John U. Bacon: Michigan's athletic budget, which stands at $137 million and is without faculty control, has nearly doubled in eight years. It now costs $6,000 for a one-hour wedding reception on the 50-yard line of Michigan Stadium and school kids are charged for tours that used to be free. Where does the money go? Staff salaries have grown from $34 million to $49 million, including a 62% increase in administrator compensation.
Case Keefer, Las Vegas Sun: Las Vegas Hilton Superbook Executive Jay Kornegay said he wasn't completely comfortable making Florida State a 7-point favorite in the Bowl Championship Series title game, but many offshore books posted a line as high as -10, forcing Hilton to push up its number. "I think it should certainly be less than a touchdown. I think the underdog has the advantage right now," he said.
Jon Solomon, AL.com: Birmingham's love affair with college football continues. The city was ESPN's most-viewed market for the 13th consecutive season. Greenville was second, followed by Knoxville, New Orleans, Nashville, Memphis and Columbus. And an audit by the NCAA shows that every Division I-A conference received more money from 2012-13 bowl payouts than their schools paid on bowl expenses.
Pete Thamel, SI.com: The story behind the story at Texas. There's an ongoing feud between Governor Rick Perry and Texas President Bill Powers, and Perry has loaded Texas' board of regents with his cronies. Powers could be out as early as Thursday, meaning the replacement for Mack Brown could walk into a job and not know who is boss is.
Do-Hyoung Park, Stanford Daily: Stanford has already sold out its allotment of tickets to the Rose Bowl. Suspicions are that Michigan State fans may have played a part in the quick sale.
Todd D. Milewski, Capital Times: An average of 13,420 tickets went unused for Wisconsin's seven home games, the highest number of no-shows since 2008. That's 17% of the announced attendance, up from 14.5% in 2012.