It’s game week. You know you’ve got an appetite.
Slide up and load a plate.
- Fans get to vote on where the Goodyear Blimp shows up opening weekend. Georgia vs. Clemson is one option.
- Groo has some thoughts about the Star position.
- Phil Steele, the New York Times and conference predictions.
- Paul Myerberg has Auburn at #9 on his preseason preview list. (He thinks Kansas State is more likely to beat the Tigers than Georgia.)
- It sounds like Ramik Wilson’s coaches are trying to send him a message.
- John Sununu thinks it’s time to tax college athletics.
- It’s a sign of what people think of the NCAA that some thought Oklahoma’s request for a waiver for Dorial Green-Beckham to play this season might be approved. It wasn’t.
- Think there’s much of a talent gap in the ACC? One conference coach does: “According to one ACC coach, FSU is so stocked with talent across its depth chart that he believes about half the league’s teams do not have one player who would start for Florida State this year based on what he’s seen on film.”
Eh, let’s clean out the pantry.
- Gus Malzahn promises “clarity” on how he’ll use Nick Marshall in the opener. Won’t that be dependent on how much of a game Arkansas gives Auburn?
- Tennessee claims it drew 40,000 to an open scrimmage. Let’s see how they turn out in November.
- DJ Shockley is as puzzled by Georgia’s SEC championship drought as anyone: “It’s beyond amazing, and I can’t even imagine how this has happened,” Shockley said. “It’s almost like a string of bad luck. I look back at all the talent that has been there since I left and the guys that Georgia has put out, and it’s just amazing. It’s one of those things that has baffled me just like it’s baffled the fans.”
- Can you believe Will Muschamp has had a hard time recruiting élite offensive talent to Gainesville?
- Brandon Larrabee makes a solid point about how LSU does a good job surviving its NFL departures. But, man, the Tigers sure have to replace a lot of skill position experience this season.
- I don’t think it’s a good sign if Ted Roof thinks from watching Tech scrimmages one of the things his defense needs to improve is the pass rush.
Just curious… where’s the port in a storm for Auburn’s refugees?
At least that’s how Nick Marshall says it works.
One thing that never crossed Marshall’s mind?
The off-field incident that brought his career at Georgia to a close in February 2012.
The details of that never became public, with the Bulldogs only citing it as a “violation of team rules.” Reportedly, it involved Marshall and two others (defensive back Chris Sanders and receiver Sanford Seay) stealing money from a teammate’s dorm room. Following his dismissal, he spent one season at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas before transferring to Auburn last year.
Marshall said he never thought the Georgia incident would factor into Malzahn’s decision on his punishment.
“What happened at Georgia, that’s in the past,” he said. ” … I’m not worried about that right now.”
Based on the punishment Malzahn did hand out, I don’t think Marshall has anything to be worried about right now, no matter where it occurred.
As you might expect, Bill Connelly’s Auburn preview is a fun read (“You’ve got to be able to say this, Auburn fans: We were lucky as hell last year.“). What you might not expect is how much weight is being given to Auburn’s schedule this season.
Let’s put it this way: Auburn travels to Manhattan, Kan., on a Thursday night on national television, to face a raucous crowd and a team that has specialized in slowing Baylor down more than most. And that’s perhaps Auburn’s fifth-hardest game in 2014.
Let’s put it another way: in this year’s Football Outsiders Almanac 2014, Auburn is projected ninth in the country, with the No. 6 offense; the Tigers’ projected record: 8-4. At ninth in the country. Auburn is given a five percent chance of matching or exceeding last season’s 11-1 mark and, again, at ninth in the country, a seven percent chance of finishing 6-6 or worse.
Well, dayum. I don’t see Auburn finishing anywhere in the vicinity of scraping by with bowl eligibility. Then again, Bill makes me wonder if the narrative about this year’s SEC West hinted at yesterday in my post about the Athlon article may have some legs.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said Marshall and Mincy will “suffer the consequences” for their transgressions, but has not stated what the punishment will be for either player, neither of whom have spoken publically since their run-ins with law enforcement.
Behold the consequences!
Auburn won’t open the season with quarterback Nick Marshall under center for the defending SEC champions, but they won’t have to wait long before he trots out onto the field for the Tigers.
Head coach Gus Malzahn told reporters on Friday that Marshall would not start the game against Arkansas but that he would play in the game.
I do not think that word means what Malzahn thinks it means.