Monday Morning Update

Spanning the globe on a Monday morning. …

It took three weeks for Alabama and LSU, the top two teams in the SEC West and last year’s BCS title game participants, to position themselves as 1 and 2 in the AP Top 25. That puts the SEC in good position for a possible seventh straight national championship, but there’s shifting in the league that makes its status of quality depth among its teams less certain.

Arkansas was expected to lead the “quality depth” group, perhaps to even challenge the status quo in the West, but after the Hogs lost to my alma mater, La.-Monroe, the University formerly known as Northeast Louisiana, there’s less calling of the Hogs and more calling for an interim coach to replace interim coach John L. Smith. …

Speaking of hot seat coaches it may be time to turn up the AC for Auburn’s Gene Chizik, even though he was able to slow Sun Belt juggernaut ULM in the overtime period while Smith was not. Montgomery columnist Josh Moon says the Warhawks played on even terms with Auburn, and he doesn’t see Auburn getting better soon. …

So who’s the best team in the SEC East? It’s looking like Georgia, which moved up to No. 5 in the AP poll this week. The Bulldogs’ status as top contenders in the East may be solidified by the still-ailing shoulder of South Carolina QB Connor Shaw. …

This week’s Ole Miss opponent, Tulane, was back at practice Sunday after two off days. The Green Wave did not play on Saturday, and whether it will have starting QB Ryan Griffin for the Ole Miss game Saturday morning at 11 at the Superdome remains unclear. Griffin has a shoulder injury and did not practice on Sunday. Tulane coaches and players continue to monitor the status of teammate Devon Walker, who sustained a spinal injury against Tulsa and remains hospitalized there. Coach Curtis Johnson says he’s getting “excellent” news on Walker’s recovery, but he did not elaborate.


Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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