Nobody said it would be easy, especially with the required assignments.

How long have the Crimson Tide spent on special teams this week, and how often has the end to last year's Iron Bowl been mentioned in practice?

Arkansas had to end its streak at some point. The Razorbacks went ahead and did it emphatically.

Who was surprised Alabama coach Nick Saban got a little jumpy with the media on Monday?

The polar vortex is coming to Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Perhaps one day he'll be viewed as the savior of the Will Muschamp era at Florida.

• 1. Mississippi State (9-0, 5-0; at Alabama, 3:30 p.m.): How crazy is the new playoff system?

• Offense: Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen, who completed 19 of 29 passes for 277 yards and four touchdowns in the upset victory at Auburn.

After his team committed five turnovers and was outgained by 232 yards in a 34-0 home loss to Georgia on Oct. 11, Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel knew his Tigers were in a bad place.

1. Mississippi State (8-0, 5-0; vs. UT-Martin, 4 p.m.): Will Dan Mullen be in Starkville next year?

A couple of weeks ago at the Southeastern Conference's basketball media day, Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy was asked about the fairness of ESPN's multiple outlets -- including the new SEC Network -- televising No. 1 Kentucky's August Bahamas tour and both of its exhibition games, but no exhibition games by any of the conference's other 13 schools.

1. Mississippi State (7-0, 4-0; vs. Arkansas, 7:15 p.m.): Are the Bulldogs ready for the November gauntlet?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — First-year Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall knows the time will come when his fan base will expect him to beat Kentucky on a semi-regular basis. He just hopes they don't expect it to be this year.

It was not the energizing midseason comment Vanderbilt football fans were hoping for under first-year coach Derek Mason.

By Jay Greeson

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