After New Year’s Day, the SEC is now 5-1 in bowl games. But four teams still have games left to play, including Auburn in Monday’s VIZIO BCS National Championship Game. For the latest news and notes from around the conference, check out today’s lunch links.
- At this time last year, Gus Malzahn was just a month into his new job at Auburn. He wasn’t thinking national championship. He was busy recruiting.
- For the first time in the past three years, Alabama won’t play in the BCS title game. Nick Saban is still preaching the same things -- discipline and fundamentals -- but he’s doing so in New Orleans, not Pasadena.
- Missouri linebacker Andrew Wilson attended the 2008 Cotton Bowl with his father. Now he’s headed back to the AT&T Cotton Bowl and aiming to pass his old man on Mizzou’s career tackles list.
- Long before adding Texas A&M, the SEC established a stronghold in Texas by owning the Big 12 in the Cotton Bowl.
- As Vanderbilt prepares for Saturday’s BBVA Compass Bowl, athletic director David Williams says people have called and asked about head coach James Franklin. He didn’t rule out amending his coach’s current contract.
- He didn’t wow anybody, but LSU freshman quarterback Anthony Jennings got a win in his first start with the Tigers.
- South Carolina star Jadeveon Clowney already announced he was leaving early for the NFL, but should teammate Bruce Ellington try his shot at the next level as well?
- Florida’s downfall started a year ago when the Gators were embarrassed by Louisville in the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl.