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 >
Thursday, August 30 2012 12:17 PM EDT2012-08-30 16:17:06 GMT
(RNN) - Another college football season has snuck up on The Line King like that bad rash he picked up at Cash's Faux Pas many years ago – and another storm is raging in the Gulf. Nevertheless, our oldMore >
The Line King's weekly, acerbic take on select college football games and his predictions of who will win and by how much are certain to entertain, inform, amuse, outrage and confuse. But not all the same people and definitely not at the same time.More >
(RNN) - My editor Skeeter Brown told me to tone it down this week because I was being so abrasive and cruel that sensitive fans of the $EC teams I write about were becoming offended. I do apologize, but bear in mind that I look on these teams as a commodity. Guys who work the floor at the Chicago Board of Trade don't get all sentimental over pork bellies.
The $EC came woefully close to finishing the weekend 1-3 against the Sunbelt Conference and it is clear that Mississippi might not be able to compete for the GulfSouth Conference title. Tennessee fans will need to be talked down off the ledge and anyone who actually follows Kentucky football can officially start to concentrate on basketball.
The Vanderbilt fan can keep the dream alive that the Commodores still have a shot at the Birmingham Bowl.
On the flip side, either Alabama is that dominating or Arkansas has imploded so violently a supernova will emerge in Fayetteville. LSU has dominated the Pacific Northwest (Washington and Idaho).
Florida continues to impress on the road and Georgia continues to underachieve. The jury is still out on South Carolina.
And at this rate it's going to take The Line King 25 years to recognize the two miscellaneous teams, A&M and Mizzou as members of the $EC.
All times are Eastern:
Saturday, Sept. 22
Mississippi @ Tulane (+15) noon, FSN
The Flood (actually UM's team name until 1936) vs. The Wave. The Hotty Toddy vs. The Hullabaloo. The Bad vs. The Ugly. Tulane's first game after Devon Walker's horrific injury against Tulsa. The good no, make that great news is Devon has made and continues to make progress in what will be a long road to recovery. The bad news is Tulane is hosting an $EC team. The good news is, it's Mississippi. The bad news is there will be more Flood fans in the Dome than Wave fans. The good news is, it's Mississippi.
Kentucky @ Florida (-24.5) 12:21p.m., $EC Network
Don't feel sorry for Kentucky, they still have Samford on their schedule...SAMFORD, not Stanford and they will still pick up a huge check at the end of the year from Darth Vader aka Mike Slive regardless of their embarrassing performances.
Mizzou @ South Carolina (-10) 3:30 p.m., CBS
At about 4:15 Saturday afternoon or 6 Sunday morning, most Missouri fans who make the trip to Columbia will need to be reminded again exactly why the team with the westernmost location in the league is in the $EC East. Expect the visor to be thrown quite a bit-it's a nationally televised game. Look but do not touch. Too many weird things.
Florida Atlantic @ Alabama (-50), 4 p.m., PPV
Bammer claims a share of the Sunbelt title. New Orleans Bowl officials will be there to present the official invitation. Fifty is a lot.
Rutgers (+5) @ Arkansas 7 p.m., ESPNU
If you see a very bright light on the horizon Saturday night, it's that super nova erupting in downtown Fayetteville. It might happen. Proceed at your own risk.
LSU (-19) @ Auburn 7 p.m., ESPN
Remember the "Earthquake Game"? The "Fire Game"? Classic moments in this "rivalry". It will take an earthquake, fire and one or two additional acts of God for Auburn to win this game. They most likely won't cover either unless they complete a Hail Mary at the end of the first half and complete a flea-flicker touchdown in the second.
South Alabama @ Mississippi State (-34.5) 7 p.m., TBD
You know it's a dud game when it's not even "PPV". Mississippi State could have scored 50+ points last Saturday in Troy, but didn't; and Troy might have scored 51 points, but they didn't, either, and Mississippi State was lucky to win. Fear not, it's South Alabama, not Troy, and a five-touchdown margin is not out of the question.
South Carolina State @ Texas A&M 7 p.m., FSN
Speaking of "PPV", how does this get a slot on FSN?
Akron @ Tennessee (-35) 7:30 p.m., CSS
Tennessee whups up on the Zips and Big Orange fans get geared up for next year's game in the Swamp. Wait, I thought THIS year was NEXT year?
Vanderbilt @ Georgia (-14) 7:45 p.m., ESPN2
How bad will Georgia underachieve this week? Vandy is a threat once a year to show up and play and the Vandy fan is riding high after last week's stomping of the Blue Hose. So going against any sound judgement, The Line King will take the Dogs...but the "For Sale" signs are still being held in reserve.
Kansas State (+14) @ Oklahoma 7:30 p.m., FOX
Aggieville > Norman and purple teams seem to be good picks this year.
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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 >
The NFL Draft with all its drama and uncertainty airs live in prime time Thursday night. Luke Joeckel, Manti Te'o, SEC stars and borderline quarterbacks are among this year's mysteries.More >
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 >
Friday, December 7 2012 8:37 AM EST2012-12-07 13:37:38 GMT
(RNN) - Butch Jones has been hired as the next head football coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, according to ESPN. Jones has resigned from his position as Cincinnati's head coach, effective immediately,More >
Butch Jones has been hired as the next head football coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, according to ESPN.More >
Thursday, November 29 2012 12:54 PM EST2012-11-29 17:54:22 GMT
Offensively, Alabama and Georgia both feature efficient if not flashy quarterbacks, steady if not high-profile receivers and a pair of running backs anyone would love to have. The breakdown: Quarterback: GeorgiaMore >
Alabama and Georgia both feature efficient if not flashy quarterbacks, steady if not high-profile receivers and a pair of running backs anyone would love to have. Georgia's defense has more stars; Alabama's defense has performed better as a unit.
Monday, November 26 2012 6:15 PM EST2012-11-26 23:15:13 GMT
It is never too early to project where those teams will play, who they will play and, for good measure, the result.More >
The chaos of the scramble to play in the BCS Championship Game has come down to one possibility - the winner of Bama-Georgia plays Notre Dame. But how the rest of the bowl pairings might shake out is another interesting puzzle. Here are our projections. More >
Thursday, November 15 2012 4:55 PM EST2012-11-15 21:55:31 GMT
(RNN) - This is mostly a week of throwaway games as SEC teams prep for next week, which features turkey, dressing and a lot of rivalry games.But a bad November Saturday in SEC Country watching ball isMore >
Can Johnny Football gain 1 billion yards? Can Alabama score 1 billion points? And can Vanderbilt beat Tennessee for only the second time in 1 billion years? Tune in this week and find out.More >