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  • Gridiron Belles + Stella and Dot = Trunk Show and GiveAways

    Aug 7, 2015 CATEGORIES: Belles in Biz, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Southern Belles, Southern Women, Stella And Dot

    28 days…Can you feel it? College football season is just around the corner and if you are anything like the team at GB, you’re already scooping up the perfect game day outfits and accessories.  It is never too early to prepare for Saturdays in Dixie!

    When I saw this adorable “WDE” charm on my friend Katie’s Instagram (More about Katie below in Belles in Biz), I had to tell all of the Gridiron Belles about it. AND DO A GIVEAWAY!

    Think she’ll only make these necklaces for Auburn fans?  Think again! She’s a true Gridiron Belle who knows that every team should look good during football season–see your team’s options below. You have your pick of necklaces, charms and ID tags for your team and she’ll personally help you customize your order.  We’ve even included other jewelry and accessory suggestions for your game day wardrobe— looks like the designers at Stella and Dot love the SEC….

    How do you get your order for your team before kickoff?  Head to the Gridiron Belles Trunkshow to order yours.  OR, you can win our “repost competition” and receive an ID tag for free!*

    Orders ship within 3-5 days so you’ll have it in time for kick off. The combinations are endless for the SEC nation, order yours today!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

    *Giveaway simple details:

    • Be the Gridiron Belle who reposts our Instagram picture of the charms more times than anyone else (@GridironBelles) #GridironBellesGiveaway
    • Or share our blog link on Facebook  more times than anyone else and we’ll send your customized team ID tag. 
    • Be sure to submit your name and e-mail address to our “contact” page so we can get a hold of you!
    • Giveaway begins Friday, August 7 and ends at midnight, August 21.
    • Shop here!  

     

     

     

     

    As promised, here is a little more info on our fellow Belle in Biz, Katie, the Belle behind creating the SEC items above!

    Name: Katie Lewis

    Team: Auburn Tigers

    Graduated from: Auburn University ‘06

    Biz:  Independent Stylist, Stella & Dot

    How did you get your start?

    I read the mission of Stella and Dot after a trunk show my mama attended, “To give every woman the means to style her own life…we have a vision of the world where strong women live bold and joyful lives. They know what they want and they work for it.” I signed up the next week, no regrets.

    And Now…?:

    I represent S&D’s line of jewelry and accessories, selling through in-home trunk shows and online through my personal website. I decide when and where to sell and how much time I want to invest in the business. I’m a party planner, fashion consultant and gifting guide. 

    Business advice to other Belles?

    Dream big. Like REALLY BIG! Figure out your “why” and then pursue it fearlessly – every day. Make a plan and take action; consistency and confidence will be key to your success. Remind yourself of your “why” every morning, then live it, love it, work it until it becomes reality.

    Favorite part about being an Auburn fan?

    Without a doubt, our game day traditions:  The eagle flying over Jordan-Hare Stadium before the game. Rolling Toomer’s Corner after a victory.  Mama G’s sandwiches and sweet tea.  I could go on…

    Favorite tailgate dish?

    Deviled eggs and pulled pork sandwiches.

    What do you always have in your touch down purse?

    My  touchdown purse is an orange Waverly Petite from Stella and Dot… it holds all my game day essentials:

    • Orange & Blue shaker
    • Scarlet & Gold face tattoos
    • Lip gloss
    • Sunglasses
    •  Cell phone to Instagram my favorite moments and outfits from the day

    Coach Crush? I’m on the “Gus Bus,” 100 percent. Talented, smart and confident in his signature game day attire.  What’s not to love?

    Who wins it all this year? Auburn, of course. War Eagle!

    Shop away, Belles!  We hope you’re the winner!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

     

  • We’re baaaackkk!

    Aug 2, 2015 CATEGORIES: Belles in Biz, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Oh My!, SEC, SEC Football, Serious Football, Southern Belles, Southern Tailgating, Southern Women

    What an off-season!
     
    It’s been a tremendously action packed off-season full of travels, Triple Crown winners, coaches-musical-chairs, coordinator hires, and SEC-themed weddings. Alas, it’s time to re-submerge ourselves into the glory of the fall and the highly anticipated SEC football season.
     
    This year brings new things to Gridiron Belles and we couldn’t be more excited.  What you can expect on the blog this season:


    MONDAYS: Outfits, Recipes and Tailgates, Oh My!
     
    You can never plan your outfit or tailgate menu too early.  Mondays will give you ideas of outfit suggestions, our favorite recipes, interesting SEC sightings or recent photos of Gridiron Belles tailgating around the SEC. This gives you all week to wrangle what you need and to be inspired by what’s going on around you. 
     
