3-point stance: UM-Arkansas a big deal

November, 7, 2012
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1. Michigan’s agreement to play a home-and-home series with Arkansas in 2018 and 2019 makes some history. Not because the teams have never played -- they played in the Florida Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1, 1999. No, the sport’s winningest program has never played in an SEC stadium, not once in 1,250 games played over 133 seasons. Thanks to Michigan for making the deal, and thanks to Notre Dame for making it possible by bailing out of its annual series with the Wolverines.

2. There is no bigger gentleman in head coaching than Georgia’s Mark Richt. You could see it yet again Tuesday in his response to a question about Auburn, Georgia’s second biggest rival, being 2-7. “Obviously I’ve been coaching going into 12 years now, and it is a very fine line,” Richt said. “Even the year we went 6-7, how much of a different team did we have than some of the teams that might have gone 10-2? Probably not a whole lot different.” One thing: Georgia’s bad year was 6-7. Auburn is staring at 3-9.

3. Before September ended, Wisconsin freshman Joel Stave had won the starting quarterback job from junior transfer Danny O'Brien. Now that Stave is injured and unavailable, it’s easier to see why head coach Bret Bielema pursued O’Brien, and why O’Brien has been a disappointment. Going into the Leaders Division showdown (yes, showdown) at Indiana, Bielema has listed O’Brien and fifth-year senior Curt Phillips, who has thrown 12 passes in his career, as co-starters.

Ivan Maisel | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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