3-point stance: Texas coach Charlie Strong has won with special teams before

1. That's two straight games that Texas has come undone because of a late-game, special-teams failure. It's not because Charlie Strong doesn't know how to win close games. Just last season, Texas beat Iowa State, 48-45, on Nick Rose's 21-yard field goal with :03 to play after the Cyclones had tied the game just 25 seconds earlier. In four seasons at Louisville, Strong's teams went 6-3 in games decided by no more than a field goal. Kicking-game mistakes are more prevalent in September than the rest of the season. It's just that the Longhorns have a smaller margin of error these days.

2. David Ching's story about the possibilities that await LSU tailback Leonard Fournette revealed some surprising facts about the rushing game in the SEC. 1) The league has never had a 2,000-yard rusher; and 2) Herschel Walker of Georgia still holds the single-season SEC rushing record with 1,891 yards. He set that as a sophomore in 1981, the same year that Marcus Allen of USC set the Pac-12 rushing record with 2,427 yards. That's why Allen won the Heisman.

3. After Stanford's opening loss at Northwestern, it's safe to say that no one off the Farm thought the Cardinal would end September as the team to beat in the Pac-12 North. While Stanford's hopes appear to hinge on quarterback Kevin Hogan's bad wheel, it's important to point out defensive coordinator Lance Anderson and the defense's ability to shut down second-half running games. In its three victories since Northwestern, the Cardinal has allowed a total of 36 rushing yards on 31 attempts after halftime.