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Florida is the third SEC East team to lose QB for the season

Is there a curse on the quarterbacks of the SEC East? It sure seems that way after a third starting quarterback suffered a season-ending injury over the weekend, only the third weekend of the young season.

On Monday, Dan Mullen announced Florida’s Feleipe Franks will undergo surgery to repair a fractured right ankle. Franks, who has started 23 games at QB for the Gators, suffered the injury when Kentucky’s defense rolled him up on a sack late in the third quarter of this past Saturday’s game in Lexington. He was replaced by Kyle Trask, a redshirt junior, who went on to win the game for Florida, as you well know. (Also, #TooSoon.)

Last week it was Kentucky that lost its starting quarterback to injury when Terry Wilson tore his patellar tendon in his left knee in the win over Eastern Michigan. The injury requires surgery and Wilson will miss the rest of this season, his second at UK after leading the team to its first 10-win season since 1977.

Back in Week 1, South Carolina senior Jake Bentley suffered a foot injury that required surgery, and he too will miss all of 2019.

Three starting quarterbacks, three injuries, three surgeries in three weeks for the SEC East.

SEC Football Week Two Takeaways

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Another week has come and gone in the college football season. The SEC consistently gives the sport amazing games, moments, and players. Here are my five biggest takeaways in the conference from week two.

1. LSU Is Ready for a Title Run

The biggest game of the week was easily the showdown between #9 Texas and #6 LSU in Austin. Make no mistake about it, this was an absolute shootout as both teams combined for a total of 1,103 yards of offense. However, the Tigers and their new-look offense emerged victorious 45-38.

You heard it here first: LSU is going to give Alabama a heck of a race in the SEC West. The Crimson Tide have been standing in the way of the Tigers for this entire decade as LSU could never field a competent offense against them. That will change this season. I’m not saying it will happen, but this seems like the ideal season for the Tigers to finally get the job done.

Joe Burrow is on fire through the first two games of the season. His stats? 749 yards, nine touchdowns to just one interception, a competition percentage of 81.8% (!!!), and a QBR of 92.1 (fifth best in the nation). Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the timeline where Burrow is officially in the thick of the Heisman Trophy race. It’s weird to see, but he totally deserves it right now in this New Orleans Saints-style offense.

I genuinely think that without linebacker Dylan Moses, Alabama is going to have a very hard time playing this offense. We are still far away from their fateful meeting on November 9th. However, that could be a day which changes the college football landscape for a longtime.

2. Let’s Talk About Tennessee

Honestly, I have no idea where to even begin here. So, I will get it right to it.

TENNESSEE LOST AGAIN!!! And this time it was in the most embarrassing way possible. With just a few seconds left in regulation, BYU completed a miracle 64-yard pass in order to kick a field goal and send the game into overtime. Of course, the Cougars won and now the Volunteers are 0-2 to start the season.

For the first time since 1893, Tennessee is 0-2 and Kentucky is 2-0 to start the season. For full transparency, I saw this stat from a reliable source on twitter, and its just too perfect to give it an actual fact check. If it isn’t true, let’s just let it go unnoticed and just enjoy this beautiful time in college football.

Oh yea, the head coach is currently comparing his football team to the Titanic. You just love to see it.

3. A Major Loss for Kentucky

Injuries are an unfortunate reality which come along with any sport. No one can avoid them no matter how hard they try. This reality is one that Terry Wilson and the Kentucky football team are facing now.

As I’m sure you now know, Wilson has been ruled out for the season as he officially tore his patellar tendon. Thankfully for UK, former Troy quarterback Sawyer Smith transferred to Kentucky in the spring. He is best well-known for being the MVP of Troy’s win in the 2018 Dollar General Bowl where he threw for 320 yards and four touchdowns. His highlights from his amazing performance are a must-see.

Let’s get one thing clear: Kentucky will badly miss Wilson’s athleticism and experience for the rest of the season. Smith simply lacks in comparison in those areas. However, the former Troy star has a better arm and pocket presence than Wilson does. This is no secret or a “hot take.”

Overall, I don’t want to seem disrespectful here, but I think that there is a reasonable possibility that Smith ends up being a better passer than Wilson. Only time will tell.

