SEC's lunchtime links
August, 26, 2013
By Sam Khan Jr. | ESPN.com
Game week has arrived. No more waiting for the action because it all starts this week. Here are some links from around the SEC to whet your football appetite as game day nears:
- Alabama has long been known for its defensive prowess but could a high-powered offense be the reason the No. 1 Crimson Tide make a run at a fourth championship in five seasons?
- There's a lot of youth on Arkansas' initial depth chart, as 15 freshmen or redshirt freshmen are on the offensive or defensive two-deep, which was released Sunday night.
- The status of Georgia true freshman safety Tray Matthews is uncertain, as the Bulldogs prepare for their opener against Clemson. Matthews has been listed as the starter at free safety since the end of spring practice.
- Under new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, LSU's fullbacks are going to be asked to do more than just block.
- Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was the center of attention on Saturday as the school hosted its annual "Meet the Aggies" autograph event for fans. Manziel signed an estimated 500 autographs as he smiled and greeted a line of hundreds who were eager to meet him.
- There's a certain feeling Steve Spurrier gets when facing North Carolina, one the South Carolina coach can date back to his days at Duke. The Gamecocks host the Tar Heels on Thursday night to open the season.
- At 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, Tennessee's Marquez North isn't your typical freshman. Players and coaches are praising the young playmaker, who figures to see plenty of field time this fall.
- Missouri quarterback James Franklin is trying to move past a disappointing 2012 campaign. Steps he took this offseason to work toward that goal included improving his health and attitude, despite the criticism he took from fans.
- The relationship between Kentucky defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot and head coach Mark Stoops goes back more than 15 years. Now Eliot is trying to improve a defense that struggled mightily in 2012.
- Auburn senior defensive end Craig Sanders expects to make his first career start on Saturday against Washington State in place of the injured Dee Ford. Sanders is fired up about the opportunity.
Intriguing SEC bowl games
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