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Rise and shine, SEC fans.

5 of the Southeastern Conference's seven games this weekend are scheduled to start by 12:30 p.m. local time, an upside-down schedule that protects a CBS doubleheader later in the day. By the time top-ranked Florida and No. 4 LSU kick off Saturday night, the rest of the league should be finished playing.

The undercard is left for the earlier time slots, so coaches and players - and of course, fans - will have to adjust.

For the most part, teams take the early starts in stride. Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino, whose Razorbacks kick off at 11 a.m. against No. 17 Auburn, will change the routine for a game like this.

He says they'll try to get the team to bed earlier Friday and up earlier on Saturday. He says he enjoys early games and thinks the players do, too.

Cowboys practice without Williams, Gurode, Jones

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Cowboys receiver Roy Williams missed practice Wednesday because of a rib injury, while center Andre Gurode and running back Felix Jones were out with knee injuries.

Williams has cartilage damage around three ribs from a hit he took late in a loss to Denver on Sunday. He said Wednesday he's hoping to play Sunday at Kansas City, although he is still in pain when doing things like getting in and out of a car or bed.

Gurode hurt his knee against Denver. Jones missed the Denver game with an injury sustained the previous week.

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