- Ivan Maisel, ESPN Senior Writer
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1. Gene Chizik is 31-12 at Auburn, 14-0 when Cam Newton starts and 17-12 when he doesn’t. The 31-28 overtime victory over Louisiana-Monroe, Auburn’s first win of 2012, couldn’t have placated the Tigers much, not with No. 2 LSU next. Chizik's tenure is reviving memories of Mike DuBose, who coached Alabama from 1997-2000. DuBose went 10-3 and won the SEC in 1999, the senior year of tailback Shaun Alexander and Outland Trophy-winning tackle Chris Samuels, and 14-20 otherwise. Chizik isn’t Dubose yet. But Auburn fans who reveled in DuBose’s demise -- and you know they did -- may be feeling a little karma.
2. Something good will come out of USC coach Lane Kiffin’s attempt to ban a reporter from covering practice for reporting injury information (athletic director Pat Haden overrode Kiffin’s decision). The incident caught the eye of Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott. He said Saturday night that he will bring up for discussion at the league’s next meeting of athletic directors a leaguewide policy for reporting injuries, a la the NFL.
3. Maybe we shouldn’t have been surprised that Wisconsin barely survived Utah State. The Aggies missed a field goal on the last play of the game to lose, 16-14. But that’s how Utah State (2-1) rolls. Eight of the Aggies’ last nine games have been decided in overtime or by four points or fewer. Utah State has won six of them. That streak figures to come to an end Saturday at a rebuilding Colorado State. Then again….