Week 10 of the college football season is in the books and it was another memorable day of football across the country, with big performances from some of the game's brightest stars.
The action started on Tuesday and Wednesday nights with MACtion to whet our appetite, followed by a Saturday slate that delivered a ton of excitement.
Over the course of the day we had some bad beats, unlikely upsets and terrific wins for programs that made a statement.
With Week 10 behind us, it’s time to look at the top performers from the last few days across the college football landscape.
At one point this season, Jalen Milroe was considered a liability at quarterback for Alabama, and that opinion was understandable.
After all, Milroe struggled operating within structure and connecting on short and intermediate throws, despite having a terrific deep ball.
However, the last few weeks have seen the young quarterback take major strides forward, culminating in a terrific performance against LSU in a massive victory for the Crimson Tide.
Milroe didn’t record a single passing touchdown, but he did throw for over 200 yards and completed 66% of his passes.
Most importantly, the sophomore stuck to his strengths, running the ball 20 times for 155 yards and a whopping four touchdowns on the day, all while averaging nearly eight yards per carry.
The LSU defense was completely off balance and Milroe looked extremely comfortable operating an offense that is suddenly looking like it could function on a National Championship contender.
At this point, Milroe holds the keys to Alabama’s season in his hands, with the Crimson Tide +900 to win the NCAAF Championship.
One of the best Pac-12 games of the season took place on Saturday between the Washington Huskies and USC Trojans, and it certainly lived up to the hype.
At the center of it all was Michael Penix Jr., who made another Heisman statement in a game that his team had to have.
The Washington quarterback went 22-for-30 throwing for 256 yards and a pair of touchdown passes en route to a 52-42 victory over the Trojans at home.
This immediately impacted Penix’s Heisman Trophy odds, as he is now the favorite in this market at +150 to win the award as of Monday, November 6.
He also had a “Heisman Moment” in the second quarter, extending a crucial 3rd down play with his legs before throwing a touchdown pass in the back of the end zone to tie the score at 14. Washington wouldn’t look back from there.
As the season winds down, Penix should continue to put up gaudy numbers as part of a Washington offense that is an absolute machine and should score in bunches against quality opponents in November.
Speaking of Pac-12 quarterbacks, there is something special brewing in Tucson, Arizona this season. We mentioned his name a few weeks ago and Noah Fifita just keeps on improving as the starting quarterback for the red-hot Arizona Wildcats.
Arizona is undefeated against the spread since Fifita took over against Washington on September 30, including back-to-back wins over the Oregon State Beavers and UCLA Bruins over the past two weeks.
This last month has been the apex for this Wildcats offense under Fifita, as Arizona routed Washington State 44-6 and followed that up with 27-24 victory over Oregon State and a dominant 27-10 effort over UCLA to improve to 6-3 on the season and pull into a four-way tie for third place in the Pac-12.
Fifita has 14 touchdowns to just four interceptions over his five starts in a Wildcats uniform and his poise has been apparent from the opening game.
This remains a bet-on team for the remainder of the season and Fifita’s sparkling play is the primary reason for it.
Senior running back Blake Corum only gained 44 yards on his 15 carries in Michigan's 41-13 win over Purdue, but he scored three touchdowns for the Wolverines to help bring their record to 9-0.
All three of his touchdowns came in short-yardage situations, but he got the job done on the three times he was asked.
Corum's three scores on Saturday mean he now leads the nation in rushing touchdowns with 16.
While star wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr.'s haul of four catches for 25 yards and two touchdowns resembles what Corum did for Michigan, Ohio State Buckeyes running back TreVeyon Henderson carried a heavy load in his team's 35-16 win over Rutgers.
On 22 carries, Henderson ran for 128 yards and scored one touchdown. He rushed nine yards for his score to push the Buckeyes' lead to 21-9 late in the third quarter.