Michigan’s top ranked commitment in 2014, Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic), tweeted on Tuesday about a change of plans.
Imma take a couple Officials after the season myself— Breezy (@JabrillPeppers) November 26, 2013
The No. 2-ranked prospect committed to the Wolverines on ESPN back in May. At the time LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers were among the schools he was considering. It now seems Peppers will be reevaluating schools.
This is significant because Michigan coach Brady Hoke and his staff have a no-visit policy for their commitments. Any prospect who commits to Michigan is not allowed to take other visits.
If a prospect does take a visit to a different program then they are no longer considered a Michigan commit. That doesn’t preclude the Michigan staff from still recruiting that prospect, it just means they are no longer committed to Michigan.
Peppers is a five-star prospect and badly needed in Ann Arbor, Mich., so this proves to be a bad situation for Hoke if these visits do come to fruition. Peppers, however, did state he is still committed to the Wolverines.
"I am still 100% committed to the University of Michigan and that is the place where I want to go to college," Peppers said. "With the rumors about Coach Hoke possibly not being there I need to make sure that I have options and have seen other places in case the University of Michigan decides to go in a different direction. For the sake of my future I need to make sure I have other options. No need to look into it any further! Go Blue and beat TDS."
Peppers’ high school coach, Chris Partridge, said he had not heard anything about the potential visits from his star athlete.
- There’s more hype surrounding this year’s Iron Bowl than there’s ever been in this rivalry, but for Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, it’s just another game.
- Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson, a former assistant coach at Alabama, is excited to be a part of the Iron Bowl again, this time with the Tigers.
- Thanks to losses by Baylor and Oregon, Missouri has moved back into the BCS top five with one game left on the schedule -- a visit from Texas A&M.
- South Carolina has won four in a row in the The Battle of the Palmetto State, and the senior class is looking to stay perfect against Clemson with a win on Saturday.
- Because of players such as cornerback Rashard Robinson, the future looks bright for LSU’s young but talented defense.
- Texas A&M will be well represented in Walt Disney World next month for the Home Depot College Football Awards show.
- Despite rumors swirling about his future, Florida coach Will Muschamp is comfortable with the support he has from the university.
- Josh Harvey-Clemons forever will be linked to Auburn’s Hail Mary two weeks ago, but the Georgia safety rebounded well against Kentucky last weekend.
- Win or lose Saturday, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen has done enough in his five seasons to warrant more time to build the program.
- On Monday, Kentucky unveiled plans for a smaller, "more fan-friendly" Commonwealth Stadium.
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The second-ranked conference, the Pac-12, continues to trail the SEC by a significant margin in the overall ratings. The Big 12 is third, followed by the Big Ten and ACC.
After Baylor's loss last Saturday, the number of undefeated teams from BCS AQ conferences is down to three with Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State all vying for a spot in the BCS National Championship.
OFFENSE: Terrence Magee, RB, LSU
- Rushed for a career-high 149 yards and one TD on 13 carries in win over No. 9 Texas A&M.
- Had a 65-yard run on LSU’s third possession of the game that setup his 1-yard TD run to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead in the contest.
- Averaged 11.5 yards per carry as the Tigers racked up 324 yards on the ground, the most in an SEC game for the Tigers since a 52-3 win over Ole Miss in 2011.
- Garnham paced the Commodore defense with 10 total tackles, including seven solo stops and a tackle for loss, in Vanderbilt's 14-10 victory over Tennessee. The 10-tackle total tied a career high for the three-year starting linebacker.
- Garnham's performance was a key factor in Vanderbilt limiting the Volunteer offense to 237 total yards and the fewest points scored by Tennessee against Vanderbilt since 1968.
- Had two huge plays that impacted the outcome of Mizzou’s 24-10 road win Saturday at No. 24 Ole Miss, as he first blocked a Rebels field goal attempt in the first quarter to snuff out a scoring threat. Mizzou led 7-0 at the time, and Ole Miss drove to the Tiger 1-yard line before being forced to settle for a 23-yard try. Brantley got a big push and blocked the kick to give Mizzou back the ball with its lead intact. Fellow freshman Josh Augusta was initially credited with the block, but after film review, it was Brantley.
