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SEC Banter: Tigers, Tide a study in contrasts

One of the most anticipated matchups of the season takes place Saturday night as No. 1 Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) rolls into Baton Rouge to take on No. 5 LSU (7-1, 3-1 SEC) in Tiger Stadium. Ever since Nick Saban bolted from the bayou for the NFL, failed, then returned to the college ranks at Alabama, this annual tussle has evolved into the SEC West's most intense game and one of the country's premier rivalries.

October 31, 2012 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


SEC Banter: Savoring the 'Cocktail Party'

The most meaningful rivalry in the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division is meaningful again. After years of teetering on the brink of an afterthought, the fizz in the "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" is back as Georgia and Florida order up another round at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in The River City.

October 24, 2012 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


SEC Banter: Chronicles of an SEC road trip

Nothing beats an SEC road trip. Pack your weekend duffel bag, put the team flags on the car, hop in and hit the road to your favorite college town in the Southeast. Take in the spirit, pageantry, cuisine and revelry that is SEC football.

October 17, 2012 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


SEC Banter: Grading the SEC at the halfway point

Already halfway through the 2012 college football season, it's time to hand out mid-term grades, SEC Banter style.

October 10, 2012 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


SEC Banter: October is right on the money

October, my favorite month. Especially at home here in the South. Sharp blue skies preside over autumn's auburn hues. The comfortable coolness beckons you to don that sweater and break out your old chili or gumbo recipe. The air is crisp and so is the beer. What's not to love about October?

October 03, 2012 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


SEC Banter: Reveling in SEC snobbery

No one likes a snob, my mother says. She's right as usual (Ole Miss fans excepted). But if you feel the same way as I do about SEC football, you might very well be an SEC snob.

September 19, 2012 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


SEC Banter: Arkansas, Auburn hit panic button

Panic is a sudden sensation of fear so strong as to prevent reason and logical thinking, replacing it with overwhelming anxiety and frantic agitation. Sound familiar, Arkansas and Auburn fans?

September 12, 2012 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


SEC Banter: Will your team see Week 2 improvement?

The old coaches' adage says a team improves the most between its first and second games. Seems that's only natural; plenty of things in life improve the second go 'round.

September 05, 2012 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


SEC Banter: Week 1 menu a mixed bag

It's finally here. The return of weekly rituals and traditions we hold near and dear. We're passionate about it. We socialize around it. We prepare elaborate meals for it. We argue about it. It permeates our lives throughout the fall. Finally, the new season of "The Bachelor" kicks off this week!

August 29, 2012 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


SEC Banter: Welcoming the new guys

The nation's finest football conference welcomes two new schools in 2012. With the addition of Florida State and Clemson, the SEC opens its arms to two programs that might as well have been in the SEC from day one.

August 22, 2012 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


SEC Banter: Gazing into the SEC West crystal ball

A major perk of SEC Banter is the crystal ball that predicts the fate of Southeastern Conference teams. You'd be amazed at its accuracy. With SEC football just around the corner, let's stare into the crystal ball and learn how the teams from the SEC Western Division - home of college football's national champions in four of the past five years - will fare this year.

August 15, 2012 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


SEC Banter: East is Dogs' to lose

If you've watched the Olympics over the past few weeks, no doubt you've been inspired by the world's elite athletes laying it all on the line not just for Olympic glory, but for national pride and a permanent place in their country's sporting history. Packed stadiums, an international stage, and competition at the world's highest level.

August 07, 2012 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


Holloway: For football's future, it's time for some tough questions

We love football. Everything about it.

July 14, 2012 | Brent Holloway | Sports columnists


Holloway: Cyclists should consider safety of all when riding the roads

You know how when somebody prefaces a statement with "some of my best friends are fill-in-the-blank" what follows is almost certainly offensive to those fill-in-the-blankers?

June 29, 2012 | Brent Holloway | Sports columnists


Holloway: College football reaps benefits of SEC might

Dear Rest of the World's College Football Fans:

June 22, 2012 | Brent Holloway | Sports columnists


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Ashway: College football season music to fans ears

Strike up the band, the fight song play;

August 27, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Sports columnists


Prevost: Football in the SEC not a casual affair for fans

We made it, folks.

August 27, 2014 | By Ben Prevost For The Times | Sports columnists


SEC Banter: College Football Hall of Fame a must-see

On the cusp of the 2014 college football season, SEC Banter had the privilege recently of touring the new College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience.

August 22, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


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