Three-point stance: A rivalry for now

October, 1, 2010
1. Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun decried any attempt to diminish the rivalry between No. 7 Florida and No. 1 Alabama. Here’s one more: the difference between Florida-Alabama and Florida-Florida State is the difference between infatuation and love. The minute that the Gators or the Crimson Tide quit winning, the rivalry ends. Notice how the heat has disappeared from the Florida-Tennessee series? But every Florida fan, no matter the record, wants to pummel Georgia. Now that’s a rivalry.

2. Here’s a bright spot for the ACC: according to ESPN Stats & Information, three of the top four rushing defenses on first down are Boston College (1.2 yards per), Virginia (1.6) and No. 16 Miami (1.9). Most defensive coordinators would give up their car leases for a guarantee of 2nd-and-8. With these defenses, if the Eagles and the Cavaliers learn how to move the ball, they will join the ‘Canes in the top 25.

3. Three quarterbacks who are among the top 15 in rushing in the nation are also among the top 20 in passing efficiency. They are Denard Robinson of Michigan (1st in rushing, 18th in passing), Cam Newton of Auburn (11th, 4th) and Colin Kaepernick of Nevada (15th, 19th). That’s a double that only one FBS quarterback has achieved in the past five years (Joe Webb, 2009). As conference play begins and schedules toughen, offensive coordinators may become less likely to run. Until then, enjoy.

Ivan Maisel | email

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