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SEC Odds And Television Listings – 11/11/13

television-wallThe has released the schedule for the weekend of November 23rd today.  Below, you’ll find that schedule along with this week’s lineup of games.  We’ve including the early betting lines for this week’s action as well.

 

November 16th

Troy at Ole Miss — 12:00pm ET on ESPNU — Line: Ole Miss -28 (now -29)

Kentucky at Vanderbilt — 12:21pm ET on SEC TV — Line: Vanderbilt -13.5 (now -13)

Georgia at Auburn — 3:30pm ET on CBS — Line: Auburn -3 (now -3.5)

Florida at South Carolina — 7:00pm ET on ESPN2 – Line: South Carolina -11 (now -13.5)

Alabama at Mississippi State — 7:45pm ET on ESPN — Line: Alabama -24.5 (now -25.5)

 

November 23rd

Mississippi State at Arkansas at Little Rock — 12:21pm ET on SEC TV

Coastal Carolina at South Carolina — 1:00pm ET on Pay-per-view

Chattanooga at Alabama — 2:00pm ET on Pay-per-view

Georgia Southern at Florida — 2:00pm ET on Pay-per-view

Texas A&M at LSU — 3:30pm ET on CBS

Kentucky at Georgia — 7:00pm ET on ESPN2 or ESPNU

Vanderbilt at Tennessee — 7:00pm ET on ESPN2 or ESPNU

Missouri at Ole Miss — 7:45pm ET on ESPN

 

Yikes.  What a rotten line-up of early games.  Want to know why we believe the SEC will finally go to a nine-game conference slate as it should have last year?  No one’s gonna be dialing their capable operators to demand the SEC Network for those dud games.  And neither ESPN or CBS would want those laughers on their air either.  Time to toughen up those schedules, folks.

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SEC Odds And Television Listings – 11/4/13

tv-remotesThe SEC has released its television schedule for November 16th today.  You’ll find it below along with this week’s TV listings.  We’ve also including betting information for all of this week’s matchups.

 

November 9th

Auburn at Tennessee — 12:00pm ET on ESPN — Line: Auburn -7 (Now -7)

Missouri at Kentucky — 12:00pm ET on ESPNU — Line: Missouri -13.5 (Now -14.5)

Vanderbilt at Florida — 12:00pm ET on FSN — Line: Florida -7.5 (Now -10.5)

Arkansas at Ole Miss — 12:21pm ET on SEC TV — Line: Ole Miss -17.5 (Now -17)

Appalachian State at Georgia — 12:30pm ET on Local Television – No Line

Mississippi State at Texas A&M — 3:30pm ET on CBS — Line: Texas A&M -19 (Now -19)

LSU at Alabama — 8:00pm ET on CBS — Line: Alabama -10.5 (Now -11.5)

 

November 16th

Troy at Ole Miss — 12:00pm ET on ESPNU

Kentucky at Vanderbilt — 12:21pm ET on SEC TV

Georgia at Auburn — 3:30pm ET on CBS or 7:00pm ET on ESPN2 or 7:45ET on ESPN

Florida at South Carolina — 3:30pm ET on CBS or 7:00pm ET on ESPN2 or 7:45pm ET on ESPN

Alabama at Mississippi State — 7:00pm ET on ESPN2 or 7:45pm ET on ESPN

 

 

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NBC’s Coverage Of Kubiak Collapse Should Cause SEC Broadcasters To Ask, “What If?”

gfx - honest opinionLast night, Houston head coach Gary Kubiak collapsed on the field as his team’s game with Indianapolis hit halftime.  Those close to Kubiak have said he is “feeling good” as he recovers in a Houston hospital.  Tests are being run today to make sure the 52-year-old did not have a stroke.

Here’s hoping for the best when it comes to the coach’s health.  Unfortunately, NBC didn’t show us its best as the story first unfolded.

After going to it’s halftime commercial break, NBC returned to Houston rather than to New York as usual.  Bob Costas informed viewers of Kubiak’s collapse while live pictures showed medical personnel crowding around him.  So far so good.  But rather than stay with Costas and crew in Houston, NBC decided to go ahead and punt the ball back to Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison for highlights and ha-has.

Bad decision.

An NFL coach was laying on the turf in pain.  Michelle Tafoya — the best sideline reporter in the business — was on the field trying to gather information.  Al Michaels — a veteran and pro who handled the earthquake before Game Three of the 1989 World Series and became a newsman during ABC’s post-quake coverage — was in the booth.  And Costas — whether you agree with his opinion pieces or not — boasts 40 years of sports/news experience.

