3-point stance: Not exactly a clean slate

1. Let us stipulate that assembling conference schedules for this season was done on the fly because the membership rolls changed little more than a year ago. But do we really want seven SEC teams playing FCS opponents on the third Saturday in November? Nothing tops the potential Pac-12 snafu that Kevin Gemmell pointed out on the Pac-12 blog. If Stanford upsets Oregon and UCLA beats USC on Saturday, it very easily could happen that Stanford and UCLA will play on Nov. 24 and then play again six days later for the league title.

2. Really, what else is Brian Kelly going to say? The Notre Dame coach said that if the Irish go 12-0 and don’t reach the BCS National Championship Game, they will have done everything they could do. Where I disagree with Kelly is when he said Kansas State is ranked ahead of Notre Dame because the Wildcats got to Oklahoma first. Notre Dame has three-point wins over Purdue (4-6), BYU (6-4) and, in triple overtime, Pittsburgh (4-6). When you have to find a difference between two teams, close games against mediocre teams do matter.

3. Remember when Ohio not only stood among a handful of unbeaten teams with a 7-0 record? The Bobcats now have lost three of their past four after Ball State pulled away to an easy 52-27 victory Wednesday night. The victory at Penn State in Bill O'Brien's first game as Nittany Lions head coach gave Ohio a big pedestal. But none of the Bobcats’ next six victims has a winning record. The losses to Bowling Green (7-3) and Ball State (8-3) put Ohio in its place.