4. Texas A&M Lays an Egg

Remember last year when the Aggies almost beat the national champion Clemson Tigers in their second game of that season? Well, what a difference a year certainly makes.

On Saturday, the Tigers took the Aggies to the woodshed. The final score reads 24-10, but it was nowhere near as close as that seems. The Clemson defense dominated A&M’s offense as the score for much of the game was 24-3. The Aggies got a touchdown later with the defense of the Tigers playing many of their second and third-string players.

This was a surprising result. Quarterback Kellen Mond was expected to take a leap forward this year, and many picked A&M to actually upset the Aggies. Reality is often disappointing.

Mond and company will play Lamar next weekend so they should get back on track quite quickly. However, this was a disturbingly bad performance from a team that is widely viewed as the SEC’s fourth-best squad. They should be fine, but I’m officially worried for the Aggies.

5. Hope in Columbus?

This fifth slot is always going to be what I think is the most underrated story from the previous weekend.

My pick for Week Two is the play of South Carolina freshman quarterback Ryan Hillinski. While it is true that Charleston Southern isn’t a marquee opponent to say the least, that doesn’t take away from how well Hillinski played on Saturday.

He finished the game with 24 of 30 passing for 282 yards and three total touchdowns. The freshman has natural arm talent and a very smooth release. He has high-ceiling talent even with the lack of experience. Now I’m not suggesting that Hillinski will massively turn around South Carolina’s season. The Gamecocks still have the toughest schedule in the nation, and they will most likely still miss a bowl game.

However, if the freshman can keep playing well until the end of the year, then there might be light at the end of the tunnel for Head Coach Will Muschamp and company.

Today on KSR: Eastern Michigan Aftermath

The Health of Terry Wilson

While the Wildcats walked away with a victory on Saturday night, we all know what the biggest story stemming from the game really is. Quarterback Terry Wilson went down with an apparent knee injury in the third quarter and was carted off the field.

At the time this post was written, Wilson’s status had not been determined. I think it would be incredibly irresponsible to speculate on the situation other than it doesn’t seem like Wilson will be playing against Florida next weekend.

Obviously, the implications of this injury could be rather large. Losing a veteran quarterback to injury at the start of the season could derail any team’s year. Wilson is scheduled to have an MRI today so let’s hope for the best for an exceptional young man. While I will not speculate, it should be noted that Head Coach Mark Stoops was recorded telling Eastern Michigan’s coach that “my guy is out for the year.”

The Bright Side: Sawyer Smith and Kavosiey Smoke

The good news for Kentucky is that they did move to 2-0 on the season thanks in part to the play of Smoke and Smith. While Asim Rose is still a dependable back, Smoke is having a breakout season so far.

The redshirt freshman has ran for 170 yards and two touchdowns on just 18 carries through the first two games of the season. That’s good for an outstanding nine yards a carry. No disrespect to Rose as the Wildcats will need him this year, but Smoke needs to be the starting running back when the Gators come to town next weekend.

Backup quarterback Sawyer Smith also had a great game once he came in for Wilson. The transfer from Troy threw a 54-yard touchdown on his very first pass at Kentucky. He would end the game on 5-9 passing for 76 yards and two touchdowns.

Smith will need to be ready to go next weekend as he will be going up against a very talented Florida defense in his first start as an SEC quarterback. That isn’t ideal at all, but Smith has been an above average quarterback his whole career. The talent is there with him. If he can just be a competent game manager for the Wildcats in Wilson’s absence, then Kentucky should be just fine.

Room for Improvement

The Wildcats are still trying to find their groove on the season so far. Yes, a win is a win. However, Kentucky still played a very sloppy game on Saturday night. Rose fumbled the football on the one-yard line which prevented the Wildcats from going up 21-0, and another drive ended in a missed field goal.

I haven’t even mentioned the seven huge penalties called on Kentucky last night. Overall, if it wasn’t for three Eastern Michigan turnovers it could have been a close ballgame. The secondary must also play better as they allowed a quarterback from a non-power five school to throw for over 300 passing yards. Mental errors must be erased if the Wildcats want to beat Florida for the second straight year.

Elsewhere in College Football

The biggest game of the day was undoubtably the showdown between #9 Texas and #6 LSU in Austin. Make no mistake about it, this was an absolute shootout as both teams combined for a total of 1,103 yards of offense. However, the Tigers and their new-look offense emerged victorious 45-38.

