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Houston QB Case Keenum
Houston QB Case Keenum
Posted Sep 13, 2009

From UCLA to Cincinnati, to the Virginia Tech running game to Houston QB Case Keenum, Richard Cirminiello shows who the hot players, coaches and programs are in the Week Two Who's Hot.

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By Richard Cirminiello

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Who’s Hot …

10. Cincinnati
The Bearcats missed the cut last week by virtue of a Monday opener, but it’s not too late to sing their praises. Dubbed as a rebuilding year because of the loss of so many defensive starters, Cincinnati has readjusted everyone’s expectations, torching Rutgers and Southeast Missouri State by a combined score of 117-18. It’s been so far, so good for that defense, while the Tony Pike to Mardy Gilyard connection has been unstoppable through the air.

9. The UCLA D
The Bruin offense had very little to do with Saturday’s upset of Tennessee in Knoxville. The defense was the catalyst for the second straight week, limiting the Vols to 208 total yards and no touchdowns over the final 48 minutes. UCLA leads the Pac-10 in takeaways, thanks largely to FS Rahim Moore’s nation’s-best five interceptions.

8. Georgia Tech DE Derrick Morgan
Hidden in the shadows of Michael Johnson, Darryl Richard, and Vance Walker last season, Morgan has erupted into a force for the Yellow Jacket defense. He already has five sacks, tied for tops in the country with Connecticut DE Lindsey Witten and Pittsburgh LB Adam Gunn. In Thursday’s win over Clemson, he was relentless in the pursuit of Kyle Parker, getting to him three times in just the first two quarters.

7. The Virginia Tech ground game
The Hokies have officially found their answers to Darren Evans’ season-ending knee injury. Sure, it was against Marshall, but Tech made a statement on Saturday, cranking out 444 yards on the ground. Of that total, redshirt freshman Ryan Williams had 164 and three scores on 16 carries and true freshman David Wilson had 165 and a touchdown on a dozen carries. Yup, the Hokies are set in the backfield for a long, long time.

6. West Virginia QB Jarrett Brown
He’s not Pat White. Maybe that’s no longer a criticism. The senior has been very sharp in his first two games at the helm, completing 43-of-57 passes for 577 yards, four touchdowns, and a pick, adding 142 yards and a score on the ground. Plus, he carved up a very good East Carolina pass defense in Morgantown, accounting for 407 yards and four scores, while throwing just seven incompletions.

5. Purdue RB Ralph Bolden
Two games into his first season as a starter, the sophomore leads the country with 357 yards and four scores on 50 carries, a whopping seven-yard average per carry. He picked up 123 yards and two scores in the tough loss to Oregon, while also getting involved in the passing game. As the Boilermakers shift to a more traditional attack, Bolden will continue to be the primary beneficiary.

4. Boise’s Defense
A week after cutting out the legs of the high-powered Oregon offense, the no-name Broncos pitched a shutout of Miami (OH), 48-0. In two games, Boise State has given up only eight points and not a single touchdown pass, ranking in the top 10 nationally in scoring, total, rushing, and pass efficiency defense.

3. Texas Gunslingers
In the span of a couple of hours, Houston’s Case Keenum and Texas Tech’s Taylor Potts combined to throw for 822 yards and 10 touchdowns in wins over Oklahoma State and Rice, respectively. Potts accounted for seven of those scoring strikes, shaking off an average debut as Graham Harrell’s successor. The two hurlers meet this week in Houston in a game tailor-made for fantasy followers.

2. The Cougars
Unless you’re at Wazzu, it was an unusually good weekend to be a Cougar. Houston shocked No. 5 Oklahoma State in Stillwater, a bellwether moment for a program that hasn’t made a national imprint in almost two decades. It’s destined to join the BCS buster discussion along with those other Cougars, BYU, which snacked on Tulane, 54-3, in an obvious sandwich game between Oklahoma and Florida State.

1. True freshmen quarterbacks
Ahhh, to be young and completely oblivious to the 100,000 or so screaming fans in attendance. Michigan’s Tate Forcier and USC’s Matt Barkley had two of the more memorable moments ever for rookie quarterbacks ... just a few hours apart. Forcier rallied the Wolverines from behind against Notre Dame, throwing the winning touchdown pass with just 11 ticks left on the clock. Barkley one-upped his classmate later on in the Horseshoe, engineering an 86-yard, come-from-behind touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter. If these kids continue to refuse to act their age, how soon before they face each other in Pasadena? - ... and Who's Not? (Week 2)