Who's Hot & Who's Not - Sept. 2
Boston College QB Matt Ryan
Boston College QB Matt Ryan
Posted Sep 3, 2007

The hot and not aspects of the college football world this week.

Who’s Hot …

Boston College QB Matt Ryan vs. Wake Forest

In relief, Ryan completed seven of nine passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns in the 2005 win over Wake Forest. Last year, in a loss, Ryan completed 40 of 57 passes for 402 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions, and then this year, in a thrilling 38-28 win, he completed 32 of 52 passes for 408 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions.

Colorado vs. Colorado State games
Colorado beat Colorado State 31-28 in overtime in yet another fantastic battle in the rivalry. The last five games between the two teams have been decided by a touchdown or less with the Buffs outscoring the Rams by seven points over that span.

Mount Union
The D-III defending national champion rolled up 52 points against Averett on Saturday ... in the first quarter. The Purple Raiders set the NCAA record in a 75-7 win as with a field goal, recovered fumble for a touchdown, a blocked punt for a score, and four rushing touchdowns from Nate Kmic. Mount Union emptied the bench before the opening frame was over.

TCU in close games
Note to Texas this week: get to 18 points. Under head coach Gary Patterson, TCU is 37-0 when holding opponents to 17 points or fewer. Winning is easy when you hold an opponent scoreless, like the Horned Frogs did to Baylor on Saturday.

Ole Miss vs. Memphis games

The Rebels and Tigers might not have played the best games over the last few years, but they've been competitive. Ole Miss has won the last three by a total of nine points after holding on late in a 23-21 victory this week.

Who’s Not …

Big Ten Network Channel 220 for the Big Ten
You've heard of the Sports Illustrated cover jinx, now welcome to Big Ten Channel 220. Not only did Michigan lose to Appalachian State, but later on, Minnesota, a 16.5 point favorite, lost to Bowling Green. The rest of the league went 8-1 by a combined score of 378 to 119 (42 to 13) with the one loss being an Illinois near-upset of Missouri.

Michigan's defense post-Bo
Michigan was rolling on the way to a possible national title appearance thanks to one of the nation's top defenses. Ever since legendary head coach Bo Schembechler passed away, Michigan has gone 0-3 with the defense allowing 108 points (36 per game) with Troy Smith, John David Booty and Armanti Edwards completing 73 of 109 passes (67%) for 934 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Utah QB Brian Johnson
One of the nation's best quarterbacks when healthy, Johnson injured his knee at the end of a terrific 2005 season, missed all of 2006 as it healed, and started out this season well, completing eight of 13 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown early on against Oregon State. He got crunched, suffered a separated shoulder, and is now out for a few weeks. Eventually, he'll get a little good luck.

Minnesota pass defense
Spanning two coaching staffs, Minnesota's pass defense has had more than its share of issues over the last two games. In the last five games against Indiana, Michigan State, Iowa and Texas Tech last year, and Bowling Green to start off 2007, the Gophers have allowed 1,839 yards, or an average of 367.8 yards per game, and ten touchdowns.

Michigan teams outside of East Lansing
Michigan State blew away UAB 55-18. That was the lone highlight for an entire state. Obviously the Michigan loss takes center stage, but Central Michigan (against Kansas), Western Michigan (against West Virginia) and Eastern Michigan (against Pitt) also went into the tank, losing by a combined score of 141 to 34.


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