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Thursday, October 14, 2010
3-point stance: Numbers favor Tressel

By Ivan Maisel

1. The good news for Ohio State fans is that when the Buckeyes have been No. 1 under coach Jim Tressel, they are 6-0 playing in road games. No. 18 Wisconsin has the most difficult place to play in the Big Ten. The Badgers have won 25 of their past 28 night games at Camp Randall Stadium. Tressel is 2-1 there. There are two conference stadiums in which he doesn’t have a winning record. Tressel is 2-2 at Purdue and 1-1 at Iowa.

2. Notre Dame’s refusal to stray too far from .500 over the past four years has left senior running back Armando Allen Jr. to enjoy relative anonymity as he climbed into fifth place on the school’s career all-purpose yardage list with 4,247 yards. Allen trails Julius Jones, Autry Denson, Allen Pinkett and Tim Brown, all of whom cut higher profiles with the Irish than Allen. That says something about the megaphone provided by winning, and about the state of Irish football.

3. My half-season analysis: The best team with a losing record? I’ll take Clemson at 2-3 with close losses to Auburn, Miami and North Carolina. Worst team with a winning record? Indiana (3-2), which has defeated three teams, including FCS Towson, with a combined record of 1-17. Worst of the 13 unbeatens? Tell me again exactly whom Oklahoma State has beaten. Best of the four winless? Western Kentucky (0-5), which already has played four road games.