3-point stance: Never a dull season

1.Just one more weird Saturday in a collection of them: Oregon and TCU struggle. Minnesota and Colorado, both with interim coaches, got big wins. Washington State wins its first Pac-10 road game in three years (average margin of the 12 losses: 33 points). And when it ends, three of the defending champions in AQ conferences -- Texas, Georgia Tech and Cincinnati -- don’t have winning records. This season is never dull.

2.Greg McGarity, Georgia’s new athletic director, has some learning to do. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he expects coach Mark Richt to back in 2011. Richt, the Dawgs ‘ most successful coach since Vince Dooley retired in 1988, is 13-11 over the past two seasons. Of course he should come back. But what kind of athletic director lets his common sense show? Where’s the hair trigger? McGarity is supposed to equivocate until the season ends. After all, you can’t follow public opinion until you know what happens.

3.Clemson and Boston College are both 5-5 overall and 3-4 in the ACC Atlantic. That’s where the similarity ends. The Tigers began the season looking as if it had a chance to repeat as division champ. Scouts Inc. listed six Tigers among its top 90 draft prospects. The Eagles had two. Yet Boston College is the team on the rise. The Eagles went from getting routed, to losing narrowly, to winning three straight, including a 16-10 defeat of the Tigers. Clemson has yet to find itself, and has only two more chances to do so.