Pick Six: Six teams in trouble early
North Carolina’s season of great expectations has been undercut
by a couple of NCAA investigations that have left the Tar Heel
short-handed and 0-2.
And just three weeks into the season, Chapel Hill isn’t the only
place where high hopes have turned into hard times. Six more teams
that are already staring at disappointing seasons:
– CINCINNATI. The two-time defending Big East champions said so
long to Brian Kelly, but with Butch Jones taking over for Kelly
again – just like he did at Central Michigan – the transition was
expected to be fairly smooth. Nope. The Bearcats are 0-2 against
FBS teams and their high-powered offense has been low voltage
instead. Cincy has scored 33 points in two losses.
– CONNECTICUT. The Huskies were a trendy pick to win the Big
East because of an experienced roster, solid defense and improved
quarterback play. Well, the Big East is still wide open, but loses
to Michigan and Temple showed UConn still can’t complete enough
passes to win big.
– GEORGIA. The idea that Mark Richt was coaching for his job
this season seemed a bit extreme in August. After an 0-2 SEC start,
the Bulldogs’ first since 1993, that doesn’t seem so outlandish
– HOUSTON. The Cougars had BCS dreams and a Heisman Trophy
hopeful coming into the season. All that is over after UCLA pounded
Houston 31-13. Worse yet, record-setting quarterback Case Keenum
injured his knee making a tackle against the Bruins and is out for
the year. Oh yeah, and Keenum’s backup got hurt and is done for the
season. Now that’s a bad day.
– MISSISSIPPI. The late addition of transfer quarterback
Jeremiah Masoli filled what looked like the most glaring need for
Houston Nutt’s team. Losses to Jacksonville State and Vanderbilt in
Oxford have shown the Rebels have more problems than
– WASHINGTON. When Jake Locker decided to return to Seattle for
his senior season, Huskies fans thought the program would be ready
to win again. Instead, Washington is 1-2 with a loss to BYU (also
1-2) and a beat down at home from Nebraska. In what looks like a
tough Pac-10, it’s hard to see the Huskies getting to .500.