    If you have a favorite game day recipe you want to share, by all means, send it in and we’ll test it out!

    WEDNESDAYS: Serious Football.  
     
    We’ll post the weekend’s match-ups, schedules and why in the world it’s important for you to watch, or not watch, the gridiron grit that weekend. 

    FRIDAYS: Belles in Biz.  
     
    We know that there is more to us Belles than being great on Saturdays. We are smart, motivated, talented and successful in a million ways outside of tailgating and being able to call plays for coaches.  Here at Gridiron Belles, we celebrate strong women and want to highlight the Gridiron Belles in Business around the south.  
     
    If you, or someone you know has started their own company, has made a difference in the community, or is otherwise pretty awesome, we want to hear about her!  Drop us a line about her and we’ll feature her success story.
     
    Note, you want to pay attention to Fridays, because sometimes these are going to be accompanied by product giveaways! See instructions on how to win on each individual post.

    As always, keep up with our whereabouts and going ons via Instagram: @GridironBelles, Twitter: @GridironBelles and Facebook:  Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie.
     
    We always look forward to hearing from you so don’t be a stranger, you hear?!
     
    Xs and Os,
     
    Christie Leigh
     
     
  • It’s Game Time Week II

    Sep 4, 2014 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Football, Southern Belles

    Whew… the SEC had a remarkable week 1, congrats on making it through the off-season!

    Here is this weekend’s schedule of games that you need to be aware of.  This is one of your last “light weekends” of mostly non-conference match-ups and a few games that you can turn on at the second half.

    A Belle might not be always glued to the flat screen, but she is always acutely aware of who is on the field, who is winning and who is losing!  Keep up, Belles, the season has begun.

     Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

    Saturday, September 6:

     

    12:00pm ET            Florida Atlantic @ Alabama (No.2)

                                           Missouri (No.24) @ Toledo

                                           Arkansas State @ Tennessee

     

    2:00pm ET              UAB @ Mississippi State           

     

    3:30pm ET            Ohio @ Kentucky

     

    3:30pm ET            South Dakota State @ Missouri (No.24)

     

    4:00pm ET            Nicholls State @ Arkansas

                                         Eastern Michigan @ Florida

     

    4:30pm ET            Ole Miss (No.15) at Vanderbilt

     

    7:00pm ET            San Jose State @ Auburn (No. 5)

                                        East Carolina @ South Carolina (No. 21)

     

    7:30pm ET            Lamar @ Texas A&M (No.9)

                                        Sam Houston State @ LSU (No. 12)

  • The (Wardrobe) Battle of the Columbias

    Oct 24, 2013 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Football, Southern Belles, Southern Tailgating

    If you’re heading to COMO (“Columbia, MO” the nickname for the newest Columbia of the SEC) for the game this weekend, you’re going to need to bundle up.  But, that doesn’t mean you don’t need to dress up.

    Spurrier and his Gamecocks are making the cross-country trip to visit Coach Pinkle and his undefeated Tigers. Trust us,  you don’t want to miss a play. And you certainly don’t want to be inappropriately dressed so use these outfits as some spirited guidelines.

    Don’t forget to Tweet us your game day wardrobes wherever you’re watching the game.

    Happy Game Day!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

     

  • Week 5 Preview

    Sep 27, 2013 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC, SEC Football, Southern Belles, Southern Tailgating, Uncategorized

    Bye-Week: Auburn, Mississippi State

    (12) South Carolina vs. UCF

    The Basics: This is our pick for a team who should be on upset alert this week. UCF already shocked Big Ten opponent Penn State in their own house, meaning they won’t roll over for South Carolina. The Knights are 3-0 on the season while the Gamecocks head to Orlando at 2-1. A win against South Carolina is exactly what UCF needs to become a Top 25 team and they’ll give it all they’ve got.

    What to Watch For: South Carolina is coming off a bye-week. They should be refreshed and have hopefully fixed their early season problems. The Gamecocks will need to come out for the early morning game and play strong on offense and special teams the entire game. They’ve done a good job of pulling ahead but at the end, they’ve wound themselves in stressful, tight game situations. You can catch this game beginning at 12:00 PM ET on ABC.

    South Alabama vs. Tennessee

    The Basics: This is a MUST win for Tennessee. The Volunteers lost their previous two games to Top 20 teams and have three more ahead of them after this week. Not only is this game sandwiched between tough teams, but it is also the only remaining non-conference game on their schedule. A loss to South Alabama could leave the team out of a bowl game at the end of the season if they aren’t careful.

