Gene Chizik is looking at a 3-9 finish -- and maybe the want ads. Jeremy Fowler says the Auburn community is in shock after seeing its program slide from the top of the mountain to the bottom of the SEC in only two years.
The SEC — despite having six teams ranked in the top nine of the BCS standings — is on the outside looking in at this year’s BCS Championship Game in Miami. To make the game, the SEC’s eventual champ will likely need a couple of the three teams ranked above it to be upset down the stretch (those teams being Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame).But whether the league gets help or not, LSU’s Les Miles believes.....
We spent much of our time watching the wide receivers. Kenny Bell didn't go through all the drills during the media viewing period, as his left ankle was taped heavily. Kevin Norwood, who has a lower leg issue, was dressed out but didn't practice during the time we were watching. John Fulton (turf toe) wasn't practicing with the defensive backs. He wore a black non-contact jersey and mostly rode an exercise bike.
This had been planned ever since Nick Saban saw that the Crimson Tide's 2012 schedule included a bye week after the fifth game of the season. The Alabama coach likes to provide two consecutive days off at some point of a stretch of six or more consecutive game weeks. Alabama, of course, is currently preparing for its sixth of seven straight.