Vanderbilt sold out their initial bowl seat allotment, too. Fourth straight time. No big point to make, just saying.
1. Late Heisman push? Former Alabama quarterback Jay Barker on AJ McCarron’s chances: ”We’ve seen it before where a lot of times the Maxwell Award lines right up with the Heisman Trophy.”
2. Did you know? The father of Auburn running back Tre Mason is one part of the group De La Soul.
3. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and his high school coach reached out to Texas numerous times during his recruiting process. They never returned the calls.
5. 2012 Heisman winner Johnny Manziel on the BCS title game: “I’m SEC biased, so I’m rooting for my conference and Auburn, but Florida State is a great team. I think it really is a tossup.”
6. With Nick Saban getting a raise at Alabama, who will Texas target if Mack Brown departs? Jeremy Fowler says Vanderbilt coach James Franklin is one who could potentially thrive in Austin.
7. All-SEC defensive end Bud Dupree will return for his senior season at Kentucky. Sophomore tailback Dyshawn Mobley is transferring.
8. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn says it’s just a matter of time before offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee becomes a head coach somwhere: ”He’ll be a head coach at this level. It’s just a matter of when…”
9. Ticket prices going up at LSU. A.D. Joe Alleva: “I know there’s a lot of talk and discussion about the SEC network, however, we don’t have any idea of how much money that is going to generate.”
10. Report cards handed out for the 2013 South Carolina team. Highest marks given to pass offense and rush defense.
11. Vanderbilt’s bowl game in Birmingham means a homecoming for 10 Alabama natives.
12. Mississippi State sells out its allotment of Liberty Bowl tickets – another batch on the way.
13. How did the newcomers fair at Tennessee in 2013?
14. What will Florida look like at wide receiver in 2014?
15. The Sporting News All-SEC Team.
16. Bernie Miklasz: “The SEC is a wonderful substitute for bad NFL football — or no NFL football.”