McElroy. Just in time ...
Alabama center Barrett Jones (sprained foot) will be held out of practice the next week but says he'll be fine come game time. AD Mal Moore is confident Nick Saban will stay, colleague Alex Scarborough writes. Scarborough also looks at three Tide reserves who can step up during title-game prep.
Looks like Manti Te'o's run has inspired a bit of a movement: South Carolina DT Jadeveon Clowney is eyeing the Heisman next season.
Insider's Rod Gilmore says Notre Dame is the nation's third-best defense.
The (Louisville) Courier-Journal's Adam Himmelsbach says Notre Dame walk-on Grant Patton's journey is straight out of Hollywood.
AL.com's series on past Irish-Tide matchups continues with Part IV: Andrew Gribble's account of the 1980 contest.