Thursday, November 1, 2012
3-point stance: Ducks face 'Colorado Curse'
By Ivan Maisel
1. Quarterbacks don’t hit anyone, but they can play soft. No. 6 Georgia head coach Mark Richt, in discussing junior Aaron Murray’s scruffy play against Florida (12-of-24, 150 yards, three picks, one touchdown), described what makes a quarterback tough. “You’re soft if you can’t get knocked down a couple of times and get back up and trust your protection and throw strikes,” Richt said. Murray’s career numbers (45-of-95, 632 yards, seven picks, six TDs, 109.36 efficiency) against the Gators are poor, except this one: two wins, one loss.
2. During my ESPN.com chat Wednesday, a reader asked if No. 4 Oregon would be able to handle the "Colorado Curse." Every FBS team that has played the Buffs this season has lost its next game. Not only are the Buffs (1-7, 0-5) playing poorly, but they’re contagious. Two more things: Stanford, which plays Colorado on Saturday, has No. 11 Oregon State next week, and kudos to Sacramento State, the FCS team that beat Colorado, 30-28, on Sept. 8. The Hornets beat Northern Colorado, 28-17, the following week.
3. Kansas State didn’t get to No. 2 by looking ahead. That’s a cardinal rule of coach Bill Snyder. But there must not be a rule about looking behind. Senior fullback Braden Wilson, on the visit Saturday by Oklahoma State, which beat the Wildcats, 52-45, last year by stopping them at the Cowboys' 5-yard-line as time ran out: “Collin [Klein] said that no one on the team that is here right now has beat Oklahoma State. That is a big deal, especially after the heart-breaker last year. This is a game that we really want.”