Friday, December 28, 2012

Covering Dixie: Barrett Jones, Johnny Manziel, Derek Dooley, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC, where bowl games before Dec. 31 are only marginally acceptable. 

Keeping the streak alive.
Mississippi State tries to keep its five-bowl winning streak alive against Northwestern in the New Year's Day 2013 Gator Bowl. (The Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

Break the Cycle.
Georgia tries to end a two-bowl losing streak against Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Gratuitous Johnny Manziel item of the day.
Sean Lester looks at the end-of-the-year list that Texas A&M Heisman winning starting  quarterback Johnny Manziel has found himself on. (The Dallas Morning News)

Alabama injury update.
Injured Alabama center Barrett Jones (sprained foot) and linebacker Denzel Devall (sprained knee) may be able to participate in practice next week for the BCS title game on Jan. 7. (

The Back-up Plan.
Andrew Gribble profiles Alabama back-up center Ryan Kelly, who may be called upon in the BCS title game if Barrett Jones is unable to play due to injury. (

The year in 'Bama.
Team Speed Kills looks at Alabama as part of its ongoing look back at 2012.

Thank you sir, can I have another?
Team Speed Kills also looks at the coaching changes in the SEC in 2012.

Peachy Keenh.
Randy Rosetta profiles LSU punter Jamie Keehn who is taking over for the suspended Brag Wing in the Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Defending Dooley.
David Climer tries to give credit to former Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley for leaving the Vols' program "better than he found it." (The Tennessean)