– Game Week and Alabama has still not decided on a starting quarterback. Sophomore A.J. McCarron and redshirt freshman Phillip Sims are bracketed at No. 1. Nick Saban says both will play. He’s not saying who will play first.
– LSU has lost senior offensive guard Josh Dworaczyk, the Tigers’ most experienced offensive lineman, to an apparent knee injury and will have surgery within the next two weeks.
– The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reports that Texas A&M officials have asked for and received a letter from the Big 12 outlining withdrawal procedures under league bylaws and mutual waivers of legal claims.
– Vanderbilt is going with Larry Smith at quarterback. New coach James Franklin has decided to stick with the veteran who has started each of the last two seasons. Smith beat out junior Jordan Rodgers and freshman Josh Grady.
– Onterio McCalebb has replaced Mike Dyer atop the Auburn depth chart at running back. Dyer rushed for 1,093 yards as a true freshman last year and earned offensive MVP honors in Auburn’s win over Oregon in the BCS title game.
– Mark Bradley of the AJC says five things could wreck Georgia’s season. No. 5 would be if the Dogs have simply forgotten how to win. As Bradley points out, Georgia outscored opponents by 130 points last year and still had a losing record.
– Florida quarterback John Brantley reports that his back is fine and he’s ready for the Gators opener. Brantley said the back has been sore and tight during training camp, but has improved enough to cease being a problem.
– Ole Miss doesn’t want a repeat of last year’s opener. The Rebels lost 49-48 in double-overtime to Jacksonville State, which is on Kentucky’s schedule this year. The defeat began the Rebels on what turned out to be a 4-8 season.
– Duron Carter has made his Crimson Tide practice debut. The son of former NFL receiver Cris Carter has finally cleared up paperwork issues since the ex-Ohio State receiver left Coffeyville Community College.
– At Alabama, junior Don’t’a Hightower is back at middle linebacker on the depth released Monday. Hightowerbegan last year as the middle linebacker, but then moved to weak-side. He’s back in the middle to start this season.