2013 Who's Hot & Not
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Summa Cum Lousy
Is it December yet? Miami University
There's bad this year, and then there's RedHawks bad. Miami continues to struggle to attain a level of competitiveness after getting ripped by Illinois, 50-14. No single stat encapsulates this winless program better than third-down conversions. The RedHawks rank last nationally, converting an unthinkable 5-of-51 tries through four games.
Start evacuating the bandwagon of … San Jose State QB David Fales.
While he certainly hasn’t been helped by drops, Fales so far hasn’t been the same player he was during his breakout 2012 campaign. Friday night versus Utah State was a microcosm of the future pro’s struggles. Getting thoroughly outplayed by Aggie Chuckie Keeton in a 40-12 loss, Fales made some NFL throws, but completed just 25-of-48 passes for 314 yards, no touchdowns and two picks.
The Tulsa Backfield
The Hurricane began the season with what appeared to be the best backfield in Conference USA. So far, everyone has disappointed, from ever-erratic QB Cody Green to backs Trey Watts and Ja’Terian Douglas. Watts and Douglas aren’t getting much help up front, but they’re also putting the ball on the ground, and are off to the worst starts of their careers.
TCU DE Devonte Fields
If there really is such a thing as a sophomore slump, Fields is currently enduring one. The 2012 Big 12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year was suspended for the first two games, played well in a loss to Texas Tech, but is now out with a foot injury that sidelined him for Saturday’s SMU visit. Fields could be out for a while, raising the possibility that his entire second year might end up being a wash.
South Florida DE Aaron Lynch
The consensus is that Lynch, the Notre Dame transfer, has the potential as a pass rusher to star on Sundays, but where has the production been in Tampa? A microcosm of the Bulls' problems this season, Lynch quietly had two stops in Saturday's blowout loss to Miami, and he has yet to register a sack through four games.
Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees
You can't throw three interceptions, including a pick-six to start the game, and expect to beat a quality opponent, such as Oklahoma. Rees has struggled mightily the last two weekends against the quality defenses of Michigan State and OU, completing just 23-of-58 passes for 246 yards, three touchdowns and those three picks. As expected, you are sorely missed, Everett Golson.
Team of the Weak: North Carolina
So much for Carolina exploding out of NCAA probation this season. The Tar Heels are now 1-3 following back-to-back losses to Georgia Tech and East Carolina. This past weekend, they were embarrassed at home by the Pirates, 55-31, allowing 36 first downs and more than 600 yards. Carolina was simply defenseless against QB Shane Carden and his receivers.
Every day that head coach Paul Pasqualoni gets paid by UConn, it's akin to a bank heist. The winless Huskies have now been blown out by both Towson and Buffalo. The Bulls rolled Saturday afternoon, 41-12, creating five turnovers, while limiting Connecticut to just 220 total yards. The silver lining is that AD Warde Manuel can get a head start on locating Pasqualoni's successor.
Needing a vote of confidence: Virginia offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild
Mike London brought Fairchild to C’Ville to light a spark under the Cavalier offense, but so far, he’s shown no signs of delivering. Virginia is averaging just 11 points in three games with FBS opponents. This past weekend, the ‘Hoos managed just a field goal in a loss to Pitt. You know, the same Pitt D that yielded 55 points a week earlier to Duke.
You emit a foul and unpleasant odor: The Arizona Passing Game
The more B.J. Denker struggles to complete passes downfield, the easier it is for opposing defenses to slow down star RB Ka’Deem Carey. The ‘Cats completed just 14-of-37 passes for 119 yards, no touchdowns and two picks in rain-soaked Seattle. Arizona is now 119th nationally in passing efficiency, despite having sparred with teams from Northern Arizona, UNLV and UTSA.
The once-nasty D allowed 62 points for the second time in the last 10 games to start the year 0-2 in Pac-12 play. Star WR Marqise Lee went down with a knee injury. Head coach Lane Kiffin was fired a few hours later. Short of getting slapped with another postseason ban from the NCAA, things can’t possibly get much worse at USC than they are right now.
- 2013 Who's Hot ... Week