SEC East Football
1. Why does the status of safety Bacarri Rambo and linebacker Alec Ogletree remain unannounced at Georgia? “You’ve got competitive issues that are at the forefront.”
2. The Georgia team motto: ““Our team. Our time. No regrets.”
3. South Carolina wide receiver Shaq Roland, SEC Freshman of the Year?
4. Gamecocks defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward: “I think we’re ahead of where we were a year ago.”
5. Previewing the Vanderbilt offense and defense.
6. Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease likes both of his quarterbacks: “They’re good.”
7. “Being QB1 at UF is a big deal. Serious business.”
8.Defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri and a whole host of assistants will make their Tennessee coaching debuts on Friday. Sunseri: “We’ve done our homework.”
9. Tennessee “an SEC powerhouse”?
10. Breakout season for Kentucky wide receiver Gene McCaskill? A visit from John Calipari.
11. The Wildcats aren’t worried about freshman punter Landon Foster. ““He’s been put under pressure, between natural pressure and created pressure and everything else we could do to him.”
12. Missouri will make a decision on its starting kicker Thursday.
13. Like a lot of Gulf Coast teams, the Tigers first opponent, Southeastern Louisiana, is having to deal with Hurricane Isaac.
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14. Kevin Sumlin would have been the first Texas A&M coach not to open at home in 40 years – but that’s all changed due to Hurricane Isaac.
15. With their opener cancelled, the focus for Texas A&M turns to Florida. Quarterback Johnny Manziel: ”First game of the year (at) home against Florida, what more could you ask for?”
16. “Of all the coaches of all the teams in all the world, none should be more stoked for Saturday than Gene Chizik.”
17. Discipline issues the focus of Chizik’s weekly news conference. Breaking down Auburn’s depth chart.
18. Freshman Jalen Mills is the replacement for Tyrann Mathieu. Teammate Eric Reid: “”He’s confident, but at the same time he’s always trying to get better.”
19. Senior walk-on Kelly Johnson and JUCO transfer cornerback Deion Blue are starters at Alabama.
20. Crimson Tide strategy to stop Michigan’s Denard Robinson? ”Just try to throw everything we’ve got at him.”
21. Wall Street Journal: How Saban Turned The Tide.
22. How many carries for Arkansas running back Knile Davis for in the opener? “That will just kind of be something we play by ear..”
23. Razorbacks offensive coordinator Paul Petrino is shifting from the press box to the field.
24. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze on Randall Mackey: “He’s one of my favorite kids on the team.”
25. So who would make up college football’s playoff selection committee ? ”You want me to make a list of people who are going to get their houses burned down?”
26. Dennis Dodd: “College football turns 143 this season and it’s hard find a reason why the SEC shouldn’t win its 142nd national championship in a row.”
27. ESPN’s preseason All-SEC team.
28. There are depth chart surprises around the SEC.
29. A list of breakout college football coaches includes Alabama’s Kirby Smart.
30. When it comes to college football, “Alabama is the center of the college football universe.”
31. Six unforgettable openers in college football.
32. SEC basketball tournament in Kansas City? Not likely because the Big 12 has first dibs on the Sprint Center.
33. Mississippi State freshman Fred Thomas is having foot surgery – not expected to impact his status this fall.