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This Week In The SEC, Plus News And Notes From 'Round The Nation



Updated: 2014-10-06T20:16:10.887-07:00

 



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2009-01-18T22:39:58.998-08:00

Bosco's Beat: This Week In SEC Hoops Plus News And Notes From Around The NationSEC fans, the 'Beat is back and as expected some conference teams are steppin' out in front of others. Can Georgia mens' coach Dennis Felton hold on much longer as the Dogs struggle? And will Georgia women's coach Andy Landers' 800th win finally get him the respect he deserves? Wait no longer, here comes the Bosco'sBeat with all the answers!Who's Hot?In our opinion, the two top teams in the SEC are the Kentucky Wildcats and the Auburn Lady Tigers. The Beat taps Kentucky's Jodie Meeks as mid-season MVP after scoring a school-record 54 points in Kentucky's win over No. 24 Tennessee last week. Since then, the 14-and-4 Wildcats have been red-hot, most recently leaving the Georgia Bulldogs in the dust, coasting to a 68-45 win in Athens. On the women's side, the Auburn Lady Tigers are undefeated and number 6 in the nation, handling Arkansas on the road, 70-61 on Sunday. The Lady Tigers have scored 80 or more points in two back-to-back wins, at South Carolina and home versus Florida. Key game alert sounding for a home-stand versus the Lady Vols on the 25th of January.......Another exciting team to watch is the Florida Gators, currently 3-and-0 in conference play following a crushing defeat over Arkansas, 80-65. Super-stud Nick Calathes scored 28 points on Saturday helping his team to a 10 game win streak. Current Arkansas coach John Pelphrey is a former assistant at Florida. Key game alert: Gators at Vanderbilt, with CBS coverage from Nashville Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM.Makin' Some NoiseAt 3-and-0 (12-and-5 overall), Mississippi State's men's team sits atop the SEC West after a 73-66 win over Vandy Saturday night last week. Last week's win over Alabama is the 10th home opening win in 11 seasons for the Bulldogs. Key game alert: at Kentucky on February 3rd, tip-off set for 6 PM......Number 18 Vanderbilt Lady Commodores are 2-and-0 in conference play so far, getting past LSU 75-67 over the weekend in Nashville and beating the Lady Vols, 74-58 last week. A road trip to Athens, Georgia is set for the 22nd......The Tennessee Vols men's AND women's teams are barely hanging on to Top 25 spots after a shaky couple of weeks. The men, losers to Kentucky in week one of conference play, let a 17 point lead slip away in a 82-79 win at home versus South Carolina Saturday night. The Number 24 Vols avoided a first-ever three losses in a row under Coach Bruce Pearl with the win over the 'Cocks. Key Game Alert: A CBS telecast versus state-rivals Memphis Tigers at Knoxville on the 24th. The Lady Vols are for now Number 15 in the nation, but are clearly not the dominant force fans are used to, getting a slow start before handling the South Carolina Lady Gamecocks 68-56 on Sunday. The win is the 36th straight over South Carolina, winless in conference play (0-and-4) and dead last in the SEC. Key Game Alert: Now this is a Pat Summitt special, a road trip to Number 6 and undefeated Auburn Lady Tigers on the 25th of this month. Too Early To Tell, But We Like What We SeeOne team used to reaching Final Fours semi-regularly, the LSU Lady Tigers, are a bit down this year. The 2-and-1 squad has lost alot some heavyweights, including Sylvia Fowles, but junior Alliston Hightower and freshmen Ayana Dunning and LaSondra Barrett combined for 56 points in this weekend's loss to Number 18 Vandy. The Lady Tigers kick off February with a big test at home versus undefeated Auburn......The LSU men's team is off to a good start at 2-and-1 in conference play after thumping Ole Miss 83-51 at Oxford, Mississippi over the weekend. The Tigers led at halftime 41-18 and never looked back. Key Game Alert: At Number 24 Tennessee on the 28th......The Florida Lady Gators are 2-and-1 in conference play after dominating a disappointing Lady Georgia Bulldogs 61-45 on Sunday, ending a 9 game losing streak in the series. The Lady Gators led for good after going on a 24-and-6 run early in the second half. Home games versus Ole Miss, Kentucky and a trip to Fayetteville, Arkans[...]



