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Okay, it's mailbag time.

I'm presently writing this in a Los Angeles hotel room with virtually no voice. All my life I've been afraid I'd lose my voice and it never happened. Until now. Last night on television with Petros, I got crushed in our great debate because I couldn't speak loud enough. Right now I'm in the throes of the worst cold ever. (By the way, no one talks about this, but one of the worst things about being a parent of young kids is that one of your kids always has a cold. I mean, always. If your family is big enough then you can pass the entire cold through your family and then repass it back through two weeks later. This is infuriating.)

Michael H. sends us this picture of a Bama fan with magnets on his truck:

"Thought you would enjoy this photo I took in front of an Alabama McDonalds this morning. I think what I love most is that the two magnets don't quite match - meaning they were definitely purchased at separate times. This guy was so happy with the first magnet that he had to go out and get a second one made for child #2. The handy plates are a nice touch too.

May Bama and Kentucky fans never change."

Our beaver pelt trader of the week is Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who wrote this first sentence, which I think is the best in the history of novels, in "One Hundred Years of Solitude:" “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.”

I mean, that's just f-ing amazing.

The entire book is just as good.

I've always been a big reader -- you think I got this good at dick jokes by accident? -- and back when I was a kid I was told if you like one book an author writes then go back and read everything he's ever written in the order he wrote it. Here would be my all-time top five favorite writers: 1. William Faulkner 2. Cormac McCarthy 3. Gabriel Garcia-Marquez 4. Franklin W. Dixon (I know this was a syndicate of dozens of writers, but I loved the Hardy Boys when I was a kid. Don't even get me started on the tears I shed when Iola Morton got blown up). 5. Ernest Hemingway

Okay, on to the mailbag.  

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The toughest thing for James Franklin is going to be telling David Williams that he's leaving for Penn State.  

That's because over the past three years Williams and Franklin have developed a bond that's almost father-son like. 

Now, barring a last minute change of heart from Franklin, David Williams is going to be looking for a new coach to replace Franklin. Coming off back-to-back nine win seasons that ended with top 25 rankings, brand new facilities being built, and three solid recruiting classes -- that could be four if a new coach can keep the commits -- Vanderbilt is in infinitely better shape than it was before Franklin was hired. 

But make no mistake about it, Penn State hit an absolute homerun with this hire.

Texas will regret its decision not to hire James Franklin for a long time to come. 

And David Williams, who told us yesterday on the radio that he believed Franklin was the best coach in the country, has a tough job ahead of him.

So long as your talent exceeds your problems, you'll always be fine in America.

The latest example of this truism is Bobby Petrino, who, you might recall, just 21 months ago was involved in a motorcycle accident with his mistress, a mid-twenties blonde employee of the Arkansas football program. Petrino, who lost his job at Arkansas for employing his mistress and lying about the accident and the affair to his boss, spent the fall of 2012 out of coaching, and was hired by Western Kentucky eight months later, in December of 2012.

This year Petrino's Western Kentucky Hilltoppers went 8-4.

Today news officially broke from multiple sources that Petrino had been rehired by Louisville.

Petrino's career arc -- failure ending in firing, apologizing for said failure, period of isolation during which he had time to contemplate his own life's errors (also known as rehab if you're an entertainer), and subsequent rehabilitation at a lesser job before ascending to the same level he'd previously occupied -- was swift.

It took just 21 months for Petrino to go from social pariah to right back where he was beforehand. 

Why?  

Two years ago I wrote a piece for this site speculating about the motivations behind that infamous April incident in the Ozarks involving the head coach, the former volleyball player, and the motorcycle.

Odds to win 2015 National Title

Written by: Todd Fuhrman

Dust has barely settled on the 2014 BCS and it's already time to look towards next year..at least for everyone that isn't a Florida State fan. With the inception of a college football playoff (sorry FCS, this one is for keeps) oddsmakers are in a different position pricing long shots because the road for getting to the title game is a bit clearer. Gone are 1000-1 prices on mid tier teams from power conferences, aka Auburn last January, since a few fortuitous bounces and just getting into the postseason will give teams a chance to claim the hardware. 

The most interesting part about these opening lines? There isn't a single team priced higher than 300-1 going into the year whereas last season 14 schools opened with odds of 500-1 or greater.

Outkick's Pre-Preseason Top 25 For 2014

Written by: Clay Travis

Well, we've come to our third end of the college football season since Outkick the Coverage started back in 2011.

And I have to say, even though it's always incredibly disappointing for a college football season to end, this year was the best for Outkick so far. 

From the amount of fun we've had together on the site to new heights of readership, listenership and viewership, to new challenges embraced, I can't thank you guys enough for supporting Outkick and me along the way. 

