Iron Bowl stakes are crystal clear

Saturday’s Alabama at Auburn game will decide the Eastern Division winner of the Southeastern Conference, which will play in the conference championship game a week later in Atlanta against either Missouri or South Carolina.

SEC rankings

Blair Kerkhoff ranks the league's teams from top to bottom.

Cauley-Stein continues to grow at Kentucky

Kentucky sophomore center Willie Cauley-Stein remembers the moment when he morphed from being just a tall kid living on the Kansas plains to a potential NBA Draft pick.

Auburn’s stunning reversal based on running game

Auburn is off to a stunning 9-1 start. A program that finished 3-9 last season now has the SEC’s most potent running attack. Auburn rushes for 320 yards per game, by far tops in the conference. Junior running back Tre Mason leads the league with 16 rushing touchdowns and averages 103 rushing yards per game.

As usual, Alabama-LSU has major SEC title implications

Three of the last four seasons, Alabama and LSU have finished as the top two teams in the Southeastern Conference West Division. So, it should come as no surprise that Saturday’s showdown at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., is rife with SEC championship game implications.

Is Malzahn-Bielema a budding SEC feud?

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema accused Auburn of not providing complete game tape, saying on one play, the TV copy sent by Auburn doesn’t include an angle wide enough to see an entire “swinging gate” formation of a two-point conversion play. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said the SEC is aware of the matter.

SEC coaches say last week’s upsets prove conference’s depth

Coaches say the upsets — three ranked teams lost to unranked opponents and No. 24 Auburn won at seventh-ranked Texas A&M — prove how deep the SEC is. “You better be ready to play every week,” LSU’s Les Miles said, recalling a loss on the way to the 2007 national title.

SEC’s first half was about Mizzou and Manziel

Alabama’s the best team, and Johnny Manziel is the most dynamic player in the Southeastern Conference halfway through the college football season. Otherwise, the SEC has been full of surprises, like undefeated Missouri.

Missouri basketball picked fifth in preseason SEC media poll

Missouri was picked to finish fifth in the Southeastern Conference preseason media poll released Wednesday at the SEC Basketball Media Days in Birmingham, Ala. Tigers junior guard Jabari Brown was chosen to the media’s preseason All-SEC second team.

Look who’s playing ‘old man football’ now: It’s Missouri

Missouri leads the Southeastern Conference in rushing and sacks per game and is third in rushing defense. It’s a change from a year ago, when one Tigers’ player mocked Georgia’s plodding style of offense as “old man football.” Now MU is getting it done on the ground and with defense.

Quarterbacks are ruling the SEC this year

It seems an odd time to declare this season as the best for Southeastern Conference quarterbacks, considering its quarterbacks have won three of the last six Heisman Trophies — Johnny Manziel, Cam Netwon and Tim Tebow. But it’s true, or at least headed that way with one-third of the schedule completed.

LSU-Georgia showdown complete with family drama

Georgia football administrative assistant Tammy Mettenberger has the week off, and in the heat of the season no less. But it was the right thing to do, Bulldogs coach Mark Richt said. No reason for Tammy Mettenberger to work this week while coaches prepare to game plan against LSU, where her son, Zach, is the starting quarterback.

LSU, Auburn quarterbacks share Kansas junior college ties

When Auburn chose Nick Marshall as its starting quarterback last month, the Tigers’ game Saturday at LSU added a sidebar. Both starting quarterbacks — Marshall and LSU’s Zach Mettenberger — started their careers at Georgia, and continued them in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference.

Defensive reinforcements arrive for Texas A&M

Top-ranked and two-time defending national champion Alabama is opening its Southeastern Conference schedule against an opponent, Texas A&M, that has surrendered 59 points to Rice and Sam Houston State. That seemingly would make Saturday’s game a mismatch. But the hype suggests otherwise.

Some quarterback competitions linger into week two

Teams with fall camp competitions are expected to go with the same starters in the second week, except at Oklahoma State. J.W. Walsh, who engineered the Cowboys’ 21-3 victory over Mississippi State in relief of Clint Chelf, gets the start Saturday at Texas-San Antonio.