3-point stance: An SMU revival

1.I am a fan of how The Associated Press poll reflects the sentiment of the week. Alabama and Wisconsin rout highly-ranked teams? Move on up. Oklahoma routs rent-a-victim Ball State? You drop anyway. Stanford pounds UCLA and falls for the second consecutive week. That may mean the voters made up their minds (or went to bed) before the Cardinal's late-night 45-19 win. Or it may be a sign of how far the Bruins have slid in the eyes of the voters. Stanford has won three straight against UCLA for the first time in 80 years.

2.Talk about a day that looked as if it may never arrive. Nearly a quarter-century after the NCAA meted out the death penalty to SMU, not only are the Mustangs 4-1 and coming off an Iron Skillet upset of No. 20 TCU, but the Big East reportedly discussed SMU as a potential new member. SMU doesn’t have the assets of a TCU -- motivated fan base, a decade of success -- but SMU has the quirky genius of coach June Jones, a recently refurbished stadium and a big TV market. In today’s college sports, that’s enough.

3.Texas Tech is one of 15 undefeated teams and the Red Raiders (4-0) better enjoy it while it lasts. Six of their remaining eight opponents are ranked, which is either a measure of the newfound strength of the Big 12 or a measure of the members' adroit scheduling. Give No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 6 Oklahoma State and No. 20 Kansas State credit. They have won tough road games. How Texas has risen to No. 11 based on its schedule (Rice, BYU, at UCLA, at Iowa State) defies gravity.