CFB Stock Report Week 2

Week two of the college football season gave us more than was anticipated. Games like Michigan-Notre Dame and South Carolina-Georgia were terrific down to the wire affairs, and USC-Ohio State and UCLA-Tennessee were also tense battles decided late. A top five team got knocked off, and some teams pulled off stunners. Here's a look at who came out ahead and who fell short in week two.


Kevin Sumlin, Houston coach -
Houston was a good program when Sumlin arrived to replace Art Briles last season. He's continued to elevate their performance, culminating with the Cougars first win against a top five team in a quarter century coming over Oklahoma State Saturday. Sumlin will be one of the hottest coaching candidates this season.

Tate Forcier, Michigan quarterback - Leading a comeback drive against Notre Dame in just your second game of college football is a pretty good way to introduce yourself to the nation. Rich Rodriguez may have used three quarterbacks so far, but Forcier is clearly the future at the position in Ann Arbor.

Stephen Garcia, South Carolina quarterback - The much maligned sophomore showed he's capable of running Steve Spurrier's offense effectively after all. Garcia threw for 313 yards and two scores while also leading his team in rushing. Most importantly, through two games this season he's just thrown two interceptions after the Gamecocks threw 27 last season.

Branden Smith, Georgia CB/KR - People were wondering who could be a playmaker for Georgia besides wide receiver A.J. Green. Smith answered the question against South Carolina, displaying blazing speed on a reverse he took 61 yards for a score and wreaking havoc with kickoff returns. Count on seeing more of this freshman with the ball in his hands.

Bill Snyder, Kansas State coach - Most BCS conference coaches who lose to Louisiana-Lafayette are nervous about their jobs. Not Snyder - he signed a five year contract extension Friday off the strength of an opening day four point win against FCS squad UMass. Snyder's going to be seventy next month - interesting choice by K State, to put it mildly.


Jonathan Crompton, Tennessee quarterback -
One week after some Tennessee people were crowing about Crompton's rebirth under the tutelage of offensive wizard Lane Kiffin, the senior threw three interceptions and failed to break 100 yards passing in the Vols loss to UCLA.

Michigan State - Two weeks ago people were marveling at the way things had reversed in the state of Michigan. There was turmoil in Ann Arbor, while the Spartans were making steady progress. Order was restored Saturday, as Michigan took down Notre Dame while MSU choked away a game to Central Michigan.

Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State quarterback - For all his physical tools, Pryor continues to show little ability to deliver consistent play from the quarterback position. 11-of-25 for 177 yards with a key interception and no scores isn't what was anticipated when Pryor was voted Big Ten Player of the Year in the preseason.

Zack Pianalto, North Carolina tight end - Pianalto scored a touchdown for the Tar Heels against Connecticut and then began to celebrate by jumping up and down. He dislocated his foot during the celebration and now isn't expected to play again for a number of weeks.

AP Poll voters - Houston beat Oklahoma State in Stillwater by 10. They controlled most of the game. Houston is 2-0, Oklahoma State is 1-1. So when this week's poll came out, exactly why is it that Oklahoma State was at 16 and Houston at 21?


Dan Hawkins, Colorado head coach -
Big 12 teams can't find themselves down 30-3 by the third quarter against a mid-level MAC team on national TV. As someone once said, "It ain't intramurals!" Hawkins indicated before the season he felt his team was ready to win 10 games. Anyone think the Buffs are about to run the table? Toledo 54, Colorado 38 means Hawkins is done - the only question is when it will happen.

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