    What to Watch For: This should be a game for Tennessee to temporarily bounce back for. They’ll once again have their hands full in the weeks to come but this should provide an opportunity for the team to take a little bit of a breathier. They won’t be to overlook South Alabama but should be able to put up good numbers against them. This game is scheduled to kickoff at 12:21 PM ET on SEC TV.

    *(6) LSU vs. (9) Georgia

    The Basics: This is our pick for SEC game of the week. It’s a Top 10 match-up featuring two quarterbacks who have had strong performance so far this season. LSU’s perfect record of 4-0 is on the line after while Georgia is looking to continue it’s rebound after picking up a week one loss. Both teams also have 1-0 records in conference play.

    What to Watch For: Aaron Murray vs. Zach Mettenberger: the battle of two SEC quarterbacks trying to prove they deserve to be mentioned alongside AJ McCarron and Johnny Manziel. Aaron Murray has already proved he’s a good quarterback, but still hasn’t gotten a signature win in his career. Zach Mettenberger struggled last year but now in a new offense, he’s really starting to shine. This will be a huge test for him and he’ll have to prove he’s up for the challenge of the Bulldog defense. Coverage of this game can be seen at 3:30 PM ET on CBS. The ESPN College GameDay crew will be in Athens, Georgia this week with show kickoff scheduled for 9:00 AM ET on ESPN.

    (25) Ole Miss vs. (1) Alabama

    The Basics: Undefeated records are on the line, but one will come away with their first loss of the season. Both teams are 3-0 on the season and 1-0 in conference play. A win for Alabama keeps them on top for BCS standings while a win for Ole Miss could bring on the first major upset of the year.

    What to Watch For: What better way for Ole Miss to prove they are a true contender in the SEC West than beating No. 1 Alabama in their own house? It’s a likely possibility for the Rebels, who have climbed into the Top 25 rankings for the first time this year. Ole Miss will need Bo Wallace to step up and take chances against Alabama’s defense. The Crimson Tide’s offense will need to step it up again. They struggled early on last week against Colorado State but pulled it together in the second half. This game can be seen at 6:30 PM ET on ESPN.

    (10) Texas A&M vs. Arkansas

    The Basics: Both teams are searching for their first SEC win of the season. Texas A&M fell to 0-1 after the loss to Alabama while Arkansas has yet to play a conference game so far this year. This won’t be an easy win for either team as Arkansas has definitely improved since last season and Texas A&M has had some problems with players both on and off the field.

    What to Watch For: This will be the first road test of the year for Texas A&M and going into Razorback Stadium won’t be a cakewalk. The Aggies are hoping they can bring their road game dominance from last year with them. The team has yet to lose a road game under the direction of Coach Kevin Sumlin. The Arkansas defense showed early signs strength but struggled to contain Rutgers at the end of the game last week. They will need to be able to contain Johnny Manziel and the offense for all four quarters or the Aggies could pull away in a hurry. Coverage begins at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN2.

    (20) Florida vs. Kentucky

    The Basics: Kentucky opens up conference play at home but it comes against No. 20 ranked Florida. The Gators are 2-1 on the season while the Wildcats sit at 1-2. Both teams have something to prove with this game. Florida needs to beat Kentucky handily while upsetting Florida would be a great win for Mark Stoops’ team.

    What to Watch For: The Gators offense took a major hit last week with the loss of QB Jeff Driskel who suffered a broken ankle during the game but their defense has also recently taken a hit. Florida announced this week DT Dominique Easley will miss the rest of the season as well after tearing his ACL. Tyler Murphy took over last week and managed to get his team to the win. Even with the Gators taking hits on both sides of the ball, Kentucky will struggle against both sides as well. This game can be seen at 7:00 PM ET on ESPNU.

    UAB vs. Vanderbilt

    The Basics: Vanderbilt’s third non-conference game of the year couldn’t come at a better time. The Commodores have struggled this season with not being able to finish close game with a win. Their two losses have come to SEC opponents while their wins have been against non-conference teams that have only scored a combined 10-points.

    What to Watch For: Vanderbilt will use this game to fix things, such as their speed of the offense & defense. They will need to use this game as a tune up with a rising Missouri team up next, followed by the likes of Georgia, Texas A&M and Florida. Coverage of this game begins at 7:30 PM ET on FSN.

    Arkansas State vs. Missouri

    The Basics: This is the final non-conference game on the schedule for Missouri. Following this week, the Tigers will begin SEC play and only have conference opponents left to face. Mizzou lost its final non-conference game of the season last year, which ultimately shut them out of bowl game contention.

