Friday, September 14, 2012

Morning Six Pack: September 14, 2012 Gameday Eve, y’all. Enjoy these six college football stories from around the country.

Gators aim to extend streak over Vols to eight

The last time Tennessee beat Florida, Ron Zook was in his final season as UF coach, “Shrek 2” was a hit at the box office and gas was $2.10 per gallon.

College Football's Top Coach Does It Different

Football at St. John's University stands out. There's no tackling at practice or lengthy calisthenics. No whistles or wind sprints. No captains either, unless you count the honor shared by the seniors.

Fluker works out kinks

Alabama coach Nick Saban said Thursday night this isn't the first week the Tide has had to address offensive tackle D.J. Fluker potentially tipping plays. 'We have looked at our guys,' Saban said on his weekly radio show.

Visit by Mississippi State big plus for Troy

Saturday's game will mark the first time a SEC team has played the Trojans on their home field.

$1 Million Payday for Arkansas St.

Nebraska is paying Arkansas State $1 million for playing at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, the highest amount guaranteed to an opponent for a game at Lincoln.

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As if things weren't good enough for Alabama, life couldn't be much worse for bitter rival Auburn. The Tigers have started 0-2 and there are rumblings that coach Gene Chizik won't make it to 2013. Even if the Tigers rebound this week (against Louisiana-Monroe!), Chizik has to know that Alabama itself could get him fired -- by winning a third national championship in four years.

Such is the power and might of Bama in an age where it has contributed to the death of parity. Win the SEC these days and you're playing for the national championship, at least. The larger lesson here is never to be complacent. Two years ago Saban came down on his 2010 team, the one that won 10 games after winning the '09 national championship. This might be one of the few places in college sports, where human nature doesn't apply. Alabama isn't allowed a letdown.

"The season is a grind," Saban said in a rare philosophical moment, "and you have to embrace the grind."

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