• 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 & Observercontinues 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.
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