Kubiak’s situation was more important than a highlights package.  Tafoya, Michaels and Costas are certianly sharp enough to have vamped about what they were seeing and how the crowd was reacting.  The decision to put football first was the wrong one and that fact was beaten home further as Michaels and Collinsworth had to call the second half of a game while Kubiak was receiving treatment at a nearby hospital.  Yes, the game must go on, but every remark about last night’s second half seemed ridiculously unimportant.

Kubiak’s collapse and NBC’s reaction to it should have every other sports network in the country asking today, “What would we do?”  That includes CBS and ESPN, the SEC’s broadcast partners.

If — heaven forbid — an SEC coach or player were to collapse during a contest, how would Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson handle it?  What could Tracy Wolfson bring to the table?  Do they have the gravitas to cover a potential life-and-death situation?

What of ESPN’s myriad of broadcast teams?

Personally, I like the work of Lundquist, Danielson and Wolfson.  I believe they do as good a job as any when it comes to coverage of a college football game.  Lundquist — with 50 years of experience — would be able to handle a serious situation, in my opinion.  But would CBS stick with on-site coverage of a news event or would network honchos toss back to Tim Brando and crew for highlights?

When in doubt, it’s best to err on the side of serious news coverage and — if the on-site team is capable — remain with them.  For all we knew, Kubiak’s life was on the line last night as Patrick, Dungy and Harrison smiled and ranked the league’s best teams.  No knock on those three, but sorry, not interested.

NBC found itself in a helluva fix last night.  I don’t envy them.  But when a sports story becomes a news story, the goal should be to provide news-style coverage.  Costas, Michaels and Tafoya did that… but only after viewers sat through a meaningless halftime show.

Today, CBS and ESPN officials should be putting themselves in NBC’s shoes, trying to determine what their own plans of action would be if thrown into similar circumstances.

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SEC Odds And Television Listings – 10/28/13

television-wallThe SEC has released the television listing for this Saturday and the next.  We bring you both schedules below plus the opening and updated betting lines for this week’s games.

 

November 2nd

Mississippi State at South Carolina — 12:21pm ET on SEC TV — Line: South Carolina -11.5 (now -13)

Georgia vs Florida in Jacksonville — 3:30pm ET on CBS — Line: Georgia -2.5 (now -2.5)

Auburn at Arkansas — 6:00pm ET on ESPN2 — Line: Auburn -7.5 (now -9)

Tennessee at Missouri — 7:00pm ET on ESPN — Line: Missouri -13 (now -11.5)

Alabama State at Kentucky — 7:30pm ET on CSS — Line: None posted yet

UTEP at Texas A&M — 9:00pm ET on ESPN2 — Line: Texas A&M -45.5 (now -45.5)

 

November 9th  (Due to the CBS double-header, five SEC contests will kick off by 12:30pm ET)

Auburn at Tennessee — 12:00pm ET on ESPN

Missouri at Kentucky — 12:00pm ET on ESPNU or FSN

Vanderbilt at Florida — 12:00pm ET on ESPNU or FSN

Arkansas at Ole Miss — 12:21pm ET on SEC TV

Appalachian State at Georgia — 12:30pm ET on Local Television

Mississippi State at Texas A&M — 3:30pm ET on CBS

LSU at Alabama — 8:00pm ET on CBS

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SEC Odds And Television Listings – 10/7/13

television-remoteThe SEC has released the television listings for this Saturday and the Saturday that follows.  We’ve got both schedules below and we’ve also included the early betting lines from Las Vegas (or an offshore book) for this week’s action:

 

October 12th

Missouri at Georgia — 12:00pm ET on ESPN — Line: Georgia -11 (now -10)

South Carolina at Arkansas — 12:21pm ET on SEC TV — Line: South Carolina -7 (now -6)

Western Carolina at Auburn — 2:00pm ET on Pay-per-view — Offshore Line: Auburn -44 (now -44)

Florida at LSU — 3:30pm ET on CBS – Line: LSU -6.5 (now -7)

Alabama at Kentucky — 7:00pm ET on ESPN2 — Line: Alabama -27 (now -27.5)

Bowling Green at Mississippi State — 7:30pm ET on FSN — Line: Mississippi State -8.5 (now -10)

