Saturday, November 10, 2012

Morning Six Pack: November 10, 2012

Gameday, y’all. And Remember that the whole drinking before noon thing is gone like yesterday as soon as the coals are lit. Fire it up for these six college football stories from around the country.

Is Lane Kiffin’s future in doubt?

As Pac-12 fines USC because a student manager deflated footballs in the Oregon game, there's the perception that a cleaned-up program is sliding backward.

Bill Curry at Georgia State Focuses on Final Win Despite Tug of Retirement

Georgia State’s Bill Curry plans to end his nearly 20 years coaching and mentoring players to spend time with his family.

Rose Bowl implications loom over Oregon State, Stanford matchup

Because Stanford has one of the best rush defenses in the country, Oregon State will have to spread its offense and get the ball to receivers Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks, who have combined for 1,693 receiving yards and 12 receiving touchdowns this year.

Montee Ball and Wisconsin Back to Their Old Selves

After a beating last summer that left him with a concussion, Badgers running back Montee Ball is back to being one of the nation’s top players and his team is contending in the Big Ten.

'Brothers' ready for intense competition

He grew up in a house with eight children, had five brothers. When he was younger, Auburn defensive tackle Jeff Whitaker said competition was intense.


The Aggies aren't the best team in the league, and maybe they won't be for a long time. But they belong. And there isn't anyone, even a Longhorns fan, who doesn't realize that giving Sumlin an SEC membership to sell on the recruiting trails of the Lone Star State has some serious potential.

"I think it's an advantage for us to be the only SEC school in the state," Byrne said. "When I was looking at hiring Kevin, one of things I really evaluate coaches on is how they recruit. The fact he had recruited 100 percent of our players while the head coach at Houston, I knew he would be perfect for this opportunity."

The bitterness with Texas remains. This has been a season of puffed-out Aggie chests. There's a lot of pride in proving the team could succeed against so many doubts and excitement over the new rivalries and battles.

A&M always struggled trying to compete directly with the Longhorns. Everyone would. It's nearly impossible to out-Texas Texas. The Longhorns have the best of just about everything. By stepping into the SEC, Texas A&M can be Texas A&M. It can offer its many benefits and then something the Horns can't: access to the most-hyped conference in the country.

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