Who's Hot & Not ... Week 2
Who's Hot ... Week Two
10. The Navy running game
What’s happening in Annapolis? Usually good for 300 yards a game, the Midshipmen got stuffed repeatedly by Maryland on Labor Day and then managed just 109 yards rushing against Georgia Southern. Something is really wrong when QB Ricky Dobbs averages 1.8 yards on his 25 carries.
9. Pitt RB Dion Lewis
Is this the same Lewis that was in the Heisman discussion as a rookie last year? He’s been very slow out of the gate so far, averaging under three yards on his first 35 carries and getting trumped by backup Ray Graham in a listless Panther win over New Hampshire on Saturday.
The clock ticking on Tim Brewster’s career in Minnesota is moving a little faster after his team lost to FCS South Dakota, 41-38. The Gophers had no problems moving the ball, but slowing down the Coyotes was a different story. QB Dante Warren accounted for 433 yards and five scores, running the last two in to keep Minny at an arm’s length.
7. The Georgia offense
For just the third time in the Mark Richt era, the Bulldogs were held without an offensive touchdown, rolling over and playing dead for South Carolina. Young QB Aaron Murray is clearly missing suspended WR A.J. Green more than anyone could have imagined. For the record, the other two times Georgia was held to field goals under Richt, the Gamecocks were the opponent.
6. Miami QB Jacory Harris
Yeah, it was a tough spot playing at Ohio State and his leg was cramping up at times during the game, but four interceptions? Harris has the physical tools, but needs to start making better decisions in order for the Hurricanes to get over the hump as a program. The Miami offense didn’t reach the end zone until early in the fourth quarter.
What a tease. For a while, it looked as if the Vols were going to deliver one of the big upsets of Week 2. And then reality set in. Leading 13-3 at one point, Tennessee collapsed in all phases, allowing Oregon to score the final 45 points of the game in front of a stunned home crowd. Too bad for the Vols that the storm that delayed the game in the first quarter didn’t linger longer.
4. The UCLA offense
It’s official. The Bruins have no traction under Rick Neuheisel. A week after losing to Kansas State, UCLA suffered its first shutout to Stanford since 1941, managing just 81 yards on 21 attempts through the air. It’s not as if the Cardinal has a top-notch D, which should further concern the Bruin staff.
3. Florida State
With dreams of a revival dancing through their heads, the Seminoles got stomped by Oklahoma in Norman, 47-17. As if being forced back to the drawing board on defense isn’t bad enough, Florida State showed no pop on offense, scoring just a single touchdown when the game was still competitive.
2. Virginia Tech
The Hokies were supposed to be flat against James Madison, just five days after losing to Boise State. Losing to the Dukes, 21-16, however, is completely inexcusable. How do you go an entire game without punting, yet still wind up with just a touchdown and three field goals? It’ll be interesting to see how Tech rebounds from a second straight emotional loss.
1. The ACC
Maybe you’re just a basketball conference after all. In one of the most damning weekends ever for the league, all four of the ACC’s ranked teams lost…badly; Virginia Tech to James Madison, Georgia Tech to Kansas, Florida State to Oklahoma, and Miami to Ohio State. Hey, at least Virginia put a scare into USC and Wake Forest and Duke put on an offensive display in Winston-Salem.
Who's Hot ...Week Two