• Live to win. Never forget. Robb Akey is out at Idaho, and we are sad. We will remember Akey’s time at Idaho with great fondness, entirely because of this:
• The news Nick Saban doesn’t want you to hear. The latest BCS standings have Alabama, Florida, Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame in the top five. Among other undefeateds: Oregon State clocks in at No. 7; Mississippi State sits at 11; Rutgers and Louisville are 15-16. The lowest-ranked undefeated team is also brand-new to the BCS standings: Ohio, in at No. 24. Also new to the standings this week: No. 22 Michigan and No. 25 Wisconsin. Falling out: Cincinnati, TCU and Iowa State. This week marks the Crimson Tide’s longest No. 1 streak in school history, but you didn’t hear that from us.
• It’s empirical. It’s not a dream, though it could well be a nightmare for ACC rivals: Duke leads the Coastal Division. Even the Associated Press is befuddled.
• Weren’t we just talking about Highsmith? The News & Observer continues its investigation into UNC academics.
• Fishing for evidence; more as this develops. Gene Chizik says he has confidence in his assistants, which is weird because as far as we know, one of his assistants is still Scott Loeffler … and now, clear indication that Mack Brown has lost touch with the game of football.
• Injury report story hour. Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh, himself a replacement for Wes Lunt after Lunt was felled by injury in September, is out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury … Steve Spurrier says Marcus Lattimore will likely start against Tennessee in Week 9, so expect greatness against a rushing defense already giving up an average of over 185 ground yards per game … Florida State has lost running back Chris Thompson, who broke his back last season against Wake Forest and missed the remainder of the season, to a torn ACL.
• Tweet of the day.
Bill Snyder on comparing his ’98 team to this team? “I’m 73 years old. I hardly remember what happened yesterday, let alone 1998.”
— David Ubben (@davidubben) October 22, 2012