1. QB Trevone Boykin (TCU)
Last Week: 21-30, 454, 5 TD, 1 INT
2. RB Leonard Fournette (LSU) Last Week: 19-228 3 TD
3. RB Nick Chubb (Georgia)
Last Week: 21-155-3 (11th straight 100-yard game)
4. QB Cody Keesler (USC)
Last Week: 25-32, 272, 3 TD
5. RB Ezekiel Elliot (Ohio St.)
Last Week: 28-101
Outside Looking in
QB Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) Last Week: 32-38, 487, 4 TD; school-record 572 total yards
RB Derrick Henry (Alabama)
- Ohio State
Only a win (or loss) away
- Michigan State
- BYU received a taste of its own medicine and allows UCLA to mount fourth quarter comeback.
- Riley’s Huskers have a lot of fight, but do they have any teeth? Can they finish one of these close games? Riley is known as a really nice guy, but Husker nation is not going to handle losing this way. I felt that the Huskers will be better this year, but their record may not reflect an improvement. Relax Husker fans, you still have games against Rutgers, Southern Mississippi, Illinois, and Purdue. Losing to BYU and Miami (FL) are not bad losses by any means, BUT, it is the first time in 58 years that the Huskers have lost to two unranked opponents in non-con. Wow.
- There has been a lot of overreaction about the start of Ohio State’s season. Relax. They went from being considered the best team ever to being considered as overrated. Relax. The Buckeyes have been working through these last two games like preseason games. They are still a safe bet for the College Football Playoff. Reports are that Cardale Jones benched himself Saturday against Northern Illinois. This may be the biggest opponent that Ohio State faces this season, a potential quarterback controversy and batting their own perceptions of how they should be playing. This is why it is so hard to repeat and so hard to sustain greatness. There is a lot of pressure for players on great teams to continue to perform at a high level, because the guy behind them is just as good and looking to prove themselves when they get their chance. Some will say such a move is admirable as he was struggling, but the starting quarterback is viewed as the leader of the team, do you really want him benching himself?
- Texas Tech has gained 325+ yards in 43 consecutive games, the longest active streak in FBS.
- Brett Bielema needs to stop talking. He called out Ohio State and then lost to Toledo. This summer he was at a coaching clinic in Texas. He said that teams do not use fullbacks will get their a** kicked by him. Kliff Kingsbury was more than happy to tell this story during his postgame press conference as his Red Raiders won at Arkansas, 35-24. Arkansas gets Texas A&M this week, and another coach is going to beat him without using a fullback.
- The SEC West is a gauntlet yet again. Auburn’s hopes are dashed, their role has turn to spoiler. At the beginning of the season I thought that Auburn and Arkansas were going to play spoilers together and eventually they would determine who the SEC West was going to be. Arkansas looks to have dropped from spoiler to potential cupcake.
- Kentucky blew an opportunity to become a player in the SEC East with their loss at home to Florida. A much needed win for Florida. Now Kentucky is a favorite on Saturday as it gets the offensive offense of Mizzou. Will they finally get a big win, or are they going to continue being a team viewed as improved, but still a pretender?
- Fire Al Golden signs have been flying over their last two home games. Can you imagine the pressure he would have been under if Nebraska could have closed out that game? He is squarely on the hot seat and is 3-0. Rough times for head coaches.
|Things to look forward to:
11 UCLA at 16 Arizona
18 Utah at 10 Oregon
25 BYU at Michigan
19 Georgia Tech at Duke
21 Missouri at Kentucky
17 USC at Arizona State
Tennessee at Florida
Mississippi State at Auburn
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