Jim Tressel looks like he's ready to do what I said he should have done last week.
Now that we have three week's worth of games to consider, here's a look into a little slice of heaver I like to call Stat Corner: • As bad as Washington has been this season, it is tied with Louisiana-Monroe having thrown the most passes this season (105) without an interception.
• Vanderbilt is third-worst nationally in passing yardage but is one of only 11 teams not to throw an interception.
• Air Force is second-best in rushing yardage and second-worst in passing yardage. The Falcons beat Houston last week without completing a pass. That's a first for the Mountain West and the first time it has happened at Air Force since 1992.
• Four of the top six offenses are from the Big 12. Five of the top 13 defenses are from the SEC.
• Florida, Tulsa and UNLV are the only teams without a turnover.
• Notre Dame gave up a record 58 sacks last season. So far this season, it is one of only eight programs not to give up a sack.
• Washington is the only school from a BCS conference not to have a sack.
• Six of the 13 top-rated passers are from the Big 12. Oklahoma's Sam Bradford, No. 1 in pass efficiency last season, is No. 2 this season leading the country in completion percentage (79.01 percent).
• Big 12 teams are averaging 42.6 points per game (more than six touchdowns!). That is almost 14 points more than the national average of 28.9 points.
• North Carolina's Brandon Tate is the early all-purpose leader averaging 30.8 yards per "touch".
• A cursory check shows that Phillip Payne's catch hasn't made it to YouTube yet. It will.
Payne is the UNLV true freshman who made a one-handed catch against Arizona State to help tie the game in regulation. The Rebels eventually won in overtime to take some of the hype out of this week's Georgia-Arizona State game.
Thanks to his leaping ability, Payne has four touchdown catches this season all from sophomore quarterback Omar Clayton. The four catches already tied last year's individual leader (four by running back Frank Summers) and injects some optimism into a struggling program. Coach Mike Sanford was on the hot seat but the Rebels, 2-1, have tied their best three-game start since the 1984 team started 3-0.
Thanks in part to Payne, UNLV has converted on all 10 trips inside the red zone (seven touchdowns). Last year, the Rebs were last in the Mountain West scoring on just 26 of 37 red-zone trips (only 15 touchdowns).
• West Virginia's Bill Stewart continues to be one of the most entertaining figures on the usually staid coaches' conference calls each week.
On leakage by the defense:
"Third and 16 and they get 17 yards. That's the bullcrap I want to see stop."
On playing at altitude Thursday at Colorado:
"Wait until Colorado comes here next year and that old Indian Summer sets in."
On tailback Noel Devine's lack of carries:
" Dagnabbit, I wish you hadn't asked that question. He needs to get the ball more."
Dagnabbit?• It still boggles the mind how Kirby Freeman won the starting job at Baylor. Robert Griffin is on his way to a freshman All-American season after setting the school rushing record last week against Washington State.
In his third game and second start Griffin rushed for 217 yards, the program's first 200-yard rushing performance in 14 years. Griffin is one of those singular talents that can mean the difference between another last place finish for the Bears and a bowl game.• Texas coach Mack Brown weighed in on the Vince Young situation this week:
" I think he's fine. He's a young man who has a tremendous amount of pride. He's had a great deal of success and quick success. We've already forgotten in some cases he was a Pro Bowl quarterback and the only rookie (quarterback) in the history of the NFL to play.
" He had a tough game, it wasn't received well ... and then he hurt his knee and he is out. He's very high strung. On one side we want our athletes to be very competitive and on another we don't want them to show emotion.. I'm sure the whole incident is embarrassing and he's ready to go back to work. "• We're assuming that Joe Bostic has softened after this blistering critique of Clemson's offensive line. Bostic, a two-time Clemson All-American tackle, spoke about the line before the Tigers beat N.C. State on Saturday.
"It was about the worst performance I have ever seen from an offensive line in all my life," Bostic told the Greenville (S.C.) News referring to opening night against Alabama. "I literally can't get past the image in my head of an offensive line playing worse than ours did that night ... Maybe I'm just an old man who has seen the world pass him by, but I'm not seeing the toughness, the intensity, the saltiness I expect to see in our offensive line .. .You don't show up for a game and say, 'I think this will be a tough game. I'll be a tough player today.' "
Clemson showed toughness gaining 428 yards against the Wolfpack. Toughness won't be an issue this week against I-AA South Carolina State.• Keep this tucked away when you watch Colorado Thursday night against West Virginia. Eastern Washington defensive back Ryan Kelley gave the Buffs no love after their last game, a 31-24 escape by the Buffs on Sept. 6.
"I don't like to talk bad about teams, but they aren't going to get that far in the Big 12," Kelley said. "They aren't playing like a Big 12 team; they're playing like a Big Sky team."