Another edition of the High Five as college football heads down the home stretch.
1. I don’t know if it’s any consolation to Florida fans for a rough season but if Georgia beats Georgia Tech and Tennessee beats Kentucky this weekend Florida will have only played one team this year with a losing record (Vanderbilt). That means there’s a real chance that 10 of Florida’s 2010 opponents will be in bowl games (and App State in theFCS playoffs). No? Nothing? Just pointing out that Florida had a rough schedule but it will be easy compared to next year’s.
2. Saturday night’s Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game should be epic. And it will have a big influence on my Heisman vote. You have to look atOkie State quarterback Brandon Weeden, who threw for 389 yards and three touchdowns against Kansas. Weeden set the Cowboys’ all-time record for total offense with possibly three games remaining. With the Cam Newton situation conflicting so many voters, could be see an upset in the Heisman race?
3. For all of the gnashing of teeth about Florida’s disappointing season, it’s gotta be tough at Iowa. The Hawkeyes are also 7-4 and have lost their four games by a total of 15 points. Unlike Florida, Iowa had a ton of returning starters from an 11-2 season. Considering how Florida, Iowa and Texas have fared this season, maybe we should start thinking about doing away withpre-season polls.
4. Hey, Nebraska, enjoy your time in the Big 10. And here’s a going-away present. You get 16 penalties in a huge game against Texas A&M and the Aggies get two. And one of the penalties helps A&M drive to the winning field goal. Thanks for coming. Signed, the Big 12.
5. Player of the week — In a runaway, it has to be Illinois running back Mike Leshoure. He ran for 330 yards and two touchdowns in the Illini’s win which probably saved Ron Zook’s job. Considering the quirky rules put in for the game at Wrigley Field, I guess you can say Leshoure is an east-west runner.
Three to grow on
Auburn at Alabama, 2:30 p.m., CBS
LSU at Arkansas, 3:30 p.m., CBS
Oklahoma at Oklahoma State, 8 p.m., ABC