Greg McElroy, Gene Chizik and Booger McFarland rank the SEC Bowl Games they are most looking forward to.


Season highlights: The Bulldogs looked like the SEC East’s most talented team for just about the entire season and showed that the young depth brought to Athens has a bright future. The loss of Heisman Trophy candidate Todd Gurley should have discouraged Georgia fans, but the Bulldogs didn’t miss a beat with freshman running back Nick Chubb, who finished the regular season second in the SEC with 1,281 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. The Bulldogs made a late-season playoff run by shutting out eventual SEC East champion Missouri 34-0 and routing Auburn 34-7.

Season lowlights: Even with the most complete team in the division, the Bulldogs still fell short of winning the East. An early-season loss to South Carolina proved devastating because the Gamecocks finished the season 6-6 and won just three SEC games. But the nail in the Bulldogs’ SEC coffin came when they were trounced by underwhelming Florida 38-20 to kick off the month of November. The Bulldogs watched as the same Missouri team they routed in October strutted into the SEC championship game. To add to this season’s woes, Gurley was suspended by the NCAA then tore his ACL in his return. Georgia also ended the regular season with a loss to rival Georgia Tech.

Player to watch: Quarterback Hutson Mason has to shake off his game-clinching overtime interception against the Yellow Jackets. His team needs him to play better in the bowl game, which will be his final game with the Bulldogs. Mason, who sat for four seasons before becoming the starter in 2014, had an underwhelming year at Georgia. He threw for just 2,019 yards and passed for more than 200 yards in a game once all season. Georgia hasn’t needed him to be elite, but with the Bulldogs reeling, coaches will look to him to gather this team.

Motivation factor: Getting 10 wins is important. It helps in recruiting and helps with confidence for this team going forward. Mason is out to end his career the right way after playing backup for so long. I think this Georgia team as a whole wants to prove that it’s better than what it showed in three bad games during the regular season. And coach Mark Richt is once again feeling some heat from fans. A bowl win won’t erase the failure of not winning the East, but it will be a much-needed positive end to the 2014 season.
-- Edward Aschoff


Season highlights: Finishing 9-3 in Year 1 in the ACC qualifies as a major success for the Cards and Bobby Petrino in his second stint with Louisville, especially when you consider the injuries this team suffered at quarterback and to game-changing receiver DeVante Parker. The highlight has to be a 31-28 win at Notre Dame in which freshman quarterback Reggie Bonnafon scored three touchdowns in a game the Cardinals were not favored to win. Gerod Holliman tied an NCAA single-season record with 14 interceptions.

Season lowlights: There are plenty of “what could have been” moments for Louisville. Which loss was toughest? Was it to 5-7 Virginia on the road, when James Quick's fumbled punt led to the Hoos’ game-winning field goal? Was it at Clemson, when Will Gardner spiked the ball on third-and-goal from the 2-yard line and then threw incomplete on fourth-and-goal with a chance to win the game? Was it at home to Florida State, when the Cards blew a 21-point lead and lost 42-31? Opportunities were there to win all three games.

Player to watch: Parker. It really is a shame that Parker missed the first seven games of the season with a broken foot. If not, he would be talked about as one of the best players in the country. Parker has been dominant in the five games he has played, racking up 735 yards to lead the team in receiving. That ranks seventh in the ACC, against receivers who have played a full set of games. His 21 yards per catch is second in the ACC behind Phillip Dorsett. This will be Parker's final game at Louisville before moving on to prepare for the NFL draft, where he is projected as a first-round pick.

Motivation factor: Louisville has a chance to win at least 10 games for a third straight season, something that would hold even more significance considering how much tougher the schedule was this year than the previous two in the Big East/American. This team is losing some terrific seniors who laid the foundation, such as Parker, Lorenzo Mauldin, Michael Dyer, Eli Rogers, Gerald Christian and potentially Gerod Holliman, so you can bet their teammates are going to want to send them out the right way.
-- Andrea Adelson

SEC bowl projections: Week 15

December, 7, 2014
Dec 7
Today we finally get to put an end to the speculation, as college football's postseason picture will become clear this afternoon.

We knew the SEC would get one team into the inaugural College Football Playoff when Alabama beat Missouri on Saturday. Nailing down the destinations for the conference's other 11 bowl-eligible teams is much more difficult.

Here are our best guesses in the final hours before we will know for sure:

College Football Playoff semifinal (Allstate Sugar Bowl): Alabama
Goodyear Cotton Bowl: Ole Miss
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Mississippi State
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl: Missouri
Outback Bowl: Auburn
TaxSlayer Bowl: Texas A&M
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Arkansas
Advocare V100 Texas Bowl: LSU
Belk Bowl: Georgia
AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Tennessee
Birmingham Bowl: Florida
Duck Commander Independence Bowl: South Carolina

SEC Power Rankings: Week 15

December, 7, 2014
Dec 7
A lot has changed from our preseason list -- South Carolina at No. 3? Vanderbilt ahead of Arkansas? We'd prefer to forget those. But one thing that is the same as in our initial rankings is Alabama on top. The Crimson Tide relinquished the top spot at times, but when it mattered, Nick Saban's crew stood tall.

