The High Five is spending the weekend in St. Augustine for a great day and then two sad ones. Read on …
1. Really had a wonderful Saturday watching college football with my dad in his sports room. He has three TVs and his HD picture is the best I’ve seen. I brought out my laptop to give us a fourth option and I don’t think we missed one important play. Unfortunately, I’m also here for today’s viewing and tomorrow’s funeral for Robbie Andreu’s dad Robbie Sr. The Judge passed away Thursday. Makes spending the day with my dad that much more poignant. Robbie’s dad was one cool dude and will be missed.
2. Two of Urban Meyer’s former assistants made progress towards bowl eligibility. Dan Mullen got there with a tight win over UAB. Who didn’t see that letdown coming? You get a big win and come back for a game against a team that is better than your players think, these things happen. But congrats to Mullen. And Charlie Strong’s Louisville team got a big win over UConn and the cardinals are two wins away from making a bowl. Can those two teams be matched up? Bilal Powell went over the 1,000-yard mark in the game for Louisville. “Bilal is the best running back in the country,” Strong said. “I believe that.” Strong has proclaimed Powell to be the face of Louisville football. Heard that before?
3. The Cam Newton story continues to be the biggest story in college football. It was pointed out that his numbers are better than Tim Tebow’s when Tebow won the Heisman in 2007. One big difference — Tebow threw 32 touchdown passes that year and Newton has 13 this year. Newton is second in the nation in passing efficiency, but he’s still erratic at times. But as a running quarterback — yes, I’m saying it — he’s better than Tebow was in college. At the same time, to hear Gary Danielson say there are whispers that Newton might be the best Auburn player of all time is typical overreaction. Let him play, oh, 10 games before we declare him better than Bo.
4. Three straight weeks, three straight No. 1s go down. I said in week three that Oregon was the best team in college football and I’m sticking to it. But I wouldn’t be surprised to see it happen for a fourth straight week.
5. Player of the week: Like Denard Robinson earlier in the season, we go take the easy way out and go with Newton again. I’m going with Jerrell Jackson of Missouri who came out of nowhere to have nine catches for 139 yards and the game-winning score for the Tigers. Big stage, big game, big gamer.
Three to grow on
FSU at N.C. State, Thursday at 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Missouri at Nebraska, Saturday at 3:30, ABC
Oregon at Southern Cal, 8 p.m., ABC