SEC money flows readily even in Starkville. Nine of the league’s head coaches now earn over $4 million annually after Mississippi State extended Dan Mullen’s contact to 2018 at over $4.2 million per year. MarkRogersTV reviews Mullen’s 46-31 tenure at MSU that includes 22 wins in 48 SEC games. Mark outlines Mullen’s stated goals, the challenges going forward and the prospects of competing for SEC West supremacy.
SEC wide receiver has arguably been the strongest position for any conference in the country in recent years. MarkRogersTV looks over the 2015 class and finds production mixed with potential.
Bo Wallace, Blake Sims, Dylan Thompson, Nick Marshall and Hutson Mason are gone. Little experience remains in the SEC’s quarterback ranks. Talent is not in question though. MarkRogersTV kicks off a series of SEC positional ranks by starting with the leader, the trigger man, the most important player on the field. Mark reviews past production, sizes up potential and measures in a hunch or two on future productivity to bring you the SEC’s best QB’s going into 2015.
Despite the loss of Todd Gurley, TJ Yeldon, Cameron Artis-Payne, Josh Robinson, Matt Jones, Kenny Hilliard, Terrence Magee and Marcus Murphy, SEC running back talent is still immense. MarkRogersTV looks over the field and finds freshmen phenoms in Athens and Baton Rouge, a star waiting in the wings in Tuscaloosa, and a pair of power backs that make Bret Bielema smile. Yes, there is plenty to choose from in naming a Top 5 list heading into 2015.
There's been a turnaround at Tennessee. It's been three years in the making. Recent results give us just a glimpse. Mike Loveall of LastWordonSports.com joins MarkRogersTV to size up Butch Jones' recent haul of elite talent from across the country and talk about a sizeable haul that should prove important to the Vols' chances of regaining elite status in the SEC
Owners of two straight SEC East Titles, Missouri emerges from National Signing Day with another understated class by SEC standards, ranked between 18 and 29 in the country. Jack Hummel of KOMU-TV joins MarkRogersTV to review Gary Pinkel's latest class and discuss Mizzou's success in making the most of its talent. Jack and Mark also discuss Shane Ray's NFL draft stock as the latest in a long line of Tiger pass rushers with impact potential at the next level
Deposit the recruiting ranks and stars where they belong. Bob Diaco is building a football program in Stoors, CT. Aman Kidwai of SB Nation's UConn blog joins MarkRogersTV to review the Huskies' 2015 class and the possibilities for immediate relief for an offense that ranked 113th passing, 119th rushing and 125th in scoring in 2014
The Big 12 contributed two strong candidates to the first ever race for a College Football Playoff berth in Baylor and TCU. Overall the conference won just 6 of 18 games against the rest of the Power 5. MarkRogersTV dissects the results, gives context to the performance and presents the results in this continuing series, comparing the Power 5 conferences.
Big 12: 6-12 vs Power 5
6 Big 12 winning teams were 38-29 overall and 30-24 in conference vs Power 5 teams that went 47-33 and 25-24 in conference. The average Big 12 seed is 6.3. The average Power 5 seed is 6.7.
12 Big 12 losing teams were 83-71 overall and 59-49 in conference vs Power 5 teams that went 113-45 and 59-33 in conference. The average Big 12 seed is 7.2. The average Power 5 seed is 5.1.
