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SEC Notebook/Power Poll: Alabama-LSU Showdown Highlights Weekend; East Is A Jumble

by Jim Harris 10/31/2012 3:24 pm

Last year, it appeared the whole world was watching (except for the fans focused on Arkansas and South Carolina) when No. 2 Alabama played host to No. 1 LSU in Tuscaloosa in week 10 of the Southeastern Conference season. Neither team managed a touchdown, but LSU managed to escape with a 9-6 overtime victor, only to lose the 1 vs. 2 rematch in the BCS Championship Game 21-0 in January in New Orleans. Though 'Bama is No. 1 and LSU is in the top 5, this Saturday night's matchup in Baton Rouge doesn't seem to be generating the incredible buzz of the last regular-season game — to be sure, even Ali-Frazier III didn't have the same impact worldwide that Ali-Frazier I did 40-something years ago — it's still THE game of the day in college football. So important is it to CBS this time that the network made sure no other SEC game would be played at night. Instead fans have the unusual scheduling of six SEC games kicking off before noon.

SEC Notebook/Power Poll: Hogs, Ole Miss Eye Bowl Eligibility; Mississippi State Tries To Join Elite

by Jim Harris 10/24/2012 2:06 pm

Divisional leaders clash in the Southeastern Conference's top games this weekend, while Arkansas and Ole Miss both seek to draw closer to bowl eligibility with their brunch-time matchup in Little Rock. Each team's coach said Wednesday during the SEC teleconference that he was trying to get a handle on how the open weekend might affect this week's performance. Arkansas Coach John L. Smith said the time off helped his 3-4 team heal "the bumps and bruises" and that Tuesday's practice was very good. Ole Miss' Hugh Freeze also said his team enjoyed the week to get over injuries but that the first practice back, on Tuesday, was sluggish.

Doc Harper: Arkansas Beating Kentucky Wasn’t A Surprise, Dominating Was A Shock

by Doc Harper 10/15/2012 9:00 am

These last two Arkansas games were definitely an improvement over the games in September. Even though Auburn and Kentucky are not good teams, those victories shouldn’t be discounted because of the level of opposition. It’s clear the Razorbacks are better than they were and fans have reason to be optimistic as the season goes on.

SEC Notebook/Power Poll: Arkansas, Kentucky Feeling Injury Crunch; Gamecocks Make Big Move

by Jim Harris 10/10/2012 1:32 pm

The hits just keep on coming for Arkansas' defense, and Kentucky's not feeling too well either. On Wednesday's SEC coaches teleconference, Arkansas Coach John L. Smith revealed that end Tenarius Wright had chosen to get his shoulder "fixed" now after an MRI on Monday revealed damage requiring surgery. So Wright, who redshirted as a freshman and is a fifth-year senior, is done as a Razorback. Meanwhile, Kentucky is down to a fourth-string freshman quarterback and may be missing three quarters of its starting secondary.

SEC Notebook: Struggling Frazier Not Running As Much For Auburn; Alabama, Georgia Top Power Poll

by Jim Harris 10/3/2012 1:00 pm

Moving from a special-situation quarterback in Gus Malzahn's offense as a freshman to the starting quarterback in new Auburn coordinator Scot Loeffler's attack has proven to be a difficult transition for Shiloh Christian product Kiehl Frazier. As a freshman, Frazier backed up Barrett Trotter and Clint Moseley, who were given more leeway in the passing game while Frazier was better suited for the zone-read running plays. He played in all 13 Tiger games, including a Chick-fil-A bowl victory over Virginia, and accumulated 343 rushing yards on 76 attempts (4.3 per carry). He lost only 16 yards all season. In 2012, Frazier has just 16 net yards rushing on 31 attempts.

Aggies' Manziel Sixth SEC Offensive Award Winner Since 2008 At Razorbacks' Expense

by Chris Bahn 10/1/2012 10:27 am

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, come on down … You’re the latest weekly award winner at the expense of Arkansas’ defense. Manziel is the third quarterback to be named his conference's offensive player of the week after facing the Razorbacks. Manziel, who set an SEC record with 527 yards of total offense, joins Louisiana-Monroe quarterback Kolton Browning and Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova as players named as their league’s top performers for the week. Browning was also named the national offensive player of the week after leading the Warhawks to a victory against Arkansas.

SEC Notebook: A&M Quarterback Manziel 'Jumps Out' At Hog Coach; Little Shuffling In Power Poll

by Jim Harris 9/26/2012 1:57 pm

Arkansas Coach John L. Smith said Wednesday during the SEC coaches teleconference that while Texas A&M looks formidable in the offensive and defensive lines and possess a great punt returner, "what jumps out" in watching A&M game film is quarterback Johnny Manziel. A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin said that Manziel only has a portion of the offensive package as they ease the redshirt freshman along.

Doc Harper: The Arkansas Razorbacks Won’t Actually Go 1-11, Will They?

by Doc Harper 9/24/2012 9:00 am

A little more than two weeks ago, it wasn’t hard to find someone who thought Arkansas would finish 11-1. Even among the biggest cynics in the country, it was hard to find anybody that expected Arkansas to be worse than 3-1 at this point. Now the Razorbacks are being left out of SEC bowl projections and are facing the challenge of finding a second victory while spending the next two weeks on the road.

SEC: Awesome Or Awful?

by David Brandt, The Associated Press 9/21/2012 1:11 pm

The mighty Southeastern Conference has six schools in the Top 25, with Alabama and LSU atop the rankings and the toast of college football once again. An impressive eight SEC teams have managed to break into the Top 25. But while it seems everyone in the SEC is enjoying success, that's not the case. The bottom half of the league has had some downright embarrassing moments.

