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Thursday, September 13, 2012
3-point stance: More disciplined Noles

By Ivan Maisel

1. Florida State averaged 7.93 penalties per game last season, which tied for 118th in the 120-team FBS. In other words, you could edit all that down to one word -- undisciplined. Through two games this season, the Seminoles have committed a total of four penalties. “We are very pleased with it,” Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. “We’re trying to stress it and trying to be smart -- make all decisions based on winning and not ego. You’ve got to play intelligently and we’re continuing to teach that.”

2. So Notre Dame went to the ACC and the Big East broke out. Of the league’s 15 teams, six will have come over from the Big East -- (Miami, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Notre Dame). Not that Notre Dame changes this, of course, but the only original Big East football teams remaining next season will be Rutgers and just-returned Temple. And Rutgers would leave the minute the ACC issues an invitation.

3. Arkansas fans are in full panic after the Razorbacks’ overtime loss to Lousiana-Monroe, but they are the picture of calm compared to their SEC West brethren at Auburn. The Tigers are 0-2 for the first time since 2003, when they opened with losses to No. 1 USC and Georgia Tech, not No. 14 Clemson and Mississippi State. Auburn’s anemic offensive performance at Mississippi State (216 yards, three points in a 28-10 loss) is worth fretting about. And now they must try to get well against the same ULM Warhawks that beat Arkansas. Cam Newton seems like ancient history.