It’s Wednesday! The middle of the week is here.
We’re that much closer to more football. And more basketball too!
Here’s what’s going on Around the SEC!
Tigers topple Southern Miss (ATVS)
After one of the more sloppy games we’ll probably see all season, Antonio Blakeney made the home crowd proud with 26 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds in LSU’s 78-61 win over Southern Miss. He shot 9-14 from the field, and a perfect 3-3 from long range.
Auburn has lots of Naismith nominees (College and Magnolia)
The Naismith Trophy announced its list for high school basketball player of the year today, and Auburn led the country with three signees and commitments on the list.
Georgia will be back in black soon (Dawg Sports)
No, Mick Jagger probably never said that, but he should have. After some debate on whether it'd be this week or next week, we have our answer. The Dawgs will be back in black on Saturday for Louisiana-Lafayette.
CONSPIRACY! (GAB Attack)
Hey Folks! It’s Rhonda, and there is one thing you should know about me...I LOVE a good conspiracy: the moon landing, Area 51, the death of Elvis Presley, the lizard people that secretly control the world, etc. And this past weekend, a new conspiracy was exposed when we discovered the head ACC referee of the Clemson-Pitt game was a South Carolina graduate. With the rise McClemsonism and the Garnet Scare, I did an investigation of my own into the SC conspiracy.
UTSA at a glance (Good Bull Hunting)
BEAT THE HELL OUT OF tu...(sa)!
Shea didn’t do it himself (Red Cup Rebellion)
There are plenty of very legitimate reasons why the story of Ole Miss’ dramatic and redemptive upset of Texas A&M has focused so completely on Shea Patterson. The freshman quarterback was nothing short of incredible in his first collegiate action, racking up over 400 yards of offense and leading a fourth-quarter comeback in front of 100,000 screaming Aggies, all while under withering pressure from one of country’s most dominant defensive fronts.
The best of the SEC noncon (Rock M Nation)
This past weekend, all 14 SEC teams opened their season with non conference teams of varying levels of ability, with results that you would expect from a conference of different strengths and weaknesses. Luckily, none of those games were must watch outside of that fact that its college basketball and you should always watch college basketball, even when it’s ugly.
Vols in the win column (Rocky Top Talk)
Led by 16 points from Robert Hubbs, the Vols got their first win of the season 103-94 over Appalachian State on Tuesday night (and it didn’t even require overtime!). It was Tennessee’s first time scoring in triple digits since January 2011.
BUGA dancin’! (SB Nation)
The video atop this post is of Fournette and some LSU teammates dancing to “Juju On That Beat”, a song by Zay Hilfigerrr and Zayion McCall. This has been an internet thing at points this year, not quite to the level of the Running Man or Mannequin Challenge but nonetheless significant. (There’s a “Juju On That Beat Running” Man Challenge iPhone app, which apparently is a good time.)
CHAOS... breeds intrigue (SB Nation)
The 2016 season’s first weekend of actual chaos give us some of the most interesting College Football Playoff rankings of the year. Alabama's the obvious No. 1, but after that, what do you do with a crowd of teams that have all lost at least one game (or are mid-major Western Michigan), as of now? Remember, the committee re-evaluates the full-season picture from scratch each week, rather than just sliding down the teams that have lost most recently.
Ranking the Fiesta Bowl sponsors (SB Nation)
The Fiesta Bowl has a new sponsor for this year’s game, and not a moment too soon. It was announced on Monday, six weeks before the Fiesta serves as one of 2016’s two College Football Playoff semifinals. The game is now the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.
Tracking LSU’s next coach (SB Nation)
LSU fired Les Miles after more than 11 seasons, two SEC titles, a national championship, and endless drama of the good and bad varieties. This means one of the country's premier jobs is now open. The state of Louisiana produces some of the country's most elite talent, and LSU gets to sit in the middle of it as the state's only Power 5 program. It also has access to Houston and the rest of Texas, plus Florida and the rest of the Southeast. Its next head coach will be able to recruit with a 100,000-seat stadium, a rabid fanbase, and one of the country's best NFL lineages.
Malik Monk has arrived (A Sea of Blue)
Well that was fun to watch. The Wildcats stomped the Michigan State Spartans 69-48 in front of the Madison Square Garden crowd at the Champions Classic. Malik Monk was a major standout in shooting the three, though the rest of the team struggled from deep. In addition, the Cats had a great defensive performance, and shut down star freshman Miles Bridges.
Which games will State win? (FWtCT)
After the Mississippi St. Bulldogs beat the Texas A&M Aggies in the first game of November, the bowl hopes for the team were revived. Even with a 51-3 thumping by the Alabama Crimson Tide, most people don't seem to think the Bulldogs are any less capable of making it to a bowl game now than they were after the big win over the Aggies.