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LSU senior QB Joe Burrow called his 398-yard, six-touchdown performance against Vanderbilt this past weekend "probably the worst game I've played so far."

Whoa now, easy kid. Said Burrow, "I don’t want to say ‘bad game,’ because I still played very well. But I played better in the first three. I have some things to correct, just like we do as an offense." The emergent Heisman contender became the first LSU QB -- ever -- to throw for 350 or more yards in three consecutive contests with his big (excuse us, his flawed) showing against Vanderbilt. All told, Burrow has thrown for 1,520 yards (80.6% completions) with a 17/2 TD/INT ratio in four games this season. We cannot wait to see what he does further into his SEC schedule. LSU is off on bye this weekend and will take on Utah State come Oct. 5 before they get started on their conference slate in earnest.

SOURCE: The Advocate

Sep 26, 2019, 6:49 PM ET

 

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Arizona State junior RB Eno Benjamin rushed 29 times for 100 yards and three touchdowns in Friday's 24-17 win at California.

Benjamin (5'10/210) looked to be dealing with some sort of ailment during the game, as he was slow to get up at times and even walking with a bit of a limp. He has rolled up six rushing touchdowns over his past three games while totaling 392 rushing yards overall, including a pair of 100-yard games. The best news is that he hasn't lost a fumble since the opener on Aug. 29 against Kent State.

Sep 28, 2019, 3:15 AM ET

 

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Pitt senior WR Maurice Ffrench caught nine passes for 57 yards in Saturday's 17-14 win over Delaware.

Once again, Ffrench (5'11/190) fulfilled his role as a hard-nosed chain mover for the Pitt offense. Ffrench is not a particularly explosive player with big-play potential, but his work in the short game and in keeping the offense on schedule is impressive. French has now caught at least five balls in all five of Pitt's game this season.

Sep 28, 2019, 4:30 PM ET

 

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Alabama junior WR Henry Ruggs was seen riding the stationary bike on the sideline after leaving the game due to a left leg injury.

There's been no word as to whether or not Ruggs (6'0/190) will be able to return, but his being able to ride the bike after not putting any weight on the leg may be a positive sign. The junior wide receiver has his helmet, and he was also seen doing some running during a timeout. It appears likely that Ruggs will be able to return to action at some point this afternoon.

SOURCE: Michael Casagrande on Twitter

Sep 28, 2019, 4:23 PM ET

 

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TCU senior RB Darius Anderson handled 18 carries for 115 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 51-14 win over Kansas.

Everyone who ran the ball for TCU on Saturday had their way, but Anderson (5'11/212) was particularly dominant as he handled a team-high 18 carries. Anderson was the engine for a TCU offense that ripped off five scores in their first five drives. This is Anderson's third consecutive game with at least 115 yards and a touchdown, putting him close to 500 rushing yards for the season.

Sep 28, 2019, 4:00 PM ET

 

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Oklahoma junior RB Trey Sermon ran for 76 yards and two touchdowns on just seven carries in Saturday's 55-16 win over Texas Tech.

Sermon (6'0/224) was serving up scores versus Texas Tech. Though he didn’t even crack double-digit carries, Sermon punched in the only two non-QB rushing touchdowns. Sermon has been the primary runner in a three-headed Sooners backfield loaded with future pros. Sermon strutted around the Red Raiders defense for a 32-yard touchdown late in the third quarter that officially ended the day for the Sooners’ starting offense.

Sep 28, 2019, 3:47 PM ET

 

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Oklahoma junior WR CeeDee Lamb caught seven passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 55-16 win over Texas Tech.

In a 2020 WR class loaded with talent, Lamb continues to command a spot at the top. There aren’t many WRs in the country who can match Lamb’s speed and acrobatics, especially for a 6-foot-2, 191-pound guy. Lamb hauled in all of Oklahoma’s passing touchdowns on the day. Look for Lamb to put up big numbers again versus Kansas next week.

Sep 28, 2019, 3:38 PM ET

 

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Oklahoma redshirt senior QB Jalen Hurts completed 17-of-24 passes for 415 yards, three touchdowns and an interception while rushing nine times for 70 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 55-16 blowout win over Texas Tech.

All who dare stand in Hurts’ path shall perish. Once Hurts (6'2/218) completed a 74-yard pass to Charleston Rambo on 3rd-and-17 in the middle of the first quarter, it became clear that the Red Raiders defense had no chance to survive their trip to Norman. Now up to 17 total touchdowns through four games, the Alabama transfer is well on his way to becoming Oklahoma’s third consecutive Heisman winning QB. Hurts will get another opportunity to load up the box score when Oklahoma face Kansas next week.

