Who's Hot & Not
- Week 8
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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 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
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.
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
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.
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.