Georgia jumped on Mississippi State early and hasn’t let up, as the red and black Bulldogs hold a 14-3 halftime lead over the maroon and gray Bulldogs at the break in Athens.
After forcing a three-and-out to open the game, Georgia took a bite out of Mississippi State’s jugular on its first play of the game as Jake Fromm hit Terry Godwin for a 59-yard flea-flicker touchdown.
Georgia then forced another punt and this time swiftly marched down the length of the field, moving 78 yards in eight snaps and culminating in a 7-yard Nick Chubb dash.
Mississippi State put together its only sustained drive in its final chance before the half, consuming 4:29 over a 12-play, 51-yard drive that stalled at the Georgia 9-yard line. Jace Christmann punched in a 26-yard field goal with 1:14 left in the half to get the visitors on the board. Nick Fitzgerald has carried the load for Mississippi State, and taken a punishment from Georgia as a reward. He’s 10-of-18 passing for 64 yards with eight carries for a team-high 30 yards.
Fromm has been perfect in his first SEC start, hitting all eight of his throws for 160 yards and the score to Godwin. Chubb leads all runners with 34 yards and a score on eight carries.
Georgia will receive to open the second half.
Alabama is No. 1 in just about every college football poll… except one.
That would be the Wall Street Journal’s annual ranking of college football programs. While you might think that the paper gives Clemson the edge instead, you have to know that they are not examining teams’ performance on the field in 2017, but rather their overall evaluation. Much like Forbes does in ranking NFL franchise values, WSJ attempted to find out how much college football programs were worth and came to the conclusion that Ohio State reigns supreme in the sport with a nearly $1.5 billion sticker price.
The Buckeyes’ value shot up nearly 60% in just a year so you can thank a College Football Playoff appearance and that huge new Big Ten television package for boosting their bottom line. The WSJ came to the conclusion by citing a study performed by Ryan Brewer, an associate professor of finance at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus.
Not far behind Ohio State and still in the billion dollar club were Big 12 rivals Texas and Oklahoma. The Longhorns were an annual mainstay atop estimates like this for years but the team’s recent malaise on the field seems to have held them back lately. While the SEC did not have a team crack the 10 figure mark (shockingly), the league did make up half of the top 10. All said, the most valuable conference in college football averaged nearly $523 million per team overall.
Here’s the overall top 10 teams and how much they’re worth per the report:
- Ohio State – $1,510,482,000
- Texas – $1,243,124,000
- Oklahoma – $1,001,967,00
- Alabama $930,001,000
- Louisiana State – $910,927,000
- Michigan – $892,951,000
- Notre Dame – $856,938,000
- Georgia – $822,310,000
- Tennessee – $745,640,00
- Auburn – $724,191,000
The SEC released its 2018 slate on Tuesday, beginning the weekend of Sept. 1 and running through the SEC Championship on Saturday, Dec. 1. It would be entirely pointless to break down winners and losers of the ’18 slate considering we don’t really even know who’s good yet in 2017 — other than Alabama — and we especially don’t know who will be good in ’18 — other than ‘Bama, of course.
But we can point out some dates that look interesting as we sit here on Tuesday, Sept. 19, the year of our Lord 2017. And, no, intra-divisional games don’t count, since they are played every year.
- Auburn vs. Washington — Sept. 1 (at Atlanta)
- Alabama vs. Louisville — Sept. 1 (at Orlando)
- LSU vs. Miami — Sept. 1 (at Dallas)
- Tennessee vs. West Virginia (at Charlotte)
- Clemson at Texas A&M — Sept. 8
- Vanderbilt at Notre Dame — Sept. 15
- Florida at Mississippi State — Sept. 29
- Tennessee at Auburn — Oct. 13
Consult the full schedule here.
Mississippi State has leapt from the ranks of the unranked all the way to No. 17 in the latest AP poll, released Sunday afternoon.
The Bulldogs walloped then-No. 12 LSU 37-7 in Starkville on Saturday evening, the club’s largest margin of victory in the 111-game history of the series. Additionally, Mississippi State’s road blowout victory over Louisiana Tech became even more impressive when the red-and-blue Bulldogs went on the road and beat defending Conference USA champion Western Kentucky.
Elsewhere, San Diego State, Utah and Oregon made their 2017 debuts in the AP poll, replacing Kansas State, Stanford, Tennessee and UCLA. Clemson’s 47-21 drubbing of Louisville allowed the Tigers to nudge past Oklahoma for the No. 2 spot in the poll and pull within 60 points of the No. 1 ranking.
The full poll:
- Alabama — 1,504 total points (45 first-place votes)
- Clemson — 1,446 (15)
- Oklahoma — 1,432 (1)
- Penn State — 1,306
- USC — 1,241
- Oklahoma State — 1,154
- Washington — 1,141
- Michigan — 1,081
- Wisconsin — 1,031
- Ohio State — 1,015
- Georgia — 940
- Florida State — 922
- Virginia Tech — 730
- Miami — 606
- Auburn — 596
- TCU — 553
- Mississippi State — 532
- Washington State — 419
- Louisville — 356
- Florida — 308
- South Florida — 272
- San Diego State — 201
- Utah — 194
- Oregon — 158
- LSU — 153
The lesser of the two exhibition polls was released early Sunday afternoon, and Alabama held off Clemson for the No. 1 spot. There was some thought the Tigers could pass the Tide after their second consecutive impressive victory, but Alabama generated 59 first-place votes to Clemson’s six.
Elsewhere, Mississippi State was this week’s highest climber, jumping into the poll at No. 19. Their victim, LSU, plummeted from No. 12 to No. 23.
Additionally, Stanford, Kansas State and UCLA dropped out after their respective losses Saturday, and Oregon and San Diego State joined the Bulldogs as 2017 newcomers to the poll.
The full poll:
- Alabama — 1,618 total points (59 first-place votes)
- Clemson — 1,535 (6)
- Oklahoma — 1,505
- Penn State — 1,364
- USC — 1,348
- Washington — 1,277
- Oklahoma State — 1,219
- Michigan — 1,171
- Ohio State — 1,052
- Wisconsin — 1,032
- Florida State — 985
- Georgia — 978
- Virginia Tech — 775
- Miami — 659
- TCU — 602
- Auburn — 555
- South Florida — 446
- Washington State — 441
- Mississippi State — 412
- Louisville — 382
- Utah — 324
- Florida — 312
- LSU — 243
- Oregon — 208
- San Diego State — 141