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Who's Hot & Who's Not - Oct. 13
Georgia Tech RB Tashard Choice
Georgia Tech RB Tashard Choice
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Oct 14, 2007


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

Past Hot and Not: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4
 Week 5 | Week 6

Who’s Hot …

Northwestern QB C.J. Bacher
Northwestern's defense has gone bye-bye over the last two weeks, but fortunately, the offense has picked up the slack thanks to junior QB C.J. Bacher. After throwing seven interceptions and no touchdowns in an ugly three-game losing streak, he's gone ballistic against Michigan State and Minnesota completing 79 of 106 passes (75%) for 990 yards and nine touchdowns with no interceptions, and he ran for a score against the Gophers.

MAC punters
Talk about the cradle of punters, the MAC is loaded with some of the top talents in the country. Ball State's Chris Miller is an All-America weapon, averaging 47.8 yards per kick, good for second in the nation, while Miami's Jacob Richardson is a shade behind, ranking fourth in America averaging 46.5 yards per kick. Toledo's Brett Kern is fifth in the nation (46.03), Western Michigan's Jim Laney is sixth (45.78), Northern Illinois' Andy Dittbenner is 14th (44.28), and Buffalo's Ben Woods is 29th (43.14).

Georgia Tech RB Tashard Choice
Choice has all but taken the Yellow Jackets on his back over the last three weeks. In the win over Clemson, he carried the ball 32 times for 145 yards and a touchdown. In the loss to Maryland, he caught 32 passes for 135 yards and a score. Last week, he rumbled all over Miami for 204 yards and a touchdown. Next up is Army.

The State of Kentucky vs. winning streaks
The Bluegrass State came up with a couple of big stops this weekend, as Kentucky's triple overtime thriller over LSU halted the nation's longest winning streak at 13. That means Cincinnati had the nation's best streak with nine straight games, but Brian Brohm and Louisville ended that with a 28-24 upset.

Buffalo RB James Starks
Break up the Bulls. Buffalo is a stunning 3-4, and on a two-game winning streak, beating Ohio and Toledo over the last two weeks thanks to sophomore James Starks. The former quarterback and running back has turned into a terror of a workhorse, carrying the ball 36 times for 183 yards and two touchdowns in the 31-10 win over the Bobcats, and 35 times for 244 yards and thre scores in the 43-33 win over the Rockets.

Who’s Not …

The Big Ten
Oh sure, its big dog is number one in the BCS rankings, but outside of Ohio State, the next highest ranked Big Ten team is Michigan at 25th. In the top 25, the SEC has seven teams, the Big 12 has five, the ACC has three, the Big East three, and the Pac 10 has four.

Wisconsin takeaways
Last year, Wisconsin's fearsome defense forced 25 takeaways, and they almost always seemed to be a big deal. This year, the Badger D has only forced five, tying for the second fewest in the country. Only Marshall has fewer. The Badgers only got one fumble recovery in the loss to Penn State, and didn't force any turnovers against Illinois despite repeatedly tackling the ball.

Nebraska's defense
It's not exactly the Blackshirts hanging around Lincoln these days. Nebraska is dead last in the Big 12 in total defense, allowing 457 yards per game, and 106th in the nation in rush defense, allowing 209 yards per game. Over the last two games, the Huskers have been blasted by Missouri and Oklahoma State by a combined score of 86 to 20, giving up 606 yards to the Tigers and 551 to the Cowboys. Up next is Texas A&M.

Ole Miss vs. Alabama
The Rebels lost at home to the Tide 27-24, but that's nothing new. They've lost 15 of their last 16 to Bama, but most painfully, they've lost by three points in each of the last three meetings.

Purdue before the fourth quarter
Everyone wanted to see what the Boilermakers were going to do once the meat of the schedule kicked in. Loses to Ohio State and Michigan have all but ended any Big Ten title hopes, with the biggest problem coming in slow starts. Against the Buckeyes, Purdue got its only touchdown with ten seconds to play. Against Michigan, they got a first quarter touchdown, and then decided to go home, as Michigan ran out to a 48-7 lead before Purdue scored two touchdowns in the final 47 seconds. Iowa is up next.