Who's Hot & Not ... Week 3
Who's Hot ... Week Three
Once again, the Cougars tucked tail and ran in the face of a more physical opponent. UCLA entered this game on life support, but left with an impressive 31-13 victory. Case Keenum’s Heisman hopes are through, as he was picked twice and injured for a second straight week.
In the Huskies’ two games with FBS opponents, they’ve been blown out by Michigan and upended by Temple, 30-16. Besides RB Jordan Todman, who was terrific, little went right, as the passing game sputtered once again and the line was unable to contain DE Adrian Robinson.
How does that opening day win over Washington look now? Since then, the Cougars have looked as if they’re in full-fledged rebuilding mode, losing to Air Force and Florida State by a combined score of 69-24. In Tallahassee, the ‘Noles located a pass rush at BYU’s expense, sacking helpless Jake Heaps and Riley Nelson eight times.
7. The Wake Forest D
In back-to-back weeks versus Duke and Stanford, the demon Deacons have allowed 116 points and rank 116th nationally. Had Jim Harbaugh kept the starters in late Saturday night, the Cardinal might have reached 90 on this feeble group of poor tacklers.
6. Cal QB Kevin Riley
It was just a matter of time before Riley reverted back to his old, inconsistent ways. One of the main problems in the Bears’ ugly 52-31 loss to Nevada, he threw three interceptions, including a game-changer that Marlon Johnson took back 65 yards the other way.
5. Ole Miss
Maybe it is karma for fixating on bad-boy Jeremiah Masoli in August. The Rebels were stunned for the second time in the first three games, getting doubled up at home by lowly Vanderbilt. Masoli was okay, but did throw two picks and was harassed all afternoon by the Commodores.
4. The Michigan defense
Denard Robinson is masking one big issue in Ann Arbor—Greg Robinson’s defense isn’t any better than it was a year ago. The Wolverines gave up 439 yards, 29 first downs, and 37 points to a Massachusetts team that wasn’t exactly on the Big Ten short list during expansion discussions.
It’s official. Brian Kelly is really, really missed in the Queen City. While it looked as if the Bearcats might have enough offensive talent to compete in Butch Jones’ first season, it turns that was false hope. Cincy has been awful in its two losses to Fresno State and last Thursday at NC State.
2. Iowa out West
Dating back to 1987, the Hawkeyes are now 0-7 west of the Rockies after losing to Arizona late Saturday night. They put up a good fight, but where was the D after Broderick Binns’ interception return tied the game with eight minutes left? Nick Foles faced little resistance on the game-winning drive, taking the Wildcats 72 yards on nine plays. On the ensuing drive, it was apparently past the bedtime of the Iowa offensive linemen, who napped as Arizona treated Ricky Stanzi like a piñata.
1. Washington QB Jake Locker
Has a Heisman campaign ever blown up this quickly? Locker was Nebraska’s whipping boy on Saturday, holding him to 4-of-20 passing for 71 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. He did rush for 59 yards and a score, but his start has been so spotty, you’ve got to wonder if that sure-fire No. 1 overall pick next April is in serious jeopardy.
Who's Hot ... Week Three