ABC's broadcasting crew of Sean McDonough and Matt Millen had done their homework for the Florida State-Oklahoma telecast Saturday afternoon, saturating viewers with loads of notes and offbeat material. Fortunately, the nationally televised game was so lopsided, viewers didn't miss out on much game action.
McDonough displayed a dry wit in his friendly banter with Millen, who has shown he is more adept at evaluating players from the broadcast booth than in his tenure as Detroit Lions president.
With OU coach Bob Stoops facing brother Mark, the Florida State defensive coordinator, the announcers delivered several Stoops family stories, including horseplay among the brothers. Mark, whose defense was hammered in the first half, even got much more camera time than Bob.
Other items included OU linebacker Travis Lewis' goal of becoming a chef and quarterback Landry Jones' dream of being a pastor one day.
McDonough offered several strong opinions, including one that Florida State player No. 74 (Cameron Erving) should have been ejected for pushing an OU player on the sideline. Millen noted in his career as a linebacker with the Oakland Raiders, players were encouraged to mess with opposing players on the sideline.
In his weekly segment "Millen' Around," he also spoke about OU's stellar running back tradition and that Greg Pruitt, a Raiders teammate, was his favorite Sooner back. "He had a shirt that said 'Hello' on the front and 'Goodbye' on the back, and he put that into play many, many times."
* Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach made his commentating debut, working the N.C. State-Central Florida game with Roger Twibell for CBS College Sports. Leach, who lives in Key West, appeared stiff with his suit and tie in his pregame discussion, and his monotone delivery needs improvement. Let's hope after he gains some experience his colorful quotes will follow.
* There were several comic books references on what ESPN referred to as "Monster Saturday." In discussing Jones' huge first half, ESPN studio analyst Mark May said, "What happened to Landry Jones? Did he go into a phone booth?" NBC analyst Mike Mayock in discussing Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, who had 502 yards in total offense against Notre Dame: "(Michigan coach) Rich Rodriquez has Batman. I don't know if he has Robin yet."
* On the play after a rainbow appeared and NBC play-by-play announcer Tom Hammond wondered "if it would mean a pot of gold for the Irish," Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist completed a 95-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph to take the lead. The Irish lost 28-24.
* FSN analyst Dave Lapham marveled at Kansas' improvement in upsetting Georgia Tech 28-25. "This is as good an adjustment of game-planning as I have seen from a coaching staff" in noting the Jayhawks' Improved running game.
* On ESPN's "College GameDay," Lee Corso received a game ball from TCU coach Gary Patterson for predicting Oregon State would beat his Horned Frogs by three touchdowns in the first week of the season. TCU won 30-21. Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden was the guest picker, and, of course, predicted his former team would defeat OU while Corso and Kirk Herbstreit took the Sooners.
* In an interview on FSN at halftime of the Colorado-Cal game, Pac 10 commissioner Larry Scott boasted about what the additions of Colorado and Utah would mean the conference. However, the Buffaloes looked dismal in a 52-7 loss to Cal.