3-point stance: Kuechly's stellar season

November, 14, 2011
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1. Boston College may be having a bad season -- the Eagles have won two of their last three games to get to 3-7 -- but junior linebacker Luke Kuechly is matching the All-American standard he set in 2010. Kuechly, who leads the FBS with 168 tackles, 30 more than any other player, made nine stops Saturday against North Carolina State in the first three quarters. He made nine in the fourth quarter, and the Eagles beat the Wolfpack, 14-10.

2. Undefeated, No. 11 Houston remains behind No. 10 Boise State in the BCS ratings. However, the Cougars, not the Broncos, still would qualify for an automatic BCS bid. Undefeated Houston would be a conference champion. Boise State is not. The BCS rule reads, “The champion of [the non-AQ leagues] will earn an automatic berth in a BCS bowl game if…such team is ranked in the top 12 of the final BCS Standings.”

3. If you ever wondered why coaches consider turnover margin an important statistic, consider this: No. 2 Oklahoma State leads the FBS at plus-18. No. 1 LSU is second at plus-15. The best record of any team with a negative turnover margin belongs to No. 20 Southern Mississippi, which is minus-1. But the most impressive statistic of all is that somehow, SMU is 6-4 while being minus-11. That seems mathematically impossible.

Ivan Maisel | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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