All-SEC teams, division projections announced

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On the final SEC media day the votes for the 2012 preseason All-SEC teams were announced. Additionally, votes were cast for how each division would shake out. Based on the number of votes, the 2012 SEC championship game will be a rematch (oh no!!!) of last year’s title between LSU and Georgia.

Below are the All-SEC teams and Division projections.

2012 PRE-SEASON MEDIA DAYS ALL-SEC TEAM

OFFENSE

First-Team

QB Tyler Wilson (127) Arkansas 6-3 220 Sr. Greenwood, Ark.
RB Marcus Lattimore (201) South Carolina 6-0 218 Jr. Duncan, S.C.
RB Knile Davis (118) Arkansas 6-0 226 Jr. Missouri City, Texas
WR Da’Rick Rogers (106) Tennessee 6-3 215 Jr. Calhoun, Ga.
WR Cobi Hamilton (67) Arkansas 6-3 209 Sr. Texarkana, Texas
TE Philip Lutzenkirchen (158) Auburn 6-5 256 Sr. Marietta, Ga.
OL D.J. Fluker (171) Alabama 6-6 335 Jr. Foley, Ala.
OL Alex Hurst (125) LSU 6-6 340 Sr. Bartlett, Tenn.
OL Chance Warmack (124) Alabama 6-3 320 Sr. Atlanta, Ga.
OL Luke Joeckel (87) Texas A&M 6-6 310 Jr. Arlington, Texas
C Barrett Jones (183) Alabama 6-5 311 Sr. Germantown, Tenn.

Second-Team

QB Aaron Murray (58) Georgia 6-1 211 Jr. Tampa, Fla.
RB Eddie Lacy (43) Alabama 6-0 220 Jr. Geismar, La.
RB Zac Stacy (21) Vanderbilt 5-9 210 Sr. Centreville, Ala.
WR Ryan Swope (62) Texas A&M 6-0 206 Sr. Austin, Texas
WR Justin Hunter (47) Tennessee 6-4 200 Jr. Virginia Beach, Va.
TE Chris Gragg (28) Arkansas 6-3 236 Sr. Warren, Ark.
OL Larry Warford (63) Kentucky 6-3 343 Sr. Richmond, Ky.
OL Chris Faulk (59) LSU 6-6 325 Jr. Slidell, La.
OL Alvin Bailey (38) Arkansas 6-5 312 Jr. Broken Arrow, Okla.
OL Gabe Jackson (28) Miss. State 6-4 320 Jr. Liberty, Miss.
C *Reese Dismukes (8) Auburn 6-3 302 So. Spanish Fort, Ala.
C *P.J. Lonergan (8) LSU 6-4 305 Sr. New Orleans, La.
C *T.J. Johnson (8) South Carolina 6-6 319 Sr. Aynor, S.C.

Third-Team

QB A.J. McCarron (18) Alabama 6-4 205 Jr. Mobile, Ala.
RB Onterio McCalebb (19) Auburn 5-11 168 Sr. Fort Meade, Fla.
RB Spencer Ware (14) LSU 5-11 223 Jr. Cincinnati, Ohio
WR Emory Blake (41) Auburn 6-2 197 Sr. Austin, Texas
WR Tavarres King (24) Georgia 6-1 192 Sr. Mount Airy, Ga.
TE Michael Williams (24) Alabama 6-6 269 Sr. Reform, Ala.
OL Kenarious Gates (26) Georgia 6-5 328 Jr. Grantville, Ga.
OL Xavier Nixon (23) Florida 6-6 309 Sr. Fayetteville, N.C.
OL Ja’Wuan James (18) Tennessee 6-6 324 Jr. Suwanee, Ga.
OL Elvis Fisher (17) Missouri 6-5 295 Sr. St. Petersburg, Fla.
C Patrick Lewis (6) Texas A&M 6-2 312 Sr. Reserve, La.

DEFENSE

First-Team

DL Jadeveon Clowney (140) South Carolina 6-6 256 So. Rock Hill, S.C.
DL Barkevious Mingo (126) LSU 6-5 240 Jr. West Monroe, La.
DL Sam Montgomery (124) LSU 6-4 245 Jr. Greenwood, S.C.
DL Corey Lemonier (102) Auburn 6-4 240 Jr. Hialeah, Fla.
ILB Nico Johnson (84) Alabama 6-3 245 Sr. Andalusia, Ala.
OLB Jarvis Jones (178) Georgia 6-3 241 Jr. Columbus, Ga.
OLB Sean Porter (81) Texas A&M 6-2 230 Sr. Schertz, Texas
DB Tyrann Mathieu (184) LSU 5-9 175 Jr. New Orleans, La.
DB Eric Reid(142) LSU 6-2 208 Jr. Geismar, La.
DB Robert Lester (131) Alabama 6-2 210 Sr. Foley, Ala.
DB Bacarri Rambo (126) Georgia 6-0 218 Sr. Donalsonville, Ga.

