Coming into this NCAA football season, Jahvid Best was widely considered one of the five favorites to bring home the Heisman Trophy in 2009. However, Cal has been somewhat of a disappointment this season, and after righting the ship in recent weeks, things got bad again on Saturday.
Not only did the Bears get upset by Oregon State, they lost their star running back and top offensive player, Jahvid Best, for the foreseeable future. Best was flipped in the air and landed awkwardly on his neck on a 7-yard touchdown run in the 2nd quarter. Best was carried off the field in a stretcher and ambulance, as it was a pretty scary looking injury. You can see in the picture to the right just how much air he did get before falling right on his neck. The good part about the fall is that he didn't land directly on his head, which could have resulted in a serious spinal injury. Instead, it looks like he's going to make out of this with a severe concussion and a slight neck strain. Coach Tedford hasn't put a timetable on Best's return, but he did say he'd be out this Saturday vs. the Pac-10's second best ranked team, Arizona.
Things have been going much better for Stanford, as the Cardinal pulled off another victory on Saturday over Oregon. The Cardinal now find themselves bowl eligible for the first time since 2001 after the win, and it looks like Jim Harbough is starting to build one heckuva program. Coming into the year, the only guy on Stanford who got national attention was their power running back Toby Gerhart. However, they've thrown freshman QB Andrew Luck into the fire, and he's played about as well as Harbough could have asked him to. Luck has 11 TD's with just 3 picks in 9 games and has totalled 2,076 yards. He's also rushed for 227 yards and a score, showing his mobility. The Cardinal defense still has some work to do to make them a more complete team, but right now, this offense can really put up points with the best of them. Next Saturday's showdown in USC could be a chance for the Cardinal to really open eyes around the nation and catapult themselves into the top-10.