TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Even Nick Saban isn't protesting too loudly that Alabama-LSU is just another game. The Crimson Tide faces one of the biggest hurdles in its pursuit of a third straight national title. The 10th-ranked Tigers are nearly two-touchdown underdogs still hoping to turn the season into something special after three-point losses to Georgia and Mississippi.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan says he's enjoying his new gig in Big Easy too much to cling to any resentment over being fired by Dallas last season. But Ryan does get a shot at revenge when his Saints defense faces Tony Romo and the Cowboys' offense tomorrow night.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State routed McNeese State 98-56 last night in a tuneup for the Spartans' next game against top-ranked Kentucky. Gary Harris scored 15 of his 20 points in the first half and finished with a career-high 10 rebounds.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — League coaches have picked Kentucky freshman forward Julius Randle first-team preseason All-Southeastern Conference. They also placed four of his teammates with the top-ranked Wildcats on the second team. The frontcourt includes Florida center Patric Young and LSU forward Johnny O'Bryant III.