CFB Stock Report - Week 13

While all the top teams remain unscathed, this week we finally got some thrills out of what's been a fairly quiet college football season overall. Rivalry week tends to do that. With five of the six BCS conference championships up for grabs in the next week and the Heisman still anybody's guess, the 2009 regular season has saved its best for last. Here's some of this week's winners and losers.


The SEC -
The conference now knows for certain it will have a team competing in the BCS title game for the fourth consecutive season thanks to Florida's domination of FSU and Alabama's narrow escape against Auburn. Ten SEC teams will go to bowls, all having finished above .500 for the season.  

Jerrod Johnson, Texas A&M quarterback - Johnson's Aggies weren't able to knock off their instate rivals from Austin, but he put on a spectacular show as they tried. Johnson was 26 of 33 for 342 yards with four touchdown passes and added 97 rushing yards as well. His team scored 39 points (more than the last three teams Texas had played combined) and Johnson made himself a guy who will be on every Heisman list going into next season.  

Dan Mullen, Mississippi State head coach - Last season Ole Miss pounded Mississippi State 45-0, leading to Sylvester Croom being dumped in favor of Mullen. By winning this year's Egg Bowl 41-27, Mullen proved the decision was a wise one. The Bulldogs finished with a record one game better than last year despite playing a brutal schedule that included Florida, Georgia Tech and Houston in addition to the typical SEC West slate. As Mullen is able to recruit more players who fit his scheme, the future looks bright in Starkville.  

Boise State - The Broncos are just about certain to go the Fiesta Bowl at this point, because someone has to and the entire Big 12 other than Texas has rolled over and played dead this season.  

Larry Porter, new Memphis head coach - Porter has been running backs coach at LSU for the past five years and was considered the top recruiter on their staff. For him to be selected as a head coach after being associated with the Les Miles game management debacle last week, you know Porter has to be a pretty good salesman.   


Mark Ingram, Heisman frontrunner -
The Alabama running back was on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated and had been touted as the leader in the Heisman chase by a variety of voter polls. Playing in a nationally televised game on a Friday with little college football competition gave Ingram the perfect chance to showcase himself. Instead he was limited to 30 yards on 16 carries, with three catches for 21 yards. The sophomore's not out of the Heisman race yet, but he lost a lot of momentum with that performance. If Florida contains him as well, Ingram's chances of being Bama's first Heisman winner are toast.  

Oklahoma State - The Cowboys had their first ever BCS game bid sitting there waiting for them. All they had to do to likely reach the Fiesta Bowl was take care of business against rival Oklahoma in the annual Bedlam game. Mike Gundy's team couldn't even muster a point against a Sooners squad that had already lost five games this season, falling 27-0.    

Pete Carroll, hypocrite - You may remember that Carroll was extremely displeased with Jim Harbaugh's decision to go for two while Stanford was up big on his Trojans late in a game two weeks ago. With the ball at UCLA's 48 and a 21-7 lead, Carroll could have run out the clock. Instead, he had his quarterback throw deep to tack on a touchdown with 44 seconds to go. The classless display nearly started a fight between the two teams, and made clear that Carroll only believes running up the score is wrong when it happens to him.  

Steve Kragthorpe, unemployed guy - In what had been the longest awaited dismissal of the year (yes, even more than Charlie Weis), Kragthorpe was finally let go by Louisville after three seasons. It's hard to understand just how this hire went so wrong. Kragthorpe spent a couple of years as an NFL QB coach before becoming Tulsa's head man. He took them to bowls in three of his seasons there. When he was hired to replace Bobby Petrino at a program that had just won the Orange Bowl, the perception was that it was a good choice. Kragthorpe turned out to be a disaster, winning just five Big East games total in his three seasons. If he gets another head coaching job in the next decade, it will be a stunner.  


ACC football -
The conference appeared to have its first watchable championship game, with both participants expected to be in the top 15 when the game was played. There was the little matter of them playing their in-state rivals first but surely a pair of six win SEC teams wouldn't be able to spoil the party, right? Oops. South Carolina throttled Clemson by 17, limiting Heisman candidate C.J. Spiller to 37 combined offensive yards. Georgia led throughout their game with Georgia Tech, knocking the Yellow Jackets off 30-24 on the road. UF's demolition of FSU made the ACC 0-3 for the day against the SEC. Good seats for the game in Tampa Saturday are still available!

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