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College Football Around the SEC: 10.21.15

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College football news & notes from around the conference.

Get OUT of my WAY, son!
Get OUT of my WAY, son!
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We are trying something new this season: attempting to put a weight on records by measuring in certain factors. It is the first attempt (plus I barely made Cs in Statistics 101 & 102 when I was at the Capstone), so it may need some tweaking in the future.

Some of you had queries about it and I have some clarifications.
  1. Week 1, Mississippi State played at Southern Miss. Should they get 0.5 point for winning on the road? No. No credit is awarded for winning at a cupcake's stadium.
  2. Also Week 1, Texas A&M played in Houston but only received 0.125 point for neutral location. College Station to Houston is just under 100 miles. Phoenix to Houston is about 1,100 miles. More fans, more familiarity, easier commute.
  3. So, why should they get any points at all? Even with all the advantages listed above, there is nothing like playing in your home stadium on your field with your locker room in front of your fans/students, etc. etc. etc.

A new tweak added is holding off on "Win over a ranked opponent = additional 0.5" until the end of the regular season. The logic (if there is any) is that a team ranked in September, may not be in December. [Hi Auburn!] By that time, perhaps I can come up with a good bonus equation.

Below is the key.

Win-Loss Record key:
  • SEC - conference record
  • P5 - non-SEC record against Power 5
  • MM - record against Mid Majors/Non-Power 5 but projected bowl participant
  • CC - record against cupcakes

Trying something new this season, we will attempt to put a weight on records.

  • Win over P5 = 1 point
  • Win over a ranked opponent = additional 0.5 (See above)
  • Road win = 0.5
  • Neutral site win = 0.25
  • Win over a MM = 0.5
  • Win over a CC = 0
  • Loss to CC = -1
  • Loss to MM = -0.5
  • Home loss = -0.5
Texas A&M Aggies (5-1, SEC 2-1, P5 3-1, MM 2-0, CC 0-0) 3.75 Points

Points this week: -0.5 home loss to Bama.

Texas A&M at Ole Miss 6pm/7pm, ESPN ESPN

The Aggies are finally breaking down and joining the throngs who think wearing all black uniforms will make them play better. On Halloween, TAMU will be wear black helmets, jerseys, and pants, but white cleats. They probably don't need to worry about this act backfiring on them since the opponent will be South Carolina.

Mississippi State Bulldogs (5-2, SEC 1-2, P5 1-2, MM 1-0, CC 3-0) 1.5 Points

Points this week: 0.5 win over MM La Tech.

Kentucky at Mississippi State 6:30pm/7:30pm, SECN

The Bullies linebacker Dez Harris will miss the remainder of the season after tearing an ACL against Louisiana Tech. It's the third time he's suffered a torn ACL in his career. The redshirt sophomore from McCalla, Alabama plans on returning next season. He is the third MSU player to have his season end because of an ACL injury. Safety Kendrick Market tore the ligament against Texas A&M and long snapper Winston Chapman suffered the injury against LSU.

Florida Gators (6-1, SEC 4-1, P5 4-1, MM 1-0, CC 1-0) 5.5 Points

Points this week: 0 road loss to LSU.

Florida has an open date before the Cocktail Party in Jacksonville.

Have you ever seen those students who go out at halftime and try to kick a field goal in order to get free tuition? Well, Florida has taken that concept to an extreme. Coach Jim McElwain is holding open tryouts of the student body to help shore up some depth at kicking. The Gators' regular kicker, junior Austin Hardin, has been dealing with a leg injury and has not participated in the last four games. Redshirt freshman Jorge Powell was forced into action but suffered an injury covering a kick in the loss to LSU. That left no healthy kickers on the Florida roster. Punter Johnny Townsend has battled injuries of his own and has never attempted a college kick.

Tennessee Volunteers (3-3, SEC 1-2, P5 1-3, MM 1-0, CC 1-0) 0.5 Points

Points this week: 0 did not play.