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2009-01-06T20:19:38.176-08:00

Bosco's Beat: This Week In SEC Hoops, Plus News And Notes From Around The NationThe SEC stepped it up over the weekend, showing the nation it can play with the best in basketball. Here are the highlights from those big games the rest of the week in SEC Hoops.Games Of The WeekBiggest game of the week was a loss in the SEC, but boy was it ever big. Number 1 uconn lady huskies beat our LSU Tigers 83-76, who pulled to within two before uconn's big run to the end. Arkansas and Vandy are two big road games in the next few weeks.....They'll be talking about Saturday in Piscataway, New Jersey for some time as Number 12 Tennessee Lady Vols come back from 20 points and left for dead at the half to beat Number 14 rutgers 55-51. Six games away from her thousandth win, Coach Pat Summit says with all those comebacks, this was the most special. Tennessee never took a lead until 1:30 left in the game. A road trip to Nashville comes next Sunday.....Number 18 Tennessee made some history over on the men's side Saturday, the first ever match-up with national champs kansas, who upset the Vols 92-85 at Allen Fieldhouse. Bruce Pearl, whose boys have lost just twice in the last 31 games, says the loss will be good for the team in the long run. Before the month is out, the 11-2 Vols get Gonzaga, Kentucky and Memphis.....Another big upset, this one in Ames, Iowa as 11-2 iowa state beat Number 19 Vanderbilt Lady Commodores 55-51 on Saturday. The 'Dores went 8 minutes and change without scoring a single point, committing a season-high 27 turnovers. They'll shake it off headed into conference play this month where Tennessee and LSU come calling in the next two weeks....Neither team is ranked, but on a good day an Alabama Crimson Tide win over traditional power georgia tech on the hardwood might make some news. The Tide dominated the 88-77 win at T-Town, getting out to a 19 point halftime lead. The Jackets would rally late, but in the end had no answer to all-conference big man Ronald Steele, who scored 23 points for 'Bama. Bama could rack up some wins down the stretch, with January's biggest tests at Clemson, and home against LSU and Kentucky in the next three weeks.....The 8-and-5 Lady Gamecocks Of USC win a thriller in Raleigh, North Caroina on Sunday, 56-55 over nc state. The lead changed five times in the final minute. The Wolfpack overcame a double-digit South Carolina lead midway through the second half. A tough conference schedule includes road trips to Athens and Knoxville and home games against Vandy and LSU all by the end of the month.Other Games Of NoteThe Kentucky Wildcats rallied to a 71-71 tie with 23 seconds left, but it was not enough as the boys in blue fall to arch-rivals louisville 74-71 over the weekend. SEC Player of the Week Jodie Meeks led Kentucky with 28 points. The 'Cats head to Knoxville to take on nationally ranked Tennessee on January 13th. That game will be televised on ESPN......We would have put this one up a little higher, but its still impressive that legendary Nell Fortner and her Auburn Lady Tigers are ranked 10th in the nation, undefeated after a 79-56 win over stephen f. austin (79-56) over the weekend. Big conference games in the month ahead include Florida, Tennessee and road trips to Georgia and LSU....The Florida Gators get a good rally-win over 9-3 nc state on Saturday, 68-66 in Gainesville. The 12-2 men Gators have won six in a row headed to conference play, including CBS coverage at Vanderbilt, and nationally televised games at Tennessee and at Kentucky by early February....Nationally ranked Lady Florida Gators (#20) broke open the 74-56 win over ohio with a 9-and-0 run in the second half in Athens, Ohio Saturday night. Since a season-opening loss at Florida Gulf Coast, the Gators have won 14 in a row headed towards a trip to Auburn and home versus Georgia and Tennessee by early February.....The Ole Miss Lady Rebels are off to an 11-4 start with an impressive win over traditional power old dominion on Friday night, 79-72. The Lady Rebels travel to Mississippi State, Florida[...]



