Saturday, June 23, 2018

SEC Universe: Ed Orgeron, Jarrett Stidham, Arkansas, and more.

SEC Universe - June 23, 2018 edition

Camp Orgeron. 

Ron Higgins profiles LSU head coach Ed Orgeron and his fondness for summer coaching camps, where as Higgins describes, Orgeron "can momentarily return to his coaching roots." (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Is Jarrett Stidham underrated? 

Rob Maxwell of Auburn-centric website Fly War Eagle takes umbrage over the fact that Auburn starting quarterback Jarrett Stidham was ranked by Sports Illustrated at no. 83 among Sports Illustrated's rankings of the top QB's in college football. More umbrage comes from the fact that four other SEC QBs, including Missouri's Drew Lock (no. 33), and Georgia's Jake Fromm (no. 65) are ranked ahead of him.

Easier Said Than Done

Chris Low of ESPN ranks Arkansas' 2018 non-conference schedule at no. 5 in his ranking of college football's "easiest nonconference schedules." The Razorbacks open the season hosting Eastern Illinois on Sept. 1, face Colorado State on the road on Sept. 8, host North Texas on Sept. 15, and round out its non-conference schedule on Oct. 20 hosting Tulsa.

Georgia comes in on the list at no. 9, while reigning CFP champion Alabama comes in at no. 10.

For the record, Oregon comes out on top of Low's rankings as having the easiest nonconference schedule for 2018.

Meet Me in Montana.

Former Arkansas redshirt freshman running back Maleek Barkley announced his would be transferring to FCS program Montana State on Friday. Barkley announced he was leaving the Arkansas football program on June 14. (Whole Hog Sports)

Meet the Press. 

Recently-hired Auburn athletic director Allen Greene held his first meeting with the media on Friday, discussing a range of topics including long-term deals for the coaches of certain Auburn coaches, and renovations and construction of new athletic facilities. (

Mind the gaps. 

Graham Hall looks at the possible impact of graduate transfer defensive lineman Adam Shuler (formerly of West Virginia), and JUCO transfer tight end Lucas Krull (formerly of Jefferson College), on the roster of Florida's 2018 football roster. (The Gainesville Sun)

Same as it ever was?

Ronald Moody explains why defense will still be the "key" for Alabama's continued dominance of college football in the 2018 CFB season. ('Bama Hammer)

'Bama shafted by the ESPYs? 

Roll 'Bama Roll has a bone (or is it a tusk?) to pick with the ESPYs for mostly ignoring the achievements of Alabama's 2017 CFP championship-winning team. Getting ignored by the ESPYs is perhaps the only reason to pay attention to the ESPYs in the first place.

Meeting the new guy. 
Track 'Em Tigers previews Auburn's Oct. 6 road game against Mississippi State. It will be the first time Auburn faces Mississippi St. under first-year head coach Joe Moorhead.

What, me worried?

Daniel Skipper looks at "five areas of concern" for Ole Miss as the 2018 college football season approaches. (Warning: slideshow) (Ole Hotty Toddy)

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