HOOVER, AL (WSFA) - Alabama is ultimately still the team to beat in the SEC. How have they managed to maintain the excellence for this long?
"I really think it's just how we do things down there and how we prepare for games. We got Coach Saban on our backs all day. We really don't have a choice but to play at a high level." said Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley.
Something to remember, despite dropping a National Championship in January --- Saban still has that stellar 74-13 overall SEC record.
Who else was here on Day 3 besides Alabama? Well, we heard from Kentucky, Missouri and Texas A&M on what they expect from their programs for this upcoming season.
Missouri, a team that went 4-8 overall in Barry Odom's debut season has some glimmers of hope on an offense that coach says shouldn't be overrated.
"I wouldn't say underrated," said Odom. "No, I think they have a chance to be a special offense. We've got all those moving parts back, you know as a coaching staff we have to make sure those guys play better than they did last year if not, that experience just goes by the wayside and it's a waste."
Kentucky is no longer last in the East. Their 30 points per game average last season was the best they've had since 2010.
"I think our team is more mature this year, we're stronger, we're deeper, we have more players we need to continue to do that. Continue to push at the level that it takes to compete in this great league," Head Coach Mark Stoops said.
Then there's the Aggies. Kevin Sumlin, consistently seen as a 'hot seat' contender, yet they've won 8 or more games since they've entered the South Eastern Conference.
Kevin Sumlin weighed in on what it means to be on the 'hot seat' essentially every year.
"Where we are right now, our program is in a heck of a lot better shape than when I took it over it was a 500 program. From that standpoint is Texas A&M better than it was 5 years ago? Heck yes. Is it where we want to be? Nope and nobody wants to win more than Kevin Sumlin."
A busy day 3, with the Tide, of course, headlining the action. Who, if anyone, can knock off Bama? To be determined.