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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Lunchtime links: Thursday edition (9/10)

Don't have much time this morning, so let's get right to the links:
  • Higgins notes that only two SEC players have ever averaged over 400 yards passing for a season in this notebook. That would be Tim Couch for Kentucky in 1998 (412.2 ypg) and Rex Grossman for Florida (405.2) in 2002. He brings this up because Arkansas threw for 447 yards in its opener against Missouri State. Call us crazy, but we think that number might come down a little against legitimate competition.
  • Nick Saban's contract has been finalized, writes Michael Casagrande of the Decatur Daily. Here's the final damage: he'll average $4.7 million per year for the life of the contract and made $42.35 million over the next nine years. Jeez, what will they have to pay him if he actually wins a national title?
  • Auburn 24, Mississippi State 13: The Tigers won 3-2 last season thanks to a home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. OK, there were no home runs, but a 3-2 score in football? A few things have changed since that shootout, most notably the head coaches. It’s the SEC debut for Auburn’s Gene Chizik and Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen. The difference in the game, though, will be Gus Malzahn’s balanced offense.
  • Low also lists 10 things to watch in Week 2. One of them is how freshmen -- RB Onterio McCalebb included -- fares against tougher competition.
  • And finally, SI's Stewart Mandel writes about why Notre Dame is so easy to dislike in this mailbag. I think right now it's mostly because Charlie Weis is so smug for never having won anything with the Irish.

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