After plenty of weeks filled with upsets, last week was dominated by the teams at the top. Last Saturday was the first time the AP Top Ten went 10-0 in week 11 or later since 2009, which is pretty incredible on multiple levels when you think about it. Most of the games were not close at all, but Oklahoma did manage to squeak out a one-point victory after Oklahoma State failed to convert the go-ahead two-point conversion. It was another year of the Bedlam Series living up to its name once again.
You can find the final results of each week eleven game here.
Some of the top performers of the week
D’Andre Swift, RB Georgia (186 yards rushing, 1 TD, 4 rec, 43 yards)
With three straight games of at least 100 yards rushing and one touchdown, Swift looks like he is finally healthy again. It comes at a great time as Georgia looks to make a push for the playoffs.
With Cam Akers continuing to struggle with offensive line issues and failing to develop as much as I would have liked to see, I have bumped Akers down a few spots and made Swift my top overall devy prospect.
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Kennedy Brooks, RB Oklahoma (165 yards rushing, 3 TDs, 1 rec, 4 yards)
The redshirt freshman had a big day against Oklahoma last Saturday. He is averaging 11.2 yards per carry on the season and has rushed for at least 100 yards in each game he has carried the ball at least eight times. I could have easily put his teammate, Trey Sermon, on here as well. Those two underclassmen form one of the better backfields in the country.
Tylan Wallace, WR Oklahoma State (10 rec, 220 yards, 2 TDs)
Wallace makes this list for the second time in the last three weeks, with a stat line almost identical to the one he had two weeks ago. He has had at least four receptions and 80 yards receiving in each of the last nine games.
Lil’Jordan Humphrey, WR Texas (8 rec, 159 yards, 2 TDs)
Like Wallace above, Humphrey is breaking out in a big way this year. Some of the catches he makes leaping over defenders are special. He and Collin Johnson are a fun wide receiver duo to watch for Texas.
Trayveon Williams, RB Texas A&M (2228 yards rushing, 1 TD, 3 rec, 15 yards)
Williams had a monster day on Saturday and his 228 yards rushing were his highest of the season since week one. He has a lot of up and down weeks since his game often relies on big plays, but Saturday was one of those big games.
Honorable Mentions: Ryquell Armstead (210 yards rushing, 6 TDs), Kelvin Harmon (15 rec, 134 yards), Moe Neal (8 rec, 159 yards, 2 TDs), Alexander Mattison (144 yards rushing, 2 TDs, 3 rec, 15 yards), Eno Benjamin (182 yards rushing, 1 TD, 2 rec, 13 yards), Caleb Wilson (11 rec, 164 yards, 2 TDs), Dexter Williams (202 yards rushing, 2 TDs), Trey Sermon (124 yards rushing, 2 TDs), Chubba Hubbard (104 yards rushing, 3 TDs, 5 rec, 49 yards), Trey Sermon (124 yards rushing, 2 TDs, 2 rec, 33 yards), Marquise Brown (8 rec, 142 yards, 1 TD), Tyron Johnson (11 rec, 128 yards, 1 TD), Jalen Reagor (11 rec, 150 yards, 1 TD), Sam Ehlinger (312 yards passing, 4 TDs, Jett Duffey (444 yards passing, 4 TDs, 1 INT, 80 yards rushing), Antoine Wesley (8 rec, 171 yards, 2 TDs), Jonathan Taylor (185 yards rushing, 1 TD), Miles Sanders (159 yards rushing, 1 TD, 2 rec, 9 yards), Isaiah Bowser (165 yards rushing, 1 TD, 3 rec, 33 yards), Darrell Henderson (166 yards rushing, 2 TDs), Ke’Shawn Vaughn (182 yards rushing, 1 TD, 2 rec, 14 yards, 1 TD), DaMarkus Lodge (6 rec, 122 yards, 1 TD), Stanley Morgan Jr. (8 rec, 131 yards, 2 TDs), Devine Ozigbo (162 yards rushing, 3 TDs, 3 rec, 36 yards), A.J. Bush (187 yards rushing, 3 TDs), Anthony McFarland (210 yards rushing), Daniel Jones (361 yards passing, 3 TDs, 1 INT, 186 yards rushing, 1 TD)
Performances which did to live up to expectations
Tua Tagovailoa, QB Alabama (164 yards passing, 1 TD, 1 INT)
I guess Tua is actually human. After beginning the season with eight straight games without an interception, Tua has now thrown a pick in each of his last two games. While this was not a horrible game, it is far below the lofty standard he has set for himself this year.
