■ I'm going All-South with my College Football Playoff picks.
Alabama is the nation's most complete team. Lane Kiffin has given the Crimson Tide offense a full shot of swagger. Nick Saban's defense should give Ohio State's young quarterback Cardale Jones fits.
So Bama wins the Sugar Bowl in a walk.
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I like Florida State to beat Oregon in the Rose Bowl.
That's because no matter what happens, the Seminoles somehow manage to win. They're not always pretty getting the victory, but they do manage to get the victory. They'll do the same thing against the Ducks.
■ There are so many similarities between Rick Pitino in 1989 and Jim Harbaugh in 2014 it's scary.
Pitino had tasted success in both college and the pros, but couldn't get along with the New York Knicks management. Kentucky was an escape route. Pitino took it and had great success.
Harbaugh had tasted success in both college and the pros, but couldn't get along with the San Francisco 49ers management. Michigan is an escape route, as well as his alma mater. Harbaugh took it and I'd be surprised if he doesn't experience great success.
■ How much more fun is Michigan-Ohio State going to be now that it's Harbaugh vs. Urban Meyer?
■ Speaking of Pitino, After Louisville lost to Kentucky last Saturday, Rick Pitino announced in his post-game news conference he was only taking three questions.
The room filled with silence after the second question so Pitino bolted.
Told we were limited to just three questions, I don't think anyone wanted to hog the "final" question.
Maybe Rick was only taking as many questions as his team's made three-pointers.
■ Phrase I'm really tired of hearing: "He (or she) gets it."
■ It has not been a good bowl season for the Big 12. Clemson dumptrucked Oklahoma 40-6 in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Texas was totally inept on offense in a 31-7 loss to Arkansas in the Texas Bowl. And West Virginia lost a Liberty Bowl shootout to Texas A&M 45-37.
Maybe the College Football Playoff committee knew more about the Big 12 than we thought.
Or maybe the bowls aren't a true barometer of a league's strength.
■ The best player in college basketball you may know nothing about is Utah guard Delon Wright.
■ I'm going to go out on a limb and say Cincinnati wins at Indianapolis in the AFC Wild Card game on Sunday.
The law of averages says the Bengals have to win a playoff game sometime. And I'm not sold on the Colts.
■ Rest of my NFL Wild Card predictions: Panthers over Cardinals; Cowboys over Lions; Ravens over Steelers.
■ Kyle Wiltjer is now averaging 17.1 points at Gonzaga. He's shooting 54.3 percent from the field and 43.4 percent from behind the three-point line.
■ One day, Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly is just going to turn purple and explode right there on the sideline.
■ Don't look now but LSU basketball has won seven straight games. Jarell Martin is averaging 22.3 points over his last three. The Tigers could be dangerous by the time UK visits Baton Rouge on Feb. 10.
■ Remember former LSU coach Trent Johnson? His TCU team is one of six clubs in college basketball still unbeaten. The other five are UK, Colorado State, Duke, Villanova and Virginia.
■ Prediction: If Kentucky and Virginia meet in the NCAA Tournament the final score will be 44-42. Not saying who's winning, but that will be the final score.
■ The more the Cleveland Cavaliers struggle the more you're going to hear John Calipari's name mentioned as a possible replacement for 2015-16.
That doesn't mean anything, of course.