In Lone Survivor, Mark Wahlberg stars as Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell. The movie tells the true story of Luttrell's harrowing mission against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Luttrell, who received a Navy Cross and Purple Heart, gave a motivatonal speech to Alabama's football team before the Tide's 25-20 victory against No. 1 Mississippi State. As you might suspect, his words made quite an impact on the players:

There is video of a speech from Luttrell making the rounds on the Internet, but The Sporting News reports that it isn't the one he gave to the Tide.

The Blaze reported that it found at least four cases in which copies of the video removed: "It’s unclear if the video was officially sanctioned by the university, which later realized its mistake, or if it was created by a third party who found an old clip of Luttrell and layered in other graphics and clips."

That said, it is still a clip worth checking out. (NSFW warning for some language.)

When Sister Lisa Maurer left her job as a teacher and coach to become a nun, she was worried about missing the interaction with students.

The ability to connect on a close level with athletes, and to nurture their growth as people, was her greatest joy in her first career. It was almost enough to dissuade her from entering a convent.

Little did Maurer know where she would end up: Coaching the kickers at a Division III football program and being the subject of a profile in The New York Times.

Maurer's path to her unprecedented spot had little to do with her coaching aspirations. Yes, she is the daughter of a coach, and yes, she enjoyed interacting with athletes.

But Maurer's room at the convent, which overlooks the football field at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, gave her a sense of closeness with the team. The founding coach of the football program, Greg Carlson, got to know Maurer and asked her to lead prayers for the team.

When Carlson was replaced by Kurt Ramler, the new head coach asked Maurer to dinner and became fond of the nun who could talk sports as well as anyone. Maurer was spending so much time around the team that Ramler eventually asked her if she wanted to be the team's kicking coach.

Maurer leapt at the opportunity, and the end result is a win on all sides. Maurer loves being on the staff, and her contributions haven't hurt the Saints, who went 10-0 in the regular season before losing to perennial power St. John's of Minnesota in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs.

"They’re good kids. They’re awesome,” she said to The New York Times. “It just adds another layer of living our mission and living our values. It brings it full circle. I find it an honor that I get to do this, that I get to represent my religious community in this way.”

And her players have no problem whatsoever taking orders from a nun. To them, she's a natural.

"A lot of people who aren’t around the program say, 'How is a nun coaching you?'" said senior kicker Mike Theismann. "She fits in seamlessly. It’s not a big deal, for the players or the coaches."

But for Maurer, it's a huge deal.

"I get to coach and be a sister both,” she said. “I remember all the tears that I cried when I entered religious life because I never thought I’d get to do this. The Lord is so good to me."

In the latest rankings for the College Football Playoff, Alabama jumped from fifth to first. Meanwhile Auburn lost back-to-back games to Texas A&M and Georgia. As you might imagine, these developments are going to put Auburn fans in a cranky mood. One fan in particular -- Tammy Hethcox from Clanton, Alabama -- voiced these frustrations on a memorable call to Paul Finebaum's radio show. Check out this intensity:

Hethcox doesn't seem to appreciate Finebaum's commentary, but she is actually one of the show's most dedicated listeners.

Auburn, which had been No. 3 in the playoff rankings before those two losses, can still derail Alabama's chances if the Tigers beat the Tide in the Iron Bowl on Nov. 29.

The Iron Bowl won't be televised on CBS this year.

The annual showdown between Alabama and Auburn has been a CBS fixture, but the network faced a programming dilemma this season, thanks to some fine print in its contract with the SEC.

The contract gives CBS first pick at which SEC game it wants to televise each week.

This week CBS opted for a matchup that will have a big impact on deciding which teams make the college football playoff: No. 1 Mississippi State at No. 5 Alabama.

But by selecting Mississippi State-Alabama, CBS cannot take Auburn-Alabama on Nov. 29.

A provision in the CBS contract says that each SEC team is capped at five appearances on the network during the regular season. CBS has already aired Alabama games this season against Florida, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and LSU.

