3-point stance: Edsall had chance to lead

1. Maryland coach Randy Edsall, faced with playing UConn, the program he abandoned on the tarmac at the Phoenix airport in Jan. 2011, said this week that he must live with how poorly he handled his departure. It would have gone better if he hadn’t waited 20 months to make such a statement. One other thing -- coaches are leaders by nature. But Edsall, like Dennis Franchione and Todd Graham and others, turned meek in the grasp of a new employer. Do you think that if Edsall had insisted to Maryland that he couldn’t take the job without going back and saying goodbye, Maryland would have objected?

2. The ubergeeks at ESPN Stats & Info spewed out some remarkable numbers about No. 1 Alabama as it heads into Arkansas. The Crimson Tide hasn’t trailed in regulation time in eight games. And each of its ast three opponents -- LSU in the BCS Championship Game, Michigan and Western Kentucky -- had fewer than 10 snaps across the 50-yard-line. The fact that the streak spans from one season to the next, and includes two ranked teams, speaks to Alabama’s dominance.

3. Oregon State and Nicholls State had no choice but to reschedule their Sept. 1 game, postponed by Hurricane Isaac, for Dec. 1. They don’t share an open date. The Dec. 1 date comes with an asterisk. Oregon State can’t play if it makes the Pac-12 Championship Game. The Beavers, in the same division as No. 4 Oregon and No. 21 Stanford, should be available. Nicholls State can’t play if it makes the FCS playoffs, but the Colonels have lost 11 consecutive games, seven by at least 17 points. They’ll be available, too.