ESPN analyst Bob Davie, a former Notre Dame football coach, was on top of his game as a commentator on ESPN2's OU-Cincinnati broadcast Saturday night.
Aided by excellent replays, Davie meticulously described several Cincinnati mistakes that helped the Sooners avoid an upset. Two were made by receiver D.J. Woods, who had a potential touchdown reception punched out by OU defender Jonathan Nelson near the goal line and then fumbled a punt that led to the Sooners' final touchdown in their 31-29 victory.
"Those were two big momentum changers," Davie said. "You have to feel for D.J. Woods. He plays hard."
Davie, who declined to make a prediction on the OU-Texas showdown, said the Sooners' defense leaves a lot to be desired.
"If you're Oklahoma or an Oklahoma fan, you still feel vulnerable," he said. "Where is Oklahoma's confidence on defense?"
Added play-by-play announcer Mark Jones, "They can't use the excuse about the wishbone this week."
OU's poor showing, coupled with Texas' loss, may cost the Big 12 powers an appearance on ESPN's "College GameDay" next week in Dallas. The show instead may go to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the Florida-Alabama showdown.
* A crowd estimated at more than 13,000 showed up at 6 a.m. in Boise State for the school's first "College GameDay" appearance. ESPN analyst Lee Corso, who last week said Boise State didn't deserve to play in the BCS Championship, put a paper bag over his head in making game predictions. But he later slipped on a huge Bronchos headgear in picking Boise State to beat Oregon State. Olympic ski champion Picabo Street, who now lives in Alabama, was the guest picker.
* In pregame discussion CBS analyst Gary Danielson called No. 1 Alabama "one of the best college football teams I've seen in a long time." After the Crimson Tide escaped with a 24-20 victory at No. 10 Arkansas, he said, "They played like they have been in a lot of big games before." Danielson barely mentioned Ryan Mallett's three interceptions, including two in the final quarter.