    What to Watch For: Senior quarterback James Franklin has really taken charge of the team. Despite throwing some early game interceptions last week against Indiana, he looked strong in both the passing and rushing aspects of the game. The team is starting to click on all cylinders so look for this game to be a tune up before SEC play begins. You can catch this game at 7:30 PM ET on CSS.

    Weekly Match-Up Previews are written by Gridiron Belles intern, Ashley Colley. She’s awesome. 

  • Week 3 Preview

    Sep 14, 2013 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC, SEC Football, Southern Belles, Southern Football, Uncategorized

    Week 3 has arrived with no lack of excitement or anticipation.  A full day of gridiron battles are lined up for Saturday, September 14, and here is what you need to watch for!

    Happy game day,

    Christie Leigh

    Bye-Week: (9) Georgia, (18) Florida, Missouri

    (7) Louisville vs. Kentucky

     The Basics: Another in-state non-conference rivalry game that is bound to cause problems for Kentucky.

    What to Watch For: If you haven’t heard the name Teddy Bridgewater yet this season, you must be sleeping. The Louisville quarterback is getting a ton of national media attention is a said to be one of the frontrunners to win the Heisman this year. In the first two games, Bridgewater has thrown for 752 yards. Even if Kentucky finds a way to stop Bridgewater, Louisville’s offense has numerous other weapons.

    It most likely going to get ugly in a hurry, especially with this rivalry. Kentucky fans are probably starting to wonder if basketball season is ever going to come.  You can watch this game at 12:00 PM ET on ESPN.

    Southern Miss vs. Arkansas

    The Basics: It’s another non-conference opponent for Arkansas but that doesn’t mean you can slack off. The Razorbacks need to use the game to help fine tune the team and get them off to a 3-0 start. They need to use this week to come out strong and finish stronger as conference play draws closer.

    What to Watch For: The Razorback’s running game has seemed to work so far. The team currently leads the SEC an average of more than 300 yards per game thanks to running backs Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins. If these two can put up points in a hurry, they could then rest their legs and get a breather before the start of SEC play. Coverage of this game begins at 12:21 PM ET on SEC Network.

    *(1) Alabama vs. (6) Texas A&M

    The Basics: This is not only the game of the week, but could very well be the game of the year. It’s highly likely the winner of this game could find themselves in the SEC championship game come December. Alabama wants revenge while Texas A&M just wants to stop all the talk that Johnny Manziel’s antics are providing distractions. If we had to pick one word to describe this upcoming game, it would be EPIC.

    What to Watch For: Alabama’s offensive line is going to have to prove that their week one struggles were just that. They’ve only played one game so far this year but it wasn’t pretty for the Bama o-line against Virginia Tech. Texas A&M will need to do what they did last year which was capitalizing on hurry-up play and turnovers. They will need to attack Alabama hard and fast if they want to win two in a row against the Tide. The difference between this year and last year is that everyone expects Johnny Manziel to make big plays and beat Alabama yet again. You don’t want to miss this game. You can see it at 3:30 PM ET ON CBS but before that you can catch ESPN’s College GameDay Live from the Texas A&M campus beginning at 9:00 AM ET on ESPN.

    Tennessee vs. (2) Oregon

    The Basics: This one could get ugly in a hurry. Tennessee has put up 97 points against two struggling non-conference opponents. However, this non-conference opponent isn’t someone the Volunteers will be able to take advantage of. Oregon has scored 125 points and 17 touchdowns in the first two weeks.

    What to Watch For: Time of possession will be key. Tennessee will need to hold onto the ball as much as they can if they want to try to stop Oregon. The Ducks can score in a hurry and if they don’t have the ball, that makes that job more difficult. The Volunteers will also need to force turnovers and make sure that they capitalize on them. Tennessee DT Maurice Couch will miss the game on Saturday due to heat exhaustion. That announcement came several hours after Yahoo! Reported five SEC players, including Couch, had reportedly received extra benefits as a player. Coincidence? You be the judge. This game will air at 3:30 PM ET on ABC.

    Mississippi State vs. Auburn

    The Basics: It’s a must win for both teams. That’s because this game could easily be the only win either team gets for the year in the dominating West division. Gus Malzahn’s team has started out the season 2-0 in some time tight games while Dan Mullen’s team is looking to keep on rebounding. This is really anyone’s game.

