CFB Stock Report - Week 11

Another week of college football has come and gone with the undefeated squads all staying that way. Behind them, the mediocrity seems limitless. It's hard to find any team that seems to deserve being ranked in the latter part of the top ten. It's just been a disappointing year for the sport overall.

Despite that, there are always some people or teams who stand out - here are some of this week's winners and losers.  


Dexter McCluster, Ole Miss WR/RB -
The 11th highest SEC single game rushing performance now belongs to a guy who runs the ball as a part time job. McCluster went for 282 yards on the ground and scored four touchdowns on Monte Kiffin's much touted Tennessee defense. The senior has been a spectacular performer all year when given the chance, which begs the question of exactly why he wasn't getting the ball much the first half of the Ole Miss season.  

Dave Wannstedt, Pittsburgh head coach - Wannstedt's return to his alma mater as coach has been a lengthy and tedious slog. He finally got the Panthers to a bowl in his fourth year on the job, then proceeded to lose to Oregon State 3-0 in perhaps the dullest postseason game ever played. This year, things are different. Pittsburgh is 9-1 after knocking off Notre Dame 27-22. The Panthers are getting solid QB play from Bill Stull and have an impressive tailback in Dion Lewis. If they're able to handle the Backyard Brawl with West Virginia, then they'll have a showdown with Cincinnati for a BCS berth in three week.  

George O'Leary, UCF Coach - A lot of people thought O'Leary would lose his job after last season, and it seems controversy of one kind or another has dogged his program for years. Just last week, he showed zero class in attempting to kick a reporter - one whose story that upset the coach was unquestionably ACCURATE - out of a postgame press conference. That's why Saturday's win over Houston was enormous for O'Leary. His team is now bowl eligible, and he has a victory over a ranked opponent as well. UCF's destination may be the unremarkable St. Petersburg Bowl, but the win that got them there is likely enough for O'Leary to keep his job for another year.  

Bowl officials - After this week's action 60 teams are now bowl eligible, meaning it's just about certain all the 68 available postseason slots will be filled. Some conferences are taking care of business better than others (the SEC has nine eligible teams for their 10 slots, with Tennessee likely to still get there) while others are having issues (might want to start looking around to fill that 9th ACC slot, EagleBank Bowl). However it occurs, all the bowls should get some eligible team to fill their game. That wasn't looking like a sure thing two weeks ago.  


  Miami -
Once the Hurricanes survived that difficult opening four game stretch at 3-1, everything was supposed to be smooth sailing for them. Then they lost to Clemson, and the division got away. Oops! That's okay though, there was still a shot at a BCS at large spot. Then Butch Davis and North Carlina beat Miami again - the Canes are now 0-4 in Chapel Hill. Oops! But hey, there's still the Champs Sports Bowl!  

College football fans - The sport is just not delivering the kind of high quality games it normally does. After just three meetings of ranked teams this past week, a look ahead to next weekend's games shows only one - No. 17 Stanford hosting No. 25 Cal. It's like we're paying back some sort of karma debt for last season's classics like Texas/Texas Tech.  

Case Keenum, Heisman candidate - After a string of pro-Keenum for Heisman articles in the national media this week, his 15th ranked Houston Cougars proceeded to lose to UCF. It wasn't Keenum's fault - he still threw for 377 yards and three touchdowns while being picked off just once - but non-BCS conference guys have to be extraordinary to win the Heisman. Losing to UCF is not extraordinary.  


It's one thing to lose to Oregon in Autzen Stadium, even if it was in decisive fashion. Getting demolished at home by Stanford, complete with Jim Harbaugh going for two up 48-21, is a whole other issue. Any hopes Pete Carroll's crew had of qualifying for a BCS game as an at large team are now out the window, and their image of invincibility has been severely damaged. The third team from the Pac-10 goes to the Sun Bowl. Enjoy El Paso, Trojans!

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