Second-Team

DL Jesse Williams (84) Alabama 6-4 319 Sr. Brisbane, Australia
DL John Jenkins (82) Georgia 6-3 351 Sr. Meriden, Conn.
DL Damion Square (44) Alabama 6-3 285 Sr. Houston, Texas
DL Devin Taylor (26) South Carolina 6-8 267 Sr. Beaufort, S.C.
ILB C.J. Mosley (70) Alabama 6-2 234 Jr. Theodore, Ala.
OLB Alonzo Highsmith (65) Arkansas 6-1 233 Sr. Missouri City, Texas
OLB A.J. Johnson (25) Tennessee 6-3 245 So. Gainesville, Ga.
DB Johnthan Banks (81) Miss. State 6-2 185 Sr. Maben, Miss.
DB Dee Milliner (47) Alabama 6-1 196 Jr. Millbrook, Ala.
DB D.J. Swearinger (26) South Carolina 6-0 210 Sr. Greenwood, S.C.
DB Matt Elam (25) Florida 5-10 210 Jr. Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Third-Team

DL Sharrif Floyd (21) Florida 6-3 305 Jr. Philadelphia, Pa.
DL Dominique Easley  (19) Florida 6-2 286 Jr. Staten Island, N.Y.
DL Bennie Logan (16) LSU 6-3 287 Jr. Coushatta, La.
DL Nosa Equae (15) Auburn 6-3 262 Jr. Mansfield, Texas
ILB Jon Bostic (21) Florida 6-1 243 Sr. Wellington, Fla.
OLB Cam Lawrence (22) Mississippi State 6-3 230 Sr. Coldwater, Miss.
OLB DeVonte Holloman (20) South Carolina 6-2 241 Sr. Rock Hill, S.C.
DB T’Sharvan Bell (21) Auburn 6-0 177 Sr. Kissimmee, Fla.
DB E.J. Gaines (12) Missouri 5-10 190 Jr. Independence, Mo.
DB Prentiss Waggner (11) Tennessee 6-2 185 Sr. Clinton, La.
DB *Tharold Simon (10) LSU 6-3 187 Jr. Eunice, La.
DB *Trey Wilson (10) Vanderbilt 5-11 192 Sr. Shreveport, La.
DB *Charles Sawyer (10) Ole Miss 5-11 175 Jr. Miami, Fla.

SPECIALISTS

First-Team

P Brad Wing (153) LSU 6-3 184 So. Melbourne, Australia
PK Caleb Sturgis (127) Florida 5-11 187 Sr. St. Augustine, Fla.
RS Tyrann Mathieu (159) LSU 5-9 175 Jr. New Orleans, La.
AP Dennis Johnson (86) Arkansas 6-0 180 Jr. Russellville, Ark.

Second-Team

P Steven Clark (24) Auburn 6-5 235 Jr. Kansas City, Mo.
PK Drew Alleman (37) LSU 5-11 183 Sr. Lafayette, La.
RS Onterio McCalebb (22) Auburn 5-11 168 Sr. Fort Meade, Fla.
AP Bruce Ellington (56) South Carolina 5-9 197 So. Moncks Corner, S.C.

Third-Team

P Dylan Breeding (16) Arkansas 6-1 211 Sr. Hoover, Ala.
PK Cody Parkey (28) Auburn 6-0 194 Jr. Jupiter, Fla.
RS Andre Debose (18) Florida 5-11 186 Jr. Sanford, Fla.
AP Johnthan Banks (48) Miss. State 6-2 185 Sr. Maben, Miss.

Here’s how each division was predicted to finish with first place votes in parentheses.

EASTERN DIVISION
Georgia (132)
South Carolina (72)
Florida (12)
Missouri (2)
Tennessee (4)
Vanderbilt
Kentucky

Western Division
LSU (139)
Alabama (72)
Arkansas (6)
Auburn (4)
Texas A&M
Mississippi State
Ole Miss (1)

SEC championship
LSU (129)
Alabama (65)
Georgia (14)
South Carolina (6)
Arkansas (4)
Auburn (2)
Florida (1)
Ole Miss (1*)

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Buffalo clinches bowl eligibility with three-game winning streak

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In his third season as Buffalo’s head coach, Lance Leipold is taking the program bowling. And how they got there is commendable. Entering the month of November with a record of 3-6, the Bulls had no margin for error. A three-game winning streak to close out the regular season seemed like a reach, but on Friday afternoon the Bulls put the finishing touches on just such a winning streak.

Buffalo (6-6, 4-4 MAC) rushed out of the gates to a 24-7 lead on Ohio (9-4, 5-3 MAC) on their home field, but the Bulls needed a big play on special teams and defense to close the books on a bowl-clinching 31-24 victory. Tied at 24-24 in the fourth quarter, Ohio was forced to punt from their own seven-yard line. K.J. Osborn returned the punt 39 yards to the Ohio six-yard line. Two plays later, Emmanuel Reed gave the Bulls the lead with a short touchdown run. Then the game was put in the hands of the defense.

Ohio has a masterful drive rolling out, spanning 62 yards over 13 plays and wasting away nearly all of the clock after starting the drive with 8:10 to play. On 4th and 12 at the Buffalo 13-yard line, Nathan Rourke‘s pass was picked off by Khalil Hodge in the endzone with a little more than a minute to play. Ohio could call two timeouts to stop the clock, but the Bulls still managed to pick up a first down to close out the game.

