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College Football Around the SEC: 10.28.15

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College football news & notes from around the conference.

Florida and Georgia battle for the SEC East
Florida and Georgia battle for the SEC East
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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

Due to a personal matter, not every team will get a full CeeBee treatment this week. However, the points are updated and I think you will all be pleasantly surprised satisfied.

Texas A&M Aggies (5-2, SEC 2-2, P5 1-0, MM 2-0, CC 0-0) 3.75 Points

Points this week: 0 road loss to OM.

South Carolina at Texas A&M 11am/12pm, SECN

Some of you more avid readers of RBR, may know that I also cover recruiting. Back in February when the nation's #1 rated QB Kyler Murray signed, I found it curious that he would choose TAMU who had rising sophomore Kyle Allen returning. I also questioned whether his game would tranlate to big-time college football. Today, there is trouble a-brewin' in this young marriage. This past Saturday, Allen had another shaky start (12/34, 88 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT) at one point going on a 1-of-12 slide. That one completion went for -1 yard. Even though the game was still close, Kevin Sumlin stuck with Allen and finally turned to third string juco transfer Jake Hubenak, who did not fare much better (6/11-46-0-0), instead of Murray. Sumlin's logic was that it was "based on practice." Methinks it's a little deeper than that.

Mississippi State Bulldogs (6-2, SEC 2-2, P5 0-0, MM 1-0, CC 3-0) 2.5 Points

Points this week: 1 home win over UK.

Mississippi State is off.

The bye week is good timing for the Bullies. Tight end Gus Walley has missed the majority of MSU’s last four games. Running back Ashton Shumpert hasn’t played in two weeks. Wide receiver Gabe Myles has missed three weeks. They will need all these players for the November stretch of Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, and the Egg Bowl.

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

Points this week: 0 did not play.

Florida vs. Georgia (Jacksonville) 2:30pm/3:30pm, CBS

The Gators won last year's World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party by running the ball an astounding 60 times for 418 yards against only 3 of 6 passing for 27 yards. Kelvin Taylor (25-197, 2 TD) and Matt Jones (25-192, 2 TF) did most of the heavy lifting. Jones is now with the Redskins, but Taylor is back but not much else behind him. Freshman backs Jordan Cronkrite and Jordan Scarlett have combined for 175 rushing yards on 41 carries this season.

Tennessee Volunteers (3-4, SEC 1-3, P5 0-1, MM 1-0, CC 1-0) 0.5 Points

Points this week: 0 road loss at Bama.

Tennessee at Kentucky 6:30pm/7:30pm, SECN

Was it the orange pants? I have a hard time understanding why the Vols nation is still so heartily behind Butch Jones when they constantly scathed Derek Dooley for basically the same outcome. I guess it's the moral victories.

Dooley:

2010 6–7 3–5 T–3rd L Music City
2011 5–7 1–7 6th -
2012 4–7 0–7 6th -
Vs. Bama 0-3


Vs. Florida 0-3


Vs. Vandy 2-1



Butch:
2013 5–7 2–6 6th -
2014 7–6 3–5 T–4th W TaxSlayer
2015 3–4 1–3 Currently tied for 4th ?
Vs. Bama 0-3


Vs. Florida 0-3


Vs. Vandy 1-1



Auburn Tigers (4-3, SEC 1-3, P5 1-0, MM 1-0, CC 1-0) 2.75 Points

Points this week: 0 road loss at Arky.

Ole Miss at Auburn 11am/12pm, ESPN ESPN

It has been almost over one year since Auburn has won an SEC game in Jordan-Hare Stadium. That game was a 35-31 upset of Ole Miss on Nov 1, 2014 a 42-35 win over South Carolina on Oct 25, 2014.

Freshman QB Sean White has tossed 97 passes this year but has yet to find the end zone on the receiving end. Jeremy Johnson continues to ride the pine, though occasionally used as a decoy. "Can't say yer not involved in the offense, JJ!"

Kentucky Wildcats (4-3, SEC 2-3, P5 0-0, MM 1-0, CC 1-0) 2.0 Points

Points this week: 0 road loss at MSU.

Tennessee at Kentucky 6:30pm/7:30pm, SECN

"What is that noise, Mark Stoops? Is that the sound of bouncey balls hitting the hardwoods? You have less than a week to hold their interest."

LSU Tigers (7-0, SEC 4-0, P5 1-0, MM 1-0, CC 1-0) 6.5 Points

Points this week: 0.5 home win over MM WKU.

Just like everyone else in the SEC, LSU has a week off to rest up for Bama.

