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SEC Football Unfiltered features hosts Blake Toppmeyer and John Adams of the USA TODAY Network serving opinion, debate and analysis on trending college football topics within the Southeastern Conference. No subject is off limits, and no one is above rebuke. Take off the filter and revel in the banter.

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SEC Football Unfiltered features hosts Blake Toppmeyer and John Adams of the USA TODAY Network serving opinion, debate and analysis on trending college football topics within the Southeastern Conference. No subject is off limits, and no one is above rebuke. Take off the filter and revel in the banter.

    Which SEC program has best claim to being an 'Everything School?'

    Which SEC program has best claim to being an 'Everything School?'

     In the aftermath of Mark Stoops' erroneous claim that Kentucky is 'a football school,' others in the SEC raced to position themselves as an 'Everything School.' In other words, being strong across all sports.

    While several SEC schools excel in multiple programs, only a few can reasonably contend for the head seat at the 'Everything School' table.

    On this episode, hosts Blake Toppmeyer and John Adams debate the top candidates for the moniker.

    Florida and Tennessee are among their topic picks, but Texas could wrestle away the claim after joining the SEC.

    Stay connected on Twitter with Blake (@btoppmeyer) and John (@JohnAdamsKNS) and stay up to date on SEC football news by subscribing to KnoxNews: knoxnews.com/subscribe.

    • 41 min
    Six bold SEC football predictions that go against the grain

    Six bold SEC football predictions that go against the grain

    Seems like everybody has a preseason poll these days, and by this point in the calendar, group-think tends to occur. It can be difficult to separate your own predictions from the amalgam of other picks floating around.

    But on this episode, hosts Blake Toppmeyer and John Adams aim to do their own pontificating independent of any accepted preseason narrative. They each offer three SEC predictions that go against the grain.

    Stay connected on Twitter with Blake (@btoppmeyer) and John (@JohnAdamsKNS) and stay up to date on SEC football news by subscribing to KnoxNews: knoxnews.com/subscribe.

    • 47 min
    Which SEC football coach faces the biggest preseason challenge?

    Which SEC football coach faces the biggest preseason challenge?

     The SEC features two first-year coaches (Billy Napier and Brian Kelly), one coach on the hot seat (Bryan Harsin) and several that must unite a big batch of transfers. Plus, multiple teams feature hotly contested quarterback battles.

    On today's episode, hosts Blake Toppmeyer and John Adams discuss which SEC coach features the toughest preseason chore. Lane Kiffin's transfer-melding task at Ole Miss and Napier's rebuild at Florida stand out.

    Later, they debate whether Georgia's foothold in the SEC is at all tenuous.

    Stay connected on Twitter with Blake (@btoppmeyer) and John (@JohnAdamsKNS) and stay up to date on SEC football news by subscribing to KnoxNews: knoxnews.com/subscribe.

    • 34 min
    What's Jeremy Pruitt next move as he faces sweeping allegations of NCAA violations?

    What's Jeremy Pruitt next move as he faces sweeping allegations of NCAA violations?

    An NCAA notice of allegations, issued Friday, zeroed in on former Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt. Tennessee faces allegations of 18 Level I violations, and Pruitt's name is littered throughout the report. It now seems likely that Pruitt is headed for a show-cause penalty, and the prospect of him coaching again in the college ranks is questionable.

    On this edition of "SEC Football Unfiltered," a podcast from the USA TODAY Network, hosts Blake Toppmeyer and John Adams ponder what's next for Pruitt.

    Stay connected on Twitter with Blake (@btoppmeyer) and John (@JohnAdamsKNS) and stay up to date on SEC football news by subscribing to KnoxNews: knoxnews.com/subscribe.

    • 42 min
    Enough about Jimbo Fisher. The more important rivalry is Nick Saban-Kirby Smart

    Enough about Jimbo Fisher. The more important rivalry is Nick Saban-Kirby Smart

    For a guy whose team went 8-4 last season, Jimbo Fisher sure is receiving a bright spotlight. Fisher got a boost by signing the nation’s No. 1-ranked recruiting class for Texas A&M. The headlines really poured in when Fisher called Nick Saban a narcissist and a false god after Saban’s unproven allegation that the Aggies bought every player on their roster.

    Focusing on the Fisher-Saban rivalry ignores the top clash brewing in the SEC: Saban vs. another former assistant, Kirby Smart. After Alabama and Georgia split two matchups last season, they’re again primed to tussle over SEC supremacy. On this episode, hosts Blake Toppmeyer and John Adams evaluate Georgia’s staying power and how Smart emerged from Saban’s shadow to take a prominent place of his own.

    Stay connected on Twitter with Blake (@btoppmeyer) and John (@JohnAdamsKNS) and stay up to date on SEC football news by subscribing to KnoxNews: knoxnews.com/subscribe.

    • 42 min
    Is Greg Sankey naïve to downplay what Big Ten adding USC, UCLA means for the SEC?

    Is Greg Sankey naïve to downplay what Big Ten adding USC, UCLA means for the SEC?

    Greg Sankey isn't shaken by the Big Ten's additions of Southern Cal and UCLA. In fact, he seemed somewhat dismissive about what Big Ten expansion means for the SEC. "We are a super-league," Sankey, the SEC commissioner, said of his conference.

    On this episode, hosts Blake Toppmeyer and John Adams debate whether Sankey is being too flippant about the Big Ten's growth. Ultimately, they approve of Sankey's approach: Don't panic. Be shrewd. Don't grow just to grow. But, keep the door open to smart expansion opportunities.

    Stay connected on Twitter with Blake (@btoppmeyer) and John (@JohnAdamsKNS) and stay up to date on SEC football news by subscribing to KnoxNews: knoxnews.com/subscribe.

    • 43 min

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