SEC's lunch links
January, 2, 2014
By Greg Ostendorf | ESPN.com
After New Year’s Day, the SEC is now 5-1 in bowl games. But four teams still have games left to play, including Auburn in Monday’s VIZIO BCS National Championship Game. For the latest news and notes from around the conference, check out today’s lunch links.
- At this time last year, Gus Malzahn was just a month into his new job at Auburn. He wasn’t thinking national championship. He was busy recruiting.
- For the first time in the past three years, Alabama won’t play in the BCS title game. Nick Saban is still preaching the same things -- discipline and fundamentals -- but he’s doing so in New Orleans, not Pasadena.
- Missouri linebacker Andrew Wilson attended the 2008 Cotton Bowl with his father. Now he’s headed back to the AT&T Cotton Bowl and aiming to pass his old man on Mizzou’s career tackles list.
- Long before adding Texas A&M, the SEC established a stronghold in Texas by owning the Big 12 in the Cotton Bowl.
- As Vanderbilt prepares for Saturday’s BBVA Compass Bowl, athletic director David Williams says people have called and asked about head coach James Franklin. He didn’t rule out amending his coach’s current contract.
- He didn’t wow anybody, but LSU freshman quarterback Anthony Jennings got a win in his first start with the Tigers.
- South Carolina star Jadeveon Clowney already announced he was leaving early for the NFL, but should teammate Bruce Ellington try his shot at the next level as well?
- Florida’s downfall started a year ago when the Gators were embarrassed by Louisville in the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Under Armour All-America Arrival Recap
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
Final Illinois 18 Louisiana Tech 35 Final Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21 Final North Carolina State 34 UCF 27
Final Cincinnati 17 Virginia Tech 33 Final 15 Arizona State 36 Duke 31 Final Miami (FL) 21 South Carolina 24 Final/OT Boston College 30 Penn State 31 Final Nebraska 42 24 USC 45
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