And hope for
others to stumble?
"I never root
for teams to lose. You can't wish the worst on people."
It would take a
hard heart to wish any ill on the Kansas Jayhawks. They climbed to No. 3 in the
BCS, upping their record to 10--0 by whipping Oklahoma State. Kansas hasn't
been 10--0 since 1899.
Yes, that would
be a trio of Big 12 teams clustered in the top five. The game of the year in
this most surprising of conferences will be played not in Norman or Austin or
Lincoln, but at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., where the Jayhawks will
take on No. 5 Missouri. The winner's reward: a likely matchup against
fourth-ranked Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game.
The Tigers, by
the way, scored a double victory on Saturday. After its 40--26 win over Texas
A&M, Missouri got a verbal commitment from Blaine Gabbert, a 6'5",
230-pound quarterback from Parkway West High in suburban St. Louis upon whom
Rivals.com has bestowed five stars, its highest ranking. Indicative of a new
order in the Big 12 North, Gabbert backed out of a commitment he'd made to
Nebraska. He told reporters that he wanted to succeed Chase Daniel.
BELIEVE the way it ended. Juice just took over. Every time I turned around he
was converting a third down." The speaker was Daniel, who found a TV set
following Mizzou's win and watched the Buckeyes tumble.
Benched for brief
periods earlier in the season, Williams was playing the best game of his
career. But his light shone brightest in those last eight minutes. Following
the Gamble, he converted those three third downs. The last came on a
third-and-two from the Ohio State 30 with 2:19 left.
The call was a
zone read, with special instructions. Williams could fake the handoff to
Mendenhall, but under no circumstances was he to part with the ball.
"What if they
have two guys outside waiting for me?" Williams asked Mike Locksley, his
what, pull the ball."