The Iron Bowl will still be televised. ESPN will carry the game. CBS will show the Egg Bowl between Mississippi State and Ole Miss that day.

Last season's Iron Bowl featured the one of the most dramatic finishes as Auburn's Chris Davis ran 109 yards for a touchdown after Alabama's field goal attempt fell short on the final play of the game. It gave No. 5 Auburn a 34-28 win against No. 1 Alabama, and the Tigers went on to play in the SEC championship game and the BCS national championship game.

America's most prestigious college tend to emphasize academics over athletics. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is no exception.

But many of those universities also have hallowed legacies attached to sports. Yale claims 27 national championships in college football; Harvard claims seven. Princeton, meanwhile, is recognized as participating in the first-ever college football game.

MIT isn't as distinguished. Between 1944 and 2013, the Engineers won 80 football games. Granted, the school went several decades without fielding a football team. Over that same span of time, the school's faculty and alumni won exactly as many Nobel Peace prizes.

In 2014, though, MIT has finally broken the mold for its moribund football team. The Engineers are 8-0 and have claimed the New England Football Conference championship. The title qualifies the program for the NCAA Division III playoffs.

It's a huge accomplishment for MIT, which is treating its football team with the highest degree of excitement and attention ever granted to an athletic program at the school.

As its head coach Chad Martinovich told The Wall Street Journal, “It’s nice to walk through campus and have every other person congratulate you and know who you are."

And now, Mr. Martinovich, America knows who you are. Keep on making those Nobel winners jealous.

Here's an example of a generation gap: Your grandfather walked 10 miles uphill in both directions -- through driving snow, mind you -- just to attend school and get an education.

Your college freshman? He'll only go to football games if you heat his seat.

Like it or not, that's the predicament Michigan State finds itself in.

In an interview with ABC57, Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis said his school is brainstorming a number of ideas to entice students back into football stadiums. Despite trotting out an impressive football program that won last year's Rose Bowl and was ranked in the Top 10 entering last weekend, Michigan State has struggled to maintain student interest.

During a nationally televised win over Nebraska earlier this year, the school was embarrassed to have huge sections of its student seating completely barren -- and broadcast to the entire country.

Hollis notes that many other schools are struggling to attract student fans, and he identifies a number of reasons for this national epidemic, including high-definition broadcasts and the appeal of watching in sports bars.

Those environments are cozier than a brutal, exposed-to-the-elements outdoor stadium. Granted, that's part of the allure of football, particularly in a cold-weather, blue-collar setting like East Lansing, Michigan.

But the times, they are a-changin'.

Hollis didn't offer too much insight into the planning, so either the heated seats proposal is just that -- a proposal -- or it's an innovation Michigan State wants to play close to the chest.

But Hollis is the man that first brought hockey into football stadiums with the 2001 home game against Michigan that led to the NHL's copying the idea with its Heritage, Winter Classic and Stadium Series games. He also staged a basketball game between the Spartans and North Carolina on the deck of aircraft carrier off the coast of San Diego. If anyone's going to reinvent cold, gray student seating as a tropical oasis among the frigid Michigan tundra, it's Hollis.

The bigger question is this: How many bodies are about to roll over in their graves?

Some lucky students at schools involved in the inaugural College Football Playoff will get to see the game in-person on Taco Bell's dime.

The fast food giant has announced that it will sponsor the student sections at every College Football Playoff game. Students will get to sit in the officially titled "Live Mas Student Section."

Per the deal, Taco Bell will provide a total of 3,000 tickets -- 500 seats per participating school -- to each school, which will then get to choose how it wants to divvy up the student tickets.

Taco Bell will also reserve 60 total seats -- 10 seats per game -- for each school's "most dedicated fans." Those fans can submit themselves for this honor by sharing photos and other media that demonstrate their team spirit. Fans must use the hashtag #livemasfans.