    What to Watch For: Auburn is continuing to carry out its attack with heavy reliance on the running game. The Tigers are averaging close to 300 yards per game and running plays are getting called more than 70% of the time. Veteran quarterback Tyler Russell is expected to be back for Mississippi State as the starter. Russell and the offense struggled in week one before he had to leave the game due to a concussion. That injury forced Russell to miss week two. Dak Prescott did shine last week along with the offense. If Mississippi State struggles early, we could see Prescott come in. You can catch this game at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN2.

    Kent State vs. (8) LSU

    The Basics: Most likely another blowout win for LSU. Good news for LSU fans but not likely to be an exciting and nail-biting game. This game won’t earn the Tigers much respect by beating Kent State, but it will earn them a win. Les Miles will gladly take a 3-0 start to the season.

    What to Watch For: Zach Mettenberger is really starting to shine under the new offensive direction put in place by Cam Cameron. He’s finally living up to the hype that comes with being the starting quarterback for LSU. Even with these changes, a lot of people still seem to be underestimating the Tigers. This should be a dominating performance for LSU but look for Mettenberger to gain some more much needed confidence. You can see this game at 7:00 PM ET on ESPNU.

    Vanderbilt vs. (13) South Carolina

    The Basics: Could this be the week that James Franklin gets his first win at Vanderbilt against a ranked opponent? Maybe, but it won’t be easy especially with the Commodores on the road. Both teams are 0-1 in conference play. A South Carolina loss could seriously hurt their chances at winning the SEC East.

    What to Watch For: Jadeveon Clowney hasn’t quiet lived up to all the off-season hype he’s received. All of South Carolina’s opponents know he’s out there and are using their game plans to eliminate his opportunities. Clowney says he wants to be used differently to avoid this. However, South Carolina could very easily play into the fact that it’s taking two guys to stop him and build their defense around it. The Gamecocks will need their defense to step up if they want to shut down the Vanderbilt offense’s passing game and the arm of Austyn Carta-Samuels. You can watch this game 7:00 PM ET on ESPNU. 

    (25) Ole Miss vs. Texas

    The Basics: It’s a road game for Ole Miss and it will come in a tough atmosphere. Texas has seen some early season struggles but are looking to rebound by upsetting a Top 25 team. Hugh Freeze has turned the program around but is still searching for a big signature win to add to his resume. A win against Texas could do just that for him and quarterback Bo Wallace.

    What to Watch For: The Longhorns will be most likely be without two key players: Starting quarterback David Ash is not expected to play after dealing with injuries to his head and shoulder, running back/wide receiver Daje Johnson has a left ankle injury. If that’s not enough, Texas is also dealing with coaching changes just two weeks into the season. Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz was let go following the 40-21loss last Saturday. Revamping the defense is a week won’t be an easy task but it could cause some problems for Ole Miss who might not expect some of the changes coming their way. However, the Rebels are averaging close to 240 yards per game. Look for them to attack early, especially against the struggling Longhorn defense. This game can be seen at 8:00 PM ET on Longhorn Network

    Weekly Previews are written by Ashley Colley, a true Gridiron Belle

  • Week 2 Preview

    Sep 6, 2013 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Football, Southern Belles, Southern Football, Southern Tailgating, Uncategorized

    Goooo DAWGS! Sic’em!

    Happy Football Friday!

    Here is what to look for this weekend on the Gridiron…Study up… kick-off is just around the corner!

    Bye-Week: (1) Alabama

    (12) Florida vs. Miami (FL)

    The Basics: Week two of SEC action kicks off with a non-conference rivalry game that should be a nail bitter. The two teams will meet on the field for the first time since 2008 when the Gators grabbed a 26-3 win. However, Miami holds a 28-26 series lead. The good news is the Gators will get back suspended players–– linebacker Antonio Morrison, cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy and defensive tackle Darious Cummings. Running back Matt Jones is also expected to return after being sidelined due to illness.

    What to Watch For: Florida’s defense dominated the first game of the season and won’t have time to relax this week. Stopping Miami’s running game will be key to picking up the win, especially when it comes to containing running back Duke Johnson. Coverage begins at 12:00 PM ET on ESPN.

    Miami (Ohio) vs. Kentucky

    The Basics: Kentucky is hoping week two can prove to be more successful than week one. The Wildcats fell short against in-state rival Western Kentucky and will look to obtain the first win of the season against Miami (Ohio). The two will meet for the first time since 2009 when Kentucky grabbed a 42-0 win.

    What to Watch For: Kentucky has named sophomore quarterback Max Smith as the starter for this week’s game. Smith replaced sophomore quarterback Jalen Whitlow in the fourth quarter of last week’s game and proved he was able to produce. Smith will need to help the offense come out strong so the Wildcats don’t find themselves having to play catch-up for the second week in a row. Coverage begins at 12:00 PM ET on FSN.

