1. Out of only 10-kickoff returns this season, Utah senior Reggie Dunn returned four for touchdowns. His last one broke a fourth-quarter tie that allowed the Utes to escape from Colorado with a 42-35 victory last Friday. As amazing as that percentage is, Dunn is four returns short of qualifying to lead the official NCAA stats. The Pac-12 coaches ignored the NCAA rule Monday and named Dunn first-team all-conference. I bet a few All-America teams ignore the NCAA rule, too.
2. On the day that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel broke the silence that Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin had imposed on him, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray went silent so he could focus on the SEC Championship Game. Presumably, Murray will speak afterward. Coaches like Sumlin who don’t let freshmen speak to the media during the season should listen to Hall of Fame coach Bobby Bowden. He believed that interviews are part of the maturing process. The quicker a player learns to handle them, the better.
3. If UCLA defeats Stanford on Friday night in the Pac-12 Championship Game, six days after losing to the Cardinal, the Bruins will earn a berth in the Rose Bowl to possibly play Nebraska nearly four months after they beat the Huskers on that same field. As odd as playing two teams twice in the same season is, here’s something even odder: UCLA has done it before. From 1943-45, when travel was restricted during World War II, UCLA played USC and California in each of the three seasons.