‘Cats ascend to top BCS standings; more Designated Reads
• BEE CEE ESS. The latest BCS standings are here, and your freshly hatched BCS No. 1 is Kansas State; the post-Week 11 AP Poll is here, too, and Oregon is the new No. 1. Dan Wetzel explores an upside-down universe in which Notre Dame needs to catch a break.
• Bowling season draws nigh. A second FBS team has locked in a postseason bid, as BYU has accepted an invitation to the Poinsettia Bowl. This season hasn’t gone as smoothly for the Cougars as they might have hoped, but there are certainly worse places to while away a few winter days than San Diego. Stewart Mandel updates SI.com’s bowl projections, this week featuring Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Missouri and SMU.
• The Marquess Wilson thing. Just so we’re all caught up, here’s what we know right now: Washington State suspended star receiver Marquess Wilson, who subsequently announced he was leaving the team and dropped accusations of abuse on his way out. Here’s a StoryStream from our friends at CougCenter, tracing the winding path of these developments. Here’s a Spokesman-Review interview with Dennis Simmons, Wilson’s position coach, on Wilson’s allegations. And here’s Washington State’s president asking for both an internal investigation and one from the Pac-12.
• Coach firin’ season! In Auburn, Gene Chizik says he knows how to fix the Tigers next season, which could be very helpful information to pass on to whoever replaces him after the Iron Bowl … in Knoxville, certain folks have about had it with the Derek Dooley regime … and ESPN produces our favorite recruiting quote of the carousel season: “Foster has a large Auburn tattoo on his forearm. The Under Armour All-American said he discussed this concern with the University of Georgia recently.”
• Roster blotter. Louisville standout Senorise Perry has a torn ACL and is finished for the year … Miami’s Rashawn Scott will miss at least one more game on suspension … Notre Dame’s DaVaris Daniels will miss the rest of the regular season thanks to a broken clavicle but could return for a bowl game … the suspension of BYU’s Joe Sampson and Zac Stout stems from assault allegations at a local restaurant … Washington State’s Chester Su’a was arrested Friday for failure to appear in court.
• 2014′s news today. Conference commissioners convene today in Denver to hammer out the workings of college football’s new postseason format. More on this tomorrow, hopefully.