SEC

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

Here are five things we are intrigued by this week in the SEC:

Online: 2015 schedules for all 14 SEC teams

There is a former Florida football offensive mastermind, namely State Spurrier, who has been fond of saying "statistics are for losers."

Let's rank the SEC and review the questions facing each team (with record and Saturday's foe). And everyone expected the college football world to revolve around the state of Mississippi, right? Right?

Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen said on Wednesday's SEC teleconference that it was crazier this time last week in Starkville, proving complacency already has devoured the Magnolia State.

Sports fans who are customers of EPB Fiber Optics can now get their sports fix on the go, after the Chattanooga-based television and broadband internet provider allowed customers access to the WatchESPN service this week.

With the West Division of the Southeastern Conference experiencing uprisings this season at Ole Miss and Mississippi State, somebody is having to slide down the league ladder.

Here's our weekly ranking of the SEC football teams (with record and this week's EDT schedule) and questions facing each this week:

With Oregon losing Thursday night and with Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and UCLA losing Saturday, the college football landscape was expected to have a different look this week.

The Rebels host the nation's best team when Alabama comes calling Saturday.

The Arkansas Razorbacks are sitting out this week's showdowns within the Southeastern Conference, and they're doing so with mixed emotions.

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