    Western Kentucky vs. Tennessee

    The Basics: Tennessee had a dominating performance last week after shutting out Austin Peay in Butch Jones’ debut, but don’t think this week’s non-conference opponent isn’t going to put up a fight. Western Kentucky knows what it takes to compete against SEC teams with former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino now in charge. This will only be the second meeting between the two schools. The teams first met in 2009 when Tennessee grabbed a 63-7 win.

    What to Watch For: A pair of running backs will most likely be the key for both teams in this game. Tennessee will be depending on Rajion Neals’ versatility to help them outscore Western Kentucky. They will need him to keep producing after rushing for 141 yards and one touchdown in week one. On-the-other hand, the Volunteers will need to stop Western Kentucky’s running back Antonio Andrews who scored one touchdown and rushed for 99 yards in week one against Kentucky. Last season he rushed for 1,684 yards and scored 14 TDs. You can watch the game starting at 12:21 PM ET on SEC Network.

    Alcorn State vs. Mississippi State

    The Basics: Mississippi State’s season is off to a rough start and the hits keep on coming. The Bulldogs will be without starting quarterback Tyler Russell, who suffered a concussion during the week game vs. Oklahoma State. They will also be without experienced defensive back Jay Hughes, who is out the rest of the season with a torn Achilles. Mississippi State has been bitten by the injury bug but will need to prove they can overcome it against Alcorn State.

    What to Watch For: The Bulldog offense struggled last week and will need to show that is was just a fluke. New quarterback Dak Prescott will get his first career start in place of injured Russell, but Prescott’s lack of experience could present some problems. Watch for him to rely on his own run game to help his team get going though. Mississippi State really needs to pick up the win or they could start the season 0-3 with next week’s Auburn game looming in the distance. You can see this game at 3:30 PM ET on CSS.

    Toledo vs. Missouri

    The Basics: Some might call it the Gary Pinkel Bowl. That’s because the Missouri coach got his heading coaching career started in 1991 in Toledo; this week’s opponent for the Tigers. Pinkel spent 10 years in Toledo after taking over for current Alabama head coach Nick Saban who left to pursue a career as a coach in the NFL. This is the first time the two teams will face-off on the field.

    What to Watch For: Missouri’s offense showed some positive signs of growth after putting up some serious numbers in week one to lead the SEC in rushing, passing, total offense and scoring. Mizzou’s defense got off to a slow start but stopped the opponent from scoring in the second, third or fourth quarters. The Tigers will need both aspects of their game to come out strong. The game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 PM ET on ESPNU.

    *(6) South Carolina vs. (11) Georgia

    The Basics: This is our pick for SEC Game of the Week. That’s because this game could potentially be one of the most important games in the SEC this year. This match-up and blooming rivalry could have great impact on the SEC East standings and could determine who heads to the SEC Championship game in December. South Carolina has won the last three meetings between the two schools but Georgia has been crowned the SEC East champions the past two seasons.

    What to Watch For: South Carolina picked up a dominating win against non-conference rival North Carolina while Georgia fell short against Clemson. The Bulldogs are still seeking win number one of the season. Georgia’s offense will need to do a better job of protecting quarterback Aaron Murray who was sacked four times last week, especially from a defense lined with the likes of Jadeveon Clowney. Look for both teams to turn to their running game and use it to eat up the time of possession. Coverage begins at 4:30 PM ET on ESPN.

    UAB vs. (9) LSU

    The Basics: This is one of those games where the SEC is bound to pick up a win in dominating fashion against a non-conference opponent. LSU is already a 34-point favorite to win against UAB, who finished 2012 with a 3-9 record.

    What to Watch For: The LSU offense is under new direction and started off with a strong start against a good TCU defense. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger gave a solid performance to start the year off, throwing for 251 yards and one touchdown. Mettenberger also had help from his running backs Alfred Blue, Kenny Hill and Terrence Magee. There is still no word on if LSU running back Jeremy Hill, who was suspended during the offseason for his arrest for simple battery, will play this week or not. You can watch this game starting at 7:00 PM ET on ESPNU.

    Sam Houston State vs. (7) Texas A&M

    The Basics: If I had to predict one game that could be an upset, I’d pick this one. FCS teams put up a fight in week one and with all the controversy still swirling around College Station, this game has a perfect setup for an upset. Linebacker Steven Jenkins, defensive end Gavin Stansbury and cornerback De’Vante Harris were all suspended prior to the start of last week’s game and will remain benched this week. Cornerback Deshazor Everett will have to sit out the first half of the game for the second week in the row. Last week Everett was serving a suspension put in place by Coach Sumlin but he will now miss the start after being ejected due to the targeting penalty.

