Blake Toppmeyer, The Clarion-Ledger

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Recent articles by Blake:

Don't fall for Lane Kiffin's subterfuge about Matt Corral ahead of LSU game

I'm not falling for Lane Kiffin's subterfuge regarding Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral, and neither is LSU coach Ed Orgeron. → Read More

Jeremy Pruitt's lawyer threatens fiery lawsuit as Tennessee refuses settlement with ex-Vols coach

The lawyer representing former Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt gave UT an ultimatum: Either settle with Pruitt, or expect to be sued. → Read More

Why LSU football's hiring quest is different from most coaching searches

College football hires rarely meet the expectations of Fantasy Land. That’s where this LSU coaching search is different. Not much seems unreasonable. → Read More

After odd timing of Ed Orgeron's ouster, LSU football must make an elite hire

Scott Woodward gets an F for timing, but that hardly will be remembered if the LSU AD makes an A-plus hiring of the Tigers' next football coach. → Read More

SEC will review Tennessee football fans' 'unacceptable' conduct and consider penalties

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey says the conference will review the "unacceptable" scene that unfolded during the closing minutes at Neyland Stadium. → Read More

How LSU football shut up Kirk Herbstreit behind a new motto

Among Ed Orgeron and LSU football’s many critics this season has been the man who wields college football’s loudest megaphone: Kirk Herbstreit. → Read More

Don't count out Ed Orgeron yet. LSU upsets Florida in game drunk on drama

Hang on just a second. Don't rule this Cajun out just yet. Ed Orgeron's tenure received a stay of execution thanks to LSU's upset of No. 17 Florida. → Read More

Where would Tennessee football be right now if Lane Kiffin hadn't left in January 2010?

Lane Kiffin invigorated the Tennessee Vols with an exciting offense, recruiting momentum and a 7-6 record in 2009. Then he was gone in a flash to USC. → Read More

Why facing Florida Gators could be exactly what LSU football, Ed Orgeron need

Unusual events occur when Florida and LSU square off, and it's not uncommon for the underdog to win -- see 2020. → Read More

Oddsmakers say Alabama football is fine, but try telling a Finebaum caller that

Jerome from Birmingham called in to “The Paul Finebaum Show” on Monday in a hysterical state. Mighty Alabama had fallen, and the sky would soon follow → Read More

Getting harder to find reason for LSU football to wait to fire Ed Orgeron

Ed Orgeron earned the right to fight through troubled waters. But the way LSU is playing, not firing Orgeron seems like delaying the inevitable. → Read More

Is a trip to Sugar Bowl becoming as likely for Alabama football as CFP bid?

If the Crimson Tide run the table, they should have no trouble earning selection to the CFP. But Saturday's loss to Texas A&M left no margin for error. → Read More

Jimbo Fisher delivers the spanking he promised to give Nick Saban and Alabama

Jubilant Texas A&M fans poured over the walls from every corner of Kyle Field. They stood arm in arm, singing and celebrating a 41-38 win over Alabama. → Read More

Texas A&M not 'in awe' of Alabama football, but Aggies should be concerned

Texas A&M football isn't awed by Alabama. That’s according to Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher. But the Aggies should be concerned by their sluggish play. → Read More

Which SEC football fan bases should be utterly miffed after 5 games?

Life is good if you're a fan of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky or perhaps a couple other schools within the SEC. Elsewhere, there's angst. → Read More

Is Josh Heupel's rebuild of Tennessee football head of schedule? Depends on your viewpoint

Raise your hand if you had Tennessee beating Missouri by 38 points on Saturday. (Scans the room. Sees no hands raised.) → Read More

If LSU football's Ed Orgeron meets Les Miles' fate, it will be for different reason

Under Ed Orgeron, LSU found modernization, an elite QB and a new way to win – and now a new way to lose. The Tigers are getting bullied. → Read More

If Lane Kiffin can't beat Alabama football, can any former Nick Saban assistant?

The question of which former Nick Saban assistant will become the first coach to beat him is flawed, because it assumes Saban will lose. → Read More

CFP jockeying is window dressing for Alabama football and Georgia clash

As entertaining as a 12-team playoff would be, this season was built for the BCS. No playoff needed. It’s Alabama or Georgia for the national title. → Read More

No popcorn for Lane Kiffin after Alabama football pops Ole Miss Rebels

No. 1 Alabama made the 12th-ranked Rebels look like chumps in a 42-21 victory. Nick Saban improved to 24-0 against former assistants. → Read More