Saturday Morning Tailgate: 2014 SEC Bowl Projections

  • College Football Playoff Semifinal: Alabama vs. Florida State
  • College Football Playoff Semifinal: Oregon vs. Mississippi State
  • Peach: Missouri vs. Louisville
  • Citrus: Georgia vs. Minnesota
  • Outback: Auburn vs. Maryland
  • Music City: Ole Miss vs. Duke
  • TaxSlayer: South Carolina vs. North Carolina
  • Belk: Florida vs. Clemson
  • Liberty: Texas A&M vs. West Virginia
  • Texas: LSU vs. Texas
  • Independence: Arkansas vs. Boston College
  • Birmingham: Tennessee vs. Cincinnati

 

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SMT: Top Defensive Prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft

3-4 Alignment Outside Linebacker Prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft

  1. Dante Fowler Jr.: Florida - Height: 6-3. Weight: 270.
  2. Randy Gregory: Nebraska - Height: 6-6. Weight: 240.
  3. Shane Ray: Missouri - Height: 6-3. Weight: 245.
  4. Alvin Dupree: Kentucky - Height: 6-4. Weight: 264. 
  5. Leonard Floyd: Georgia - Height: 6-5. Weight: 230
  6. Vic Beasley: Clemson - Height: 6-3. Weight: 235.
  7. Shilique Calhoun: Michigan State  - Height: 6-5. Weight: 256.
  8. Markus Golden: Missouri - Height: 6-3. Weight: 265.
  9. Owa Odighizuwa: UCLA - Height: 6-3. Weight: 270.
  10. Lorenzo Mauldin: Louisville - Height: 6-4. Weight: 244.
  11. Trey Flowers: Arkansas - Height: 6-4. Weight: 267.
  12. Jordan Jenkins: Georgia - Height: 6-3. Weight: 252.
  13. Eli Harold: Virginia - Height: 6-4. Weight: 250.
  14. Anthony Chickillo: Miami - Height: 6-4. Weight: 282.
  15. James Vaughters: Stanford - Height: 6-2. Weight: 258.
  16. Denzel Devall: Alabama - Height: 6-2. Weight: 254. 

3-4 Alignment Defensive End Prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft

  1. Leonard Williams:  USC - Height: 6-5. Weight: 300.
  2. Arik Armstead: Oregon - Height: 6-8. Weight: 290.
  3. Eddie Goldman: Florida State - Height: 6-4. Weight: 319.
  4. Mario Edwards Jr.: Florida State - Height: 6-3. Weight: 300.
  5. Shawn Oakman: Baylor - Height: 6-9. Weight: 280.
  6. Henry Anderson: Stanford - Height: 6-6. Weight: 287.
  7. Corey Crawford: Clemson - Height: 6-5. Weight: 275.
  8. Ray Drew: Georgia - Height: 6-6. Weight: 285.
  9. Brandon Ivory: Alabama - Height: 6-4. Weight: 308.
  10. Bronson Kaufusi: BYU - Height: 6-7. Weight: 265. 
  11. Jonathan Bullard: Florida - Height: 6-3. Weight: 271.
  12. Cedric Reed: Texas - Height: 6-6. Weight: 271.
  13. Za’Darius Smith: Kentucky - Height: 6-6. Weight: 269.
  14. Noah Spence: Ohio State - Height: 6-3. Weight: 272.

3-4 Alignment Nose Guard Prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft

  1. Ellis McCarthy: UCLA - Height: 6-5. Weight: 330
  2. Darren Lake: Alabama - Height: 6-3. Weight: 329.
  3. Danny Shelton: Washington - Height: 6-2. Weight: 339.
  4. Terry Williams: East Carolina - Height: 6-1. Weight: 353.
  5. Jordan Phillips: Oklahoma - Height: 6-6. Weight: 334.
  6. Antaun Woods: USC - Height: 6-1. Weight: 335.

