1. One of the small effects of the reduced roster on the Penn State players is that the players have to space out their reps over the course of practice. Wide receiver Allen Robinson said that his position coach, Stan Hixon, kept a close eye to make sure the receivers didn’t get overworked. That, head coach Bill O’Brien said, is by design. “I spend more time with our staff planning for practice every day personally than I have ever been around,” said O’Brien, who’s been coaching for more than 20 years.
2. Oklahoma junior quarterback Blake Bell gained a reputation over the past two seasons as the 6-6, 254-pound “Belldozer” who excelled in the Sooners’ goal-line and short-yardage offenses. But as Big 12 blogger David Ubben pointed out on the new ESPN College Football Podcast, the Sooners recruited Bell as a passer. He threw for nearly 6,000 yards and 69 touchdowns in 2008-09 at Wichita (Kan.) Bishop Carroll High. In a league in which no quarterback has more than 18 starts, the Sooners should be fine.
3. Work on the new, $66 million College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta began in January. It fell behind a couple of weeks early because work crews found the foundations of 19th-century dwellings beneath the surface of the land. Hall president John Stephenson said that workers also found a layer of ash -- the residue left when Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman burned Atlanta during the Civil War.