Players of the week:SAM MONTGOMERY (Watch LSU Highlights) Defensive End LSU 6-5 • 260 • Jr. • Greenwood, S.C. • Montgomery accounted for four tackles (3 solos) with 3.5 going for losses for minus 14 yards in LSU’s 12-10 win at Auburn. ..... OLB JARVIS JONES (Georgia) -- Tallied seven tackles, with three for losses (-22 yards), including a sack, against Vanderbilt. Now I ask you which was better?????? Really SEC????? Really?
1. Auburn DB Demetruce McNeal on the attitude of the Tiger defense: “‘You think we’re soft?’ OK, we’re going to show you.”
4. LSU — which fell from #3 to #2 in the Coaches Poll this week — is running out of time to fix its penalty/turnover mistakes.
5. Dan Mullen on his Mississippi State Bulldogs: “We still haven’t played our complete game yet in all three phases.”
6. Ole Miss has some confidence heading into its SEC opener versus top-ranked Bama.
7. Texas A&M is “good enough” to win its next three games, but the Aggies will have to improve before facing Alabama and LSU.
8. Will Muschamp on his undefeated team’s open date: “We’re going to work on Florida, #1… We need to improve ourselves.”
10. There’s still a path for Kentucky to turn things around.
11. Steve Spurrier on Connor Shaw’s 20-of-21 passing performance against Missouri: “Connor got off to a slow start. He missed his first one. He was sensational.”
13. Vanderbilt’s lack of size is becoming a big problem for the Commodores.
14. Two questions from a Columbia writer: “What is (Missouri’s) offense good at doing? And how bad can this season get?”
15. The SEC has named its Players of the Week for last Saturday.
16. Former SEC commish and BCS-dreamer-upper Roy Kramer feels the new college football playoff needs to hold steady at four teams.
17. SEC haters won’t like this: four of Mike Slive’s teams rank in the top six of both polls.
18. The folks at Athlon have posted their weekly power rankings.
19. Ex-Vandy prez E. Gordon Gee — now at Ohio State — might not have wanted to spend on an athletic department while in Nashville, but he’s sure been spending on himself in Columbus.
20. Kentucky hoops coach John Calipari spoke on and hope and inspiration for the Clinton Global Initiative yesterday. (How long before Cal’s the governor of Kentucky?)
21. Both UK and Mizzou will be featured during ESPNU’s Midnight Madness coverage on October 12th.