- Later, in the third quarter, after Ole Miss scored on its opening possession of the half to cut Mizzou’s lead to 17-10, Mizzou’s offense went three-and-out, but on fourth-and-2 from the Tigers' 20-yard line, Brantley’s number was called on a fake punt. Serving as one of the shield protectors for the punt, Brantley took the direct snap and raced around to the left edge to daylight. He made a nice move to shake one potential tackler near the first-down line, and raced 26-yards to the Tiger 46-yard line to squelch the Ole Miss momentum.
- In his first career start, shut down Texas A&M’s top receiver Mike Evans, Robinson limited the SEC’s leading receiver to his season SEC-low for receptions (four) and second-lowest yardage output in an SEC game this year (51) … Also held him without a TD.
- Evans came in with a league-best 12 receiving TDs … Had 2 tackles and his first career interception in the game … Interception came on A&M’s first possession of second half and resulted in a LSU touchdown nine plays later that stretched the Tiger lead to 31-10.
- Inserted into the Vanderbilt defensive secondary after injuries forced both starting cornerbacks to the sidelines, Head contributed two key interceptions in the Commodores' 14-10 victory over Tennessee.
- Head's second pick ended a Tennessee threat deep in Vanderbilt territory in the fourth quarter. His interception of a Tennessee fake field-goal attempt came at the Vanderbilt 10-yard line with Tennessee leading 10-7.
- Head's performance at cornerback helped the Commodores limit Tennessee to 53 passing yards, 237 total yards. The secondary also picked off three Volunteer passes.
- Jackson was credited with three pancake blocks and was instrumental in the Bulldogs totaling 488 yards of offense, including 209 on the ground.
- Smith was Georgia’s second-leading tackler against Kentucky with seven tackles, including two sacks for 10 yards and three tackles for a loss of 11 yards.
- He also forced a pair of fumbles, one of those leading to a Bulldog touchdown.
- Smith moved to fourth on the team’s tackle list with 58.
- He helped anchor a defense that held Kentucky to 211 total yards on offense, including just 62 on the ground.
But in the realm of SEC football, we saw temperatures both spike and plummet.
Here’s a look back at Week 13 in the SEC:
Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Matthews: They don’t get much better than Matthews, as a player or a person. In his past two games, he has 25 catches for 274 yards and is now the SEC’s career leader in receptions (246) and receiving yardage (3,491 yards). Matthews is the first receiver in SEC history to post back-to-back seasons of 90-plus catches and is two catches shy of the SEC single-season record. The remarkable thing about what he has done this season is that opposing defenses have shadowed him and doubled him, but he just continues to produce. And if you really want to know what kind of person Matthews is, go watch his news conference following Vanderbilt’s 14-10 win over Tennessee on Saturday. He didn’t want to talk about himself. Rather, he wanted to talk about all of the people who had helped him get to this point, including coaches, teammates, family members and fans.
Ole Miss’ red zone offense: The Rebels will be kicking themselves for a while over their inability to take advantage of chances in the red zone in their 24-10 loss to Missouri. On three trips inside the 20, Ole Miss came away with just a single field goal, which pretty well snuffed out any shot the Rebels had of upsetting the Tigers and potentially getting to 10 wins this season.
LSU cornerback Rashard Robinson: On your list of true freshmen in the SEC who are destined for stardom, be sure you have Robinson near the top of that list. He did a marvelous job in manning up against Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans on Saturday and helped hold Evans to four catches for 51 yards and no touchdowns. Robinson didn’t become eligible until right before the season began, so he got off to a late start. But the more you watch him, the more he looks like the next great cornerback to come out of the LSU program.
Bowl-eligible teams: Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee have all been eliminated from bowl contention. Mississippi State has to win against Ole Miss this weekend to extend its postseason streak to four straight years. Otherwise, five teams from the SEC will be staying home for the second consecutive year.
