The High Five is recovering from the great weekend in Nashville, my second favorite SEC city not named Gainesville.
1. The most stunning score of another great college football Saturday? It wasn’t LSU beating Alabama or FSU losing to a depleted North Carolina team or Arkansas’ thrashing of South Carolina. It was Navy scoring 76 points while throwing for 75 yards. How does that happen? Well, East Carolina had four fumbles. The two teams combined for 1,163 yards. Navy scored 48 second-half points. Didn’t see it so I can’t explain it.
2. It’s always interesting to me to see how a team plays when GameDay is in town. Some teams thrive on it and some collapse. Like Utah. At the half, TCU had 328 yards and Utah had 72. Game over. Why do I think TCU will be playing in the national title game? Should Auburn and Oregon win out and TCU and Boise State are left out, I think we might see the movement crank up. Imagine a playoff scenario where Boise played Oregon and TCU played Auburn and the winners met in Glendale. Is it really that hard?
3. If you’re like me you go back and forth on Les Miles. At times you think he’s brilliant and at times you think he’s a buffoon. Saturday was one of those good light days for Miles (Seinfeld reference noted). That fourth down call was beautiful. I’ve always been a fan of coaches who think outside the box and I’ve also said that reverses will work in short yardage situations. So I guess I’m now a Les Miles fan. Unfortunately for The Hat, his only hope of getting to the SEC title game rests with Georgia. If Auburn beats the Dogs Saturday, it’s over in the West.
4. I know it was Hawaii but methinks my Heisman ballot may changed a bit when Kellen Moore threw for 507 yards and completed 19 straight passes at one point. My penciled-in ballot reads — 1. Cameron Newton.; 2. Kellen Moore; 3. LaMichael James.
5. Player of the week: One reason I love going to Florida at Vanderbilt is our hotel is across the street from the stadium. So we got back in time to watch the second half of LSU-Alabama and North Carolina-FSU. And the player of the week has to go to Tar Heels receiver Dwight Jones, who caught eight passes for 233 yards.
Three to grow on
Georgia at Auburn, 3:30 p.m., CBS
Penn State at Ohio State, 3:30, ESPN
South Carolina at Florida, 7:15, ESPN