3-4 Alignment Middle Linebacker Prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft

  1. Benardrick McKinney: Mississippi State - Height: 6-5. Weight: 249.
  2. Eric Kendricks, UCLA - Height: 6-0. Weight: 230.
  3. A.J. Johnson: Tennessee - Height: 6-2. Weight: 245.
  4. Denzel Perryman: Miami - Height: 6-0. Weight: 242.
  5. Ramik Wilson: Georgia - Height: 6-2. Weight: 237.
  6. Jake Ryan: Michigan - Height: 6-3. Weight: 236.
  7. Reggie Ragland: Alabama - Height: 6-2. Weight: 254.
  8. Terrance Smith: Florida State - Height: 6-4. Weight: 222.
  9. Amarlo Herrera: Georgia - Height: 6-2. Weight: 231.
  10. Trey DePriest: Alabama - Height: 6-2. Weight: 242.
  11. Antonio Morrison: Florida - Height: 6-1. Weight: 230.
  12. Kris Frost: Auburn - Height: 6-2. Weight: 234.
  13. Derrick Malone: Oregon - Height: 6-2. Weight: 220.
  14. Joe Walker: Oregon - Height: 6-2. Weight: 240.

Cornerback Prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft

  1. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu: Oregon - Height: 5-10. Weight: 195.
  2. Jalen Collins: LSU - Height: 6-2. Weight: 195.
  3. Trae Waynes: Michigan State - Height: 6-1. Weight: 182.
  4.  P.J. Williams: Florida State - Height: 6-0. Weight: 196.
  5. Ronald Darby: Florida State - Height: 5-11. Weight: 195.
  6. Alex Carter: Stanford - Height: 6-0. Weight: 200.
  7. Charles Gaines: Louisville - Height: 5-11. Weight: 180.
  8. Senquez Golson: Ole Miss - Height: 5-9. Weight: 176.
  9. Eric Murray: Minnesota - Height: 6-0. Weight: 195.
  10. Doran Grant: Ohio State - Height: 5-11. Weight: 193.
  11. Damian Swann: Georgia - Height: 5-11. Weight: 180.
  12. KeiVarae Russell: Notre Dame - Height: 5-11. Weight: 190.
  13. Deshazor Everett: Texas A&M - Height: 6-0. Weight: 193.
  14. Wayne Lyons: Stanford - Height: 6-1. Weight: 196.
  15. Kevin White: TCU - Height: 5-10. Weight: 174
  16. Cody Riggs: Notre Dame - Height: 5-9. Weight: 179.

Safety Prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft

  1. Landon Collins: Alabama - Height: 6-0. Weight: 222.
  2. Cody Prewitt: Ole Miss - Height: 6-2. Weight: 217.
  3. Jalen Mills: LSU - Height: 6-2. Weight: 189.
  4. Gerod Holliman: Louisville - Height: 6-2. Weight: 213.
  5. Karl Joseph: West Virginia - Height: 5-10. Weight: 200.
  6. Kurtis Drummond: Michigan State - Height: 6-1. Weight: 202.
  7. Sam Carter: TCU - Height: 6-1. Weight: 215.
  8. Anthony Harris: Virginia - Height: 6-1. Weight: 190.
  9. Corey Moore: Georgia - Height: 6-2. Weight: 206.
  10. Derron Smith: Fresno State - Height: 5-11. Weight: 197.
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SMT: Top Offensive Prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft

Top Running Back Prospects in  the 2015 NFL Draft 

  1. Todd Gurley, Georgia - Height: 6-1, Weight: 226.
  2. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin - Height: 6-1. Weight: 215.
  3. T.J. Yeldon, Alabama - Height: 6-2, Weight: 221.
  4. Mike Davis, South Carolina - Height: 5-9. Weight: 223.
  5. Duke Johnson, Miami - Height: 5-9. Weight: 200.
  6. Jeremy Langford, Michigan State - Height: 6-1. Weight: 208.
  7. Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska - Height: 5-9. Weight: 195.
  8. Matt Jones, Florida - Height: 6-2. Weight: 226.
  9. Javorius Allen, USC - Height: 6-1. Weight: 215.
  10. Josh Robinson, Mississippi State - Height: 5-9. Weight: 215.   
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Top Wide Receiver Prospects in  the 2015 NFL Draft

  1. Amari Cooper, Alabama - Height: 6-1. Weight: 210.
  2. DeVante Parker, Louisville – Height: 6-3. Weight: 205.
  3. Kevin White, West Virginia – Height: 6-1. Weight: 210.
  4. Ty Montgomery, Stanford – Height: 6-2. Weight: 215.
  5. Sammie Coates, Auburn – Height: 6-2. Weight: 201.
  6. D’haquille “Duke” Williams, Auburn - Height: 6-2. Weight: 216.
  7. Rashad Greene, Florida State - Height: 6-0. Weight: 180.
  8. Jaelen Strong, Arizona State - Height: 6-3. Weight: 212.
  9. Nelson Agholor, USC - Height: 6-1. Weight: 190.
  10. Stefon Diggs, Maryland - Height: 6-0. Weight: 190.

