TideNation links: Mizzou recruit battles

Greg Ostendorf writesInsider: There hasn’t been much to speak of historically in the way of Alabama-Missouri recruiting battles, but with the Tigers joining the SEC that’s bound to change soon.

OstendorfInsider: Class of 2014 wide receiver DeMarcus Bingham has yet to receive his first scholarship offer, but the junior knows that’ll happen soon enough. Meanwhile, the Foley, Ala., prospect visited Tuscaloosa and Auburn recently, and noted which Alabama program outshined the other.

Alex Scarborough writes: Alabama is on top of the college football world heading into a trip this week to Columbia, Mo. That doesn't mean anything, though, as the Tide were in the same position two years ago before losing to South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.

Scarborough: Nick Saban says the only predictable thing about the 2012 season is its unpredictability.