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2007-09-10T00:56:29.880-07:00

BOSCO'S BEAT: This Week In SEC College Football Plus News And Notes From 'Round The NationWeeks 1 And 2Winning And Loving It: Here it is college football fans -- only weeks before kick-off and fans are already talkin' about a possible repeat of a national championship for the Florida Gators. Can the Gators repeat? Or will they even compete for the Eastern Division of the SEC? What about LSU who some feel could have a legitimate shot at the top spot? And even more bizarre is the buzz about Vanderbilt, who some believe may be fielding the most talented team that school has seen in years! Let's break it down for you in the SEC College Football Preview in this fresh edition of Bosco's Beat, the official source for SEC Fans who want to be in the know! That's what I'm sayin'!Cream Of The Crop: There will automatically be argument that Florida should be a good bet to repeat as SEC Champs, but most pre-season publications pick LSU to represent the SEC. Lindy's, Athlon, FoxSports and Rivals-dot-com all have the Tigers in their Top 3 with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution picking them at number 6. The 2007 Sugar Bowl champs kick off the third season under Les Miles with a road trip to Mississippi State on August 30th. A favorable schedule includes home games against Florida, Auburn and Arkansas. An early test could come September 8th as the Tigers host non-conference Virginia Tech. Player to watch: Senior QB Matt Flynn who replaces JaMarcus Russell, taken as the number 1 pick in the NFL Draft......It's general consensus among those in the know that the Florida Gators should be a legitimate Top 10 team with the Gators ranking in pre-season polls from the Number 11 spot (Lindy's) to Number 4 (FoxSports). The Gators will lose most of their defensive starters but will most likely get their 20th consecutive winning season under the leadership of starting QB Tim Tebow. A 15 game home streak is likely to continue with early games against Western Kentucky and Troy, but the Tennessee Vols come calling on Sept. 15th as the Gators' first test. Away games at LSU and South Carolina are probably the biggest challenges on an otherwise easy schedule which includes home games against Auburn and Florida State.Representin': Returning QB Brandon Cox, among 10 upperclassmen on Auburn's offense is one reason why the Tigers could compete for a spot atop the Western Division of the SEC, but a tough road schedule (at Florida, Arkansas, LSU and Georgia) could derail those hopes. Pre-season polls put Auburn as high as No. 14 (AJC, Rivals.com, FoxSports) and as low as No. 23 (Lindys), probably due to the 'road hazards' the Tigers will face. All four of these road teams were at one time or another in the Top 10 during the 2006 season, but Auburn comes into the season with an SEC best 11-and-1 road mark over the last three years......Positives for the Georgia Bulldogs include the return of Groza Award and All-America candidate Brandon Coutu for placekicking duties and two strong defensive ends, Marcus Howard and Rod Battle, replacing Quentin Moses and Charles Johnson who left for the NFL. But bad news for the Dogs include a slew of arrests and suspensions during the off-season. Those suspensions are likely to come during the first game of the season against an upstart Oklahoma State team that could be a scary one for the Dogs. Key games for the Dogs include at home versus South Carolina, at Knoxville and versus Auburn in Athens......Tennessee gets leadership back at the quarterback spot with the return of Eric Ainge who was the bright spot in what Vol fans would consider a down year with four losses and a humiliating defeat at the hands of Penn State in the Outback Bowl. Thanks to Ainge, Tennessee ended the 2006 season number 2 in the SEC in passing offense, 12th in the NCAA. Four losses on offense include two big names, wide receivers Jayson Swain and Robert Meachem. Key away games for the Vols include visits to the Cal Bears out west, a scary trip to Gainesville, Florida and at T-Town to face Nick Saban [...]



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2007-03-13T05:10:48.843-07:00

