ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Don't expect Auburn players to empathize with concerns expressed this week about No. 2 Georgia's sudden dip from championship form.
The Bulldogs, who play Auburn on Saturday, fell from the top spot in The Associated Press Top 25 this week after having to rally for a 26-22 win at Missouri last week.
Auburn (3-2, 1-1 SEC) at No. 2 Georgia (5-0, 2-0), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)
Line: Georgia by 29 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Missouri (2-3, 0-2 SEC) at Florida (3-2, 0-2), Noon ET, Saturday (ESPNU)
Line: Florida by 10 1/2 according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
So, about that game of the year ...
The much-anticipated matchup between Texas A&M and Alabama, after an offseason feud between the team's championship-winning coaches, is not nearly as interesting as expected.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Back-to-back unimpressive wins over Kent State and Missouri did more than knock Georgia from the top spot in the AP Top 25.
Can't hide problems when conference play starts.
The second month of the college football season often reveals issues that nonconference play might have masked and which teams could be in for long seasons.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — After Bryce Young was knocked out of the game with a shoulder injury in the second quarter, No. 2 Alabama turned to Jahmyr Gibbs and backup quarterback Jalen Milroe to pull away from No.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The two most important characteristics that Georgia coach Kirby Smart seeks in his team are composure and resiliency, and the top-ranked Bulldogs needed to rely on both to rally past Missouri on Saturday night.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — John Emery Jr. rushed for a tackle-breaking, 20-yard touchdown and Greg Brooks Jr. had a late interception to help LSU complete a 21-17, come-from-behind win over Auburn on Saturday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Georgia has one of college football's prolific offenses, triggered by one of its best quarterbacks, so of course the topic of conversation around Athens as the top-ranked Bulldogs head to Missouri on Saturday would be their run game.
No. 1 Georgia (4-0, 1-0 SEC) at Missouri (2-2, 0-1), Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
Line: Georgia by 28, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
LSU (3-1, 1-0 SEC) at Auburn (3-1, 1-0), Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Line: LSU by 8 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn has lost its second center of the season with Tate Johnson slated for surgery on his left elbow.
Tigers coach Bryan Harsin said Monday that Johnson is scheduled for surgery on the elbow Thursday and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks but could be out for the season.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The LSU defense held New Mexico to 88 total yards and the Tigers survived an injury scare to starting quarterback Jayden Daniels in a 38-0 victory Saturday night at Tiger Stadium.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Cayden Bridges recovered a fumble in the end zone to give Auburn a 17-14 overtime victory over Missouri in an SEC opener on Saturday.
Missouri (2-2) running back Nathaniel Peat dropped the football before a potential game-winning touchdown, and Bridges landed on it to seal the victory for Auburn (3-1).
Missouri (2-1, 0-0 SEC) at Auburn (2-1, 0-0), Saturday, noon ET (ESPN)
Line: Auburn by 7 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Tigers made it a clear priority to get wide receiver Luther Burden III more involved in the team’s final tuneup before entering SEC play, and the move paid immediate dividends in Saturday’s 34-17 victory over Abilene Christian.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — The hallmark of the early Bill Snyder teams at Kansas State was a dominating defense, one so ferocious that highlights of players engulfing a running back or ripping the helmet off a quarterback are still shown in the stadium today.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — First-year Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Cumbie had a message for his players while prepping for No. 5 Clemson this week.
The Bulldogs have an opportunity to mark themselves alongside Appalachian State, Georgia Southern and Marshall, all Group of Five teams who took down top-10 opponents.
Abilene Christian (2-0) at Missouri (1-1), Saturday, noon ET (ESPN+)
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — The century-old rivalry between Kansas State and Missouri still means something in Big 12 country, more than a decade after the Tigers bolted the league for the SEC, and that was evident this week when Wildcats coach Chris Klieman asked players who grew up across the border to talk about it.
Missouri (1-0) at Kansas State (1-0), Saturday, noon ET (ESPN2)
Line: Kansas State by 7 1/2 points, according to FanDuel Sportsbook
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Connor Bazelak stood at the microphone last weekend, every bit as composed following his first win as Indiana's new quarterback as he was during the decisive final drive.
It's the reason Hoosiers coach Tom Allen brought the former Missouri quarterback to Bloomington.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Chris Klieman remembers when Missouri and Kansas State played every year in football, back before money-grabbing university administrators ushered in an era of conference realignment at the expense of deep-seated rivalries that in some cases stretched back a century.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Chris Klieman thought Kansas State had a nice set of offensive plays ready for the opening series of the season.
The Wildcats only got to call one of them Saturday night.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — When things went awry for Missouri last year, the defense was usually the culprit.
It was that side of the ball that gave the Tigers a lift in their opener against Louisiana Tech on Thursday night.
