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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

    Our five burning questions on the next-to-last Saturday of the regular season:

    1—Can Georgia “Finish The Drill” against Kentucky? When Mark Richt arrived at Georgia in 2001 his motto was “Finish The Drill.” It was his way of telling Georgia’s players that no matter what the task, be it a practice or a game, they should strive to finish strong.  After a 0-2 start where a lot of people wrote off the Bulldogs, Georgia (8-2, 6-1 SEC) can win its ninth straight game and clinch the SEC East title with a victory at home over struggling Kentucky (4-6, 1-5). We expect Georgia to win but we’re anxious to see if quarterback Aaron Murray can maintain his hot hand. Murray had five touchdown passes in just one quarter against New Mexico State on Nov. 5. Last week he had four touchdown passes in the first half against Auburn. Murray now has a school-record 27 touchdown passes this season.

    2. Vanderbilt has been tough at home. Can they be just as tough on the road? Vanderbilt was 5-2 at home this season with gut-wrenching losses to Georgia (33-28) and Arkansas (31-28). Now they are trying to get bowl eligible in James Franklin’s first year as coach. To do that the Commodores must win one of their final two games which are both on the road.  Vanderbilt goes to Tennessee on Saturday and then closes out the season at Wake Forest on Nov. 26. Vanderbilt has been a significantly better team since Jordan Rodgers took over at quarterback, averaging almost 29 points in its last four SEC games. Tennessee (4-6, 0-6) is looking for its first SEC win of the season and needs to win Saturday and on Nov. 26 against Kentucky to be bowl eligible.

    3. Will Tyler Wilson go north of 300 yards against Mississippi State? Arkansas (9-1, 5-1) is ranked No. 6 in the BCS Standings and needs to keep winning to stay alive in the SEC West. The Razorbacks still have a chance to win the division and make it to Atlanta if they can beat Mississippi State on Saturday and then LSU on Nov. 25. I expect the Hogs to roll against the Bulldogs in Little Rock because right now quarterback Tyler Wilson is playing very, very well. Wilson has attempted 342 passes this season with only five interceptions. He leads the conference in passing yards per game with an average of 285. And he has the best set of wide receivers in the country. Look for Wilson to eclipse 300 yards passing against Mississippi State as the Razorbacks set the table for next week’s trip to Baton Rouge.

    4. Does Jordan Jefferson get the majority of the snaps against Ole Miss? LSU is going to beat Ole Miss in Oxford. In fact, look for the Tigers to beat the Rebels pretty soundly as Houston Nutt plays out the string as head coach. The interesting part of this game will be to watch how LSU coach Les Miles continues to give more and more of the offense to quarterback Jordan Jefferson. Jefferson, who sat out the first four games on suspension, got his first start of the season last week against Western Kentucky. Miles likes the plays that Jefferson can make with his feet. But he also knows he’ll need both Jefferson and Jarrett Lee to beat Arkansas on Nov. 25 and to win the SEC championship game. I’ll be interested to see how many snaps Lee gets.

    5. How much will Kiehl Frazier play against Samford? Auburn’s running game was all but shut down last week when Georgia held the Tigers to only 51 yards. This much is clear: If Auburn is to have any hope of beating No. 3 Alabama next week, the Tigers have to show the Crimson Tide’s nationally-ranked defense something else. That something else may be freshman quarterback Kiehl Frazier. Frazier’s most extensive action this season was when he had 13 carries for a net 54 yards against Arkansas. He has had only five carries in Auburn’s last two games the Tigers have tried to rally behind Clint Moseley. But Moseley really struggled against Georgia. Let’s see if Auburn uses the Samford game to get Frazier ready for Alabama.


     
     

    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