They call Les Miles the "Mad Hatter" but maybe they should call him "Lucky Les". The luck is that, neither Leonard Fournette nor Brandon Harris have gone down to injury... yet. Harris has taken every single snap at quarterback for the Bayou Bengals this season, even against Eastern Michigan. He had his most productive game as a Tiger against WKU throwing for 286 yards and three touchdowns against 0 interceptions, but on 11 of 20 passing. However, as his passing numbers went up, his rushing yards are beating a hasty retreat. In five rushing attempts against the Hilltoppers, he had -24 yards, getting sacked only once. His longest run was 1 yard.

Ole Miss Rebels (6-2, SEC 3-1, P5 0-0, MM 1-1, CC 2-0) 3.5 Points

Points this week: 1 home win over TAMU.

Ole Miss at Auburn 11am/12pm, ESPN ESPN

Robert Nkemdiche is still undergoing the concussion protocol, according to Hugh Freeze. The defensive tackle missed last Saturday’s game against Texas A&M because of concussion symptoms. He passed the concussion protocol tests on Friday but woke up on Saturday with headaches. He will be cleared when the symptoms are no longer there.

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

Points this week: 0 road loss to Vandy.

Missouri is off.

The Tigers season is swiftly circling the drain. Drew Lock had another awful game against Vandy (14/34-108-0-0). Russell Hansbrough and Ish Witter combined for 15 rushing yards on 10 carries. Coach Gary Pinkel is so desperate that according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, he has reinstated quarterback Maty Mauk from his four-game suspension. Discipline Pinkel style, y'all.

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

Points this week: 0 did not play.

South Carolina at Texas A&M 11am/12pm, SECN

The Gamecocks are last in Division I in red zone touchdown percentage (29%), scoring six touchdowns in 21 trips to the red zone. They are averaging 2.1 yards per play inside the 20.

P.S. Spurrier is a quitter.


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 0-0, MM 0-0, CC 2-0) 3.0 Points

Points this week: 0 did not play.

Florida vs. Georgia (Jacksonville) 2:30pm/3:30pm, CBS

The favored team has only won two of the past five meetings in the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. UGA is a 2 to 2½ point underdog. Up to this point in the season, the Dawgs had been favored in every game (yep, even against Bama) but covered the spread only twice (vs. La-Monroe and South Carolina).

Arkansas Razorbacks (3-4, SEC 2-3, P5 0-1, MM 0-1, CC 1-0) 1.0 Point

Points this week: 1 home win over Aubie.

UT-Martin at Arkansas 3pm/4pm, SECN

After losing Jonathan Williams in the preseason, the Hogs needed to find a new complementary piece to running back Alex Collins. They found one in frosh Rawleigh Williams (56-254, 1 TD) for a little while. Williams was carted off the field with a neck injury during the second half against Auburn. This is not good timing for Arky with Ole Miss, LSU, and MSU yet to play. They will have to beat one of those teams just for a hope of getting to a sixth win against Mizzou.

Vanderbilt Commodores (3-4, SEC 1-3, P5 0-0, MM 1-1, CC 1-0) 1.0 Point

Points this week: 1 home win over Mizzery.

Vanderbilt at Houston 6pm/7pm, ESPN2

Vandy coach Derek Mason earned his first SEC win in his twelfth try.

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Alabama Crimson Tide (7-1, SEC 4-1, P5 1-0, MM 2-0, CC 0-0) 6.75 Points

Points this week: 1 home win over Tenn.

ALABAMA has a well-deserved week to rest up for LSU.

How have we not come up with a nickname for Calvin Ridley yet? I nominate Calvin "Ridley's Believe it or Not". Let's hear your suggestions.

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TOTALS:

Well looky here! I am not crazy after all!

Team Week 2 Points Week 3 Points Week 4 Points Week 5 Points Week 6 Points Week 7 Points Week 8 Points
Alabama 1.75 1.25 1.75 3.25 4.25 5.75 6.75
LSU 1.5 2.5 4 4 5 6 6.5
Florida 0.5 2 3 4 5.5 5.5 5.5
Texas A&M 1.625 2.125 3.25 4.25 4.25 3.75 3.75
Ole Miss 0.5 2 3 3 3 2.5 3.5
Georgia 1.5 2.5 2.5 2 2 3 3.0
Auburn 1.25 1.25 0.75 1.25 1.25 2.75 2.75
Mississippi State -0.5 -0.5 1 1 1 1.5 2.5
South Carolina 0.75 0.75 1.25 1.25 1.25 2.25 2.25
Kentucky 2 1.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2 2.0
Missouri 1 1 1 2 1.5 1.5 1.5
Arkansas -1 -1.5 -1.5 0 0 0 1.0
Vanderbilt -1 -1 -1 0 0 0 1.0
Tennessee 0 0 0 -0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5

#ROLLTIDE!