Thursday, August 22, 2013
SEC lunchtime links
By Alex Scarborough
Kirk Herbstreit is excited about the return of college football. Are you? Read up on the SEC this afternoon and don't miss "The Herbie Awards" tonight at 8 ET on ESPNU.
Alabama's offensive line continues to shuffle, but optimism is prevailing about the group's ability to establish chemistry.
School is back in session and the Auburn football program is back in its normal routine as well. With a little more than a week remaining, Gus Malzahn has begun the process of preparing for Washington State. So far, he's impressed with what he sees.
Playing neutral site games comes with added benefits. For LSU, Les Miles likes the exposure, the quality of opponent and the ability to go into the Houston market for recruits.
Ole Miss' schedule this season is downright brutal, with four of its first seven opponents ranking in the top 25. Next year should be somewhat of a reprieve as the Rebels face a more balanced calendar.
Oklahoma State provided Mississippi State with plenty of bulletin-board material when it claimed that the Bulldogs wouldn't be able to keep up with the Cowboys offense. On Wednesday, the team responded to the question of conditioning.
Safety wasn't the right fit for Ernest Payton at Missouri. Though he certainly looked the part, a move to cornerback was necessary. There he can play with the aggressiveness he wants.