Four Auburn Tigers make 76th annual preseason All-SEC team

The expectations are high for these four Tigers.

The 76th Annual AL.com/Birmingham News All-SEC Team has been announced, as voted on by the conference’s 14 football information directors.

Four Auburn Tigers were named to the team, with two making the first team and two the second.

[autotag]Tank Bigsby[/autotag] was selected as the first-team running back. The junior rushed for 1,099 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. He is expected to be the engine that powers Auburn’s offense in the 2022 season.

[autotag]Derick Hall[/autotag] is the Tiger’s other first-teamer, named to the defensive line. Hall led Auburn with 12.5 tackles for loss and 9.0 sacks last season. He and Eku Leota give Auburn a nice pass-rushing combo coming off the edge.

[autotag]Colby Wooden[/autotag] was selected to the second team defense after making 61 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, and 4.0 sacks last season. The final Tiger to make the list is punter [autotag]Oscar Chapman[/autotag], who made the second team.

Alabama led the way with 11 total selections and five first-teamers. The group is headlined by reigning Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young on offense and outside linebacker Will Anderson on defense.

Anderson, the only unanimous selection, led the nation in sacks (17.5) and tackles for loss (34.5) as a sophomore last year.

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2022 preseason All-SEC team

As selected by the league’s 14 football information directors

First-team offense
Position Player, School Ht. Wt. Class
Quarterback Bryce Young, Alabama 6-0 194 Jr.
Running back Chris Rodriguez, Kentucky 5-11 224 Sr.
Running back Tank Bigsby, Auburn 6-0 213 Jr.
Wide receiver Kayshon Boutte, LSU 6-0 205 Jr.
Wide receiver Cedric Tillman, Tennessee 6-3 315 Sr.
Tight end Brock Bowers, Georgia 6-4 230 So.
Tackle Broderick Jones, Georgia 6-4 315 So.
Tackle Nick Broeker, Ole Miss 6-5 315 Sr.
Guard Layden Robinson, Texas A&M 6-4 320 Jr.
Guard Emil Ekiyor, Alabama 6-3 307 Sr.
Center Ricky Stromberg, Arkansas 6-4 318 Sr.

 

First-team defense
Defensive line Jalen Carter, Georgia 6-3 310 Jr.
Defensive line Derick Hall, Auburn 6-3 256 Sr.
Defensive line Byron Young, Alabama 6-3 292 Sr.
Defensive line Maason Smith, LSU 6-5 298 So.
Linebacker Will Anderson, Alabama 6-4 232 Jr.
Linebacker Bumper Pool, Arkansas 6-2 232 Sr.
Linebacker Nolan Smith, Georgia 6-3 235 Sr.
Cornerback Cam Smith, South Carolina 6-0 185 Jr.
Cornerback Eli Ricks, Alabama 6-2 190 Jr.
Safety Jordan Battle, Alabama 6-1 206 Sr.
Safety Antonio Johnson, Texas A&M 6-3 200 Jr.

 

First-team specialists
Kicker Harrison Mevis, Missouri 5-11 257 Jr.
Punter Nik Constantinou, Texas A&M 6-3 230 Jr.
Return specialist Ainias Smith, Texas A&M 5-10 190 Sr.

 

Second-team offense
Position Player, School Ht. Wt. Class
Quarterback Hendon Hooker, Tennessee 6-4 218 Sr.
Running back Jahymr Gibbs, Alabama 5-11 200 Jr.
Running back Zach Evans, Ole Miss 6-0 215 Jr.
Wide receiver Jermaine Burton, Alabama 6-0 200 Jr.
Wide receiver Jonathan Mingo, Ole Miss 6-2 225 Sr.
Tight end Michael Trigg, Ole Miss 6-3 240 So.
Tackle Javon Foster, Missouri 6-5 320 Sr.
Tackle Jeremy James, Ole Miss 6-5 305 Jr.
Guard Kenneth Horsey, Kentucky 6-3 300 Sr.
Guard O’Cyrus Torrence, Florida 6-5 334 Jr.
Center Sedrick Van Pran, Georgia 6-4 310 So.

 

Second-team defense
Defensive line Byron Young, Tennessee 6-3 245 Sr.
Defensive line Colby Wooden, Auburn 6-5 284 Jr.
Defensive line Gervon Dexter, Florida 6-6 313 So.
Defensive line Jaquelin Roy, LSU 6-3 315 Jr.
Linebacker Henry To’oTo’o, Alabama 6-2 228 Sr.
Linebacker Dallas Turner, Alabama 6-4 240 So.
Linebacker Brenton Cox, Florida 6-4 253 Jr.
Cornerback Kelee Ringo, Georgia 6-2 205 So.
Cornerback Malachi Moore, Alabama 6-0 190 Jr.
Safety Jalen Catalon, Arkansas 5-10 199 Jr.
Safety Chris Smith, Georgia 5-11 190 Sr.