Building a wall around New Jersey is the goal, but a difficult one to accomplish with a Big Ten pipeline to the Garden State established. Kevin Recio of SB Nation's OntheBanks.com joins MarkRogersTV to break down the 2015 class and look ahead at a bumper crop of Jersey standouts in 2016, highlighted by QB Jared Guarantano
Talent has rarely been in question at USC. Scholarship reductions have made depth the major problem in competing for championships. That concern is evaporating as the numbers roll in. Evan Budrovih of SB Nation's ConquestChronicles.com joins MarkRogersTV to explain how the dominoes fell the Trojans way to give USC arguably the best recruiting class in the nation
Gus Malzahn closed with a flourish and brought a strong class into elite status on National Signing Day. Jamie Hancock of PrepsNation.com joins MarkRogersTV to run down the Auburn class and, more specifically, how the 2015 signees translate on the field
Chuckie Keeton's flourishing career has been struck down by injury twice. The NCAA and Mountain West Conference are giving Keeton the opportunity to regain his job as Utah State starting quarterback and one of the best at his position in the country. MarkRogersTV reviews Keeton's prolific career and the Aggies' QB prospects this fall following a mad scramble with four different players taking snaps in 2014
Suddenly Michigan has quarterbacks. Along with the signing last week of prep standouts Zach Gentry and Alex Malzone, Jim Harbaugh announced the transfer of John O'Korn from Houston. In 2013 O'Korn was the AAC Rookie of the Year when he fired 28 TD passes. O'Korn's performance plummeted in 2014 with 6 TD against 8 INT and he was benched after five games. O'Korn won't be eligible until 2016, but is expected to compete for the job unless someone emerges in a big way among Gentry, Malzone and Junior Shane Morris
Mike Gundy and staff made a late push that boosted Oklahoma State a number of notches up the national recruiting rankings. More importantly, the key additions provide depth and potential impact contributions. Cory Treece of CowboysRideforFree.com joins MarkRogersTV to break down the unexpected adds and the rest of a class that included seven JUCO players and ranked between 35 and 40 according to the national services
Jim McElwain finished with a flurry and Florida finished with a Top 20 recruiting class. McElwain signed 21 players including some of the nation's best at their positions. David Waters of SEC Sports Insider joins MarkRogersTV to break down the fantastic finish and Florida's finest incoming talent
Ole Miss is a different program than the one Hugh Freeze inherited four years ago. The Rebels follow up a 9-4 season with another Top 20 recruiting class. Connor Tapp of 247Sports joins MarkRogersTV to talk about Ole Miss' crop of skilled players and another solid overall class heading to Oxford
South Carolina's recruiting ranking pales in comparison to its SEC rivals. More importantly, the Gamecocks may have addressed a desperate need for a pass rush after getting to the quarterback just 14 times in 2014. Connor Tapp of 247Sports.com looks over the list of 30 South Carolina signees including two JUCO Defensive Ends who should get immediate playing time as Steve Spurrier looks to bounce back from a 7-6 finish
Dave Clawson is reeling in a pretty solid recruiting class following a 3-9 first year showing including one win in the ACC in 2014. Robert Reinhard of SB Nation's BloggerSoDear.com joins MarkRogersTV to break down a Top 50 class that includes highly rated QB's Kendall Hinton and Kyle Kearns and a total of nine players ranked in the Top 100 at their positions. Robert also addresses Clawson's recruiting approach and sets us up for the 2015 Demon Deacons
Go ahead and wear out the cliche embarrassment of riches. It won't be hyperbole. Nick Saban has not only gathered another #1 recruiting class, he's assembled a large group of potentially elite players. The top 300 players has become somewhat of a standard in recruiting circles. The Bama class is so stacked its almost as though Saban discounted the lower half of the list with 15 of the top 150, and 7 of the top 54 according to ESPN rankings. Stephen M Smith of TouchdownAlabama.net runs down the elite of the elite and the rare few outside the fold that Nick Saban could snatch in the waning hours before National Signing Day
The book is closed on the Paul Chryst era at Pitt with a classic display of mediocrity with 18 wins in 36 games. In steps Pat Narduzzi to enfuse new life into the program. Jim Hammett of SB Nation's CardiacHill.com joins MarkRogersTV to break down Narduzzi's first recruiting class at Pitt. Jim sizes up the top commits and some hopefuls on National Signing Day. Jim and Mark also discuss the challenges of recruiting at Pitt, a changed mindset as an ACC member, and the always watchful eye on rival Penn State