Devy Roundup: Week 13

Kyle Holden

College football suffered a major injury on Saturday when Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a significant hip injury. We wish him the best for a full recovery. His injury was the talk of the weekend but there were plenty of other storylines as well. Georgia edged out Auburn to clinch the SEC East and help their playoff resume while Oklahoma came back against Baylor in a Big Ten showdown. Eighth-ranked Minnesota, 19th-ranked Texas, and 24th-ranked Kansas State were the only top-25 teams who lost.

Top performers

Below are some of the top performers of the week. Of course, I could not list everyone who played well, but here are a few who stood out. You can find the full set of statistics from the week here.

Ja’Marr Chase, WR LSU (8 rec, 227 yards, 3 TDs)

I finally moved Chase above Justyn Ross in my devy rankings and the former now sits second in the 2021 class behind Rondale Moore. All three are elite prospects so there is not much separating them in my rankings. Chase has been stellar this year and could make for a good buy low in devy leagues next year once Joe Burrow heads to the NFL this spring.

Joe Burrow, QB LSU (489 yards passing, 5 TDs, 2 INTs, 26 yards rushing)

There was no letdown after the big win over Alabama last week. Burrow and LSU cruised to a 21-point victory over Ole Miss as they close in on a playoff berth.

Chase Claypool, WR Notre Dame (7 rec, 117 yards, 4 TDs)

Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book had a big day against Navy and Claypool was the main beneficiary. He is enjoying the best season of his four-year career.

Jalen Hurts, QB Oklahoma (297 yards passing, 4 TDs, 1 INT, 114 yards rushing)

Hurts led a furious Sooner comeback against the Baylor Bears as he continues to be a threat both in the air on the ground. He still missed some throws he needs to be able to make to be considered an elite prospect but his draft stock has still soared compared to what it was this time last year.

Jonathan Taylor, RB Wisconsin (204 yards rushing, 2 TDs, 2 rec, 11 yards)

Taylor’s big day on Saturday gives him back-to-back 200 yard rushing games as he remains one of the most productive and consistent running backs in college football. The part of his game I continue to be most impressed with this year is his involvement in the passing game. He has 20 receptions so far this year, more than his first two seasons combined.

Michael Pittman, WR USC (11 rec, 180 yards, 1 TD)

Pittman continues to have a monster season and has not received much national media attention, probably due to many of his games being during the late-night PAC-12 slate. However, he was recently named a semi-finalist for the 2019 Biletnikoff award.

Anthony Gordon, QB Washington State (520 yards passing, 5 TDs, 1 INT)

Gordon continues his monster year with a shredding of the Stanford defense. Mike Leach continues to orchestrate one of the most productive passing games in the country.

Brandon Aiyuk, WR Arizona State (10 rec, 173 yards, 1 TD)

N’Keal Harry left behind a big hole when he went to the NFL, but Aiyuk has stepped up nicely into the lead role. He has doubled his production from a year ago.

Tyler Johnson, WR Minnesota (9 rec, 170 yards, 1 TD)

While Minnesota suffered a tough loss to Iowa on Saturday, wide receiver Tyler Johnson had another nice game. He has had at least 100 yards receiving in four of his last five games.


Below are some of the games I will be sure to tune into for this upcoming week’s slate. You can check out the full week thirteen schedule here.

#9 Penn State @ #2 Ohio State – 11/23 @ 12 PM EST on Fox

Easily the most significant matchup of the week, Ohio State will face maybe their toughest opponent of the regular season in Penn State. Justin Fields has been playing at an elite level all year and a couple more wins to close out the regular season could make the Heisman voting between him and Joe Burrow very interesting.

Purdue @ #14 Wisconsin – 11/23 @ 4 PM EST on Fox

We could have had a Rondale Moore versus Jonathan Taylor matchup here but Moore is likely out another week as he continues to recover from his knee injury. Nevertheless, Taylor is still playing in this one and Purdue playmakers David Bell and Brycen Hopkins are as well. Bell and Moore could form one of the top wide receiver duos in the country next year.

TCU @ #10 Oklahoma – 11/23 @ 8 PM EST on FOX

This matchup includes two of my top five devy wide receivers in CeeDee Lamb (questionable to play) and Jalen Reagor. Lamb has not received as many targets as other wide receivers, but he has still been one of the most productive pass catchers in the country. He is my favorite to win the 2019 Biletnikoff award. Unlike Lamb, Reagor has not been very productive this year. However, the talent is there and his lack of production can be attributed to a struggling offense. Be patient with him in devy leagues.

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