Blake Sims will start at quarterback for Alabama on Saturday, according to

Alabama, ranked No. 2 in the nation by the Associated Press, opens the season against West Virginia.

According to the report, Jake Coker will back up Sims and will see some playing time.

However, coach Nick Saban has not officially named a starter, but said Monday, "We're going to continue to rep both guys."

Saban also said the starter may not necessarily finish the game.

It is not clear which one has the competitive edge. Alabama does not open its scrimmages to the media and does not provide passing statistics during preseason camp.

However, Sims is believed to be more comfortable with the offense than Coker and the fifth-year senior was a longtime backup to former starter AJ McCarron.

Coker transferred from Florida State after backing up Heisman Trophy award winner Jameis Winston.

---Texas A&M's 52-28 win over South Carolina on Thursday night delivered more than $1 million worth of free furniture for Aggies fans.

The Ashley Furniture branch in College Station offered all furniture purchased from Aug. 16-27 for free if Texas A&M beat South Carolina by at least 10 points.

Store owner Mark Wilks told on Thursday night that more than 600 people bought items during that span, which totaled more than $1 million in sales. One customer bought $20,000 worth of furniture.

---The SEC issued a statement Friday that Vanderbilt can no longer wear its "Anchor Down" jerseys used in place of the players' last names.

Vanderbilt's jerseys were the subject of controversy during the Commodores' season-opening 37-7 loss to visiting Temple on Thursday night.

The SEC called the NCAA's approval of jerseys that "are not permissible under the NCAA football uniform regulations" a "miscommunication."

The NCAA has ruled previously that all schools except the military service academies may not put slogans on the back of their players' jerseys.

---Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, speaking at a breakfast the day before his team's season opener, veered off topic to talk about the dangers of marijuana in society.

At first, Pelini was discussing the challenges that coaches face today and what they see with players, families and backgrounds.

"Let's face it, it's not OK," Pelini said at the Big Red Breakfast. "I think everybody that's our age, my age, hopefully understands that it's not OK. It's not good. It's not good for you. And these kids do it on a daily basis and a yearly basis ... and it's a real problem out there.

"Fortunately for us it is not (an issue) in our program. But I can tell you around college football and college athletics ... serious in college. I guarantee you walk into dorms nowadays and it is a horrible problem."

Pelini then added: "It is out of control."

The Huskers open their season Saturday as 22-point favorites at home against Florida Atlantic.