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SEC bowl games gear up and more Big Blue Links

Alabama coach Nick Saban, in red, and Washington coach Chris Peterson, top right, greet Andrew Young, seated left, and C.T. Vivian at the conclusion of a tour of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site to hear first-hand accounts from civil rights leaders at the Historic Ebenezer First Baptist Church on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, in Atlanta.
Alabama coach Nick Saban, in red, and Washington coach Chris Peterson, top right, greet Andrew Young, seated left, and C.T. Vivian at the conclusion of a tour of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site to hear first-hand accounts from civil rights leaders at the Historic Ebenezer First Baptist Church on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, in Atlanta. Associated Press

Big Blue Links for Wednesday:

▪ Kentucky quarterback Stephen Johnson has a unique talent for throwing the deep ball, reports Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader.

▪ Mark Stoops trusts Eddie Gran as key to Kentucky’s 2016 success, writes Kyle Tucker of SEC Country.

▪ Kentucky staying focused in Florida, reports Jon Hale of the Courier-Journal. UK plays Georgia Tech in the Taxslayer Bowl at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

▪ Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson calls running back Marcus Allen a program guy, reports Ken Sugiura of the AJC.

▪ Ole Miss basketball coach Andy Kennedy says this may be the fastest Kentucky team he has seen, reports Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader. UK opens SEC play at Mississippi on Thursday night.

▪ Rebels’ guard Cullen Neal decided he needed a change of pace after playing for father, reports Tipton.

▪ Rick Pitino praises Virginia ahead of Louisville’s ACC opener, reports Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal. The two teams meet Wednesday night at U of L.

▪ Lamar Jackson has the right stuff for an encore, writes Tim Sullivan of the Courier-Journal. Louisville plays LSU in the Citrus Bowl on Saturday.

▪ LSU running back Derrick Guice has been through a lot to get to where he is now, writes Matt Hayes of Bleacher Report.

▪ Kevin Scarbinsky of the Birmingham News interrupts bowl season to give Auburn basketball a well-deserved shout-out.

▪ South Carolina basketball wins a laugher over Lander, reports Chris Dearing for The State.

▪ Mississippi State quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson named offensive coordinator at Houston, reports Michael Bonner of the Clarion-Ledger.

▪ We’re headed for a College Football Playoff title rematch, says my notes column.

▪ Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has fun talking Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin, reports Duane Rankin of the Montgomery Advertiser.

▪ Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster credits joining fraternity with his success, reports Aaron Suttles of Tide Sports.

▪ Washington quarterback Jake Browning has lifted Huskies to new heights, reports Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald.

▪ John Adams of the Knoxville News-Sentinel says Tennessee fans are running out of patience with Butch Jones.

▪ Tennessee defensive star Derek Barnett says skipping bowl would be disrespectful, reports Patrick Brown of Chattanooga Times Free Press. The Vols play Nebraska in the Music City Bowl.

▪ Mel Tucker says Georgia defense is still a work in progress, reports Jason Butt of the Macon Telegraph. The Bulldogs play TCU in the Liberty Bowl.

▪ Hugh Freeze searching for better chemistry at Ole Miss, reports Parrish Alford the NE Mississippi Daily Journal.

SEC teams in bowl games

Monday, Dec. 26

St. Petersburg Bowl: Mississippi State 17, Miami (O) 16

Independence Bowl: North Carolina State 41, Vanderbilt 17

Wednesday, Dec. 28

9:00 - Texas Bowl: Kansas State vs. Texas A&M (ESPN)

Thursday, Dec. 29

2:00 - Birmingham Bowl: South Carolina vs. South Florida (ESPN)

5:30 - Belk Bowl: Arkansas vs. Virginia Tech (ESPN)

Friday, Dec. 30

12:00 - Liberty Bowl: Georgia vs. TCU (ESPN)

3:30 - Music City Bowl: Tennessee vs. Nebraska (ESPN)

Saturday, Dec. 31

11:00 - Citrus Bowl: LSU vs. Louisville (ABC)

11:00 - Taxslayer Bowl: Kentucky vs. Georgia Tech (ESPN)

3:30 - Peach Bowl: Alabama vs. Washington (ESPN)

Monday, Jan. 2

1:00 - Outback Bowl: Florida vs. Iowa (ABC)

8:30 - Sugar Bowl: Auburn vs. Oklahoma (ESPN)

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