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Jay Greeson

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Neither the Bears nor the Titans are in this week's NFL Power Poll, but the recent developments in Chicago could greatly affect the future of each franchise.

The college football bowl bids have been announced and while there are teams and fans that are less than thrilled with the destination of their teams, the players not involved in the annual Bowl Championship Series title game are equally focused on the swag.

One unlikely finalist made a huge push to get an invite. Four others survived late hiccups to get a trip to NYC. The final invitee — and the overwhelming favorite — became the front runner because he was was not charged with a felony.

So did anyone expect anything other than the BCS nailing its final title game with the matchup of the season's most dominant team and the nation's hottest team, and the BCS did it with its typical flair for the dramatic and inalienable sense of timing.

Title-game ticket packages on ticketcity.com start at $943 for two tickets and escalate into the six figures. Seriously, there is a 20-ticket suite listing at $107,151 — plus the website service charge, which is a touch more than $21K — that runs about $6,000 ticket when the purchase is finalized. Hello big timers like Burt Reynolds and the Yella Wood fella.

Butch Jones' first year was filled with highs and lows. There was the high of beating South Carolina and the continued euphoria around a recruiting class that has rival fans scratching their heads.

Gang, it's been a crazy week, and if you are not listening to Press Row, well, that's your loss. You can listen on the timesfreepress.com main page starting at 3 p.m. today. Giddy-up.

The University of Tennessee Vols landed another major commitment Wednesday when five-star wide receiver Josh Malone picked UT over a host of power programs.

The most improbable SEC title game ever — Missouri and Auburn were picked before the season to finish 10th and 11th in the league — has to feature a bevy of things that could surprise.

Gang, hope you are stoked for a weekend that could be fantabulous. We are.

Hope this finds you well, and we think everyone knows what day it is — Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike.

Leave it up to the Atlanta Falcons to win a game they need to lose and lose the games they need to win. So it goes.

We were debating whether to ask what bowls are the SEC teams destined for or a "what if" question that ultimately altered the landscape of each team's season. Then we asked, "Why not both?" Why not indeed.

Gang, thanks so much to the slew of you who have offered up kind words for the restart of Press Row. We're going to have UTC hoops coach Will Wade today around 4 p.m., so give us a listen from 3-6 p.m. on ESPN 105.1 FM.

The Iron Bowl has been hashed and debated and plucked to unforeseen levels — it was the topic of the first 30 minutes of the Sunday morning "SportsCenter" with a full day of NFL on tap, for crying out loud.

Well, hope this finds you with a limited case of the Mondays — although after the extended holiday weekend and the feast of football that was overwhelming and outstanding, if you are a little sluggish this morning, we get it.

Gang, here's hoping each of you had a blessed Turkey Day.

We could go around the league and pick nits on Missouri and Johnny Football or Clemson and South Carolina. Good games with high stakes and high drama.

OK, we know the picks normally hit the streets on Thursday. You know this too.

Is any team in a generation more prepared for the big stage than Alabama? No way.

It's a fair time to start wondering about NFL positioning. Teams atop the standings are fighting for position in the playoff picture and, more importantly, home-field advantage.

Is any team in a generation more prepared for the big stage than Alabama? No way.

Wow, what a weekend. What a sports roller coaster.

Another week in the rearview, and we're speeding toward a weekend in which there are a few high-profile college football games. And none of them involve Auburn. That's a good thing this week, considering the roller coaster the Tigers have been on the last month or so.

We have tried a varied number of picks each of the last two weeks and achieved a deeper and more thorough mediocrity in our for-entertainment-only ventures. Alas.

By now, you are almost assuredly aware of the allegations and charges against the Marion County High School football program.

Gang, how was your weekend? Anything happen that was exciting? Nope, didn't think so.

Standing at midfield at Monroe Stadium just moments after his East Hamilton Hurricanes had stunned the sold-out crowd and the home-standing Ooltewah Owls, Ted Gatewood exhaled.

Have you noticed how when people preface an observation with "I don't want to say " something, they really do want to say it?

As always, these college football guesstimates are for entertainment only.

As always these college football guesstimates are for entertainment only. That said, there comes a time that every entertainment picker starts to doubt his or her picks. Which pick do you like better? Which pick do you like best?

There is a bell curve in college football coaching. 

Can anyone beat Alabama and stop the Crimson Tide from making another trip to the BCS title game?

Can anyone beat Alabama and stop the Tide from making the trip to the BCS title game? It's highly unlikely, but a wise man once said, "That's why they play the games."

Happy Veterans' Day, and to those of you who have served all of us, a heartfelt thank you.

As you prepare for church or whatever else you do on this November Sunday morning, know there are three Saturdays left in the college football season.

Star: Signal Mountain's offensive line, which paved the way for four ball carriers to find the end zone and three to top the 100-yard mark.

What will happen with the Mocs on Saturday?

We are pulling the prime-time LSU-Alabama matchup out of this because there are five awesome things to watch in that one alone. So let's do five things to watch on the undercard of an interesting Saturday in the SEC:

USA Today released a flow chart of what the nation's college football coaches make.

We did not count last night's Ball State pick on weekly ledger because we have a running standard of doing these on Thursday. (And the anything-but-cosmetic TD in the final 90 seconds that allowed Central Michigan to cover the 21 by a point was not met with cheers at the 5-at-10 compound.) 

We're here. You know what day it is. Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike.

Is there a better annual game in the country than Alabama-LSU?

It's become a common refrain to acknowledge that NFL teams are the ultimate fact-driven entities in sports. They are what their records say they are. Period.

Is there a better annual game in the country than Alabama-LSU? We say no, and it's tough to argue with the cold, hard fact that TFP ace David Paschall pointed out in today's Sports section — including Saturday, the Tide and the Tigers have played four times over the last three years and in each one of those games, the No. 1 team in the country was on the field.

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