Nick Saban upgraded in one area. Alabama has Louisiana beat when it comes to education. The Education Week magazine study that ranked Alabama 45th nationally in giving public schoolchildren a chance for success ranked Louisiana 49th. Saban, of course, used to coach at Louisiana State, and you can bet it's going to get heated when Saban's Crimson Tide go at it with the Tigers. Of course, Louisiana State has problems of its own. Quarterback JaMarcus Russell reportedly is set to leave a year early for the riches of the NFL. .... And what about Notre Dame? It appears the Irish, losers of nine bowl games in a row, have also lost all the momentum injected into the program by the hiring of Crewcut Charlie Weis. But there's always hotshot quarterback Jimmy Clausen, he of the stretch Hummer ride to the College Football Hall of Fame last summer to announce he would be attending Notre Dame. Clausen is the highest-profile recruit to arrive at Notre Dame since perhaps Ron Powlus. Of course, we all know how that one worked out. And for those keeping score, remember that Clausen promised four national titles during his tenure. Given the pounding handed to the senior-laden Irish by Louisiana State in the Sugar Bowl, Clausen's prediction seems like a stretch, which is quite different from a stretch Hummer.