2011 Who's Hot & Not
2010 Hot & Nots
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10. Florida International WR T.Y. Hilton
The multi-dimensional Hilton was the show-stopper in the Golden Panthers’ 24-17 road upset of Louisville, catching seven balls for 201 yards and a pair of long touchdown explosions. He perfectly complemented a ferocious defense that abused the rebuilt Cardinals offensive line for a dozen tackles for loss and six sacks.
9. New Mexico State
Although overshadowed by a seizure suffered by Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill, the Aggies’ road upset of the Golden Gophers represents a monumental step forward for the beleaguered program. It was a defining win for head coach DeWayne Walker and New Mexico State, which last defeated a BCS school in 1999, and has never beaten a Big Ten school.
8. Iowa State
In one of the most thrilling Cy-Hawk showdowns in recent memory, Iowa State stunned Iowa, 44-41, in triple-overtime. It was a stark turnaround for the Cyclones, which barely squeaked by Northern Iowa in Week 1. Junior college transfer QB Steele Jantz was the hero, throwing four touchdown passes in just his second game at this level.
7. Oklahoma State RB Joseph Randle
The next in a growing line of versatile Cowboy playmakers out of the backfield, Randle rushed for 121 yards and two scores to go along with nine catches for 99 yards in Thursday’s rout of Arizona. Just a sophomore, the successor to Kendall Hunter has the stop-and-start jukes to make defenders whiff in space.
6. Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish
The Huskies quarterback is one of the best-kept secrets in America. Period. Even in a losing cause at Kansas, the senior went 27-of-33 for 315 yards and two touchdown passes. He also rushed for 89 yards and three more scores, and has already been in on 11 touchdowns through the first two games of the season.
5. Arizona State
Friday night’s overtime thriller against Missouri represented a breakthrough moment for the Sun Devils program and its embattled head coach Dennis Erickson. Showing for the first time that it just might be worthy of the offseason hype after all, Arizona State used its speed and diversity on offense to pepper the Tigers for four touchdown passes and nearly 500 total yards.
4. South Carolina DL Melvin Ingram
On an afternoon when Georgia and South Carolina combined for 87 points, a 270-pound defensive lineman stole the spotlight. Ingram, who plays both tackle and end in Columbia, enjoyed the kind of game that linemen usually only dream about. A phenomenal athlete for someone his size, he scored two touchdowns, one on an electrifying fake punt and another on a scoop and scoot fumble return. For good measure, the senior recovered an onside kick to secure a Gamecocks victory.
3. The Virginia Tech D
A mild concern during the preseason, Bud Foster’s defense has been terrific through the first two games. Despite playing a pair of dynamite quarterbacks, Appalachian State’s DeAndre Presley and East Carolina’s Dominique Davis, the Hokies have yielded just three total touchdowns. On Saturday, the usually potent Pirates were held to only 112 total yards, including -15 yards on 16 carries.
2. The Tennessee Passing Attack
Renewed enthusiasm about Derek Dooley’s Volunteers can be traced directly back to one source—an aerial assault that’s accounted for seven touchdowns and no interceptions through the first two weeks. Sophomore QB Tyler Bray has raised the bar in Year 2, with considerable help from big-play second-year receivers Justin Hunter and Da’Rick Rogers. In Saturday’s rout of Cincinnati, Bray went 34-of-41 for 405 yards and four touchdowns, two to Rogers and one to Hunter.
1. Michigan (vs. Notre Dame)
For the third straight September, the Wolverines got the best of the Irish. And for the third straight time, they did it in the final seconds of a thriller. Michigan, behind the heroics of QB Robinson, got to 2-0 in head coach Brady Hoke’s debut in Ann Arbor by scoring four fourth-quarter touchdowns, including the game-winner with two ticks left on the clock.
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