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Who's Hot & Not ... The Big East's Nightmare
Syracuse RB Curtis Brinkley
Syracuse RB Curtis Brinkley
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Sep 8, 2008


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 | Week 1

Who’s Hot …

Oregon offense
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.

Tulsa QB David Johnson
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 next.

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.

Who’s Not …

The 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.

FCS Teams
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.


Michigan's running game
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.