The High Five appreciates 105 The Game having LSU-West Virginia on to make the drive home after the game a lot easier. My man crush on college football may be getting out of hand.
1. Scratch what I wrote last week about Mark Richt being safe this year. He’s in trouble. I still don’t think he’ll be fired this year but he’s in trouble. There’s a precedent (see: Zook, Ron) for losing at Starkville and getting fired. When you talk about where the bar is set, that’s the low bar in this conference. Don’t tell me what a great job Dan Mullen is doing. Georgia has better players than Mississippi State. Much better. And to top it off, Richt wakes up Sunday morning to find a 10th player this year has been arrested — linebacker Demetre Baker for DUI. It’s not good in Athens. Richt might have to beat Florida to save his job. Right now, he just wants to beat Colorado. The funny thing is that the Dawgs’ schedule still sets up really well. But when you lose to MSU, anything is possible.
2. Florida State seems to be back defensively if being back means you dominate teams with lesser talent. That’s a step in the right direction for the Seminoles. But in the stands, not so good. The announced crowd was the lowest since 1992. FSU officials say it’s because of the economy and how difficult it is to get to Tallahassee. I get the economy part but did I miss something? Did they move Tallahassee? They had no trouble filling the place up when they were winning.
3. I wrote Mark Ingram off for the Heisman when he missed the first two games of the season after knee surgery. But I think he’s right back in the picture. There will be a sympathy vote and he’s put up great numbers in his two games since his return. Prime time game on network TV against Florida? If Ingram goes off, don’t think the repeat can’t happen.
4. So before the season I was talking to my dog Daisy and I told her, “You know, Daisy, I think four games into the season Trey Burton will be in the top five in the nation in scoring.” And Daisy said, “Did you say something about a walk?” It’s why we love the game. You never know what will happen. Burton’s eight TDs have him tied for fifth. Amazing.
5. POW as in Player of the Week. It goes to Cam Newton, who ran for three touchdowns and passed for two while accounting for 334 total yards. Right now, you’d have to vote for him for All-SEC quarterback, no?
OK, so Oklahoma-Texas has lost some glitz. You’ll still watch. And you’ll need two TVs Saturday night.
Oklahoma-Texas, 3:30 ABC
Florida at Alabama, 8 p.m. CBS
Stanford at Oregon, 8 p.m. ABC