A Trip To The 2007 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament In Duluth, GeorgiaYou can feel the excitement in the air throughout the southeast as basketball is headed for tournament time, baby! The men are finishing up the regular season games this week headed toward the Georgia Dome on March 8th - 11th for the SEC Championships. The women are ready to rumble at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia where big crowds are expected at the biggest sporting event yet to be held at the arena! Well i just happen to have my press pass in hand, headed Friday morning up to day 2 of the tourney.First Round Byes:Tennessee, Georgia, LSU and Vandy get byes on Thursday's first round games. All four teams had regular season winning percentages of .800 or better and are all nationally ranked. Thursday's Early Round Summary: South Carolina came from behind to beat #9 seed Auburn 65-63 in game 1. The Gamecocks meet up with Tennessee on Friday afternoon. Kentucky gets a red hot Georgia Lady Dogs on Friday after clawing the Arkansas Razorbacks 72-57. Ole Miss advances after beating Alabama 78-49. The Rebs get the LSU Tigers on Friday. Vanderbilt takes on Florida after a rare Gator win, beating Mississippi State 67-60 on Thursday.In a side note, there is another women's basketball tournament being held this month in Georgia - down in Warm Springs - as the 33rd Annual National Women's Wheelchair Basketball Tournament at Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute began on March 1st. Congratulations, girls.My journey to the SEC Women's Tournament began on Friday with a trip to the Arena at Gwinnett Center. If you didn't already know, watching four basketball games in a row is exhausting! But I will say the staff at the Arena took good care of us media types with a nice food spread and pretty comfortable surroundings. After picking up my credentials, I leisurely walked into the Tennessee/South Carolina game, surrounded by orange-clad fans makin' some noise. The Lady Vols were up 40 to 28 at the half and would go on to win, advancing to the next round early Saturday evening. I quickly found a great seat, beside the USC pep band, right on the floor at the foot of all the action. I decided that I would sit there as much as I could. Occasionally, I would be gently nudged from my spot to make room for the next team's pep band, so I moved to a nearby seat, right in front of a nice older couple, Vanderbilt fans from Nashville. They were nice and I must give it up to them, for a couple in their 60's, they were at every game whether or not their 'Dores played. And the funny thing was, due to seeding schedules, Vandy always played the late games. But they didn't complain despite getting to bed well after 1 o'clock in the morning. Sure enough, they were back the next day, ready for some action. While I was sitting close to my folks, sure enough Georgia Coach Andy Landers took a seat across the aisle only a few feet from me. I must say, he is the most relaxed head coach I think I've ever seen when he's not on the court coaching, slamming his fists into his forehead in anguish for one reason or another, usually when his team is not making their shots. Other coaches literally within my reach included a smartly-dressed Mickey DeMoss. The Kentucky coach was looking good dressed in a dark blue pin-striped suit. She's a little more high-strung than coach Landers, but considering what she has done with a formerly dormant Wildcat team, I think she can be forgiven. Kentucky, way far behind (53-20) with a little over nine minutes left, would fall to Georgia 72-40.The next game in the session was probably the most exciting game of the weekend when scrappy Ole Miss took it to mammoth LSU, cooling off toward the end of the first half, but staging a major come-back in the last ten minutes, down by only five with 7:52 left in the game. I've never heard Mississippi sports fans as loud as they were in the last three minutes of the game, seeing their girls lose a heartbreaker to the Lady Tigers 52-46 af[...]



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2007-03-05T08:38:24.668-08:00




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2006-12-06T06:01:32.133-08:00

Bosco's Beat: This Week In SEC College Football, Plus News and Notes From 'Round the NationHere it is, the twilight of another great SEC football season, bowls selected, a cold chill in the air over Dixie as we prepare for another Christmas season of kinfolk, yuletide and bowl games! Congratulations to the Florida Gators, selected to play Number 1 Ohio State for all the marbles of college football on Monday night, January 8th, 2007 in Glendale, Arizona. The Gators have played in two previous title games, claiming a national championship in 1996 after beating Florida State 52-20 in the Sugar Bowl. The first ever meeting with the Ohio State Buckeyes kicks off at 8 PM Eastern.Sugar Bowl Bound: That would be the LSU Tigers, wrapping up a 10-and-2 season with key wins at Tennessee and Arkansas after losing their first two road games of the season to Auburn and Florida. The 4th ranked Tigers will face number 11 Notre Dame for the third Sugar Bowl appearance this decade, beating Illinois in the 2002 Sugar Bowl and getting a 21-14 win over Oklahoma in 2004, taking the 2003 BCS National Championship. The last meeting between the two teams was a 1998 regular season loss to Notre Dame, 39-36 at South Bend. Kickoff from the Super Dome set for 7:30 PM Wednesday night January 3rd, 2007.Bowlin' On New Years Day: Originally, head coach Houston Nutt wanted his Razorbacks to play at the Cotton Bowl for the fans in case of an SEC Championship Game loss, but the selection of Florida to play Ohio State in the BCS Championship switched Arkansas to the prime spot in the Capital One bowl versus Wisconsin on New Years Day. This is the second Capitol One Bowl invitation to the 'Hogs in school history. The first one resulted in a 45-31 Michigan win on January 1st, 1999, following the 1998 season. Wisconsin and Arkansas have met once in 94 years. Kickoff set for 1 PM New Years Day....The Cotton Bowl will get the 10-and-2 Auburn Tigers and the 9-and-4 Nebraska Cornhuskers on January 1st, kickoff set for 11:30 AM. Tuberville has taken his Tigers to seven consecutive bowl games, three of those have come on the coveted New Years Day. Last time Auburn played in the Cotton Bowl was to a 36-16 loss to Texas A&M in 1986. The Tigers are winless (0-and-3) against Nebraska all-time, losing in 1964, 1981 and in 1982....Tennessee is headed for the Outback Bowl on January 1st to play 8-and-4 Penn State. All seven combined losses from the two storied teams this year all came from teams ranked in the top twelve according to the latest AP rankings. The 9-and-3 Vols lost the last two times they played PSU in bowl games - the 1992 Fiesta Bowl and the Florida Citrus Bowl in 1994. The Vols are 2-and-0 against the Nittany Lions in regular season games in 1971 and 1972. Kickoff from Tampa is set for 11 AM Eastern Standard Time.Bowling For The Holidays: Georgia finishes it's season 8-and-4 after what fans would consider a disappointing season. But the 'Dogs finished strong, beating Auburn and in-state rivals Georgia Tech heading into the Chick-fil-A Bowl on December 30th. They'll take on 10-and-2 Virginia Tech for only the second time since 1931. The Dogs have played in the Atlanta bowl game four times, beating Maryland and Virginia in 1973 and 1998 respectively, and losing to Syracuse and Virginia in 1989 and 1995. This will be Georgia's 43rd bowl game, six most in the country. Kickoff from the Georgia Dome set for approximately 8 PM....The Gamecocks of South Carolina will play the 10-and-3 Conference USA champion Houston Cougars in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis on Friday, December 29th. The 7-and-5 Gamecocks ended the regular season with a dramatic 31-28 win over Clemson heading into the second straight bowl game under head coach Steve Spurrier. The 'Cocks lost to Missouri last year 38-31 in the Independence Bowl. The Gamecocks are 0-and-2 against the Cougars after two losses in a row in 1973 and 1974. Kickoff from th[...]