Top Offensive Tackle Prospects in  the 2015 NFL Draft

  1. La’el Collins, LSU - Height: 6-5. Weight: 321.
  2. Andrus Peat, Stanford - Height: 6-7. Weight: 312.
  3. Brandon Scherff, Iowa - Height: 6-5. Weight: 320.
  4. Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M - Height: 6-5. Weight: 305.
  5. Spencer Drango, Baylor - Height: 6-6. Weight: 310.
  6. Le’Raven Clark, Texas Tech - Height: 6-6. Weight: 313.
  7. Cameron Erving, Florida State - Height: 6-6. Weight: 308.
  8. Corey Robinson, South Carolina - Height: 6-8. Weight: 344.
  9. T.J. Clemmings, Pittsburgh - Height: 6-6. Weight: 315.
  10. Chaz Green, Florida - Height: 6-5. Weight: 305.

Top Offensive Guard Prospects in  the 2015 NFL Draft

  1. Vadal Alexander, LSU - Height: 6-6. Weight: 342.
  2. A.J. Cann, South Carolina  - Height: 6-4. Weight: 311.
  3. Arie Kouandjio, Alabama - Height: 6-5. Weight: 315.
  4. Jarvis Harrison, Texas A&M  - Height: 6-4. Weight: 330.
  5. Josue Matias, Florida State - Height: 6-6. Weight: 325.
  6. Tre Jackson, Florida State - Height: 6-4. Weight: 330.
  7. Aundrey Walker, USC - Height: 6-6. Weight: 315.
  8. Christian Lombard, Notre Dame - Height: 6-5. Weight: 311.

Top Offensive Center Prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft

  1. Reese Dismukes, Auburn - Height: 6-3. Weight: 295.
  2. Hroniss Grasu, Oregon - Height: 6-3. Weight: 297.
  3. David Andrews, Georgia - Height: 6-2. Weight: 294.
  4. Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State - Height: 6-5. Weight: 297.
  5. Mike Matthews, Texas A&M - Height: 6-2. Weight: 290.
  6. Nick Martin, Notre Dame - Height: 6-4. Weight: 295.
  7. Ryan Kelly, Alabama - Height: 6-5. Weight: 296.
  8. Max Tuerk, USC - Height: 6-6. Weight: 285. 

Top Quarterback Prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft

  1. Marcus Mariota, Oregon - Height: 6-5. Weight: 219.
  2. Brett Hundley, UCLA - Height: 6-4. Weight: 227.
  3. Jameis Winston, Florida State - Height: 6-4. Weight: 230.
  4. Connor Cook, Michigan State - Height: 6-5. Weight: 218.
  5. Sean Mannion, Oregon State - Height: 6-6. Weight: 214.
  6. Bryce Petty, Baylor - Height: 6-3. Weight: 235.
  7. Kevin Hogan, Stanford - Height: 6-4. Weight: 220.
  8. Jacoby Brissett, N.C. State - Height: 6-5. Weight: 239.
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SMT: Coaching Carousels – Southeastern Conference Effect

The Coaching Carousels Will Begin Monday: This is the last regular weekend season and athletic directors across the nation will be assessing their coaching staffs. Although a few coaching axes have already fallen, the dominoes are going to start turning this morning. Below is a breakdown of how the coaching carousel could play out…

The Florida Head Coaching Job Opening:

