1. If you stare enough at a masterpiece, you can find a flaw. Boise State’s 28-26 victory over Washington in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas closed out an 11-2 season. Chris Petersen, in seven seasons, has averaged 12 wins per year (84-8, .913). However, in games decided by four points or fewer, Petersen is only 7-6 (.538). Here’s how you can tell that Boise State took a step back in 2012. Of those 13 close games, the Broncos played five this season.
2. Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick believes the difference between good and great in any collegiate sport is leadership within the locker room. “If you don’t have it, man, it’s hard,” Swarbrick said. “In an environment with a 20-hour limit on practice, students have to play a really active role in carrying the coach’s message .... Manti [Te’o] is the manifestation of that. He may be the most special athlete I’ve been around in 30 years. But he’s also representative of a lot of good leaders on that team.”
3. In the spirit of punditry about the 2016 presidential election, we bring you South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Baylor tailback Lache Seastrunk, both of whom said last week that they believe they can win the 2013 Heisman Trophy. Based on how the last three Heisman winners (Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III and Johnny Manziel) came out of nowhere to win, the only sure bet for the Heisman is to take the field.