3-point stance: BCS' new transparency

1. College athletics were more opaque than transparent before the BCS. But the impenetrable formula and the inability to make the format simple began to work against the sport of college football. That is, happily, no longer the case. BCS administrator Bill Hancock updated reporters Wednesday on the discussion at the commissioners’ meeting near Chicago. He explained what they had done, what they hoped to do and concluded each issue by saying, “how it comes out, we don’t know.” That’s smart and refreshing.

2. Another note from the Department of It’s Only Week 4: No. 3 Oregon hasn’t played a defense that could stop anyone, but redshirt freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota is 10th in the FBS in passing efficiency (180.54). No freshman has finished a season in the top 10 since Sam Bradford of Oklahoma led (176.5) the FBS in 2007. The highest finish by a freshman since then? Kellen Moore of Boise State at 12th (157.12) in 2008. Mariota could be in rare company.

3. I’m sure every coach would kill for this problem. But seriously, between moving the kickoff up five yards and the fact that No. 4 Florida State has allowed one score and No. 1 Alabama two in its first three games, can their kickoff return teams perform their jobs? The Seminoles’ Karlos Williams has returned two kicks for 52 yards; the Tide’s Kevin Norwood has returned one for 22 yards. What happens if they need a big return in a close game? Think about that as Florida State prepares for No. 10 Clemson.