Kerryon Johnson’s absence more detrimental to Auburn offense than realized

No shortage of theories have been shared for Auburn’s offensive struggles. And ESPN college football analyst Tom Luginbill offered up another one Wednesday when he joined the “Frangie Show” on 1010XL Jax Sports Radio. “They have a real issue at tailback when Kerryon Johnson is not in the game,” Luginbill told Frangie. “We can talk […]

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Twitter exchange with fan shows Jeff Long won’t sacrifice integrity for wins at Arkansas

Bret Bielema is two games into his fifth season as the Arkansas head coach. He holds a 26-27 overall record and a 10-22 mark in the SEC. That’s well below the expectations of most Razorback fans for the football program. Numbers like that may lead you to believe Bielema is on a coaching “hot seat.” […]

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FAU football team staying in Wisconsin indefinitely due to Hurricane Irma

The Florida Atlantic football team is remaining in Madison, Wisconsin, following its 31-14 loss to Wisconsin to keep out of the path of Hurricane Irma. FAU athletic director Pat Chun told ESPN.com after the game Saturday that the team will stay in the city indefinitely. Along with the team itself, Chun said the families of […]

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Report: Urban Meyer upset Will Muschamp ‘blamed us for Florida’

A CBSSports.com interview by Dennis Dodds with Ohio State coach Urban Meyer paints a picture of a man with a long memory. When talking to Meyer, the conversation moved into an area he’s sensitive to: replacing legendary coaches. Meyer, who has had to replace both Steve Spurrier and Jim Tressel – and done so successfully […]

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Urban Meyer upset Will Muschamp ‘blamed us for Florida’ – and neither is wrong

  A CBSSports.com interview with Ohio State coach Urban Meyer paints a picture of a man with a long memory. Meyer, who has had to replace both Steve Spurrier and Jim Tressel – and done so successfully – doesn’t like newcomer head coaches blaming the previous staff for their own failures. For instance, Meyer says Will Muschamp “blamed […]

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Tim Brando: FSU ‘looked like sub-standard SEC team intimidated by Nick Saban’

Florida State still a College Football Playoff contender? Count Fox Sports college football broadcaster Tim Brando as one observer who has new doubts about the Seminoles. Brando appeared on “Midday Chalk” with Rick Ballou on 1010XL Jax Sports Radio, and he didn’t like what he saw from Jimbo Fisher’s team in the Seminoles’ season-opening loss […]

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Florida considered moving football game to Auburn to avoid hurricane

Let it never be said that University of Florida Athletic Director Scott Stricklin didn’t consider every possible scenario before ultimately cancelling the Gators’ scheduled home football game against Northern Colorado due to the approach of Hurricane Irma. He even explored the feasability of moving the game to the stadium of an SEC rival: Auburn. “(Auburn […]

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Kevin Sumlin, family, facing ugliness of college football coach on hot seat

I was basking in the first week goodness of college football and a rare mid-week round of golf when Charlene Sumlin, wife of Kevin Sumlin, reached out to me with a piece of mail she had received at her house this week. I could hardly believe my eyes when I read the letter which she […]

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College Football: Week 2 Storylines

UCLA’s unforgettable comeback, (1) Alabama knocking off (3) Florida State, a nail-biter between West Virginia and Virginia Tech, as well as the Big Ten thriving early. Week 1 of the 2017 college football season was excellent, and fortunately for those of us at home, we’re just getting started.
As we move into the second week of the collegiate season, there’s once again a bevy of intriguing storylines on schedule for you to keep a close eye on. Here’s what I’m most looking forward to this weekend:
(5) Oklahoma AT (2) Ohio State – September 9, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC
The Buckeyes went to Norman and throttled the Sooners on their home turf last season, 45-24. This year, Oklahoma is coming off a more convincing Week 1 offensive performance where Sr. quarterback Baker Mayfield was able to call it a day by halftime. Can OU’s young head coach Lincoln Riley vindicate last season’s bad loss in Columbus? We’ll see.

Tyquan Lewis led the way against Indiana with two sacks.
Tyquan Lewis led the way against Indiana with two sacks.