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2006-09-25T08:09:37.010-07:00

Here it is, week 4 of college football, a pretty impressive week for the SEC versus non-conference opponents with seven SEC wins. Ole Miss was the only team that lost Saturday, to non-conference Tulane. Alabama has it's first loss of the season after a thrilling double overtime to Arkansas, and Kentucky put up a fight, losing to Florida on Saturday night. But we're talkin' about all of that in this week's 'Beat, so let's get it on!Week 4 and Ridin' High: Auburn is the nation's number 2 team after this week's win over Buffalo 38-7. Without Kenny Irons, sidelined with a sprained toe and ankle, the Tigers were able to get two touchdowns late in the game to get a win, but were only ahead by 10 points late in the third quarter. Backup tailbacks Brad Lester and Ben Tate scored two of the final three touchdowns to seal up Saturday's win before travelling to Columbia Thursday night to face South Carolina in an ESPN game, kickoff set for 7:30 pm est.... Georgia fought off a scare from visiting Colorado after the 'Buffs stampeded their way between the hedges, led by Ralphie the Buffalo and QB Bernard Jackson, rollin' up 225 total yards with a touchdown. Then backup freshman quarterback Joe Cox stepped in for the 'Dogs with a 23 yard pass to fullback Brannan Southerland with less than 10 minutes to go. A 20 yard pass to tight end Martrez Milner initiated a mass sigh of relief through Sanford Stadium, the Dogs getting it's fourth win in a row, undefeated on the season so far....Florida remains a top 5 team after beating Kentucky 26-7 Saturday night. It wasn't easy for the Gators who were trailing 7-6 with just under 2 minutes to play in the first half, but star QB Chris Leak responded with some trickery, handing off to Andre Caldwell who pitched it to Dallas Baker, who pitched it back to Leak. In the meantime, Jemalle Cornelius got open in the end zone for a 33 yard score. The Gators get a visit from Alabama this Saturday, 3:30 pm kickoff on CBS. Next Floor Down, Please: LSU is back on stride after last week's low-scoring loss to division rival Auburn, beating Tulane 49-7 Saturday night. Tulane also lost QB Lester Ricard after colliding hard with two of LSU's tacklers in the first half of the game, and could miss Tulane's home opener in the Superdome this Saturday. The 3-and-1 Tigers were all over the Green Wave, capitalizing on a fumbled first snap, then pretty quickly turning a 66 yard drive into points on a 12 yard touchdown catch by Early Doucet. LSU gets a visit from Mississippi State for a 12:30 pm kickoff Saturday afternoon....Tennessee took some frustration out from last week's heartbreaking loss to Florida by taking care of visiting Marshall on Saturday afternoon. Severe weather delayed kickoff for about an hour, but the Vols were ready to go, LaMarcus Coker and Montario Hardesty combining for 109 yards and two touchdowns and a 33-7 victory over the 1-and-3 Thundering Herd. The Vols are eyeing a scary trip to Athens on October 7th but must first travel to in-state rival Memphis for a matchup with the River City Tigers, an ESPN game kicking off at noon this Saturday....SEC fans have always wondered about scrappy Arkansas. You never know quite what to expect from Houston Nutt's bunch, but one thing is certain, they always seem to play Alabama hard. This week's thrilling double overtime win over the visiting Tide, 24-23 puts Arkansas at 2-and-0 in conference play for the first time since 1998. No one is celebrating this one harder than kicker Jeremy Davis, having missed an extra point attempt in the third quarter before kicking the game winning extra point after a Mitch Mustain TD pass to Ben Cleveland. Can Arkansas upset the nation's number 2 team Auburn at Jordan-Hare on October 7th? Time of kickoff has yet to be determined as of Monday morning....Alabama, a team many expect to compete realistically for the top spot in the West next seaso[...]