There was a time when Missouri defensive tackle Darius Robinson was the youngster alongside a bunch of veterans.
Now he's a veteran playing with ... well, a bunch of veterans.
That's because the Tigers, who were dismal on defense much of last season, heavily mined the transfer portal in an attempt to upgrade that side of the ball.
Louisiana Tech (0-0) at Missouri (0-0), 8 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
Line: Missouri by 19 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook
The rest of the Southeastern Conference isn't about to throw a pity party for Alabama and Georgia, no matter how many stars they lost to the NFL.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz is on his third defensive coordinator in three years at Missouri, and the Tigers are about to start their fifth different quarterback in the season opener in the last five years.
Indiana linebacker Cam Jones and quarterback Jack Tuttle took matters into their own hands this offseason.
They called their teammates together to discuss the goals and aspirations of the program, the need to always play with an edge and to break down precisely why things went wrong in 2021.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — UNLV has promoted interim athletic director Erick Harper to serve in the job full time.
Harper's hiring, announced on Monday, was effective Jan. 1. He had served as interim athletic director since Desiree Reed-Francois left UNLV for Missouri in August.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Cole Talley kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired and Army rallied to beat Missouri 24-22 in the Armed Forces Bowl on Wednesday night.
After the Tigers took a 22-21 lead on a touchdown with 1:11 to play, third-string quarterback Jabari Laws led Army (9-4) downfield to the Missouri 24-yard line, setting up Talley’s game-winner.
Armed Forces Bowl: Army (8-3) vs. Missouri (6-6), Dec. 22, 8 p.m. Eastern (ESPN)
Line: Army by 4½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Missouri goes into its first bowl game under coach Eliah Drinkwitz with one of the nation's worst run defenses and has to face Army's vaunted triple-option offense.
The Tigers understand their tall task in the Armed Forces Bowl on Wednesday night.
Army (8-3, Independent) vs. Missouri (6-6, SEC), Dec. 22, 8 p.m. ET
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Sam Pittman grinned for almost the entirety of his postgame press conference Friday night. The Arkansas coach and his team had done something no others ever had.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Just 45 miles of interstate highway separate Eli Drinkwitz from where he started and where he is now as Missouri's head football coach.
Raised in the small Arkansas town of Alma, Drinkwitz will come full circle Friday when his Tigers visit No.
There is still so much to be decided heading into this week's Thanksgiving college football feast.
Let's sort it out, conference by conference.
Atlantic Coast Conference: No. 20 Pitt is locked into the conference championship game and will face No.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri quarterback Connor Bazelak heard boos from the home fans as he trotted to the sideline after fruitless drives Saturday. It was nothing but cheers after he lofted a 2-point conversion pass to Daniel Parker Jr.
Dan Mullen first came to the Southeastern Conference as the offensive coordinator for Urban Meyer at Florida in 2005, and every day of every year since that point Mullen has felt as if he was coaching for his job.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen is sticking with quarterback Emory Jones for Saturday’s game at Missouri and probably the rest of the season.
Jones is coming off a record-setting performance in a 70-52 victory against lower-division Samford.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Before the season, Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz wasn’t sure if undersized Tyler Badie could handle the workload of being an every-down running back. Turns out, it’s the opponents who should be worried about the punishment being dished out by the Southeastern Conference’s leading rusher.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Tyler Badie rushed 34 times for 209 yards and a touchdown and Missouri held off South Carolina’s fourth-quarter charge to defeat the Gamecocks 31-28 on Saturday.
The Tigers (5-5, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) built a 17-point lead when Badie scored on a 19-yard run with 12:31 left in the game.
Missouri and South Carolina have been mirror images of each other for much of the season.
Both of them were blown out by Tennessee and Texas A&M but played Kentucky tough in a loss. Both have played three different quarterbacks due to injuries, forcing each of them to lean on their star running backs.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Top-ranked Georgia hasn’t seen an offense like Tennessee’s this season.
At least that’s what the Volunteers are counting on.
As the Bulldogs (9-0, 7-0, No. 1 CFP) prepare for their final Southeastern Conference game, they will be challenged Saturday by an attack that can score points in a hurry.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Bryce Young passed for 302 yards and No. 3 Alabama’s defense came up with enough big plays for a 20-14 victory over heavy underdog LSU on Saturday night.
The Crimson Tide (8-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference, No.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — With Missouri gearing its defense to stop the run, No. 1 Georgia relied on big plays in a passing game that was boosted by the return of quarterback JT Daniels.
Stetson Bennett passed for 255 yards and two touchdowns before giving way to Daniels, the former starter, leading the Bulldogs to a 43-6 win over Missouri on Saturday.
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia outside linebacker Adam Anderson’s attorney said Friday he has asked for Anderson's suspension to be lifted because his client, who is under investigation by Athens police for an alleged rape, has not been charged with a crime.