If you came to this story to find a temporary diversion to all the madness in the world, well, that’s why I wrote it.

To distract me.

Anyway, here are some arguing points from around the league.


Bye, Byrce Love

It’s happening again. No, seriously. Another Stanford player is going to finish second in the Heisman Trophy balloting.

There’s nothing, short of a miracle, injury or Kirk Herbstreit getting laryngitis, that can stop it.

Saquon Barkley, Penn State’s outstanding tailback, has already been anointed by the media glitterati (ESPN) as this year’s most outstanding player.

Barkley stole Saturday’s headlines with a dressed-up performance in which he ran for less than 60 yards in a win over Indiana. Barkley did return the opening kick for a touchdown, and also contributed a scoring pass, just the sort of all-purpose chicanery people accused Stanford of doing with Christian McCaffrey!

All the talk I saw on the Saturday shows was about Barkley, aka America’s Best Player.

Meanwhile, in Palo Alto, Stanford tailback Bryce Love set the school’s single-game record for rushing yards, with 301, against Arizona State.

Love broke the record previously held by McCaffrey.

Love, by any measure, is off to an incredible start. He leads the nation with 1,088 rushing yards while averaging 11.1 yards per carry.

“The big ones are obvious,” Stanford Coach David Shaw said of his latest star. “Everybody can get those, but it’s the four-yard runs he makes an 11-yard run.”

Barkley has rushed for 574 yards, averaging 6.67 yards per carry.

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