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Downs and distance

September 5, 2008
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1. Having a good time
Central Florida faces No. 17 South Florida tomorrow in what could become a decent in-state rivalry. Things were spiced up Monday when reporters dialing the 800 call-in number for Central Florida coach George O'Leary's conference call were connected to a sex fantasy line instead. When a reporter asked for George O'Leary, the woman said she could pretend to be George O'Leary. A member of the UCF sports information staff typed in a wrong digit when he was putting out the release for the conference call.

2. Toe long, Heisman?
Ohio State All-America running back and Heisman candidate Chris "Beanie" Wells injured his foot in the Buckeyes' opening romp over Youngstown State. The speculation is it's his right big toe, although there has been no official word. Wells won't play against Ohio University tomorrow, although coach Jim Tressel says his RB will be fine. But the No. 3 Buckeyes don't really need him with quality backups Dan "Boom" Herron, Brandon Saine, and Maurice Wells getting expanded roles. They will probably need him next week against No. 1 Southern Cal.

3. Setting the pace
A year ago, Oklahoma led all Bowl Championship Series schools with 592 points and 80 touchdowns. Apparently, coach Bob Stoops wanted a better offensive pace this year, so he put in the no-huddle offense, which produced a 50-0 halftime lead and a 57-2 win over Tennessee-Chattanooga last week. Tomorrow, the No. 4 Sooners take on what should be a tougher opponent in Cincinnati, which won 10 games last year and rolled to a 40-7 win over Eastern Kentucky last week. Should be fun to watch.

4. Rivalry renewed
Miami will play No. 5 Florida for the first time in four years in a rivalry that has some heat to it. The last time they met was the 2004 Peach Bowl. The Gators haven't beaten the Hurricanes in 23 years. Florida QB Tim Tebow and Miami QB Robert Marve were both Mr. Football in Florida, and Marve broke many of Tebow's high school records. Marve will be making his first start after missing 2007 with injuries suffered in an automobile accident. He missed the Canes' opener last week serving a suspension after being arrested last fall. It's just your average day at the beach with the Hurricanes.

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