The buzz around Saturday’s SEC games

Gator trouble

Florida suspended receiver Demarcus Robinson of Fort Valley and Peach County High, and defensive tackles Jay-nard Bostwick and Darious Cummings for the opener.

Coach Will Muschamp says Robinson was suspended “due to a university sanction that is now resolved.” Robinson was suspended the final two games of last season, so sitting out against the Vandals is carry-over discipline. Robinson caught five passes for 23 yards in 2013. Bostwick and Cummings, the only starter of the three, didn’t play because of an undisclosed violation of team rules.

Numbers game

A receiver for Heisman anyone? There hasn’t been one since 1991, when Desmond Howard claimed it. Perhaps this is the year: Alabama’s Amari Cooper recorded his eighth 100-plus yard performance (12 catches for 130 yards) of his career while recording 100 or more yards for his third consecutive game (previous, 178 yards at Auburn and 121 yards vs. Oklahoma).

He said it

“You know, the guy is a really good now, all right. Y’all need to fess up to that. And most places that don’t like him is because he left and they were mad because he left. They weren’t mad about anything he did while he was there. Just do a little research on that.” — Alabama coach Nick Saban on new Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin.


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Alabama Analyst Phil Savage on show: “guy to keep an eye on is Kenyan Drake” compares to way USC used Reggie Bush when Lane Kiffin was there.

Injury report

The first serious injury was to a Kentucky cheerleader injured in a fall late in the fourth quarter of the Wildcats’ 59-14 victory against Tennessee-Martin in Lexington, Ky. Her fall brought a hush over the crowd, and applause slowly grew as medical personnel stabilized the woman’s head and neck and she was placed her on a board for transport to a hospital. The cheerleader lay motionless for several moments before flashing the thumbs-up as she was carted out of Commonwealth Stadium. Her status was not updated.


Tonight: Utah St. at Tenn., 7 p.m., SEC

Saturday: Ark. St. at Tennessee, noon, SEC

Saturday: Missouri at Toledo, noon, ABC/ESPN

Saturday: FAU at Alabama, noon, SEC

Saturday: UAB at Miss. State, 2 p.m.

Saturday: Ohio at Kentucky, 3:30 p.m., ESPNU

Saturday: E. Mich. at Florida, 4 p.m., SEC

Saturday: Nicholls St. at Arkansas, 4 p.m., SEC

Saturday: Ole Miss at Vandy, 4:30 p.m., ESPN

Saturday: ECU at S. Carolina, 7 p.m., EPSN2

Saturday: San Jose at Auburn, 6 p.m., ESPNU

Saturday: Lamar at Texas A&M, 7:30 p.m., SEC

Saturday: Sam Houston at LSU, 7:30 p.m., SEC

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