Tennessee at ALABAMA at 2:30pm/3:30pm, CBS

The Vols were happy to have had a week off to rest up for their big rivalry game with Alabama. Or were they? Since 2009, Tennessee has gone 3-5 after an open date and 2-5 in the SEC.

Year Opponent Result
2009 at Alabama ROCKY BLOCK!
2010 vs Alabama L 41-10
2011 vs Buffalo W 41-10
2012 at Miss St L 41-31
2013 vs South Carolina W 23-21
2013 vs Vandy L 14-10
2014 at UGA L 35-32
2014 vs UK W 50-16
2015 at Alabama ?
Auburn Tigers (4-2, SEC 1-2, P5 2-2, MM 1-0, CC 1-0) 2.75 Points

Points this week: 1.5 road win (0.5) at UK (1).

Auburn at Arkansas 11am/12pm, SECN

Although he has yet to throw a college touchdown pass, redshirt freshman Sean White appears to be Auburn's starting QB for the rest of this season. Former starter Jeremy Johnson saw the field against UK but it was as a split out decoy in a Wildcat package. As a third year junior, it is possible that he could graduate soon. Wouldn't it be karmic justice if he grad-transferred to UGA and ended up beating Auburn next season?

The Tigers victory over Kentucky was their first SEC win since November 1, 2014 against Ole Miss. Since that game, they lost five straight (TAMU, UGA, Bama, LSU, Miss. St).

Kentucky Wildcats (4-2, SEC 2-2, P5 2-2, MM 1-0, CC 1-0) 2.0 Points

Points this week: -0.5 home loss to Aub.

Kentucky at Mississippi State 6:30pm/7:30pm, SECN

Alas, Kentucky is still Kentucky. If ever there was a time for Mark Stoops to make a statement, it would've been on Thursday night national TV against a damaged Auburn team. Now standing at 4-2, UK faces the meat of their conference schedule: @MSU, Tenn, @UGA. That is most likely three losses that will put them at 4-5. But they can salvage still the year as they wrap up the regular season at Vandy, and hosting Charlotte and Louisville. Win two out of three and they can punch their ticket to Shreveport!

LSU Tigers (6-0, SEC 4-0, P5 5-0, MM 0-0, CC 1-0) 6 Points

Points this week: 1 home win over Fla.

WKU at LSU 6pm/7pm, ESPNU ESPNU

LSU may have lost blocking tight end Dillon Gordon for the year after he re-injured his left Achilles in Saturday’s victory over Florida. Gordon was a big part of LSU’s run blocking. He had only one catch on the season for eight yards.

Ole Miss Rebels (5-2, SEC 2-1, P5 2-1, MM 1-1, CC 2-0) 2.5 Points

Points this week: -0.5 road loss to MM Memphis.

Texas A&M at Ole Miss 6pm/7pm, ESPN ESPN

Ole Miss center Robert Conyers will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn left ACL. He suffered the injury in last Saturday’s 37-24 loss to Memphis in what coach Hugh Freeze described as Conyers’ "good knee." The junior had been battling a right knee injury the past few weeks that was limiting him in practice. He didn’t start against the Tigers, the second consecutive game he didn’t start, but replaced starting right tackle Sean Rawlings in the first quarter before being helped off the field.

Missouri Tigers (4-3, SEC 1-3, P5 1-3, MM 1-0, CC 2-0) 1.5 Points

Points this week: 0 road loss to UGA.

Missouri at Vanderbilt 3pm/4pm, SECN

Is the mini-run in Columbia, MO over? Saturday's game at Vandy is a MUST win for Gary Pinkel's crew as the schedule gets pretty rough and not many Ws in the forecast. After Vandy and an open date, the Tigers face Mississippi State, BYU (in Kansas City, MO), Tennessee, and take a trip to Arkansas. I am not so sure there are two wins in the rest of their season.

South Carolina Gamecocks (3-4, SEC 1-4, P5 2-4, MM 1-0, CC 0-0) 2.25 Points

Points this week: 1 home win over Vandy.

South Carolina has an open date.

