Weekdays in the SEC are almost just as fun as Saturdays — almost. Here’s a recap of the most interesting moments from around the conference this week.
— Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi suspended himself from picking winners after predicting Kentucky would beat Florida last Saturday. The Gators won 45-7.
“Don’t ask me why I made this preposterous prediction,” Bianchi wrote. “I thought I had a premonition and a hunch, but obviously I just had a temporary brain infarction.”
— Missouri QB Drew Lock told SEC Network his secret to success when manning the huddle: Lick the thumb. Hit the thigh. Swoop the hair.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) September 12, 2016
— Florida vs. Georgia should be fun this year, as it is every year with these fans.
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 12, 2016
— Mississippi State rolls into Baton Rouge on Saturday to face LSU, and Bulldogs safety Kivon Coman gave the Tigers some bulletin-board material when he said playing at Death Valley is no harder than any other venue.
Mississippi State safety Kivon Coman was asked why it's so hard to play in LSU's Death Valley at night. His response: "It's not."
— David Brandt (@davidbrandtAP) September 13, 2016
— While most chuckled at Nick Saban tearing Lane Kiffin a new one last Saturday, Gridiron Now’s Buddy Martin called Saban’s behavior “downright juvenile.”
— Texas A&M offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone broke down Trevor Knight’s nerves on game day by saying there’s “no age scale on nerves. I’m 60 and I’m nervous as s— all the time.”
— Colin Deaver (@KAGS_Colin) September 13, 2016
— Maybe Knight calms his nerves with ice cream.
Cookies 'n Cream.
— Trevor Knight (@trevor_knight9) September 14, 2016
— Lane Kiffin isn’t the only assistant to be on the wrong end of a Nick Saban a– chewing. Florida coach Jim McElwain has fond memories of his time as Alabama’s offensive coordinator from 2008-11.
— Poor Les Miles just can’t get a grip on his quarterback situation. He seemed even more confused than LSU fans when he said “We’re going to keep that in house” when asked who will be the starter Saturday against Mississippi State before following it up with “I can’t imagine Danny Etling won’t take the first snaps.”
— Fox Sports personality Clay Travis weighed in on the hot SEC girls topic after The Huffington Post said in a since-deleted article that female Alabama students need to “cover up” when attending games. Travis’ response wasn’t surprising.
— Arkansas coach Bret Bielema revealed to Clay Travis that he once had an alter ego as a European Religions professor that helped him meet women. He also said he was shirtless when he met his wife Jen. Now that’s a power move.
— SEC Network personality Laura Rutledge told AL.com that co-worker Marcus Spears would beat Tim Tebow in a steel cage match because “he would come up with some creative way to win. Tim, believe me, is very strong, but I think Marcus would come out on top in that.”
— Want to watch Vanderbilt play Tennessee State on Oct. 22 at Vanderbilt Stadium? Just gather the loose change in your cup holders and visit an online ticket broker for a great deal.
A chalupa combo from Taco Bell is more expensive than a Vanderbilt football ticket pic.twitter.com/a6VGNZg9va
— Michael Lindsay™ (@GoosesTweets) September 15, 2016
— Someone put together a Buffalo Wild Wings commercial spoof using the ending of the Arkansas-TCU game, and it works perfectly.
— In photo collection by ESPN, we see a day in the life of Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly, which includes a pedicure, lunchtime flirting and this awkward photo of him doing a push-up with his shirt pulled behind his head.
You have a lot to live up to, Saturday.