Taco Bell's campaign is a joint effort with CreativeWorks, the in-house creative agency of ESPN. Together, ESPN and CreativeWorks put together a 30-second commercial promoting the new sponsored student sections.

Taco Bell was previously an official partner of the Bowl Championship Series from 2006 through last season. Its new branding arrangement will increase its visibility during each game while also providing a unique ticket opportunity to students.

In-state rivalries always carry an added amount of pride and intensity from both teams and their fan bases. Given the success of both teams this season, this year's Ole Miss-Mississippi State game is certain to hit a fever pitch.

Given the implications the game has on the college football playoff race, fans across the nation will be tuning in to see what happens. Many of those fans are asking the same question

Why the heck is the Ole Miss-Mississippi State game referred to as the "Egg Bowl?"

It's not uncommon for rival schools to brand their annual matchup with a special name, and in many cases an heirloom trophy. A lot of these are war-inspired and awash in brute masculinity: The Backyard Brawl, the Border War, the Iron Bowl.

The Egg Bowl? That sounds more like the latest cooking gadget from The Pampered Chef.

Blame postgame violence and fighting by students of both schools in 1926 when Ole Miss upset Mississippi State after a long stretch of losing. According to accounts of Ole Miss's 7-6 win, Rebels fans rushed the field after the game to tear down the goalposts. Bulldog fans weren't happy about it, so they went onto the field to defend the goalposts, which resulted in several fights.

Allegedly, wooden chairs were wielded in the fighting, and the combat continued until almost all of the chairs had been destroyed in the fighting.

In 1927, the "Golden Egg" trophy was introduced as both schools' solution to prevent future violence, giving both sides something tangible they could receive in exchange for winning the game.

The trophy, however, was not meant to represent an egg: Its shape is actually representative of the shape of footballs during the 1920s, which were similar to rugby balls and were much more round than contemporary footballs.

To the uninformed eye, though, the trophy is much more egg than football. Thus, the Egg Bowl was born.

Ole Miss, which has lost four of the past five Egg Bowls, hosts this year's game.

Auburn may never beat Alabama in more stunning fashion than it did last year, when a missed field goal was returned 109 yards for a game-winning touchdown.

Chris Davis is even less likely to experience anything that matches the euphoria of being the lucky return man. And now, one lucky fan has a signature link to that classic moment in one of college football's greatest rivalries.

And it only cost them $47,190.

That's the price paid for Davis' helmet in an auction that was completed early Sunday morning. The helmet was auctioned off by Goldin Auctions, who had rightly expected that the helmet would net the highest price ever paid for a college football helmet.

The Auburn helmet blew away the previous known high for a helmet, set earlier this year when a helmet from Archie Griffin's Heisman-winning campaigns of 1974 and 1975 was auctioned off for $28,680.

The high price for Davis's helmet might have been helped out by the recent history of the game.

There's also no apparent indication that Davis received any money from the sale, which would be a violation of NCAA regulations.

Indeed, how unfair would it be for him to have profited off his own accomplishment.

Most football teams relish bye weeks as a chance to physically recover and get in a little extra prepping for the next game. Devoted fans, on the other hand, find themselves struggling to pass the time.

Unless you're trying to plan a wedding. In that case, bye weeks are your one chance to thread the needle on a fall ceremony.

With Alabama's team exercising its bye week this Saturday, soon-to-be brides are putting the final touches on weddings that evaded critical scheduling accomplishments. In states where fan bases treat football like a religious event, planning a wedding on game day can be met with complaints and even some no-shows.

"A lot of fans will skip the wedding and go to the game," bridal consultant Rachael Grammer told

But deciding to plan your wedding for the bye week isn't as simple as it sounds. Dozens, possibly hundreds of other brides have the same idea. In most cases, there aren't enough venues to accommodate everyone.

In many cases, venues fill up six months in advance -- if not sooner.

But apparently the tradition of planning weddings around Alabama football is one that goes back decades in the state.

And if Alabama and Auburn both have their bye weeks on the same week? You'd better get ready to arm wrestle for it.

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