- Ivan Maisel, College Football Senior Writer
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1. My All-Wally-Pipped offense is shaping up: Braxton Miller of Ohio State and Tre Roberson of Indiana at quarterback, Venric Mark of Northwestern at tailback, Colt Lyerla of Oregon at tight end. ... Do I believe Miller won’t get his job back from Kenny Guiton? No. But once Ducks freshman Johnny Mundt caught two touchdowns against Tennessee, it made me think of Guiton and Hoosiers quarterback Nate Sudfeld and Wildcats tailback Treyvon Green. I just need a few linemen, a couple of receivers ...
2. Since the beginning of last season, the Pac-12 has three of the top four defenses in sacks when sending four or fewer rushers. Stanford has 45, South Carolina has 39, USC 36 and UCLA 35 (thanks, ESPN Stats & Info). Can anyone in the Pac-12 block? Maybe not. Stanford guard David Yankey made consensus All-American in 2012, and Oregon guard Kyle Long went in the first round of the NFL Draft. But he was the only Pac-12 offensive lineman taken in the first three rounds. Only one Pac-12 tackle was drafted, and only five O-linemen overall.
3. Then there's Duke offensive tackle Perry Simmons, a fifth-year senior, who will make his 40th consecutive start Saturday when the Blue Devils play Pittsburgh. Last week against Georgia Tech, Simmons played his 3,000th collegiate snap. "Think about that for a second," Duke head coach David Cutcliffe said this week. "That is an amazing stat." Not only has Simmons played well -- last season the Blue Devils allowed only one sack for every 29 pass attempts -- but he has a 3.8 GPA in civil engineering, with an emphasis in architecture. At Duke.
1. My All-Wally-Pipped offense is shaping up: Braxton Miller of Ohio State and Tre Roberson of Indiana at quarterback, Venric Mark of Northwestern at tailback, Colt Lyerla of Oregon at tight end.