Edward Aschoff, David Ching, Sam Khan Jr., Chris Low, Greg Ostendorf and Alex Scarborough contributed to these rankings.
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Warren Easton High is headed to the state championship game for the first since 1958 after a 43-36 win against Plaquemine on Friday night. One of the main reasons why is ESPN300 No. 25 Tyron Johnson.

On Friday morning before the huge win last night, the Under Armour All-America Game selection tweeted out his top five.


With LSU ace recruiter Frank Wilson and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, Georgia assistants Mike Bobo and Tony Ball, and Auburn's Dameyune Craig all on hand, Johnson showed his talent with a 60-yard punt return for a score, the game winning touchdown run and four receptions for 50 yards.

Following the huge win for Eagles, the nations No. 2-ranked wide receiver gave thoughts on his Top 5:

Auburn: Auburn is a great school, a great passing offense, Duke (Williams) from Louisiana went there from juco and now will go pro. It would be a good fit for me.

Georgia: Coach [Tony} Ball is out here supporting me tonight. He’s a great coach and knows his stuff.


The SEC Network's college football analysts take a look back at the top three catches in the SEC from the regular season.

National recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton offers the latest on ESPN 300 outside linebackers Roquan Smith, Malik Jefferson and Jeffery Holland.
In the 100 days leading up to signing day 2015, RecruitingNation will be looking back at our ESPN recruiting rankings from 2006 to the present and count down the best player of the past 10 years at each ranking position, No. 100 to No. 1.

Nick Chubb, No. 63 in 2014 class

Chubb was one of the most heavily-recruited running backs in the 2014 class out of Northwest Georgia. He selected Georgia over Auburn and South Carolina in June of 2013 in a recruitment that wasn’t close. Chubb was a member of the Bulldogs top-10 2014 class that featured Lorenzo Carter, running back Sony Michel, return man Isaiah McKenzie, tight end Jeb Blazevich, defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard and quarterback Jacob Park, who has a very good chance to be the starter in 2015 or 2016.

Chubb rushed for 2,696 yards and 38 touchdowns as a junior at Cedartown, and followed up with over 2,700 yards and 39 scores as a senior. He finished his high school career with nearly 7,000 yards and 102 touchdowns.

Chubb’s freshman season has been nothing short of sensational. He became the go to back after the suspension of Todd Gurley, and hasn’t looked back with seven straight games of 100 yards or more, averaging 163 per game in his last five SEC games. Through 12 games, the SEC Offensive Freshman of the Year has 186 carries for 1,281 yards and 12 touchdowns plus an additional 213 receiving yards and two scores. He’s scored a touchdown in nine consecutive games.

Should Chubb stay healthy, he’s a near lock to be a high NFL draft choice after the 2016 season.

Honorable mention: Max Tuerk, No. 63 in 2012 class, and Curt Maggitt, No. 63 in 2011 class. Tuerk was an impact played for USC on the offensive line, and is now in his third season as a starter. His versatility makes him a potential high round NFL draft choice with starts at left tackle, left guard, right tackle and center. Maggitt has been a productive player when healthy for Tennessee. The high school teammate of NFL first round selection Matt Elam and Florida State tight end Nick O’Leary at Dwyer High made 56 tackles in 11 games as a true freshman and 30 in nine games as sophomore before missing his junior season due to injury. The West Palm Beach native has rebounded in 2014 making 43 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 11 sacks in 12 games this season.
The good news Thursday was that both Florida and Nebraska filled their open coaching positions in a timely manner, but the bad news is we’re less than 60 days until signing day. Plus, what type of recruiter is Nebraska getting?

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Georgia's No. 2-rated class got stronger Thursday with the addition of ESPN 300 prospect Darius Slayton. Continue reading to find out the different paths Slayton could take with the Bulldogs:

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Inside the office: Mark Richt

December, 3, 2014
Dec 3
Take a tour inside Georgia coach Mark Richt's office, where you'll see his "state titles," cherished photos and more.

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Georgia coach Mark Richt points out himself out in a picture of the quarterbacks at Miami during his playing days that included himself and a number of future NFL superstars.

Georgia coach Mark Richt shows off an old photo of the talented quarterbacks he had as an assistant at Florida State who were drafted to the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball.

Georgia coach Mark Richt shows off the Steve Penley painting of Jesus Christ that hangs in his office.

ESPN Juco 50: Battle to watch in the SEC 

December, 3, 2014
Dec 3
The SEC is well represented in the debut of the 2015 ESPN Juco 50. An incredible 18 JC 50 members are committed to SEC schools including nine of the top 15 players. The top two players in the JC 50, both running backs, Jovon Robinson and Alvin Kamara, are committed to Auburn and Tennessee, respectively.

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The top five freshmen in the SEC
The SEC Network highlights the best freshmen football players from the SEC this year.


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