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Friday, October 19, 2012
3-point stance: Father vs. son

By Ivan Maisel

1. It will be hard enough for Tennessee defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri to face the players he coached the past three seasons at Alabama. But one of them is his son Vinnie, a safety. "Emotionally for the family, it’s been really, really, really tough," Sunseri said. I didn’t think it would be this hard. ... It’s going to be hard on Saturday night when that kid walks on the field, and hugs me." The only saving grace, he said, is that he wouldn’t have to draw X-and-Os to try to beat Vinnie. They are, of course, on the same side of the ball.

2. You don’t need statistics to know that the West Virginia defense has played so poorly that the Mountaineers have needed Geno Smith to have a Heisman-quality season. But here, thanks to the geeks at ESPN Stats & Info, is a number that might make your jaw drop, anyway. Halfway through the season, West Virginia has given up 35 passes of 20 yards or more, which is tied with Ball State for the most in the FBS.

3. Of the 12 teams still undefeated this season, the only two that have no ranked opponents on their remaining schedule are Ohio and No. 7 Ohio State. You would expect that with the Bobcats and the Mid-American Conference. But the Buckeyes? There’s a decent chance that Ohio State’s last two opponents, Wisconsin and Michigan, can climb into the BCS ratings by mid-November. The Wolverines, who have lost only to No. 1 Alabama and No. 5 Notre Dame, deserve to be there already.