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2006-09-19T04:26:48.333-07:00

Greetings SEC football fans! Week 3 certainly provided some lively entertainment as Auburn and Florida have taken early leads in the league's Eastern and Western Divisions. Yes, friends, it certainly was an exciting weekend! Congrats to my friends Scott and Natalie, newly married on Saturday. And, even though Saturday was their day, it was nice of them to provide a big screen HD to watch evening games, including the Florida/Tennessee game and for ACC fans, how big was the Clemson win against Florida State in the Bowden Bowl? Congratulations to Clemson.Sitting Atop The SEC: Despite only managing a touchdown against conference rival LSU, Auburn managed a 7-to-3 win over the Bayou Bengals Saturday night. The defensive showdown has major implications for Western Division title hopes, the winner of this game has gone on to win the division title five times in the last six years. Next up for Auburn is a match-up with Buffalo, a 2:30 pm kickoff this Saturday....Florida is the nation's new number 5 team thanks to a 21-20 win over the Tennessee Vols. Saturday night's game gave Urban Meyer his second straight win over UT thanks in part to a smothering defense which held Tennessee to minus-11 rushing yards. UT QB Eric Ainge struggled, going 17-of-32 for 183 yards. Florida hosts Kentucky on ESPN Saturday night beginning at 7:45 pm....Georgia has gone eight straight quarters without allowing a point, beating UAB 34-0 on Saturday. Freshman quarterback Matthew Stafford's starting debut was nothing spectacular, but a dive into the end zone in the fourth quarter for a touchdown was impressive. The youngster completed 10-of-17 for 107 yards. The Dogs play Colorado in Athens Saturday afternoon, kickoff set for 12:30 pm....The Alabama Crimson Tide has quietly gone 3-and-0 under the leadership of freshman QB John Parker Wilson who threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns Saturday in a 41-7 win over Louisiana-Monroe. Coming off an ugly win over Vanderbilt last week, Alabama had their best offensive performance of the season with the team's leading rusher Kenneth Darby working up 79 yards on 14 carries for the Tide. Alabama travels to Fayetteville to take on the Razorbacks Saturday, 2:30 pm kickoff and a CBS telecast.Still Alive, In Need Of Some Assistance Please: LSU is 0-and-1 in SEC play after starting 2-0 against non-conference Arizona and Louisiana-Lafayette. The loss to Auburn, 7-to-3 on Saturday marks the lowest scoring game LSU has played at Auburn since 1973. Since 1972, this is the first time the two teams have met when both were ranked in the Top 10. LSU tries to re-group heading into Saturday's game against Tulane, 7 pm kickoff....Tennessee is also 0-and-1 in the SEC and has fallen behind Florida and Georgia in the early race in the Eastern Division. Fans are hoping Saturday night's 21-20 loss to the visiting Gators will get their team fired up for a visit to Athens to face a surging Georgia Bulldogs on October 7th, where they are most certainly expected to be serious underdogs. Meanwhile, the Vols will likely take their frustrations out on visiting Marshall on Saturday, kickoff set for 4 p.m....You've got to give lowly Kentucky some props for going 1-and-0 in conference play for the first time in 19 years, beating Ole Miss 31-14 Saturday. Kentucky caught fire after a 47 yard score gave Mississippi an early lead. Kentucky legacy Dicky Lyons, Junior weighed heavily in the blowout victory, catching two passes for scores. Defensive tackle Myron Pryor intercepted a Brent Schaeffer pass that had originated at the 10 yard line, Mississippi threatening. Pryor also forced and recovered two seperate fumbles. Coming up for Kentucky is a road trip to Gainesville to take on number 5 Florida, 7:45 pm kickoff set for ESPN....Arkansas is undefeated in the SEC Western Division thanks to a missed 48 yard field goal attempt by Vandy's Bryant Hahnfeldt with less t[...]