Sep 28, 2019, 3:36 PM ET

 

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Michigan senior QB Shea Patterson completed 17-of-23 passes for 276 yards, a touchdown and an interception while rushing for three short touchdowns in Saturday's 52-0 win over Rutgers.

Patterson (6'2/202) and company looked out-and-out lost against Wisconsin last weekend, but the offense was predictably more sharp going against Rutgers on Saturday. The senior signal-caller got his crew off to a nice start hooking up with Nico Collins on a 48-yard touchdown (Collins did most of the work on that one sprinting down the left sideline after the catch) in the opening minutes of the contest. He would score on a short rush later in the first quarter and again on a short rush in the second quarter before wrapping up his afternoon's work with a one-yard rushing score near the end of the third quarter. All of this is fine against Rutgers -- and frankly, UM needed a game like this -- but Patterson will have a much tougher test when an undefeated Iowa squad comes to Ann Arbor next weekend.

Sep 28, 2019, 3:31 PM ET

 

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Iowa senior QB Nathan Stanley completed 17-of-25 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 48-3 win over Middle Tennessee.

Stanley (6'4/243) hooked up with Brandon Smith on an 18-yard touchdown pass near the end of the first quarter, connecting with the wideout off a nice play-action rollout. He would find Smith once more in the fourth quarter from 10 yards out before wrapping up his fine afternoon's work. The senior signal-caller now owns an 8/0 TD/INT ratio through four games played. Iowa will look to improve to 5-0 against Michigan next Saturday.

Sep 28, 2019, 3:19 PM ET

 

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Boston College junior RB A.J. Dillon ran 23 times for 159 yards and caught one pass for 33 yards in Saturday's 27-24 loss to Wake Forest.

Wake Forest became the first team to keep Dillon out of the end zone this season, and what unfortunate timing it was for Dillon to go scoreless. Dillon (6'0/250) ran all up and down Wake Forest's defense throughout the contest, taking more than half of the team's total carries. Dillon's lone 33-yard reception almost put him atop the team's receiving list as no Boston College player exceeded 39 receiving yards. Expect Dillon's bulldozing play style to fare well against Louisville next week.

Sep 28, 2019, 7:07 PM ET

 

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Clemson junior WR Tee Higgins caught six passes for 129 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 21-20 win over North Carolina.

Higgins (6'4/215) snapped a 14-14 tie in the fourth quarter via a 38-yard touchdown grab as Clemson survived their first scare of the season. The junior wideout is up to a lovely 22-505-3 receiving line through the first month of the campaign. He'll look to add to it against FSU next weekend.

Sep 28, 2019, 6:55 PM ET

 

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Washington redshirt junior QB Jacob Eason completed 16-of-26 passes for 180 yards in Saturday's 28-14 win over USC.

This could have been a great game for Eason to set himself apart as an NFL draft prospect. Alas, Eason (6'6/227) got off to a nice start before stalling out for most for the second half. The first-year Huskies starter did well to facilitate and keep the offense on the field, but he hardly did much to ignite the offense the way he has shown he can. Next's week night game at Stanford is a good chance for Eason to rebound.

Sep 28, 2019, 7:21 PM ET

 

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Minnesota redshirt senior RB Rodney Smith rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in Saturday's 38-31 win over Purdue.

Smith (5'11/210) found the end zone from two yards out early in the first quarter. While he wasn't ripping it up for long gains left and right -- his longest dash went for 17 yards -- the redshirt senior was metronomic in his consistency, averaging a workmanlike 5.2 YPC. He was dealing with an oblique injury sustained against Georgia Southern last weekend, but ran without issue on Saturday. In four games this season, Smith has now rushed for 325 yards and two touchdowns. Up next on the docket for Smith and crew, a home date with Illinois.

Sep 28, 2019, 7:20 PM ET

 

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Vanderbilt senior RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn rushed 17 times for 138 yards and one touchdown in a 24-18 victory over NIU Saturday.

It was an emotional day for Vaughn (5'10/218) as his son was born at 7PM the night before. Vandy scored rushing touchdowns on their first two drives, but only converted 3-of-11 third down opportunities. Vaughn was only the second rusher in the last 17 games to run for 100 yards against the NIU defense averaging 8.1 YPC in the contest. Vanderbilt travels to Oxford next weekend to take on Ole Miss.

Sep 28, 2019, 7:02 PM ET

 

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Alabama HC Nick Saban said after Saturday's 59-31 win over Ole Miss that junior WR Henry Ruggs was limited by a hip pointer.

Ruggs (6'0/190) suffered the injury during the first quarter, and while he was able to return the junior pass-catcher did not look to be at full strength. The junior finished with one catch for 11 yards, while teammate DeVonta Smith went off to the tune of 11 catches for 274 and five touchdowns. Alabama has next weekend off before returning to action October 12 at Texas A&M. The time off should help Ruggs when it comes to getting back to full strength.

