3-point stance: Immaturity an obstacle, too

October, 20, 2011
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1. LSU’s suspension of corner Tyrann Mathieu and tailback Spencer Ware for the Auburn game is a reminder of why it’s so hard to remain undefeated for 12 games. And it’s not merely opponents like No. 20 Auburn. There’s also the immaturity of young men who don’t think rules apply to them. The AP reported that corner Tharold Simon, Mathieu’s backup, also is suspended. That’s a break for Auburn quarterback Clint Moseley, a first-time starter. And Moseley, in turn, is a break for a suddenly depleted LSU secondary.

2. On the ESPNU College Football Podcast on Tuesday, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly raved about the innate football knowledge of sophomore quarterback Tommy Rees, ESPN Stats & Info has come up with numbers that show what a quick study he is. In the first two games, Rees threw 30 passes to Michael Floyd and 43 passes to the other receivers. In the past four games, Rees has spread the ball around. He has thrown a total of 35 passes to Floyd and four other receivers averaged four catches per game.

3. Three offenses have made it this far by scoring on every trip into the red zone: No. 8 Stanford (6-0), Ball State (4-3) and Western Michigan (4-3). Wait a minute -- didn’t Michigan’s Brandon Herron return an interception 94 yards -- as in, from the Broncos’ red zone -- for a touchdown in the Wolverines’ 34-10 victory? Yes, but that game was called before the end of the third quarter because of weather. The NCAA treats any game that fails to complete the third quarter like a baseball rainout. The stats don’t count.

Ivan Maisel | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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