We are always trying to evovle how we cover gameday, so this week's experiment is this. I'll go through the day so far in the Top 25 and comment on them here. The podcast that will come out around midnight will remain pretty much straight forward, but this shoud read a little more blog like than in the past.
The big story is from Norman tonight, notthat Oklahoma lost, but they lost their best player for, at best, the regular season. Adrian Peterson, Heisman front-runner in some circles, broke his collarbone diving at the end of a long touchdown run. His absence kills what little chance the Sooners had of a BCS game. He carried them on his back and got them as far as they had gone.
It is not uncommon on the top levels of football to celebrate a big play by diving, or dancing, or whatever, but football is the ultimate team game, and in a couple innocent seconds of displaying a me-first atitude, Peterson has crippled his team. While not intentional, and certainly not malicious in any way, the lack of forethought on the play is inexcusable for anybody. Spike the football, do a silly dance, or high five a teammate, but to do something that would possibly bring injury to yourself is dumb. I'm not singling out Peterson here, he certainly isn't the oly one to do this, but as fragile as the Sooners are, and with his history of injuries, the coaching staff needed to reign in the extra curricular activities. This one is on Stoops and company.
Barry Sanders may have been a rather unemotional guy, but he acted like he had been in the endzone before when he scored. Something to consider.
There have been a few upsets today, Iowa, Georgia, and Misouri topping the list.
Iowa could not stop Indiana, of all teams, from passing at will and stopping the Hawkeyes, 31-28.
Brian and I were chatting yesterday on he pecking order in the Big Ten, I had Iowa as the third best, he at #5. The boss looks right today.
Georgia seems to have some problems in a few areas. It's not shocking that Vanderbilt won, they are a solid team and if they weren't in the SEC, would be drawing attention for a good bowl berth. It is a combination of bad quarterbacking and horrible play calling that seems to be dooming the Bulldogs, and they have a rather large Dr Pepper party next week in Jacksonville.
Mark Richt is hurting his team. You cannot change quarterbacks at will, and he has the last three weeks. The offense has no confidence, and the team has looked sluggish. Yes, Staffod ot them a score after coming in, but frankly he has been mediocre this year and instead of promising him a shot at the starters job, he should have been red-shirted. He simply isn't ready.
Texas A&M upsets Missouri. My evil twin wrote those things about the Aggie program yesterday, we have sedated him and banned him from the keyboard.
Other big winners today include West Virginia, Pat White for Heisman, Rutgers, shutting out Navy 34-0 holding the Midshipman to 126 net yards, and Arkansas, 63 on SE Missouri State.
Ohio State, Oregon, and Louisville win ho-hummers, Brohm started today at QB for Louisville
We'll recap the day on Saturday Final, posting the podcast around Midnight ET.