1. Ole Miss vs. Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl features two 6-6 teams that had to win their last regular season game to become bowl-eligible. One is more excited than the other.
2. Rebels ran 70 or plays seven times this year. Only three teams got above 70 against the Panthers.
3. Hugh Freeze: ”I don’t know how much of our stuff is done in the Big East.”
4. Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart says the BCS Championship Game will be won in the trenches. Nick Saban doesn’t totally agree. “You could also argue that Texas A&M exploited us in a different fashion than that.”
5. What did Notre Dame learn from watching tape of the Bama-A&M game? “That we can take advantage of their secondary.”
6. Smart on beating Georgia and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo in the SEC Championship Game: “I’ll be honest, that was a really tough moment for me in coaching, because Mike is really my best friend, and we grew up together.”
7. Dallas writer: “If there was a playoff in college football now, nobody would want to face Texas A&M.”
8. Twitter roundup - Cotton Bowl edition.
10. First championship game site in new playoff era could be announced within 45 days.
11. LSU vs. Clemson most-watched Non-BCS bowl game in ESPN history.
12. Gus Malzahn has stockpiled recruiting coordinators. New staff has more than 100 years of SEC coaching experience.
13. Kirby Smart on interviewing at Auburn: “I respect the University of Auburn, and the opportunity they gave me to interview and talk to them.”
14. With Connor Shaw having foot surgery on Friday, what does that mean for the quarterback position at South Carolina in 2013?
15. Former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer says stability and relationships were key when he was at the school, but “with four presidents in six years, that has gone away. We’ve eaten away internally all the relationships to work together.”
16. Sensors in helmets could help answer the question – how many hits are too many?
18. Arkansas vs. Delaware State. 8-4 Razorbacks close out their non-conference schedule.
19. Oakland vs. Alabama. Tide struggling in second half, lost five of last six games.
20. LSU vs. Bethune-Cookman. Sophomore guard Anthony Hickey expected back in lineup.
21. Tennessee A.D. Dave Hart on the Tennessee-Memphis series: ”In what form and what will happen next year, nobody is certain of, but at some point we’ve got to continue the series.”
22. Florida plays Yale Sunday – only the second game for the Gators in the last 15 days.
24. Cleveland Browns closing in on Chip Kelly?