Tagged: SEC football

Ole Miss defeat by Auburn was not as close as the final score (44-23) indicated

Mississippi State avoids loss to “Open Date”

Not halfway through the 2017 football season, Ole Miss and Mississippi State are at a crossroads. There’s been nothing to brag about for either school. Two weeks ago, Alabama crushed Ole Miss 66-3. Last week the Rebels lost 44-23 to Auburn and the game was not as close as the final score indicated. Auburn led 35-3 at halftime and took its foot off the gas in the second half and played a lot of reserves. The last two games have been even more crushing for State. After demolishing non-conference foes Charleston Southern and Louisiana Tech by a combined 106-21, Bulldog fans really got pumped up when MSU whipped LSU 37-7. The balloon burst the next week when Georgia crushed State 31-3 and that game was followed by a thorough whipping by Auburn, 49-10. Last weekend at least State did not lose to “Open Date”. The Rebs and Bulldogs can’t slip up this week. Ole Miss has the tougher foe and is favored by three over Vanderbilt. The odds have State as a three touchdown favorite over BYU. That’s a larger margin of error for MSU, but a loss to the Cougers would certainly be a bigger blow to State than if Ole Miss does not beat Vanderbilt.

Is the mighty SEC three Snow Whites and eleven dwarfs?

Is the mighty SEC not as mighty as usual? I would agree it isn’t. Sure, Alabama is Alabama and apparently Georgia and Auburn are very good football teams. Those three are all ranked in the AP’s top ten. Alabama and Georgia are top 10 in the Coach’s Poll, and Auburn is just out at number 11. Nowhere else in the top 25 is a single SEC team ranked. It’s a hard pill for SEC fans to swallow, but there is no doubt the SEC is down overall this season.

ESPN should have fired Jemele Hill instead of suspending her for two weeks

When I first saw the headline that ESPN anchor Jemele Hill had been suspended for two weeks, my first thought was why it took ESPN so long to suspend her after, on social

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Fewer Students Attending College Football Games Could Mean…

On the front page of The Wall Street Journal last week an article was entitled, “Missing From Major College Stadiums: The Students.” A few days earlier USA TODAY had a similar article on the same subject. The WSJ noted that average student attendance is down at major college football games. In the USA TODAY story one athletic director noted that if students don’t attend games today, they are less likely to be a fan when they are 40 years old, and thus less likely to buy season tickets or make contributions to their school’s athletic fundraising organization.

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Bowling With .500 Record Nothing to Brag About

During SEC media days and on many, many other occasions, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen and MSU’s PR department have repeatedly noted that during Mullen’s tenure the Bulldogs have been to four straight bowl games for the first time in school history. Going to a bowl game with a 6-6 record, which Mullen has done for two of those four seasons, is not really something to brag about. In my opinion a .500 record should not make a team bowl eligible.

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