  • Florida: The cards have already fallen and began the coaching carousel in college football. Will Muschamp got fired from Florida, opening up this coveted job..
  • Texas: Longhorn head coach and former Florida Gators’ defensive coordinator Charlie Strong ends speculation and announces he will stay in Austin, Texas.
  • Oklahoma: Former Florida defensive coordinator Bob Stoops decides he does not want to return to the Sunshine State and declares his loyalty to Oklahoma.
  • Mississippi State: Bulldogs head coach and former Florida offensive coordinator Dan Mullen, signs a large extension and does not leave the Mississippi State program.
  • Philadelphia Eagles: Head coach Chip Kelly, who is still in trouble with the NCAA from his time at Oregon, does not leave the NFL and stays with the Eagles.
  • Ole Miss: Head coach Hugh Freeze, who is a born and raised in the Magnolia State, stays in his self proclaimed “Dream Job” and becomes a legend at Ole Miss.
  • Auburn: Tigers’ head coach Guz Malzahn has no interest in leaving the “Plains” and moves forward on trying to keep his elite Auburn football staff together.
  • Texas A&M: Aggies’ head coach Kevin Sumlin, does not field any phone calls from Florida this December and brings in a new defensive coordinator to Texas A&M.
  • Texas A&M: The Aggies out bid other Southeastern Conference suitors and get Will Muschamp to College Station, a marriage that could be very successful.
  • Arizona: Wildcats’ head coach Rich Rodriguez does not get any phone calls from Florida and stays at Arizona, keeping an elite level coaching strength in the PAC-12.
  • Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly will not get a phone call from the Florida Athletic Department and looks towards the NFL for future opportunities
  • TCU: Frogs’ head coach Gary Patterson, who is an institution in Fort Worth, Texas, has zero interest in starting over at another program and stays at Texas Christian.
  • Arizona State: Sun Devils’ head coach Todd Graham does not make the list of Florida coaching candidates, actually stays at a job and remains in Tempe for another season.
  • Clemson: Tigers’ head coach Dabo Swinney takes the Florida head coaching job.
  • Clemson: Brent Venables will join Dabo as the defensive coordinator at Florida.

The Michigan Head Coaching Job Opening:

  • Michigan: Brady Hoke gets fired the Monday after the Ohio State game. Soon after Jim Harbaugh turns down the Wolverines, Michigan will move back towards Les Miles.
  • LSU: Les Miles, who is nearing the age to take his final job, can not turn down his alma mater three times in ten years, goes to Ann Arbor, Michigan, opening up the LSU job.
  • LSU: Bayou Bengals offensive coordinator Cam Cameron join the Michigan staff.

The LSU Head Coaching Job Opening:

  • LSU: Les Miles goes to Ann Arbor, Michigan, opening up this highly coveted job.
  • Alabama: Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart takes the LSU head coaching job and has to rebuild the coaching staff across the board.
  • ECU: Pirates offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley joins the LSU staff.
  • LSU: Bayou Bengals defensive coordinator John Chavis decides to stay at LSU.
  • LSU: Bayou Bengals offensive coordinator Cam Cameron join the Michigan staff.
  • Florida: Gators’ defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin joins the Alabama staff

The Clemson Head Coaching Job Opening:

  • Clemson: Tigers’ head coach Dabo Swinney leaves for the Gators job in the SEC.
  • Clemson: Brent Venables will join Dabo as the defensive coordinator at Florida.
  • Colorado State: Rams’ head coach Jim McElwain becomes the next Clemson coach.

The SMU Head Coaching Job Opening:

  • Clemson: Tigers’ offensive coordinator Chad Morris takes the SMU  coaching job.

The Tulsa Head Coaching Job Opening:

  • Auburn: Tigers’ offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee leaves for Tulsa.

The Virginia Tech Head Coaching Job Opening:

  •  Virginia Tech: With the decline of the Hokies’ program Frank Beamer steps down and defensive coordinator Bud Foster gets his opportunity to become a head coach. Foster will fire their offensive coordinator and bring in a fresh spread heavy coach.
  • Florida: Gators’ current offensive coordinator Kurt Roper will become unemployed after the Florida bowl game and will become the Virginia Tech offensive coordinator.

The Remaining Coaches that should stay at their current schools:

  • Steve Adazzio head coach Boston College
  • Marshall head coach Doc Holliday
  • Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy
  • Louisiana-Monroe head coach Mark Hudspeth
  • Memphis head coach Justin Fuente

Other Coaching News and Notes:

  • Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi stays with the Spartans.
  • Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt stays with the Bulldogs.
  • Texas A&M offensive coordinator Jake Spavital stays with the Aggies.
  • Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost stays with the Ducks.
  • Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown stays with the Wildcats.
  • Nevada’s head coach Brian Polian stays with the Wolfpack.
  • Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike Norvell stays with the Sun Devils.
  • Western Michigan’s head coach P.J. Fleck continues to recruit well in Michigan.
  • Baylor’s offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery stays in Waco, Texas
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Saturday Morning Tailgate: SEC History & Talking Points

Mississippi State at Alabama: These neighboring institutions, separated by only 87 miles, have played 97 times since their first meeting in 1896. Despite the number of contest, Alabama has dominated this rivalry since the arrival of Bear Bryant in 1958. Overall, Alabama leads the series over the Bulldogs; 78 victories, 17 losses and three ties.

