Kentucky CB Shomari Moore
Kentucky's defense, Chase Daniel, Virginia, Air Force passing, & more in this week's Who's Hot & Who's Not.
Who's Hot & Not
- Week 3
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Baylor and QB Robert
Kentucky? Defense? After three games, Kentucky is giving up just 251
yards and 6.33 points per game allowing two to Louisville, three to
Norfolk State, and 14 to Middle Tennessee. It was almost more against
for the Blue Raiders, but a game-saving tackle on a Hail Mary ended the
drama. Western Kentucky is up next after getting hammered 41-7 by
Alabama last week.
North Carolina WR Brandon Tate
One of the nation's most dangerous all-around players, Tate, a
senior, ran three times for 106 yards, caught four passes for 93 yards
and a touchdown, returned a kickoff 56 yards, and returned three punts
for 142 yards and a touchdown in the season-opening win over McNeese
State. Against Rutgers in a 44-12 win, Tate, ran for 19 yards and a
touchdown, caught four passes fro 138 yards and a score, and returned
two kickoffs 58 yards. Virginia Tech is up this week.
Baylor has its star to build around for the next four years. Griffin
is a high-caliber hurdler, and he's a great-looking young quarterback
who has stepped in and completed 33-of-53 passes for 548 yards and four
touchdowns with no interceptions. Last week he ran for 217 yards and two
scores against Washington State as Baylor won 45-17. On a two-game
winning streak, the Bears play Connecticut this week.
Missouri QB Chase Daniel
It's all working for Daniel and the Tiger offense. Mizzou leads the
nation in total offense, Daniel is fourth in the nation in passing
efficiency, seventh in total offense. In his last two games, Daniel has
completed 39-of-45 passes (87%) for 750 yards and seven touchdowns
without an interception. The Tigers play Buffalo next.
Oklahoma State running game
Navy leads the nation in rushing. That's what Navy does. Air Force
is second, but it's also dead last in passing. Oklahoma State averages
212 passing yards per game, but it's also third in the nation in rushing
cranking out 334 yards per game on the ground. After rushing for 174
yards and three touchdowns in the season-opening win over Washington
State, the Cowboys ran for 379 yards and four touchdowns against
Houston, and last week had three different players hit the 100-yard mark
with 450 rushing yards and seven scores in the 57-13 win over Missouri
State. Troy is up next. The Trojans are seventh in the nation in defense
and is only allowing 78 rushing yards per game.
Losing to USC 52-7 is one thing, but getting bombed 45-10 by
Connecticut is another. The offense is non-existent, averaging a mere
234 yards per game. Only Florida International is worse. The defense,
supposedly the strength under head coach Al Groh, has been equally bad
against the run and the pass allowing 203 yards on the ground and 216
through the air. A road trip to Duke is next.
The Paul Wulff era hasn't exactly gotten off to a rousing start. The
Cougars are 0-3 so far getting blasted 39-13 by Oklahoma State, 66-3 by
Cal, and 45-17 by Baylor. The offense, once a dominant staple for Wazzu,
is 117th in the nation averaging a mere 234 yards per game, while the
defense is 111th in the country and second-to-last in points allowed.
Portland State is un next, and then it's Oregon.
Air Force passing
Air Force is back to being Air Force averaging 358 rushing yards per
game, second behind Navy, and is dead last throwing the ball and 115th
in pass efficiency. So far, the Falcons have completed 11-of-23 passes
for 90 yards and a touchdown with an interception ... in three games.
Against Houston last week, Air Force went 0-for-7 throwing the ball.
Next up is Utah, who's 12th in the nation in pass defense.
June Jones and Hawaii
The breakup hasn't gone well. June Jones's SMU team is 1-2, but 0-2
against FBS teams, losing to Rice and Texas Tech by a combined score of
99 to 34 with five touchdown passes and eight interceptions. Meanwhile,
Hawaii has taken a bit of a drop since the end of last year. In the last
three games against FBS team, Hawaii is 0-3 losing to Georgia, Florida,
and Oregon State by a combined score of 142 to 27. Hawaii plays San Jose
State next week while SMU hosts TCU.
Memphis in close games
Memphis lost its opener against Ole Miss, but the last two games have
been heartbreakers. The Tigers lost to Rice 42-35 two weeks ago by
22 points in the final 6:28 including a pick six for the winning points.
Last week they lost to Marshall 17-16 to go 0-2 in Conference USA play.
Next up is Nicholls State, who has yet to play this year after
canceling its opener against New Mexico State because of hurricanes.