Entering Week 6 of the college football season, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and Georgia running back Todd Gurley have separated themselves as the front-runners for the Heisman. This week, Pac-12 reporter Chantel Jennings and SEC reporter Edward Aschoff engage in a friendly (ish) debate regarding the two players: Jennings: Mariota is the best player in college football right now. The only thing that could derail that fact would be if his offensive line can’t keep it together and continues to put up performances like it did against Washington State, in which it allowed seven sacks.
What a weekend ahead in the SEC. There are some premier games pitting ranked teams against each other and others featuring teams with plenty to prove in college football’s premier conference. In our SEC roundtable yesterday, we tackled games we’d pay to see. Today, we pose the question: Which team has the most to prove Saturday? Our SEC writers take a swing at answering it. Edward Aschoff: It has to be Florida. If the Gators are going to have any chance in the SEC East race, they have to win this weekend in Knoxville.
There was a ton of big recruiting news from around the Southeastern Conference this weekend. Several top prospects made their verbal commitments, Georgia flipped an FSU commit, and Missouri -- despite its big win against South Carolina on Saturday -- lost a commitment. Here is a closer look at the top recruiting news from around the conference. Biggest commitments: Despite suffering a tough 35-32 loss to Georgia on Saturday, the Tennessee Volunteers did receive some good news the day before.
Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesAmari Cooper will match up against an stingy Ole Miss pass defense. The SEC West has been dominant in the first month of the season. Consider these stats: The SEC West is 25-0 against teams not in the SEC West and is winning those games by an average margin of 34.1 points. Six of the top 15 teams in The Associated Press poll hail from the SEC West, which is more than the Big Ten, Big 12 and ACC have in the top 15 combined.