2013 Who's Hot & Not
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Summa Cum Lousy
The Golden Hurricane, coming off an 11-win season, was downright brutal in its 34-7 loss to Bowling Green. Nothing went right for Tulsa, which was held to its lowest offensive output in four years. QB Cody Green looks as if he’s regressed from his 2012 debut, a concern for the rest of the offense.
Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas
No, not entirely his fault. Yes, Nick Saban’s defenses have humbled plenty of quarterbacks. But 5-of-26 for 58 yards and a pick-six to S Vinnie Sunseri is certainly not the way Thomas wanted to begin his senior year, especially with so many NFL scouts monitoring him like an approaching Category 5 storm.
Is it December yet? South Florida
The Bulls weren’t the only FBS team to bow to an FCS foe. But they were the only one to get obliterated for 60 minutes. In a demoralizing debut for head coach Willie Taggart, South Florida fell to the Cowboys, 53-21, running away from their host with a 31-point second quarter.
Start evacuating the bandwagon of … Kansas State.
The Wildcats have flirted with FCS opponents in the past, but this time they were unable to wiggle out of trouble. The reigning Big 12 champs, who were in the BCS title hunt late in 2012, opened with a crushing defeat at the hands of a very good North Dakota State visitor.
Life after Geno Smith in Morgantown
And receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, for that matter. Even when the Mountaineers struggled in 2012, they could always count on the Smith-led offense to pile up points. On Saturday, the unit sputtered to an un-Dana Holgorsen-like 24 points in a narrow escape of William & Mary.
Team of the Weak: Purdue
No, the Boilermakers weren’t supposed to beat Cincinnati at Nippert Stadium in head coach Darrell Hazell’s debut. But they weren’t supposed to get crushed by five touchdowns, 42-7, either. The lopsided loss marked the worst opening day performance for a Purdue squad since 1996.
Needing a vote of confidence: Connecticut’s Paul Pasqualoni.
Losing to Towson … by 15 points … at home? Really? Hot seat resident Pasqualoni is as good as done in Storrs. The bright spot of this mess? AD Warde Manuel can get a head start on hiring a search firm to find his next head football coach.
You emit a foul and unpleasant odor: The Michigan State offense.
Here we go again. The Spartans’ D was phenomenal in Friday’s win over Western Michigan. But one offensive touchdown, 297 total yards and 17-of-37 passing from quarterbacks Andrew Maxwell and Connor Cook just won’t cut it once Big Ten play begins.
You emit a foul and unpleasant odor II: The Nebraska defense.
The Huskers allowed 602 yards … to Wyoming. Now, Cowboy Brett Smith is a hidden gem in Laramie, but he was unstoppable against the Nebraska secondary, throwing for 383 yards and four scores. For good measure, Wyoming also produced a 100-yard rusher, Shaun Wick. Bank on a tantrum-filled year from Husker coach Bo Pelini.
The Oregon State D
You can’t score 46 points versus an FCS team and lose, even if that opponent is high-scoring Eastern Washington. The Beavers were abused through the air and on the ground by Eagle QB Vernon Adams, who threw for more than 400 yards, rushed for 100 more and accounted for six touchdowns in a 49-46 shocker in Corvallis.
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz
Yeah, Northern Illinois played in the Orange Bowl in January, and is led by dynamite QB Jordan Lynch. The Huskies are also a MAC squad that isn’t supposed to go into Kinnick Stadium and defeat the Hawkeyes. Ferentz has one of the best contracts in college football, a veritable firewall to getting booted for his recent futility at Iowa’s helm.
Jadeveon Clowney’s Heisman Bid
No, this is not an overreaction to Clowney’s lackluster performance in the opener with Carolina. The junior end is fine, and he’s still a dominant force. But defensive players don’t get many marquee moments to impress Heisman voters, so chalk up a gassed Clowney to a lost opportunity in what could become an uphill climb.
So, that’s why Lane Kiffin couldn’t make up his mind between Cody Kessler and Max Wittek. Neither quarterback was in midseason form in the opener at Hawaii, with Kessler being a particularly big disappointment. The pair went just 15-of-29 for 172 yards, one touchdown and one pick versus a suspect Warriors D. Troy needs to get right under center in a hurry.
Aaron Murray vs. top 15 opponents
Murray didn’t play horribly in Death Valley, but he also didn’t throw a touchdown pass against a Clemson secondary starting three new players. Oh, and the senior is now 1-10 all-time against teams ranked in the top 15, a disturbing trend he gets to reverse with this week’s South Carolina visit.
- 2013 Who's Hot ... Week