You heard it here first: LSU is going to give Alabama a heck of a race in the SEC West. The Crimson Tide have been standing in the way of the Tigers for this entire decade as LSU could never field a competent offense against them. That will change this season. I’m not saying it will happen, but this seems like the ideal season for the Tigers to finally get the job done.

To no surprise, Clemson handled Texas A&M with ease. The Aggies actually laid a bit of an egg on Saturday and played terribly in a top-15 ranked matchup. For the rest of the top-25, everything else was pretty much chalk. Four out of the top five teams in the country blew out their opponents by at least 40 points each. Besides Texas and Texas A&M, the only other ranked opponents who lost on Saturday were Syracuse, Stanford, and Nebraska who were all ranked between 20-25.

This weekend will be remembered for LSU’s astonishing performance and Michigan’s near loss to Army. I feel like I’m missing something else….

Oh yea, TENNESSEE LOST AGAIN!!! And this time it was in the most embarrassing way possible. With just a few seconds left in regulation, BYU completed a miracle 64-yard pass in order to kick a field goal and send the game into overtime. Of course, the Cougars won and now the Volunteers are 0-2 to start the season.

You just really hate to see it.

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SEC Football Week 1 Takeaways

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The college football season is officially here! I am so excited for the third year of my weekly SEC Football Column. Different from the last two years, I will now be reviewing the weekend that was in conference play instead of previewing it. Here are my biggest takeaways from week one!

1. Auburn’s Big Win

There were several huge moments this week in SEC football. However, none will be more significant in the scope of this season then Auburn’s miraculous win against the Oregon Ducks.

First things first: the Ducks are out of the playoff picture now. This was the toughest game on the schedule of a team that has a very good chance of winning the Pac-12. With this loss, it seems relatively obvious that they are out no matter what thanks to their weak strength of schedule.

For the Tigers, this was a huge win not only because their schedule is absolutely brutal, but it gives Head Coach Guz Malzahn and true freshman quarterback Bo Nix momentum for the rest of the year. Did Nix play great? Well, not exactly considering he completed only 13 out of 31 passes for 177 yards with two interceptions. However, he still found a way to lead Auburn to a victory thanks to an amazing game-winning touchdown pass.

Expect big things for Auburn in the immediate future. Their next two games will be the easiest two-week stretch of their season. The Tigers play Tulane next followed by a matchup with Kent State. Before you know it, Nix and company will be 3-0 and ranked in the top-10 when they head to College Station to play Texas A&M on September 21st. With this win under their belts, the sky is now the limit for a very talented SEC West team which now has a huge boost of confidence.

2. The Dumpster Fire That is the SEC East

Whoa boy. Now time for the very bad news out of the SEC this week. The East division was a total disaster. Yes, Georgia won handily, and Kentucky covered the spread against a mid-major. However, everyone else looked terrible. Florida looked incompetent in week zero even in victory, Vanderbilt didn’t belong on the field with Georgia, South Carolina lost to North Carolina (!), Missouri lost to Wyoming (!!), and Tennessee lost at home to Georgia State (?!?!?!?!).

Let’s all be honest, this was a completely indefensible start to the season for the division. Where do any of these teams (especially the Volunteers) go from here? First, I think Missouri will be fine. They almost had more than 150 yards than Wyoming, and the Tigers controlled much of the game. Kelly Bryant also played excellent as he set a career high in passing yards with 423. They simply lost because they could not stop turning the ball over.

Tennessee and South Carolina on the other hand….oh dear. The Gamecocks might as well call it a season considering that they still have the toughest schedule in FBS football still left to play. Plus, quarterback  Jake Bentley will be out due to injury for an extended period of time. As for the Volunteers, I don’t have much analysis here. Its one of the worst losses in program history, and their entire fan base already wants Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt fired. You hate to see it.

The East has to start pulling its weight if the SEC wants to once again be the best conference in football. Until then, this is a conference that’s being extremely pulled down by at least four disappointing teams.