Texas A&M at Ole Miss — 8:30pm ET on ESPN — Line: Texas A&M -5 (now -7)

 

October 19th

Georgia at Vanderbilt — 12:00pm ET on CBS

South Carolina at Tennessee — 12:00pm ET on ESPN

Florida at Missouri — 12:21pm ET on SEC TV

Auburn at Texas A&M — 3:30pm ET on CBS

Arkansas at Alabama — 7:00pm ET on ESPN/ESPN2

LSU at Ole Miss — 7:00pm ET on ESPN/ESPN2

 

SIDENOTE — You’ll note that the SEC changed the name of its syndicated package from “SEC Network” to “SEC TV,” in an effort to avoid confusion with the start-up channel that will launch next August.

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Report: Arkansas A.D. Jeff Long Expected On Football Playoff Committee

Jeff LongWhen the College Football Playoff starts in 2014, the selection committee will have 12-18 members.  One of them is expected to be Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long.

The Associated Press says Long along with fellow athletic directors Pat Haden of USC and Dan Radakovich of Clemson are expected to be named to the panel that’s also expected to include former players, coaches and administrators.  The AP says Long did not immediately respond to a request for a comment.

CBS.com has reported that West Virginia AD Oliver Luck and Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez are expected to a part of the committee.

The panel is expected to be completed by the end of the season.

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Schools’ Greed Damaging The Future Of College Football

empty-bleachersIf a college football game were played and there was no one on hand to see it, would it actually be played?  That’s the somewhat discouraging outlook for college football as fewer and fewer students are attending games.

Watching the Georgia/North Texas game last Saturday on television, it was alarmingly clear that Sanford Stadium had large swaths of empty seats.  Interestingly, The Wall Street Journal picked that game — and its lack of attendance — as a launch point into the obstacles now popping up between schools and their students when it comes to college football attendance.

According to The Journal, the major problems are (and you’ve heard these all before):

 

*  Cellular reception at the stadium is bad and 18- to 22-year-olds can’t watch a game without texting, tweeting or communicating in some other cell/internet fashion.

*  Students have lost interest in seeing their school’s team beat up on sub-par opponents.

*  High-definition television has made watching games from homes and bars infinitely more enjoyable.  (We at MrSEC.com would add that the explosion in the number of games now televised also plays a factor.  Not only do the games look better on TV, but now students and adult fans can watch their school’s game as well as dozens of others from their couches and bar stools.)

 

The Journal quotes Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin as saying, “We can’t afford to lose a generation.”  That’s frighteningly true.  If the students of today aren’t the hardcore fans of tomorrow, who’ll be making donations for facility upgrades or purchasing season-tickets in the years to come?

The Southeastern Conference is — like just about every other college conference or professional league out there — trying to get in front of the problem.  As noted during SEC Media Days in July, the league has hired a market-research firm that will “spend this season traveling to SEC stadiums, visiting fans watching at home to gather their opinions before presenting its findings after the regular season.”

Another problem in terms of student attendance is ticket price.  As in “there is a price.”  Though most schools charge only a small amount for student tickets, they are charging something.  And while many SEC schools offer up more than 10,000 seats for students (and charge a small activities fee as well as discounted ticket prices), it might be a better idea to offer fewer seats (a trend that’s spreading across the country) to students for free.  That’s right, let the students in free.  In other words, lure them in and then hook them for the future.

The issue of student attendance is a large one to be sure, but attendance is dropping seat by seat across the Southeastern Conference and the nation.  Aside from winning programs playing against name opponents or schools hosting games in small stadiums (Scott Field at Mississippi State, for example), you don’t see many sell-outs in college football anymore.  And that reflects only the number of tickets sold.  Check the upper decks of SEC stadiums while watching on TV (from your couch or bar stool) this Saturday and you’ll likely see plenty of empty seats.  Even those tickets that have been purchased aren’t always used.  Which cuts down on the amount of concessions sold on gameday.

In a sluggish economy, schools are looking to make every dollar they can.  This is where ticket pricing becomes more than just a student issue.  Most schools are increasing the amount of cash you have to spend to procure a ticket.  Concession costs are consistently on the rise as well.  Where they’re not going up, they’re flat-lining.  Good luck finding a school out there that is actually cutting down on its ticket and concession prices.

Unfortunately, this has more to do with greed than it does with the aforementioned sluggish economy.

Think of college football attendance as a circle of life.  At one point, stadiums were built bigger and bigger and ticket prices were set higher and higher.  Schools made the majority of their cash from the tens of thousands of fans who made the trek and paid the fees to enjoy the in-stadium experience.

