Jake Nichols

Sports editor Jake Nichols has been part of the TNJN staff in two different capacities. His freshman and sophomore years, Jake worked as a staff writer before moving on to write for Rocky Top Insider, and he also worked with VFL Films and the SEC Network for a semester his junior year. When asked the summer before his senior year to return to TNJN as the sports editor, Jake jumped at the chance to end his time in Knoxville working with the organization he first began with as a freshman. Jake is excited to help lead younger writers, much like former editors Cody McClure and Jordan Dajani aided him. Jake also does freelance sports coverage and photography for The Mountain Press in Sevierville, Tenn., and in his spare time, he can be found with family, his girlfriend or driving his Jeep, most likely with his Canon in tow. Be sure and follow Jake on Twitter and Instagram at @jnichols_2121, and keep up with TNJN Sports on Twitter as well!

Vanderbilt vs Ole Miss preview and prediction

Ole Miss roars into Nashville on the back of its newest star, freshman quarterback Shea Patterson. Can Patterson lead his Rebels to another season-altering victory, or will Zach Cunningham and the Vanderbilt defense take one more step toward bowl eligibility with a win?

LSU vs Arkansas preview and prediction

Arkansas is coming off a strong showing in its 31-10 rout over the Florida Gators. Will the Razorbacks be able to defend their home turf once more in the “Battle for the Boot,” or will Leonard Fournette and LSU spoil the mood in Fayetteville?

Alabama vs LSU preview and prediction

The No. 15 LSU Tigers ride a three-game winning streak into this Saturday’s matchup against the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide. Will that streak come to an end against Nick Saban, or will Ed Orgeron’s team topple the Tide in Death Valley?

Week eight SEC football reactions

SEC teams experienced everything from wrenching heartbreak to thrilling joy in week eight, proving why this conference is still one of the best in the nation. Here are some takeaways from another crazy week across the Southeastern Conference.