FBS Week Two: Jump on the BCS Roller Coaster!
With one game down in Week Two of the college football season and many more to go, it's time to jump on the BCS roller coaster!
Who will be going up? Who will be going down? Let's see!
Most Likely To Move Up in the Rankings: Georgia Bulldogs (0-1, 0-0)
The Bulldogs and new quarterback Joe Cox ran into a brick wall in Stillwater, also known as the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Thanks to the opening-round defeat, the 'Dogs dropped from 13th to 21st in the rankings.
Now, they head back home for a conference game with South Carolina. The 'Dogs have only lost to the Gamecocks once since 2002 and will be looking to rebound immediately after a tough loss. While SC won its opener against North Carolina State with dominating defense, its offense was nothing to be proud of.
Georgia is faced with a must-win game if it wants to stay in contention for a BCS Bowl, and the Bulldogs will certainly make a significant move upward with a victory.
Most Likely To Move Down in the Rankings: Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-0, 0-0)
At the start of the season, it's difficult to remember any Irish team receiving more hype than this one. Junior quarterback Jimmy Clausen appears to have turned a page and the defense is much improved.
They are also coming off a resounding home win against a challenging Nevada squad. But now, they head to Ann Arbor to face the new-look Michigan Wolverines, spearheaded by wideout Junior Hemmingway.
The Big House is never an easy place to play, but for one of Michigan's most hated rivals, the atmosphere should be nothing short of deafening. The crowd will give Clausen all he can handle, and could very easily force a mistake or two from the signal caller.
Team with the Most To Gain: Washington Huskies
Well, because they quite honestly have nothing more to lose. The Huskies have lose 15 straight games, as nearly everyone in the Seattle area knows. However, that could, and should, change very soon.
After a terrific performance, throwing a serious scare into No. 11 LSU for the majority of the first three quarters, the return of Jake Locker and arrival of coach Steve Sarkisian have already made major impacts.
They now get to face Idaho, which was demolished in a 70-0 loss to Arizona State in its last game with the Pac-10. Not that the Huskies care. A win is a win, and nobody in the country needs one right now more than Washington.
Player with the Most To Gain: Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State
When the best quarterbacks in the country are debated, the name Christian Ponder never is mentioned. His Seminoles are often looked on as that "other" team in Florida. So to say the least, outside of Florida, he does not gain nearly as much respect as he should.
In the Seminoles' home opener with the "U," Ponder's superb performance went unnoticed as Florida State gave up a go-ahead touchdown to Graig Cooper with 1:53 remaining in the game. The 38-34 loss nearly knocked FSU out of the rankings, but they hang from a thread at 24.
Ponder threw for nearly 300 yards, showed great awareness, and was the reason for three of the Seminoles' four touchdowns on the game.
He now gets to throw against almighty FCS Jacksonville State at home. And without a doubt, he will be looking to give Brigham Young's defense all the work it can handle before their showdown on Sept. 19.
Team with the Most To Lose: Tennessee Volunteers
Not many teams did more smack talking in the offseason than Lane Kiffin's bunch. But he might be on to something. The Vols tortured Western Kentucky, racking up over 650 total yards of offense in a 63-7 opening day victory.
Senior quarterback Jonathan Crompton fired five touchdown passes and completed 75 percent of his passes. Their defense is led by one of the nation's best big hitters in safety Eric Berry.
But they face a must-win situation at home against a solid UCLA team. A slip-up this early could obliterate any chance the Volunteers have at making a run in the crowded SEC and also add humiliation before a huge game in the Swamp against top-ranked Florida.
Player with the Most To Lose: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
As the Irish carry lofty expectations, so does Clausen. It might only be Week Two, but the game in Ann Arbor should set the stage for what is to come for Notre Dame this year.
Clausen will be under the gun once more to deliver and validate the high praise he has been receiving. And as he goes, so could Charlie Weis. The junior quarterback needs to show he can win the big game in a hostile environment.
Not that linebacker Obi Ezeh and company needed any more motivation to get to the backfield.
Could Make a Splash: Marvin Jones, WR, California
No, Jahvid Best isn't the only talented offensive player that Cal has. Sophomore receiver Marvin Jones could also make a monumental splash on the Pac-10 race this season. When he came in, the coaches had high hopes for him, but he only caught one pass in his entire freshman season.
Jones, however, was the highlight of the Golden Bears' aerial attack in a 52-13 demolition of Maryland. He made three acrobatic grabs for 74 yards, including a 42-yarder for six.
Cal and Kevin Riley get to dissect Eastern Washington next, which should be a field day for Jones.
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