SEC Notebook: Razorbacks Bottom Out In Power Poll; 'Fingers Crossed' For Tyler Wilson

by Jim Harris 9/19/2012 1:39 pm

This week in the Notebook, we look at Florida's turnaround under Will Muschamp, as the Gators have a leg up on the rest of the SEC East with two road victories. Also, Coach John L. Smith addressed some of the Razorbacks' struggles and changes this week. We look at some of the top performances from last Saturday and revise the power poll, sending Arkansas plummeting after the embarrassing loss at home to Alabama. (Truthfully, we could probably have a "With Tyler Wilson Poll" and a "Without Tyler Wilson Poll"; the Hogs need the senior quarterback this week against Rutgers, as Smith told the league's media on Wednesday.)

Jim Harris' SEC Notebook: Spurrier, Saban Wowed By Petrino's Offensive Legacy; Hogs Tumble In Power Poll

by Jim Harris 9/12/2012 1:24 pm

This week in the Notebook, we look at Steve Spurrier's and Nick Saban's admiration for the Bobby Petrino system, the winning performance of Tyler Russell in Mississippi State's big win over Auburn, other top efforts last week, and the ups and downs of the league teams in the Weekly Power Poll. Also, while Arkansas-Alabama is the CBS game of the week, Saturday's marquee game is a more familiar SEC clash that finally has some national importance again.

Mississippi State Bulldogs

by Tre Baker 9/5/2012 8:37 am

Basketball roster further depleted with two more expulsions.

SEC Power Poll, This Week's Games And Notes

by Jim Harris 8/29/2012 2:08 pm

LSU tops our SEC Power Poll to start the 2012 season, and Alabama's matchup in Arlington, Texas, against Michigan is the highlight game this weekend. But a lot of eyes will be on Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday night when South Carolina and Vanderbilt tangle in a game with huge, early SEC East implications.

SEC Potpourri

by Tre Baker 8/24/2012 9:37 am

Mississippi State, Mizzou and Texas A&M all facing obstacles this week.

SEC Notebook: Miles Won't Speculate On Mathieu; Auburn Looks Young On O-Line

by Jim Harris 8/14/2012 2:50 pm

Tyrann Mathieu, LSU's Honey Badger" who was kicked off the Tigers for the 2012 season after violation of school rules, according to Coach Les Miles, is expected to reveal his future plans on Wednesday. Speculation on Monday had him enrolling at Jackson State, a Southwestern Athletic Conference, Football Championship-level program that would allow him immediate eligibility. But on Tuesday, LSU's Miles was so vague that it was hard to tell if Mathieu is certain to leave LSU.

Jim Harris: Arkansas Razorbacks Shouldn't Have To Be Selling Any Seats This Late

by Jim Harris 8/8/2012 2:56 pm

The good news for Arkansas Razorback fans is that they've bought every seat available for the Alabama and LSU games in Fayetteville this upcoming football season. Arkansas fans recognize college football powerhouses and will turn out en masse to see their Hogs play them. And that's about it. Out of eight games being played in state, the Hogs are batting .250 right now in sellouts. For Fayetteviille and the 72,000-seat Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, it's a better-sounding .333 average — Baseball Hall of Fame material, but pretty lackluster in Southeastern Conference football attendance figures.

SEC Road Trip 2012: Marching Cadets, A Sacred Corner, Ritzy Cockabooses and More

by Doc Harper 7/31/2012 2:09 pm

As much fun as it is to cheer on the Razorbacks along with tens of thousands of fellow fans in Fayetteville and Little Rock, there is nothing quite like venturing into enemy territory to call the Hogs. You do have to put up with some heckling on the road, but it’s normally in good fun. Rabid fans are what make the football atmospheres in the SEC so special, and why victory on the road is so difficult.

Mississippi State

by 7/25/2012 9:08 am

Bulldogs potentially lose prized freshman for season to ACL injury.

Jim Harris: Vandy's Franklin, Arkansas' 'Joker' Smith Rule SEC Media Days Coaches

by Jim Harris 7/20/2012 2:47 pm

The addition of two teams to the Southeastern Conference and its annual July football media days brought some personality to what can often turn into a mundane three days of coachspeak. We've come to expect the well-placed barbs from Steve Spurrier to the subtle jabs from Nick Saban to the outright sleep-inducing speech of Gene Chizik. However, Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin and Missouri's Gary Pinkel managed to take the event up a notch rather than lower it into the perfect advertisement for 5-hour energy drinks. But even the newcomers couldn't quite reach the enthusiastic level hit by Vanderbilt's James Franklin and Arkansas' 10-month coach, John L. Smith. In our annual after-the-trip look back at three days in Hoover, we rank the performances of all 14 coaches, basing the ratings also on how most of the media reacted to the head men in the SEC.

SEC Preview: LSU Is Quarterback Away From BCS Title

by Jim Harris 7/16/2012 12:00 am

Alabama may take a year, though, to come down from the high of last year’s national championship, just as the Crimson Tide had to get its bearings in 2010 and lost three games. If that happens, LSU will pick up right where it left off and win a second-consecutive SEC championship. No doubt the 21-0 loss to Alabama in the national title game, when the Tigers went in ranked No. 1, left a stinger with the “Honey Badger,” Tyrann Mathieu, and the other returning LSU stars.