South Carolina is 89th in the country in red zone conversions, scoring 80.95% of the time they move the ball inside the 20-yard line. The Gamecocks are last in the country in red zone touchdown production at a measly 28.57%. In their 21 trips inside the 20, they have managed six touchdowns. UTEP is the only team in the country that has scored fewer red zone touchdowns (five), and their percentage is actually higher because they haven’t made as many red zone trips.


Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/josh-kendall-blog/article40437522.html#storylink=cpy
Georgia Bulldogs (5-2, SEC 3-2, P5 3-2, MM 0-0, CC 2-0) 3.0 Points

Points this week: 1 home win over Mizz.

Georgia has an open date before the Cocktail Party in Jacksonville.

Although he may not want to admit it, shutting down the UAB program was the best thing to happen to inside linebacker Jake Ganus. After the announcement that the Blazers would not field a team and that players were free to transfer without having to sit out, Mark Richt pounced at the chance to acquire Ganus' services. The senior has recorded 31 tackles in the last three games with a sack against Mizzou and an interception against Tennessee. Ganus leads the Dawgs with 50 tackles (21 solos, 29 assists).

Arkansas Razorbacks (2-4, SEC 1-3, P5 1-3, MM 0-1, CC 1-0) 0 Points

Points this week: 0 did not play.

Auburn at Arkansas 11am/12pm, SECN

After losing DE Trey Flowers, DT Darius Philon, and OLB Martrell Spaight to the NFL, the Razorbacks knew it would be tough sledding getting to opposing quarterbacks in 2015. To date they have a grand total of six sacks on the season, good for last in the SEC and 118th in the nation out of 128 teams. Twelve individual players in the nation have more sacks than Arky does as a team.

Vanderbilt Commodores (2-4, SEC 0-3, P5 0-3, MM 1-1, CC 1-0) 0 Points

Points this week: 0 road loss to SC.

Missouri at Vanderbilt 3pm/4pm, SECN

Vandy may be looking to make a change at quarterback. Johnny McCrary has started the past 11 games, including the final five games last season and all six this season but has committed seven turnovers in the past two games. In Saturday's 19-10 loss at South Carolina, he threw three interceptions and lost a fumble after the Commodores lost the lead in the second half. Coach Derek Mason sounds like he is getting frustrated with the sophomore signal caller. When asked who the starter would be against Mizzou, all he would tersely reply is that they were  "exploring every option."

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Alabama Crimson Tide (6-1, SEC 3-1, P5 4-1, MM 2-0, CC 0-0) 5.75 Points

Points this week: 1.5 road win (0.5) at TAMU (1).

Tennessee at ALABAMA at 2:30pm/3:30pm, CBS

For the first time this season, Jake Coker did not connect on a scoring pass. In the six previous games of 2015, he had 11 touchdown throws. The last game in which he played and did not record a touchdown pass was September 13, 2014 against Southern Mississippi in which the Tide rolled 52-12.

Eddie Jackson is tied for third in the nation in interceptions with five. He leads the nation in interception return yards with 230. He is tied with Minkah Fitzpatrick and eight others for the most pick-sixes at two.

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TOTALS:

Team Week 2 Points Week 3 Points Week 4 Points Week 5 Points Week 6 Points Week 7 Points
LSU 1.5 2.5 4.0 4.0 5.0 6.0
Alabama 1.75 1.25 1.75 3.25 4.25 5.75
Florida 0.5 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.5 5.5
Texas A&M 1.625 2.125 3.25 4.25 4.25 3.75
Georgia 1.5 2.5 2.5 2.0 2.0 3.0
Auburn 1.25 1.25 0.75 1.25 1.25 2.75
Ole Miss 0.5 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 2.5
South Carolina 0.75 0.75 1.25 1.25 1.25 2.25
Kentucky 2 1.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.0
Mississippi State -0.5 -0.5 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.5
Missouri 1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 1.5 1.5
Tennessee 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.5 0.5 0.5
Arkansas -1.0 -1.5 -1.5 0.0 0.0 0.0
Vanderbilt -1.0 -1.0 -1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

#ROLLTIDE!