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) - Another week, another set of disturbing games featuring underachieving teams and delusional fans pining for the glory years. In particular, those boosters of 2-0 Tennessee who have quaffed the orange Kool-Ade and are snapping up large blocks of rooms in Miami, site of the BCS Championship Game. This is counterpointed by the cacophonous raging of my editor Skeeter Brown, who is constantly busting my chops to hurry and get this column out to the faithful followers of The Line King.
We get a few conference games this week, which should bring some fans crashing back to the reality that they are headed to somewhere like Birmingham's Legion Field in January - like Tennessee, for instance - or maybe no place at all - like Mississippi.
And note to ESPN: Please for crying out loud, just scroll CFB scores while you are broadcasting your $EC love fest on Saturdays. The Ling King could care less who won the second round of the Rolex Cup Tennis in Bucharest. And give me all scores, not just the games YOU think are important.
Whatever happened to ABC's College Scoreboard?
All times are Eastern.
Saturday, Sept. 15
ULM (+16.5) @ Auburn 12:21 p.m., $EC Network
My, how the mighty have fallen. At this rate, it'll take Auburn another 30 years and maybe another Macon County video poker casino to climb back to the top, but that is only speculation based on internet rumors.What isn't a rumor is that ULM is well-coached and has a QB half the $EC would kill for. Auburn could very easily start the season 0-3.
Presbyterian @Vanderbilt 12:30 p.m., CSS
I have always thought highly of Vanderbilt. Their fan never pretends their team is anything other than what they are - unlike Mississippi fans. Then VU stoops to Alabama levels by scheduling Presbyterian. I have been to Presbyterian. You can throw a football across its campus. Bad Commodores! You should be ashamed.
Texas A&M (-13.5) @ SMU, 3:30pm, TBD
The first of two games this week that break my heart. I spent the majority of my youth watching SMU football at the old Cotton Bowl - long before they got railroaded by the NCAA Blackshirts. But I really like Kevin Sumlin. I said it before and I will keep saying it, he will have the Aggies contending for the $EC West title in short time. The Ponies got stomped by Baylor in Week 1, so look for a breakout game from the Aggies.
Alabama @ Arkansas (-21.5) 3:30pm, CBS
How can an $EC team be a three-touchdown underdog at home? Here's how: Lose to a Sunbelt team at home (ironically a Sunbelt team that has beat Bama as well). Hog fans will simply implode if this game isn't halfway competitive or they will look to move to the Big 12. Three touchdowns!?!?!?
Florida (+3) @ Tennessee 6 p.m., ESPN
Attention Big Orange: Florida is not Georgia State. The Gators have been tested; the Vols have not. And if Mike Slive had true grit, he would fine Derek Dooley for dressing like a fool on the sidelines. For goodness' sake, Gulf South Conference coaches dress better than Double D.
UAB @ South Carolina (-33.5) 7 p.m., FSN
Burn me once, shame on you; burn me twice shame on me ... there won't be a third time for The Line King. Carolina still has not played a complete game. I would normally take 33.5, but this is UAB we are talking about - a team that Memphis has circled on their calendar.
Arizona State @ Missouri (-6.5) 7 p.m., ESPN2
What a buzzkill for Mizzou fans. But what a nice surprise too. They held their own versus Georgia, more than most $EC homers thought they would. It'll still take me 20 years to remember Missouri is actually an $EC team, but they could care less. They are already leaps and bounds ahead of Mississippi.
Western Kentucky @ Kentucky (-7) 7 p.m., ESPNU
Did Kentucky actually score 47 points last week? That had to wake a few Cat fans up from their post-March Madness hangover. Can Joker put two wins together? I can't believe I am taking Big Blue and giving points, but stranger things have happened.
Mississippi State (-16.5) @ Troy 7 p.m., ESPN3
How is a team a 16.5 point underdog at home to a second-tier $EC team? Lose at home as a 3-point favorite, like Troy did to Louisiana Lafayette last week. The once proud Troy defense has become the laughingstock of the Sunbelt and that's pretty sad. Troy has a history of winning big games at home, but not this time. The only hope is if the NCAA announces sanctions on Mississippi State prior to kickoff.
Florida Atlantic @ Georgia (-42.5) 7:30 p.m., CSS
Speaking of laughingstocks, Florida Atlantic was a questionable football program at the most, now they are just plain awful. But that's the dilemma with taking the Dawgs - which The Line King will, but Marc Richt will probably find a way to not motivate his team and Sanford Stadium will be half-empty by halftime.
Idaho @ LSU (-42.5) 8:00 p.m., PPV
Again, why would anyone pay to watch this "game". LSU outscores the Pacific Northwest by over 100 points in two consecutive weeks. Waste of time, money and tailgating.
Texas (-10.5) @ Mississippi 9:30 p.m., ESPN
The only chance Mississippi has is...who am I kidding, they have no chance. Heck, Mac Brown's Tulane teams beat Mississippi, why wouldn't his Texas teams?
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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 >>
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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 >>
Southeastern Conference fans are beginning to stir as South Carolina, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Kentucky all hold their annual spring football games on Saturday, April 13.More >>
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 >>
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 >>