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    • "Inside the SEC" with Tony Barnhart

      For the fourth consecutive year, the No. 1 team in the nation will play in the SEC championship game. And if LSU beats No. 14 Georgia, for the sixth consecutive year the SEC will have a team in the BCS championship game. And there could be more than one SEC team in the BCS championship game.
    • "Inside the SEC" with Tony Barnhart

      What kind of odds could you have gotten this summer that at Thanksgiving the top three teams in the BCS Standings would be: 1) LSU, 2) Alabama, and 3) Arkansas? Here we are at the final Saturday of November and all three are capable of winning the SEC championship and all three could win the national championship. Wow!
    • "Inside the SEC" with Tony Barnhart

      The Game of the Century is behind us but there is much, much more left to this season. Just to prove that point, here are our Five Burning Questions about SEC football for Saturday, Nov. 12.
    • "Inside the SEC" with Tony Barnhart

      Yes, we have finally arrived at The Game of the Century between No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama. But that’s not the only compelling story line in the SEC as play begins in November.
    • "Inside the SEC" with Tony Barnhart

      Tony Barnhart examines our five burning questions about SEC football as we finish up the month of October and set the table for next week’s Game of the Century.

    "Inside the SEC" with Tony Barnhart

    Yes, we have finally arrived at The Game of the Century between No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama. But that’s not the only compelling story line in the SEC as play begins in November. Our Five Burning Questions for the week:

    1. Will either quarterback make The Big Mistake when LSU meets Alabama? Yes, we’ve dissected this game from about every angle. Everybody knows the two defenses are just superb. These are two of the best big-game coaches in the business. The offensive lines are both top drawer and the running backs are very, very good. So at the end of the day I think this game comes down to the two most efficient quarterbacks in the SEC. LSU’s Jarrett Lee is a profile in courage because it wasn’t that long ago that fans were calling him “Mr. Pick Six.” But in his final season Lee has been great, throwing only one interception in 155 passing attempts. Alabama’s quarterback, AJ McCarron, threw two interceptions in his first start against Kent State on Sept. 3. Since that game he has thrown only one interception in 177 attempts. The reality: Neither quarterback has faced a defense this good. Games like this usually come down to mistakes in the fourth quarter. Will either one of these guys make that big mistake?

    2. Can we get a little love for South Carolina-Arkansas? Normally, a meeting of two Top 10 teams with this much on the line would be the SEC headliner. Not this week. Still, folks, this is a HUGE game.
    South Carolina goes to Arkansas knowing it MUST win to keep pace with Georgia in the SEC East. If the Gamecocks can find a way to win, then they will play struggling Florida at home next week for the division championship and a trip to Atlanta. Arkansas must win in order to stay within striking distance of LSU and Alabama in the West. Arkansas has been sloppy the past two weeks against Ole Miss and Vanderbilt but is still 7-1 with only a loss to Alabama (38-14).

    3. Can Vanderbilt go to The Swamp and win for the first time since 1945?  Vanderbilt lost a heartbreaker to Arkansas (31-28) last week but there are some things for the Commodores (4-4) to build on. Example: Vanderbilt has scored 28 or more points for three consecutive games. The last time that happened (2005) Jay Cutler was the Vanderbilt quarterback. Since Jordan Rodgers took over as quarterback in the second half against Georgia on Oct. 15, the Commodores have put together 10 drives of over 68 yards. In the five games prior to that Vanderbilt had only four drives of that length.  The Commodores now go to Florida (4-4) where they have won only once in history (35-0 in 1945). Vanderbilt has seven wins in Nashville and one in Jacksonville against Florida all-time.

    4. Can Ole Miss break its 11-game SEC losing streak? Ole Miss (2-6, 0-5 SEC) thought it has turned a corner two weeks ago when the Rebels jumped out 17-0 lead against Arkansas only to lose 29-24. But Ole Miss fell back into a number of its old habits last week in a 41-23 loss at Auburn. Dating back to last season Ole Miss has now lost 11 straight SEC games, the longest such streak in school history. But in Kentucky (3-5, 0-4) Ole Miss faces a team that is struggling even more. The Wildcats can’t seem to generate any offense as they have scored 10, 7, 3, and 16 points in their last four SEC games. Now freshman quarterback Maxwell Smith takes over for Morgan Newton, who has a high ankle sprain. One of these teams is going to finally get a conference win on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium. I’m leaning towards Ole Miss.

    5. You got any eligibility left? Georgia could sure use a running back. Sometimes life isn’t fair. Last week Richard Samuel, Georgia’s No. 2 tailback, had the game of his life when he scored the winning touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 24-20 win over Florida in Jacksonville. But Samuel was also knocked out for the rest of the season when he injured an ankle on the last play of the game. Georgia will take on New Mexico State for Homecoming without three other tailbacks—including starter Isaiah Crowell—who have been suspended for violating team rules. Georgia, which has won six straight since starting 0-2, just wants to get this game over and get to the TV set to pull for Arkansas against South Carolina. For if the Gamecocks lose, Georgia takes over first place in the SEC East and can take the division by winning its last two conference games against Auburn and Kentucky.


     
     

    Barnhart Bio

    Newspapers
    •  1988-Present: College Writer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Television
    •  2004-Present: Contributing Reporter, "College Football Today on CBS"
    •  2009-Present: Host, "The Tony Barnhart Show," The CBS College Sports Network
    •  2006-Present: Co-host, "Talkin' Football," CSS (Nominated for Southern Regional Emmy Award, 2007)

    Radio
    • The Southern Football Kickoff Show

    Books
    •  "Southern Fried Football"

    Awards
    •  2008 Edwin Pope Vanguard Media Award
    •  2007 Fred Russell Contribution to Sports Writing Award