• Realignment burns. Speaking of the AP (emphasis added):
That would mean three of the six games — the Orange Bowl, Rose Bowl (Pac-12 and Big Ten) and the bowl that will eventually become the so-called Champions Bowl between the Big 12 and SEC — wouldn’t be accessible to teams outside the five power conferences in years in which they do not host a semifinal. Another game creates two more available spots in high-revenue games for teams from the Big East, the Sun Belt Conference, the Mountain West, Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference.
It’s a little strange, still, to see the Big East lumped in with the have-nots and the WAC not there at all. The world does move on.
• Roster blotter. Someone reportedly fired a gun into the New Mexico-New Mexico State game, injuring a female fan … Mark Richt is acting like Bacarri Rambo and Alec Ogletree might not play against Tennessee, lolz … we’re sorry; we know there will be het-up folks on both sides of this decision, but being stopped for speeding in a Bi-Lo parking lot is objectively funny.
• Injury report story hour. It won’t shock anyone who saw Miami’s Malcolm Lewis go down with a terribly visible and terribly painful-looking ankle injury to learn the freshman wide receiver is out for the season … also done for the year, USC’s Scott Starr and David Garness … Oregon State’s Sean Mannion is nursing a “sore arm.”
• Tweet of the day.
Sir, ur tweet made me so spitting mad that my staff needs a towel RT @homelesscub Can u say OVERRATED! Noway does rutgers deserve 2B ranked!
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) September 24, 2012
• Misc. Smart Football learns you up on Louisiana-Monroe’s two-quarterback zone read … the Birddog celebrates the slow jam analysis … cash money ideas from Miami … parsing Mike Leach, for the lay person … “While police were talking to the men, a woman approached officers and said she’d been hit in the face with a case of Natural Light Beer” … we’ve reached out to leading experts in the field at Bruins Nation for help in determining what sort of wine-based nickname should be bestowed here … and it never hurts to be reminded that Minnesota’s mascot bio page is the best in the business.