Who's Hot & Who's Not - Nov. 25
Oregon QB Justin Roper
Oregon QB Justin Roper
Posted Nov 26, 2007

Alabama in November, Oregon vs. UCLA passing, Allen Patrick, Stephen McGee and more in the latest Who's Hot & Not.

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Who’s Hot …

Texas A&M QB Stephen McGee vs. Texas
McGee could go on to be President of the United States, win the Nobel Prize and be People's Sexiest Man Alive, but around College Station he'll be known for beating Texas twice and almost pulling off the upset of upsets against the Vince Young national title squad of 2005. Off the bench three years ago, he optioned his way to 108 yards and two touchdowns in the closer-than-the-score 40-29 loss. Last year, he only completed seven of 13 passes for 58 yards, but he ran for 95 yards and a touchdown in a 12-7 win that ruined UT's Big 12 title dream. This season, with Texas pushing towards a possible at-large BCS game, he ran for 30 yards and a score and threw for 362 yards and three touchdowns in the 38-30 Aggie win.

Oklahoma RB Allen Patrick vs. Oklahoma State
The unsung Sooner running back over the past two years, Patrick has done a nice job of filling in when needed. He got in a little bit of mop-up work against Oklahoma State in 2005 and ran three times for 31 yards and a touchdown. Last year, in place of Adrian Peterson, he tore off 163 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries in the 27-21 win over the Cowboys. Last week, with DeMarco Murray out with an injured knee, Patrick ran for 202 yards and two touchdowns, and caught an 11-yard scoring pass, in the 49-17 win. Next up is Missouri in the Big 12 championship.

Cincinnati QB Ben Mauk
Mauk has been overshadowed in a conference with Pat White and Brian Brohm, but he leads the Big East in passing efficiency and has turned out to be a superstar after transferring from Wake Forest and overcoming an arm injury. After throwing for 431 yards and four touchdowns, with a rushing score, against Syracuse, the senior has completed 61% of his throws for 2,787 yards and 27 touchdowns with just six interceptions on the year (to go along with 335 rushing yards and three scores). He hasn't thrown a pick in has last three games, and he hasn't thrown more than one interception in a game this year.

Fresno State QB Tom Brandstater vs. the Big 12
Brandstater might not be David Carr or Trent Dilfer quite yet, but he has certainly looked like the next great Fresno State quarterback against the Big 12 teams. He completed 21 of 31 passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns in the 47-45 loss to Texas A&M in early September, and he lit up Kansas State last week completing 23 of 29 passes for 313 yards and two scores with a rushing touchdown. Brandstater, a junior, gets to face the Wildcats again next year and faces New Mexico State this week.

UCF RB Kevin Smith
2,164 yards and 25 touchdowns. Again, 2,164 yards and 24 touchdowns. Again, two-thousand, one-hundred and sixty-four yards and twenty-five touchdowns. Oh yeah, and 21 catches for 230 yards and a score. Smith has come up with one of the greatest seasons in college football history that went completely and totally unnoticed. With the Conference USA title game coming up against the porous Tulsa defense, and the bowl game, Smith has a chance to finish with a 2,500-yard season.

Who’s Not …

Oregon vs. UCLA passing
In UCLA's 16-0 win over Oregon, Brady Leaf, Justin Roper and Cody Kempt combined to complete 11 of 39 passes for 105 yards and three interceptions. UCLA's Ben Olson and Osaar Rasshan combined to complete four of 17 passes for 64 yards and two picks, with Rasshan going a Blutosky-like 0-for-7 with a pick. That means between five quarterbacks, the two teams combined to completed 15 of 56 passes (28%) for 169 yards and five interceptions.

Alabama in November
On October 20, things appeared to be coming together for Alabama under Nick Saban with a 41-17 trashing of eventual East champion Tennessee to get to 6-2. After two weeks off, there was an acceptable tough loss to LSU, an offensive meltdown in the loss to Mississippi State, an all-timer of a clunker against UL Monroe, and now, worst of all, a sixth straight loss to Auburn. After going 0-for-4 in November, that means that over the last five years, Alabama has gone 3-13 in November with all three wins coming against Mississippi State.

San Diego State run defense
The Aztec defense has gone from bad to awful, especially against the run, allowing 275 yards to UNLV three weeks ago, then 569 yards and eight scores to Air Force, and then last week, 376 yards and six touchdowns to TCU. That's 945 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns in the last two games alone. Up next is BYU to close out the year.

Missouri punting
The nation's No. 1 team has one major flaw: punting. Adam Crossett really isn't that bad, he averaged 39 yards per kick last year, but the Tigers are dead-last in America in net punting averaging a mere 30 yards per kick. Fortunately for the Tigers, Oklahoma, who has the nation's No. 1 kickoff return unit, only averaged 7.79 yards per punt return.

Tulsa defense
If you want to see a fun and exciting shootout, check out UCF vs. Tulsa in the Conference USA title game. Tulsa's offense leads the nation with 548 yards per game, but the defense has been abysmal over the last two games against Army and Rice, allowing 328 passing yards and three touchdowns, and 491 yards of total offense, to a bad Black Knight offense two weeks ago, and last week allowed 700 yards of total offense, including 541 passing yards, to Chase Clement and Rice. The Golden Hurricane has allowed 400 yards of total offense ore more in nine games with two 500 yarders, a 600 yarder, and no a 700-yard day. UCF cranked out 453 yards in its 44-23 win over Tulsa in October.