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Link sAUsage -- Aug. 21, 2012

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Future Tigers and Tiders will play in ESPN showcases. | al.com

On Friday, October 26 a pair of future Alabama stars will face a future Auburn lineman as Tiger-committed defensive lineman Carl Lawson from Georgia's Milton High School faces off against Alabama-committed running back Tyren Jones and quarterback Parker McLeod of Walton High. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. Central and will air on ESPNU.

Clemson is starting to achieve the look and feel it will take to the Georgia Dome. | Shakin' The Southland

The Tigers had another scrimmage over the weekend, and now that I've talked to some in attendence the picture of this team is becoming more and more clear. However, nothing matters until the lights come on in Atlanta, so it can still go up or down from where we are now.

Auburn's Ball earns a weekly SEC soccer honor. | Opelika-Auburn News

Fresh off of the first two-goal game of her career, sophomore Tori Ball was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday.

How accurate is the preseason AP poll's No. 1 Team? | Team Speed Kills

The preseason AP Poll, by virtue of being one of the last to drop, should be one of the more accurate ones. The SIDs' Coaches' Poll voting occurs in July, and the magazines all go to print in May. Also, as writers are supposed to be impartial and anyway don't have any potential bonuses riding on the poll's eventual outcome, the voting should be more pure. The poll might have dropped out of the BCS a few years back, but it still is relevant because I'm sure a lot of Harris Poll voters check it every week before casting their ballots.

CFN ranks Auburn No. 40 entering 2012. | CollegeFootballNews.com

There’s enough talent to field a starting 11 that could be good enough to hang around with all the mediocre SEC attacks, but all the big bodies on the defensive interior have to be healthy and start to produce more against the stronger running teams, and the linebacking corps needs to come up with solid options to work around Daren Bates.

Which teams in the AP top 25 are good? None of them. | Every Day Should Be Saturday

23. Florida. LOLOLOLOLOLnope [dies]