War Eagle soars to top spot
Auburn finally made it to the top of the Bowl Championship Series standings after beating Alabama 28-27 in a come-from-behind victory Friday in the Iron Bowl.
Cam Newton led the Tigers back from a 24-point deficit against what was supposed to be one of the best defenses in the nation and should have cemented his bid for the Heisman Trophy.
Although former No. 1 Oregon won handily against Arizona and still ranks No. 1 in the “human polls,” the Ducks dropped to No. 2 in the BCS ranking.
At this point, who’s No. 1 and No. 2 really doesn’t matter much, and as long as they both win their final games, they’ll still be playing for the national title.
TCU remained No. 3 this week while former No. 4 Boise State tumbled all the way down to No. 11 following a 34-31 overtime loss to Nevada. With the win, Nevada moved up two spots from the previous week to No. 17. Stanford moved up two spots, from sixth to fourth with a blowout win over Oregon State, while LSU tumbled to No. 10.
Rounding out the top-10 are Wisconsin at No. 5, Ohio State at No. 6, Arkansas at No. 7, Michigan State at No.8 and Oklahoma at No. 9.
Boxing or ice hockey?
I thought I was watching a football game Sunday, but I turned the channel to watch another game, only to find what could have easily been classified as a boxing match or hockey game, depending on your point of view.
On consecutive plays late in the fourth quarter of the Houston Texans’ 20-0 win over the Tennessee Titans, Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson and Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan faced off with some body checks, making it seem more like ice hockey than football.
After the game, Texans owner Bob McNair weighed in on the fight and said he gave the bout to Johnson in a decision. “I awarded it to Andre on points,” McNair said.
Both players received fines of $25,000, but it’s good to see an owner stand behind one of his players.
Brees named SI sportsman of the year
On Tuesday, quarterback Drew Brees was named Sports Illustrated sportsman of the year for leading the New Orleans Saints to the Super Bowl championship on the field, and for his charity work off the field. Brees is the 57th recipient of the award and the fifth NFL quarterback to be honored, and third in six years.
Brees joins the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Terry Bradshaw, who won in 1979; the San Francisco 49ers Joe Montana, who was honored in 1990; the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady, who won in 2005 and the then-Green Bay Packers’ Brett Favre, who won the award in 2007.