SEC's lunch links
January, 8, 2014
By Jeff Barlis | ESPN.com
It's Johnny Manziel's big day! Will he or won't he leave Texas A&M to go to the NFL? Start biting those fingernails now.
- One source says Pennsylvania native James Franklin would take the Penn State job if it's offered. Vanderbilt's athletic director met with Franklin and expects to keep him, however.
- Auburn's magical season lasted about a minute too long. Take a look behind the scenes of those fateful 79 seconds when everything changed for the Tigers.
- AU left tackle Greg Robinson is heading to the NFL draft. Center Reese Dismukes says he's coming back. Tre Mason is not yet ready to make his decision.
- Sources tell ESPN's Darren Rovell that Manziel has picked an agency and marketing group to represent him if he declares for the draft.
- A 2011 knee injury played a "big role" in Missouri running back Henry Josey's decision to go pro.
- Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson will return for his senior season, and that's mighty good news for the Vols.
- LSU junior running back Jeremy Hill will stay, according to the Shreveport Times. Les Miles has met with his juniors to discuss the NFL.
- Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema is closing in on hiring a defensive line coach.
- Florida announces dates for spring practice and its annual spring game.
- Here are five Alabama seniors who leave a big void to fill and five Tide freshmen who made an immediate impact.
- Early rankings have Georgia in or near the top 10 for next season.
- Kentucky's most important recruit -- QB Drew Barker, ranked as the nation's No. 161 overall prospect in the ESPN 300 -- is enrolling early after a solid performance in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
- Mississippi State looks to fill out its recruiting class.
- Ole Miss welcomes two important early enrollees -- a safety and a transfer offensive lineman.
Intriguing SEC bowl games
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