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2006-09-05T05:19:41.590-07:00

Bosco'sBeat: This Week In SEC College Football, Plus News And Notes From Around The NationGreetings college football fans! What a great first week for the SEC. Looks like we have some real national contenders ready to roll, from Tennessee's big win over no. 9 California to an Auburn team as good as any team going, the SEC is back. Thanks for looking up my blog and here's a breakdown of all the action in the SEC, plus a word or two from around the nation.Off To A Great Start: Arguably the biggest game of the first week was No. 23 Tennessee taking on Top Ten California in Knoxville, no longer the football capital of the south as it once was. But it was a test that head coach Phil Fulmer, starting quarterback Eric Ainge and new-old offense coordinator David Cutcliffe needed to pass to get some pride back in Neyland Stadium. Vol fans can be proud of the 35-18 win Saturday night, which included four touchdown passes from Ainge, whose had it a little rough the last couple of years to say the least. Next up for the Vols, a 7 p.m. start versus Air Force. Auburn is back and has put the skids on a one-and-four record veruses opening day opponents by beating Washington State 40-14. You'll be hearing alot about big Kenny Irons this season, who rushed for 183 yards Saturday night. But kicker John Vaughn and quarterback Brandon Cox get their props as well. Good win Saturday night fellas! The Tigers take a trip to Starkville, Mississippi on Saturday to visit the Bulldogs, who we'll talk about later, 12:30 kickoff on CBS. It would be hard not to argue that alot is expected of the Florida Gators this year with most talking heads predicting an SEC Championship for Urban Meyer's crew. After a sluggish start which included an interception which Southern Miss turned into a touchdown, Chris Leak and his Gators caught fire. Leak completed 21 of 30 passes for 248 yards in the 34-to-7 win. The Gators get to work on Central Florida at the Swamp on Saturday (6 pm kickoff) while they prepare for the Vols in Knoxville on the 16th of September. Back to the "west siiiide", the LSU Tigers are now solidly in the corner of JaMarcus Russell who was given the starting quarterback job over highly- touted Ryan Perrilloux, per Les Miles. Good decision coach, Russell's a one man machine, rollin' up 253 yards of passing in the 45-to-3 win over UL-Lafayette. One of the biggest games of next week will be a nationally televised game versus Arizona, 5:30 p.m. kickoff from Death Valley. Georgia has to shake off the D.J. Shockley era and welcome in someone to handle the ball for the Dogs this year. Three different quarterbacks played Saturday in a 41-to-12 stomping over the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky. One of them, Joe Tereshinski who is right now considered the starter, threw for 90 yards and finished 7-of-17 on his watch. We would put Georgia in the next catagory with questions, but the Dogs are loaded with talent, including Danny Ware who ran 40 yards for a touchdown, sealing the win. Next up is a huge game with SEC East implications when the Dogs travel to "SpurrierTown", South Carolina to take on the Gamecocks, 7:45 p.m. prime time kickoff.Unbeaten, But We've Got Questions: Ladies and gentlemen, we'd like to introduce you to John Parker Wilson. He's the new starting quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Wilson put up 253 yards for his team in his first collegiate start, beating Hawaii 25-17. The Tide has questions on the offensive side of the ball, but the defense stifled Hawaii's rushing game to only 22 yards. The Tide is off to a good start, but the general consensus among the experts is that Alabama is one year away from playing for the top spot in the Western Division. We'll know a bit more about Mike Shula's upstarts on Saturday when they host the Vanderbilt Commodores for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff. The Ole Miss Rebels are happy to be 1-and[...]