2. Alabama Wins and Loses Big

To absolutely no surprise, Alabama took care of business and annihilated their first opponent of the season. Their victory came in typical Crimson Tide fashion as quarterback Tua Tagovailoa passed for over 300 yards and four touchdowns. Beating a Duke football team by 39 points may seem like an easy task, but Alabama did it in impressive fashion thanks to the outstanding play of receiver Jerry Jeudy.

That’s the good news. However, the bad news is that the Crimson Tide lost starting middle linebacker Dylan Moses to injury earlier in the week. Yes, Nick Saban has several blue-chip linebackers behind Moses that will be able to step up. However, truly replacing a player of Moses’ talent and experience will be very difficult to do.

Moses was a consensus projected top-10 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but more importantly he was an integral piece in that famous Alabama defense. The bright side is that this injury happened before the season even started. There is plenty of time to get the new middle linebacker ready for the SEC Championship and possibly the playoff.

4. Kentucky Battles Through Early Adversity

Let’s get back to the SEC East really quick. Not everything was absolutely terrible as Kentucky covered the spread and took care of a decent mid-major team in Toledo at home. The first half was rough to say the least as the Wildcats went into halftime tied with a team from the MAC Conference. The good news is that second half was a much different story.

Not only did Kentucky hold Toledo to just ten points in the half, but quarterback Terry Wilson really got going. Both of his passing touchdowns came after halftime, and he looked much more comfortable after a shaky start. While Wilson did have a good game overall, he is still missing some big passes in crucial moments. But no one is perfect, and Wilson can still air it out.

Overall, the performance went pretty much according to plan for the Wildcats. They took care of business because Coach Mark Stoops has built a program made for avoiding such terrible loses. But there is still much improvement to be had. The defensive secondary was exposed often in the first half, and the offense is still finding its groove. Expect another solid victory this weekend against Eastern Michigan.

5. Keep an Eye On LSU’s Offense

This fifth slot is always going to be what I think is the most underrated story from the previous weekend. In week one, no team went under the radar as much as LSU did. Yes, they demolished a much lesser opponent in Georgia Southern, but it was the way they won that mattered.

The Tigers rolled out a new-look offense featuring an RPO scheme, and it looked lethal with Joe Burrow passing for five touchdowns and almost 300 yards. This unit often held the team back in 2018 so it’s a very promising sign that the offense seems like it took big leap forward in the offseason.

This is incredibly strange to see from LSU. It’s like if your favorite rock band decided to switch to hip-hop music for good. For this entire decade it has felt like the Tigers have been rolling out an offense from the 1970’s. Now they look like the Oklahoma Sooners out there. Of course, Georgia Southern isn’t the team to truly test the strength of this new offense.

However, the Tigers will take on Texas this coming weekend in what will be one of the biggest college football games of the season. Not only will it be a top-10 matchup, but it will have huge playoff implications as well. No matter who wins the game, we will see just how great this LSU offense truly is.

SEC Football Preview: Final Season Predictions

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For the last few weeks leading to the start of the College Football season, I have been previewing different teams, players, and more from the SEC. With the season starting tonight, I give my final predictions for the season. Will most of these be wrong? Probably. But fortune favors the bold.

SEC East Predicted Records and Order of Finish

1. Georgia, 11-1 (7-1)

2. Florida, 10-2 (6-2)

3. Missouri, 10-2 (6-2)

4. Tennessee, 7-5 (3-5)

5. Kentucky, 6-6 (2-6)

6. South Carolina, 5-7 (2-6)

7. Vanderbilt, 4-8 (1-7)

First things first: No one is touching Georgia in the East this season. This may seem false considering that I’m projecting two other teams to win double-digit games, but I think there is still a significant gap between Georgia and everyone else. In fact, I would not be surprised if the Bulldogs defeat Florida and Missouri handily.

I see Florida staying pretty steady in 2019. While most of the defense returns, most of the offense leaves and the Gators have a pretty hard schedule. They will not be taking a leap this season. Missouri is the opposite. They have a very easy schedule, and their offense is absolutely loaded. I don’t really think the Tigers are THAT good, but there are too many positive indicators pointing upwards for them.

I went back and forth with Tennessee and Kentucky. You could flip-flop their records and order of finish because I think it will come down to their matchup on November 9th. I’m picking the Volunteers over the Wildcats here due to the Volunteers returning almost their entire offense and Kentucky losing most of their defense from last season. But don’t come after me too hard, because Mark Stoops has this program on the rise. No way Kentucky misses out on a bowl game.

