Bedlam lived up to its name on Saturday. The Oklahoma – Oklahoma State matchup was one of the best games I have watched all year. Two of the top quarterbacks in the nation, Baker Mayfield and Mason Rudolph, battled back and forth in a high-scoring game. Both played exceptional football, but Mayfield came out victorious and quite possibly took the lead in this year’s Heisman Trophy Race.
On the other end of the spectrum, Ohio State and Penn State both lost on Saturday, complicating the Big-10 standings and making it fairly difficult for any Big-10 team to make the college playoffs. Chaos probably needs to ensue throughout the other conferences over the next few weeks for either to have a chance of making the playoffs.
You can find the final results of each week ten game here.
Performances ranked on a 5-star scale
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5 stars – Baker Mayfield, QB Oklahoma (598 yards passing, 5 TDs, 2 INTs)
I was already a fan of Baker Mayfield heading into last weekend, but his gutsy performance against Oklahoma State impressed me even more. He currently sits atop my Devy Quarterback rankings and has been extremely efficient and consistent over the last three seasons.
5 stars – Dante Pettis, WR Washington (4 recs, 87 yards, 1 TD, Punt-Return TD)
Dante Pettis scored the ninth punt-return touchdown of his college career and set the all-time college record in the process. He also tacked on a receiving touchdown to help Washington cruise past Oregon.
5 stars – Marquise Brown, WR Oklahoma (9 recs, 265 yards, 2 TDs)
They call him “Hollywood” Brown and boy did he put on a show with Baker Mayfield last Saturday. The two connected on two long touchdown passes as Brown blew by the defenders on each.
5 stars – Justice Hill, RB Oklahoma State (228 yards rushing, 2 TDs)
Justice Hill was another bright spot in the high-scoring game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. He repeatedly made big plays and helped keep Oklahoma State in the game until late in the fourth quarter. He also handled a big workload, carrying the ball 30 times.
5 stars – Ronald Jones II, RB USC (194 yards rushing, 3 TDs, 3 recs, 39 yards)
Ronald Jones continues to creep up my rankings with another strong performance Saturday. He nearly ran for 200 yards once again and added three short touchdowns. Two of them came late in the fourth quarter that put the game away.
5 stars – Cam Akers, RB Florida State (199 yards rushing, 2 TDs, 3 recs, 18 yards)
With Jacques Patrick injured, Cam Akers received a majority of the carries and delivered for Florida State. He had two long touchdown runs and was a big reason Florida State held off Syracuse on Saturday.
5 stars – Rashaad Penny, RB SDSU (234 yards rushing, 3 TDs)
Penny continues to dominate his opponents nearly every week. Although many people did not know much about him to start the season, he is quickly making a name for himself.
Honorable Mentions: Chase Claypool (9 recs, 180 yards, 1 TD), Kelvin Harmon (8 recs, 155 yards, 1 TD), James Washington (7 recs, 128 yards, 1 TD), Mason Rudolph (448 yards passing, 5 TDs, 2 INTs), Nathan Stanley (226 yards passing, 5 TDs), Felton Davis III (12 recs, 181 yards, 1 TD), Jonathan Taylor (183 yards rushing, 1 TD), Myles Gaskin (123 yards rushing, 1 TD), Kerryon Johnson (145 yards rushing, 1 TD), Trayveon Williams (103 yards rushing, 2 recs, 41 yards), Royce Freeman (122 yards rushing), Luke Falk (337 yards passing, 3 TDs, 1 INT), D.K. Metcalf (5 recs, 83 yards, 2 TDs)
Performances ranked on a 5-star scale
2 stars – Kalen Ballage, RB ASU (9 rushes, 43 yards, 1 rec, 2 yards)
Kalen Ballage did not have a horrible game. In fact, he only received nine carries on the night. However, he was overshadowed by Demario Richard, who ran for nearly 200 yards. Ballage remains an intriguing prospect due to his athleticism, but he has not been very productive this year.
Depth Chart Battles
As we approach the 11th week of the season, below are a few positional battles I continue to keep my eye on.
USC Running Backs
Stephen Carr returned from injury last week, but Ronald Jones has been tearing it up the past two weeks. Carr figures to still see some carries, but maybe not as much as he was earlier in the season with Jones playing so well.
Florida State Running Backs
Cam Akers received a majority of the carries last Saturday and shined with the increased opportunity. He has shown flashes throughout the year of why so many were excited about his arrival to the Seminoles. It remains to be seen how long Jacques Patrick will remain out due to injury, but Akers figures to see heavy workloads in the meantime.
Below is a preview of my Top 25 Devy rankings. I made a few adjustments after this week of play. You can find my full set of Devy rankings here.
Below are some of the more intriguing games on this upcoming week’s slate. You can check out the full Week 11 schedule here.
1.) Washington @ Stanford – 11/10 @ 10:30 PM EST on FS1
This should be a much warmer game than Stanford’s snow game against Washington State last week. Stanford returns back home to face Washington as Bryce Love will attempt to continue his red-hot start.
The talented trio of Jake Browning, Myles Gaskin, and Dante Pettis will look to defeat Stanford on the road.
2.) Georgia @ Auburn – 11/11 @ 3:30 PM EST on CBS
Georgia remains atop the collegiate rankings after their win over South Carolina last week. They travel to Auburn where Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, Elijah Holyfield, and D’Andre Swift will look to dominate on the ground like they do most games.
3.) Notre Dame @ Miami – 11/11 @ 8 PM EST on ABC
Notre Dame running back Josh Adams has been very impressive this season as he makes a case to be a Heisman Finalist. Also tune in to check out Miami receiver Ahmmon Richards, a star receiver in the 2019 class.
4.) TCU @ Oklahoma – 11/11 @ 8 PM EST on FOX
Oklahoma is coming off a thrilling victory over Oklahoma State last week. Baker Mayfield and the rest of the Sooners will look to make their way into the playoff picture with a tough game against conference foe TCU.
5.) Oklahoma State @ Iowa State – 11/11 @ 12 PM EST on ABC/ESPN2
Mason Rudolph, James Washington, and the rest of the Cowboys are coming off a tough loss to Oklahoma last week. They travel to Iowa State to take on Allen Lazard and the Iowa State Cyclones in this one.
There are a lot of great matchups this week. In fact, there are too many to list them all in the Marquee Matchups section above. A lot of the games consist of conference matchups, which add even more importance to them. It should be a fun week.
Look for this series to continue to be published every Thursday. In the meantime, feel free to follow me on Twitter @TheDevyDude and get ready for another exciting week of college football!