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Stewart Mandel's Three-Point Stance

1 Using sophomores Christian Ponder and D'Vontrey Richardson at QB rather than three-year starter Drew Weatherford, Florida State has quietly dispatched two Division I-AA opponents by a combined score of 115--7. We'll get a better sense of the Seminoles' capabilities when they host No. 18 Wake Forest on Saturday.

2 Rutgers might want to abort its $102 million stadium-expansion project. Since their captivating 9--0 start in 2006, the Scarlet Knights have gone 5--8 against BCS opponents. Last week's 44--12 loss to North Carolina had fans streaming out of the gates in the third quarter.

3 No player is carrying a heavier load than Michigan State senior running back Javon Ringer, who leads the nation in rushing attempts (104, 25 more than anyone else) and touchdowns (nine). Last Saturday he had 43 carries for 282 yards and two TDs in a 17--0 win over Florida Atlantic.