- Ivan Maisel, ESPN Senior Writer
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1. Alabama and Wisconsin are both known for the size and strength of their offensive lines. The Crimson Tide average 6-foot-5, 313 pounds across the offensive front, and the Badgers average 6-foot-5, 314 pounds. The issue is that only two of the Badgers' linemen have started a game, and they will be trying to protect senior quarterback Joel Stave from a 3-4 defensive front that features five seniors. The Tide defensive line is at least two deep, and Wisconsin doesn't play the uptempo pace that will prevent Alabama from subbing in fresh bodies.
2. Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi used to exist on the same plane. When they played the last of 15 consecutive seasons, in 1989, the Golden Eagles led the series 14-12-1. Davis-Wade Stadium in Starkville seated 40,656. M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg seated 33,000. Three years later, the SEC expanded and began revving its economic engine. The Bulldogs have expanded Davis-Wade four times and it now seats 61,337. The Eagles' stadium seats 36,000. Last year, their first game in 25 years, Mississippi State won, 49-0.
3. I'm sure other coaches have said it before, but I'm not sure any have said it better. The statement UCLA head coach Jim Mora released Tuesday following the weekend arrest of All-Pac-12 corner Ishmael Adams should be required reading for every recruit on signing day. College football players have a responsibility to themselves, their programs and everyone in their programs to act appropriately. It may be harsh that they are public figures at a young age. But it doesn't matter whether it's fair or not. It. Just. Is.