Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Morning Six Pack: December 11, 2012

Nothing warms the heart on a cold winter morning like six college football stories from around the country.

WKU can expect winning, not loyalty

In taking on Bobby Petrino's baggage, Western Kentucky sent a clear message: Just win.

Big East unrest miffs non-FBS schools

The seven Big East Catholic, non-FBS schools met with Big East commissioner Mike Aresco Sunday to express their concerns for the direction of the conference, multiple Big East sources confirmed to ESPN.com Monday.

Mel Tucker not interested in Badgers job ‘at this time’

While we don’t know yet just who will replace Bret Bielema at Wisconsin, we do know who it won’t be.  Maybe.  Possibly.

Montgomery QB Club: Malzahn to speak to sellout crowd

Today's meeting of the Montgomery Quarterback Club is sold out in anticipation of an appearance by new Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn.

Northern Illinois is a BCS team years in the making

Northern Illinois' ascension to a BCS bowl contender was a long time coming.


"They probably have the best front seven in the country, and statistically they're in the top 10 in just about every defensive category," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "USC gets the ball on the 1-yard line and in four plays can't make an inch. [The Irish] have some pretty physical guys with some great toughness, and they play great as a team."

Notre Dame has allowed only two rushing touchdowns all season, the fewest of any team nationally. It will be facing a team that has scored 35 rushing touchdowns and would have produced many more had the Crimson Tide not emptied the benches in nine of their victories.

Alabama's ground dominance was on display in the SEC championship win over Georgia, as the Tide amassed 350 rushing yards against a defense that could have eight or nine players drafted in April.

"Everybody talks about their great offensive line, but I think their backs are very physical," Kelly said. "It's just going to be a tremendous challenge for our football team. They're constructed the right way when you look at the way they play the game. There is no panic, because this is a team and a coaching staff that has been there before.

"They ran the ball in the third quarter and exerted their will on Georgia, and that's why it's going to be a great challenge for us."

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