AJ McCarron’s Heisman chances: We can sit here all day and debate about whether McCarron is truly the most outstanding player in college football. Two things that are not debatable, though, are that he’s one of the most accomplished winners in college football history and is now right in the middle of the Heisman Trophy race with two weeks remaining until the vote. Johnny Manziel, Marcus Mariota and Bryce Petty all took big hits last week, and who knows how the off-the-field allegations against Jameis Winston will play out? If McCarron plays well the next two weeks and the Crimson Tide make it to Pasadena, he could very well become only the second Heisman winner in Alabama’s history.
Votes of confidence: OK, I know Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley specified last week that it wasn’t the dreaded vote of confidence he was giving third-year coach Will Muschamp. But come on, that’s exactly what it was. And how many times has that worked out for a coach, where his boss comes out publicly and says his embattled coach is going to be back and have a chance to fix things? After seeing what happened to Florida last week in an embarrassing 26-20 loss to FCS foe Georgia Southern in which the Eagles won at the Swamp without completing a pass, you can’t help but wonder if Foley wishes now that he’d just waited a couple of weeks before he said anything. Why come out this late in the season, at least publicly? All that said, the only choice Florida has (and the right choice) is to give Muschamp another year. Foley knows as well as anybody that there were serious issues with the program when Muschamp took over for Urban Meyer following the 2010 season. Remember, it was Meyer himself who conceded that the program was “broken.” You also don’t fire a guy a year removed from winning 11 games and going to a BCS bowl. Muschamp simply hasn’t been able to get it right on offense, and that has to change if he’s going to be around past a fourth season. He will obviously have to make changes on the offensive side of the ball. But here’s the problem with that: With Muschamp facing a win-or-else season next year, how many top offensive minds are going to be lining up to come to Gainesville under those circumstances? It’s not going to be an easy fix and it’s mind-blowing to see the Gators headed toward their first losing season in more than 30 years. But giving Muschamp a fourth season is the right thing to do … with or without a vote of confidence.
- After handling Chattanooga over the weekend, Alabama finally can turn its attention to Auburn and this year’s Iron Bowl.
- Saturday is the Iron Bowl. It’s No. 1 versus No. 4. It’s for first place in the SEC West with a trip to Atlanta on the line. But Auburn coach Gus Malzahn is taking the same approach he’s taken all season.
- With a win over Ole Miss on Saturday, Missouri proved it’s here to stay. The Tigers are just one win away from the SEC championship game.
- It’s been a season to remember for South Carolina’s Connor Shaw. On Saturday, he became the school’s all-time wins leader at quarterback.
- It was supposed to be a shootout between LSU and Texas A&M, but LSU’s defense pushed around the Aggies for the second straight season.
- Johnny Manziel had been tearing up opposing defenses all season, but LSU finally gave he and the Aggies a taste of the SEC on Saturday.
- Florida reached a new low Saturday with a loss to Georgia Southern. After the game, head coach Will Muschamp blamed the Gators’ offense and vowed to get it fixed.
- Aaron Murray's Georgia career ended Saturday with a knee injury. Looking back, where does he rank among the top quarterbacks in UGA history?
- Ole Miss suffered a tough loss to Missouri over the weekend, but the Rebels already have turned their attention to in-state rival Mississippi State and Thursday’s Egg Bowl.
- Tennessee can no longer reach a bowl game, but the Vols will try and make the most out of their season finale at Kentucky.
1. Alabama (11-0, 7-0 SEC; last week: 1): The Crimson Tide had no trouble gobbling up Chattanooga on Saturday. The Tide got a shutout, almost reached 50 points and didn't sustain any serious injuries. Great, because Alabama finishes the season with a trip to Auburn to decide the SEC Western Division.
2. Missouri (10-1, 6-1 SEC; LW: 3): Once again, Mizzou made me look foolish. The Tigers are now 2-1 when I pick against them. Even in an elimination game in the Eastern Division race, the Tigers showed zero nerves in their dominating 24-10 win at Ole Miss. Mizzou improved to 3-1 versus ranked opponents and 5-0 on the road. A win over Texas A&M this weekend clinches the East for Mizzou.
3. Auburn (10-1, 6-1 SEC; LW: 2): The Tigers were off and dropped only because of Mizzou's major win in a hostile environment against the 24th-ranked Rebels. Auburn got some much-needed rest and relaxation before ending the regular season with a colossal Iron Bowl matchup with archrival Alabama. Something will have to give when Auburn's spread rushing attack (320.3 yards per game) meets Alabama's rushing defense (91.3 yards per game).
