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Friday, November 22, 2013
3-point stance: Road less traveled

By Ivan Maisel

1. No. 4 Baylor has managed to get to the weekend before Thanksgiving, nine games into the season, and played only two games in opponents’ stadiums. The Bears have played six home games and last week played Texas Tech at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Baylor played one of the two road games at woeful Kansas; in the other, at Kansas State, the Bears trailed in the fourth quarter before winning, 35-25. All of which makes the game Saturday night at No. 10 Oklahoma State (17-1 at home from 2011) a little more intriguing.

2. Pretty shrewd selling point by Pitt on defensive tackle Aaron Donald. The university emailed a comparison of Donald, not to other All-American candidates this season, but to 2009 Nebraska All-American defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. And Donald comes out looking pretty good. Donald has 22.5 tackles for loss to Suh’s 20.5. Suh had 12 sacks to Donald’s 10. But here’s the tipping point: Donald has accumulated those numbers in 10 games. Suh played in 14 games.

3. The difference between playing eight and nine conference games is rarely seen as clearly as it is this weekend. In the SEC and ACC, No. 1 Alabama plays FCS Chattanooga, No. 2 Florida State plays Idaho, and No. 7 Clemson plays The Citadel. In the Big 12 and Pac-12, No. 4 Baylor is at No. 10 Oklahoma State, No. 5 Oregon is at Arizona, and No. 17 Arizona State is at No. 14 UCLA. The eight-game conference schedules cheat the fans, and hopefully, next year, the selection committee will extract a price from the leagues that play them.