Dick's Stock Watch identifies whose stock is up and whose is down over the past week across the world of sports.
STOCK UP: Kingsbury, Johnson and Iowa football
Kliff Kingsbury of Texas Tech should be a candidate for the Heisman Trophy. All he did against Texas last weekend was throw for 473 yards and six touchdowns in an upset of the Longhorns. Now he gets another shot against a big-time opponent, facing Oklahoma. With a win, the Red Raiders go to the Big 12 title game!
Larry Johnson of Penn State should also receive Heisman consideration. He broke Lydell Mitchell's Penn State single-season rushing record. Johnson ran for 327 yards and four touchdowns to shatter his own school single-game mark again for the third time.
Iowa football deserves stock up mention. The Hawkeyes clinched at least a tie for first in the Big Ten with a win at Minnesota. Kirk Ferentz's squad has had a dynamite year and I feel this is the best team in the conference. It would be a crime if the Hawkeyes missed out on a BCS bowl berth, though that shouldn't happen now that Texas has fallen.
STOCK DOWN: NCAA, Nebraska football, Denver Nuggets
The NCAA for punishing Syracuse guard Billy Edelin for 12 games due to his participation in a four-on-four league featuring players 40 and older while he wasn't even attending school. Come on, I thought the NCAA was supposed to help players, not hinder them. The rules are archaic and how does a player like Edelin gain an advantage by playing in a league like that? A foreign player could play for 50 games against good competition in organized leagues overseas and get no more than an eight-game penalty.
It seems strange to see a Nebraska football team with five losses. The Cornhuskers are 7-5 -- the first five-loss season since 1961. Kansas State did a number on Nebraska last weekend.
The Denver Nuggets scored 53 points on Saturday against Detroit. Are you serious? These are supposed to be pros, yet the score was 29-28 at the half -- the lowest scoring half in NBA history since the shot clock. These two franchises played in the highest-scoring game of all time.