4. South Carolina (9-2, 6-2 SEC; LW: 5): In what could have been a sloppy outing for the Gamecocks in a tuneup against Coastal Carolina before rival Clemson heads to town, South Carolina was utterly dominant. The Gamecocks rolled 70-10 behind 639 yards and three takeaways. It has been a fun season for the Gamecocks, but now they become part-time Aggies fans this weekend. An A&M win over Mizzou would lock up the East for South Carolina.
5. LSU (8-3, 4-3 SEC; LW: 7): Just when we think LSU might stumble with the nation's best player and the SEC's best offense in town, the Tigers pull what should be considered a shocker in a 34-10 win over A&M. The most impressive part was how the LSU defense contained Johnny Manziel for the second straight year. Manziel totaled just 278 yards of offense, threw two interceptions and completed 16 of 41 pass attempts. A win over Arkansas on Friday could put the Tigers in line for an appearance in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
6. Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3 SEC; LW: 4): The Aggies' 24-point loss in Death Valley stopped a nine-game road winning streak for A&M. Manziel was again bested by Les Miles and that LSU defense. Once again, the Aggies had few answers on defense as they surrendered 517 yards, including 324 rushing, and allowed LSU to convert 11 of 17 third-down attempts. The Aggies had the ball for less than 20 minutes.
7. Ole Miss (7-4, 3-4 SEC; LW: 6): Sure, Missouri was the better team in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, but some baffling play-calling really cost the Rebels at key moments in their 14-point loss to the Tigers. You can't get cute near the goal line, and you can't get only three points on three trips to the red zone. Quarterback Bo Wallace really struggled in the second half and was battling illness all night.
8. Vanderbilt (7-4, 4-4 SEC; LW: 9): Coach James Franklin has won eight straight games in the month of November and now has beaten Florida, Georgia and Tennessee in the same season (first time in school history). For the third year in a row, the Commodores are going bowling and could win nine games for the second straight season. A fake jump pass to win with 16 seconds remaining? Wow!
9. Georgia (7-4, 5-3 SEC; LW: 9): The Bulldogs took care of a struggling Kentucky team, but lost their best player in Aaron Murray to a torn ACL. It had to be a bittersweet senior night in Athens. While Georgia registered 602 yards and 59 points, the loss of Murray is absolutely heartbreaking. He has been more than just a great player during his career and will be greatly missed. The Hutson Mason era officially begins at Georgia.
10. Mississippi State (5-6, 2-5 SEC; LW: 12): And just like that, these Bulldogs are back in the bowl hunt. It might have taken overtime against Arkansas, but Mississippi State is now a win over Ole Miss in Thursday's Egg Bowl away from making it back to the postseason for the fourth year in a row. The Bulldogs certainly have momentum going into Thursday, but the situation at quarterback is still concerning with Tyler Russell's injury issues.
11. Tennessee (4-7, 1-6 SEC; LW: 11): It had to be gut-wrenching for the Vols on Saturday. A last-second, fake jump pass by Vandy stunned a team that is now eliminated from the postseason for the third straight season. Tennessee hung tough and dealt with a little late controversy, but it's good to see that this team isn't afraid to fight. The Vols lost to Vandy in consecutive years for the first time since the 1920s.
12. Florida (4-7, 3-5 SEC; LW: 10): It has just gone from bad to worse in Gainesville. The Gators were officially knocked out of bowl contention with a stunning 26-20 loss to FCS foe Georgia Southern, which failed to complete any passes. It was easily the worst loss in school history and it's obvious this team has quit. This is Florida's first losing season since 1979 and the Gators' 22-year bowl streak is over.
13. Arkansas (3-8, 0-7 SEC; LW: 13): The Razorbacks put up a good fight in their overtime loss to Mississippi State, but eight straight losses will keep you behind a Florida team coming off an embarrassing home loss. This is the first time the Hogs have ever lost eight straight and they are very much in danger of suffering their first winless SEC season with the year ending Friday at LSU.
