1. What Twitter hath wrought – Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick’s secrecy turned out to be no match for Brian Kelly’s open-door personality. Kelly tweeted Monday that he told his team that Notre Dame had contacted him and he would listen. That’s how Kelly operates now. Whether he could do so in the fish bowl in which the Fighting Irish coach lives is another matter.
2. The most intriguing bowl games outside of the big five: the Meineke, which will match Pittsburgh’s physical, prolific offense against North Carolina’s physical, stingy defense; the Emerald, in which overachieving, happy-to-be-anywhere Boston College will face underachieving USC; and the Chick-fil-A. Tennessee came on strong in the second half but in Virginia Tech they get a team with SEC-level talent.
3. The Heisman race may be as close as 2001, when Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch edged quarterbacks Rex Grossman of Florida and Ken Dorsey of Miami. Stiffarmtrophy.com is trolling the web for voters who published their vote. As of Monday evening, with 13 percent of the ballots reporting, Toby Gerhart narrowly led Ndamukong Suh and Mark Ingram, with Colt McCoy right behind. Where’s the late NBC newsman Tim Russert and his whiteboard when we need him?