Former OU coach Barry Switzer isn’t showing any favoritism to his former team in his top five rankings as part of the “Grumpy Old Coaches” segment on Fox Sports’ “NFL Sunday.” Switzer doesn’t have OU in his top five, although colleague Jimmy Johnson has them No. 5 and for some reason ranks Oregon No. 1
Here are their rankings:
Switzer: 1.Ohio State; 2. LSU; 3. Oregon; 4. Arizona State; 5. Boston College.
Johnson: 1. Oregon; 2. LSU; 3. Ohio Statel; 4. Arizona State; 5.Oklahoma.
Johnson on leaving Boston College off his list: “Oklahoma would beat BC, Kansas would beat BC, and Missouri would beat BC. There are a lot of teams that could beat them. They don’t deserve to be up there just because they are undefeated.”
Later in the show, Johnson offered his list of the top five things that teams need to win in the NFL today:
5. Non-medaling owner; 4. Strong coordinators; 3. A gym rat QB; 2. A demanding leader; 1. A great talent evaluator.
Co-host Terry Bradshaw on the Vikings use of rookie running back Adrian Peterson: “You only have a 10-year period as a running back so run him. This young man can flat out make a difference in winning and losing. Use him!”
KOCO excited: KOCO-5 is understandably thrilled to have an OSU-OU doubleheader Saturday with Texas at OSU at 2:30 p.m. and Texas A&M at OU at 7 p.m. Wrapped around the games will be plenty of local programming from Stillwater, including a pregame show from 2 to 2:30 p.m. and a postgame show from 6 to 7 p.m., hosted by sports director Mark Rodgers.
ESPN to air Arizona State at Oregon: Through an agreement with the Pac-10 Conference and Fox Sports Net, ESPN has added the conference showdown between undefeated No. 4 Arizona State (AP rankings) and No. 6 Oregon at 5:40 p.m. Saturday to its national television schedule. Mike Patrick, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will call the game. Originally scheduled to be televised in Oregon, Arizona and Southern California, the matchup will be been by a national audience through the agreement of the two networks and the conference. ESPN will show the matchup across the United States except Arizona, Oregon, Southern California and New Mexico where FSN will show the game. ”College GameDay,” 9-11 a.m. Saturday, also will be in Eugene, Ore., for the game.
E:60 stories: The third edition of ESPN’s multi-subject newsmagazine E:60 Tuesday at 6 p.m. Tuesday will tell the story of distance runner Macharia Yuot, one of the 10,000 “Lost Boys of Sudan” who survived a 800-mile trek to the refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya while fleeing from war in their country. Yuot, now a U.S. Citizen, will compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials on Saturday in New York in his quest to represent the U.S. in the 2008 Olympics in China. In addition, the program will also include features on the impact of the California wildfire on Ryan Deehan, a star tight end for top-ranked Poway High School in San Diego; an inside look at the Mecca of Mixed Martial Arts’ (MMA), a gym in an Iowa town run by former MMA world champion Pat Miletich; and the story of how former logrolling champion J.R. Salzman, was injured in the Iraq War, is attempting a comeback to the sport he loves.