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Posted Oct 4, 2009

Richard Cirminiello spotlights who's struggling and sputtering in this week's Who's Not.

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By Richard Cirminiello

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Who’s Not …

10. New Mexico Head Coach Mike Locksley
Let’s see. In a little over a month in his first season, Locksley has yet to win a game, lost to rival New Mexico State, and got into a fight with receivers coach J.B. Gerald. He also has a pending complaint filed against him by a former football administrative assistant with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Yeah, the coach could use a win real bad to stem the tide.

9. Louisville
As the rest of the Big East jostles for position and a possible league championship, the Cardinals are sinking fast. The conference’s only team with no more than a single victory, Louisville has lost three straight to Kentucky, Utah, and Pittsburgh. And it appears to be getting worse as the season develops. Likely favored in just a couple of games the rest of the way, Steve Kragthorpe will have a tough time winning enough games to improve his job security.

8. The Arizona State offense
Cloaked in games with Idaho State and Louisiana-Monroe, the Sun Devil attack is once again going to be a major issue for Dennis Erickson. Inept throughout 2008, Arizona State is once again having problems moving the ball on the ground and protecting the quarterback. In recent losses to Georgia and Oregon State, the Devils failed to rush for more than 100 yards and were just 8-of-31 on third downs.

7. Colorado on the Road
Actually, Colorado at home hasn’t been too spiffy either, but away from Boulder, the Buffaloes are a miserable 2-14 under Dan Hawkins following Thursday’s 35-24 loss at West Virginia. Now 1-3 overall, with the lone win coming versus Wyoming, the math does not look promising for the Buffs to pick up that sixth win needed for bowl eligibility.

6. Purdue
Okay, so no one expected miracles in Danny Hope’s first season as Joe Tiller’s successor, but the current four-game losing streak includes losses to Northern Illinois, Notre Dame in the final minute, and Northwestern ... all in West Lafayette. All of a sudden, the battle for the Old Oaken Bucket at the end of November could decide which school occupies the Big Ten cellar.

5. North Carolina
It’s official. The Tar Heels are not quite ready to compete for an ACC championship. In fact, after watching them score just 10 points in losses to Georgia Tech and Virginia, should we be wondering if they’re ready to compete for a bowl game? While the defense has done all it could, the offense has been dreadful, producing a mere 174 yards and nine first downs in front of a bewildered home crowd in Chapel Hill Saturday afternoon.

4. Oklahoma in One-Point Games
So close, yet so far from national contention. Bookending a couple of shutout wins are a pair of one-point losses to BYU and Miami that’ll keep the Sooners from reaching their highest goals in 2009. Don’t rule out the Big 12, however. If Sam Bradford can return in time for the showdown with Texas in two weeks, you never know what Oklahoma might accomplish once it gets its premier player back in the huddle.

3. Clemson
Hey, maybe Tommy Bowden wasn’t the problem after all. Losers of three of their last four games, the Tigers have slipped below .500 with road games still remaining at Miami, North Carolina State, and South Carolina. Dropping one to Maryland this past weekend was inexcusable. That’s the same Terp team that was blown out by Cal and Rutgers, lost to Middle Tennessee State, and barely escaped James Madison in the previous month. Clemson has way too much talent on both sides of the ball to be mired in this predicament.

2. Florida State
After losing to an average Boston College team, the Seminoles are 0-2 in the ACC for the first time ever. That pretty much tells you all you need to know about the current demise of the Florida State program. Yeah, it might still have that Provo-like moment left in it, but it’ll also be vulnerable in every single game the rest of the way. Once unthinkable, the ‘Noles are staring at a ninth straight season of at least three losses. It’s time, Bobby.

1. California
See you, Bears. It was nice knowing you. Has a No. 6 team ever sunk so far, so fast? Since rising into the national conscience with a 3-0 start, Cal has plummeted back into Sun Bowl contention with back-to-back lopsided losses to Oregon and USC by a combined score of 72-6. Six stinking points from an offense that harbors RB Jahvid Best, one of the nation’s most explosive playmakers. Yup, changes are on the horizon in Berkeley.

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