College Football Picks: Showdown Saturday to shape CFP race

Football 10/31/18, 17:49

This will probably be the best Saturday of the college football season.With four games matching top-15 teams, including No. 1 Alabama at No. 4 LSU, the stakes are high, the story lines intriguing and the playoff ramifications plentiful.Both Southeastern Conference divisions could be settled if Alabama wins because the winner ...

Waddle, other SEC freshmen finding roles, making plays

Football 10/31/18, 15:58

Alabama receiver Jaylen Waddle is the Southeastern Conference's top freshman, and it's not really even close.Waddle has 21 catches for 457 yards and three touchdowns and has been equally valuable as a punt returner, averaging 16 yards and taking one back for a score. He's turning in the kind of ...

Update: Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Notre Dame top CFP

Football 10/30/18, 19:26

The Latest on the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season (all times local):6:20 p.m.Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Notre Dame are the top four teams in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season.The 13-member selection committee released the first of its five weekly top 25s before the ...

Packers deal RB Ty Montgomery to Ravens

Football 10/30/18, 17:40

The Green Bay Packers have traded running back and kick returner Ty Montgomery to the Baltimore Ravens.Baltimore was sending a seventh-round draft pick to Green Bay in what was a busy trade deadline day for Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst.Green Bay also traded starting safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to the ...

Auburn hoping to duplicate 2017’s memorable finish

Football 10/30/18, 15:28

The Auburn Tigers have a tough road ahead even to finish with a winning record.The Tigers, once a top-10 team viewed as a Southeastern Conference title contender, begins a difficult closing stretch Saturday against No. 25 Texas A&M. Then road trips to No. 6 Georgia and No. 1 Alabama are ...

Bowl Watch: Florida State’s streak in jeopardy again

Football 10/28/18, 19:28

For a second straight year, Florida State's bowl streak is very much in doubt.The Seminoles played in a bowl for a 36th straight season last year, but only after beating Louisiana-Monroe in a rescheduled game that enabled Florida State to finish the regular season at 6-6. That game took place ...

Alabama’s Quinnen Williams a dominant force on D-line

Football 10/25/18, 15:02

The guys who have to block Quinnen Williams in practice aren't the least bit surprised by his success on Alabama's defensive line.Williams has emerged as a dominant force for the top-ranked Crimson Tide at nose guard, doing in games all season what he had often done in practice."I think we're ...

It’s nitty gritty time for SEC championship contenders

Football 10/24/18, 12:34

Now, the Southeastern Conference is getting down to the nitty gritty.Starting with the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party this weekend, the division title contenders will be meeting over the next two weeks to sort things out.No. 7 Georgia and No. 9 Florida get the big stretch going Saturday in Jacksonville, ...

Alabama adds firepower to help replace Collin Sexton

Basketball 10/24/18, 08:42

Alabama coach Avery Johnson manages to find a silver lining to losing Collin Sexton to the NBA.Sure, that means replacing one of the Southeastern Conference's most dynamic players, but it also forces the Crimson Tide to build more offensive diversity."Collin was an alpha dog," Johnson said. "He's going to score ...

LSU’s Orgeron hopes coaches demand change to targeting rule

Football 10/23/18, 16:06

LSU coach Ed Orgeron hopes coaches will band together and demand changes to NCAA football's targeting rule and how it is enforced.Orgeron's suggestion comes just days after a target foul called last weekend LSU linebacker Devin White, a penalty which triggered White's suspension for the first half of the fourth-ranked ...

Vols’ Pruitt confident Guarantano will be ready this week

Football 10/22/18, 22:05

Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt says he expects quarterback Jarrett Guarantano to be available Saturday at South Carolina. The sophomore was knocked out of the game early in a loss to No. 1 Alabama last week."I think Jarrett's going to be fine," Pruitt said Monday. "He took a pretty good shot, ...

Top 25 Heat Check: Alabama becomes unanimous No. 1

Football 10/22/18, 09:51

Alabama is finally a unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press college football.That probably took longer than it should have, but now all 61 voters are on board. Being unanimous No. 1 is notable but not rare. The Crimson Tide did it a couple times last season and four times ...

No. 1 Alabama, heading to break, looks to improve before LSU

Football 10/21/18, 21:12

After spending the first two months of the season dominating college football, No. 1 Alabama heads into its open date believing it still has plenty of room for improvement.Opponents may wonder how much better the Crimson Tide can get. Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) has outscored teams by 35.8 points per ...

Top 25: Clemson back to 2; App State ranked for 1st time

Football 10/21/18, 21:07

Clemson is back at No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll behind top-ranked Alabama, moving up to where it started, after a convincing victory and Ohio State's first loss of the season.The Crimson Tide are a unanimous No. 1, with all 61 first-place votes Sunday, for the first ...

Defense leads No. 5 LSU past No. 22 MSU, 19-3

Football 10/20/18, 22:36

Michael Divinity Jr.'s interception set up Nick Brossette's short touchdown run, Cole Tracy kicked four field goals, and No. 5 LSU beat No. 22 Mississippi State 19-3 on Saturday night.Still, the Tiger Stadium crowd left angry after LSU's top linebacker, Devin White, was ejected for targeting in the fourth quarter, ...

Fast start helps No. 1 Alabama trounce Tennessee 58-21

Football 10/20/18, 19:14

Tua Tagovailoa threw touchdown passes to four receivers and No. 1 Alabama started fast again in a 58-21 victory over Tennessee on Saturday.Alabama had touchdowns on its first four possessions while outscoring Tennessee 28-0 and outgaining the Volunteers 217-6 in the opening period. Alabama has outscored opponents 165-31, and Tennessee ...

No. 1 Alabama seeks to beat Tennessee for 12th straight year

Football 10/19/18, 11:34

Alabama's last obstacle before a Western Division showdown with No. 5 LSU is a longtime Southeastern Conference rival it has treated as little more than a speed bump for over a decade.Yet the top-ranked Crimson Tide say they're taking nothing for granted heading into Saturday's matchup at Neyland Stadium. They ...

Vols’ coach says this could be Saban’s best Alabama team

Football 10/18/18, 14:53

Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt speaks from experience when he says this may be the best Alabama team of Nick Saban's 12-year tenure.Pruitt was part of Saban's staff for four national championship teams at Alabama and spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons as the Crimson Tide's defensive coordinator . Now he's ...

No. 22 Mississippi St, No. 5 LSU meet for big SEC West game

Football 10/18/18, 04:08

Here are a few things to watch during Week 8 of the Southeastern Conference season:GAME OF THE WEEKNo. 22 Mississippi State at No. 5 LSU: The Bulldogs moved back onto the national radar with an impressive 23-9 win over then-No. 8 Auburn back on Oct. 6. Mississippi State's resurgence has ...

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