While not to discredit Buffalo for their achievement here, it is worth noting Ohio’s fate in the MAC East Division race was settled earlier this week. The Bobcats were eliminated from clinching the division after Akron wrapped up the division with a win earlier this week. Had Akron lost, Ohio could have clinched the division with a win against Buffalo.

The MAC now has seven teams that have met the six-win minimum to go to a bowl game this season. This is Buffalo’s first bowl season since 2013, but Leipold is no stranger to a college football postseason. Leipold won six Division 3 national championships with Wisconsin-Whitewater from 2007 through 2014, and his D3 powerhouse program only missed the postseason once during that run.

Arkansas blows 21-7 lead as Drew Lock leads Mizzou’s rally for halftime lead

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It was a tale of two quarters between Missouri and Arkansas, with Arkansas rushing out of the gates for a 21-7 lead only to see Missouri battle back to take a 31-28 lead into halftime. Missouri kicker Tucker McCann kicked a 37-yard field goal in the final minute of the half to give Missouri the lead.

Arkansas cashed in on an interception by Missouri quarterback Drew Lock on the game’s opening possession by traveling 70 yards on five plays to take a 7-0 lead with a Devwah Whaley goal line run. Mizzou’s Ish Witter capped a 92-yard drive later in the first quarter to tie the game at 7-7, but the Razorbacks stormed right back with a quick four-play, 75-yard touchdown drive highlighted by Austin Allen‘s 57-yard pass to Jordan Jones for the score. Moments later, a good punt return by Henre’ Toliver gave the Razorbacks the ball at the Missouri 29-yard line and two plays later David Williams ran in from 16 yards out for a score to push the lead to 21-7.

Lock led a second-quarter charge for the Tigers with three touchdown passes, including one from 55 yards and another from 56 yards as the big plays doomed Arkansas.

No. 12 TCU locks up Big 12 title game date with Oklahoma

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After a few-year sabbatical, the inaugural renewal of the Big 12 championship game is officially set.

Needing just to get past one-win Baylor, No. 12 TCU did just that as the Horned Frogs outlasted the feisty Bears 45-22 in Fort Worth.  With the win, TCU locks up the other spot in the conference title game opposite Oklahoma, with that matchup going down in Jerry’s World next Saturday.  The Sooners have already beaten the Horned Frogs this season, 38-20 in Norman two weeks ago; a second win over the same team will likely push OU into the playoffs.

TCU finishes the 2017 season 7-2 in conference play.  Iowa State (5-3) needed a win over Kansas State Saturday plus a TCU loss today plus a couple of the other 5-3 Big 12 teams to win in order to send them to the league title game.

Kenny Hill paced the Horned Frogs once again, passing for 325 yards and three touchdowns in the win.  His 26 completions (in 36 attempts) went to 11 different receivers.  The quarterback added another touchdown on the ground.

A little bit of a concern, especially with Baker Mayfield and the high-powered OU offense looming, TCU gave up 314 yards passing, including 301 from freshman signal-caller Charlie Brewer.  Conversely, they did hold the Bears to just 2.7 yards per rushing attempt.

Pitt stuns No. 2 Miami, ends Hurricanes’ perfect season

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Pitt’s done gone and done it again.

On Dec. 1, 2007, a 4-7 Pitt team stunned second-ranked West Virginia in a 13-9 upset in Morgantown, costing the Mountaineers a spot in the BCS title game.  Just a week shy of the 10th anniversary of that upset, 4-7 Pitt played host to second-ranked Miami — and the Panthers did it again, jumping out to a 10-7 halftime lead before holding on away for a 24-14 win.  The loss ends the Hurricanes’ nation’s-best winning streak at 16 games in a row.

Thanks in very large part to Pitt’s defense, Miami’s offense could muster next to nothing on the day, churning out just 176 yards of offense while the game was still within reach (they finished with 234).  True freshman quarterback Kenny Pickett, however, seemingly put the game out of reach when, on a fourth-and-five, scampered nearly untouched on a naked bootleg for a 22-yard touchdown that made it a three-score game with just under three minutes remaining.

However, a U touchdown less a minute later made it a 10-point deficit with 2:16 left in the fourth, with the Hurricanes recovering an onsides kick on the ensuing kickoff to give them a flicker of hope; a Malik Rosier fumble on that next possession snuffed out said flicker.

This is actually the third time in a decade the Panthers have knocked off the No. 2 team in the country, including last year’s dumping of Clemson — a fact that head coach Pat Narduzzi used in calling his shot to his team at halftime.

For The U, it’s a potentially crippling loss.  Or, it could mean almost nothing.

Playing with fire for most of the season — they trailed at the half in five of their 11 games, including today — the Hurricanes finally got burned; whether it’s a first-, second- or third-degree burn remains to be seen.  The good news for The U is they will still face No. 3 Clemson in the ACC championship game next weekend, with the winner likely (maybe) (possibly) earning a spot in the College Football Playoff.  This loss, though, erases any margin of error the Hurricanes had heading into that game as they won’t make the playoffs as a two-loss at-large team.