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Athlon Sports Cover 2 Podcast: Auburn, Florida and Vanderbilt from Media Day

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 6 days ago
SEC Media Day is here, and Athlon Sports is live from Hoover, Ala., to talk every team around the league. Day 1 started with comments from commissioner Mike Slive plus Auburn, Florida and Vanderbilt. On the docket for the first day was Mike Slive's push for autonomy, the absence of Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall, Florida's hot seat coach and new offense and higher expectations for...

The SEC's Best College Football Traditions

By Braden Gall, 2 weeks 10 hours ago
SEC Media Days kicks off today in Hoover, Alabama. While it can be quite burdensome to cover and navigate for the novice journalist — and is probably too big for its own good — SEC Media Days has become a tradition in and of itself down South. No real news happens in Hoover. Coaches aren’t ripping apart the Playoff Committee or honestly...

11 SEC Stats You Need to Know for 2014

By Braden Gall, 2 weeks 5 days ago
Here are Athlon Sports' favorite, most important and most interesting SEC statistics you need to know about in 2014: 39-3: Nick Saban at home since 2008Since his first year in Tuscaloosa, Nick Saban is 39-3 at home in Bryant-Denny Stadium. During that stretch, Alabama has never lost more than once at home during a season, posted three perfect records and is currently on a 10-game home...

Tennessee, Vandy await Thursday announcement

By Saturday Down South, 3 weeks 4 days ago
Three-star Virginia native Chance Hall will be done with recruiting Thursday night, and Tennessee and Vanderbilt are two of his finalists. The 6-foot-4, 290-pound lineman could play on either side of the ball, either as a defensive tackle or offensive tackle. He’s rated a three-star prospect by the 247Sports.com composite. Hall plays his high school ball in Roanoke (Va.) and has said...

Ranking the SEC Offensive Lines for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 5 days ago
The SEC is home to four of Athlon Sports’ national top-five offensive lines for 2014. The top spot belongs to Florida State, but Auburn, Texas A&M, LSU and South Carolina rank among the best offensive lines in the nation.As cliché as it sounds, elite offensive line play is common in the SEC and critical to a national championship. Auburn’s featured one of the best groups in the...

Lineman bypasses in-state program, commits to Vandy

By Saturday Down South, 3 weeks 6 days ago
Justin Skule could have stayed home and played for Virginia–but the allure of Vanderbilt and the SEC won out. Skule is a 6-foot-6, 280-pound offensive tackle out of Clifton (Va.) and is rated a three-star prospect. Besides the offers from Virginia and the Commodores, he also had options at West Virginia and Rutgers and Navy wanted him to come into its program. Harvard also wanted him. “I...

Ranking the SEC's Running Backs for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 days ago
The SEC has been home to several of college football’s top running backs in recent years, and 2014 is another loaded group of rushers for the No. 1 conference in the nation.Georgia’s Todd Gurley projects as Athlon’s No. 1 running back in the SEC for 2014, and the junior could be a Heisman candidate if he can stay healthy after an injury-riddled 2013 campaign.Alabama’s T.J...

SEC’s best situation for recruiting success series: Vanderbilt

By Saturday Down South, 1 month 5 days ago
SDS will break down all 14 SEC schools and the challenges they face in recruiting, and how they overcome them. At the end, we’ll rank them in terms of who is set up best for success–based on factors like in-state talent, recent success on the field, fan expectations and the coaching situation. We will also give the school a ‘situation’ grade (A, B, C, D, F) in each...

Another Ivy League level student-athlete chooses Vandy

By Saturday Down South, 1 month 1 week ago
A few days ago, Ean Pfeifer told Saturday Down South that he chose Vanderbilt because it was the perfect blend of an Ivy League level education with the chance to play SEC level football. It is the best of both of his worlds. On Thursday, it appears another player with the same loves chose the Commodores over a chance to go to the Ivy League. With schools like Yale, Harvard and Dartmouth...

Ranking the SEC's Toughest Schedules in 2014

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 week ago
Over the past few seasons, when Athlon Sports sat down to predict our SEC East final standings there has been one factor that seems to have been the deciding factor.Scheduling. We caught a lot heat in 2011 when we picked the Georgia Bulldogs to win the East over the South Carolina Gamecocks. Especially from those clad in Garnett and Black. The same could have been said about picking the...