Week 11 of the college football season is in the books. The current top 4 of the college football playoff includes Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, and Notre Dame in that order. Iowa shockingly ranks 5th despite their rather inept schedule, while Oklahoma State ranks 6th. The current Heisman leader is LSU’s Leonard Fournette with Alabama running back Derrick Henry quietly closing the gap. The biggest games of the weekend take place in the Big 12 with 10th ranked Baylor visiting 6th ranked Oklahoma State and 18th ranked TCU taking on 7th ranked Oklahoma.
Top 5 Senior Quarterbacks
Trevone Boykin, TCU – 5/8, 58 yards
Boykin’s draft stock has surely taken a beating since TCU’s embarrassing loss to Oklahoma State two weeks ago where Boykin threw 4 interceptions. Then last week Boykin left the game due to an injury vs. a winless Kansas team. This upcoming week TCU takes on Oklahoma where star wide receiver Josh Doctson has already been declared out for the game. Boykin is considered to be questionable for the game but it may be in his best interest to get on the field as soon as possible to rebound from his embarrassing performance at Oklahoma State.
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State – 22/43 yards, 300 yards, 1 INT
Cody Kessler, USC – 17/27, 204 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
Marquise Williams, UNC – 11/16, 105 yards, 1 TD
Williams simply looks like a different quarterback since losing to South Carolina in the season opener throwing two costly red zone interceptions. Since then UNC has run off 9 straight wins scoring at least 38 points 7 times. Williams will certainly need to continue to improve as he is considered a running quarterback. Part of UNC’s turnaround has to do with new defensive coordinator Gene Chizik who has produced the most improved defensive unit in the country. Williams also has a pair of offensive weapons who could make it in the pros including wide receiver Bug Howard and running back Elijah Hood.
Carson Wentz, North Dakota State – Out 6-8 Weeks Broken Wrist
Top 5 Quarterbacks – Underclassmen
Christian Hackenberg, Penn State – Bye
Jared Goff, California – 26/37, 453 yards, 6 TDs, 1 INT
Cardale Jones, Ohio State – 2/2, 7 yards
Paxton Lynch, Memphis – 20/31, 278 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma – 24/34, 270 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
Baker Mayfield has been the best Oklahoma quarterback since Sam Bradford. The former Texas Tech quarterback has been a pleasant surprise considering he wasn’t even the favorite to start this season. Mayfield really put himself on the map Saturday in a big upset win over Baylor. His 31-5 touchdown-to-interception ratio is no joke considering he has the ability to really get the ball down the field. Mayfield may decide to declare early if he continues to develop over the next few weeks.
Top 5 Senior Running Backs
Devontae Booker, Utah – 34 carries, 135 yards, 1 TD
Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech – Bye
C.J. Prosise, Notre Dame – 2 catches, 29 yards
DeAndre Washington, Texas Tech – 27 carries, 248 yards, 3 TDs
Aaron Green, TCU – 30 carries, 177 yards
Top 5 Running Backs – Underclassmen
Derrick Henry, Alabama – 22 carries, 204 yards, 2 TDs
Derrick Henry is slowly chipping away at Leonard Fournette’s Heisman lead. Henry is really starting to remind me of LeGarrette Blount of the Patriots with his bruising running style. It’s amazing how many guys it takes to bring down Henry. Unlike his former college teammate Trent Richardson, Henry is often seen dishing out punishment instead of bouncing off defenders like Richardson did at Alabama. If the enormous 242-pound back can continue to produce 200-yard games he has a chance to bring home the Heisman.
Ezekiel Elliot, Ohio State – 27 carries, 181 yards, 2 TDs
Alex Collins, Arkansas – 16 carries, 141 yards, 2 TDs
Collins is starting to get that home run threat ability to his game. After sharing much of the work with Jonathan Williams in 2014, Collins has shown the ability to carry the load for the Razorbacks this year. After putting up 141 yards versus a tough LSU defense, his draft stock continues to climb as it is possible he could find his way in to the late first round discussion.
Kelvin Taylor, Florida – 20 carries, 105 yards, 1 TD
Paul Perkins, UCLA – 20 carries, 121 yards
Top 5 Senior Wide Receivers
Josh Doctson, TCU – Out For Regular Season, Wrist
Braxton Miller, Ohio State – 2 catches, – 4 yards
Aaron Burbridge, Michigan State – 3 catches, 27 yards
Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma – 14 catches, 177 yards, 2 TDs
Tajae Sharpe, UMass – 4 catches, 67 yards, 1 TD
Top 5 Wide Receivers – Underclassmen
Laquon Treadwell, Mississippi – Bye
Michael Thomas, Ohio State – 6 catches, 76 yards, 1 TD
Will Fuller, Notre Dame – 3 catches, 37 yards
Fuller has that rare ability to get open at any time which is similar to Amari Cooper from last season. Fuller has be Notre Dame’s go-to threat each week seemingly finding a way to snag a deep ball each game. Averaging a staggering 19.9 yards per catch, Fuller’s deep-threat ability will make him a must-have at the next level. His route running ability may be the biggest deciding factor come draft day.
Travin Dural, LSU – 2 catches, 30 yards
Ricky Seals-Jones, Texas A&M – 3 catches, 34 yards