2014 Who's Not ... Week 4
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Is it December yet? UNLV
After stabilizing his job security in Las Vegas, fifth-year head coach might be headed right back on probation. After being battered by stumbling Houston, the 1-3 Rebels have now lost three games by at least two touchdowns. And their lone win was a 13-12 escape of FCS Northern Colorado. UNLV is back to being what it always is—a fun campus destination for West Coast kids who don’t recruited by the Pac-12.
Being Voted Off College Football Island: Florida QB Jeff Driskel
Sure, it was just one game, but Saturday’s effort in Tuscaloosa was shades of the old Driskel. You know, the coach killer whose execution as a passer doesn’t match his physical ability. Driskel went 9-of-28 for 93 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, too often sailing throws or driving them into the turf. New offensive coordinator Kurt Roper is better than what he got from his main pupil in Week 4.
Heisman Nopeful: Florida State QB Jameis Winston
The Seminoles won’t have a ton of marquee moments during the regular season. A visit from Clemson on national TV was one of them. But instead of leading the team in the huddle, Winston was cheering on Sean Maguire from the sidelines, the result of another immature off-field act. The reigning Heisman winner will need to be otherworldly—and church-mouse quiet—to have any shot of being back in New York City this December.
Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett
One of the game’s most explosive all-around weapons has been unusually tame through three games. Lockett has just 13 catches for 190 yards and one touchdown, and he’s yet to bust loose on special teams. Even worse, he was a part of the problem in Thursday’s six-point loss to Auburn. Lockett caught just six balls for 45 yards, while having a sure touchdown bounce off his chest and into the waiting arms of Tiger Jonathan Jones.
Start evacuating the bandwagon of … Virginia Tech QB Michael Brewer
It looks as if the quarterback who helped defeat Ohio State in Columbus in Week 2 will only show up sporadically this season. Brewer has been shaky the past two weeks, Hokie losses to East Carolina and Georgia Tech, and he’s now thrown more interceptions than touchdowns. Against the Yellow Jackets Saturday, he was picked off three times, raising more concerns about his ability to lead the offense.
Team of the Weak: North Carolina
East Carolina is good, like Power Five good. But 70 points and 789 total yards to the Pirates? Those numbers would be barely acceptable over the course of two games. In truth, the Tar Heels were living a lie as a ranked team even before making the trip east on 264 to Greenville. They were shaky against Liberty in the opener, and needed to rally to beat San Diego State at home two weeks ago.
You emit a foul and unpleasant odor: The Miami D
Mark D’Onofrio is tight with head coach Al Golden, but if the coordinator survives another season with the Canes, both ought to be canned by the administration. Defensive breakdowns have been a recurring theme at Miami, with D’Onofrio justifiably getting the most heat. His unit knew what Nebraska was bringing Saturday night, yet still had not of slowing down RB Ameer Abdullah or QB Tommy Armstrong Jr.
You emit a foul and unpleasant odor II: The Oregon O-Line
Injuries are catching up the Duck front wall, which got schooled by, of all teams, Washington State on Saturday night. Oregon had no answers for the Cougar blitzes, yielding 11 tackles for minus yards and an unimaginable seven sacks. It’s a good thing the visitors have Marcus Mariota, who calmly led his team out of a potential landmine with five touchdown passes and 387 total yards.
Needing a vote of confidence: Troy coach Larry Blakeney
It’s been a great run for Blakeney, who’s remarkably been at Troy for almost a quarter-century. But it’s time for a change at the top for the Trojans. Troy hasn’t enjoyed a winning season since 2010, and it’s being passed by too many Sun Belt programs. The team has lost its first four games, including Saturday’s 66-0 demolition at the hands of Georgia, and last week’s home loss to FCS Abilene Christian.
The Atlantic Coast Conference lost a big chunk of its cache in Week 4. The franchise, Florida State, was unremarkable in slipping past equally inconsistent Clemson. One-time Coastal Division favorite fell for the second straight week. And the league went 3-5 in non-conference games with FBS opponents. Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia, North Carolina and Miami all failed in bouts against quality teams.
On a night when Jameis Winston was unavailable, and the Tigers controlled the line of scrimmage, Clemson had to close the deal with Florida State. It didn’t, and it’ll haunt the team for the rest of the season. The Tigers missed two field goals, outgained the Noles by almost 100 yards and squandered a fourth-quarter lead. And yet, they still controlled the game until RB C.J. Davidson fumbled at the FSU 15 with two minutes left in regulation. It was a punch in the gut that Clemson will feel all year.
Brady Hoke and Will Muschamp
Ann Arbor and Gainesville were hot seat central throughout the offseason. Still are. Michigan has come off the tracks, making Hoke’s ouster almost seem inevitable. The Wolverines did not score an offensive touchdown in their two losses to Notre Dame and Utah. The clock is ticking on Muschamp as well after his team was outclassed by Bama. Offense has been Muschamp’s issue at Florida, but his D allowed 645 yards to the Tide, the most ever by a Gator team.
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