Category Archives: Auburn
Another week, another compelling case for the SEC West being the best division ever. Perceived doormat Arkansas took Texas A&M to overtime and beat the hell out of them doing it, while the rest of the division held serve in nonconference competition by a combined score of 132-27. In the East, Missouri helped the Dawgs in turning the tables with a win at South Carolina– a week after losing at home to Indiana– who got boatraced at home against Maryland (and previously lost to Bowling Green).
So, yeah, to reiterate: the East is a joke, the West is a juggernaut (boasting six (6!) of the top 11 teams in Bill Connelly’s very good F+ rankings).
1) Alabama: Boasting an average margin of victory of 27 points and the best offense of the Saban era, their defense may actually be able to grow into a Kirby Smart defense by the time Texas A&M and Auburn come calling (both in Tuscaloosa). I’m expecting them to show Ole Miss why Ole Miss is Ole Miss this weekend in Oxford, Gameday or no.
2) Texas A&M: Good teams find ways to win football games, and aTm had no business beating Arkansas on Saturday. But they did. No rest for the weary, bloodied, and battered defense, as they get Dak Prescott and Mississippi State this weekend. If I’m a Mississipian with the means, I am helicoptering from this one to Oxford at about 2:45pm CST.
3) Auburn: A slow start against Louisiana Tech, but still a 45-17 win. Their back seven scares me for their long-term health, as does their suddenly inconsistent running game. They finally play a measuring stick game this week with LSU coming to town.
4) Mississippi State: I’ll let them in the top 4 because it’ll never happen again, but also because their bye week performance was more impressive than Georgia’s win. Also, I feel compelled to apologize for the complete undersell of Dak Prescott and the inclusion of 15 egg puns on my preview of the other Bulldogs.
5) Ole Miss: Their D is good. Really, REALLY good. I don’t care who you play, 8.5 points per game is patently absurd in today’s game of football. But you cannot trust Dr. Bo to go and beat Alabama this week. (Can you?) ((You can’t.))
6) Georgia: Remember the late 1990’s, when Florida and Tennessee were the juggernauts of the SEC, and the SEC West was an afterthought? Roughly 15-17 years later, the exact opposite has occurred. Leading the way from the worst SEC division of this millennium is Todd Gurley and a solid pass rush. Not Hutson Mason, not that secondary, and STILL not that special teams unit.
7) LSU: Running into this spot by default is a team that could find themselves or risk finishing 6-6, but put them in the East and they’re a legit contender. Just like Miss State and Ole Miss above, we learn a lot about them with a big game against a top-3 (in these rankings) opponent this weekend. DEAR GOD WHAT A WEEKEND OF SEC WEST FOOTBALL.
8) Arkansas: LOL at our intern Andy not entertaining the notion of Arkansas beating Georgia two weeks from Saturday. This is no longer a pushover.
9) The rest of the SEC East. Seriously, I’m not doing this. South Carolina’s defense has shown up for 45 minutes all season (and still lost that game at home to Mizzou). Mizzou lost to friggin’ Indiana. Still a thing. Tennessee has improved but isn’t worth writing home about, and their game with Florida determines the 9 spot for next week’s power ranking. (BTW, that is the fourth-best SEC game this week. The top three involve, exclusively, SEC West teams.) Kentucky and Vandy did their best ‘if a tree falls in the woods does anyone hear it’ in Lexington last week. The highlight of that game for me? Switching over to it and seeing Kentucky students rushing the field after their last SEC win, WHICH WAS IN 2011.
Trent Thompson – ☆☆☆☆☆
Westover (Albany, GA) DT
Terry Godwin – ☆☆☆☆☆
Callaway (Hogansville, GA) ATH
Jonathan Ledbetter – ☆☆☆☆
Tucker (Tucker, GA) SDE
Natrez Patrick – ☆☆☆☆
Mays (Atlanta, GA) WDE
Chauncey Rivers – ☆☆☆☆
Stephenson (Stone Mountain, GA) WDE
Van Jefferson – ☆☆☆☆
Ravenwood (Brentwood, TN) WR
Jackson Harris – ☆☆☆☆
Columbia Central (Columbia, TN) TE
Jayson Stanley – ☆☆☆☆
Creekside (Fairburn, GA) WR
Michael Chigbu – ☆☆☆☆
Holy Cross (New Orleans, LA) WR
Patrick Allen – ☆☆☆☆
Franklin (Reisterstown, MD) OT
Christian Owens – ☆☆☆☆
Griffin (Griffin, GA) WR
Michael Barnett – ☆☆☆☆
Woodland (Dorchester, S.C.) SDE
*** I have to admit, I had no idea this one was coming, nor did a lot of people. Barnett was supposed to be signing his financial aid papers with Florida State, but instead he announced his commitment to Georgia. Story on Barnett here.
