College FB Stock Report: Week 1

What makes college football great is that the results of any given week can radically reshape the year's story lines. After one week worth of games, there are already some clear winners and losers.


BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall -
While the injury to Sam Bradford became the story of BYU's win over Oklahoma, Mendenhall's defense held the Sooners in check throughout. They'd allowed just 10 points before Bradford left just before the half. Mendenhall's record for the last three years is 32-7, but he's been off the radar as one of the sport's top young coaches because of the attention paid to Utah, Hawaii and Boise State the past few years. Not anymore.

Syracuse QB Greg Paulus - The former Duke point guard's decision to play quarterback at Syracuse for his one remaining season of eligibility was viewed as a curiosity at best. Lots of people made jokes about him taking charges in the pocket, or stopping to slap the turf in the middle of a play. When Paulus was named starting quarterback, the expectation was that he would be in for a rough day at the office trying to play the position for the first time in five years against a Big Ten team in Minnesota. Instead, Paulus delivered a solid first effort and nearly led Syracuse to the upset. The day wasn't perfect for Paulus, as he threw an interception in overtime, but he proved he's no punchline either.

Miss State coach Dan Mullen - Sure, an SEC team is supposed to beat Jackson State soundly. The reality remains that Mullen was hired to take over a Mississippi State program that found a way to score just seven on Maine once under Sylvester Croom and lost its opener to Louisiana Tech last year. MSU fans wanted to see offense, and in a 45-7 pounding of the Tigers, Mullen was able to give it to them for at least one night. The Bulldogs under Croom had entire months where they didn't score 45 points.

Notre Dame DC Jon Tenuta - Everyone expected Notre Dame to be able to score on the porous Nevada defense, but shutting out Chris Ault's high powered offense for just the third time in the Hall of Famer's career wasn't anticipated. Tenuta is now the final word on ND's calls defensively after sharing responsibilities last year, and the former Georgia Tech defensive mastermind showed again he's one of the best in the business.

Archie Griffin - Sam Bradford's shoulder injury greatly reduces the odds of him being a factor in this year's awards race. Now only Tim Tebow stands as a potential threat to Griffin's primary claim to fame as the only two time winner of the Heisman Trophy.


Georgia QB Joe Cox -
All through the buildup to the season, Georgia talked up Cox's abilities as a leader. A dismal spring game performance worried some, but the Bulldog staff maintained he was up to the task of replacing Matthew Stafford. Cox got off to a solid start against Oklahoma State, leading his team on a 10-play, 80-yard drive to go up 7-0. On the remaining 51 plays, the Cox led offense scored only three points and gained just 177 yards - an anemic rate of 3.4 yards per play. After a 15 of 30 for 162 yard performance that featured a critical fumble and an interception, it will be interesting to see how much leeway the fifth year senior will be given considering Georgia's brutal schedule.

LSU DC John Chavis - Chavis coming to Baton Rouge as a replacement for last season's ill fated co-defensive coordinator system was supposed to solve the problems with the Tigers defense. Instead, LSU opened by allowing a Washington team coming off a winless season to put up 478 yards against them while never forcing a 3-and-out all night.

Boise State - The win over Oregon, their biggest regular season in program history, got overshadowed by the LaGarrette Blount punching incident afterward. That was bad enough, but then BYU knocked off Oklahoma and immediately moved to the front of the line as a possible BCS buster if they can beat FSU in Provo two weeks from now. The Smurf Turf crew will be relegated off the main stage for the next three months.

ACC Championship Game ticket brokers - One week in and two conference teams have lost to FBS squads. The ACC's one team that had been touted as a national title contender, Virginia Tech, lost to Alabama by 10 and has a quarterback who can't break 100 yards passing per game. The team with the All-ACC first team quarterback lost to South Carolina while putting up just 133 yards of offense. Another bowl team from last season lost at home to Baylor. Face value tickets to the game are on sale now for as little as $25. Good luck with that, guys.


Virginia coach Al Groh -
When you're already considered to be on one of the hottest seats in college football, you can not open the season by losing at home to FCS squad William & Mary 26-14. Cavaliers starting quarterback Jameel Sewell was 10-of-18 for 84 yards with three interceptions against the Tribe. Groh shook up his staff and changed both coordinator spots to buy himself more time after last season. Once you've done that and failed, as so many struggling coaches have in the past, there's only one move left to make.

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