 

 

Second-team specialists
Kicker Cam Little, Arkansas 6-2 176 So.
Punter Oscar Chapman, Auburn 6-3 202 Jr.
Return specialist Lideatrick Griffin, Miss. State 5-10 180 Jr.

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Ranking the top ten non-conference games in the SEC for 2022-2023 season

Which OOC matchup in the SEC are you looking forward to?

The SEC has a variety of different and unique atmospheres that present some of the most intriguing games each and every year. Over the past few years, several of the teams from the league have had very action packed-games. Several of the games over the years that come to mind are Penn State-Auburn in Happy Valley, ClemsonGeorgia in Charlotte, and ArkansasTexas in Fayetteville. Of course, there are other games that could be mentioned. Those are just a few of the games that the conference has provided for the league thus far.

This season will also have some action-packed games as well. With numerous programs showing hope for the future, it will be interesting to see how each of them fair in their non-conference matchups. Today, we will preview the top ten non-conference matchups that SEC teams will have in the ’22-’23 season. Read along and see what you think about the league’s best non-conference games.

Early 2022 SEC football record predictions for each team

Auburn Wire predicts the records of every SEC team for the 2022 season here:

In 2021, we saw a flurry of different things throughout college football. More specifically, the Southeastern Conference. An unranked Texas A&M team defeated the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in College Station. Many thought that Alabama would not be able to recover. However, they proved everyone wrong and made it to the national championship to face Georgia.

The Bulldogs, led by head coach Kirby Smart, were remarkably one of the best teams in college football history. Their defense was a force to be reckoned with. Other teams like Ole Miss and Kentucky showed some hope early in the season, but the two teams fell off towards the end of the season.

Auburn was never able to create any stability at the quarterback position which ultimately led to the Tigers’ downfall. Other teams like Mississippi State and Missouri were explosive on offense but couldn’t hold up on the defensive side of the ball resulting in the two teams having average seasons. Arkansas was a surprising team as head coach Sam Pittman showed promise for the future.

Both LSU and Florida finished with 6-7 records which ultimately led to the firing of Ed Orgeron (LSU) and Dan Mullen (Florida). In his first year at Tennessee, Josh Heupel was able to turn things around from a 3-7 season in 2020 to 7-6 in 2021. Surprisingly, South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer was able to turn the program around in Columbia. They went from 2-8 in 2020 to 7-6 in 2021. Lastly, Vanderbilt first-year head coach Clark Lea struggled to find any consistency as the Commodores finished 2-10.

Today, we will predict each team’s record for the 2022 season.

Auburn’s oppoennt for the SEC/Big 12 Challenge set

Auburn and West Virginia are 2-2 all-time.

Auburn’s opponent for the SEC/Big 12 Challenge is set

The Tigers will travel to face West Virginia in the 2023 edition of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge in January, the school announced. Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports’s first reported the news Thursday morning.

Auburn has played the Mountaineer four times and is 2-2 in the series. The  Tigers have played in Morgantown before, winning there in 1984.

The game will take place Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, with a time announced at a later date. The two teams last met in Birmingham in 2007 with West Virginia winning 88-59.

West Virginia was 16-17 overall 4-14 overall in the Big 12 last season. They did have a winning record at home, going 12-5. It was just the third time they have had a losing record in Bob Huggin’s 15-year career and the fifth time they missed the NCAA Tournament.

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One bold prediction for each SEC football team for the 2022 season

Auburn Wire provides a bold prediction for each SEC football team heading into the 2022 season.

The SEC isn’t as top-heavy as it used to be. Florida used to be the team to beat in the SEC East, but Georgia has now emerged as its yearly frontrunner. Alabama is still at the top of the conference as there surge for more championships continues. LSU showed the world that they were all about winning championships in 2019 when they went unblemished. Ever since that improbable season, the Tigers have fallen off, having gone 5-5 in 2020 and 6-7 in 2021. Now, LSU has a new coach and are looking for a resurgence.

Auburn was on top of the mountain for several years in the conference, but has been inconsistent over the past few years. They look to change that in year two under head coach Bryan Harsin. Arkansas was a team that was good in the early 2000s with Darren McFadden and Felix Jones. Although they haven’t reached a conference title game since 2006, they appear to be on the rise under Sam Pittman.