As for South Carolina and Vanderbilt, I see losing seasons on the way. No offense to the Gamecocks or Will Muschamp, but that schedule is just absolutely brutal for what is a decent football team. I feel the same for Derek Mason’s Commodores. Vanderbilt has bowl-game talent, but I really don’t like their schedule. Overall, this division will be much improved in 2019 with Missouri and Tennessee taking steps forward.

SEC West Predicted Records and Order of Finish

1. Alabama, 12-0 (8-0)

2. LSU, 11-1 (7-1)

3. Texas A&M, 8-4 (5-3)

4. Auburn, 7-5 (4-4)

5. Arkansas, 6-6 (2-6)

6. Mississippi State, 6-6 (2-6)

7. Ole Miss, 5-7 (1-7)

The West is a bit more simple than the East this year. To little surprise, I’m going all chalk with the Crimson Tide. Alabama will be on the warpath in 2019 after getting embarrassed in the National Championship Game against Clemson. Combine that with the fact that they play what is arguably the easiest schedule in the conference and you have a recipe for an undefeated regular season.

I’m very high on LSU this season. While their nonconference matchup against Texas will be an amazing game, I think the Tigers are simply the better team. The only other game on their schedule that will be really tough for them is Alabama. Win or lose, I see a potentially strong case emerging for LSU to make the playoff even if they lose that game (more on that later).

Jimbo Fisher has something really special cooking in College Station. The bad news is that the Aggies are still at least a season away from taking that big leap. Excluding South Carolina, Texas A&M plays the toughest schedule in the nation in 2019. I feel the same way about Auburn. There seems to be a promising future with Bo Nix at quarterback, but the right pieces aren’t in play for them this year as they get Oregon, Texas A&M, Florida, and LSU all away from home (they also play Georgia and Alabama).

The bottom half of the division features my biggest longshot prediction of the year with Arkansas making a bowl game. I may be a bit optimistic with the Razorbacks, but I feel like Head Coach Chad Morris has the program going in the right direction with strong recruiting. Miss. State will take a step back after losing so many good defensive players to the NFL, and Ole Miss is pressing the restart button on their entire offense. Overall, the West will be dominated by Alabama and LSU while everyone else is prepping to take the next step in the coming years.

Heisman Prediction

1. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

2. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

3. Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

4. Shea Patterson, QB, Michigan

5. JK Dobbins, RB, Ohio State

I expect the 2019 Heisman trophy race to be dominated by the best quarterbacks in the nation. Stranger things may happen, but this race is viewed as being between Lawrence and Tagovailoa. This decision is essentially a coin flip as both of their offenses are loaded, and both teams have easy schedules. I’m going with Lawrence simply because I don’t think he gets pulled as soon as Tagovailoa will in blowouts.

Herbert will have a massive year for the Ducks in a relatively easy Pac-12 as long as he can stay healthy. He has a strong chance at being the first quarterback taken in the 2020 NFL Draft, and his talent will show this season. I’m on the Michigan bandwagon this year because of the play of Patterson in a new up-tempo system that will better fit his talents. Also, I think Dobbins will be the best running back in the nation. With the departure of Dwayne Haskins, the Buckeyes will run the ball a lot more which means Dobbins will put up some gawdy numbers in 2019.

Playoff Prediction

1. Clemson

2. Alabama

3. Michigan

4. Oregon

(First two out)

5. LSU

6. Texas

To no surprise, I’m picking both Clemson and Alabama to make the playoff. Their schedules are too easy, and they have way too much talent. They should win both the SEC and ACC, respectively. I went with a one loss Michigan team out of the Big Ten. I think this is the year the Wolverines beat Ohio State and win their conference championship game. That will be good enough to make the playoff.

This is where things get dicey. I think this will be a season which will have an all-out brawl for the last spot. Here is who I think the committee will have to chose from: One loss Pac-12 Champion Oregon, and one loss LSU who missed out on their conference championship game. Yupp…this will be controversial no matter who the committee picks. I think they will pick the Ducks. Oregon actually plays Auburn in their nonconference slate and they play Stanford, Washington, USC, and Arizona State all on the road. Just one loss out of that gauntlet and a conference championship will net them a playoff berth.

