- Ivan Maisel, ESPN Senior Writer
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1. Just as the 12-game schedule separates pretenders from contenders, so does the nine-game conference schedule. A reader pointed out to me that the top five in the BCS all play only eight conference games. The Pac-12 and the Big 12, which play nine league games, fill five of the next seven spots. The Big Ten is moving to nine games in a few years. The ACC dropped its plans for a ninth game when it made the deal with Notre Dame to play five league teams a year. The SEC has no such excuse.
2. When the Big 12 season began, the league drew attention because of its inexperience at quarterback. David Ash of Texas, with 18 starts, led the league. As the Big 12 heads into its final Saturday, only Bryce Petty of Baylor and Jake Waters of Kansas State have started every game. The 10 teams have started 19 different quarterbacks, six of them freshmen. That explains why only three Big 12 guys rank in the top 20 of the QBR: Petty (third), Clint Chelf of Oklahoma State (fifth) and Davis Webb of Texas Tech (18th).
3. Did Chris Petersen wait too long to leave Boise State? He has averaged almost 12 wins a year with the Broncos, taken them to two BCS bowls, and made them a national player. Boise State has gone from 12-1 to 11-2 to 8-4 in its three years in the Mountain West. He also has put his name into a few coaching hats, only to either back off or be passed over, as was the case at USC (assuming that’s why he “withdrew his name” from the search). Petersen seems as if he would fit at Washington. If that gets serious, I hope he takes it.