Wednesday, November 9, 2011
3-point stance: LSU's punter plays big role
By Ivan Maisel
1. Punting statistics don’t begin to explain a punter’s value to his team. Take LSU freshman Brad Wing, the hero of the No. 1 Tigers’ 9-6 overtime victory over No. 3 Alabama. Wing ranks only 21st nationally, with an average of 43.9 yards per. However, Wing has dropped 19 of his 37 punts this season inside the opponents’ 20-yard-line. He is a big reason the Tigers have allowed a total of 7 return yards all season. And that is yet another reason the Tigers are No. 1.
2. Florida State (6-3, 4-2) and Miami (5-4, 3-3) play Saturday with absolutely no fanfare outside the rivalry. It is no secret that the ACC needs this rivalry to return the forefront of the sport. It is also no secret that this is the third time in the past five years that neither team has been ranked when they kicked off. Here’s hoping the game stays in November. The last time they played in this month: 1991, when the No. 2 ‘Canes upset the No. 1 Seminoles, 17-16, in Wide Right I.
3. The Colorado Buffaloes are 1-9 and oh-for-the-Pac-12 as they prepare for their final home game this season against almost-as-lowly Arizona (2-7). Colorado ranks in the bottom 10 in scoring, scoring defense and rushing, just to name three categories. But here’s the funny thing: as inept as the Buffs have been, they have only 12 turnovers in 10 games. In fact, they have played four games without a turnover at all. But the larger problem is on the defense, which has allowed 31 points or more in nine of 10 games.