- Portland Tribune - Sports
Coach Mike Bellotti votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll. He voted Ohio State No. 1, obviously, and Michigan No. 2 ahead of Florida. (Florida got the BCS title game berth). 'Michigan's only loss was to the No. 1-ranked team, in a very close game,' he says. 'And Florida had a couple games much closer against lesser opponents.'
• Trainers expect linebacker Blair Phillips (knee) to play in the Las Vegas Bowl, Bellotti says. … QB Brady Leaf admitted to being 'nervous' after his ankle injury in practice, but he should return this weekend - no swelling, no fracture. 'It's frustrating - especially when I was getting into a flow with the guys,' he says. 'It's tough to get a hiccup now.' … Wide receiver Jaison Williams has a cracked vertebra, but it doesn't pose any danger to his health, receivers coach Robin Pflugrad says.