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3-point stance: SEC runs up the score

1.Half the teams in the Southeastern Conference are averaging more than 30 points per game, which just may be against league bylaws. Alabama coach Nick Saban said that offensive schemes are so varied now that nobody gets to play base defense anymore. “Lots of people do lots of different things,” Saban said. “Every week we think we’re going to get to play regular defense and every week we seem to play six or eight snaps of what amounts to regular defense and the rest of it is some sort of spread."

2.Former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer told me Monday he is concerned about competitive balance in the Big 12 Conference once Nebraska leaves. “Bo (Pelini) and his brother (Carl) are doing a good job,” Switzer said. “They don’t have the players Tom (Osborne) had. They’re not back to that level.” Beyond the Huskers, Switzer added, “Texas and Oklahoma are three touchdowns better” than the rest of the league.

3.Glen Mason won 64 games in 10 years at Minnesota, took the Gophers to seven bowl games in his last eight seasons and got fired after the 2006 season. Athletic director Joel Maturi bowed to pressure from boosters who didn’t think Mason could take Minnesota to the next level. On Sunday, Maturi fired Tim Brewster, who had a 15-30 record, 6-21 in the Big Ten. Unlike Maturi, who bailed on Mason, the university administration believes in its people. Minnesota is letting Maturi hire another head coach.