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Who's Hot & Not - Shonn, Boise & Indiana
Boise State CB Kyle Wilson
Boise State CB Kyle Wilson
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Oct 20, 2008


Shonn Greene, Boise State, Virginia Tech and all things Washington and most things Indiana in the latest Who's Hot & Not.

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Who’s Hot …

Rice QB Chase Clement and WR Jarett Dillard
These two keep on pumping out record-setting numbers. Clement has been unstoppable throwing for 2,192 yards and 22 touchdowns with just five interceptions, to go along with five rushing scores. He tore up Southern Miss last week for 444 yards and six touchdown passes, and Dillard was on the other end of three scoring passes. With 54 career touchdown catches, Dillard has been a scoring machine who has gotten better and better. Maddeningly consistent, he has caught 7, 8, 7, 9, 8, 7 and 7 passes per game with at least one touchdown grab in each. Up next is Tulane and the top pass defense in the league.

Iowa RB Shonne Greene
Iowa has been a bit up-and-down this year, but it came up with its biggest statement of the season with a 38-16 blasting of Wisconsin. The star of the show was Greene, the junior back who ripped off 217 yards and four touchdowns to get over the 1,000-yard mark in eight games with eight straight 100-yard games and 10 scores. Up next is Illinois who has been allowing 151 rushing yards per game.

Boise State defense
Boise State is known for being an innovative offensive juggernaut, but this year the run for a second BCS spot in three years is being made with the defense. The Broncos allowed 32 points to Oregon in Autzen stadium, but they haven't allowed more than seven points to anyone else. Boise beat Idaho State 49-7, Bowling Green 20-7, Louisiana Tech 38-3, Southern Miss 24-7, and last week, Hawaii 27-7. San Jose State is up next with an offense that has cranked out 61 points over the last two weeks.

Army RB Collin Mooney

All of a sudden, the Army offense actually works. It took a few games to figure out how to run the option attack, and now it's rolling on the ground led by Mooney, a good runner who was one of the few bright spots early on. Over the last three games, Mooney his run for 187 yards and four touchdowns against Tulane, 229 yards against Eastern Michigan, and 172 yards and two scores in the overtime loss to Buffalo. Up next is a date against Louisiana Tech and the nation's 18th best run defense.

Arkansas RB Michael Smith
Who needs Darren McFadden and Felix Jones? Both of them are hurt anyway. Michael Smith has been waiting his turn, and had to wait a game after being suspended against Western Illinois, and he has been tremendous ever since with 791 yards and five touchdown in six games. The only team that has kept him in check is Texas, holding him to 42 yards. Since then, Smith has rushed for 133 yards against Florida, 176 against Auburn, and 192 against Kentucky. Next up is Ole Miss and a run defense that has only allowed 112 yards per game.

Who’s Not …

All things Washington

Washington is on an eight game losing streak with no signs of pulling up out of the nosedive thanks to the loss of star QB Jake Locker. The defense is the worst in the Pac 10 mostly due to the nation's worst pass rush that's generated just three sacks this year. Notre Dame is up next, followed up by a trip to USC. As bad as the Huskies might be, Washington State might be worse. Talked about as the worst team in Pac 10 history, and in the running to be the nation's worst BCS team, battling with Syracuse for the spot, the Cougars have allowed 63 points or more in three of the last four games. Against FBS teams, Wazzu hasn't come closer than 25 points of a win and has been blasted over the last two weeks by Oregon State and USC by a total of 135 to 13. A trip to Stanford is up next.

Virginia Tech special teams
For a program that prides itself on special teams, they're struggling way too much this season. The Hokies are last in the ACC and 117th in the nation in punting, 112th in the country in kickoff returns, and next-to-last in America in punt returns allowed, giving up a nation-worst three touchdowns.

Indiana & Purdue
With the loss to Illinois last week, Indiana has dropped five straight and has yet to beat a FBS team this season. The Hoosiers have lost to the Illini and Iowa over the last two weeks by a total of 100 to 22. Not to be outdone lately has been in-state rival, Purdue, who has dropped four straight. On the year, the Boilermakers only have one win over a FBS team, Central Michigan, and are 0-3 in Big Ten play. The run defense is the worst in the Big Ten and so is the Purdue ground game, averaging just 116 yards per game. Up next for Purdue is Minnesota, and up next for Indiana is Northwestern.

North Texas defense
The defense did a decent job last week of keeping UL Monroe in check in the second half. Unfortunately, it allowed touchdowns from 69, 54 and 49 yards in the first quarter. The Mean Green is allowing 51 points and 479 yards per game and has the second-least efficient pass defense. Making matters worse is an offense that's struggling to put points on the board, averaging just 17 per game. Next up is Troy.

UCF offense
Last year, UCF averaged 235 rushing yards per game led by 183 yards per game from Kevin Smith, the nation's leading rusher. Overall, the offense averaged 412 yards per game on the way to the Conference USA title. UCF was also second in the high-octane league in scoring averaging 36 points per game. This year, without Smith and with a struggling passing game, the Knights are dead last in the nation in total offense averaging 248 yards per game, just 13 more than than they averaged on the ground alone last year. The scoring attack is also dead least in the league averaging just 17.7 points per game.