2014 Who's Not ... Week 3
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Is it December yet? South Florida
Georgia Southern came within a point of beating NC State. Old Dominion lost to the Pack by 12 points. The Bulls, however, were demoralized by Dave Doeren’s team—in Tampa—49-17. The D couldn’t stop QB Jacoby Brissett or the running game, and the USF quarterback situation is once again in a state of disrepair. Progress in Willie Taggart’s second season is going to come in incremental stages.
Being Voted Off College Football Island: Rutgers QB Gary Nova
The Scarlet Knights did enough to beat Penn State in their ballyhooed first Big Ten game. Nova, unfortunately, did more than enough to rain on the Rutgers parade. The old Nova, the one who forces throws, reared his ugly head in Piscataway, throwing five interceptions to negate all of the good his team did on defense. It’s not as if Kyle Flood has a ready-made answer sitting on the bench, but could it get any worse at the position?
Heisman Nopeful: UCLA QB Brett Hundley
A Bruin quarterback starred in the showdown with Texas in Arlington … and it wasn’t Hundley. The UCLA junior, who’s had a rocky start to the season, injured his left elbow early on, opening the door for Jerry Neuheisel to become a folk hero in Westwood. There’s still time for Hundley to restore his campaign, provided he’s ready for Arizona State in two weeks.
Turns out a soft schedule alone won’t be enough to make the Hawkeyes a factor in 2014. A week after narrowly escaping Ball State, which lost on Saturday to Indiana State, the Iowa bowed to winless rival Iowa State at Kinnick Stadium. The offense was feeble on Saturday, reaching the end zone just one time over the final three quarters.
Start evacuating the bandwagon of … Houston
It was just a few weeks ago that the Cougars appeared to have one of the best talent mixes among Group of Five schools. Flash forward to today, and Houston is in trouble. It’s played poorly in two games with FBS opponents, beginning with a blowout loss to UTSA. And don’t be fooled by Thursday’s 33-25 loss to BYU, which was far more one-sided than the score indicated.
Team of the Weak: Ball State
The Cardinals lost a heartbreaker to Iowa last week. And then they allowed the Hawkeye game defeat them again this week. In uncharacteristic fashion for a Pete Lembo-coached team, Ball State didn’t show up in a 27-20 loss to Indiana State. The Sycamores are improving, no doubt, but they have no business getting out of Muncie with a win over an FBS team.
You emit a foul and unpleasant odor: The UConn O-line
Whoever takes snaps for the Huskies this season deserves battle pay. UConn quarterbacks have already been sacked 15 times through three games, including eight by Boise State alone on Saturday. Chandler Whitmer actually played rather well, considering how often he got knocked around by Mat Boesen, Kamalei Correa and Beau Martin.
Needing a vote of confidence: Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship
It’s one thing to lose to Florida Atlantic on a night when the field is named in honor of program architect Howard Schnellenberger. But the Hurricane should never lose to this opponent, 50-21. That’s 50 points yielded to a team that began the weekend having scored just one touchdown in the first two games. Tulsa had lapses everywhere, the sign of a team that could be headed to another three-win campaign.
Central Arkansas and UTEP began to pull the curtain back in the first two weeks, but stopped short of upsetting the Red Raiders. Arkansas, and its physical running game, thoroughly exposed Kliff Kingsbury’s team on Saturday. Hog backs Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams trampled the Texas Tech defense for six touchdowns and more than 350 combined rushing yards. It could be a tough year in Lubbock for the Red Raiders.
The Big Ten (yes, again)
Life in the Big Ten wasn’t as bad as it was in Week 2. But it was still pretty bad. Illinois got pounded by Washington. Iowa fell to Iowa State. Minnesota was no match for TCU. Maryland lost at home to West Virginia. And Indiana was the MAC’s third Big Ten victim, losing to Bowling Green. The Big Ten has dropped 10-of-11 games with Power Five opponents this season, a futile beginning to the 2014 campaign.
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