3-point stance: Academies look for answers

1. Never mind that when the federal government was shut down on Nov. 18, 1995, Army, Navy and Air Force all played. They all happened to be at home on that Saturday. Since Air Force is traveling to Navy, and Army is scheduled to play at Boston College, there are travel costs involved. But how is it that the Dept. of Defense didn’t have an answer Tuesday as to whether the three athletic departments used appropriated funds to travel? Shouldn’t someone have looked into this? It’s not as if the shutdown snuck up on anyone.

2. No. 3 Clemson goes to Syracuse on Saturday, where the Orange have beaten a ranked team in each of the last four seasons. “Teddy Bridgewater [Louisville last year] has been in there and gotten beat with a top-10 team,” Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said at his press conference. “Geno Smith [West Virginia in 2011] has been there with a top-10 team and gotten beat.” The Mountaineers were No. 15, but let us not quibble. As to the Carrier Dome, Swinney pointed out that Clemson went 2-0 in the Georgia Dome in 2012.

3. Eleven teams move into October without a victory, and the good news is that Conference USA’s oh-fers play one another Saturday. FIU (0-4) plays at Southern Mississippi (0-4), which hasn’t won in two years. Both teams are winless because they have played teams they should have lost to, and that even may include FIU’s 34-13 loss to FCS Bethune-Cookman on Sept. 14. The Golden Eagles should end their 16-game losing streak by beating the Golden Panthers. Hey, no remarks re: the mascots. You know what silence is.