Heisman Watch: Adrian Peterson: A high-profile game — the Red River Rivalry against Texas — gives the Oklahoma running back a chance to expand his slight lead over Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith.
Garrett Wolfe: He plays for Northern Illinois in the lower-rung Mid-American Conference, but how can 236.2 yards rushing a game be ignored? Ask Ohio State if Wolfe is the real deal.
Chris Leak: The Florida quarterback got much of the blame for the team’s offensive inconsistency in 2005, so he should get a lot of credit — and rightly so — for the Gators’ 5-0 start.
Calvin Johnson: Few in the ACC have been able to cover the Georgia Tech wide receiver, who broke open last week’s game at Virginia Tech with two touchdowns. He has seven scores this season, tied for best in the country.
The best coach most fans don’t know about is Paul Johnson of Navy, who will lead the team to its fourth straight bowl game.
Johnson has made the Midshipmen a much more physical squad. They pushed Colorado State around in the Poinsettia Bowl last season and is off to a 4-1 start this year.
Navy — whose only loss was a one-point decision against Tulsa, the best team in Conference USA — begins its quest for a fourth straight Commander-In-Chief’s trophy against Air Force today.
“We don’t have any players in the program that have lost to another of the academies,” Johnson said. “That’s a tremendous feat, I think.”
We hate to kick Duke when it has been down since. . . oh, forever, it seems, but it is hard to be as awful as the Blue Devils are.
Duke’s point total this year consists of 13 points, all coming against Wake Forest. In its other three games, coach Ted Roof’s team has been outscored by a combined 86-0 against Virginia, Virginia Tech and Richmond, a Division I-AA school.
“We have eight games left,” linebacker Jeramy Edwards said. “It’s a long season ahead of us.”
And it is about to get even longer for the Blue Devils, as Alabama, Florida State and Miami are next on the schedule.
Three and out
Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith has completed enough passes (300) to be eligible for the Big Ten’s career pass efficiency mark. Smith’s rating is 155.8, ahead of the record 151.0 held by former Mountain View High and Buckeyes standout Joe Germaine.
Passing line of the week: New Mexico State’s Chase Holbrook was 48 of 73 for 506 yards, four TDs and an interception against UTEP. Seventy-three attempts? Supersize the postgame ice pack, please.