Who's Hot & Not ... The Big East's Nightmare
Syracuse RB Curtis Brinkley
The Big East is worse than you think. The first two weeks of the season has been a total nightmare for Curtis Brinkley and the league, and wait until you see why. The Big East isn't hot, but the Oregon offense and Tulsa's David Johnson are. Check out Who's Hot and Who's Not this week.
Who's Hot & Not
- Week 2
Past Hot and Not:
2007 Hot & Not |
Tulsa QB David
The Ducks lost Dennis Dixon, Jonathan Stewart, and can't keep their
quarterbacks 100% healthy ... it doesn't matter. The offense leads the
nation after two weeks after averaging 592 yards per game against
Washington and Utah State while putting up 110 points. The ground game
is currently fourth in the nation averaging 332 yards per game, while
the passing attack is averaging 260 yards per game. A trip to Purdue is
up next in what should be a wild shootout.
Texas QB Colt McCoy
Maybe it's because he isn't flashy, but McCoy has been lost a bit in
the shuffle of tremendous Big 12 quarterbacks. Meanwhile, after two
games against Florida Atlantic and UTEP, the junior has shown he's as
good as anyone in the conference completing 44-of-58 passes for 504
yards and seven touchdowns with an interception. He has also rushed for
111 yards and a score. Arkansas is up next.
How was Tulsa supposed to go on after losing Paul Smith from the
nation's leading offense? Enter David Johnson, a senior who leads the
nation in passing efficiency completing 45-of-57 passes for 750 yards
and nine touchdowns, after throwing for six scores against North Texas,
and has run for a touchdown. New Mexico is up next.
Ball State QB Nate Davis to WR Dante Love
Davis has been the real deal after two games completing 81% of his
passes for 616 yards and seven touchdowns with two interceptions. His
top target, as expected, has been Dante Love, who caught nine passes for
171 yards and a touchdown against Northeastern and followed it up with a
nine-catch, 165-yard, two touchdown day against Navy. Love has also run
for two touchdowns. The Cardinals kick off the MAC season with Akron
Bob Stoops at home
TCU 17-10 in 2005, and Oklahoma State 16-13 in 2001. Those are the
two losses Oklahoma has suffered at home in the Bob Stoops era going
55-2 after last week's 52-26 win over Cincinnati. The remaining Sooner
home games are against TCU, Kansas, Nebraska and Texas Tech.
Big East (again)
It keeps getting uglier and uglier. After West Virginia's loss to
East Carolina, the Big East is just 8-7 overall. Dig a little deeper.
Five of those wins came against FCS teams, two of the FBS wins came in
overtime (Connecticut over Temple and South Florida over UCF), and the
one non-overtime win over an FBS team was Pitt's struggle with Buffalo.
The Big East is 0-3 against BCS conference teams, and if you add the
Rutgers loss to Fresno State (at home, no less) and the West Virginia
loss to the Pirates to the mix, the Big East lost its five games against
good teams by a total of 157 to 48, or an average of 31 to 9.6 per game.
The cupcakes have been sweet and tasty. The non-FBS teams, D-IAA to
you and me, went an impressive 2-53 against the big league over the
first two weeks. One win was New Hampshire over an Army team that might
be the worst among the FBSers, and the other was Cal Poly's win over a
woeful San Diego State.
The Wolverines were expected to have problems with their passing game,
and they do, and the spread wasn't exactly supposed to be West
Virginia-like running the ball (or at least the one that didn't play
East Carolina), but at least the offense was supposed to be able to run
the ball. It's not like Utah and Miami University have world-beater
defenses, yet Michigan has only been able to run toe ball for a total of
214 yards. After just two games, Michigan is last among all Big Ten
teams in every major offensive category.
Texas Tech penalties
Texas Tech came up with 18 penalties for 169 yards in the
season-opening win over Eastern Washington, and while it might be a
positive to cut a negative problem in half, committing nine penalties
for 81 yards against Nevada isn't a plus. Georgia (20) and Utah (23) are
the only other teams to have committed 20 or more penalties so far.
Boston College has committed two in two games.
Superstar pass rushers
Diyral Briggs, Bear Woods, Dexter Davis, Aaron Tevis ... these are your
nation's sack leaders after two weeks (at least in sacks per game). The
star pass rushers have had a tough go so far. Kansas State's Ian
Campbell and Marshall's Albert McClellan have been invisible, South
Florida's George Selvie has yet to register a sack, Ole Miss star Greg
Hardy has been out hurt, Indiana's Greg Middleton was suspended for the
season opener, and Penn State's Maurice Evans was suspended for the
Oregon State game.