Teams like Kentucky, Ole Miss, and South Carolina have all utilized the transfer portal this off-season so they look to show improvements. Texas A&M is coming off a really good season in 2021 when they defeated Alabama in College Station. Head coach Jimbo Fisher looks to prove something this season. Tennessee is trending in the right direction after Josh Heupel’s first season in Knoxville. Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, and Missouri are all teams that have a lot of uncertainty within the program.

Today, we will provide several bold predictions for each team heading into the 2022 season.

SEC Morning Rush: ‘It just means more’ conference games?

It’s time to enjoy your coffee and the top stories of the day.

The head coaches in the SEC descended upon Florida for the coaches’ meeting in which they would tackle a variety of topics for the week. One of those topics includes the future scheduling of the conference.

Everything should be on the table for the top conference in college football. The current model has seven teams per division with eight conference games and four nonconference matchups. However, with two teams being added to the mix the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns, things will change.

One idea involves a “3-6” schedule, which gives each team three permanent opponents and six games on a rotating schedule. As he said a decade ago, Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban believes that they should move to the nine-game SEC schedule.

“I’ve always been for playing more conference games,” Saban said Tuesday.

“I’ve always been for improving the college schedule, trying to eliminate some of these games that we play that fans, players, supporters are not really interested in. I think the nine-game format is a start in that direction.”

With other conferences already playing the nine-game conference format, perhaps this is the perfect time for the SEC to adopt it. More conference matchups and fewer games involving FCS teams are a good thing for the SEC.

Check out the rest of the top stories from around the SEC:

The updated SEC recruiting class rankings as May comes to a close

A look at how the football recruiting rankings look as we head into June.

The summer months have officially approached, which means there will be plenty of action on the recruiting trails.

This marks the beginning of the six-month stretch leading up to the early signing period in mid-December. All 14 teams have at least two commits but there is plenty of work to be done with this class.

These rankings are obviously subjective and are likely to change over the next several months ahead of the 2022 college football season. Currently there is a new clubhouse leader in the SEC. Can they make a run similar to Texas A&M’s run last year?

We break down where each SEC school ranks from a national perspective. All numbers courtesy of 247Sports.

Post spring win projections for every SEC team

Where is Auburn projected following spring ball?

The upcoming college football season is filled with notable storylines across the landscape. Not only on the FBS scale but more specifically for the SEC.

The offseason started with one of the wildest coaching carousels in recent memory, and an even more wild transfer portal carousel. A lot of familiar faces in new places. We also had the attempted coup involving Auburn Tigers head coach Bryan Harsin.

Weird dancing videos, fake accents, coaches calling others narcissists, and the coming and going of Emory Jones. With all of that behind us, we want to focus more on what could transpire on the field.

College Football News put together their win projections for every Power Five school, we break down the SEC portion of the list. It begins with the Vanderbilt Commodores at No. 14.

The SEC, CFB world reacts to the Nick Saban-Jimbo Fisher feud

Oh boy…the SEC West was set ablaze on Thursday

From Wednesday night into Thursday morning, the SEC world was set ablaze by Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban for his comments on Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL).

While this is the college athletics world we live in, it hasn’t stopped countless people from weighing in on the topic. Saban pointed out that “Texas A&M bought their 2022 recruiting class.” Maybe the SEC should adopt a new motto coined by Fox Sports radio host Colin Cowherd. The SEC was once about “it just means more” and now it seems NIL and the conference should mean “now it’s legal.”

Saban also pointed to top 2022 recruit Travis Hunter and his decision to sign with Jackson State, stating he received $1 million to join head coach Deion Sanders. Both Hunter and Sanders have recently chimed in.

As expected with this kind of story, social media went rampant. We will kick it off with the social media king himself, Lane Kiffin. The man never met a topic he didn’t want to tackle on his Twitter account.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey states there are no CFP expansion conversations

The SEC commish dishes on CFP expansion or the lack thereof.

One of the hottest topics in college football continues to surround playoff expansion. Recently the CFP committee and conference leadership spoke publicly about the idea of potential expansion.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey recently opened up about the idea that we could see expansion in the future, but it appears to be a stalemate.

“We’re not talking about it,” Sankey said via ESPN. Honestly at this point with all the momentum going the way of the SEC, why should they. The conference will add two more power schools to the group and have the first 16-team superconference with the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns.

“I’ve said in July and August and September, we could stay at four,” Sankey said. “If people think that’s posturing, it’s not. We’re going to have a really, really incredible conference when we’re at 16 teams.”

The SEC ideally is in a really good spot to have half of the field in the CFP each and every year. Hard to fathom that Sankey and the SEC would want to move to the 12 or 16-team field at this point. There aren’t any conversations about expansion going on right now but likely could see some movement over the next year.

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