Week 5 of the college football season was exciting to say the least as four of the top 10 teams in the country lost including Ole Miss, UCLA, Notre Dame, and Georgia. LSU’s Leonard Fournette remains the Heisman favorite after a third straight week topping 200 yards rushing. Fournette is not eligible for this year’s draft as he’s only a true sophomore but he will likely be the highest running back drafted in 2017. The most exciting matchup of the upcoming week is 23rd ranked Cal visiting 5th ranked Utah. This will be Cal’s toughest test to date as we may finally see what top quarterback Jared Goff has to offer.
Top 5 Senior Quarterbacks
Cody Kessler, USC – bye
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State – 20/34, 210 yards
Trevone Boykin, TCU – 20/35, 332 yards, 5 TDs
Carson Wentz, North Dakota State – 19/27, 183 yards, 1 TD
Connor Cook, Michigan State – 13/19, 131 yards, 1 TD
Top 5 Quarterbacks – Underclassmen
Christian Hackenberg, Penn State – 10/19, 156 yards, 1 TD
Cardale Jones, Ohio State – 18/27, 245 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
One has to wonder whether coach Urban Meyer promised Cardale Jones the starting position if he returned to school for one more year. Backup J.T. Barrett has played slightly better yet isn’t getting the opportunity Jones has. Nevertheless, Jones’ NFL future is significantly better based on his skill set and elite size. Barrett may also have a future in the pros but is more reminiscent of former Buckeye great Troy Smith. It remains to be seen if a quarterback change will take place anytime soon. If one thing is for sure, Jones must play better to keep his high draft status.
Jared Goff, California – 33/45, 390 yards, 4 TD’s, 1 INT
Let’s pump the breaks on Goff for now. Let’s not forget Kyle Boller did the same thing over 12 years ago when he was at Cal. Goff has not played elite competition so far this season. This upcoming game against Utah will be interesting but I am more intrigued by their October 22nd game against UCLA as they assemble a strong unit under head coach Jim Mora.
Chad Kelly, Ole Miss – 26/40, 259 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee – 20/36, 232 yards
Top 5 Senior Running Backs
D.J. Foster, Arizona State (RB/WR) – 4 catches, 57 yards, 1 TD
Byron Marshall, Oregon – Ankle surgery; return unknown
Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech – 22 carries, 59 yards, 1 TD
Kenyan Drake, Alabama – 6 carries, 0 yards
C.J. Prosise, Notre Dame – 15 carries, 50 yards, 4 catches, 100 yards, 1 TD
Top 5 Running Backs – Underclassmen
Derrick Henry, Alabama – 26 carries, 148 yards, 1 TD
Alabama played angry this week after suffering a heartbreaking loss to Ole Miss earlier in the season. Henry lead the way for the Crimson Tide pacing the offense with 148 yards against a normally stingy Georgia defense. If quarterback Jacob Coker can play like he did last week for the rest of the season we may get to see Henry function in an offense where defenses are not constantly stacking the box. While Henry is ahead of Ezekiel Elliot on my fantasy rankings because of his inevitable future goal line vulture status, one has to wonder if the failure of Trent Richardson will impact Henry’s status come draft day.
Ezekiel Elliot, Ohio State – 23 carries, 274 yards, 3 TD’s
Talk about putting the team on your back, Elliot rushed for 274 yards in a game that was much closer than expected. Elliot has excellent quickness and agility that is certain to translate to the NFL. I would not be surprised if Elliot was taken in the middle of the first round in the upcoming draft.
Alex Collins, Arkansas – 27 carries, 154 yards, 1 TD
James Connor, Pittsburgh – OUT FOR SEASON (Torn ACL)
Kelvin Taylor, Florida – 27 carries, 83 yards
Coaching is everything isn’t it. Jim McElwain has the Gators at 4-0 with roughly the same players Will Muschamp did a year ago. Jim Harbaugh has done the same at Michigan. While Taylor had the unfortunate sideline incident with his coach, McElwain decided to stick with his guy developing him little by little each day. While Florida’s offensive line is less than stellar, Taylor has the footwork and vision all backs need, reminding me of Giovanni Bernard.
Top 5 Senior Wide Receivers
Josh Doctson, TCU – 7 catches, 129 yards, 2 TDs
Josh Doctson has simply brought his best every week. Defenders known TCU and their quarterback Trevone Boykin are going to target Doctson for a majority of the game and they still can’t stop him. One has to think he is very much in the first round discussion.
Braxton Miller, Ohio State – 1 catch, -9 yards
Nelson Spruce, Colorado – 6 catches, 87 yards
Aaron Burbridge, Michigan State – 1 catch, 9 yards
Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma – 2 catches, 35 yards, 1 TD
Shepard appears in this week’s rankings after Auburn kicked D’Haquille Williams off the team. Sterling is a smaller receiver who works best in the slot. The 5’10” wideout is also an excellent return man which boosts his draft stock.
Top 5 Wide Receivers – Underclassmen
Laquon Treadwell, Mississippi – 5 catches, 42 yards
Marquez North, Tennessee – DNP Undisclosed Injury
Michael Thomas, Ohio State – 4 catches, 54 yards, 1 TD
Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh – 5 catches, 48 yards
Travin Dural, LSU – 1 catch, 27 yards