Monday’s SEC links:
* The countdown clock is ticking for South Carolina, which opens the college football season Thursday night against North Carolina. “I think (Clowney) is ready to go, and our team’s ready to go,” said Steve Spurrier, who begins his ninth year at the helm on Thursday. “Our fans, I think, are a little extra pumped up, for whatever reason, so they’ll be ready to scream and yell, and we’ll need them to do that. We’re 25-3 the last four years here, and they’ve done their part.”
* A Mississippi State win over Oklahoma State in the opener could fuel the Bulldogs’ season, writes Brad Locke of the NE Mississippi Daily Journal. Oklahoma State is ranked No. 13 in the AP poll, although yours truly put the Cowboys at No. 6. Probably too high.
* Vanderbilt is hoping turnover margin is a plus this season, reports Jeff Lockridge of the Tennessean. The Commodores ended up even in that department a year ago, but wants to do much better in 2013.
* Kentucky is not the only SEC team with a wide receiver named Demarco Robinson. Florida boasts a player of the same name, he being a freshman who has turned heads during fall camp in Gainesville, writes Jesse Simonton of the Miami Herald.
Steve Spurrier photo by The State/C. Michael Bergen