- Ivan Maisel, ESPN Senior Writer
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1. Josh Nunes of Stanford played Thursday night a lot like Zach Mettenberger of LSU played last Saturday night. Both first-year starting quarterbacks, faced with their first conference road game, didn’t play nearly as well as they did in their earlier starts at home. Their spotty performances don’t bode well for Wisconsin freshman Joel Stave, who must go into Nebraska on Saturday night against a team (and fans) that remember the beating the Huskers took in Madison a year ago.
2. The National Football Foundation’s list of 50 Campbell Award semifinalists includes three ESPN.com preseason All-Americans: USC quarterback Matt Barkley, Alabama center Barrett Jones and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o. It means that three seniors who turned down the opportunity to leave early for the NFL draft are equally accomplished in the classroom. That’s beyond refreshing.
3. Of the 119 other FBS schools, West Virginia has played only 78. Baylor, which on Saturday becomes the Mountaineers’ first Big 12 opponent, will be No. 79. West Virginia will have to wait until Thanksgiving Friday, when it plays at Iowa State, to pick up No. 80. West Virginia has played the other seven Big 12 schools. The most prominent schools that WVU has never played? Alabama, Tennessee, UCLA and Washington.