1. The connection between Texas A&M and Alabama runs through the legendary Bear Bryant, who coached at College Station for four seasons before he returned to his alma mater in 1958. When the Aggies make their first SEC appearance in Bryant-Denny Stadium, 24 of Bryant’s former A&M players will be there as guests of Alabama. Not to be outdone, 40 former Crimson Tide All-Americans will attend as guests of their alma mater as well.
2. Sugar Bowl chief executive officer Paul Hoolahan told me on the ESPNU College Football Podcast on Thursday that the loss of the BCS Championship once every four years was “a tough pill to swallow.” Once the commissioners recognized the income generated by the BCS bowls, it was only a matter of time before the commissioners reclaimed the postseason as their own. “The middleman was benefitting a little bit more than was intended,” Hoolahan said.
3. Syracuse coach Doug Marrone, whose team gave up 42 points earlier this season to Matt Barkley and USC, reiterated Thursday that he believes Louisville sophomore Teddy Bridgewater is the best quarterback the Orange will play this season. Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib is no slouch. Syracuse, which in the four seasons prior to Marrone’s arrival never averaged 300 yards per game of total offense, has gained more than 500 yards in four games this season.