SEC lunchtime links
October, 18, 2013
By Alex Scarborough | ESPN.com
It's Friday which means it's time for the #SECMailbag. Use the hashtag on Twitter or tweet directly at me at @AlexS_ESPN with your questions and comments. Hurry, and I'll do my best to get them in a post later this afternoon.
- It took longer than some expected, but Kenyan Drake has taken hold of the No. 2 running back role for Alabama.
- What it is we're not exactly sure, but Gus Malzahn says quarterback Jeremy Johnson's role in Auburn's offense will make a lot more sense soon.
- Darius Philon, who was once expected to sign with Alabama, is now an emerging prospect at Arkansas. On the eve of his first game against the Tide, he says he's left the issue of the Tide behind.
- South Carolina and Tennessee have swapped positions in the SEC East landscape.
- Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart hasn't seen the wins in Year 1 under Butch Jones, but he feels good about the progress the football program has made under his leadership.
- The midterm grades are in for the Florida Gators, and its no surprise the defense is leading the offense by a wide margin.
- Ole Miss' offensive line knows the type of test it faces on Saturday against LSU's group of talented defensive linemen.
- You may have seen him limp and you've surely seen his brace, but LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger says there's nothing wrong with his knee.
- Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews could break the SEC receiving record this weekend. He's that close.
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Final Washington State 45 Colorado State 48 Final 20 Fresno State 20 25 USC 45 Final Buffalo 24 San Diego State 49 Final Tulane 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 24
Final Pittsburgh 30 Bowling Green 27 Final Utah State 21 23 Northern Illinois 14
Final Marshall 31 Maryland 20 Final Syracuse 21 Minnesota 17 Final Brigham Young 16 Washington 31
Final Rutgers 16 Notre Dame 29 Final Cincinnati 17 North Carolina 39 Final Miami (FL) 9 18 Louisville 36 Final Michigan 14 Kansas State 31
Final Middle Tennessee 6 Navy 24 Final Ole Miss 25 Georgia Tech 17 Final 10 Oregon 30 Texas 7 Final 14 Arizona State 23 Texas Tech 37
Final Arizona 42 Boston College 19 Final Virginia Tech 12 17 UCLA 42 Final Rice 7 Mississippi State 44 Final 24 Duke 48 21 Texas A&M 52
Final Nebraska 24 22 Georgia 19 Final UNLV 14 North Texas 36 Final Iowa 14 16 LSU 21 Final 19 Wisconsin 24 9 South Carolina 34 Final 5 Stanford 20 4 Michigan State 24 Final 15 UCF 52 6 Baylor 42
Final 13 Oklahoma State 31 8 Missouri 41 Final 12 Clemson 40 7 Ohio State 35