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Briggs: College football is becoming comical

I'm not going to take up much of your time today. What I have to say won't take long. Let's talk about college football for just a minute.

November 08, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists

Briggs: What a crazy night

Friday night was supposed to be a historic night for Newton County football. It was historic all right. History all three programs would like to erase from our memory banks.

November 05, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists

Prevost: Will LSU-'Bama live up to the hype?

It's tough to live up to great expectations. Just ask the current occupant of the White House. Rarely are our greatest expectations met, which makes it all the more special when it actually happens.

November 03, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists

It's not always easy playing out the string

There's nothing worse in sports than playing without a chance to win. In Newton's case, the Rams are playing the rest of their games without a chance to make the playoffs. It's for this reason I can't get into college football. One loss and you're school is looking forward to next year.

October 25, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists

Prevost: Deep thoughts around the SEC

With six weeks left in the regular season, it's time to reflect on the teams of the finest conference in all of college football. A just-past-midseason assessment is appropriate given that most SEC teams are off this week - or they might as well be. Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Mississippi State are off. Alabama has the equivalent of an off week against Tennessee, as does Arkansas against the menacing Ole Miss Black Bears.

October 20, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists

There's arrogance then there's insanity

To be good at anything, you need a certain amount confidence. Of course you need talent - whether you're an athlete, a writer or whatever. Without confidence though, you can have all the talent in the world and it won't matter. To be great, you need a certain amount of arrogance.

October 18, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists

Prevost:Nighttime is the right time for SEC football

What time does your SEC team kickoff on Saturday?

October 13, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists

Prevost: SEC fans prone to drastic behavior

We have five weeks of college football under our belts. That's five weeks of tailgating at stadiums across the SEC, game parties at stately southern homes and road trips from Texas to South Carolina and everywhere in between.

October 06, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists

Prevost: The disciple takes on the mentor

It's already Week 5 of the college football season and Saturday's games take place on the first day of my favorite month, October. Comfortably cooling temperatures, clear blue skies, and five October weekends of big-time SEC match-ups, including Saturday night's clash of conference titans, Alabama and Florida.

September 29, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists

Thursday SEC games pointless

The nation's finest conference kicked off week three of the college football last night with the LSU vs. Mississippi State game. How you you feel about SEC football on a Thursday night? Sure, it breaks up the work week and whets the appetite for a full Saturday of college football. But the Thursday night game is usually a casual affair, almost an afterthought - at least for SEC fans.

September 16, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists

Prep QBs shelve criticism, warrant praise

As most of you who read my rubbish regularly know, I've always been tough on high school athletes. When I say tough, I mean I write about their performances as if they are college and pro athletes. I would do the same if I covered college and professional sports. But hey, I cover high school sports so those are the athletes who come under my critical eye. Now, don't confuse tough with unfair. If an athlete stinks up the joint, I'm going to write about it. That might be tough, but it's fair. Of course there ...

September 14, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists

Early Conference Clashes to Test SEC Teams

As summer slowly slips away in the South, the second week of college football season brings cooler temperatures and a few high-profile conference clashes. From my perch here in Atlanta - the unofficial capital of the SEC - I can almost hear the echoes of emotions from week one. The jubilant cheers in Baton Rouge, anxious deep breaths in Auburn, and the uproar from Georgia fans about the state of their beloved football program.

September 09, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists

Prevost: SEC teams will pass early tests

The college football season officially kicks off this weekend and two SEC programs play in marquee, prime time matchups. Georgia faces Boise State in the annual Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta, and LSU squares off against Oregon in the Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas. Two golden opportunities to showcase the SEC's continued dominance of the college football landscape. I think.

September 01, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists

Briggs: Tigers must throw the ball

One game does not make a season. That's why writing off a team after watching them play once is unfair. But watching Alcovy play against Eastside Friday, I saw some disturbing trends that lead me to believe it could be another long year if the Tigers don't make some changes beginning Friday.

August 27, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists

Prevost: Who is the best in the SEC?

Have you missed it as much as I have? From hot boudin and gumbo down on the bayou, to silver britches between the hedges, to elaborate tailgates complete with candelabras in the Grove (among other eye-catching sights in Oxford), to the Volunteer Navy on the banks of the Tennessee River, it's almost fall and with it comes the welcome return of a uniquely Southern tradition: Southeastern Conference football.

August 26, 2011 | Ben Prevost Columnist | Sports Columnists

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