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
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
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.
College FB Stock Report: Week 1
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