... and Who's Not (Sept. 13)

Posted Sep 13, 2009

From Juice to Carolina, Bill Snyder to Colorado, who's fizzling and flaming out after Week Two? Richard Cirminiello points out who's struggling in this week's Who's Not.

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By Richard Cirminiello

- ... and Who's Hot? (Week 2)

Who’s Not …

10. The Penn State O-line
Let’s just say that the Nits are fortunate the schedule began with visits from Akron and Syracuse. Breaking down the film on those two victories reveals a front wall that’s having trouble getting off and maintaining its blocks. It’s not Evan Royster’s fault that the offense is averaging just 3.3 yards a carry and is 94th nationally on the ground. Penn State better find answers in the trenches because the Big Ten schedule begins in two weeks.

9. The Carolina offense
Okay, so the weather wasn’t great and Connecticut can be feisty, but no points in the first 49 minutes? The Tar Heels were fortunate to get out of the Nutmeg State with win No. 2, needing a safety on a holding penalty for the margin of victory. They averaged less than a yard per carry against the Huskies, which won’t cut it in the suddenly deep and uber-competitive ACC Coastal.

8. Illinois QB Juice Williams
So much for this being the exclamation point in an up-and-down career for Williams in Champaign. His senior year has begun with a no-touchdown, 37-9 spanking at the hands of Mizzou and a quadriceps injury that cut short his night in the first quarter of Saturday’s rout of Illinois State.

7. Maryland’s Ralph Friedgen
The Fridge already knows that his successor on the sidelines will be current offensive coordinator James Franklin. Many around College Park are starting to hope that the assistant doesn’t have to wait much longer to shed the coach-in-waiting label. A week after getting ambushed by Cal, the Terrapins needed overtime to get past James Madison.

6. Marshall
It turns out that the Herd’s opening-day tussle with Southern Illinois was a sign of much bigger problems. Those issues got highlighted in Blacksburg throughout an embarrassing 52-10 loss to Virginia Tech. Marshall wasn’t supposed to beat the Hokies, but allowing more than 400 yards on the ground and 600 yards of total offense is no way to improve the tenuous job security of head coach Mark Snyder.

5. Tennessee QB Jonathan Crompton
When does Western Kentucky come back to Knoxville? Faced with a much tougher test in Week 2, Crompton reverted back to last year’s sketchy form, going 13-of-26 for 93 yards, no touchdowns, and three picks in a 19-15 loss to UCLA. With Florida in the on-deck circle, the senior better have a short memory and thick skin.

4. The Virginia offense
Hey, everyone needs a job and a paycheck, but Gregg Brandon has to be second-guessing his decision to take the controls of this offense. The Cavaliers are 112th nationally in total offense and have twice as many turnovers as touchdowns. TCU put the ‘Hoos in a headlock Saturday, blanking them before yielding a pair of garbage time touchdowns in the final four minutes.

3. Florida State’s running game
Okay, there was a hangover from Monday’s excruciating loss to Miami. That’s understandable. Gaining 78 yards rushing and needing a fourth quarter rally to defeat Jacksonville State at home? That’s inexcusable. After two games, the Seminoles are No. 99 nationally on the ground, picking up only 3.3 yards a pop. Maybe Rick Trickett’s young offensive line needs more time to gel than many of us anticipated.

2. Colorado
Yikes. Raise your hand if you thought Dan Hawkins would have the Buffs headed in the proper direction by his fourth season. Yeah, same here. However, things have gone from bad to worse in Boulder, marked by an 0-2 start that no one saw coming. Colorado dropped the opener to rival Colorado State and then got shredded by Toledo, 54-38, making Rocket QB Aaron Opelt look like a Heisman front-runner.

1. Bill Snyder: The Sequel
It’s early, of course, but could Snyder’s coming-out-of-retirement party started any worse? Fortunate to survive Massachusetts in Week 1, Kansas State lost to Louisiana-Lafayette of the Sun Belt Conference, 17-15, this past weekend. Brutally inefficient on third down, the Wildcat offense went more than three quarters without scoring a point on the Ragin’ Cajuns. For Snyder, maybe that gig with the Legends Poll wasn’t so bad after all.
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