Who's Hot & Not - Clausen, Beanie, Hawaii
UL Lafayette RB Tyrell Fenroy
UL Lafayette RB Tyrell Fenroy
Posted Oct 6, 2008

From the unbelievable UL Lafayette running game to Jimmy Clausen, Wyoming to the Hawaii passing game, here's what's Hot and Not.

Who's Hot & Not - Week 6

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Who’s Hot …

UL Lafayette running game & RB Tyrell Fenroy
The Ragin' Cajuns currently lead the nation in rushing averaging 331 yards per game thanks to an epic performance in the 44-35 win over UL Monroe. Including a few big pass plays, ULL had six touchdowns from 52 yards or more on the way to 728 yards of total offense. The running tan rolled for 556 yards with Tyrell Fenroy rushing for 297 yards on 20 carries, averaging 14.85 yards per carry, scoring from
89, 52 and 80 yards out. QB Michael Desormeaux added 149 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, and Jason Cherry ran for 92 yards and a touchdown on two carries. Over the last three games, ULL ran for 414 yards and five touchdowns against Kent State, 335 yards and four scores against Kansas State, and 556 yards and five scores against UL Monroe. Up next is North Texas who has allowed 160 rushing yards per game. Expect that to double.

Ball State RB MiQuale Lewis
Ball State is 6-0 and keeps on rolling on the legs of the diminutive Lewis. All the junior has done is run for 802 yards and 12 touchdowns averaging 5.6 yards per carry. He rushed for 95 yards on 11 carries in the opener against Northeastern, 114 against Navy, 154 yards and two touchdowns against Akron, 166 yards and four scores against Indiana, 116 yards and three touchdowns against Kent State, and 157 yards and two touchdowns last week against Toledo. The Cardinals play Western Kentucky next.

Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen
The hot-shot, golden boy recruit is starting to play up to the hype. He was thrown to the wolves as a true freshman, didn't get any time to throw, and completed 56% of his passes for 1,254 yards and seven touchdowns with six interceptions. So far this year he's doing a better job of taking the safe, easy throws, completing 61% of his passes, and already has 1,248 yards and 12 touchdown passes with six interceptions. However, he hasn't thrown a pick in the last two games and he has three touchdown passes in three of the first five games. The Irish play North Carolina this week.

Florida State RB Antone Smith

For years, Florida State has had a nightmare of a time generating a running game. It was non-existent at best, a complete liability at worst. Senior Antone Smith has changed all of that over the last two weeks rushing for 154 yards and three touchdowns in the 39-21 win over Colorado and 92 yards and four scores against Miami. He ran for 817 yards and three touchdowns last season. FSU's next game is at NC State on November 16th.

Ohio State RB Beanie Wells vs. Wisconsin
No one will be happier if Beanie Wells leaves early for the NFL, where he's expected to be a top ten draft pick if he bolts, than Wisconsin. Over the last two years, Wells has dominated the Badgers with 169 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in last year's 38-17 win, and he was brilliant in Madison on Saturday night running for 168 yards and a touchdown in the 20-17 win. In the two games against the Badgers, Wells has averaged 7.8 yards per carry.

Who’s Not …

Baylor vs. Oklahoma

After beating Baylor 49-17, Oklahoma has run its all-time record against the Bears to 17-0. OU has beaten Baylor by a total score of 646 to 234. That's an average score of 38 to 13.8.

Hawaii passing game
Last season Hawaii averaged 439 passing yards per game and never threw for fewer than 311 yards, even in the debacle in the Sugar Bowl against Georgia. So far this year, with all the key parts gone, Hawaii is averaging 207 passing yards per game and has yet to hit the 311-yard mark. The Warrior only have one 300-yard passing day, and that came against Weber State. Against FBS teams, the Warriors have thrown for 181 yards and a score against Florida, 154 yards against Oregon State, 225 yards against San Jose State, and 170 yards and two touchdowns against Fresno State. How did the Warriors beat Fresno State? They forced six turnovers and ran for 172 yards. Louisiana Tech is up next. The Bulldogs have the nation's worst pass defense allowing 344.5 yards per game.

Notre Dame's red zone offense
Notre Dame is 4-1 but has the nation's worst red zone offense by far. The Irish have the only attack in America that's scoring less than half the time in the red zone, with nine touchdowns and no field goals in 19 trips inside the 20. Only 13 teams are scoring fewer than 70% of the time on their trips to the red zone, while Oklahoma, UNLV, Pitt, Troy and, shock of shocks, Syracuse, have been perfect.

Wyoming vs. the Mountain West
Wyoming beat Ohio 21-20 to start the season and squeaked by North Dakota State 16-13. However, the Cowboys have stunk it up against the Mountain West losing to Air Force and New Mexico by a combined score of 47 to 3, and that doesn't include the 45-16 home loss to a Bowling Green team that just lost to Eastern Michigan. Going back to last year, Wyoming has lost eight of its last nine conference games and has lost six in a row by a total score of 195 to 65. Up next are dates with Utah and TCU.

This was supposed to be the year Toledo was going to become a MAC power again. After losing to Ball State 31-0, the Rockets are now 1-4 with the one win coming against Eastern Michigan and has seen its rushing attack fall off the map. After running for 233 scores and three touchdowns against Eastern Michigan and 297 yards and four touchdowns against Fresno State, the Rockets were held to 94 yards and no touchdowns against FIU and 14 yards against Ball State. A trip to Michigan is up next. The Wolverines are allowing just 109 yards per game.