1. Chicken v. Egg, cont.: Three of the five most-penalized FBS teams last season play in the Pacific-12 (No. 116 Washington, No. 119 California, No. 120 UCLA). Pac-12 coaches don’t believe their players lack discipline, which would lay the blame at the feet of exacting officials. The coaches may have a point. Arizona State finished eighth in the FBS. Stanford, the second least-penalized Pac-12 team, finished 62nd. Don’t expect much change at Cal. New coach Sonny Dykes’s Louisiana Tech team finished 118th last season.
2. As Florida begins its spring practice, the focus, as Edward Aschoff and Travis Haney wrote Wednesday, is on creating more explosive plays on offense. Coordinator Brent Pease arrived from Boise State and couldn’t get the Gators to replicate the Broncos’ success. To me, that’s not a knock on Pease. It’s one more reminder of how good Kellen Moore really was. His four-year record at Boise State: 50 wins, three losses.
3. In addition to good size and a good arm, USC sophomore quarterback Max Wittek continues to show remarkable bad luck. First, he makes his maiden start against his team’s biggest archrival (Notre Dame) playing for a BCS Championship berth. Second, the worst winds in the history of the Sun Bowl render him ineffective. Now he has sprained the MCL in his right knee -- get this -- while holding a kick. Wittek may recover before spring ball ends. Here’s hoping his curse ends sooner.