Who's Hot & Not ... Week 6
Who's Hot ... Week Six
10. Football in Tennessee
By mid-afternoon on Saturday, Middle Tennessee had been routed by Troy, Tennessee was no match for Georgia, and Memphis lost, 56-0, to Louisville. Hey, it’s a good thing Eastern Michigan was next on the schedule for Vanderbilt, or else it would have been a completely lost weekend for the Volunteer State.
9. The Fresno State D
The early season hope that Pat Hill’s team would finally elude mediocrity didn’t last very long. In their last two games with FBS opponents, the Bulldogs have yielded 104 points and been utterly gashed on the ground and through the air. Late Saturday night, Fresno State was jettisoned back in the WAC pecking order by Hawaii and QB Bryant Moniz, 49-27. >
8. Boston College
The Eagles actually seemed to do more with less last year. Maybe more adversity was the missing ingredient. The program has been absolutely dreadful over the last three weeks, scoring just 30 points in lopsided losses. Unless Luke y has been hiding the fact that he can play quarterback the way he plays linebacker, Boston College is in serious danger of missing the postseason for the first time since 1999.
Yeah, the Cougars got a bum deal when Case Keenum and backup Cotton Turner were lost on the same night, but can you play a little defense to compensate? Houston, which has had problems in this area for years, now ranks 112th nationally against the run after getting trucked for 409 yards and five touchdowns by Mississippi State.
The Tigers have earned a return engagement with their third consecutive loss, which may have eliminated them from contention in the Atlantic Division of the ACC. The defense, specifically, DE n Bowers, has been fine, but what the heck has happened to the offense? QB Kyle Parker hasn’t been the same since getting treated like a piñata in Auburn, and the running game was quiet in Saturday’s 21-16 loss to Carolina.
5. The UCLA passing game
C’mon, it’s been almost three years for Rick sel, a former Bruin hurler himself. Shouldn’t he have developed a capable passer by now? Dead last in the country in passing efficiency, UCLA has thrown just three touchdown passes and is completing well under 50% of its passes. In Saturday’s 35-7 bowing to Cal, Kevin Prince and Richard Brehaut averaged a little over three yards a pass attempt.
Just when it looked as if the Huskies were ready to get on a roll, they go out and lay an egg at home against Arizona State. Jake Locker reverted back to his skittish September form, and the O-line failed to do its job. U-Dub, a trendy preseason pick to crack the Top 25, has now laid eggs against BYU, Nebraska, and the Sun Devils, hampering its chances of even becoming bowl eligible in Steve ian’s second season.
3. Penn State
What appeared to be a safe goal in 2010—JoePa’s 400th—is now in serious jeopardy. The Robert Bolden-led offense has been spotty all season, but at least the Lions can fall back on the defense, right? Not on Saturday, with Illinois visiting. The Illini rolled through the Penn State defense for 437 yards, 282 on the ground, in a wire-to-wire 33-13 victory. The way this team is playing, even trips to Minnesota and Indiana no longer look like sure-things.
Something has been missing with this team since the opener with Miami (OH). It still is. Losing in Tuscaloosa? Okay, although scoring just two field goals was further evidence of the chaos taking place on offense. The Gators, however, have no business losing to a flawed LSU team, especially at home and after taking the lead with three minutes left. The offense is ranked 96th nationally and 11th in the SEC, unimaginable numbers for an Urban Meyer-coached team.
1. USC in last-minute drives
Where’s Monte ’s defense when it’s needed the most? For the second straight game, the Trojans lost on a walk-off field goal to a Pac-10 opponent. A week ago, they allowed Washington and Jake Locker to drive for the winning score in the final 2:34. On Saturday night, it was the turn of Stanford, which needed only 62 seconds to put Nate Whitaker in a position to break USC’s heart once again.
Who's Hot ... Week Six