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SEC Odds And Television Listings – 9/23/13

tv-remotesThe SEC has released the television listings for this Saturday and the Saturday that follows.  We’ve also included the early betting lines from Las Vegas (or an offshore book) for this weekend’s action:

 

September 28th

South Carolina at UCF — 12:00pm ET on ABC — Line: South Carolina -7.5 (now -7.5)

South Alabama at Tennessee — 12:21pm ET on SEC Network — Line: Tennessee -19 (now -19)

LSU at Georgia — 3:30pm ET on CBS — Line: Georgia -3 (now -3)

Ole Miss at Alabama — 6:30pm ET on ESPN — Line: Alabama -16.5 (now -17)

Texas A&M at Arkansas — 7:00pm ET on ESPN2 — Line: Texas A&M -3 (now -3)

Florida at Kentucky — 7:00pm ET on ESPNU — Line: Florida -14 (now -14)

UAB at Vanderbilt — 7:30pm ET on FSN — Line: Vanderbilt -20 (now -20)

Arkansas State at Missouri — 7:30pm ET on CSS — Line: Missouri -21 (now -21)

 

October 5th

Georgia State at Alabama — 12:21pm ET on SEC Network

Arkansas at Florida — 3:30pm ET on CBS or 7:00pm ET on ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU

Ole Miss at Auburn — 3:30pm ET on CBS or 7:00pm ET on ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU

Georgia at Tennessee — 3:30pm ET on CBS or 7:00pm ET on ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU

LSU at Mississippi State — 3:30pm ET on CBS or 7:00pm ET on ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU

Kentucky at South Carolina — 7:30pm ET on FSN

Missouri at Vanderbilt — 7:30pm ET on CSS

 

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SEC Headlines 9/13/2013

headlines-friAlabama vs Texas A&M

1. Status of Texas A&M defensive tackle Isaiah Golden uncertain.  His two-month old daughter died suddenly this week.

2. Was Alabama’s bye week before this game by design?  Not according to Nick Saban.

3. Watch the turnover battle Saturday.  In last year’s game, no turnovers for the Aggies, three for the Crimson Tide.

4. Gary Danielson on last year’s game: “(Alabama coach Nick Saban) tried to make too many changes, they were too excited, they over-substituted.”

5. Alabama is the favorite but here are five reasons why Texas A&M will win.  One of them is the offensive line – “A&M’s starting five is as good as any in the country.” Aggies wide receivers are pretty good as well.

6. Stewart Mandel says A&M’s defense is an unknown factor - “fans have yet to see it.”

7. Matt Hayes: “For some, about the only good coming from this game is they’re both from the SEC — and that means one of these two will lose…”

8. CBS official on the Johnny Cam: “It’s not there to put Johnny in a negative light. We want to show the good and the bad.”

9. Of the 10 most-hyped games in the past decade – where does this one rank?

10. A most-interesting graphical preview of the game. 

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11. Jadeveon Clowney and the premature fuss over his play. At the end of the year, no one will remember his start.

12. College, high school, even little league - South Carolina wide receiver Nick Jones has always had Marcus Lattimore as a teammate – until this season.

13. Carolina’s defense will have to contend with wide receiver Jordan Matthews.  Leads the SEC in catches and receiving yards.

14. Auburn players have heard it all week- Tigers have lost 10 straight SEC games.  Keep your eye on Auburn’s pace Saturday.

15. Tempo also a big focus at Kentucky.  Last week, UK had an average of 3.03 snaps per minute in the first half.

16. What does the Texas game mean for Ole Miss? Coach Hugh Freeze: “It’s a measuring stick for us as to where we are right now.”

17. With Tennessee a big underdog at Oregon this weekend, here’s a look back at some of the greatest upsets in program history.

18. Despite underdog status, Vols are confident.  Tackle Ja’Wuan James: “All we know is we’re the only people who think we’re going to win.”

19. Why LSU shouldn’t overlook Kent State. For some players, it’s a chance to crack the starting lineup. Les Miles also wants to give backup quarterback Anthony Jennings some snaps.

20. Southern Miss has turned the ball over NCAA-high 10 times in two games.  Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers: “So we’ve got to make it 15 in 3.”

21. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray on running back Todd Gurley: “Watching film on him, he’s by far in my opinion…the best player in the country.”

