HOOVER - The Southeastern Conferences three-day football extravaganza gets under way today at the Wynfrey Hotel. South Carolina and head coach Steve Spurrier are up first at 1 p.m.
LSU coach Les Miles
More than 1,100 media credentials have been issued. Fourteen coaches and 42 players will be peppered with questions, some insightful, some innocuous and some downright bizarre.
In advance, a run through the league with one question for each school represented:
Can head coach Gene Chizik silence the doubters who believe his 2010 national championship team was an aberration?
Is quarterback Zach Mettenberger, whose college experience is limited to a few snaps last season, really ready to take the offense to a new level?
Can head coach Nick Saban lose fewer than three games in back-to-back seasons for the second time in his 17 seasons as a college head coach?
Can Paul Petrino fill his brother Bobby's ample shoes as a play-caller for the Razorback offense?
Can first-year coach Kevin Sumlin's all-out passing attack, an overwhelming force in Conference USA, be consistently successful against SEC defenses?
Will Dan Mullen finally beat a West Division team not called Ole Miss?
How long will it take first-year head coach Hugh Freeze, widely considered a top-notch recruiter, to get enough talent at Ole Miss to even dream of a championship? Will he ever?
Off the field he won't be missed, but he will replace running back Isaiah Crowell on the field?
Can running back Marcus Lattimore play again like he did before suffering a season-ending knee injury in 2011?
Quarterback James Franklin was viewed as one of the best in the Big 12. How will he stack up in the SEC?
Can head coach Derek Dooley keep his job if the Vols don't make a big move this season?
Are the Commodores, in head coach James Franklin's second season, really on the verge of becoming something more than a doormat?
When does basketball season start?
Here are the coaches and players who will represent each school:
South Carolina (HC Steve Spurrier, Ace Sanders, D.J. Swearinger, Connor Shaw)
Missouri (HC Gary Pinkel, Elvis Fisher, E.J. Gaines, T.J. Moe
Texas A&M (HC Kevin Sumlin, Sean Porter, Ryan Swope, Luke Joeckel)
Vanderbilt (HC James Franklin, Trey Wilson, Jordan Rodgers, Zac Stacey)
Florida (HC Will Muschamp, Mike Gillislee, John Bostic, Lerentee McCray)
Mississippi State (HC Dan Mullen, Jonathan Banks, Tyler Russell, Gabe Jackson)
Arkansas (HC John L. Smith, Tyler Wilson, Knile Davis, Tenarius Wright)
Kentucky (HC Joker Phillips, Larry Warford, Matt Smith, Collins Ukwu)
LSU (HC Les Miles, Zach Mettenberger, Eric Reid, Odell Beckham)
Alabama (HC Nick Saban, Damion Square, Barrett Jones, Michael Williams)
Tennessee (HC Derek Dooley, Herman Lathers Ja'wuan Jones, Tyler Bray)
Ole Miss (HC Hugh Freeze, Charles Sawyer, Mike Marry, Donte Moncrief)
Georgia (HC Mark Richt, Tavarres King, Arby Jones, Jarvis Jones)