Who's Hot & Not ... Week
Who's Hot ... Week 11
Okay, so maybe it was asking too much for the Bearcats to three-peat in the Big East in Butch Jones’ first season, but 3-6 and likely out of the bowl picture? Awful. The program has now dropped three straight, getting whipped in back-to-back games by Syracuse and West Virginia by a combined score of 68-17.
Maybe the Bears grew content with finally qualifying for a bowl game after more than a decade of futility. Or maybe the defense is simply so bad that the program is going to struggle against anyone with some offensive punch. In consecutive losses to Oklahoma State and Texas A&M, Baylor gave up 97 points and failed to get a pick or a sack. Up next? Oklahoma, meaning the downward spiral is likely to continue.
8. The Clemson Offense
When Presbyterian or North Texas wasn’t visiting, the Tigers have futile throughout the season. Clemson has averaged only 12 points over the last three games, and ranks 101st nationally in passing efficiency. In fact, over the last seven games, QB Kyle Parker & Co. have accounted for just three touchdown passes and eight picks. It’s no wonder the program is 5-5 a year after winning the Atlantic Division.
7. The Iowa Offense
What has happened to the Hawkeye attack, which looked so good throughout October? It has stalled over the last two weeks, which might have ended a Big Ten championship run for the program. Last Saturday, Iowa took almost 57 minutes to reach the end zone on lowly Indiana. This past weekend, it was only 2-of-14 on third downs, failing to rally in a crushing defeat at Northwestern.
6. Alabama RB Mark Ingram
Yeah, it’s not all his fault, but Ingram has been unable to deliver an encore performance to last year’s Heisman season. The nation’s 38th-ranked rusher, he’s had just two 100-yard games, the last one coming nearly two months ago. In Saturday’s win over Mississippi State, he averaged less than three yards a carry, milking just 53 yards out of his 18 carries.
5. The Big East
Yeah, feel free to throw a flag for piling on, but it’s hard to ignore the level of mediocrity this conference has reached in 2010. Front-running Pittsburgh’s 30-28 loss to Connecticut on Thursday night opened the door for other contenders and pretty much ensured that the league won’t have a ranked representative in a BCS bowl game.
4. Michigan QB Denard Robinson
A regular up top throughout the first half of the season, Robinson has cooled off considerably, like the Ann Arbor weather. A week ago, he threw a pair of interceptions and watched from the sidelines as Tate Forcier rallied the Wolverines in triple-overtime. He was spotty again in the win over Purdue, turning the ball over four times. That Heisman talk will have to wait until 2011.
3. Oregon State
Wazzu? Really? Hey, the Cougars have made noticeable strides for Paul Wulff, who may have saved his job in Corvallis, but losing at home to the Pac-10 doormat is a real head-scratcher for the Beavers. Losers of three of its last four games, Oregon State was never closer than 10 points in the second and will need to pull two big upsets down the stretch to avoid a rare bowl-less December.
2. Urban Meyer
Maybe Meyer should have stuck with the original plan and extended that leave of absence earlier in the year. With few exceptions, he’s had a horrible season, losing four of the last six games, including his last three in the Swamp. Against South Carolina, with the SEC East hanging in the balance, his Gators looked ill-prepared, getting embarrassed by an opponent that entered the weekend with all kinds of issues and concerns. With a trip to Tallahassee still left, Meyer could finish the year an unthinkable 7-6.
Didn’t you used to be a contender for some pretty heady prizes, like a Mountain West crown and a BCS bowl invitation? The Utes have been exposed as completely fraudulent over the past eight days, getting outscored by TCU and Notre Dame by a combined score of 75-10. While getting blown out by the Horned Frogs is borderline acceptable, failing to reach the end zone on the Irish is evidence that something has gone very wrong with Utah in a very short period of time.
Who's Hot ... Week 11