Who's Hot & Not ... Week 7
Who's Hot ... Week Seven
10. Central Michigan
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. A perennial power in the MAC, the Chippewas have now lost four straight, including Saturday’s 27-20 home defeat at the hands of Miami (OH). Now 1-3 in league play, they can forget about appearing in a fourth conference championship game in the last five years.
9. South Florida QB B.J. Daniels
The face of the Bulls’ recent slide, he’s failed to get the offense into the end zone in either of the last two games, losses to Syracuse and West Virginia. The poster child for sophomore slumps, he’s now thrown 10 interceptions and just four touchdown passes after getting picked off three times in another miserable outing last Thursday night.
Is this the same program that shocked Georgia Tech in the second week of the year? Nah, more like the one that lost to North Dakota State in the opener. The Jayhawks have now surrendered more than 50 points in consecutive games for the first time in nine years, losing to Baylor and Kansas State en route to the Big 12 cellar.
7. Florida State QB Christian Ponder
Sure, the Seminoles held off Boston College, but Ponder can’t take too much of the credit. While no one knows for sure what it is, something just isn’t right with the senior. A far cry from the player who was a trendy Heisman pick in August, he was picked off three times and coughed up a costly fumble in the second half.
Is there a more schizophrenic program in America? The talent is there in Strawberry Canyon, but the results never are on a consistent basis. The Bears have lost three of their last four games, getting absolutely smoked by up-and-down USC, 48-14. It was one of the worst games of the Jeff Tedford era, raising more doubts about his ability to ever get this program over the hump.
5. The Iowa State defense
One more reason that Gene Chizik must be pinching himself that he’s in Auburn and not Ames. The Cyclones have been Missouri Valley Conference bad over the last three games, giving up 158 points and 11 touchdown passes. Iowa State hasn’t had a sack during that time either, putting consecutive bowl appearances on life support.
4. The LSU Offense
Even in winning, the Tigers proved to be horribly inept with the ball. The same McNeese State squad that lost to Missouri, 50-6, in September held LSU to 3-of-13 on third down conversions and just 282 total yards. Quarterbacks Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson averaged less than five yards a pass attempt, failing to complete one for more than 18 yards. This is one of those grievous problems that’s going to need an offseason to correct.
Maybe Urban Meyer should have stuck with his original plan last December and sat out this season. He and his staff are doing an awful job, especially on the offensive side of the ball. The Gators have lost three regular season games in-a-row for the first time since 1988, scoring one touchdown in their first home loss to Mississippi State in 45 years. Something is missing in Gainesville. And it’s more than just No. 15.
2. Heisman-contending Quarterbacks
With the exception of Auburn’s Cam Newton and Oklahoma’s Landry Jones, it was a depressing weekend for a slew of quarterbacks, with Heisman aspirations. Terrelle Pryor lost in Madison. Denard Robinson was injured, left standing on the sidelines at the end of Michigan’s second straight loss. Ryan Mallett suffered a concussion, as Arkansas fell on the Plains. Taylor Martinez got benched, failing to produce a touchdown for Nebraska. Nick Foles is going to miss a few games with a knee injury. It was a good Saturday to have a bye week.
1. The SEC East
Once the gold standard for a compilation of programs within a conference or division, the East is suffering a power outage, a low-point since the SEC split in 1992. No one has fewer than two losses, and perennial powers Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee are way off their games. Heck, if Vanderbilt somehow upsets South Carolina next Saturday, the Commodores will be leading the East, testament to how screwy the division has been in 2010.
Who's Hot ... Week Seven