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Thursday, September 24, 2009
Three-point stance: Turnover talk at USC



Posted by ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel


1. From 2002 through 2005, USC finished a total of plus-78 in turnover margin. That’s an average of 19.5 per season. From 2006-09, the Trojans are a total of plus-12, including minus-one through three games this season. That statistic doesn’t indict just the inexperience of quarterbacks Matt Barkley, a freshman, and Aaron Corp, a redshirt sophomore. The defense shares the blame in that one, too.

2. Has anyone had a more varied career than Arizona State linebacker Mike Nixon? The 26-year-old senior played quarterback/safety/kicker at Phoenix Sunnyslope High, then spent four seasons in the Dodgers’ farm system. Last season, Nixon tied for the Pac-10 lead with five interceptions. And now that Sun Devil kicker Thomas Weber is out for five weeks with a groin injury, Nixon may replace him Saturday at Georgia. Nixon, apparently, can do anything -- besides hit a curve.

3. It wasn’t a matter of if the College Football Hall of Fame would leave South Bend but when. South Bend provided a lifeline to the Hall when it needed it in the mid-1990s, but the Hall only fills up on the weekends of Notre Dame home games. Atlanta is the biggest city that lives and breathes the sport. The Hall will be in the same area as the Coca-Cola Museum and the Georgia Aquarium. May this be the Hall’s last move.