1. First, the editors at ESPN were trying to sell magazines. They were trolling, to put it in internet lingo. But their new “Curse the SEC!” college football preview cover is making headlines across the South. (I’d say as long as they keep writing big checks, Mike Slive will look at this type of thing as flattery, not a insult.)
2. Atlanta might not be as much of a co-favorite to land the “Champions” Bowl as many of us think.
3. Offensive lineman Jon Halapio is becoming a leader at Florida.
4. Georgia’s new drug-testing policies haven’t changed much… unless you’re someone who leaks results to the press.
6. Kentucky’s young receivers are catching on quickly.
7. Damario Jeffery is ready to be a starting linebacker at South Carolina.
8. Tennessee’s offensive linemen are trying to take on more of a leadership role.
9. Lane Kiffin told a Knoxville radio show that he “made a lot of rookie mistakes” while coaching the Vols.
10. James Franklin wasn’t happy with Vanderbilt’s practice on Tuesday.
11. Missouri has set a new record for season-ticket sales…
12. But injuries are mounting for the Tigers.
13. Nick Saban likes the progress Alabama has made in fall camp.
14. The Crimson Tide coach also explained his social media policy… “Abuse brings control.”
15. Auburn’s new offense is “going to out-physical you… we’re going to beat you,” not trick you.
16. AU had to trim back the weakening oaks at Toomer’s Corner.
17. Here’s a shocker: the offense won the day in Arkansas’ first scrimmage.
18. Gus Malzahn is trying to get the Hogs to schedule his Arkansas State team in Little Rock.
19. Offensive coordinator Greg Studrawa says Zach Mettenberger’s being given the green light to make throws previous LSU QBs didn’t make.
20. Tiger quarterback Rob Bolden is happy to have transferred in from Penn State.
21. Depth on the lines is proof Mississippi State is improving.
22. Some good news for Ole Miss — freshman D-lineman Temario Strong has been cleared to play.
23. Senquez Golson says he’s comfortable in the Rebels’ secondary.
24. Kevin Sumlin talked about Texas A&M’s quarterback situation yesterday.