Three-point stance: UCLA better on defense

Posted by ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel

1.The UCLA offense has improved a little over last season. The UCLA defense has improved a lot, at least if you judge by points allowed after turnovers. The 3-0 Bruins have committed six turnovers, yet allowed only one score, a touchdown, off the giveaways. A year ago, the Bruins committed nine turnovers in their first three games and allowed six touchdowns and a field goal on the ensuing drives.

2.I don’t question the anecdote reported at EveryDayShouldBeSaturday.com that when a smart-aleck Oregon fan wrote Duck coach Chip Kelly to ask for a refund for the fan’s trip to Boise, where he saw Oregon lose Boise State, 19-8, Kelly wrote out a personal check for $439.

A) Kelly would be impressed by the gumption; B) He would understand that by calling the guy’s bluff, he would turn the situation to his advantage, C) No one’s a bigger wiseass than Kelly. Oregon refused to comment on the story.

3.No. 14 Cincinnati is a prime candidate for Controversial Crystal Football Contender. The Bearcats are 3-0 with a 10-point win over an AQ team (Oregon State) three time zones away. Of their next eight games, the tough ones (Fresno State, UConn, West Virginia, Illinois) are at home. The toughest road opponent in that stretch, USF, lost four-year quarterback Matt Grothe (torn ACL) Cincinnati could be 11-0 at Pittsburgh on Championship Saturday (Dec. 5).