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Friday, November 30, 2012
3-point stance: SEC's battle lines

By Ivan Maisel

1. No. 3 Georgia is one of the few teams that can match No. 2 Alabama in raw talent. The difference in the SEC championship game Saturday will be if the Crimson Tide defensive front can push through a vulnerable Dawgs offensive line, collapse the pocket and force junior quarterback Aaron Murray to be uncomfortable. Todd McShay says on today's ESPNU College Podcast that Murray is 3-of-13 in those situations.

2. Teddy Bridgewater's injuries prevented him from showing his prodigious talent Thursday night at Rutgers. But Bridgewater gave what he had. Man, was it enough. Bridgewater led the Cardinals from 11 points down to beat the Scarlet Knights, 20-17, and almost certainly earn a BCS berth. When Bridgewater returns for a healthy junior season in 2013, his display of guts and leadership in Louisville’s final regular-season game will serve as the foundation of his Heisman campaign.

3. The Black Coaches Association deserves a lot of credit for holding universities publicly accountable by grading their hiring practices. The more inclusive the candidate pool, the better the grade. Yet in the 2012 report released Thursday, Texas A&M, which hired Kevin Sumlin, an African-American, received an F. Why? Because A&M didn’t participate in the BCA’s reporting process. Well, so what? The grade reflects more poorly on the BCA than on the university. It makes the BCA look petty.