ABC's solid broadcast team of Bob Wischusen and Bob Davie had plenty of time to fill in the second half of Oklahoma State's 66-6 rout of Texas Tech. The second-ranked Cowboys ended the suspense early by taking a 49-0 halftime lead as the announcers scrambled for adjectives to describe what Davie called “the most explosive offense in the country.”
Wischusen, who also broadcasts New York Jets games on radio, said, “If they wanted to play this game out, they could have scored 100 points today. That's how good they've been.”
The pair discussed a number of exciting topics for Cowboys fans, including a potential matchup against LSU for the national title and Brandon Weeden's Heisman Trophy chances.
Both said they looked forward to an LSU-OSU matchup in the national title game Jan. 9 at the Louisiana Superdome. “If we get the matchup of LSU and their defense – an NFL-level secondary – against Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon and their offense,” Wischusen said, “that might be the most interesting matchup we can get for the national championship.”
Davie, a former Notre Dame head coach, said LSU's secondary would present problems for OSU. “All of a sudden, the short swings and the curls are taken away because of bump-and-run, man-to-man coverage,” he said. “LSU's offense is going to line it up and run it … I think it would be a classic, classic game of different styles.”
Davie also boosted Weeden's Heisman Trophy campaign, giving him an edge over Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. “Right now the way Weeden is playing and as accurate as he is throwing, you would have to say he is ahead of Luck.”
Wischusen cautioned Davie that much of the nation probably would disagree with him and noted that Luck doesn't have the luxury of OSU's talented receivers, including Justin Blackmon.
Davie took issue with some NFL Draft experts failing to rank Weeden among their top five quarterbacks, calling him a first-round draft choice. “We've watched a lot of tape of Weeden,” he said.” I think I'm most impressed with how well he throws the bubble screens and the swing screens and how quickly he gets rid of the ball.”
However, Davie missed badly on when he thought OSU coach Mike Gundy would pull Weeden from the game. He predicted Weeden wouldn't even start the second half, but backup quarterback Clint Chelf didn't enter the game until late in the third quarter.
The ABC announcers also had high praise for the powerful leg of OSU kicker Quinn Sharp, whom Wischusen said had a “nuclear leg,” and the Cowboys' defense, which leads the nation in takeaways.
They also wondered what happened to Texas Tech's explosive offense. The Red Raiders haves been outscored 159-33 since upsetting OU 41-38 on Oct. 22.
“Where is that team we saw that one night?” Wischusen asked. “Don't you think Oklahoma fans and Bob Stoops and that staff are thinking the same thing?” Davie replied.
ESPN hyped up the Nebraska at Penn State game, the Nittany Lions' first game since Joe Paterno was fired in the wake of the abuse scandal. The network cut short “College GameDay” by 15 minutes to capture some of the pregame ceremonies as the teams prayed together on the field.
After Penn State's comeback fell short in the 17-14 loss, Paterno's son, Jay, the Nittany Lions quarterback coach, broke down when talking about his father. “Dad, I wish you were here,” he said.” I love you.”
Analyst Chris Spielman said Paterno “would have been proud of how his football team played today.”
Analyst Urban Meyer, a former Florida coach who has been called a leading candidate to replace Paterno, missed the telecast due to the death of his father Friday.
* The most exciting afternoon game was Kansas State's 53-50 victory over Texas A&M in four overtimes. Quarterback Collin Klein's fifth rushing touchdown sealed the victory in the four-hour game. “He may not be lightning fast on the track,” ABC analyst Brock Huard said of Klein, “but he's football fast.”
* Jim Plunkett, a former Stanford and Oakland Raiders quarterback, was the guest picker on “College GameDay.” He and Lee Corso picked Stanford to defeat Oregon in ABC's late game. Corso donned a tree headgear and danced with the Stanford tree.