SEC in the headlines: LSU does its best to move forward

September, 3, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

All our best to the people in Louisiana and everybody on the LSU campus. The city of Baton Rouge took a pretty hard hit from Hurricane Gustav, and they're still trying to sort through all the damage. Here's a look around the conference:

* The LSU team had its individual position meetings Tuesday and went through a walk-through at the indoor practice facility, but very little is normal this week in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav. Officials will meet again Wednesday to decide if the LSU-Troy game should be played this Saturday as scheduled or pushed back to Nov. 15.

* Jon Solomon of The Birmingham News writes that Tennessee's loss on the West Coast to UCLA will be another excuse for the SEC not testing itself outside the conference. Actually, the SEC has gotten better when it comes to playing marquee national games. Tennessee has always done it, and Nick Saban wants to play at least one big game out of conference every year. You can't forget about Florida, either. The Gators play Florida State every year and still play Miami occasionally. Both of those programs will cycle back to being strong. There's no way they can't being in the state of Florida with all that talent.

* Auburn nose guard Tez Doolittle beat the odds to return from a torn Achilles to play again for the Tigers.

* Florida's Percy Harvin says he's on his way back to being 100 percent and expects to play Saturday against Miami.

* Kevin Brockway of The Gainesville Sun has an informative piece on the risk of coming back too soon from heel and ankle injuries.

* Vanderbilt's D.J. Moore gets another shot at the team he grew up rooting for, and South Carolina gets another shot at Moore, who called the Gamecocks' receivers "average" following the Commodores' 17-6 win in Columbia last season.

* Mississippi State's season-opening loss was especially difficult for All-SEC safety Derek Pegues to swallow. He was suspended for the game and had to watch on television.

* Georgia is not fazed by the drop in the polls. At least, not now.

* Is Tennessee staring down the barrel of an 0-3 start in the SEC by mid-October? Mike Strange of the Knoxville News Sentinel weighs in on where the Vols go from here after a disappointing start to the season.

* Hey, what about the defense? Kentucky's Rich Brooks wants the Wildcats' fans to get excited about the defense, which was dominant in the 27-2 win over Louisville.

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