The High Five was having a wonderful weekend until Florida broke out those orange jerseys. You see something refreshing, I see Lindsay Scott running down the field. I see disappointing losses. I see dead people.
1. Hey, orange-jerseyed Gators, Larry Ochab just called to ask that you not wear them again.
2. A lot of e-mails about the fake field goal LSU hit on Florida. The ones that I can repeat on a family web site were asking about the legality of the play. Shouldn’t, I have been asked repeatedly, it have been considered a fumble and the only player who can advance a fumble on fourth down is the fumbler? No, it’s a lateral (barely) and it would be no more different than if a player bounced a backward pass to a wide receiver. However, there is a rule that states that a holder is allowed to have his knee on the ground only if the kicker is in position to kick or he fakes a kick. Once he leaves the position, as JoshJasperdid hen he sprinted to his right, the holder’s knee has to come off the ground. You can see on the front page of the Gainesville Sun it did not. The caveat is that this is at least the third timeLSU has run this play illegally (if my interpretation of the rules is correct) and has yet to be called for it. Should be an interesting conference call this week when the SEC officials get together with RogersRedding.
3. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen this before — Auburn, Alabama, LSU and South Carolina all bunched up together at Nos. 7, 8, 9 and 10 in the AP poll. I’m not sure what it says but they all have landed there following different journeys. And while the East is a mess, the West promises some high drama down the stretch.
4. Denard Robinson looked like a shoo-in for the Heisman before he threw three picks against Michigan State. Now, I think it’s wide open again. And this could be the year where a new precedent is set because I have Nebraska freshman Tyler Martinez high on my ballot. I also have Cam Newton up there. Wouldn’t it be something if Newton won. Could Florida claim a fourth Heisman winner? Just saying.
5. But my player of the week doesn’t go to a Heisman contender but to Oregon State’s Ryan Katz. I’m not a big fan of the defenses in the Pac 10 but Arizona was ranked second in the country before Katz lit the Wildcats up for 393 passing yards. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in the upset win.
Not a great lineup, but don’t miss these:
Arkansas at Auburn, 3:30 p.m., CBS
Texas at Nebraska, 3:30, ABC
Ohio State at Wisconsin, 7, ESPN