Gary McCrae – ☆☆☆
Randolph Clay (Coolidge, GA) OLB
DeVondre Seymour – ☆☆☆
Hinds C.C. (Raymond, MS) OT
Deontai Williams – ☆☆☆
Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, FL) S
Sage Hardin – ☆☆☆
Marist School (Atlanta, GA) OT
Shaquery Wilson – ☆☆☆
Coral Gables Senior (Miami, FL) ATH
Juwan Taylor – ☆☆☆
Hallandale (Hallandale, FL) ILB
Justin Young – ☆☆☆
Grayson (Loganville, GA) DT
Deandre Baker – ☆☆☆
Northwestern (Miami, FL) CB
Chris Carson – ☆☆☆
Butler C.C. (El Dorado, KS) RB
Quincy Vasser – ☆☆☆
Navarro College (Corsicana, TX)
Tarvarus McFadden – ☆☆☆☆☆
American Heritage (Fort Lauderdale, FL) CB
Roquan Smith – ☆☆☆☆
Macon County (Montezuma, GA) OLB
Rashad Roundtree – ☆☆☆☆
Lakeside (Evans, GA) S
Donte Jackson – ☆☆☆☆
Riverdale (New Orleans, LA) ATH
Darius Slayton – ☆☆☆☆
Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross, GA) WR
Micah Abernathy – ☆☆☆☆
Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross, GA) CB
Emanuel McGirt – ☆☆☆☆
Hillside (Durham, NC) OT
D’Andre Walker – ☆☆☆☆
Langston Hughes (Fairburn, GA) WDE
Good Shot At:
Josh Sweat – ☆☆☆☆☆
Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA) WDE
Albert Huggins – ☆☆☆☆
Orangeburg-Wilkinson (Orangeburg, SC) DT
Montavious Atkinson – ☆☆☆☆
Langston Hughes (Fairburn, GA) ILB/S
*** This will be an interesting one to watch. Atkinson is currently committed to Auburn, but he said that he grew up always watching Georgia games and that his family is nuts about the Bulldogs. He also said that early playing time is a big deal to him, and Jeremy Pruitt is assuring him that he could come in and get a lot of time at safety right away. Atkinson is also teammates and friends with current UGA target, D’Andre Walker (who I think the Dawgs will land). I wouldn’t yet move Montavious into the “Will Get” category, but I think the Dawgs are trending with him.
Will Not Get, But Close:
**Rankings from 247 Sports Composite
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Jonathan Follow @johnnysanders
We Want Brice Ramsey
Georgia should not lose another game in my opinion, but with Hutson Mason at the helm I just do not know. Georgia has a great running game, great pass rush, and the only big questions come from the defensive backfield and quarterback positions. Can Georgia go the rest of the season without losing a game? Yes! But will they? Heck no. They will have a let down and here are the few places I believe it will happen.
- October 11 @ Mizzou: Maty Mauk has the potential to have a huge day against the Georgia secondary, and unless the defensive line can generate the same pressure they did against UT, it will be a long day. Loss probability: (60%)
- November 1 Florida: Rivalry games are always a tricky one. You can almost always throw out whatever the spread is because no matter how good either of these teams are, it is rarely a blow out. Georgia will need to ride TG3 the entire way to win this one. Or they can just wait till Jeff Driskel screws up and wins it for Georgia. He is the Florida version of Reggie Ball. Loss probability: (20%)
- November 15 Auburn: I hate Auburn. I want Georgia to beat them more than most things, and I really believe it could happen. Georgia will need to control the line of scrimmage and play great disciplined football in order to beat the WarEAGLETigers. Loss Probability: (50%)
*I realize Georgia Tech is a rivalry game, but come on.. They are a joke.
They Can Win Out But…
Georgia will need to rely heavily on the run game to win out, and I believe playing at home against Auburn will be the biggest deciding factor in that win. I hope Georgia wins the SEC East. If Hutson Mason can figure out how to not throw like a middle-schooler between now and then, they could become really dangerous. Georgia has the talent and the schedule is in their favor, but can the coaches avoid the big game bust to which Georgia has become accustomed?
How do you think Georgia will fare the rest of the way?
Michael Barnett (6-5/258 DE) -☆☆☆☆
Georgia’s 2015 class, dubbed “Fam 15″, is quickly becoming “Flip 15″. The Bulldogs have flipped their 4th player so far in this class as they landed Michael Barnett this morning. Barnett, a 4-star defensive end out of Dorchester, South Carolina, called the Florida State coaches last night to let them know that he’d be flipping his commitments to the Red & Black. For Georgia, this is their 22nd commitment and 7th on the defensive line. The Bulldogs moved up to #2 in the class rankings on 247 Sports, trailing only Alabama, after this pickup.
Barnett is a huge get for the Dawgs because he adds even more depth to this talented group. At 6-5, 258 lbs., Barnett is a nightmare to defend, and is surprisingly fast for a guy his size. I look for him to push for playing time as soon as he gets to Athens in January.
Some of Barnett’s junior highlights here:
According to some recruiting services, this may not be the last pickup for Georgia this weekend, so stay tuned. There’s a chance they could have a couple more guys by Monday.
Story on Barnett flip here.
Montavious Atkinson, a talented 4-star linebacker out of Fairburn, Georgia, is getting A LOT of attention from the UGA coaching staff, and for good reason. Atkinson would be a perfect fit for Jeremy Pruitt’s defense, and it sounds like they might have a chance at flipping him. Montavious says that one of the big factors in his decision is whether or not he’ll be able to play early. Pruitt has been promising him that if he comes to Georgia, he’ll be able to play safety right away. Atkinson knows that Georgia doesn’t have a ton of depth there, and that seems to be enticing him. He’s also noticed that Georgia isn’t at all scared to play freshmen. Another thing drawing Montavious to UGA is that he grew up watching Georgia games and that his family is nuts about Georgia. I’m not calling Atkinson a lock for Georgia at this point, but he will certainly be one to keep your eye on.
Story on Atkinson and where he stands with the Dawgs here.
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Jonathan Follow @johnnysanders
Vols to Take Down Georgia and Memphis to Upset Ole Miss? Could be a Great Weekend for the Volunteer State
The Florida vs. Idaho game remains on the schedule, because ya know. Meanwhile, here are our expert standings:
- Johnny: 39
- Ashley: 38
- Andrew: 36
- Chad: 36
- Daniel: 36
- Jason: 35
- Alex: 33
And our picks…