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Stewart Mandel's Three-Point Stance
Stewart Mandel
October 13, 2008
1 Ball State hasn't missed a beat since losing star receiver Dante Love to a career-ending spinal injury on Sept. 20. After consecutive routs of Kent State (41--20) and Toledo (31--0), the 6--0 Cardinals cracked the AP Top 25 this week but are unlikely to contend for a BCS berth because of the MAC's lightweight reputation.
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October 13, 2008

Stewart Mandel's Three-point Stance

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1 Ball State hasn't missed a beat since losing star receiver Dante Love to a career-ending spinal injury on Sept. 20. After consecutive routs of Kent State (41--20) and Toledo (31--0), the 6--0 Cardinals cracked the AP Top 25 this week but are unlikely to contend for a BCS berth because of the MAC's lightweight reputation.

2 Florida State has finally rediscovered its running game. The Seminoles, who haven't cracked the top 50 in rushing offense since 2004, averaged 270 yards on the ground in wins over Colorado and Miami. QB Christian Ponder dashed for 144 yards against the Hurricanes last Saturday.

3 New Washington athletic director Scott Woodward's pledge to wait until after the season to determine coach Tyrone Willingham 's fate seems more cruel than fair. Playing without injured QB Jake Locker , the Huskies lost to Arizona 48--14 last Saturday to fall to 0--5. Willingham's ouster is inevitable.

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