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SEC links for Tuesday:

Travis Haney of the Charleston Post and Courier: “The South Carolina football team learned over the weekend that, in all likelihood, it would have to beat Florida to win the SEC East. Now it knows it will have to win at night in the Swamp on Nov. 13 to claim its first division title. CBS went for Auburn-Georgia for its afternoon game in two weeks, leaving the Gamecocks and Gators for a 7:15 p.m. kickoff on either ESPN or ESPN2.”

John Adams of the Knoxville News-Sentinel:Derek Dooley changed starting quarterbacks Monday. The first-year Tennessee coach moved freshman Tyler Bray ahead of Matt Simms, who had started the first eight games. Based on the team’s 2-6 start and the way Bray played in a 38-24 loss to South Carolina, the announcement was hardly surprising. But the change doesn’t resolve all the quarterback questions at UT.”

Jay Greeson of the Chattanooga Times Free Press: “Certainly Matt Simms is not at complete fault for the Vols’ woes, but it’s common knowledge that the quarterback gets too much credit for his team’s success and too much blame for his team’s failures. And the Vols’ winless October definitely qualifies as the latter. Change just for change’s sake is not a concrete fundamental on which to base a program, but it’s not like coach Derek Dooley is looking to fix something that’s not broken. These Vols are broken, and if the fixing is going to take time, then let the process start sooner rather than later.”

Tim Tucker of the AJC:Richt said he was “very proud” of the Georgia team’s effort against Florida, “but the bottom line is we turned it over four times to [Florida's] one and you’re not going to win many games that way. . . . There was a lot more than that to that ballgame, but as we know the turnover stat is the one that is the most devastating in those types of ballgames.”

Rick Cleveland of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger: “The health of Nick Bell, the Bulldogs’ 20-year-old, sophomore defensive end, has taken a decided turn for the worse. In early October, a tumor was discovered on Bell’s brain. The tumor was malignant, a form of skin cancer. Bell was supposed to begin chemotherapy at UAB Hospital today, but his health deteriorated over the weekend. Mullen visited with Bell’s family at UAB Hospital Monday afternoon.”

Chase Goodbread of the Tuscaloosa News: “Losses by Missouri to Nebraska and Michigan State to Iowa over the weekend allowed the Crimson Tide to move up to the No. 6 BCS position. BCS experts have suggested that if Alabama continues to navigate a late-season stretch of difficult opponents without suffering a second loss, the Crimson Tide would eventually return to the BCS title game.”

John Frierson of the Chattanooga Times Free Press:Russ Huesman thought about the question for a moment. His forehead wrinkled and he got a perplexed expression on his face. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach was asked about his approach to Saturday’s game at No. 2 Auburn.”

Robbie Andreu of the Gainesville Sun: “Just moments after the 34-31 overtime win over Georgia on Saturday, when Urban Meyer said it was his biggest victory at Florida, many assumed Meyer must have just gotten caught up in the emotion of the moment. Surely, those two national championship game victories were bigger. After having some time to think on it, Meyer on Monday re-confirmed what he said Saturday night.”

Rachel George of the Orlando Sentinel: “The emergence of freshman Trey Burton as a running quarterback has cut down on Brantley’s snaps. A dropback passer, Brantley struggles in the option where Burton excels. Burton has been a jack-of-all-trades – playing at quarterback, tight end, receiver, fullback and on kickoffs – but has seen more time at quarterback recently.”

Randy Rosetta of the Baton Rouge Advocate: “It’s LSU-Alabama week. That means Miles – never one to stifle his affinity for a big game – is a little more amped up than usual. Enough so that Miles harkened back to his Oklahoma State tenure and reenacted his first, and perhaps still most famous, YouTube moment. Also known as the “Let ‘er rip” clip.”

Don Kausler, Jr. of the Birmingham News: “When the Tide plays its first exhibition game of the 2010-11 season at 7 tonight against Talladega College (18-15 last season) at Coleman Coliseum, the first sign of progress fans should notice is more players on the bench. Alabama has 13 players on scholarship, including five newcomers. ”Our style of play is based on depth,” Grant said. “Our strength will hopefully be in our numbers.”

Jeff Lockridge of the Tennessean: “Starting running back Warren Norman is scheduled to have season-ending surgery today after dislocating his right wrist in the second half of Saturday’s loss at Arkansas. Pins and screws are needed to repair the wrist of Norman, who leads the team in rushing yards (459), carries (77) and touchdowns (4).”

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