7 at 7: Wednesday morning SEC links

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 30, 2013 

Tennessee Alabama Football

Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley (14) sits on the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)


AUBURN, Ala. — One week ago at this time, I took Boston in six games in the World Series.

If the Red Sox win tonight, they will make me look like a smart man. (OK, maybe that's a bit too far. Semi-smart, at least?)

Anyway, on to the SEC links in this morning's 7 at 7.

1. SEC quarterback news, Part I: After leading South Carolina to a come-from-behind victory to knock off undefeated Missouri, starting quarterback Connor Shaw has yet to practice tihs week and is listed as questionable as the Gamecocks prepare to play Mississippi State.

2. SEC quarterback news, Part II: It appears Missouri will face a backup quarterback for the second week in a row. Tennessee coach Butch Jones confirmed Tuesday night that starter Justin Worley will miss an indefinite period of time after having surgery on his thumb. While he's out, true freshman Josh Dobbs has been handed the reins to the offense.

3. SEC quarterback news, Part III Then again, it's not as if Missouri hasn't had quarterback issues of its own. Even though James Franklin is nursing his way back to health, it appears that backup Maty Mauk will make his third straight start on Saturday.

4. Ole Miss is 5-3 for the second straight season. But as Hugh Kellenberger of the Clarion-Ledger writes, the Rebels' expectations have changed, as simply becoming bowl eligible isn't going to cut it.

5. Meanwhile, Ole Miss' arch-rival would love to have that problem. But with a difficult November slate starting the Bulldogs in the face, making it to the postseason won't be an easy task.

6. With a bye week between now and next Saturday's game against Alabama, LSU coaches are using this time to make recruiting inroads in the state of Florida, writes James Smith of The Times-Picayune.

7. Pretty much anything Alabama coach Nick Saban says turns into a headline. That was no different Tuesday night, as he said he had "never considered joining Twitter, nor do I know why anybody would." OK then.

More 7 at 7:

7 at 7: Wednesday morning SEC links

7 at 7: Tuesday morning NCAA links

7 at 7: Tuesday morning links around the NCAA

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