AJ Dillon, RB Boston College (16 carries, 39 yards rushing, 1 rec, -1 yard)
Dillon had a tough time finding room to run against one of the best offensive lines in the country. Clemson had great penetration into the backfield on many of Dillon’s runs.
JK Dobbins, RB Ohio State (14 carries, 28 yards, 1 rec, 9 yards)
Much like Dillon, Dobbins had trouble finding holes in the defense on Saturday. Teammate Mike Weber had much more success, rushing for over 100 yards on the day.
This week, I bring back my rankings for the projected 2019 class. A lot has changed since the beginning of the year and it is a great time to review rankings and see who has risen or fallen.
As you can see above, I have three tiers among my top-12 players in the projected 2019 class. However, a lot can change if players decide to return to school.
Based on what we currently know, two receivers sit in my first tier. I have really liked what I have seen from each of them over the last couple of years, even though they have both been held back at times by their quarterback or offensive play-calling.
My second tier consists of three more talented receivers, my top two running backs from this class, and my clear-cut top tight end of the class. I normally do not have tight ends ranked this highly, but Noah Fant looks like a special prospect. Damien Harris at number three might surprise a few people, but I feel like he is being overlooked due to the shared backfield he is a part of and how little they have had to use him with Tua playing out of this world. Do not sleep on Deebo Samuel, a wide receiver who sneaks into my second tier. I am much higher on him than the consensus currently is.
Tier three is where I feel there is a bit of a drop-off. I still like the players in the third tier, but I am not as confident of them as prospects as I am with the players in the tier above.
You can find my full set of devy rankings here.
Below are some of the more intriguing match-ups on this upcoming week’s slate. You can check out the full week 12 schedule here.
1.) #13 Syracuse @ #3 Notre Dame – 11/17 @ 2:30 PM EST on NBC
In what is likely the most important game of the week in college football, Syracuse and Notre Dame will play in Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Notre Dame is expecting quarterback Ian Book back from injury, which should be a big boost to their offense. However, do not sleep on Syracuse, who seems to play everyone tough and is one of the hottest teams in the country right now.
2.) #9 West Virginia @ Oklahoma State – 11/17 @ 3:30 PM EST on ABC
Tune in to watch Will Grier, one of the top quarterback prospects of the 2019 class, and stay to watch Tylan Wallace, one of the most underrated wide receiver prospects in college football. After catching just seven passes as a freshman, Wallace has broken out in a big way this year. He has already caught 68 passes for 1,272 yards and nine touchdowns.
3.) #17 Boston College @ Florida State – 11/17 @ 3:30 PM EST on ESPN2
This game features two of the top running back prospects from the heralded 2020 class. A.J. Dillon is an athletic freak who runs with great power is very difficult to take down in the open field. Cam Akers might have as much potential as any other running back in college football, but the poor Florida State offensive line has really stunted his growth as he attempts to learn the nuances of the game after transitioning from a high-school quarterback.
4.) Duke @ #2 Clemson – 11/17 @ 7 PM EST on ESPN
Duke quarterback Daniel Jones is not a household name quite yet, but fans of the game could become much more familiar with him come April. He is quickly rising up many people’s draft boards and this game will be a great chance to evaluate him against a very tough Clemson defense.
5.) #22 Iowa State @ #19 Texas – 11/17 @ 8 PM EST on LHN
From wide receivers Hakeem Butler, Collin Johnson, and Lil’Jordan Humphrey to running back David Montgomery, this Big-12 match-up features plenty of intriguing devy prospects. Unfortunately, Montgomery will be suspended for the first half of the game for throwing a couple punches last week. Only some will be able to watch this game due to the channel it is being played on, but it still figures to be one of the more exciting games of the week.
As we get close to the end of the season, every game becomes much more important as teams fight for playoff and bowl positioning. Most of the teams currently sitting inside the top ten still have a chance to make the playoffs, but not all actually control their own destiny. Those who do not will be cheering for an upset or two down the stretch. Which team currently outside the top four do you feel has the best chance of making the playoffs?
Feel free to reach out in the comments section below or on Twitter @KyleHoldenFF with any questions as we look ahead to week twelve of the college football season.
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