1. There are plenty of Heisman hopefuls in the SEC this year.
2. Auburn’s opener looks more interesting than Alabama’s to this writer.
3. Gus Malzahn says he’ll tap the brakes on his offense if the Washington State game demands it.
4. ESPN’s Chris Spielman breaks down the Tide’s curtain-raiser against Virginia Tech.
5. Arkansas’ Bret Bielema will back away from Twitter during the season.
6. TCU’s Gary Patterson matches LSU’s Les Miles on the gamesmanship front when it comes to his own “will he play/won’t he play” suspended star. But it’s still unlikely the Frogs’ Devonte Fields will play.
7. LSU is also being vague about its plans for backup, mobile quarterback Anthony Jennings.
8. Would an Oklahoma State win over Mississippi State be a “statement win” for the Big 12?
9. The Bulldogs will have to prepare to face two Cowboy quarterbacks in Houston on Saturday.
10. Ole Miss will break out some highly-touted freshman against Vanderbilt tomorrow night.
11. Texas A&M will be working with a very young defense this season.
12. As opposed to most in the media, former Aggie coach Jackie Sherrill believes the NCAA “very badly wants to prove that (Johnny) Manziel took money to sign autographs.” And, ol’ Jackie knows a thing or two about the NCAA. Cough. Cough. (Very interesting read.)
13. All you SEC fantasy football players… it looks like Florida will be using a running-back-by-committee approach on Saturday.
14. Mark Richt says he’s “more curious than concerned” about Georgia’s re-tooled, young defense.
15. They played last season, but Kentucky and Western Kentucky don’t know what to expect from each other this time around. Aside from the fact that Bobby Petrino will probably have a pretty good offense.
16. Running back Mike Davis knows it’s his time to shine at South Carolina.
17. Tennessee could start as many as three freshman against Austin Peay this week.
18. Vol receiver Jason Croom on the artistry of route-running: “When you run your routes, you’re painting pictures for the quarterback.”
19. Vanderbilt’s Thursday night opener with Ole Miss means the Commodores can finally focus on football, not on offseason troubles.
20. Got a few minutes? Then check out this profile of new Vandy quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels. Well worth your time.
21. After last season, Missouri’s Gary Pinkel feels his team got “lucky” in avoiding injuries this preseason.
23. Quintavius Burdette will start at corner for Mississippi this week.
24. De’Runnya Wilson has run right up the MSU depth chart at receiver.
25. Florida has been working up a special offensive package for defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy.
26. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray says he’s not used to his new contacts yet, so he won’t be wearing them during Saturday’s opener at Clemson.
27. Receiver Jonathon Rumph and safety Corey Moore aren’t expected to be healthy enough to play this weekend.
28. Mike Anderson is trying to temper the expectations for freshman Bobby Portis.
29. It’s Christmas in the Commonwealth… Kentucky’s 2013-14 roster — complete with jersey numbers! — has been released.
30. As part of a salute to Missouri’s 1994 Big Eight championship, the present day Tigers will host an exhibition game in the old Hearnes Center on homecoming weekend.
31. New Aaron Hernandez “bombshells?” Rolling Stone magazine hints that then-Florida coach Urban Meyer “may have helped cover up failed drug tests, along with two violent incidents.”
32. Auburn fans, have you picked up your “Hurry Up No Huddle” shirts yet?
33. South Carolina “Super Fan” Glenn Snyder: “I can’t wait for Thursday, because the Gamecocks are on a roll.”
34. Tennessee is joining a long list of schools and pro franchises that are banning backpacks inside stadiums/arenas. After this year’s Boston Marathon, there should be nary a complaint from fans.