SEC lunchtime links
August, 20, 2013
By Alex Scarborough | ESPN.com
Some of the news is good, some of the news is bad. As we rush toward the start of the college football season ...
- Alabama ended fall camp on Saturday. So where do the Tide stand on defense and special teams?
- A GQ profile on Alabama's Nick Saban will be called "Sympathy for the Devil." A preview of Warren St. John's piece.
- It's not the way Auburn wanted to get ready for its season opener against Washington State: Both defensive end Dee Ford and backup corner Jonathan Jones will be out.
- On top of that, Jonathan Ford will be in an unfamiliar position. No, the rookie running back won't be sidelined with an injury or off-field mishap. Instead, he'll play cornerback on defense after asking to help Auburn's thin secondary.
- Keith Marshall burst on the scene last season and became one of the most exciting freshmen to watch in the SEC. But the talented Georgia tailback was very nearly a Clemson Tiger.
- Georgia's secondary could be in for trouble if it doesn't get healthier in time for Clemson's prolific passing offense.
- Matt Jones' absence leaves Florida in the unenviable position of having its quarterback as its most established runner.
- Loucheiz Purifoy was expected to get more reps at wide receiver after the injury bug hit the Gators, but the talented two-way player is actually getting less time on offense.
- Kentucky took a step closer to naming its starting quarterback when it cut the competition to two. The problem? Mark Stoops and offense coordinator Neal Brown aren't saying who they are.
- He's not the tallest or strongest, but Kentucky running back Raymond Sanders is head and shoulders above the rest.
- Before Anthony Johnson was "The Freak," he was a singer with a soulful side.
- LSU freshman defensive back Rickey Jefferson, brother of former Tigers quarterback Jordan, entered a misdemeanor plea and will be sentenced to two years probation.
- Jermauria Rasco and Danielle Hunter are expected to start at defensive end for LSU. How does the rest of the defensive line shake out?
- Can super recruit Robert Nkemdiche buck the trend and make an instant impact at Ole Miss?
- Mississippi State's defensive line is dealing with its fair share of bumps and bruises.
- James Franklin has been through the wringer before. Earning back the starting quarterback job doesn't floor Missouri's captain.
- South Carolina's Shon Carson is hoping that injuries are in his past. The backup running back is emerging as an option to replace Marcus Lattimore.
- No coach wants a quarterback competition this close to the season, but that doesn't mean Butch Jones is rushing to name his starter under center. Justin Worley leads, but there hasn't been clear separation between the challengers.
- We all saw what a great offensive line can do when Alabama won the national championship last season. As John Adams writes, Tennessee's heralded offensive line gives the Vols their best hope.
- When James Franklin began his career, he started a notebook on how to handle situations like football strategy to off-the-field issues. But nothing in its pages provided the Vanderbilt coach a strategy on how to handle the current situation.
Intriguing SEC bowl games
10:39 3rd Qtr Rutgers 23 North Carolina 6 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF Final Illinois 18 Louisiana Tech 35
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
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