Top SEC storylines for Week 3: Manziel muzzled, Scandal Week and fighting Gamecocks

  • Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013 6:05 a.m., Updated: Thursday, September 12, 2013 6:21 a.m.
Johnny Manziel, aka Johnny Football, aka Johnny Big Mouth

The Top 5 SEC storylines for Week 3:

Manziel muzzled. He’s the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner preparing to guide Texas A&M into a much-anticipated rematch with Alabama this week. But Johnny Football – aka Johnny Paycheck, aka Johnny Big Mouth – won’t talk to the assembled media in College Station before the game on the advice of his family and attorneys, Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin said. This probably won’t go over well when Heisman votes are counted. But a win over Alabama goes a long way in making action outshine a loss for words.

Fighting Gamecocks. Perhaps you noticed that South Carolina assistant coaches Deke Adams and Kirk Botkin were the undercard Saturday at the Jadeveon Clowney-Aaron Murray main event in Athens. Head coach Steve Spurrier says everything is fine now, except that the Gamecocks better get lined up faster for foes looking to capitalize on their confusion.

Scandal Week. Yahoo! Sports reports that five SEC players received impermissible cash benefits last year from former Alabama defensive end Luther Davis, who was acting as a go-between for agents and players. Sports Illustrated says Oklahoma State players received academic and cash benefits during current LSU head coach Les Miles’ tenure in Stillwater. So expect the weakening NCAA to do nothing.

Cam Cameron. The longtime former NFL head coach and offensive coordinator is paying immediate dividends as LSU’s offensive coordinator. Zach Mettenberger simply is a better quarterback, which is why LSU in wins over TCU and Alabama-Birmingham has jumped from 11th in the SEC in pass efficiency in 2012 to third so far this year.

New chance for Ole Miss. Texas gave up 550 rushing yards last week at BYU and Ole Miss rushed for 206 yards in a season-opening win at Vanderbilt. Can the Rebels cash in Saturday night in Austin?

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