First Meeting - November 14, 1896 - Alabama 20, Mississippi State 0
Longest Streak - Alabama, 22 Straight Season (1958–79) – Bear Bryant Era.
Current Win Streak - Alabama, Six Seasons (2008–present)

The Mississippi State Defense is the X-Factor: Moving on to this weekend’s contest look for the Bulldogs defensive unit to win or lose the game for the Fighting Cowbells. Mississippi State’s defense has been very suspect this season, allowing 548 total yards to Alabama-Birmingham, 526 total yards to Texas A&M and 504 total yards to Kentucky. With this statistical note taken into account, it is foreseeable that the Alabama offense will have a huge day. It will be Amari Cooper time, over and over, in Tuscaloosa this weekend.

 

LSU at Arkansas: Louisiana State University, without any question, is a run first team. And despite its success pounding the ball over the previous three games, the youthful Bayou Bengals are still shaky on the offensive side of the ball. Last week against Alabama, LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings completed 8 of 26 passes for 76 yards, and he has not completed more than 10 passes in a game since the contest against Mississippi State in early September. Arkansas has an above average SEC defensive line, led by defensive end Trey Flower and defensive tackle Darius Philon, that will cause problems for the LSU offensive trench-men. Adding insult to injury, LSU will be without running back Kenny Hillard and will be with only two scholarship tailbacks (Terrence Magee and Leonard Fournette). Moreover, it is believed that the Arkansas coaching staff plan to stack the box forcing the LSU passing game to defeat the Razorbacks. The outcome of this game will be determined by the ability of the LSU passing game to generate big plays through the air.

Series Record - LSU Leads the Series with Arkansas, 37–20 (with two ties)
First Meeting - December 5, 1901 - LSU 15, Arkansas 0
Current Win Streak - LSU, Three Straight Victories (2011–present)

Well…the Razorbacks Will Run the Ball: For Arkansas, the Razorbacks are going to win or lose this contest by running the pigskin. With running back weapons of Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins, whom have combined for 1,717 rushing yards and twenty touchdowns this season, the Razorbacks are going to force LSU to stop the run to have any hopes of winning this critical SEC West game. Overall Arkansas averages nearly 250 yards on the ground per game and have made a living on chewing up the clock along the way.

 

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Saturday Morning Tailgate: Week 12 – SEC Predictions & Scores

 

Saturday, November 15th, 2014 –  SEC Week 12 – SMT Score Predictor

South Carolina at Florida – 12:00 p.m. – Gators 24, Gamecocks 21
Mississippi State at Alabama – 3:30 p.m. – Crimson Tide 27, Bulldogs 21
Kentucky at Tennessee – 4:00 p.m. – Volunteers 21, Wildcats 17
Auburn at Georgia – 7:15 p.m. – Tigers 31, Bulldogs 28
Missouri at Texas A&M – 7:30 p.m. – Aggies 42, Tigers 35
LSU at Arkansas – 8:00 p.m. – Bayou Bengals 21, Razorbacks 20

 

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SMT: Southeastern Conference News, Views and Notes

The Road Map to the SEC West into the Four Team Playoff…

Mississippi State – Record: 9-0 (5-0 SEC) – Next Game: at Alabama

Road to the Final Four: The Bulldogs are very close to a birth in the four team playoff. Defeat the Alabama Crimson Tide this weekend (no matter the Egg Bowl outcome) and win the conference title game and the Bulldogs will be in the playoff. Having won the SEC Western Division just once since the inception of the conference title game in 1992 (the 1998 SEC Title Game), Mississippi State can lock up the division title by defeating the Crimson Tide on Saturday. As you might venture, this is much easier task said than done, as the Bulldogs have won just two of it’s past nine visits to Tuscaloosa. With a loss to Alabama, the Bulldogs will have to defeat Vanderbilt and Ole Miss, while also having Auburn defeat the Crimson Tide in the Iron Bowl to win the SEC West Title.

