1. What’s the latest with the Auburn quarterback battle? “It appears that Nick Marshall or Jeremy Johnson will become the seventh different opening-day starter in the last seven years when Auburn welcomes Washington State on Aug. 31. ”
2. Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates on the QB battle: “It’s real close. They’re fighting, and it’s going to be a war.” JUCO coach on Nick Marshall: ”Talent wise, he’s as talented of a quarterback as Johnny Manziel.”
3. Mark Stoops – which Kentucky quarterback looks best? “I can’t hint (that) to anybody. I can’t tell you that, I’m sorry.”
4. A goal of the Kentucky defense - force four three-and-outs a game. Only did it one time last year.
5. Redshirt freshman linebacker Trey Granier leaving LSU – will seek a transfer.
6. Brent Musberger is bullish on LSU: “LSU would not surprise me if they made a run at that (SEC) championship.”
7. Matt Hayes emails the LSU president to understand why Jeremy Hill is still playing for the Tigers. He gets no response.
8. Is the NCAA investigating Ole Miss over the recruitment of current Mississippi State defensive end Chris Jones? Hugh Freeze: ”I’m certain the NCAA doesn’t talk about it, so I don’t know where you’re getting it”
9. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen was also asked about the reports.
10. Biggest question mark heading into the season for Florida? The wide receiver position.
11. Former Florida linebacker Mike Peterson joins Will Muschamp’s staff as an undergraduate student assistant.
12. Keep your eye on Arkansas freshman receiver Drew Morgan – he’s going to see playing time this year.
13. Final evaluation scrimmage today for Georgia. Here’s how the Bulldogs defense is shaping up.
14. The Phil Collins song “In The Air Tonight” is a Georgia pregame staple. Here’s how it came about.
15. Who are the SEC’s impact freshmen to watch in 2013? “Alabama is so loaded, the Tide gets their own section.”
16. Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon: “Wherever I was going to go, I was going to be the best back that ever come through that college. So that’s pretty much my goal.” Yeldon SI cover shot. Of six SI covers, SEC players are on three of them.
17. Texas A&M sophomore cornerback De’Vante Harris has gone from 161 pounds to 175. “He’s a lot stronger.”
18. Vanderbilt fan tweets that he has to work the night of the Vanderbilt-Ole Miss game. James Franklin tweets back: “I really will call ur boss.”
19. Missouri cornerback E.J. Gaines has a strained patella tendon and running back Henry Josey has a sore hamstring. Neither practiced Tuesday. Josey part of a trio of running backs at Mizzou that could make an impact this year.
20. Alabama receiver Amari Cooper has a foot strain.
21. A relentless Butch Jones keeps preaching to his Tennessee team: “There are too many dropped footballs, jumping offsides, lining up offsides and then, quite simply, the fundamentals.” Tennessee freshmen QB’s gaining ground?
22. First of three LSU scrimmages is today.
23. What’s the Ole Miss quarterback situation look like behind starter Bo Wallace?
24. Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash wants his unit to create more turnovers. ”We don’t have anybody I’d call a ball hawk.”
25. The SEC will no longer license its trademark for the EA Sports NCAA sports football video.
26. Texas A&M and Alabama make Bruce Feldman’s list of 10 teams with the best shot at a perfect regular season (Bobby Petrino’s Western Kentucky team also makes the list).
27. Speaking of the Hilltoppers, Western Kentucky and Vanderbilt agree to a three-game football series.
28. Andy Staples says South Carolina is one of four teams that can beat Alabama this year (Texas A&M also makes the list).
29. Alabama No 1, Texas A&M No. 3 in Sports Illustrated’s preseason Top 25. Seven SEC teams make the list.
30. The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl now the property of the four-letter network.
31. And speaking of ESPN, the network announced their broadcast pairings.
32. When tear gas was used to stop 3,000 panty raiders at Alabama.
33. Want to hear a country/rap song about the Alabama/Auburn rivalry?
34. 23 NFL teams now have a value of at least $1 billion. Dallas Cowboys No. 1 at $2.3 billion, according to Forbes.