SOURCE: Michael Casagrande on Twitter

Sep 28, 2019, 7:38 PM ET

 

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USC senior WR Michael Pittman earned four catches for 64 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 28-14 loss to Washington.

For two weeks in a row now, Pittman (6'4/225) has been QB Matt Fink's life line. Fink, a third-string QB, has trusted Pittman above the rest of USC's receiving corps, perhaps due to his impressive catch radius and size. The Trojans' lone passing score was a missile down the left sideline for Pittman, who was running wide open past the Huskies secondary. USC have two weeks to get back on track and prepare themselves to face Notre Dame on Oct. 12.

Sep 28, 2019, 7:34 PM ET

 

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Washington junior RB Salvon Ahmed handled 17 carries for 151 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 28-14 win over USC.

Ahmed (5'11/195) was Washington's saving grace in an otherwise lackluster offensive performance. His 89-yard scoring run was the team's only second-half touchdown, which was a bit perplexing given how well the offense fared early on. Though Ahmed's effectiveness has wavered from game to game, performances such as this one prove that he has it in him to be the team's primary offensive weapon. Hopefully Ahmed can find some consistency with a good performance against Stanford next week.

Sep 28, 2019, 7:28 PM ET

 

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Virginia senior WR Joe Reed brought in nine receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown in a 35-20 loss to Notre Dame on Saturday.

Reed continues to be the top target in this Virginia offense, although Hasise Dubois tied him in catches and had more yardage in this one. Not that we think Reed (6'1/215) is complaining. This is already the third game where the wideout has gone over seven catches, and his touchdown gives him four; one in each of the last four contests. Reed will try and add to those totals in two weeks when they take on Miami in a Friday affair after a bye.

Sep 28, 2019, 7:15 PM ET

 

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Virginia senior WR Hasise Dubois caught nine passes for 143 yards with a touchdown in a 35-20 loss to Notre Dame on Saturday.

Dubois has been a solid -- if not spectacular -- performer in his time with the Cavs, but Saturday was as close to spectacular as we've seen him. He and Joe Reed both were able to snag nine passes and go over the century mark, and his touchdown was a 16-yard strike from Bryce Perkins with under a minute left in the first half to make it 17-14 Virginia. Unfortunately, the offense couldn't sustain drives in the second half. Dubois and the Cavs will try and get back on the winning track in two weeks in a Friday bout with Miami after a bye.

Sep 28, 2019, 7:14 PM ET

 

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Can we make a case for CeeDee Lamb as the best WR in the country? I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this kid. I can’t wait to see what his end year metrics will be.

Dobbins had another great game today. Once again making a case for top 5 back but closing in on top 3 only behind Taylor, Eitenne, Swift, Hubbard and Dobbins. Dobbins maybe #4 at this point.

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Per Pro Football Focus, Florida State junior RB Cam Akers earned 78 yards after contact in Saturday's win against NC State.

Akers (5'11/212) only finished the day with 83 rushing yards, but PFF credited Akers with nearly all his yardage after contact. Florida State's OL has made Akers' job tough this year and no game has been a better example of that than this one. Furthermore, about half of Akers' yardage came on one heroic 41-yard touchdown run, so his other 16 carries went for about 42 yards. He was grinding for every single inch on Saturday.

SOURCE: 247 Sports

Sep 29, 2019, 10:47 AM ET

 

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Utah senior RB Zach Moss (shoulder) might be back for the Oregon State game on Oct. 12.

Moss (5'10/222) missed Saturday's game against Washington State, as Devonta'e Henry-Cole stepped up to fill the void. "We're fairly confident that we'll have him for the next game," head coach Kyle Whittingham said. "That will make us that much more potent running the football." When healthy, the Florida native is a beast running the football. He is averaging a career-best 6.2 yards per game on 63 attempts through four outings.

SOURCE: Deseret News - Joe Coles

Sep 29, 2019, 3:49 AM ET

 

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Per Chris Vannini of The Athletic, Oklahoma redshirt senior QB Jalen Hurts has strung together four games in a row with a passer rating of at least 245.0.

The accomplishment is significant irrespective of anything else, but the four-game streak also puts Hurts in historic territory. According to Vannini, no other player has recorded more than two games of a 245.0-or-better passer rating since at least 1996 (min. 18 attempts), let alone four in a row. Hurts (6'2/218) has thrown exactly three touchdowns in all four games this season, with his lone interception coming off a tipped pass on Saturday. With Oklahoma facing Kansas next week, Hurts has a good shot to extend his absurd passer rating streak to five games.

