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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Thursday links (10/1)

Here's another reminder about my LIVE chat about Auburn football at 1 p.m. ET/noon CT today. See you there.

Here are some links to keep you busy in the meantime:
  • Lane Kiffin ripped into his team after Wednesday's practice, trying to get through to the "five percent" that weren't doing well, writes Dave Hooker of the Knoxville News Sentinel.
  • Vols RB Montario Hardesty, the SEC's leading rusher, had his knee drained but expects to play Saturday, writes Hooker.
  • DB Dennis Rogan was suspended for Tennessee's game against Ohio last week and it showed, writes Austin Ward of the Knoxville News Sentinel.
  • Auburn 24, Tennessee 14: The Vols have been a difficult team to read this season. They looked average at best in the UCLA loss and lackluster win over Ohio last week, but played Florida straight up in a hard-fought loss in the Swamp. Going on the road for the first time won’t be easy for Auburn, which has played a pretty soft schedule to this point. But the Vols are so banged up in key spots, namely at middle linebacker and on the offensive line, that the Tigers should be able to capitalize and go to 5-0 on the season. Based on what we’ve seen so far, Tennessee is going to have a hard time scoring 20-plus points against anybody in the SEC.
  • Sports Illustrated Stewart Mandel says in this mailbag that he's a little surprised that Auburn has yet jumped into any of the polls yet with its hot start.
  • "I'm definitely surprised Auburn hasn't cracked the AP poll considering the huge offensive numbers the Tigers are putting up (526.25 yards per game) and the fact that they do have one legit win against West Virginia. I imagine there's still lingering skepticism over whether virtually the same cast of players who went 5-7 last year could really be so improved, but Michigan went 3-9 last year with a similarly anemic offense, and the Wolverines cracked the poll as soon as they won their first legitimate game. (The lesson: As always, the best way to earn national recognition is to beat Notre Dame.)"
  • Quarterback Greg McElroy is getting Heisman talk, writes Michael Casagrande of the Decatur Daily. Why exactly? He's, what, the 10th best player on that team at best? And if he's getting Heisman talk, why wouldn't Chris Todd, who has put up better numbers in a higher-scoring offense so far.
  • Injured Southern Cal running back Stafon Johnson can't talk after having surgery on his neck following a weightlifting accident. But he can Twitter!
  • Iowa State's No. 1! ... in the Wiz of Odd's poster poll. Hey, a title is a title. I'd put this sucker up in the Cyclones' version of the Rane Room if I were Paul Rhoads. It's something to build on.
  • It's possible little ol' Boise State can play its way from the Smurf Turf to the national championship if it runs the table through its cupcake schedule the rest of the year, writes Chad Cripe of the Idaho Statesman. Here's what needs to happen for the No. 5 Broncos to make it. Of course, now that this idea is gaining steam, they'll probably lose this week. Personally, I don't think Boise is worthy of a title game appearance this year, but I'd love to see it make it just to rattle the cages of the BCS schools that are holding up some kind of postseason playoff from happening. We'll see what a one-loss SEC school has to say about a playoff once it gets passed over by an unbeaten team from the WAC whose best win will be against a hapless Oregon squad at home.

1 comment:

War Eagle AC-47 said...

This nonsense about Auburn having played a soft schedule up to this point is bogus. La Tech looked pretty stout against Hawaii last night. And West Va is 2-1. They will win tonight and look good doing it.

We have to beat Tennesee and then we will sneak into the top 25.

LSU is already looking suspect to many analysts. Ole Miss has lot its luster.

That just leaves us and Alabama.