Who's Hot & Not ... Week 5
Who's Hot ... Week Five
Even a Week 2 visit from Gardner-Webb hasn’t been able to prevent the aptly-named Zips from being one of the nation’s last remaining winless programs. At home, Akron got throttled once again, allowing over 500 yards in a 50-14 loss to Northern Illinois that stopped being competitive before halftime.
9. Texas A&M QB Jerrod Johnson
Yeah, Johnson looks the part and will continue putting up gaudy numbers, but, oh, those turnovers. In just the last two games, he’s thrown nine interceptions and his non-contact fumble Thursday night was returned for a touchdown by Oklahoma State’s James Thomas. His final pick? An errant throw that set up Dan Bailey’s game-winning field goal at the end of regulation.
8. Arizona State QB Steven Threet
The Pac-10’s version of Johnson in College Station, he’s a prototypical pocket passer with a cannon, but is killing the Sun Devils with turnovers. He’s already thrown 10 picks on the year, including seven in the last two games. Arizona State was capable of beating both Oregon and Oregon State if it didn’t give it away so many doggone times.
7. New Mexico State
Through 16 quarters, the Aggies are still searching for their first sack and takeaway of the year. No higher than 116th in total offense or total defense after getting kicked around by Boise State, 59-0, you’ve got to wonder if DeWayne Walker would reconsider taking this job if he knew two years ago what he knows now.
6. Clemson over the last six quarters
Since leading Auburn at halftime, 17-3, two weeks ago, the Tigers’ season has made a dramatic turn for the worse. They were outscored in the second half on the Plains, 24-7, and dominated at home by Miami over the weekend. The Clemson receivers are awful, dropping a slew of passes, and the six turnovers on Saturday were emblematic of the problems the program is facing on offense.
In this week’s installment of why the Big East is downright abysmal in 2010, Rutgers is the feature attraction. How in the world do you lose—at home—to Tulane, which was a 17-point underdog coming into the game? Now that a soft non-schedule isn’t even bailing out the Scarlet Knights, they’re in trouble on a multitude of different levels.
4. The Penn State offense
Yeah, there were going to be growing pains with a true freshman behind center, but how about a little progress by October? The Youngstown State opener aside, the Nittany Lions are averaging a mere 13 points a game after getting suffocated by Iowa, 24-3. In red zone touchdowns, they rank 108th nationally, scoring six just 40% of the time.
3. Texas Tech
Wasn’t Tommy Tuberville going to bring a more physical product to Lubbock? Maybe next season. With two weeks to prepare, the Red Raiders had no answers for lowly Iowa State, allowing six offensive touchdowns in a 52-38 loss in Ames. You know your defense is struggling when the quarterback throws five touchdown passes and it’s still not enough.
It’s not just the back-to-back losses to UCLA and Oklahoma that are troubling. It’s the lack of execution and mental mistakes that are so anathema to this program. The Longhorns have played like Texas A&M in the first half of the season, making stupid penalties, missing tackles, and dropping passes. They’ve got two weeks to try and salvage something in 2010, but a trip to Lincoln won’t make Mack Brown’s task any easier.
1. The coaches in the Tennessee-LSU game
In a stunning display of ineptitude, Derek Dooley and Les Miles, along with their assistants, were asleep at the wheel in the final minute of the game. Sans any timeouts, Miles tried to get new personnel on the field as the seconds ticked away, resulting in a muffed snap and a tutorial on how not to manage the clock. But alas, Dooley and his coaches stood there powerless as half of the Volunteer roster was on the field for the final play. The Tigers got a reprieve and a second chance for Stevan Ridley to score the game-winner. It’s amazing that someone got the W in this one.
Who's Hot ... Week Five