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Georgia’s defense allowed not one, but two touchdowns this week.
Is the sky falling?
These players’ stocks are certainly not falling. Here’s a look back on the nation’s top five performances from Week 7:
Honorable Mention – The 6-Finger Man
Kentucky LB JJ Weaver has 6 fingers pic.twitter.com/DBECnbHFsM
— PFF College (@PFF_College) October 16, 2021
This is so absurd it rocks.
5. Matt Corral – QB, Ole Miss
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Matt Corral is going to win the Heisman Trophy. It’s true that we still have more than a month to play in the regular season. But it’s time to give the king his crown.
Corral is better at doing his job than anybody else in the country. He shows up at stadiums around the country and performs as if 100,000 people are paying to see just him. He is a showman if there ever was one.
Matt Corral IN A BUCKET 🎯 https://t.co/bVsLS4Kjgu
— Hammer DAHN (@HammerDAHN) October 17, 2021
Take Saturday night for example. The Southern California native took his talents into Neyland Stadium and put on a show. En route to an emotional 31-26 win over Tennessee, the junior quarterback passed for 231 yards and rushed for 195 to go with a pair of touchdowns. Can you say hello, Heisman?
4. David Bell – WR, Purdue
Head coach Jeff Brohm and the Purdue Boilermakers entered Iowa City on Saturday afternoon with a purpose. From the second the ball left the kicking tee to the moment the clock hit zero, Purdue was the more dominant team in every facet of the game in a 24-7 rout of No. 2 Iowa.
David Bell. If this is a name that rings a bell — get it? — it is because the Purdue junior wideout was previously featured on our top performers when he racked 121 yards receiving and three touchdowns against Connecticut in Week 2. And if you think that performance is worthy of recognition, just wait until you hear what he did on Saturday afternoon against one of the nation’s premiere defenses.
In a dominating win, Bell put the offense on his back, racking in 240 yards on 11 catches to go along with a touchdown. Purdue became the first unranked team since 2014 to beat a No. 2-ranked team and did so, rather handily.
3. Caleb Williams – QB, Oklahoma
This past week was the media vs. Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley. To fully understand the current state of affairs in Norman, we must go back to last Saturday during the Sooners’ heroic win at the Cotton Bowl. The story goes a little something like this…
It’s the second quarter of the Red River Rivalry. Oklahoma is getting its doors blown off by Texas when in comes true freshman quarterback Caleb Williams. The Washington D.C. native leads his team back from an 18-point second-half deficit and is named the king of Norman.
This is where things begin to get sticky.
Holly Rowe, a sideline reporter for ESPN, asked to speak to Williams after the game, but was denied access by Riley. Why? Your guess is as good as anyone else’s.
We now head over to the practice fields, where, thanks to a student reporter, a pair of binoculars, and a couple of quotes from Spencer Rattler’s dad, the media has been denied all access for the majority of the week. If Riley and the media were a couple, they’d be on the verge of separation.
Caleb Williams took the majority of snaps with first team in practice Tuesday, but Spencer Rattler is still committed to #Sooners, his father says.https://t.co/2FScMWmHsk
— OU Daily Sports (@OUDailySports) October 12, 2021
With that said, if you watched Oklahoma play TCU on Saturday night, you may have assumed it was the best team in college football. The Sooners pounded the Horned Frogs by a score of 52-31 and looked like a well oiled, functional machine.
𝘗𝘰𝘦𝘵𝘳𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯.@CALEBcsw #OUDNA pic.twitter.com/bsXmvPZqIk
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) October 17, 2021
So you may be thinking: How is it possible for a team to look so good on Saturday after going through so many distractions during the week? And the answer is quite simple.
Oklahoma had Williams and TCU didn’t.
Williams, who made his first collegiate start on Saturday night, looked about as dominant and sharp as a freshly-shaven pencil, going 18-for-23 passing for 293 yards to go along with four touchdown passes, 66 rushing yards and one rushing score. There is already speculation that Rattler, the former starter, is looking for a new home.
Norman has a new “QB1”.
2. Jerome Ford – RB, Cincinnati
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It is time we start to respect the Cincinnati Bearcats. Cincinnati is in the same conversation as any elite program in America. The Alabamas of the world will always get special recognition, but it is time that we begin to acknowledge the fact that Luke Fickell has a darn good football team.
One thing that makes Cincinnati such a dangerous team is that it can hurt you with both the passing and the rushing attack. There will be instances where Desmond Ridder has a field day finding his wideouts, and others where Jerome Ford gets more carries than a mailman. Saturday was the latter.
Ford may be one of the most underappreciated backs in all of college football. He has already touched the ball over 100 times this season, and gets banged up in the trenches like you wouldn’t believe.
Jerome Ford has hit the end zone FOUR TIMES in just the first half for @GoBearcatsFB 😳 pic.twitter.com/LU0fWnLo8Z
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 16, 2021
On Saturday, en route to a dominating 56-21 win over UCF, Ford had a day for the ages, rushing for 189 yards on 20 touches to go along with four rushing scores. Is Ford going to receive any Heisman votes come season’s end? Most likely not. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t one of the more gritter, talented backs this game has to offer.
1. Tyrion Davis-Price – RB, LSU
Not to beat a dead horse, but it is important to note just how bad things currently are in Baton Rouge to get a better understanding of how essential Tyrion Davis-Price’s performance was on Saturday afternoon.
For starters, LSU hosted Florida at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday morning. Do you understand how bad things have to get for Florida’s visit to be played at 11 a.m.? Instead of booze, the tailgates had to serve coffee.
Secondly, it was announced early Sunday morning that LSU had decided it will part ways with head coach Ed Orgeron at the conclusion of this season. Did this come as a surprise to most? Nope. But if you would have said back in 2019 that “Coach O” would be fired in just two years’ time, you would’ve been called crazy.
And that brings us back to Saturday morning, where LSU played host to Dan Mullen and No. 20 Florida. For the most part, Death Valley was eerily quiet — at least considerably quieter than it should ever be. And for all intents and purposes, the Tigers had no business winning or even competing with a much more talented and disciplined Gator team.
But big-time players step up for big-time games.
All Eyes On 3️⃣ pic.twitter.com/8Oef8UCV0w
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) October 16, 2021
And step up Tyrion Davis-Price did. In what will be described as one of the most memorable performances in program history, Price put the state of Louisiana on his back, rushing for 287 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-42 upset.
Price not only helped his team to a needed win, but set the school record for most rushing yards in a game — a mark previously set by Derrius Guice in 2016 (285). Additionally, Price’s 287 rushing yards were the most rushing yards allowed by an opposing player in Florida history.
It was a priceless showing to say the least.