@MrSEC How much more speed they will have on defense and offense
1. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has looked at film of Florida State. “The thing that jumped out to me is speed, super fast,” he said.
2. Malzahn said he hopes to keep his staff intact this offseason after a successful first year at Auburn.
3. Malzahn, by the way, downplayed talk of his name with the Texas job. He said he’s a good fit for Auburn.
4. Alabama is coming off a loss to Auburn while Oklahoma’s last game was a win over rival Oklahoma State.
5. Alabama’s coaches played a role in helping Oklahoma install its 3-4 defensive scheme.
6. Former Arkansas assistant Charlie Patridge thanked Arkansas fans on twitter after he was announced as the head coach at Florida Atlantic.
7. LSU coach Les Miles backed away from any Texas speculation. “Oh please. Oh please. Let’s not kick my name around,” he said.
8. Miles expects a fight from Iowa when the two teams play in the Outback Bowl.
9. Mississippi State has seen its defense improve recently. The Bulldogs have turned opponents over 14 times in their last four games.
10. Ole Miss is preparing for its matchup against Georgia Tech in the Music City Bowl.
11. Pat Dooley writes the deck was stacked against quarterback Tyler Murphy, who has decided to transfer from Florida.
12. Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley and cornerback Damian Swann are both expected to return for their senior years.
13. Oklahoma State is Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Henson’s alma mater. But he’s working to help Missouri beat the Cowboys this time.
14. Texas A&M would have to pay coach Kevin Sumlin everything remaining on his contract if he’s fired without cause.
15. Florida has been better in crunch time this year. The Gators might need to be tonight when they play at Memphis.
16. The Kentucky-Louisville game scheduled for Dec. 28 has become very important for unexpected reasons.
18. Vanderbilt practices have become more intense as coach Kevin Stallings is looking for a more disciplined team.
19. Mack Brown and Texas are both better off because he decided to exit gracefully, writes Gregg Doyel.
20. Nebraska’s athletic director says the school did not contact Brown after he resigned at Texas.
21. John Infante explains why Chip Kelly’s show-cause penalty makes him an unlikely candidate at Texas.
22. Arizona and Tampa, Fla., will host college football’s 2016 and 2017 national championship games.
23. Athlon Sports has its top 25 freshman for the 2013 season.