SEC lunchtime links
May, 16, 2014
By Sam Khan Jr. | ESPN.com
The weekend is almost here. Before you take off, take a minute to peruse the news and notes from around the league in Friday's links, which include some Nick Saban video, early signing period and playoff talk, transfer news and more.
- If you haven't seen it by now, here's Alabama coach Nick Saban using some salty language under his breath in response to a question about former West Virginia quarterback Pat White's claim that Alabama offered him a Corvette to sign with the Crimson Tide (Saban was coaching LSU at the time).
- The ACC recommended that football move to an early signing period in recruiting, tabbing Aug. 1 as a potential date. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said he would be surprised if such a measure was implemented.
- With the College Football Playoff beginning this year, the chance to have two SEC teams making up the four-team field is a real possibility.
- South Carolina tight end/linebacker Kelvin Rainey is transferring out of the program and will head to a junior college for a season.
- Tennessee coach Butch Jones is excited to welcome fresh faces, including talented true freshmen, into his program, but the challenge is also getting those young players ready to contribute.
- More schools are exploring the idea of selling beer at their stadiums during games. Alabama's Bill Battle said the Crimson Tide will monitor it but won't be leading the charge.
- SEC East: Georgia or South Carolina?
- Former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel sent the Cleveland Browns brass an interesting text message during his wait to be selected in the NFL draft.
Players Provide Playoff Picks
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State