1. GEORGIA BULLDOGS
The Bulldogs will face the Tim Tebow of the MAC: Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour. Last year, LeFevour became just the second player in FBS history to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season (Vince Young is the other). And he impressed against more than just MAC teams, throwing for 292 yards and four touchdowns along with rushing for 114 yards and two touchdowns against Purdue.
* This week: vs. Central Michigan, 3:30 p.m. (FSN South)
2. FLORIDA GATORS
Receiver Percy Harvin (right heel) not only is expected to play Saturday against Miami, but the coaches expect him to start after sitting out last week’s game against Hawaii. Harvin practiced Monday and quarterback Tim Tebow pronounced him “100 percent ready to go.” Middle linebacker Brandon Spikes (right foot) also will return to the lineup, along with left guard Jim Tartt (left shoulder).
* This week: vs. Miami, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
3. LSU TIGERS
The Tigers’ home game against Troy is in jeopardy in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav. Helicopters were already bringing in evacuees Sunday. “Like in 2005, if the decision is made not to play, we are LSU and we represent this state,” coach Les Miles said. “We enjoy the decisions that are made, period. Our prayers and our strong want for this state not being adversely affected by this storm are coming from our team.”
* This week: vs. Troy, 8 p.m.
4. AUBURN TIGERS
Offensive coordinator Tony Franklin said he’s already annoyed with the two-quarterback system and head coach Tommy Tuberville agreed, naming Chris Todd the starter Tuesday. “He may play the whole game,” Tuberville said. “We’re not going to alternate them every series, and if we think we need somebody else to go in and give us a shot in the arm, then that’s what we’re going to do.” Auburn threw for just 85 yards in last Saturday’s win over Louisiana-Monroe.
* This week: vs. Southern Miss, 12:30 p.m. (Raycom)
5. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE
Left tackle Andre Smith is questionable for the Tulane game after spraining his knee in the second half against Clemson. Mike Johnson moved over to left tackle. “Andre is going to be day-to-day and out for a few days,” coach Nick Saban said. “I don’t know if he will play in this game or not. It’s still up in the air, and we probably won’t know for a few days relative to how he heals.”
* This week: vs. Tulane, 7 p.m.
6. TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS
A look at Arian Foster’s other fumbles: He fumbled diving for the goal line against South Carolina in 2005. In the Outback Bowl, his fumble was scooped up by Penn State’s Tony Davis and returned 88 yards for the winning touchdown. Last season, after Tennessee cut Florida’s lead to 28-20, Foster’s fumble was returned for a touchdown. Foster also fumbled late in the game against South Carolina last year, but offensive lineman Jacques McClendon recovered.
* This week: Off
7. SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS
As expected, Steve Spurrier named Chris Smelley the starter for Thursday’s game at Vanderbilt. Smelley, 4-2 last year as a starter, lost the spot to Tommy Beecher after throwing five interceptions in the spring game. But Beecher threw four interceptions against North Carolina State and left the game after injuring his shoulder. Smelley threw two touchdown passes. “Chris played well and he deserves to start, probably if Tommy wasn’t injured,” Spurrier said.
* This week: at Vanderbilt (Thursday), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
8. KENTUCKY WILDCATS
The current Wildcats enjoyed their weekend — a blowout win over rival Louisville — much more than former Kentucky quarterbacks. Andre’ Woodson, the surprising star of last year’s Kentucky squad, was released by the Super Bowl champion New York Giants. The Indianapolis Colts let Jared Lorenzen go. And Shane Boyd was cut by the Houston Texans.
* This week: vs. Norfolk State, 6 p.m.
9. OLE MISS REBELS
Houston Nutt broke out the “Wild Rebel” offense — similar to the “Wild Hog” attack he used at Arkansas — with receiver Dexter McCluster taking the snap and quarterback Jevan Snead moving to wideout. The Rebels used it 10 times and gained 163 yards. On one play, McCluster handed the ball to running back Brandon Bolden, who then completed a 37-yard pass to Snead down the sideline. “The offense hasn’t clicked like that since I’ve been here,” receiver Shay Hodge said.
* This week: at No. 20 Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
10. MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS
Sylvester Croom benched quarterback Wesley Carroll in the fourth quarter of last Saturday’s loss for Tyson Lee, a junior college transfer playing in his first game. Croom hinted at a two-quarterback system during preseason camp. “We were trying to get somebody to make something happen,” Croom said. “And Wes didn’t play well. Didn’t make good decisions. So we tried to get Tyson to make some plays.” Carroll threw three interceptions.
* This week: vs. Southeastern Louisiana, 7 p.m.
11. VANDERBILT COMMODORES
Bobby Johnson said he will continue to call running plays for quarterback Chris Nickson despite the injury risk. Nickson rushed for a career-high 166 yards against Miami (Ohio) last week, looking like his 2006 version. “We know we’ve got to run the quarterback some to stay competitive, and it gives us a chance for some big plays,” Johnson said. “We want to regulate the amount of times he runs down the field, but it’s part of our offense and we’ve got to do it.”
* This week: vs. No. 24 South Carolina (Thursday), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
12. ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS
The SEC’s leader in total offense is ... Casey Dick? The Arkansas quarterback threw for a career-high 318 yards on 25-of-41 passing and accounted for all four touchdowns in the Razorbacks’ 28-24, come-from-behind win over Western Illinois. Dick threw touchdown passes to freshmen Joe Adams and Greg Childs and scored the first two rushing touchdowns of his career. He finished with 330 yards of total offense.
* This week: vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 7 p.m.