    What to Watch For: Johnny Manziel will need to keep himself in check both on and off the field, especially with a depleted defense. The Sam Houston State offense is coming off a season where they were second in scoring in the FCS and put up 74 points in their season opener this year. Many teams have overlooked FCS teams in the past and have found themselves on the losing end (ask Kansas State). This game can be seen starting at 7:00 PM ET on PPV.

    Samford vs. Arkansas

    The Basics: Winning at home is key, especially for Coach Bret Bielema. He currently holds a 48-5 record for career home games and is looking to keep the win total growing at Arkansas. The game will be played at War Memorial Stadium this week, the secondary home stadium for the Razorbacks. This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools.

    What to Watch For: Samford will be coming into this week’s game with high hopes. Last week, they picked up a win over FBS program Georgia State, 31-21. The Bulldogs will try to pick up another road win and prove that the FCS can compete with the big ole SEC. If Arkansas can come out strong and shut down Samford’s offense like they did against Louisiana Lafayette last week, they’ll find themselves off to a better start than last year. Game coverage begins at 7:00 PM ET on PPV.

    SE Missouri State vs. Ole Miss

    The Basics: Ole Miss is coming off a dramatic win to open up the season and conference play. It proved that the Rebels are really here to play and come back and win when they need to. This week is going to be a little less nerve-racking for Ole Miss fans but should still be exciting with the possibility of lots of scoring. SEMO has an all-time record vs. SEC opponents of 0-4 and has been outscored by them 147-10.

    What to Watch For: Ole Miss fans haven’t forgotten about the gut wrenching loss to Jacksonville State from 2010. Even though SEMO is another FCS team, I don’t think Rebel fans will have to worry about reliving that nightmare this week. I expect Ole Miss to come out strong in the beginning. This is important because if they are able to do this, that could give some significant rest time to key starters including quarterback Bo Wallace. You can see this match-up beginning at 7:00 PM ET on PPV.

    Arkansas State vs. Auburn

    The Basics: Emotions are bound to be running high as new head coach Gus Malzahn and his new team faces-off against his former Arkansas State team. The good news and the bad news is, Malzahn knows exactly the kind of talent he left behind. Auburn is going to have to work for the win and it’s not going to be an easy task. Tiger fans could be in for another nail bitter of a game.

    What to Watch For: Nick Marshall’s SEC debut was less than ideal. He and the Auburn offense’s passing game struggled but a trio of receivers helped them get the job done. Watch for Auburn to rely on the likes of Corey Grant and Tre Mason throughout the game, especially if Marshall struggles early on. The Auburn defense is also going to have a tough job of stopping the Arkansas State running game including David Oku. Oku rushed for 1,061 yards and 16 touchdowns while the Arkansas State program was under the command of Malzahn. Coverage begins at 7:30 PM ET on FSN.

    Austin Peay vs. Vanderbilt

    The Basics: Vanderbilt almost had the first win of the year in the bag, but let it all slip away. Look for the Commodores to come out looking for blood even if it is against Austin Peay, a team who got shut out against Tennessee. The game could get ugly in a hurry for Governors but Vanderbilt fans should be able to breathe a sigh of relief as this game should be breeze.

    What to Watch For: James Franklin does not like to lose. Falling to a team like Ole Miss last week is a respectable loss in the eyes of most of the college football world but it’s a different story if they pick up a loss to Austin Peay. James Franklin will do everything he can to make they win. The best way he can do that is by using Jordan Matthews. It’s likely he will only see the first part of the game but if he can come out strong, Commodore fans will be happy. You can watch this game at 7:30 PM ET on CSS.

    Week 2 Preview written by Ashley Colley

  • Season is upon us. Finally.

    Aug 14, 2013 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC, SEC Football, Southern Belles, Southern Football, Southern Tailgating, Swoozies, Tailgating

    It’s time.

    Season is upon us. Finally.  If you haven’t started stocking up on your game day needs, there is no time like the present.

    SEC tailgates are not just thrown together at the last minute.  Southern tailgates practically gave Pinterest their beginning material and have been providing quality content ever since.

    Depending on the day, we can DIY with the best of them.  But we also understand that knowing where to purchase the best pre-made/assembled items is an equally valuable skill to have.  So … we are breaking down your tailgate in a series of must-have options. Some will be for purchase, some will be for creating. A true Gridiron Belle is skilled at both.