SOURCE: The Athletic

Sep 29, 2019, 12:37 PM ET

 

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Alabama junior WR Devonta Smith earned Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week honors after a stunning showing versus Ole Miss.

Jerry Jeudy is generally held up as Alabama's best WR, but Smith (6'1/175) made his case against Ole Miss. His five touchdowns were the most any Alabama WR has caught in a single game this season. Oddly enough, Smith only had three touchdowns prior to Saturday, so he outpaced his season production in one game. It is no wonder he earned Player of the Week honors. Do not expect Smith to put up another five-score game any time soon, but with his blazing speed, he will continue to be a problem for SEC defenses and whichever teams get pitted against Alabama in the playoff.

SOURCE: Brett McMurphy on Twitter

Sep 29, 2019, 12:31 PM ET

 

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Colorado junior WR Laviska Shenault (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's game against Arizona, per HC Mel Tucker.

Shenault (6'2/224) went down early against Arizona State on Sept. 21 and has not been deemed ready to play since then. There has still been no official word on the nature of Shenault's injury. Shenault caught 17 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns before suffering his injury. Though Tucker has already made the declaration that Shenault is a game-time decision, be on the lookout for updates on the WR's readiness toward the end of the week.

SOURCE: Brian Howell on Twitter

Sep 30, 2019, 6:14 PM ET

 

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Dane Brugler of The Athletic placed Oklahoma redshirt senior QB Jalen Hurts at No.60 in his recent top-60 NFL Draft board.

Sure, Hurts (6'2/218) is last on the list, but last on this list still denotes a second-round prospect. Considering where Hurts' draft stock was prior to this season, and especially early on at Alabama, second-round hype is a massive leap. The sudden NFL draft attention is warranted, though, as Hurts is off to an unbelievable start to the season with 15.2 yards per pass attempt and 17 total touchdowns to one interception. Just how high Hurts' stock will climb is an unknown, but it's clear now that the NFL is taking him seriously as a QB.

SOURCE: The Athletic

Sep 30, 2019, 7:22 PM ET

 

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The Athletic's Dane Brugler slotted LSU senior QB Joe Burrow in as the No.33 draft prospect in his newly-released top-60 draft board.

Landing at the 33rd spot puts Burrow in borderline first round territory. Heading into the season, calling Burrow even a Day 2 prospect would have sounded insane, but his play in 2019 has been convincing. Fans, analysts, and scouts alike all seem to be in agreement that Burrow has significantly improved as a passer this season, which Brugler mentions in his piece. If Burrow (6'3/212) can keep it up through the slog that is SEC conference play, he may be able to slide up firmly into the first round.

SOURCE: The Athletic

Sep 30, 2019, 7:01 PM ET

 

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According to Pro Football Focus's Cam Mellor, Louisiana redshirt junior RB Trey Ragas leads the country in forcing missed tackles by doing so on 58.1% of his careers.

Ragas has a bit of an edge being a supremely talented player in a lower conference of the FBS, but forcing a missed tackle on nearly 60% of one's carries is absurd regardless of competition. At 5-foot-10 and 218-pounds, Ragas has the balance to bounce off tacklers as well as the quickness to leave them whiffing at air. The closest player to Ragas' missed tackle percentage is Utah's Zack Moss, who many expect to be one of the top senior RBs by the time draft season comes around (if he can get healthy, that is). Ragas will face one of his tougher opponents this season on Oct. 9 when Louisiana host Appalachian State.

SOURCE: Cam Mellor on Twitter

Sep 30, 2019, 7:39 PM ET

 

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Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa was named to the PFF College National Team of the Week for his play against Ole Miss last weekend.

Tagovailoa (6'2/218) eviscerated Ole Miss to the tune of 418 yards and six touchdowns. Tua has an absurd 23 touchdown passes with another two rushing touchdowns as he continues to orchestrate the Alabama juggernaut that is currently averaging 51.8 PPF in the first 5 games of the year. Bama is on bye this week before traveling to College Station to take on Texas A&M.

SOURCE: PFF College on Twitter

Sep 30, 2019, 11:35 PM ET

 

 

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North Texas redshirt junior TE Jason Pirtle was named to Pro Football Focus - College's National Team of the Week.

Pirtle (6'2/225) caught four passes for 88 yards and three touchdowns in North Texas' first game of the season. Unfortunately he was injured in the game and had not played since August 31st. His presence was felt immediately as Pirtle snagged six passes for 57 yards and one touchdown in Mean Green's loss to Houston on Saturday. Illinois comes to Minneapolis to face the Gophers.

SOURCE: PFF College on Twitter

Sep 30, 2019, 11:01 PM ET

 

 

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