Ultimately, this game will come down to Oklahoma’s offense against Ohio State’s defense, where the former looked dominant while scoring 35 first-half points and the latter notched five sacks, two interceptions, and one fumble in week 1.
Baker Mayfield will be under heavy scrutiny all season from an NFL evaluation standpoint, as he’s lacking prototype size or ideal physical traits for the next level. However, a signature performance early on would generate a dose of positive momentum for the Austin, Texas native.
Conversely, Ohio State’s defensive edge trio of Tyquan Lewis, Sam Hubbard, and Nick Bosa are sure to leave a mark on the game. As well, true Fr. running back J.K. Dobbins has Buckeye fans excited after his 181-yard rushing effort in his college debut. Scouts and fans alike will want to get a look at him – he’s wearing No. 2.
(13) Auburn AT (3) Clemson – September 9, 7 p.m. ET
Dabo Swinney spoke highly of Auburn’s balance on both sides of the ball last season and War Eagle is unquestionably superior to its 2016 counterpart. While it’s not impossible for Gus Malzahn’s squad to win ten regular season games this year, it’d require a sizable upset in order to win a night game at Memorial Stadium this Saturday.
However, Auburn boasts a potentially elite running game featuring the trio of Kerryon Johnson, Kam Martin, and Kamryn Pettway. Though Johnson is unlikely to suit up due to a hamstring injury, Pettway – last season’s bell cow – returns from suspension this week. Everyone’s favorite sleeper quarterback Jarrett Stidham will have to be a lot more effective this week if Auburn is to stand a chance of outscoring Clemson.
Clemson, last year’s national champion, has an enviable ground game itself with four players rushing for 50+ yards and at least one touchdown against Kent State in week 1. Oh, and the Tigers also completed passes to 15 different receivers as well.
Get ready for a lot of offense. Slam the over on this one.
(14) Stanford AT (6) USC – September 9, 8:30 p.m. ET
“It’s one of those dates you mark on your calendar because you know it’s going to impact your season,” said USC head coach Clay Helton of this tie.
Ronald Jones II rushed for three touchdowns in week one against Western Michigan.
Ronald Jones II rushed for three touchdowns in week one against Western Michigan.

We may be getting an early preview of the Pac-12 title game here and the contest is likely to be a tale of two star rushers. USC Jr. Ronald Jones II took charge offensively against Western Michigan in week 1 as his quarterback, Sam Darnold, failed to settle into the game. Meanwhile, Cardinal Jr. Bryce Love stepped in nobly in the wake of Christian McCaffrey as Stanford routed Rice in Australia.
As eluded to, Trojan Jr. quarterback Sam Darnold was porous in his season debut, but can quickly extirpate all negativity with a strong game this weekend. Though Josh Rosen carries the lion’s share of the pro buzz after UCLA’s come back, Darnold is still favored by many to be selected No. 1 overall in next year’s draft.
I’m expecting a tight game with a fun conclusion, and it’s possible that this won’t be the last time we see these two teams lock horns in 2017.
Quick Hits…
• (15) Georgia travels to South Bend to take on newly minted top twenty-five ranked (24) Notre Dame, but will do so with true Fr. Jake Fromm under center. Starter Jacob Eason sprained his knee against Appalachian State before Fromm entered and led Georgia on three consecutive touchdown drives. Gametime at 7:30 p.m. ET.
• (20) Washington State looks to avenge last season’s loss to unranked Boise State on September 9 at 8:30 p.m. ET. Get a good look at the Cougars’ interesting pro prospect Luke Falk, as he’s 101 passing yards away from breaking the school’s career passing record.
• Don’t forget, (16) Miami FL vs. Arkansas State has been canceled outright due to Hurricane Irma despite the game being staged in Jonesboro. ‘Canes athletic director Blake James confirmed it will NOT be replayed at a later date.

Georgia’s Dominick Sanders looking forward to ‘punishing’ Notre Dame

ATHENS, Ga. — Some Georgia players are looking forward to facing Notre Dame, a program with as rich a college football history as any. Senior safety Dominick Sanders is not one of them. “I don’t really know anything about them,” Sanders said. “My main thing is coming out and punishing them from the start. I […]

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