Here we sit, just one week away from starting our morning with ESPN Gameday. And six little somethings cold and fresh from around the country.
For the past month, if you asked Alabama's football players about Michigan, you might get a few questioning looks: Michigan? Michigan who? Was Michigan in my history class?
LSU Coach Les Miles talks to the media Friday after practice.
The young man whose 2009 allegations of sexual abuse led to the Penn State scandal and criminal convictions of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky is asking a court to find the university also at fault.
Arkansas State football coach Gus Malzahn said player Tres Houston has been suspended from the team for the 2012 season for violating team policy.
Kansas linebacker Jon Shelby has left the program for what coach Charlie Weis described as personal reasons.
"When you watch their players play, it's a joy for me personally as a coach because when they make a play they don't jump up and high-five and run around in circles," said Stallings, who was in Gulf Shores on Friday for SEC Beach Fest. "They go to the huddle and get ready for the next play. I appreciate that and I think it all starts with coach Saban."
Another similarity is stingy defense. Alabama led the nation in total defense in 2011 and allowed more than 14 points only once - in a 45-21 win over Georgia Southern. With Bill Oliver running the defense in 1992, no team scored more than 21 points against Stallings' Tide and only two - Florida and Mississippi State, scored more than 13.
"Anybody who saw the championship game has to be impressed with the defense of Alabama," Stallings said of the 2011 team. "When I was coaching, we were a good defense too - there's no question about that. ... Now you see more formations. People talk about the (wildcat) - we did that with David Palmer, we just didn't have a name for it."