I almost included dynamic QB Lamar Jackson in my Heisman Top 5. I suspect he may show up there soon enough. The Cards whipped a mediocre Charlotte team 70-14.
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Nick Chubb came back in a big way and the Dawgs rallied to beat a good UNC squad.
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A team I thought wouldn’t be anywhere near the Top 25, especially with such a brutal schedule in the first half of the season, showed a ton of toughness taking down LSU at Lambeau. Bart Houston was shaky, throwing two picks, and the Badgers barely averaged over three yards a carry, but that was against a really talented D. LSU has a lot of firepower, but the Badgers were salty -- holding them to just 257 total yards and 2-for-10 on third downs.
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K-State made things very interesting in the second half, but Christian McCaffrey kept coming through for the Cardinal. David Shaw also has to be very pleased with how QB Ryan Burns played against a strong defense.
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The Buckeyes belted Urban Meyer’s old school Bowling Green, which is not a bad MAC team, 77-10, displaying all kinds of weapons for J.T. Barrett to utilize and posted a school-record 776 yards of total offense. Maybe the most impressive part of all was the fact that a largely rebuilt O-line didn’t allow a single TFL the entire game.
They’re very good in the trenches, have plenty of speed and completely destroyed Hawaii 63-3.
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QB Deondre Francois produced a terrific debut against a tough Ole Miss team, throwing for 419 yards and zero INTs to go with 59 rushing yards, leading the 'Noles to a 22-point comeback. The defense did look shaky, especially in the first half, but it was facing Chad Kelly and a talented group of receivers. DL DeMarcus Walker also was a force, notching 4.5 sacks.
Tom Herman’s a whiz. His QB, Greg Ward, is a stud and the D-line is ferocious, starting with Ed Oliver -- who mauled an explosive Oklahoma team Saturday.
Deshaun Watson didn’t carve up the Auburn D on the road, but that’s a very stout group. WR Mike Williams, though, had a big game and proved he’s back after missing most of 2015 with a neck injury. A big plus: the rebuilt Clemson defense looked very tough, especially the young D-linemen. Beware of 340-pound true freshman Dexter Lawrence. He’s fantastic.
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The Tide had a shaky opening quarter and then blew USC -- a team with a bunch of athletes on both sides of the ball -- off the field. Bama’s D looked nasty as ever and totally shut down WR JuJu Smith Schuster. Better still, the Tide may have found its QB in Jalen Hurts, a dynamic true freshman who was very impressive as the game went on.