• Clemson decides its new $55 million football center, which includes a bowling alley, barber shop and slide, isn’t enough. Ground is broken for the Dabo Swinney Casino & Entertainment Center.
• Nick Saban extends his streak of not smiling at a news conference to 141 straight games. The Alabama recruiting machine would be more likable if he didn’t look like he was coaching at Last Chance U. As Sgt. Hulka said in Stripes: “Lighten up, Francis (or Nick).”
• Texas puts together an 8-5 season under first-year coach Tom Herman and is feeling as arrogant as ever. The Longhorns decide the Big 12 isn’t good enough for them and create their own conference. It will have one school: Texas. Because the world revolves around Texas.
• Florida State president John Thrasher, who said the Seminoles are going to beat Alabama “pretty bad,” goes into hiding after a 35-14 FSU loss. He issues a news release about FSU’s incoming freshman class. It has an average ACT score of 29 — 13 points higher than Thrasher’s best effort.
• North Carolina State shocks the world and makes the College Football Playoff. TV cameras converge on Louisville. Mark Ennis, a radio guy from that city, says he’ll “eat a live animal” if N.C. State makes the playoff (really). The world lets out a collective “boo” when he swallows a goldfish.
• Wisconsin bullies its way to the Big Ten West title and meets Ohio State in Indy. Determined to avenge a 59-0 loss in 2014, the Badgers fight valiantly before falling 31-21. I’m tempted to pick Wisconsin in an upset, but I think J.T. Barrett will be on a mission this season. I usually favor underdogs, but I’m with Herbie: Ohio State will win another national title.
Trending up: Kirk Ferentz, Trevor Siemian, Japan Little League. Iowa's football coach and his wife, Mary, donated $1 million to the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. Ferentz, who is in his 19th season at Iowa, will have another Big Ten contender this season.
Trending down: Ian Kinsler, Andrew Luck, Jon Jones. Kinsler's rant about umpire Angel Hernandez earned him a $10,000 fine. I think the Tigers' second baseman is just upset because he's on a bad team and he's batting a career-low .245.
Knucklehead of the Week
ESPN radio host Ryen Russillo was arrested on a criminal entry charge last week while on vacation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. According to police, Russillo walked into the wrong condo at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. He was confronted by two people and was asked to leave. Russillo, who reportedly was “highly intoxicated,” decided to stick around and wandered into a bedroom. Police were called and rousted Russillo, who “couldn’t coherently answer any questions,” police said. The condo occupants have a great story to tell, but from now on they’ll make sure to lock the door.