Happy Thanksgiving. Wash down that turkey and dressing with these six cold, clear college football stories from around the country.
And now we celebrate our annual Friday afternoon slot of death battle with Arkansas. Hopefully for the last time, so that we can all stop pretending that, while this series has been pretty spirited, it is a rivalry on par with any of the others that take place this weekend.
Get ready to welcome these star recruits to the cast of characters in the ongoing drama that is the Iron Bowl.
The story goes that college football's greatest intersectional rivalry began when Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne's wife convinced her husband to play USC regularly starting in 1926. From 1928-32 the winner of the game won national championships and between 1962 and 1977 each won three national titles (with USC also winning a split title in the coaches poll in 1974).
In the line of succession for 2012 Heisman front-runners, preseason favorite Matt Barkley begat early-season pick Geno Smith, who begat midseason fave Collin Klein.
The struggling Big East Conference came up short again in the latest round of expansion. The conference lost its fifth member in the past 18 months with Rutgers bolting for the Big Ten Tuesday. Now the league could lose one of its two most prominent remaining football programs.
Chizik, who enjoyed nearly no staff turnover his first three seasons, gambled by ditching the spread offense and using an NFL model on offense and defense. Changing schemes and terminology significantly impacted Auburn, Luginbill said.
"The one thing with Auburn the last three years is you knew exactly what they were on offense," he said. "You knew what their identity was and they had the players to fit within it. Now you morph into an offensive scheme where you really don't know what they want to be. You recruit certain players to be in a certain scheme and maybe you're trying to fit a square peg into a round hole."