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10. Ball State Head Coach Stan Parrish
In one of the stranger numbers in all of college football, Parrish has now gone 34 consecutive games as a head coach without a win. He was the predecessor to Bill Snyder at Kansas State back in the 1980s, failing to win a game in 1987 or 1988. After a two-decade hiatus, he succeeded Brady Hoke, losing last year’s GMAC Bowl and the first six games of this season. Almost 23 years since your last win? Now, that’s a full new level of futility.
9. The UCLA Attack
Well, attack is certainly way too generous. The nation’s 114th-ranked offense has failed to score more than 23 points since the opener with San Diego State. Equally feeble on the ground as through the air, the Bruins have gone the last two games without throwing a touchdown pass. Even with the return of QB Kevin Prince from a broken jaw couldn’t help the team in Saturday’s 24-10 loss to Oregon.
8. The NC State Pass D
Tom O’Brien juggled his lineup during the week, looking for the right combination. It didn’t make a difference. The Pack continues to get carpet-bombed through the air, allowing 10 touchdown passes over the last three games. In Saturday’s brutal 49-28 loss to Duke, State paved the way for a record-setting day for QB Thaddeus Lewis, who went 40-of-50 for 459 yards, five touchdowns, and no picks.
7. The Texas A&M Defense
Aggie QB Jerrod Johnson is good. He’s not good enough, however, to overcome his own youthful defense. In each of the last two weeks, Texas A&M has been on the short end of shootouts, yielding more than 400 yards to Arkansas and Oklahoma State. Yeah, the Hogs and Cowboys can be pretty potent, but what’s the excuse for yielding 521 yards and 30 points to Utah State last month?
6. The Auburn D
The secret is officially out about the Tigers. Yeah, they can score, but the defense is going to be a liability against the league’s better offenses. Arkansas and QB Ryan Mallett, for instance, shredded Auburn for 495 yards and six touchdowns, en route to an easy win. Since playing well early on, the Tigers have now given up at least 400 yards in three of the last four games.
5. Florida State
You can blame just about anyone for the Seminoles’ 49-44 loss to Georgia Tech, except QB Christian Ponder, who almost single-handedly snapped the two-game losing streak with five touchdown passes. Mickey Andrews’ defense continues to be pitiful, giving up 532 yards and dropping into the ACC basement. Who thought they’d ever see that? Just how bad is the Florida State defense? Not a team in the country is allowing more yards per pass attempt than the ‘Noles. Strange times, indeed.
4. The LSU Offense
Yeah, facing Florida has a way of exacerbating a team’s offensive problems, but this has been an issue all year in Baton Rouge. Even with RB Charles Scott, WR Brandon LaFell, and what was pegged as one of the nation’s better offensive lines, the Tigers rank last in the SEC in total offense and have been awful in the red zone. Against the Gators this past weekend, LSU managed just 162 yards and were 1-of-9 on third downs.
3. First-Half Texas
Slow starts are becoming a dangerous trend in Austin. At Wyoming, the Longhorns had just a three-point lead at halftime. Two weeks ago, they needed to rally in the second half against Texas Tech. And on Saturday, the ‘Horns trailed Colorado at the beginning of the third quarter. Now that the schedule is about to get much tougher, Texas might not be so fortunate at overcoming those early deficits and lackluster first 30 minutes.
2. Ole Miss QB Jevan Snead
Would anyone be shocked if news broke that Snead has been playing all year with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder? How else can you explain his seven interceptions over the last two games and No. 11 passing efficiency ranking in the SEC? Five games into the season, the former Heisman contender is still waiting for his first complete game against someone other than Southeastern Louisiana.
Someone cover UGA’s eyes because the situation in Athens has taken a wicked turn for the worse. Already teetering on the brink of mediocrity, Tennessee pushed Georgia over the edge with Saturday’s lopsided 45-19 win. The un-Georgia-like numbers are staggering. The Dawgs are last in the SEC in rushing, last in scoring defense, and last in turnover margin. Mark Richt better start thinking about 2010, which means you might see more of true freshman QB Logan Gray in October and November.
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