The final High Five of this football season includes an Urban realization and a Heisman ballot almost complete.
1. It looks as if Florida is all but a lock for the Gator Bowl against either Iowa or Penn State. The SEC will get two teams intoBCS bowls no matter what happens Saturday in Atlanta. If South Carolina wins, Auburn will head to the Orange Bowl. It does say something that the SEC will have 10 bowl teams this year and two in the BCS. It will make for an interesting bowl season.
2. There was a moment Saturday night in the tiny interview room at Doak Campbell when a reporter asked Urban Meyer a question and mentioned that Florida lost five of its last eight games. Meyer turned to sports information director Steve McClain and said, “Five of the last eight?” It showed me that Meyer was so focused on trying to win a game every week he hadn’t realized how bad the big picture is. Florida is now 8-6 in its last 14 games. Here’s the big question I’m sure a lot of people are thinking — If Urban the part-time head coach didn’t work is he going to go back to being a workaholic and not delegating so much? And at what risk to his health?
3. Miami had to fire Randy Shannon. He was 16-16 in a mediocre conference. Miami fans bailed on the program. The scenes in Sun Life Stadium were embarrassing week after week. And in the end, it doesn’t matter how many players you graduate or how few are arrested. It’s always about wins and losses.
4. No matter what happens Saturday, I’m voting for Cam Newton for the Heisman. That is, unless something comes out before next Monday that makes him ineligible. I’ve seen that environment in Tuscaloosa and to come back from 24-0 to win sealed the trophy for him. Meanwhile, Alabama was put in the same position as Florida was in 2009 with the target on their backs.How’d that work out for the Tide?
5. Player of the week goes to the man who will be second on my Heisman ballot. Stanford’s Andrew Luck was 21-of-30 for 305 yards and four touchdowns. Third place on the ballot? I’m waiting on that. Because I might just vote for Marcus Lattimore.
Three to grow on
Auburn-South Carolina, 4 p.m., CBS
FSU-Virginia Tech, 7:45, ESPN
Nebraska-Oklahoma, 8, ABC