Some Thursday linkage in the SEC, where the first conference game of the season is on tap for tonight:
Rick Cleveland of The Jackson Clarion-Ledger writes that statement time is here for Dan Mullen and his Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Auburn has allowed 26 or more points in five consecutive games dating to last season, the first time that's happened in school history. It's a streak Auburn would like to end Thursday against Mississippi State.
Tony Barnhart of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that fans shouldn't be mad at A.J. Green.
Georgia moves on without the centerpiece of its passing game, writes Marc Weiszer of The Athens Banner-Herald.
Alabama's test on Saturday won't come on the history of the Penn State series, writes Mike Herndon of The Mobile Press-Register.
Tennessee defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox gets another shot at Oregon's high-powered offense after holding the Ducks to 8 points and 152 yards last season.
Matt Roark and La'Rod King are the reinforcements Kentucky was looking for at receiver.
Florida's running backs address their own fumbling problems from Week 1.