- Ivan Maisel, ESPN Senior Writer
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1.You know the cliché about the bad team that is the Homecoming opponent for every opponent it plays? Among my unofficial survey of the Homecoming foes for 76 FBS teams this season are No. 5 Nebraska and No. 6 Oklahoma (for Oklahoma State and Missouri, respectively, next week). There are 13 teams who are the Homecoming opponent twice. America’s favorite guest is Idaho, the Homecoming opponent for Western Michigan on Oct. 2, Louisiana Tech this week and Hawaii on Oct. 30.
2.Under Armour announced Monday that it will outfit Utah, Texas Tech and Maryland in special jerseys to benefit military personnel injured in the Middle East conflicts. For one game in November, each team will wear jerseys that replace the player’s names with values such as Duty, Honor, Courage, Freedom, etc. The schools will auction the jerseys after the game with the proceeds dedicated to the Wounded Warrior Project. “A big honor for our team,” Red Raider coach Tommy Tuberville said. He’s exactly right.
3.No. 16 Florida State has won four consecutive games by at least 20 points, which they haven’t done since 2000, the last year that the team played for the national championship and the last in former coach Bobby Bowden’s 14-year string of top-five finishes. A decade later, Florida State is led by senior Christian Ponder, the school’s best quarterback since Chris Weinke won the 2000 Heisman. On defense, the Seminoles lead the nation with 26 sacks. Welcome back, ‘Noles. The ACC missed you.
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