1. Randy Edsall parlayed a Big East title and Fiesta Bowl berth at UConn in 2010 into the Maryland job. But Edsall never reached the heights with the Terrapins that he did with the Huskies. He had been in College Park a matter of days when he learned that the NCAA planned to take scholarships from him. Then the NCAA took practice hours, too. Transfers and injuries took a chunk out of his hide. And, oh yeah, bring Maryland into the Big Ten. Edsall worked the Terps from rock bottom to mediocrity. But his Terps went 0-11 against ranked teams. You can't live on a diet of Richmonds and USFs.
2. Tom Herman has unleashed an offensive powerhouse at Houston. He can sell his scheme, and he can offer recruits a good-looking stadium that opened a year ago. But the Cougars have yet to solve the problem that has dogged them for decades --living in a major-league city. As the Cougars outscored SMU 49-28 on Thursday night, the Houston Texans played across town against the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Astros played Game 1 of their ALDS at the Kansas City Royals. If Herman can get the Houston sports fan back on campus, he will have moved mountains.
3. No. 5 Utah has a 14-2 record as a top-10 team, and that .875 winning percentage is the second-best in the history of the AP poll (minimum 15 games), according to ESPN Stats & Info. As impressive as that is, it pales before the team that is in third place on that list. It’s not that Oklahoma’s top-10 winning percentage is .846. It’s that the Sooners have won 377 games as a top-10 team. That’s the equivalent of 29 undefeated 13-game seasons against top-10 opponents. That, my friends, is a winning tradition.