Thursday, July 5, 2012

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Joker Phillips, recruiting, and more.

(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)

"Wisconsin needs Alabama more than Alabama needs Wisconsin."
Because Kevin Scarbinsky, commenting on Alabama's turning down offers to face Wisconsin, said so. Blame it on the in-the-future playoffs and things like the Badgers' soft strength of schedule. (The Birmingham News)

Speaking of Alabama and strength of schedules...
Andrew Gribble previews Alabama's Sept. 8 home game against Western Kentucky, and tries to claim that the Hilltoppers, who could contend for a Sun Belt conference title this season,  aren't cupcakes. (al.com)

A Season on the Brink. 

Kyle Tucker sits down with Kentucky head football coach Joker Phillips as he prepares the 2012 season knowing his job is most certainly on the line. (The Louisville Courier-Journal)


He's a Fluker, but he's no fluke.
Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker comes in at no. 12 on The Gainesville Sun's "Top 25 Players in the SEC" countdown. (The Gainesville Sun)

100% of my love.
Florida offensive guard Jessamen Bunker, offensive tackle D.J. Humphries, and running back Matt Jones are among the incoming freshen given an 100% chance of seeing playing time this season by Robbie Andreu. (The Gainesville Sun)

Tigers vs. Gators. 
The Oct. 6 meeting of cross-division rivals LSU and Florida comes in at no. 12 on The Gainesville Sun's "Top 25 SEC Games" list. (The Gainesville Sun)

Green Thoughts.
And the Valley Shook previews LSU's Sept. 1 season opener against the North Texas Mean Green. (And the Valley Shook)

Eat more Wolfpack.
Chris Pendley previews the Aug. 31 Chick-fil-A Kickoff game matchup between Tennessee and NC State at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. You can imagine Vols' HC Derek Dooley doesn't want this one to end like the 2010 Music City Bowl. (Rocky Top Talk)

Two, two, two profiles in one. 
Brandon Marcello profiles Mississippi State middle linebackers Ferlando Bohanna and Benadrick McKinney. (The Jackson Clarion Ledger)

There's a possibility, but no chance.
Nashville may make a run at hosting the post-BCS college football championship game. The number one thing holding The Music City back? The lack of a domed stadium like the Georgia Dome of Cowboys Stadium. (The Tennessean)

Recruiting

Hey Nineteen.
North Carolina high school rising senior defensive end Lewis Neal becomes the 19th commitment to LSU's 2013 recruiting class. (The Shreveport Times)