22. Despite injuries along the offensive line, Florida still expected to redshirt freshman Roderick Johnson.

23. Can Jeff Driskel return Florida to its golden age of quarterback play?

Investigations/Allegations

24. SI.com’s Part 4 on the Oklahoma State program.  This one’s about sex and hostess program group.  ”Group underwent a significant transformation after Miles replaced Bob Simmons in late 2000.”

25. One of three agents implicated in the Yahoo! Sports report is Alabama alum John Phillips.

26. Middle man Luther Davis could face potential criminal prosecution in Mississippi.

27. Failing to register as an agent in Alabama is a felony charge.

28. New book says Missouri’s tutoring program for athletes was a “sexually charged environment.”

29. Players can now receive game balls without being worried about NCAA persecution.

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A&M’s Manziel To Maintain Silence… And He’s Right To Do So

gfx - honest opinionIt’s the game of the college football season.  Texas A&M versus Alabama.  Heisman Trophy-winner Johnny Manziel against BCS championship-collector Nick Saban.  And still the whole wide world is focused on the Aggies’ controversial quarterback:

 

Let Johnny Manziel be himself

No disrespect, Johnny Manziel has Alabama’s attention

CBS will have one camera devoted to Johnny Manziel on Saturday

How much is too much Johnny Manziel? Kevin Sumlin doesn’t like “Johnny Cam” by CBS

Johnny Manziel toys with Nick Saban: Texas A&M rope-a-doping Alabama, Johnny Cam and all

Alabama bar makes Johnny Manziel pinata  (Wonder how the folks at that bar would feel if another bunch of nitwits made pinatas in the image of their sons and daughters.)

 

Yes, it’s all Johnny, all the time.  And that’s before CBS trains its Johnny Cam on the Heisman-winner and leaves it there for four hours.

But the biggest story from Tuesday was the announcement that Manziel will not be talking to the media this week.  At all.  Zipped lips.  Hush-hush.

According to Sumlin and Texas A&M officials, the call to keep Manziel away from the mics and cameras was made by the superstar after he consulted with “his lawyers and family.”  The coach added: “I’ll respect his wishes for that.”

You can bet he does.  How could Manziel meeting the press be a good thing for A&M this week?

Look, I understand that media members have a job to do.  This writer’s first job was working for a newspaper at 16.  I was in radio before the end of high school.  I was in television before the end of college.  And I’ve been working on the internet for five years now (long enough to stress my once brown hair white).  So I completely understand that reporters want to talk directly to the one guy everyone is talking about.

But in this case, Team Manziel has made the proper call.

Back on July 31st — the day after “ESPN The Magazine’s” inside look at the life of Johnny Football hit the web — I wrote an open letter to the Aggie quarterback.  In it, four suggestions were put forth:

 

1.  Become a hermit until after the NFL Draft (no partying, no jetsetting, just football)

2.  Get back onto your therapist’s couch and stop drinking to relieve stress.  20 is a bit young to start using booze as a coping mechanism.

3.  Remove yourself from Twitter (because it’s only brought you trouble to date)

4.  Only deal with the media during school-sanctioned press opportunities

 

Ah, ha, you say.  Even I said he should speak to the press on Media Day in College Station.  Yes, I wrote that, but the intent was for him to cut back on media access (like inviting a reporter to play golf with him… when he’s a club-tossing, curser on the links).  Also, the MrSEC.com letter was written before autograph-gate.  So becoming a hermit?  Yeah, it’s even more important now.  Answering questions about the NCAA’s decision to suspend him for half a game could only lead to trouble.  So Tip #1 — Become a hermit — now supersedes Tip #4.

Wisely, the QB has indeed gone silent.  And his last tweet came the same day of our letter, on July 31st.  Smart and smart.  Even Sun Tzu knew that sometimes withdrawing from the battlefield is the best option.

There has been a little blowback so far.  Some have suggested that by keeping silent, Manziel’s teammates will now have to answer questions about him and for him.  But in all honesty, weren’t Manziel’s teammates going to be asked dozens of Manziel-related questions anyway?  That’s not a very strong argument.

From a media perspective, I can see why reporters are disappointed.  But from Team Manziel and Texas A&M’s perspective, I can totally understand why the quarterback won’t be talking about autographs, on-field taunts, the Manning Passing Academy, the “ESPN The Magazine” article or anything else this week.

It just goes back to the first tip we sent a month-and-a-half ago: Become a hermit.

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