Big Blue Links for Wednesday:
▪ As Florida’s new athletics director, Scott Stricklin ready to keep pushing program forward, reports Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald. Stricklin is a former associate athletics director at UK under Mitch Barnhart.
▪ Stricklin is the right fit for the Gators, writes Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun.
▪ Five reasons why Nick Saban is college football’s best coach, is my column.
▪ Kentucky running back Mikel Horton is transferring, reports Jennifer Smith of the Lexington Herald-Leader.
▪ Naquez Pringle has a message for kids, reports Smith.
▪ Can Kentucky leave Alabama with its pride intact? asks Mark Story of the Herald-Leader.
▪ A pair of true freshmen are solidifying Alabama’s backfield, reports Greg Ostendorf of ESPN.
▪ John Calipari could add two high-profile point guards to his 2017 recruiting class, Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader reports.
▪ Jimbo Fisher’s silence indicates LSU in play for Florida State coach, says David Whitley of the Orlando Sentinel.
▪ LSU rolling dice on a big-name coach, says Dan Wolken of USA Today.
▪ Bobby Petrino’s pledge to say at Louisville seems sincere, writes Tim Sullivan of the Courier-Journal.
▪ Former Missouri coach Gary Pinkel is enjoying the autumn of his life, writes Vahe Gregorian of the Kansas City Star.
▪ Georgia’s season not over after just one loss, writes Guerry Clegg of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. After a 45-14 loss to Ole Miss last weekend, Georgia plays Tennessee this Saturday.
▪ Georgia’s recruiting has been better than its performance, writes John Adams of the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
▪ Tennessee is no stranger to Kirby Smart, reports David Paschall of the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
▪ Nick Chubb is looking questionable for Tennessee game, reports Seth Emerson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
▪ Georgia is anxious to jump-start its running game, reports Jordan Hill of the Macon Telegraph.
▪ Vanderbilt’s offense is in rare, good company for a change, reports Adam Sparks of the Tennessean.
▪ Florida’s defense remains confident despite loss at Tennessee, reports Robbie Andreu of the Gainesville Sun.
▪ Missouri ready for a heavy does of Leonard Fournette, reports Blake Toppmeyer of the Columbia Daily Tribune.
▪ Texas A&M better prepared for strong finish, reports Robert Cessna of Bryan/College Station Eagle.
▪ Bye week allows Mississippi State to recover, evaluate, reports Michael Bonner of the Clarion-Ledger.
▪ Memphis is still humming under Mike Norvell, reports Antonio Morales of the Clarion-Ledger.
▪ Arkansas high school football star dies in car crash, reports Brandon Howard of Arkansas Online.
▪ South Carolina’s Under Armour deal one of most lucrative in the nation, reports David Cloninger of The State.
SEC football games this Saturday
12:00 - Alcorn at Arkansas (SEC Network alternate)
12:00 - Florida at Vanderbilt (SEC)
3:30 - Tennessee at Georgia (CBS)
3:30 - UL-Monroe at Auburn (SEC Network alternate)
4:00 - Texas A&M at South Carolina (SEC)
7:00 - Kentucky at Alabama (ESPN)
7:00 - Memphis at Ole Miss (ESPN2)
7:30 - Missouri at LSU (SEC)