1. Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said that the university wouldn’t release 2013 signee Eddie Vanderdoes to play at UCLA this year because he must be held accountable. Kelly is right. Vanderdoes signed the document. He has to live by it. So what took Notre Dame so long to commit to play at Arizona State in 2014? Sun Devils athletic director Steve Patterson said on the ESPNU College Football Podcast that it took a lot of lawyers and a lot of negotiation to get Notre Dame to agree to honor the contract it signed in 2008.
2. Wisconsin fifth-year linebacker Chris Borland is in that sweet spot for all college football fans. He is an immensely talented player who stuck around for all four years of eligibility. Those guys are so rare these days that it feels like Borland has been around forever. Doesn’t it seem like Borland played at least two seasons for Barry Alvarez, who retired in 2005? Nebraska senior quarterback Taylor Martinez is the same deal. I could swear he played for Frank Solich.
3. Borland, whom my ESPN colleague Matt Millen named as the No. 3 linebacker in the nation, is from Kettering, Ohio, and former Boston College All-American linebacker Luke Kuechly is from Cincinnati. What does it say that a) Ohio State signed neither player and b) that the Buckeyes’ star linebacker, Ryan Shazier, is from Pompano Beach, Fla.? The last native Buckeyes All-American linebacker is A.J. Hawk, also of Kettering, in 2005.