Every game means that much more now we're approaching the final weeks of the college football season and week 11 saw plenty of fine performances.
In general, the QB play over this past weekend from a number of different signal callers was truly remarkable.
The top-20 ranked James Madison Dukes snagged yet another win, 44-6 over UConn with QB Jordan McCloud finishing 33-37 for 457 yards and four touchdowns.
Elsewhere, Dillon Gabriel led Oklahoma to a 39-point drubbing of West Virginia as he recorded a stat line of 23-36 for 423 yards and five touchdowns, plus 50 rushing yards for an additional three scores.
LSU QB Jayen Daniels continued to build his Heisman resume as well. In defeating Florida 52-35, Daniels went 17-26 for 372 yards and three touchdowns, while also adding 234 yards and two scores on the ground.
Finally, in the nightcap on Saturday, Bo Nix and Oregon took care of business against USC, winning by nine points. Nix finished the game 23-31 for 412 yards and four touchdowns.
After narrowly falling to Georgia in Week 10, the Missouri Tigers returned home for another tough SEC matchup against the Tennessee Volunteers.
The Tigers were clearly up to the challenge, securing a 36-7 victory, in which they outscored the Volunteers 23-0 in the second half.
The Missouri defense was a force to be reckoned with, holding Tennessee to 5/13 on third down and forcing three turnovers as well.
The Tigers also dominated the time of possession battle, thanks in large part to RB Cody Schrader’s massive day. On the ground, Schrader toted the rock 35 times and ran for 205 yards and a touchdown.
On the receiving end of things, he posted five catches for 115 yards and led the team in both rushing and receiving. It should be noted that he transferred from Division II Truman State before the 2022 season.
If Missouri plan to stay near the CFP top 10 the rest of the way, they’ll need more big performances out of him.
For as good as the Michigan Wolverines have been this season, the main gripe with this squad is that they hadn’t played a tough opponent.
They did so this past weekend, though, traveling to Happy Valley to take on a then-top-10 ranked Penn State team. It’s safe to say the Wolverines have put those claims to bed now, as they secured a 24-15 victory.
The UM defense lived up to the hype, allowing just 238 total yards and giving up 4/14 Penn State third-down conversions. J.J. McCarthy finished just 7-8 for 60 yards, but the Wolverines ran it a ridiculous 35 straight times in the second half.
When you have a guy like Blake Corum (26 carries,145 yards, 2 TDs) in the backfield, it certainly makes that decision easier.
The Wolverines played with a chip on their shoulder like they had something to prove, and it showed out on the field. They are the favorites to win the National Championship at +220.
All the positive adjectives in the world have already been used to describe Ohio State WR Marvin Harrison Jr.
There wasn’t that much to talk about in the Buckeyes’ 38-3 win over Michigan State, except for the performance of Harrison Jr.
He finished this contest with seven catches for 149 yards and two touchdowns. As if that wasn’t enough, the 21-year-old also garnered a carry in this one and, of course, took it 19 yards to the house.
If there weren’t so many prolific quarterbacks this season, we may be talking about a WR winning the Heisman Trophy and being selected first overall in next year’s NFL Draft. Still, he is +500 to win the Heisman and +2500 to be the No. 1 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.