- Ivan Maisel, ESPN Senior Writer
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1. Remember the “Kentucky Derby" offense that Florida State used in its run to the 1993 national title? That may have been the first iteration of today’s up-tempo offenses. Georgia coach Mark Richt, the offensive coordinator on that Seminole team, said his attempt to go up-tempo when he took over the Bulldogs in 2000 went for naught because SEC officials didn’t adjust well. “They weren’t in a hurry to set the ball down and go,” Richt said. “Now everybody has bought in. If you want to go fast, you can go fast.”
2. File this under the heading Who Knew? Notre Dame’s two most frequent opponents are, as you may have guessed, Navy and USC. The Midshipmen and the Irish played their 85th game earlier this month; the Trojans and the Irish will meet for the 84th time in November. However, USC is only tied as the Notre Dame’s No. 2 opponent. The Trojans share that distinction with the Purdue Boilermakers. Notre Dame and Purdue played earlier this month for the 84th time.
3. While no one is panicking yet, there is a sense of urgency among the FBS commissioners to expedite the selection of the site for the first national championship game in January 2015. That’s only 28 months away, and the commissioners haven’t even received all the bids from potential host cities yet. They plan to make the choice early next year. By comparison, the NFL chose Glendale, Ariz., as the site of its 2015 game last October.
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