14. Kentucky (2-9, 0-7 SEC; LW: 14): The Wildcats have now lost 15 straight SEC games and a loss to Tennessee this weekend would give Kentucky back-to-back 0-8 records in league play. The Wildcats mustered only 211 yards of offense and converted just 3 of 12 third-down attempts against Georgia's young defense.
Baylor and Oregon's losses are the SEC's gain.
Auburn was able to rest at home on a bye and jump up two spots to No. 4 in the latest BCS standings. Missouri, meanwhile, jumped up to No. 5 with a win over Ole Miss, putting a total of three SEC teams in the top five.
Alabama continues to be the clear No. 1 in the standings, followed by Florida State and Ohio State. But the Crimson Tide's top billing will be put to the test this coming weekend.
The Iron Bowl will be a high-stakes battle for rivals Alabama and Auburn. The winner will represent the West in the SEC Championship Game and become the favorite to reach the VIZIO BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, Calif.
Alabama, Auburn and Missouri are joined in the top 10 by South Carolina (10). Missouri controls its own destiny in the East. A win against Texas A&M would punch the Tigers' ticket to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game. A loss would give the Gamecocks the nod instead.
Texas A&M, by virtue of its loss at LSU, fell nine spots to No. 21. LSU moved up five rungs to No. 17 with its win.
The only SEC team to drop out of the top 25 was Ole Miss, which lost to Missouri at home, 24-10, and fell to 7-4 overall.
So given that, where does that leave Missouri? The Tigers can clinch an SEC championship game berth with a win over Texas A&M, a loss means South Carolina goes. Either way, if Bama finishes its job and gets to the title game, Missouri will have a second loss, meaning South Carolina could jump the Tigers and be the first non-BCS bowl pick to the Capital One Bowl.
The next question is, who does the Cotton Bowl take? It has first preference from the West Division -- does it take LSU or Texas A&M, who both have three losses. Though the Tigers beat A&M head-to-head, I'm betting the Aggies still get chosen because of the draw of Johnny Manziel.
That would send LSU to either the Outback or the Chick-Fil-A bowls but Missouri, if it gets to the SEC championship game and is passed by South Carolina for the Capital One Bowl, would be next on the list.
Tennessee's bowl eligibility is out the window, so Mississippi State is back in the postseason picture. But the Bulldogs need a win in the Egg Bowl to clinch bowl eligibility. Ole Miss' loss puts the Rebels down a spot and lets Georgia move up a spot to the Gator Bowl. And Vanderbilt continued its winning ways and looks poised for a Liberty Bowl berth.
VIZIO BCS National Championship Game, Jan. 6: Alabama
Allstate Sugar Bowl, Jan. 2: Auburn
Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1: South Carolina
AT&T Cotton Bowl, Jan. 3: Texas A&M
Outback Bowl, Jan. 1: Missouri
Chick-fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31: LSU
TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, Jan. 1: Georgia
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Dec. 30: Ole Miss
AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Dec. 31: Vanderbilt
BBVA Compass Bowl, Jan. 4: Mississippi State
Florida State remained in the No. 2 spot and has the inside track to play in the Vizio BCS National Championship.
No. 3 Ohio State also stayed in place and has a sizable advantage over Auburn, the top one-loss team in the standings.
The Buckeyes had the slimmest of leads last week on Baylor, but now have some breathing room after the Bears lost 49-17 at Oklahoma State. Ohio State's lead over the No. 4 spot was just .0013 points last week, but its the advantage over Auburn is .0964.
Whether Auburn could jump Ohio State with a win over Alabama on Saturday remains to be seen. Ohio State is ranked third in both polls used by the BCS and is also No. 3 in the computer average, which makes up one-third of the BCS formula.
Florida State slightly closed the gap on Alabama by about 25 percent for the second straight week.
Ohio State enjoyed a boost when Baylor's loss solidified its position at No. 3, and also because the top two teams played weak opponents Saturday. The Buckeyes gained back about 60 percent of their deficit behind both Alabama and Florida State.
ESPN 300 linebacker Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South) was on his official visit to LSU this weekend. The No. 37-ranked player in the country has already taken official visits to Ole Miss, Florida and Tennessee and said he was impressed with the LSU coaching.
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