And yes, that September 7th matchup between LSU and Texas will have MASSIVE playoff implications.

In case you were wondering about Georgia, I think the Bulldogs will lose a tough road game against Auburn as the Tigers came off a bye week beforehand. I don’t think that the Bulldogs will beat Alabama in the championship game which puts Georgia with two losses and out of the playoff picture.

That wraps up my season preview! Will most of this be wrong? More than likely, yes. But the unpredictability of college football is what makes the sport so awesome.

BREAKING: Mississippi State football, basketball programs placed on probation

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The Mississippi State football and basketball programs have been placed on probation.

In a release by the NCAA, it has been found that a former Mississippi State student and part-time athletics department tutor “committed academic misconduct in an online general chemistry course to aid 10 football student-athletes and a men’s basketball student-athlete.”

According to the report, the former tutor completed “multiple assignments, exams and, in some instances, nearly the entire course for student-athletes.”

As a result, said athletes competed while ineligible.

The NCAA agreed upon Level I-mitigated penalties for the university, with the former tutor also receiving a penalty.

Those penalties are detailed below:

  • A fine of $5,000, plus 1% each of the football and men’s basketball budgets.
  • A reduction of two football scholarships during each of the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years.
  • A reduction of one men’s basketball scholarship during the 2020-21 academic year.
  • A reduction of four football official visits from the program’s four-year average of 40 visits during the 2019-20 academic year.
  • A reduction of two men’s basketball official visits from the program’s four-year average of 10 visits during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 rolling two-year period.
  • A prohibition of football unofficial visits during one home contest for the 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years.
  • A prohibition of men’s basketball unofficial visits during two home contests for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years.
  • A reduction of football evaluation days by two in the fall 2019 and 10 in spring 2020.
  • A reduction of men’s basketball recruiting-person days by six in the spring of 2020.
  • Three years of probation.
  • A vacation of records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible. The university must provide a written report containing the contests impacted to the NCAA media coordination and statistics staff within 45 days of the public decision release.
  • A disassociation of the former tutor.
  • All involved student-athletes must conduct one rules education session on the consequences of academic misconduct.
  • Participation in the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals program review and Academic Integrity Assessment process.
  • A 10-year show-cause order for the former tutor. During that period, any NCAA member school employing her must restrict her from any athletically related duties unless it shows cause why the restrictions should not apply.

According to Steve Robertson of 247Sports, Mississippi State will be forced to vacate a “number of wins from the 2018 football season and 2018-19 basketball season.” As for the individual student-athletes involved, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the ten individuals from having their names publicly disclosed in any NCAA or University release due to student privacy concerns.

That being said, the basketball player in question is almost certainly guard Nick Weatherspoon, who was removed from the starting lineup prior to the team’s matchup against Arkansas on February 16 this past year. Weatherspoon missed thee remainder of the season, including both the SEC and NCAA tournaments due to an undisclosed violation of team rules.


Vanderbilt will sell alcohol at football games this season

People now have a reason to go to Vanderbilt football games. The Commodores just announced they will sell alcohol to the general public at Vanderbilt Stadium this season.

“Not only will this game day initiative enhance our fan experience, it will provide additional resources to invest in our mission of helping our student-athletes succeed on and off the field, such as through facility enhancements and in other areas,” said Malcolm Turner, Vanderbilt vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs.

As that statement suggests, for Vandy, the move makes a ton of sense. The school is in desperate need of a new — or majorly renovated — stadium, and attendance is already an issue. The ‘Dores join Arkansas, LSU, Missouri, and Texas A&M on the growing list of schools to allow public alcohol sales since the SEC lifted its ban earlier this summer. Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, and Mississippi State have all announced they will keep their current policies in place — for now — and only sell beer and wine in premium areas.

Another reason to come to the Kentucky/Vanderbilt game in Nashville on November 16, right?


Mizzou built a new statue of a… What is that?

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Missouri’s football stadium has a new statue outside its South End Zone and it’s a… What is that? It’s not a tiger. If it is, it is a very skinny tiger. Is it a dinosaur? What’s with that neck frill?

The replies to this tweet are great:

And here is the big reveal from last Friday:

Nailed it.