- KANSAS SPORTS -
"It doesn’t surprise me nor disappoint me, nor should it," Self said of Baylor moving up from No. 2 to No. 1 in the AP poll and actually jumping over former No. 2 KU from the 3 spot in the USA Today poll.
On paper, tonight’s showdown between second-ranked Kansas, which moved up from No. 3 in the latest AP Poll released Monday, and the struggling Sooners (6-8, 0-3) looks like one of the bigger mismatches of the season.
With OU point guard and leading scorer Jordan Woodard expected to be sidelined for a fifth consecutive game, the Jayhawks are in great position to dominate at point guard, which would not be anywhere near a given if Woodard were able to play.
"I think some guys individually are battling some confidence factors," OU coach Lon Kruger said. "We have to keep pushing and keeping working every day and stay positive."
The voice of the Kansas Jayhawks, Brian Hanni, visits with this week's opponent in Know Your Foe, a weekly segment from KUAthletics.com and the Jayhawk Radio Network. As Kansas prepares for its Tuesday bout at Oklahoma, Hanni caught up with the Sooners' Kevin Henry.
"Some refs are different. Some give you a technical foul for a lot less than others will," Jackson said of his early lessons in navigating conversations with college officiating crews. "You’ve just gotta move on to the next play no matter what, because after they make the call you can’t change it anyway."
Sunday marked the first team practice for the Jayhawks, while the pitchers and catchers returned to Lawrence earlier and hit the field on Saturday. Kansas will spend the next week shaking off the rust and bonding as a team before the spring semester gets started next week.
- COLLEGE SPORTS -
Clemson beat Alabama 35-31 on Monday night in a game for the ages, and it was Watson's 420 passing yards, 43 rushing yards and four total touchdowns (three passing) that ensured the Tigers won the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship.
Is that a pick by his teammate to spring him open? It looks like one, and QB Deshaun Watson even referred to it as "a pick" immediately after the game. Now pick plays can be legal, as long as there is no offensive pass interference. In the play above, the defender initiates the contact, so it can’t be classified as offensive pass interference. Essentially, since the defender initiated the contact, so that contact is not the responsibility of the receiver.
"We knew Alabama would be in zero coverage inside the 5," Clemson QB Deshaun Watson said after the game on ESPN. So Clemson took advantage, running what offensive coaches will call a "rub route," or what defensive coaches will term a "pick play."
That's right. A national championship-winning coach took time during his celebration press conference to call out a radio host in a major way.
So, yes, Baylor will be a top-ranked underdog Tuesday night and is statistically likely to lose its first game as the AP poll's No. 1 team -- which, let's be clear about this, will not invalidate the Bears' No. 1 ranking at all.
Florida is undervalued -- by most and especially by Dave Borges, the lone AP voter not ranking the Gators at all. As someone who ranks teams daily, let me tell you, I have no idea how anybody could rank 25 schools without getting to Florida at some point.
When Brenda Tracy concluded, Patrick Allgeier jumped to his feet applauding. The father of three daughters is an assistant coach and assistant athletic director at Division III Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and Allgeier said having Tracy speak to the annual convention shows what the AFCA is trying to accomplish as a coaching community.