Alabama – Record: 8-1 (5-1 SEC) – Next Game: vs. Mississippi State

Road to the Final Four: The word of November for the Crimson Tide is survive. With the strength of Alabama’s remaining regular season schedule and a birth/victory in the conference title game, the Tide will be placed in the four team playoff if they win out. Lose to Mississippi State this weekend and there will be no birth into the SEC Title game but still an outside chance at an automatic birth into the four team playoff with a win over Auburn in the Iron Bowl. Even with a victory in the Iron Bowl, if the fighting Dan Mullens’ defeat the Crimson Tide this weekend, Alabama will need the Ole Miss Rebels to take down the Bulldogs in the Egg Bowl to secure a birth in the 2014 SEC Title Game.

  

Auburn – Record: 7-2 (4-2 SEC) – Next Game: at Georgia

Road to the Final Four: Despite Saturday’s untimely loss to Texas A&M, Auburn’s chances of reaching the four team playoff are still not dead. Still ranked as the top team with two losses in the nation, the Tigers have a strong enough schedule to move back into the playoff picture with strong wins over Georgia and Alabama. Considering Mississippi State will not lose the remainder of their conference schedule; Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Alabama, the probability of making the conference title game is slim to none for the Plainsmen, so their help making the playoff will be needed outside the SEC. Auburn will need upsets from opposing teams playing TCU, Baylor, Ohio State, Oregon and Florida State. Last, Auburn’s out of conference victory over Kansas State has impressed the playoff committee. If all teams in playoff considering have two losses after conference title weekend, the win over Kansas State will certainly push Auburn to the top of the pile.

Ole Miss – Record: 8-2 (4-2 SEC) – Next Game: at Arkansas (Nov. 22nd)

Road to the Final Four: The Rebels probably have zero chance to get into the four team playoff if they don’t win the SEC. For that to happen and earn a birth to Atlanta, the Rebels will have to defeat both Arkansas and Mississippi State, while hope for the Georgia Bulldogs to beat the Auburn Tigers, Alabama to defeat Mississippi State and Auburn to beat Alabama in the Iron Bowl. Having the tie breaker over the Alabama Crimson Tide will allow the Ole Miss Rebels to get the birth into the SEC Title game.

Auburn’s Options at Wide Receiver Against UGA: Last weekend Auburn fans thought the Plainsmen lost their best wide receiver for the season, due to a horrifying injury that could possibly cause an early end to his career. Thankfully the news got better as the week played out, as the injury to D’haquille “Duke” Williams was not as serious as first reported. Moreover, it is foreseeable that Duke Williams might even be back for the Iron Bowl. With a critical game against Georgia approaching in the 2014 edition of “South’s Oldest Rivalry,” below are the wide receivers that must elevate their game in this huge cross-divisional conference contest:

Sammie Coates - 20 receptions for 416 yards and two touchdowns
Reasoning: Coates was the top statistical wide receiver last year (without Duke Williams), and can revert back to this role in Williams absence. The upperclassmen is known for his speed and freakish athleticism but he also makes really difficult catches across the middle in key situations. Nick Marshall and Coates have chemistry, that element alone should be the key to the Auburn passing game against Georgia on Saturday.

Quan Bray – 25 receptions for 287 yards and three touchdowns
Reasoning: Bray played his best game of his 2014 season last weekend against Texas A&M, catching six passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. Bray has shown the ability to get huge yards after catch and is beyond dangerous when he gets the ball in the open field.

Ricardo Louis – 17 receptions for 185 yards and two touchdowns
Reasoning: Louis hasn’t broken through like many thought he would at this point in his career, but Georgia fans remember his name. He famously caught the 73-yard touchdown pass to beat the Bulldogs last year in what became known as the “Prayer at Jordan-Hare.” He’s also effective as a runner in speed sweeps, gaining 175 yards on 14 carries this season.

 

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SMT: The History of the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry

The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry: The Georgia Bulldogs and Auburn Tigers began playing in 1892 and have met 117 times, with the series standing 55-54 (with eight ties) in favor of Auburn. The first match-up between Auburn University and the University of Georgia was played on February 20, 1892, as the brainchild of Charles Herty of Georgia and George Petrie of Auburn (both athletic trainers for their respective universities). The Tigers won this contest ten to zero, and as the story goes this is when Auburn’s legendary team cheer, “War Eagle,” was created. There have only been two exceptions, whereas the Tigers and Bulldogs have not played annually since 1898, as World War I and II interrupted the football series, as both institutions suspended athletics. Somehow, more than a century after Auburn and Georgia’s first meeting, both institutions have maintained a near even record against one another and created a rivalry that has withstood the test of time.

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