina (-14), Noon, CBS
Talk about disappointing seasons. SoCar had visions of Miami, then the wheels feel off in Red Stick. The wheels, the coach and his lady friend fell off a Harley Davidson Hog on an Arkansas back road last spring. At least the Visor doesn't ride motorcycles – at least none that we know of, so let's go with him again (I know, it's scary).
Missouri (+3.5) at Tennessee 12:21 p.m., SEC Network
Tennessee gave up approximately a half-a-mile last week against the aforementioned Sunbelt Conference also-ran Troy Trojans. Both teams have been real disappointments, but Mizzou has cooler uniforms and held Florida to 14 points last week, so take the Tigers again (I know, it's scary).
Louisiana-Lafayette at Florida (-26), 12:21 p.m., SEC Network
Florida won last week 14-7. That's what I said: 14 to 7!!! And the Gators only ran 56 plays. It wasn't too long ago they ran 56 plays a quarter. ULL runs an up tempo game and has a head coach with an ego the size of Epcot Center. Let's give the Gators another chance, again (I know, it's scary).
Vanderbilt (+3) at Mississippi, 7 p.m, ESPNU
Black Bear fans were so distraught after being humiliated on National TV, they were still marauding the streets on Tuesday night (try that story and stick to it). There's a lot to play for in this game – relative to the storied football histories of both schools. The Vandy fan has his sight set on the Music City Bowl (so he won't miss the men's basketball game later that night against North Greenville). With a win, the Liberty Bowl looks like a lock for Ole Miss – Memphis is kind of like New Orleans. There is too much on the line for Mississippi to come through – take the ‘Dores again (I know, it's scary).
Georgia (-15.5) at Auburn, 7 p.m, ESPN2
Barn looking to close out a memorable season and there's plenty to build on next season with two impressive wins over UL-Monroe and New Mexico State. The Dawgs are the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of CFB. More "For Sale" signs have been placed on Mark Richt's lawn this year than in the remainder of the city of Athens itself. But here they sit, on the verge of the $EC Championship Game. Barn has installed additional fire hoses to use…maybe as early as the second quarter. Take the Dawgs again (I know, it's scary), lay the points and pray that no more "For Sale" pop up on Richt's lawn.
Johnny Football at Alabama (-13.5), 3:30 p.m., CBS
At any moment of a game, Texas A&M's Johnny Football can looks like a Rodeo Clown without the barrel. You would think it'll be interesting, but every time we say that about Bammer, they open a can of whup. Let down after L$U? Emotionally drained now faced with a QB with a severe case of Restless Legs (plural) Syndrome. The Line King hasn't had a good track record with Bammer, so this might be their kiss of death. Take the Red Elephants again (I know, it's scary) and hope JF has the flu or something.
Mississippi State (+14) at LSU 7 p.m., ESPN
Mississippi State is perpetually stuck in Middle Earth and having just been embarrassed by Johnny Football, the Dogs might be looking for some redemption and pride. L$U hasn't lost consecutive games since Curly Hallman was in control. Most L$U fans have conveniently forgotten those days of half-empty Tiger Stadiums and rainy Saturday nights – it rained a lot during that era. The Tigers have owned this series, but maybe not 14 points worth. Take the Bulldogs – not that scary.
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Thursday, April 25 2013 7:03 AM EDT2013-04-25 11:03:18 GMT
(RNN) - Big guys are likely to be the stars of the show Thursday night when the NFL Draft again airs in primetime on ESPN, live from Radio City Music Hall. Barring unforeseen weirdness - which can neverMore >>
The NFL Draft with all its drama and uncertainty airs live in prime time Thursday night. Luke Joeckel, Manti Te'o, SEC stars and borderline quarterbacks are among this year's mysteries.More >>
Thursday, April 18 2013 8:52 PM EDT2013-04-19 00:52:03 GMT
(RNN) - Spring practice in the SEC climaxes Saturday when five more teams hold their annual spring scrimmages. Interesting fact: So far the biggest attendance at a spring game this season was at KentuckyMore >>
New coaches at Tennessee, Auburn and Arkansas will give us the first glimpse of their teams in Saturday's SEC spring games. Two-time defending national champion Alabama and Mississippi State also give fans a break from the long college football offseason.
Thursday, April 11 2013 7:00 AM EDT2013-04-11 11:00:16 GMT
Many Southeastern Conference football fans will finally get a look at their favorite teams this Saturday, April 13, and several of the annual spring games will be broadcast on TV and on the Web.Texas A&MMore >>
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Monday, January 7 2013 6:00 AM EST2013-01-07 11:00:08 GMT
Miami (RNN) - Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said the team that makes the most mistakes may well win tonight. Not a misprint.He explained that odd statement Sunday at the final news conference before theMore >>
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said the team that makes the most mistakes may win tonight. He meant the team that takes the most chances, forces the action and sets the pace. Teams that do that make mistakes. But they cause the other guys to make mistakes, too. More >>
Sunday, January 6 2013 11:52 AM EST2013-01-06 16:52:47 GMT
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly shook hands Sunday morning in front of the Coaches' Trophy, the prize their two teams want to take home Monday night.More >>
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