Who's Hot & Who's Not - Sept. 16
Kansas QB Todd Reesing
Kansas QB Todd Reesing
Posted Sep 16, 2007

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

Past Hot and Not: Week 1 | Week 2

Who’s Hot …

Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree
The redshirt freshman was considered to be the most talented receiver prospect Texas Tech has had under head coach Mike Leach. He's certainly playing like it so far, leading the nation with 38 catches for 538 yards and eight touchdowns. He caught 12 passes for 106 yards and three scores against SMU, 15 for 188 and two touchdowns against UTEP, and 11 for 244 and three scores in this week's win over Rice. Actually, Crabtree is tied for the lead in receptions with ...

Western Michigan WR Jamarko Simmons
The junior has caught 38 passes for 400 yards and three scores, with 14 grabs for 144 yards and two scores against West Virginia, 14 catches for 158 yards and a score against Indiana, and this week, in a loss to Missouri, ten grabs for 98 yards. If you go back to the regular season finale of last year, when he closed the season catching 13 passes for 172 yards and a score, Simmons has made a whopping 51 catches in his last four games. Central Connecticut State is up next.

Kansas offense
Oklahoma, Florida, Louisville ... Kansas?! Yes, Kansas is among the nation leaders in scoring offense. No, the football team isn't outscoring the hoops team that averaged 78.4 points per game, but after scoring 45 on Toledo, KU is still averaging 53 points per game. How dominant has KU been in its first three games against Central Michigan, SE Louisiana and Toledo? 159 to 20. Florida International is up next before the Big 12 opener at Kansas State.

Cincinnati's defense at forcing mistakes
Florida Atlantic is second in the nation with 13 takeaways in three games. Boston College is third with 11. Leading the way is Cincinnati with a whopping 17 forced turnovers in the first three games with11 interceptions, two more than anyone else, and six recovered fumbles. SE Missouri State lost it five times, with four fumbles, in week one, Oregon State lost it seven times, with six interceptions, in week two, and last week, Miami University turned it over four times in a 47-10 UC win. Marshall is up next.

Missouri in the first half

The explosive Tiger offense has been unbelievable out of the locker room outscoring Illinois 23-6 in the first half (and getting up 37-13 in the early second half), Ole Miss 28-7 in the first half, and Western Michigan 31-3 in the first half last week. However, the Tigers are struggling with their halftime adjustments ...

Who’s Not …

Missouri in the second half

The Tigers might have gotten out to a 37-13 lead against Illinois in the opening week, but thy were outscored 21-3 over the final 21 minutes. Against Ole Miss, they were up 35-7, but were outscored 18-3 over the final 27 minutes and had to hang on. Last week against Western Michigan, they were up 31-3 at halftime, but were outscored 21-7 over the first 16 minutes of the second half to make it close for a while. Next up is Illinois State.

Mississippi State passing
The Bulldogs are 2-1 despite being dead last in the nation in passing efficiency. MSU quarterbacks have completed 39 of 82 passes for 400 yards with one touchdown and seven interceptions. Six interceptions in the opener against LSU was a problem, but last week's win over Auburn had some even uglier quarterback play, with Michael Henig, Wesley Carroll, and Josh Riddell combining to complete five of 18 passes for 41 yards. However, there weren't any interceptions, while Auburn's quarterbacks threw three picks. Up next is Gardner-Webb, who's 22nd among FCS teams in pass efficiency defense.

Notre Dame offense
Yeah, it's piling on, but the futility is too impressive not to note. Notre Dame is averaging 4.33 points per game, last in the nation, 115 yards per game, last in the nation, -4.67 rushing yards per game, last in the nation, 119.67 passing yards per game, last in the nation, and has allowed 27 sacks, last in the nation. Of course, most famously, the Irish are 0-for-13 on scoring touchdowns on offensive possessions. Up next is Michigan State, who's 21st in the nation in total defense and 19th in scoring D.

Minnesota pass defense ... again
The Gophers secondary was here in week 1 after allowing 1,839 passing yards, an average of 367.8 yards per game, over a five-game span. After three games this year, Minnesota is allowing 431 passing yards per game, and has allowed 389 yards per game over the last eight. Only SMU's secondary has been worse so far this season, but it had to play Texas Tech and the new North Texas pass-only attack. The Gophers had to have played Hawaii and Louisville over the last two weeks, right? Not quite. Miami University threw for 418 yards and three touchdowns, while Florida Atlantic, yes, that Florida Atlantic, got 463 yards and five touchdowns out of Rusty Smith last week. If you thought things were bad before, wait until this week when Purdue, and a passing attack that averages 320 yards per game, comes to the Dome.

Kansas State penalties
The Wildcats are sinning at an alarming rate. Second in the nation in most penalties per game is Western Michigan, getting flagged 12 times a week. Second in the nation in penalty yards per game is Texas Tech, losing 107 per outing. Kansas State is taking it to another level, getting flagged 41 times so far, an average of 13.67 per game, for 133 yards.