|Heisman Favorites1. RB Leonard Fournette (LSU): 20-158-1
2. QB Trevone Boykin (TCU): 20-30, 301 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT; 11-124-2 rushing
3. RB Ezekiel Elliot (Ohio St.): 21-106-2, 6-47 receiving
4. WR Corey Coleman (Baylor): 7-102-2
5. WR Josh Docston (TCU): 8-155-2
Outside Looking in
· QB Chad Kelly (Ole Miss): 24-33, 384 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
|Playoff Predictions1. Ohio State
Only a win (or loss) away
· Michigan State
- Urban Meyer has had three separate 20-game winning streaks in his career. He is one game way from his fourth.
- Tennessee has not been able to hold on to leads this season, then they fixed that by deciding to play from behind and comeback and win. That was a bold strategy and it paid off.
- Baylor wideout Cory Coleman has 13 touchdowns; Kansas as a team (offense, defense, and special teams) has 12.
- Michigan became the first FBS team to record three straight shutouts since the 1995 Kansas State Wildcats. Michigan is playing the best football in the B1G, and is arguably playing as well as anyone in the nation.
- Baylor has scored 321 points in its first five games, most by any team school 1937.
- Is there a better name for a Northwestern football player than Clayton Thorson?
- Leonard Fournette became the 10th player with 1,000 yards in his first 5 games.
- Kansas State led TCU by 18 points at the half. Entering Saturday, FBS teams were 241-0 with a 2nd half lead of 18+ points this season. Last week the Wildcats snapped a 41-game winning streak when they lead at halftime under Bill Snyder. It is okay K-Staters, you could be Husker fans.
- Nebraska is three first downs away from being 5-1. They ranked 124th in the country at converting third and 4 or shorter this season. Not something you would expect from Nebraska. The Huskers are 2-4 and endanger of not making a bowl game.
- Steve Sarkisian accepts a leave of absence and is later fired by USC. Football aside let’s hope that Sark gets the help he needs.
- Steve Spurrier announced Monday that he is retiring, which he later declared was a resignation, effective immediately. This is only a surprise because of the timing of the announcement. I did not expect the Ol’Ball coach to return to Columbia for another season.
- With Spurrier’s resignation, Mizzou’s Gary Pinkel, and Snyder, are second on the active wins list (190) behind only Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer – all Hall of Famer’s. Pinkel is now the only head coach that is the all-time wins leader at two different schools (Toledo, Mizzou).
- Scary that schools are experiencing coaching changes this early in the season. Fans should be rooting against Eagles in hopes of Chip Kelly coming back to the college game. I think Texas, USC, and South Carolina will be interested.
- Speaking of Texas, apparently Charlie Strong thinks beating Oklahoma is equivalent to winning a national title. I know it is a big win, but let’s settle down. Texas beating Oklahoma is a big deal, but as the coach you are expected to have National Championship level success. Let the fans celebrate like they are surprised and relieved, you need to act like you expected to win, because you coach at Texas and are expected to win.
- Florida QB Will Grier suspended one calendar year for PED usage. We were all wondering how Florida all of a sudden got quality quarterback play. But, that defense is sick.
Things to look forward to:
- UCLA at Stanford – With USC and Oregon out of the picture this game just got bigger.
- Ole Miss at Memphis – A regional rivalry, this should be a lot of fun. Memphis could go undefeated with a win, which would put them in playoff contention, if there were multiple, two-loss teams. Memphis, however, struggles to defend the football. Was now-Mizzou D Coordinator that big of a deal for them?
- Iowa at Northwestern – B1G West championship game.
- Alabama at Texas AM – Saban still remembers Manziel running wild on them and will make this team pay.
- Michigan State at Michigan – B1G semi-final the winner gets Ohio State. Dantonio and Harbaugh should be as much fun as Harbaugh-Meyer.
- Florida at LSU – No Will Grier, but Florida’s defense vs Fournette makes this fun.
- Arizona State – Utah – Again, USC and Oregon have eliminated themselves. Time for a team to capitalize.
- USC-Notre Dame – Notre Dame and Brian Kelly playing their fourth different USC coach in as many years.
- Oklahoma – Kansas State – The “Please don’t fire Stoops until Bill Snyder retires” Bowl.