Now that the end of the season is here, I'd also like to thank the crew I spent the season working with at Fox Sports, both on and off camera. There are so many behind the scenes guys and girls who bust their asses all season long that never get any credit at all.

They make us all look much better than you guys can ever imagine. 

What's more, from the freshest-faced youngest production assistant on staff to the most grizzled TV veteran, I genuinely love everyone I work with at Fox.

If you like who you work with, chances are you're going to like your job and the people at Fox have made an entire season spent on the road lots of fun. Yes, even the parts that start at four in the morning.  

Our college football fun at Fox culminated in our own "Foxast" of the BCS title game. If you didn't get a chance to check out Todd Fuhrman, Joel Klatt, Petros, Charissa Thompson, Matt Leinart, and Will Leitch all coming to vist and hang out, click the link below.

I think you'll be entertained. 

Especially when we interviewed the Auburn fan with $50,000 riding on the outcome of the game and play "Saved by the Bell" trivia with Joel.  

Also, the parts where Joel, who is the funniest guy that no one actually thinks is funny, insults me. 

National Title by the Odds

Written by: Todd Fuhrman

We all know future odds move throughout the course of a sports season.  However volatility like the betting markets saw with Auburn this year is unlike anything I can remember.  Sit back and marvel at the roller coaster ride that has been the future price on War Eagle from when the oddsmakers hung them at 1000-1 back on January 8, 2013.

Last night Johnny Manziel went out in Hollywood and left with two hot girls. 

This was very similar to my night in LA.

Minus the two hot girls and the going out in Hollywood part.

I particularly like how happy the two girls are to be caught by the TMZ cameras.  

It's the best possible thing that could ever happen to their careers. 

One of the girls, a Florida State model -- good Lord, it's hard to think of a much hotter descriptive device -- is named Lauren Victoria Hanley, and, of course, she's on Instagram. 

Here's the TMZ video. 

Johnny loves his teammates, y'all. Probably not as much as he loves the coed Southern bikini model he left the club with, but close, really close. 

All season long Florida State has dominated opponents, winning every game this year by 14 or more points.

Meanwhile just about every game Auburn's played has left its fans nervous. Whether it was week one against Washington State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, or the miracles against Georgia and Alabama.

All could have easily been Auburn losses.  

If things had gone bad for Auburn down the stretch, we're talking about a team that could be 5-7 on the season. Forget about playing for the BCS title, Auburn wasn't that far away from not playing in a bowl game at all. 

If you're trying to figure out why Las Vegas has gone 2-11 against the spread on Auburn's game this season, this is the reason why -- because Vegas sees how close Auburn has been to losing a ton of ball games and doesn't believe the Tigers are very good.

That's logical to a point, but it also misses a substantial detail -- Auburn's gotten better each week and those near losses have instilled a strong inner will, the Tigers believe they will win every game.  

Fox Is Letting Outkick "Call" the BCS Title Game

Written by: Clay Travis

You can watch our Foxcast by clicking here.

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Tomorrow is the BCS title game.

I'm out here in LA, but I won't be in the press box for the BCS title game because I'll be part of Fox Sports Live's post-game coverage on FS1.

That means I'll be watching the game where I watched most big college games all season -- sitting in the Fox Sports studios in front of the television. Basically my viewing experience will be a lot like most of yours. 

Since it's a big game we wanted to do something fun. We kicked around several ideas and then we hatched a plan that will inevitably lead to disaster -- what if we "called" the game online and gave you guys a chance to watch and listen along to our conversations as you also watched the title game.

I've been arguing in favor of mutliple game announcers for a long time. I think fans should be able to pick serious or fun telecasts. 

Ours will not be serious. 

The Fox executives -- who truth be told are a lot like you guys and gals more than they are serious business people in suits who are always frowning -- loved the idea.

So we're doing it.  

Bama Fan Mom Identified

Written by: Clay Travis

Outkick readers can find anyone. 

Seriously, anyone. 

Including, as luck would have it, the Alabama fan who went HAM on a few Oklahoma students during last night's Sugar Bowl. (You can read the Oklahoma student perspective here, which jibes nicely with the Facebook post.)

Michelle Pritchett wrote as follows, on her Facebook wall: "I was escorted out of stadium!!! Lol.. They were talking crap all night to me ( and that was fine) but then they started on my son and I that was not going happen.."

She has since deleted this post. 

Michelle is a Crimson Tide fan who attended Alabama Southern Community College. (So. yes, a member of the 85%). 

We have requested an interview with her, and I will keep you posted. 

In the meantime, it's worth noting that on the day after Auburn beat Missouri in the SEC title game, she changed her profile picture to the Florida State Seminole chief.  

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