SEC links for Saturday:
– The Cowboys Classic is a statement game for LSU and TCU. LSU isn’t happy with its No. 12 ranking and wants to prove its better than that.
– As Georgia meets Clemson tonight, Bulldogs know their key to victory is execution not emotion. This is a game with national championship implications, by the way.
– Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron was wearing a walking boot as the Crimson Tide arrived in Atlanta for game with Virginia Tech. The school says the boot is a precautionary measure and McCarron will be ready to play against the Hokies.
– Alabama players say they are anxious to see where the defending national champions “are at” as they open the season.
– Two different versions of the spread offense clash tonight when Auburn meets Washington State. It’s Gus Malzahn vs. Mike Leach.
– As Oklahoma State gets ready for Mississippi State, coach Mike Gundy had to change his defensive philosophy. Be sure and check out MSU’s new helmets, too.
– With Johnny Manziel decision decided, Texas A&M opens the season against an old SWC foe in Rice. Manziel will sit out the first half.
– Tennessee opens the Butch Jones Era, but how will it look? The Vols meet Austin Peay.
– Florida isn’t expecting a cakewalk today against Toldeo. The Gators swear they are not taking the Rockets for granted.
– No more talking as Bret Bielema Era starts in Fayetteville. Arkansas plays Louisiana-Lafayette.
– Missouri wants to put its 2012 season in the rearview mirror as it opens against Murray State today. James Franklin’s legacy is on the line.
(Ft. Worth Star Telegram photo)