[author image=”https://www.the3pointconversion.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/image1-3-e1464196614536.jpg” ]Allen Fields, Bronx, NY [/author]
Last week: 1
The Crimson Tide were down 24-3 before storming back to get an impressive road win. Quarterback Jalen Hurts was very average passing going 19 of 31 for 158 yards but added 18 rushes for 146 yards. Running back Damien Harris had 16 rushes for 144 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Calvin Ridley had eight catches for 81 yards and a rushing touchdown. Defensive back Eddie Jackson had a crucial 85 yards punt return for a touchdown. The defense scored two touchdowns, one each by defensive linemen Jonathan Allen and Da’Ron Payne.
Last week: 3
The Buckeyes jumped out to a big lead and cruised to a nice road win. Quarterback J.T. Barrett was effecient going 14 of 20 for 152 yards and four touchdowns. He also added 74 rushing yards. Running back Mike Weber had 18 rushes for 123 yards. Running back Curtis Samuel had 11 rushes for 98 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Noah Brown had five catches for 72 yards and four touchdowns. Linebacker Jerome Baker had an interception return for a touchdown on defense.
Last week: 4
The Wolverines got off to a slow start, trailing 14-0 early but got back on track to get the win. Quarterback Wilton Speight struggled some going 16 of 30 for 229 yards and a touchdown. Running back De’Veon Smith had 11 rushes for 87 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Jake Butt had seven catches for 87 yards. Wide receiver Amara Darboh had two catches for 51 yards and a touchdown. All-American defensive back Jabrill Peppers had a 54 yard punt return for a touchdown.
Last week: 5
This was no contest for the Tigers. They overwhelmed their opponent. Quarterback Deshaun Watson was very good going 12 of 15 for 152 yards and three touchdowns in a half of work. Running back Tavien Feaster had 12 rushes for 83 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud had four catches for 60 yards and two touchdowns. The defense was not challenged, they smothered an overmatched opponent.
Last week: Not ranked in the Top 10
What a performance by the Cardinals as they honored hometown hero, the late Muhammad Ali with his family in attendance. Quarterback Lamar Jackson (Heisman Trophy front runner) was spectacular going 13 of 20 for 216 yards with a touchdown and interception. He also added 17 rushes for 146 yards and four touchdowns. Running back Brandon Radcliff had 14 rushes for 118 yards and a touchdown. Running back Jeremy Smith rushed for two touchdowns as well. Wide receiver James Quick caught seven passes for 122 yards. Defensive back Jaire Alexander recorded a 69 yard punt return for a touchdown.
Last week: 6
After a slow start, the Cougars got into gear and ran away from the Bearcats. Quarterback Greg Ward Jr. was awesome going 23 of 36 for 326 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. He also added 73 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Linell Bonner had eight catches for 119 yards. Wide receiver Chance Allen caught five passes for 94 yards and a touchdown. Defensive back Howard Wilson had a 28 yard interception return for a touchdown. Linebacker Steven Taylor snagged an interception and returned it for 74 yards for a touchdown.
Last week: 7
The Huskies made short work of an inferior opponent. Quarterback Jake Browning was efficient connecting on 12 of 19 for 163 yards and four touchdowns. Running back Myles Gaskin had 13 rushes for 93 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Chico McClatcher recorded four catches for 69 yards and two touchdowns.
Last week: 8
The Cardinals were methodical in beating the Trojans. Quarterback Ryan Burns was decent going 9 of 15 for 109 yards with a touchdown and interception. Running back Christian McCaffrey had 30 rushes for 165 yards and a touchdown. He also added four catches for 73 yards and a touchdown. Running back Michael Rector carried the ball once for 56 yards and made his only rush count with a touchdown. The defense did the job against an underachieving USC offense.
Last week: Not ranked in the Top 10
The Spartans have been flying under the radar in this early part of the season but not anymore. They went to Notre Dame and got an inspired win. Quarterback Tyler O’Connor was very solid going 19 of 26 for 241 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Running back Gerald Holmes rushed 13 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Running back LJ Scott carried the ball 22 times for 98 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Donnie Corley had four catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver RJ Shelton had eight catches for 80 yards and a touchdown. The defense bended but did not break.
Last week: 9
The Badgers struggled against Georgia State. A surprise to everyone. The offense was anemic. Quarterback Akex Hornibrook connected on 8 of 12 passes for 122 yards with a touchdown and a interception. Running back Dare Ogunbowale had 20 rushes for 65 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Jazz Peavy had three catches for 67 yards.
Dropped out: Florida State Seminoles (2), Texas Longhorns (10)