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1. Nick Saban’s new annual salary is higher than the budget of 12 Division I athletic departments.
2. Texas president Bill Powers on the Saban-to-Texas talk: “So all of those rumors — the lunches, the meetings — they are simply groundless.”
3. Vanderbilt’s James Franklin and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn are two coaches Bruce Feldman expects to be considered for the Texas job.
4. Johnny Manziel’s Heisman Trophy Ballot: 1. Jameis Winston, 2. Andre Williams, 3. himself.
5. Linebacker Cassanova McKinzy has worked on becoming a run-stopper for Auburn’s defense.
6. Here are 10 things to know about Iowa as LSU prepares to play the Hawkeyes in the Outback Bowl.
7. Mississippi State held its third bowl practice Sunday in preparation for Rice. Here are few shots from practice.
8. Quarterback Tyler Murphy has decided to transfer from Florida rather than battle Jeff Driskel for the starting position.
9. Improved health at tackle will be important as Florida tries to improve offensively next season.
10. Steve Spurrier expects South Carolina to have plenty of motivation for its bowl game.
11. Missouri has plenty to prove when it plays Oklahoma State. Left tackle Justin Britt: “You know, the story ain’t over. There’s still stuff to be written.”
13. Guard Ky Madden has become a confident scorer for Arkansas.
14. “This Kentucky basketball team was overhyped,” writes John Clay.
15. The start is disappointing, but don’t be too hard on Kentucky, writes Gary Parrish.
16. Freshman Luke Kornet is adjusting to a new role for Vanderbilt.
17. Mack Brown had a classy exit as he announced his resignation from Texas.
18. Brown will be remembered as a legend, writes Dennis Dodd.
19. Stanford coach David Shaw won’t pursue any NFL jobs, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
20. Michigan State is preparing to play the underdog role when it faces Stanford in the Rose Bowl.