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Three-point stance: LSU rewarded with loss

Posted by ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel

1. In last week’s BCS standings, Alabama stood at No. 3, LSU at No. 9. After the Crimson Tide won, 24-15, in Tuscaloosa, they rose to No. 2, while the Tigers moved to... No. 8. That’s right: LSU lost and moved up in the standings. You know what? That doesn’t bother me at all. In fact, it should happen more often. A loss shouldn’t be the automatic demerit that voters make it out to be. More teams that play well in defeat, as did LSU, should be rewarded.

2. Texas A&M 31, Colorado 28, with about 4 minutes to play. Aggie had 4th-and-goal at the Buffs 3 and kicked a field goal. Good, prudent call. Make the Buffs score a touchdown. They did. But in the first quarter, after failing on 3rd-and-goal from the 1, Aggies coach Mike Sherman tried for the touchdown again. No go. No points. They don’t call it conventional wisdom because it’s dumb. You take the three points on the road. A&M needed them at the end of that 35-34 loss.

3. Over one weekend, Ohio State went from Big Ten wannabe to the favorite to win its fifth consecutive conference championship and sixth in coach Jim Tressel’s nine seasons. He has taken the Buckeyes to three BCS Championship Games and three other Fiesta Bowls. But Tressel has never been a head coach in the Rose Bowl. Ohio State hasn’t been to Pasadena in 12 years. That may be the weirdest BCS byproduct of all.