3-point stance: Tide recruited Geno Smith

1. Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain, the former Alabama offensive coordinator, recruited Geno Smith four years ago out of Miami (Fla.) Miramar High. The Crimson Tide instead signed in-state prospect AJ McCarron, who led Alabama to the crystal football last season. But McElwain liked Smith. “The guy is a pro-style quarterback,” McElwain said. “He isn’t Michael Vick. What I said in my evaluation is….he will sit in the pocket. He will sit on his back foot. He will throw with people in his face.”

2. You have to respect Big 12 supervisor of officials Walt Anderson for apologizing to Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy for the phantom touchdown that Texas scored in the final minute to beat the Cowboys on Saturday night. And you have to explain the apology to me, because I’ve never heard that rule about possession in pileup before. To me, it sounds like the rule was applied correctly, and it produced the wrong result. In cases like this, the white hat should be able to apply a common-sense override.

3. Let’s get this straight -- the ACC took on Notre Dame and turned around and threw the nine-game schedule overboard? That means that, like the SEC, the ACC will have 14 teams and play only an eight-game schedule. Unlike the SEC, which I’m predicting will move to a nine-game schedule before too long, the ACC instead will give us five games against the Irish. That’s nice, but it’s a watered-down product. And conference teams are going to go a long time between playing each other. How is that good?