Yes, I'm now extremely nervous about the Rays. There's not much more to say, except in a one-game, winner-take-all (regardless of location), it would be silly to pick against the defending champs on a 2-game win streak, who haven't lost an elimination game in forever.
Yes, Texas should be the unquestioned No. 1 team in the country -- and No. 1 in the first BCS, released today.
(No. 2? Alabama. On the outside looking in at No. 3: Penn State, but don't feel bad for them -- they will ride that weak Big Ten schedule all the way to the BCS title game.)
Oklahoma had the 2nd-biggest CFB win of the day -- but top teams at home SHOULD win decisively. That's why Penn State's early struggles with Michigan were so startling -- or Alabama's limp finish vs. Ole Miss was equally so.
Even though Ohio State romped Michigan State in East Lansing, I'm not sure I'm sold on OSU -- their Game of the Year is next week at home vs. Penn State, with the Rose Bowl (perhaps more) on the line. It will certainly (and finally) legitimize Penn State's national-title candidacy.
Next week features four huge games, that will make-or-break several contenders' seasons: Oklahoma St at Texas; Penn State at Ohio State; Texas Tech at Kansas; Georgia at LSU. Wow.
NBA Preseason Injury Watch: Deron Williams' ankle.