■ Seems all the news this football season is being made by bad boys off the field, not the good play on the field. Or almost all the news.
One of the better football stories right now involves Bengals' defensive tackle Devon Still, whose 4-year-old daughter, Leah, has pediatric cancer.
Still was cut by the Bengals, then brought back on the practice squad so he would be under the league's health insurance plan and could pay medical bills.
Last Sunday, Still was activated against the Falcons and ended up playing 16 snaps, recording two solo tackles.
On Wednesday, it was announced that through Still's jersey sales and T-shirt sales, $400,000 had been raised for medical bills and cancer awareness.
■ More and more impressed with Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles' attitude and the way he carries himself, which showed in his ability to shake off bad plays in The Swamp last Saturday.
■ UK true freshman wide receiver Garrett Johnson called Towles' throws "money balls."
■ By the way, Towles' 369 passing yards last Saturday was the most by a Kentucky quarterback in The Swamp since Tim Couch threw for 406 in 1998. Couch produced a 131.15 passer rating that day. Towles produced a 130.88 passer rating Saturday.
■ Mark Stoops said Wednesday that UK played four redshirt freshmen offensive linemen Saturday at The Swamp. Now that's crazy.
■ Now the Cats have to cure veteran tackle Jordan Swindle's false-start problem.
■ It was interesting that, to a man, Kentucky's football players said this week they wished they were playing a game Saturday instead of being forced to take an off week.
■ In his Florida head coach's office, Will Muschamp has framed photographs of the best players he has coached. One is former Clark County star safety Yeremiah Bell, whom Muschamp coached both at Eastern Kentucky in 1999 and with the Miami Dolphins in 2005.
■ When Florida plays Alabama on Saturday, one of the nation's best cornerbacks (Vernon Hargreaves III) will be going up against one of the nation's best receivers (Amari Cooper, who at 33 catches has 24 more than any other Crimson Tide receiver). NFL scouts will be watching.
■ Alabama has not intercepted a pass in its last 15 quarters.
■ I'll take the Thursday night Auburn-Kansas State matchup over the Thursday night Falcons-Bucs matchup.
■ From the snap judgment department: After knocking Green Bay around in its opener, Seattle was supposed to go 16-0. The Seahawks then promptly lost to the Chargers.
■ From WLW radio's Lance McAlister: Only four Reds teams since 1900 have finished with a batting average lower than the team's current .238. Those were 1906, 1908, 1914 and 1942.
■ Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty should be very busy in the offseason. Very busy.
■ Reading about Bill Self starting his two-week "boot camp" at Kansas rang a bell. Oh yeah, former Self assistant Billy Gillispie had one of those at UK. That seems so long ago.
■ Judging by its 49-28 win at Texas Tech, Arkansas appears to be much improved.
■ LSU's defense has gone 142 minutes and 43 seconds without allowing a point.
■ Damien Harris' succession of 300-yard rushing games, no matter the opposition, is hard to ignore.
■ True, Missouri has yet to play an SEC football game, but the Tigers appear determined to prove that 2013 was no fluke.
■ Did you see where Wisconsin basketball sold out its "Grateful Red" student section in five minutes?
■ Minnesota opens the college basketball season against Louisville in November and Minnesota Coach Richard Pitino wrote a blog post advising Gophers fans to ignore his father and Louisville Coach Rick Pitino "who will try and coach both teams."
■ Right now, the Philadelphia Eagles are the most entertaining NFL team to watch, thanks to Chip Kelly.