We probably should start with this declaration: I love football. I've watched it from the time I can remember anything at all. I've written about it for more than 50 years. Football has brought me great joy.
• 1, as in No. 1 in the nation, and that would be Alabama. The Crimson Tide is scary good – so fast, so strong, so talented, so deep. They may have the best stable of running backs in football, including the NFL. Bama looked better than ever in a 24-7 demolition of No. 3 Florida State.
The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum has worn a funeral wreath on its doors five times since last year’s induction ceremonies. That’s because Boo Ferriss, Orsmond Jordan, Robert Morgan, Larry Grantham and Eddie Crawford all have died in the interim.