DESTINATION UNKNOWN: ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach projects the Hokies will head to Nashville to face Vanderbilt in the Music City Bowl. Brad Edwards, meanwhile, projects that the Russell Athletic Bowl will pass on N.C. State and take the Hokies, who would face Louisville (full projections here). Either of these scenarios make you more likely to go?
SURE THING: One thing we know is that Notre Dame will be playing in the BCS national championship game on Jan. 7 in Miami, with the opponent almost certainly being the winner of this weekend’s SEC title game between Alabama and Georgia. The Crimson Tide is a 7.5-point favorite in that one.
PINK SLIPS: N.C. State fires Tom O’Brien and Boston College cans Frank Spaziani. Meanwhile, Auburn dumps Gene Chizik two years after he wins a national title.
HOOPS HEADS UP: The Hokies will put their 5-0 record on the line Tuesday night against Iowa in the Big Ten/ACC challenge. UVa draws Wisconsin on the road on Wednesday night. Tech hosts No. 20 Oklahoma State on Saturday at 2 p.m.
NFL STATEMENTS: Big road win for the 49ers, breaking the Saints’ five-game winning streak…Atlanta improves to 10-1 with a win in Tampa Bay…The Giants roll past the Packers 38-10 to open up a two-game lead over the Redskins in the NFC East (New York at Washington is next week’s Monday nighter)…Cutler returns from concussion, leads Bears past Vikings…Baltimore rallies past Chargers, now leads AFC North by three games over Steelers….Your Monday Nighter is Panthers at Eagles.
BRINKS TRUCK: Whoever lands Zack Greinke will have to pony up big bucks. MLB execs say they expect his contract to set a record for a right-handed pitcher.
NAME THAT TUNE
This old highway
Is like a woman sometimes
She can be your best friend
But she’s the real jealous kind
She’s the lady that leads me
To the life I dream of
She’s the mistress that keeps me
From the ones that I love