Week 9 is in the books and the first college football poll was released. The top four in the rankings are Clemson, LSU, Ohio State, and Alabama. The polls are heavily controversial as the Big 12 conference was left out entirely with unbeaten TCU and Baylor currently on the outside looking in. This week features some great games including 16th ranked Florida State at #1 Clemson, 2nd ranked LSU at 4th ranked Alabama, and 8th ranked TCU at 14th ranked Oklahoma State.
Top 5 Senior Quarterbacks
Trevone Boykin, TCU – 32/47, 388 yards, 3 TDs
Trevone Boykin was a machine against West Virginia topping the Mountaineers by 30. Boykin’s best chance to make it in the Pros is to replicate what Tyrod Taylor has done in Greg Roman’s offense. Boykin is an exceptional athlete with an above average arm. At this point, a team could take a flier on the TCU quarterback in the 3rd round.
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State – Bye
Cody Kessler, USC – 18/22, 186 yards
Kevin Hogan, Stanford – 10/19, 86 yards 1 INT
Carson Wentz, North Dakota State – Out 6-8 Weeks Broken Wrist
Top 5 Quarterbacks – Underclassmen
Christian Hackenberg, Penn State – 21/29, 266 yards, 2 TDs
Hackenberg has been improving slightly each and every week and is starting to creep his way back into the top 10 discussion. Despite his lack of passing yards, Hackenberg has an impressive QBR at 134.9 with a 13-2 touchdown to interception ratio. Penn State will take on Northwestern this Saturday which will be a huge test as Northwestern has already beaten Stanford this season.
Jared Goff, California – 23/31, 272 yards, 2 TD’s, 2 INT’s
Cardale Jones, Ohio State – Bye
Cardale Jones will get a chance to start after J.T. Barrett was suspended for driving under the influence. Jones will get the start Saturday vs. Minnesota. The Gophers are a scrappy group and could give Ohio State a real scare after doing so a week prior to Michigan. This could be Jones’ last chance to salvage his draft stock. If Jones coughs up the starting job again he could be looking at a 5th round selection.
Paxton Lynch, Memphis – 26/42, 343 yards, 1 TD
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State – Bye
Top 5 Senior Running Backs
Devontae Booker, Utah – 25 carries, 121 yards, 1 TD
Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech – 19 carries, 92 yards, 2 TD
C.J. Prosise, Notre Dame – 14 carries, 25 yards
D.J. Foster, Arizona State (RB/WR) – 6 carries, 29 yards, 6 catches, 87 yards
Aaron Green, TCU – 15 carries, 67 yards
Top 5 Running Backs – Underclassmen
Derrick Henry, Alabama – Bye
Ezekiel Elliot, Ohio State – Bye
Alex Collins, Arkansas – 16 carries, 173 yards, 5 TDs
Collins tore through Tennessee-Martin’s defense in a blowout game. This upcoming week, Collins will face a tough Ole Miss defense that features potential No. 1 overall pick Robert Nkemdiche. Collins is very different from Ezekiel Elliot and Derrick Henry as he is a much smaller yet quicker back. Collins could be looking at a late-first round/early 2nd round selection.
Kelvin Taylor, Florida – 25 carries, 121 yards, 2 TDs
How impressive was Kelvin Taylor this week? He simply bulldozed Georgia’s defense in a game that is close every year. Taylor is much higher on my board because of his bloodlines to his father, Fred Taylor. Taylor could be a steal in the 3rd round if he were to last that long.
Shock Linwood, Baylor – Bye
Top 5 Senior Wide Receivers
Josh Doctson, TCU – 11 catches, 183 yards, 1 TD
Braxton Miller, Ohio State – Bye
Nelson Spruce, Colorado – 11 catches, 90 yards
Aaron Burbridge, Michigan State – Bye
Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma – 11 catches, 183 yards, 1 TD
Top 5 Wide Receivers – Underclassmen
Laquon Treadwell, Mississippi – 7 catches, 114 yards, 1 TD
Treadwell looks to be a lock to be the first receiver taken in this year’s draft. While he is no Julio Jones or A.J. Green, Treadwell is very deserving of a top-ten selection. His 6’3” frame also makes him a great red zone threat perfect for your prototypical number one receiver.
Michael Thomas, Ohio State – Bye
Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh – 10 catches, 89 yards
Travin Dural, LSU – Bye
Ricky Seals-Jones, Texas A&M – 6 catches, 88 yards
Ricky Seals-Jones appears in this week’s rankings after heating up from a pedestrian start. Texas A&M is loaded at receiver including Speedy Noil, Josh Reynolds, and true freshman phenom Christian Kirk. Seals-Jones is a nightmare to cover at 6’6″, the question is how fast will he run at the combine? He is almost certain to leave as a red-shirt sophomore with the depth of the Texas A&M receiving corps.