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Variables add peril to bowl wagering

Thirty-eight bowl games are on the schedule, and picking winners might be tougher than making Nick Saban smile. The Alabama coach is absolutely great at what he does, which is frown all the time and win a lot of football games.

Jaguars hand Titans ninth straight loss

They called it the futility game. Two teams tied with the worst record in the NFL. On this night, the Jacksonville Jaguars were just a shade better than Tennessee, using a 62-yard fourth-quarter run by Jordan Todman to open up an 11-point lead, en route to a 21-13 win over the visiting Titans at EverBank.

49ers say McDonald had demonstrated ‘pattern of poor decision-making’

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald was cut Wednesday when the team received word that the 30-year-old was named by the San Jose Police Department as a suspect in an alleged sexual assault that occurred at his house. The 49ers said McDonald had “demonstrated a pattern of poor decision-making.”

Trestman reportedly benching Cutler for Clausen

The struggles of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler seem to validate all criticism of the coaching regime. Even with a defense ranked 30th in the league for the second straight year, it’s all about Cutler’s failures. Coach Marc Trestman seems to realize that and reportedly is going to bench Cutler for Jimmy Clausen.