Louisiana Monroe 21, Alabama 14

“I talked to them about Grand Valley beating Michigan State, Gardner-Webb beating Kentucky,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “I ran the gamut on everything that I could talk about relative to respecting your opponent and getting ready to go out and dominate the people that you play. I failed in that, obviously.”

Would Appalachian State beating Michigan been too obscure a reference point? Either way, you’ve got to hand it to Saban. What he lacks in personal integrity, he more than makes up for in building anticipation for next week’s trip to Auburn ; it’ll take a win over the Tigers for the Tide to remain bowl eligible. And after all that effort to woo Saban from Miami, I somehow doubt an invitation to the Papa John’s.com Bowl will be considered an acceptable result.

The Detroit Free Press’ Michael Rosenberg suggests LSU’s Les Miles — a 41-24 victor over Ole Miss earlier today — is unlikely to be offered the Michigan gig seeing as there’s some unspecified bad blood between him and probable outgoing coach Lloyd Carr (“Carr has more political capital at Michigan than most people realize; he is universally admired within the school™s power structure for how he has succeeded in a cutthroat profession with integrity and class.”). If Miles is out of the running and Michigan can see past the Spartan roots, I’m fairly certain Wayne Fontes has all sorts of time on his hands.