Around the SEC on a Thursday

It’s a rather slow Thursday here in Tupelo. I’m working on a Robert Elliott feature for Saturday, but I’m taking a break from it to bring y’all some news and notes from around the SEC this week. Some of the items might be a couple of days old, but that’s OK, they’re probably new to you.

BAMA VS. BRUINS? Alabama is seeking a season-opening opponent for the 2012 season, and it could wind up being UCLA. By that point, I suppose, the Pac-10 will be called the Pac-12, or something. Anyway, I’ve always liked SEC/Pac-10 matchups, like when USC came to Auburn a few years ago, or farther back, when MSU played Oregon.

Bama coach Nick Saban wants one high-profile non-SEC opponent each season. For the next two seasons, that foe is Penn State.

GEORGIA’S DIVISION OF LABOR: Tim Tucker of the AJC, in a series of by-position looks, examines Georgia’s running backs. It looks to be a deep unit, but who will be the starter/bellcow: Washaun Ealey or Caleb King? The Bulldogs have 10 starters back on offense, the one vacated position being quarterback, so Georgia will need a strong running game.

MSU plays host to Georgia on Sept. 25.

BEST BACKS: The fine folks at SouthernPigskin.com rank the SEC’s top five running back units. Bet you can’t guess who’s No. 1?

Other links and notes: Kentucky football has added Jacksonville State to its 2011 slate. … South Carolina will play Navy in ’11. … Florida is gearing up for its College World Series opener, Saturday against UCLA. … Same goes for South Carolina, which plays Oklahoma on Sunday.