CFB Stock Report - Week 6

College football's season hit the halfway point with a quieter week than has been the trend recently. There weren't many upsets of note, and the return from injury of the two most recent Heisman Trophy winners went smoothly despite lots of apprehension about it from the media. Here's a look at some of the winners and losers for this week...


Florida's defense -
Some people, including Tim Brando of CBS, seem to be in love with Alabama right now because of the Crimson Tide's stout defense. Saturday night Charlie Strong's guys served up a reminder to those who mistakenly believe Florida is solely the Tim Tebow show just how good they are.  

Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska DT - At the midway point of the season, no one's made a major step toward the Heisman Trophy. Sam Bradford's injury pushed him out of contention, and neither Tim Tebow or Colt McCoy has done anything to wow voters yet. Enter Suh, who put on a show in Nebraska's victory at Missouri on the national Thursday night game. He dominated throughout the game and even had an interception to set up the Huskers go ahead score. Now some national pundits are pushing him for the Heisman. It's doubtful he can win it, but Suh's now the unquestioned front runner for any defensive award this season.  

Iowa - The Hawkeyes remain undefeated after escaping against Michigan, and the BCS computers are in love with them. The Colley Matrix has this team that beat Northern Iowa by 1 and Arkansas State by 3 at No. 1 right now. They're No. 4 in Massey's rankings for this week and were No. 3 in last week's Anderson and Hester (not updated as of this writing). With their schedule, Iowa could easily be 9-0 heading to Columbus for their final road game of the year November 14.  

Thaddeus Lewis, Duke quarterback - Lewis had an incredible day in leading the Blue Devils to a 49-28 rout of North Carolina State. He threw for 459 yards and five touchdowns in the victory. In past seasons there have been entire months that the Duke passing game didn't produce that much offense. Duke needs three more wins to reach bowl eligibility, and with their remaining schedule it's not impossible to imagine them making it.  

Alshon Jeffrey, South Carolina WR - Steve Spurrier's been waiting for another Sidney Rice to emerge in the Gamecock passing game for the past two and a half seasons. With a 138 yard, three touchdown performance against Kentucky, the much hyped freshman South Carolina swayed from USC on signing day staked his claim to being that guy.  


Mike Bobo, Georgia OC -
The Bulldogs defensive coordinator Willie Martinez has been getting ripped mercilessly for the last season and a half, but now the ire of UGA fans is being directed in a big way at Bobo as well. His offense mustered just three points while losing to Tennessee in Knoxville. It's astounding how sloppy Georgia's play has become - they've turned the ball over three or more times in five of their six games this season.  

Penn Wagers's referee crew - Kentucky lost quarterback Mike Hartline for the season on a play that officially never happened. A team of SEC officials led by Penn Wagers had called delay of game, yet did so little to stop the game's action that no one knew it had happened. Hartline had several seconds to drift right in the pocket and was dragged to the ground by a blitzing safety, tearing his left knee's ACL. Oops.  

Boston College - After winning a couple of home games and reemerging as a factor in the ACC's Atlantic Division race, BC got humiliated in Blacksburg. They were down 34-0 to Virginia Tech at the half before Frank Beamer called off the dogs. The Eagles have left Chestnut Hill twice this season and produced minus-22 yards of offense, one first down and zero points in the first halves of those two games.  

Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State WR - From sure Biletnikoff Award finalist to potentially done for his college career, all thanks to Bryant's decision to lie to NCAA investigators about his association with former NFL star Deion Sanders. He could win reinstatement, but an Alabama linebacker dealing with similar circumstances missed six games. Don't expect to see Bryant in orange again anytime soon.  

Press box neurologists - Column after column warned of how irresponsible and dangerous it would be for Florida to take the chance of playing Tim Tebow against LSU. The Gators simply HAD to hold him out for his own safety. For some reason Urban Meyer and Tebow's parents chose to go with the word of trained medical practitioners who had been treating the patient rather than the poignant thoughts of people who've watched a number of very special episodes of ER. Catastrophe did not ensue. Oh well - on to the next overreaction!  


Ron Zook, Illinois head coach -
Zook's Illini are a wreck. They're lost all four of their games against FBS competition this season, none by single digits. Zook made a change at quarterback prior to Saturday's Michigan State loss, benching onetime up and coming star Juice Williams for Eddie McGee. The result? Illinois got down 24-0 before Zook went back to Williams. With four of their seven final games on the road, including a game at Cincinnati, the only question is just how awful a season it will be for Illinois. Zook got a contract extension in the offseason, but it still may not be enough to save his job at the rate the Illini are falling apart.

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