1. South Carolina as national championship contenders? Dennis Dodd: “Once you get past Alabama, LSU, Arkansas and Georgia in the SEC, Carolina is one hell of a fifth option. Not just for the conference, for the national championship.”
2. South Carolina will use last year’s loss to Auburn as motivation.
3. Maybe it was losses to the Tigers that had Steve Spurrier forgetting Cam Newton.
4. Scott Rabalais: ”There ought to be a Steve Spurrier channel.”
5. What to expect from South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw this fall: “I’m not going to take my legs away me, but I’m definitely going to rely on my arm more.”
6. James Franklin knows how to sell Vanderbilt football: “We have more things to sell than any other program. If you’re the best and the brightest, where else would you go?”
7. Robbie Andreu on Franklin:” In his one year in Nashville, he’s made Vanderbilt relevant.”
8. Franklin on the Vandy-Tennessee game: ”To be honest with you, I don’t really consider it a rivalry,” Franklin said. “It has to be a lot more competitive before it becomes a rivalry. It’s been onesided.”
9. Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rogers on his coach: “He’s a psycho but we love him.”
10. Bruce Feldman on Texas A&M: “There is a lot of reason for optimism.”
11. Key for the Aggies? Replacing their quarterback.
12. Players get a lot of questions about SEC competition: Aggies linebacker Sean Porter: “I don’t think it’s going to be overwhelming for us.”
13. Ron Higgins: “If this thing gets any bigger, they may have to move it to a domed stadium.”
14. A thousand media members with a thousand questions. For A&M and Missouri – welcome to the SEC.
15. Andy Staples: “On the field, the Tigers and their fellow newcomers from Texas A&M have been warned that the league’s teams stock their rosters with fire-breathing, boulder-chewing monsters whose Ess Eee See Speed allows them to outrun Camaros.”
16. The Missouri Tigers want everyone to know their spread offense is different:”We had the ninth-best rushing team in all of college football last year,” wide receiver T.J. Moe said. “We had 3,000 yards running and 3,000 yards passing.
17. Moe on the Missouri-Georgia game: “If you ask me, it’s probably going to be the most anticipated game in Missouri football history.”
18. And what do the Tigers know about the Bulldogs? “Not a whole lot yet.”
19. Matt Hayes on the Tigers: “It could be a defining moment. Or it could be, meh.”
20. Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel defends Joe Paterno: “Joe Paterno’s a friend that I got to know professionally, and you can’t take away the greatness of this man.”
21. Day One - best and worst moments.