The race for first coach fired is also heating up, with UNLV being the current leader in the clubhouse but Louisville and Illinois coming up strong on the outside. Here's this week's look at some of the winners and losers from this week.
Mark Ingram, Alabama RB - Tim Tebow's numbers are still unspectacular, Colt McCoy was unimpressive in Texas's win over Oklahoma, and Sam Bradford is out of the picture. With last year's finalists not asserting themselves, someone had to emerge as a Heisman Trophy candidate. Saturday night Ingram did just that, carrying the Crimson Tide to a 20-6 win over South Carolina with a 24 carry, 246 yard performance that included the touchdown to secure the win. The sophomore has rushed for 558 yards against SEC competition in the past three weeks with his yardage total increasing each game.
Boise State - Ridiculous as it is, the Broncos are No. 4 in the first edition of the BCS and moved up a spot in the coaches poll even though they were far from impressive on national TV against Tulsa. Their next two opponents are a pair of teams who are winless in the WAC, so Boise State will just continue to cruise against crappy teams and hang around while schools that play in real conferences pick up second losses like Virginia Tech and Ohio State did this week.
Kentucky - The Wildcats appeared to be on the mat to stay after a tough loss to South Carolina that also saw them lose their starting QB last week dropped them to 0-3 in conference play and 2-3 overall. Instead, UK went to Auburn and beat the Tigers for the first time since 1966. With Louisiana-Monroe and Eastern Kentucky still on their schedule, the odds are decent now that the Wildcats can take care of them and find one more SEC win to keep their bowl streak intact.
Texas Tech - Mike Leach's squad is 5-2 after its upset of Nebraska, Sticks Sheffield is playing well at quarterback, and the rest of their schedule shapes up nicely. Only one of their remaining games is on the road, a visit to Oklahoma State without Dez Bryant. Oklahoma visits Lubbock, almost certainly without Sam Bradford. This Red Raider squad won't ever come close to the attention last year's bunch got, but it may wind up with an identical record.
Ohio State - The Buckeyes BCS title game dreams are done, and even a Big Ten title is now in jeopardy after previously 1-5 Purdue shocked OSU 26-18. Ohio State turned it over five times in the loss, and their offense was so sloppy that they didn't have a drive last more than five plays until the fourth quarter. QB Terrelle Pryor continues to be an enigma - capable of making huge plays at any time but not able to reliably execute the offensive scheme.
Charlie Weis, Notre Dame head coach - The Fighting Irish were competitive with USC this season, something that hasn't been the case the last two years. That's why Weis isn't in the stock delisted category. The reality remains that ND under Weis has dropped five in a row to the Trojans and is 4-11 against ranked opponents. Four and a half years in, what is Weis's best win? Hawaii to finally win a bowl? Edging a mediocre Michigan team in 2005? Sooner or later, you have to win or someone else gets to try. ND should cruise in their next three games, but Pittsburgh, UConn and Stanford in November are all potentially dangerous. Drop two of those three and Weis may be in trouble.
Virginia Tech - No team remaining on the Hokies schedule has a record better than 4-3. All they had to do to have a great shot at the BCS title game was get past Georgia Tech. They couldn't get the job done, as the Yellow Jackets controlled the clock for two thirds of the game, completed just one pass and led most of the way. VT falls into a three way divisional tie with GT and Miami, and should things remain that way at the end of the season would likely lose the tiebreaker to a Hurricanes squad they beat earlier in the season.
Bobby Hauck, Montana football coach - After the Montana student newspaper published a story about two football players being involved in assault outside a fraternity house, Hauck began refusing to take questions from the student reporters. His team is refusing to speak with the paper as well, with a player telling them it was ordered by the coach. The facts of the piece are not in dispute (according to the Missoula area non student newspaper) meaning Hauck is being a bully toward students whose only offense was doing their job well. He and the university should be ashamed of his conduct, and someone in Montana's administration should tell him to stop it at once.
Sam Bradford, Oklahoma QB - Bradford might have been the top player chosen in last year's NFL Draft but came back to chase a national championship after coming so close in 2008. After battling back from his opening game shoulder injury only to have it happen again early in the Sooners loss against Texas, there's little incentive for Bradford to risk playing again. The Sooners have three losses, so any thoughts of a big season are dashed. It's a shame, but last year's Heisman winner will apparently be a non-factor in 2009.
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