Who's Hot & Not ... Week 4
Who's Hot ... Week Four
10. Rutgers QB Tom Savage
Any regression is usually a team effort, but Savage has been the primary culprit in his own sophomore slump. After playing miserably against depleted North Carolina, he’s now completing a little more than 50% of his passes and has thrown just one touchdown pass. If Greg Schiano had a better option, he’d be compelled to consider it at this point.
9. Boston College quarterbacks
Does Matt Ryan have any sisters? It couldn’t be much worse than what the Eagles are getting at the position right now. Even with a schedule that’s included games with Weber State and Kent State, Boston College has thrown as many picks as touchdowns. Dave Shinskie was so feeble in the shutout loss to Virginia Tech, it could be time to give the ball young Mike Marscovetra.
Yup, even in getting a W. Saturday’s survival at home against lowly UAB had to be the program’s ugliest win in recent memory. Whipped in every category except the final score, the Vols were outgained by the Blazers, 544-287. Lane Kiffin’s decision to bolt from Knoxville makes even more sense now that we’ve gotten a month to watch the team he left.
Look at the bright side, Gopher fans. Your 1-3 start means that AD Joel Maturi can get a head start on his search for a new coach. There doesn’t appear to be a scenario where Tim Brewster can survive after his team fell to 1-3 with a loss to Northern Illinois. Minnesota has now dropped three straight at home, beginning with an inexcusable loss to South Dakota.
6. LSU QB Jordan Jefferson
This is getting ridiculous. The entire Tiger offense is laboring, but it all begins with the junior, who looks completely uncomfortable at the position. As hard as it is to imagine, the LSU passing game has now gone 212 minutes without a touchdown pass and ranks 113th nationally in passing efficiency.
Didn’t you used to be the heavy favorite to win the Big East? Beyond the 1-2 start has been the Panthers’ execution, which was at a high school level on Thursday night against Miami. Pitt was dominated, 31-3, managing just 232 yards and a Dan Hutchins three-pointer in the fourth quarter.
4. Notre Dame
Okay, so no one expected an overnight transformation when Brian Kelly arrived, but a little progress would have been nice. The Irish is getting worse as the month comes to an end, losing to Stanford, 37-14. Save for LB Manti Te’o, who’s playing on a different level than the rest of his teammates, there’s not a lot that can be counted on these days in South Bend.
3. Georgia head coach Mark Richt
These are difficult times, indeed, for Richt, the coach of a team that’s lost three straight SEC games and has had an inordinate number of players arrested this year. He’s done a remarkable job in Athens, but this is shaping up as one of those seasons that could test an athletic director’s loyalty.
2. The Big East
Right now, the Big East has as many ranked members as the Sun Belt…zero. An entire month of futility was underscored by the league’s effort in Week 4. It went 3-4, losing all of its marquee match ups with Miami, North Carolina, LSU, and Oklahoma. For the season, the Big East is 1-11 versus teams with a pulse, with the lone win coming against Maryland. Commissioner John Marinatto ought to wear a ski mask when he picks up this year’s BCS payout.
In the state where everything is done big, the ‘Horns were the colossal flop of Week 4, losing 34-12 . While it’s not as if there weren’t clues in the first three weeks, who saw this coming? Against UCLA? Not only was the offense a wreck, but the defense, the one constant, was gashed for 264 yards and three scores on the ground. Gone are any hopes for a repeat appearance in the national title game. Without major improvements, the Big 12 will be off limits as well. r />
Who's Hot ... Week Four