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Around the SEC, Preseason Edition

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Oh, right. SEC football starts this week. Let’s take a tour around the league!

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Well, as it turns out, SEC football is only coming around three weeks later than originally scheduled. We worried all summer that it might not be played at all, and instead, while the SEC waited until after the ACC and Big 12, it’s still kicking off the season a month before the Big Ten — and at least a month before the Pac-12, which hasn’t even announced its return yet.

So as we get ready for game week, let’s take a look around the SEC courtesy of our fellow SB Nation blogs.

Roll Bama Roll talks about who will replace Tua Tagovailoa as Alabama’s starting quarterback, and while the favorite would seem to be Mac Jones, it’s interesting that Nick Saban has yet to make that official. But of course, there’s a five-star freshman in the competition.

Arkansas Fight talks special teams. Hey, we’ve been there. (Arguably, we are currently there.)

College and Magnolia has ten SEC freshmen to know. None of them play for Vanderbilt (even though our starting QB is probably going to be a freshman.)

Alligator Army asks whether 2020’s weirdness could work out for Florida, to which I say weirdness is kind of Florida’s thing (the state, not the university.) Oh, and they also mention Florida’s USNWR ranking, which I thought was a thing that only we did.

Dawg Sports also talks quarterback competition, which is a thing at Georgia as well. This will probably be a recurring theme.

A Sea of Blue steals content from parlagi, asks whether Kentucky can make a bowl game with a 4-6 record.

And the Valley Shook asks which football coaches Ed Orgeron could beat up.

For Whom the Cowbell Tolls tries to predict the SEC West.

Rock M Nation breaks down the state of the Missouri football program entering the first season under Eliah Drinkwitz.

Red Cup Rebellion asks how the extended dead period affects Ole Miss’ recruiting. Frankly, they should be fine as long as the bagman can continue to make drops.

Garnet and Black Attack writes about the resolution to South Carolina’s quarterback competition, with Colorado State transfer Collin Hill beating out incumbent Ryan Hilinski.

Rocky Top Talk writes of Georgia transfer Cade Mays getting a waiver to play immediately from the NCAA, probably because they’re handing those out like candy now.

Good Bull Hunting reports on Texas A&M suspending tailgating, which... uh, yeah, they probably should.

This week’s schedule

(All games on Saturday. Times listed are Central.)

Florida at Ole Miss, 11:00 AM, ESPN

Kentucky at Auburn, 11:00 AM, SEC Network

Mississippi State at LSU, 2:30 PM, CBS

Georgia at Arkansas, 3:00 PM, SEC Network

Alabama at Missouri, 6:00 PM, ESPN

Vanderbilt at Texas A&M, 6:30 PM, SEC Network Alternate

Tennessee at South Carolina, 6:30 PM, SEC Network