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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thursday links (10/15)

Oh what a day for Twitter followers. Eight, count them eight (!), new people joined up to follow the War Eagle Extra on Twitter to get me over the 250 mark. As promised, here's your mention on the blog. Thanks to everyone who keeps my Twitter army growing. Follow along here.
Also, don't forget today's LIVE chat at a new time of 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT.

On to the links!
  • Kentucky's offensive line has come a long way, writes Chip Cosby of the Lexington Herald-Leader. The Wildcats are No. 1 in the league in fewest sacks allowed. (Watch the Rich Brooks video on the right about the quarterback situation too. It's funny).
  • Several sources have told Danville Advocate-Messenger sports editor Larry Vaught that Morgan Newton, Indiana's Mr. Football last season, will get the nod at quarterback.
  • Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier are friends and foes with similar success at the college football level (and for that matter, similar struggles in the NFL), writes Pete Iacobelli of the Associated Press.
  • Ray Melick of the Birmingham News talks smack to the NCAA for ... well, talking smack to Alabama in its "serial violator" report.
  • ESPN.com blogger Chris Low's SEC picks are in. Here's his Auburn-Kentucky prediction:
  • "Auburn 38, Kentucky 17: The schedule has really worked out pretty nicely for Auburn to this point. The Tigers get to come back home after their first loss of the season and face an injury-riddled Kentucky team that will be playing without its starting quarterback and best defensive player. The Wildcats played valiantly last week at South Carolina, but you wonder if they’re about to hit that wall."
  • "8. Getting back to Auburn football: Auburn wasn’t as good as it looked in those first five wins, and the Tigers weren’t as bad as they looked in falling behind 34-3 last Saturday to Arkansas in their first loss of the season. The first thing they need to do is tackle better on defense and special teams, and shoring up that kickoff coverage would also be nice. It’s difficult to complain with anything Auburn has done offensively this season, but this Kentucky game at home is an absolute must. The teeth of the schedule is still to come, including a trip to LSU and home game with Alabama."
  • Gamblers take note: the Wizard of Odds has graphs to show the best and worst teams against the spread this decade. If you put a lot of faith in teams from the Big East, your wallet is a lot thicker as a result. The top teams are Boise State, Utah, Iowa, Oregon State and Southern Cal. The worst team? Western Kentucky.

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