The State of College Football

College football fans had one hell of a weekend. The big programs made big news with Alabama rolling, LSU and Oklahoma both got upset, Texas made a comeBACK win, and Florida looks like a favorite in the SEC East. It only gets better from here so buckle up and enjoy this season. After all, we almost didn’t get this season. Here’s a look at my Heisman 4, Top 25, Weekly Awards, Where I was right/wrong, $100 handshakes and a look at some of the top games for Week 5.

Heisman 4: Currently the top four Heisman candidates are
QB Justin Fields, Ohio State
QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
RB Najee Harris, Alabama
QB Kyle Trask, Florida

Top 25: With the PAC 12 and Big Ten teams! They will be playing soon enough and there is no reason to leave them unranked anymore.
1 Clemson
2 Ohio State
3 Alabama
4 Florida
5 Georgia
6 Texas
7 Penn State
8 Notre Dame
9 Minnesota
10 Oregon
11 Auburn
12 Michigan
13 Miami
14 Cincinnati
15 North Carolina
16 Tennessee
17 UCF
18 Oklahoma
19 Virginia Tech
20 Texas A&M
21 Arizona State
22 USC
23 Oklahoma State
24 Pittsburgh
25 Wisconsin

Weekly Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: QB Kyle Trask Florida – 416 yards, 6 TD
Defensive Player of the Week: S Richard LeCounte, Georgia – 3 tackles, 2 INT
Freshman of the Week: TE Arik Gilbert, LSU
Coach of the Week: Mike Leach, Mississippi State

Where I was Right – Where I was Wrong
Right: It’s always a great Saturday when my Longhorns win but nothing gets the juices flowing like when the “Super Underdog Locksmith Game of the Week to Bet Your Money On Because I Don’t Have The to Bet My Own Money On” hits. And boy did it hit this week. No. 6 LSU hosted Mississippi State and was a 16.5 point favorite in Death Valley but the Bulldogs, led by grad transfer KJ Costello, lit the Tigers up for 623 passing yards. LSU is going through a rebuild/retool in Baton Rouge and will see a few more losses this season.

Wrong: I was a big believer in Louisville being a real contender in the ACC and it’s not looking like that will happen. Hell, I don’t think it is even possible anymore with two losses (Miami and Pitt) in the conference. The young team could be a threat next year but is loaded with junior talent that could opt for the NFL draft.

$100 Handshakes – Underclassmen that stood out or draft eligible players improved their draft stock
QB KJ Costello, Mississippi State – 623 yards, 5 TD, 2 INT
QB Mac Jones, Alabama – 18/24, 249, 2 TD
QB Dillon Gabriel, UCF – 32/47, 408, 4 TD

RB Breece Hall, Iowa State – 18 car, 155, 3 TD
RB Kylin Hill, Mississippi State – 7 car, 34 yards, 8 rec, 158 yards, 1 TD
RB Najee Harris, Alabama – 17 car, 98 yards, 3 TD

WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama – 8 rec, 134 yards, 2 TD
WR Osiris Mitchell, Mississippi State – 7 rec, 183 yards, 2 TD
WR Marlon Williams, UCF – 13 rec, 136 yards
TE Kyle Pitts, Florida – 8 rec, 170, 4 TD
TE Hunter Long, Boston College – 9 rec, 81 yards, 1 TD

EDGE JaQuan Bailey, Iowa State – 7 tackles, 3.5 sacks
EDGE Patrick Jones, Pittsburgh – 6 tackles, 3 sacks
EDGE Rashad Weaver, Pittsburgh, 4 tackles, 1.5 sacks
EDGE Patrick Jones, Tulane – 4 tackles, 1.5 sacks

LB Ventrell Miller, Florida – 15 tackles, 1 sack
LB Erroll Thompson, Mississippi State – 10 tackles, 1 sack

CB Josh Jobe, Alabama – 7 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble
CB Rodarius Williams, Oklahoma State – 1 tackle, 4 passes defensed
S Leon O’Neal, Texas A&M – 7 tackles 1 INT

Week 5 Preview:
South Carolina @ Florida, 11:00 am, ESPN
Can Kyle Trask continue his success against the lengthy SC corners?
13 Texas A&M @ 2 Alabama, 2:30 pm, CBS

Alabama hosts A&M for their annual ass whipping and everyone can move A&M down.
7 Auburn @ 4 Georgia, 6:30, ESPN

An East vs West matchup with huge SEC championship implications.
18 Oklahoma @ Iowa State, 6:30 pm, ABC

With both teams already having a loss the loser of this game could be out of the Big 12 championship talk.
Virginia @ 1 Clemson, 7:00 pm, ACC

Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne against a tough ACC defense and not The Citadel.

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