BCS Eve, y’all! Enjoy these six college football stories from around the country.
Put them together, and you've got the start of quite a stout defensive line for top-ranked Notre Dame. Yet both on and off the field, they find ways to click in just about every way imaginable - and they're generally considered the two most productive defensive linemen on an Irish team that plays No. 2 Alabama on Monday night in the BCS title game.
Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu opened up during an interview with ESPN's Joe Schad.
As the story goes, Charlie Strong — then a Florida assistant football coach — was interviewing for a head-coaching position in a BCS conference when that school's athletic director asked him whom he intended to hire as offensive coordinator if he was chosen.
Janet and Casey Malauulu came a long way to see their first Mardi Gras parade - all the way from Oceanside, Calif.
More changes are coming for West Virginia’s coaching staff following a 7-6 season that ended with a disastrous Pinstripe Bowl loss to Syracuse.
Last year, having already lost once to LSU, it was the Crimson Tide that had the combination of scant pressure and a strong inner confidence that it was the better team and needed only a second chance. By the end of Alabama's session in New Orleans last year, wide receiver Christion Jones had two-thirds of the media, and most of his teammates, rolling with laughter at his spot-on impersonations of assistant coaches and celebrities.
There was none of that this year. Alabama was stern, stoic, a team with business at hand and an awareness of the hand of history pressing upon it. Nick Saban was the same, talking perceptively - and at times with palpable emotion - about football and family. He talked poignantly about his father, about his regret over things left unsaid when Nick Saban Sr. died during his son's first year as a graduate assistant at Kent State. His mood seemed lighter when he hosted his year-ending radio show at the team hotel, but it is fair to say Alabama seemed like a team with a lot on its mind.
Will any of that carry over Monday night? Will Notre Dame be fast and footloose, or will the Fighting Irish face a moment when reality hits them squarely in the smile? Will Alabama be robotic, fearful of errors, or will it be a quietly efficient machine?