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Stewart Mandel's Three-Point Stance

1 Tennessee's offense appears lost without coordinator David Cutcliffe, now the coach at Duke. QB Jonathan Crompton ranks 89th nationally in pass efficiency, part of the reason the 1--2 Vols are staring at a probable 2--4 start, with trips to Georgia and Auburn over the next three weeks.

2 The 10-year-old Mountain West Conference has never been stronger. The league has three teams in the AP Top 25—No. 11 BYU, No. 17 Utah and No. 24 TCU—for the first time in its history and is 7--2 against foes from the six BCS conferences. (The SEC is the only other league above .500.)

3 Virginia Tech (3--1) sits atop the ACC's Coastal Division, but watch out for Georgia Tech (3--1) and Miami (2--1). The Jackets' new triple-option attack racked up 438 rushing yards last Saturday in a 38--7 rout of Mississippi State, while the Hurricanes' offense looked more explosive than it has in years in a 41--23 win at Texas A&M.