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Stewart Mandel's Three-Point Stance

1 Ball Statehasn't missed a beat since losing star receiver Dante Love to a career-endingspinal injury on Sept. 20. After consecutive routs of Kent State (41--20) andToledo (31--0), the 6--0 Cardinals cracked the AP Top 25 this week but areunlikely to contend for a BCS berth because of the MAC's lightweightreputation.

2 Florida Statehas finally rediscovered its running game. The Seminoles, who haven't crackedthe top 50 in rushing offense since 2004, averaged 270 yards on the ground inwins over Colorado and Miami. QB Christian Ponder dashed for 144 yards againstthe Hurricanes last Saturday.

3 New Washingtonathletic director Scott Woodward's pledge to wait until after the season todetermine coach Tyrone Willingham's fate seems more cruel than fair. Playingwithout injured QB Jake Locker, the Huskies lost to Arizona 48--14 lastSaturday to fall to 0--5. Willingham's ouster is inevitable.