G-men still defending champs ... for another month, at least.
Alabama's backfield duo of T.J. Yeldon and Eddie Lacy are surging to South Beach, colleague Edward Aschoff writes. The Tide's secondary is still a concern, despite its stellar ranking, colleague Alex Scarborough writes. Bama receiver Kenny Bell is recovering quickly. Scarborough breaks down the QB matchup between AJ McCarron and Everett Golson.
The New York Times' Greg Bishop catches up with Declan Sullivan's family for an in-depth profile.
Perseverance has paid off for Danny Spond, JJ Stankevitz writes on CSNChicago.com.
The Chicago Tribune's Brian Hamilton looks at the series of unlikely circumstances that led to Brian Kelly landing at Notre Dame.
Bama receiver Kevin Norwood takes more pride in consistency than big-game performances, Andrew Gribble writes on AL.com. Geno Smith has become a starter and a "star" on the Tide's defense, Don Kausler Jr. writes.
AL.com's Izzy Gould recalls watching the Irish play in person as a college student.
SI.com's Andy Staples says that Notre Dame will remain an elite team next season.