Irish Lunch Links
December, 31, 2012
By Matt Fortuna | ESPN.com
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.
'College Football Live' Extra: Biggest Plays
FBS INDEP. SCOREBOARD
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State