Connecting flight through ATL: Bama heavy. Flight to ORD: Not so much. Shocking.
- Colleague Ivan Maisel says that Alabama coach Nick Saban has reached a new level. Michael Weinreb wonders how much longer this run can last.
- Missed this earlier in the week: The New York Times' Harvey Araton on the Salvi brothers, and the dream they are living.
- Sports on Earth's Matt Brown has Notre Dame as his early No. 10 for 2013. (You'll never guess who he has at ... never mind.)
- Notre Dame received a reality check Monday, Dan Wolken writes in USA Today.
- SI.com's Logan Snyder says that optimism persists at Notre Dame despite the loss. Michael Rosenberg says the Irish weren't beaten; they were overmatched.
- Adam Kramer says "The Process" never sleeps.