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Prevost: Here's a look at what to expect with SEC teams in bowl season

Bowl season is very exciting. Host cities want excitement to lure fans in droves, teams want it to build momentum for next season, and bowl-game sponsors want it to spike sales.

December 27, 2012 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


SEC Banter: Georgia, Alabama playing for national championship

You read that headline correctly. Saturday's SEC Championship Game between No. 2 Alabama (11-1, 7-1) and No. 3 Georgia (11-1, 7-1) has been dubbed a "play-in" for the right to face media darling Notre Dame in the BCS national championship.

November 28, 2012 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


SEC Banter: Giving thanks for all things SEC

It's Thanksgiving and time to count our many blessings, SEC Banter style. Join me as we give thanks for the traditions that make the SEC the nation's finest football conference.

November 21, 2012 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


SEC Banter: SEC’s title streak destined to end?

Alabama's loss to "Johnny Football" and his Texas A&M Aggies leaves the SEC with no undefeated teams and, according to the national experts, the SEC's streak of consecutive national titles will end at six.

November 14, 2012 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


SEC Banter: Conference roundup from Alabama to Vandy

It's been a while since we toured the conference from Alabama to Vanderbilt and, with no marquee matchups teed up for Saturday, let's do just that. Here's a rundown of this week's action, SEC Banter style.

November 07, 2012 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


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


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Ashway: Positive sports stories still exist in the world

Fed up? Had enough?

September 23, 2014 | Denton Ashway For The Times | Sports columnists


SEC Banter: Dawgs Win SEC East on Saturday

It's Georgia-Sakerlina week and the contest customarily comes equipped with enormous implications.

September 10, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


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