Friday, July 19, 2013

Morning Six Pack: July 19, 2013 and 43 days until Bama football, and what a great representation the SEC coaches and players made this week. Here’s the customary morning batch of college football stories.

Alabama's AJ McCarron: 'I love 2-5-1,' 'I'm proud to be from Mobile'

"I love 2-5-1. I'm proud to be a part of that city. Proud to be from there."

Cincinnati, Nebraska agree to future home-and-home

In some scheduling news that doesn’t involve whether the SEC will play eight or nine conference games, Nebraska and Cincinnati have agreed to a future home-and-home series.

The lost year: Gus Malzahn, Houston Nutt, Mitch Mustain open up on their days together at Arkansas

Gus Malzahn says he learned a lot about college football during his first and only season at Arkansas, which hired him out of Springdale High (Ark.) in December 2005.

LSU, Georgia aim to knock off Tide off pedestal

While losing to Alabama cost Georgia a shot at a national title, the Bulldogs did gain two things.

SEC media days report: A&M picked to finish 2nd in West

The media picked A&M to finish second behind two-time defending national champion Alabama in the SEC West Division, and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel and offensive left tackle Jake Matthews were members of the SEC preseason first team on offense.


"I know LSU doesn't want to play Florida," Saban said. "But when I was at LSU, the fans loved that game. It's like how our fans love the Tennessee game. There was a time when we couldn't beat [the Volunteers] for seven years in a row. You can't predict it."

Saban said the only way the SEC can ensure its scheduling format is fair is for everyone to play everybody. But with 14 teams in the SEC, it's impossible.

"You have to rotate the schedule," Saban said. "Some years, there are going to be schedules that are easier than others. You can't just say Georgia and Florida because Tennessee has just been just as good as those two traditionally. [Tennessee is] having a lull in their program, and there was a time when Florida had a lull in their program, when they were winning seven games a year. I think everybody is going to go through a lull at some point in time. There's no way to predict it."

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