    We’ve started here with napkins, towels, and cups to add some flare to your table. Thankfully, there is a store called Swoozies that has mastered the art of tailgating décor, so most of our favorites for this week have come from their tailgate section. We think you’ll like them as much as we do!

    We think football interrupts just about every relationship… details about these gems of napkins here!

    Everyone’s emerald city is different.  Click your ruby red slippers, pick up these napkins and follow your yellow brick road to the next tailgate!

    For the more environmentally friendly fan, try these recycled cocktail napkins in your team’s logo for a rustic-chic look. 

    Decorate the bar or just put this hand towel out for show.  This keeps your team spirit classy and functional.

    Option number two for functional class. Can’t go wrong with a football-clad tea towel!

     

    If you’re trying to elevate the elegance of your plastic cups, just add a stem! Be sure to order enough for all of your guests!

    You’re easy to please, football, TV, and beer. Is there anything better on Saturdays in the fall? Nope. 

    Happy Tailgate Prepping!

    “Xs and Os,”

    Christie Leigh

  • Christmas in July: SEC Media Days

    Jul 15, 2013 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Football, SEC Media Days, Southern Belles, Southern Football

    Maybe the big guy with the white beard from the North Pole comes in December, but us SouthernLeaguers and SEC fans know, the medium-sized guy with white hair from the south who comes in July (SEC Commissioner, Mike Slive) is a taaaad bit more important.

    So here is the interview schedule for the 2013 SEC Media Days being held in Birmingham.  We will pass ZERO judgement if you “work from home” this week just to watch all of the happenings live. We will also be getting daily updates from our staff in the  building. This is the kick off to college football, merry Christmas!

     

    Tuesday, July 16:

    Approx 1:00-6:00pm

    Florida

    Coach Will Muschamp

    Junior, QB, Jeff Driskel

    Senior, DL, Dominique Easley

    Senior, OL, Jon Halapio

     

    Missouri

    Coach Gary Pinkel

    Senior, QB, James Franklin

    Senior, WR, L’Damian Washington

    Senior, LB, Andrew Wilson

     

    Ole Miss

    Coach Hugh Freeze

    Junior, WR, Donte Moncrief

    Senior, LB, Mike Marry

    Junior, QB, Bo Wallace

     

    South Carolina

    Coach Steve Spurrier

    Junior, DE, Jadeveon Clowney

    Junior, WR/KR, Bruce Ellington

    Senior, QB, Connor Shaw

     

    Wednesday, July 17

    Session I Approx: 8:30am- 2:00pm

    Texas A&M

    Coach Kevin Sumlin

    Senior, DB, Toney Hurd, Jr.

    Sophomore, QB, Johnny Manziel

    Senior, OT, Jake Matthews

     

    Kentucky

    Coach Mark Stoops

    Senior, DT, Donte Rumph

    Senior, RB, Raymond Sanders

    Senior, LB, Avery Williamson

     

    Mississippi State

    Coach Dan Mullen

    Junior, DL, Kaleb Eulls

    Sophomore, LB, Benardrick McKinney

    Senior, QB, Tyler Russell

     

    Tennessee

    Coach Butch Jones

    Junior, OL, Antonio Richardson

    Senior, OL, Ja’Wuan James

    Senior, DL, Jacques Smith

     

    Wednesday, July 17 Session II

    Approx: 2:15-5:00pm

    Auburn

    Coach Gus Malzahn

    Senior, CB, Chris Davis

    Senior, DE, Dee Ford

    Senior, FB, Jay Prosch

     

     

    Arkansas

    Coach Bret Bielema

    Senior, DE, Chris Smith

    Senior, C, Travis Swanson

    Senior, FB, Kiero Small

     

    Thursday, July 17

    Approx 8:30am- 2:00pm

    LSU

    Coach Les Miles

    Junior, WR, Jarvis Landry

    Senior, S, Craig Loston

    Senior, QB, Zach Mettenberger

     

    Georgia

    Coach Mark Richt

    Senior, TE, Arthur Lynch

    Senior, QB, Aaron Murray

    Senior, DE, Garrison Smith

     

    Alabama

    Coach Nick Saban

    Senior, QB, AJ McCarron

    Senior, LB, C.J. Mosley

    Senior, OL, Anthony Steen

     

    Vanderbilt

    Coach James Franklin

    Senior, CB, Andre Hal

    Senior, OT, Wesley Johnson

    Senior, WR, Jordan Matthews

     
  • Mid-Week-Inspiration

    Jan 23, 2013 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Football, Southern Belles, Southern Women

     

     

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