The Heisman Trophy isn't won or lost in one game, much to the benefit of Stanford's Bryce Love after an incredibly forgettable opening weekend.
But if he wants to find a positive after being held to a paltry 29 yards -- or 134 below his average from last season -- it's that he's going to have some legendary company should he rebound to win the award.
Love's output would be the worst of any Heisman-winning running back since Herschel Walker ran for just 20 yards on 11 carries in Georgia's opener vs. Clemson in 1982.
To be fair, Walker had broken his right thumb in the first full contact scrimmage of camp and was playing with a special rubber cast on. He didn't start against the Tigers' Refrigerator Perry-led defense and didn't enter until the second quarter when Vince Dooley brought him on to replace Carnie Norris.
Walker was a decoy as the Bulldogs faked a handoff to the previous year's Heisman runner-up and Tron Jackson took the ball for an apparent touchdown that was called back for holding.
Love was neither injured nor was he a decoy. Last year's runner up to Baker Mayfield in the voting was simply shutdown by a San Diego State defense that held the Cardinal to 50 rushing yards on the night.
Love has three major opportunities before September closes to reestablish his candidacy with No. 17 USC, No. 23 Oregon and No. 8 Notre Dame over the next four games. The Cardinal RB torched those teams for 147 (Ducks) and 125 yards (Fighting Irish and Trojans) last season.
Rebound and the opener becomes a footnote, but it's also given him a razor-thin margin of error after just one week.
We'll forgo the latest look at the Forecaster's virtual ballot through the first month of the season, but here are the players who are poised to rise and fall heading into Week 2.
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On The Rise: Tua Tagovailoa, QB Alabama
Nick Saban said he'll use last season's starter Jalen Hurt's "skill set in the future," and that's trouble for everybody else in this race with Tua Tagovailoa taking the reigns of the Crimson Tide offense for the foreseeable future. Tagovailoa followed up his hype-fueling performance against Georgia in the national title game by throwing for two touchdowns and running for another behind 253 yards of offense in a rout of Louisville last weekend. With the job officially his, Tagovailoa is poised to tee off on Arkansas State this week, a 36 1/2-point favorite. The Crimson Tide won their past two meetings 34-7 (1982) and 35-0 (2008).
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On The Rise: Will Grier, QB West Virginia
It wasn't just that Will Grier threw for a career-high 429 yards or equaled his highest output with five TD passes -- including four in the first half -- against a Tennessee squad that was expected to be improved behind its new coach, defensive guru Jeremy Pruitt. Grier spread the ball around in impressive fashion, hitting 11 different receivers and now gets a shot at previously ranked Youngstown State, which was just stunned by Butler. Not to get too far ahead of ourselves, but considering there's not a currently ranked opponent until Nov. 10 vs. No. 16 TCU and none of the Power 5 teams leading up to the Horned Frogs were overly impressive Week 1 (granted, Oct. 13 opponent Iowa State didn't play last week due to lightning), Grier is poised to keep rising in this race.
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On The Rise: Jake Fromm, QB Georgia
Just how much will Justin Fields see the field against No. 24 South Carolina? Jake Fromm will get the start again with coach Kirby Smart giving no indication of whether Fields, the heralded recruit, will be used as well. This is the only matchup of Top 25 teams in Week 2 and it's the Gamecocks who last season put the emphasis on stopping the run and put the pressure on the then-freshman and Fromm. He delivered, but this time it's in an hostile environment and, if South Carolina's opening-weekend win over Coastal Carolina was any indication, this is going to be an uptempo offense that Fromm will need to neutralize with efficient play.
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Fall Guys: Cam Akers, RB Florida State
There wasn't much to like about new coach Willie Taggart's Gulf Coast Offense as the Seminoles had 35 plays of negative yards among its 63 in the loss to Virginia Tech -- except for when they managed to get their most explosive player the ball in space. He broke loose for an 85-yard run, though he finished with three less than that on his 14 carries. Akers could still end up having a monster year for Taggart in his first season, but with Samford, Syracuse and Northern Illinois before the Seminoles play another Top-25 opponent, he's going to be struggling for attention on a team that looks like it may struggle to live up to its preseason expectations.
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Fall Guys: Trace McSorley, QB Penn State
To his credit, McSorely extended his streak of consecutive games with a TD pass when it mattered most, hitting KJ Hamler with 42 seconds left to push that run to an FBS-best 29 straight, as Penn State averted disaster against Appalachian State. McSorley remains a threat on a team that only hurt its ranking in that effort -- the Nittany Lions dropped three spots to No. 13 -- but with Pitt, Kent State and Illinois over the next three weeks, the QB is, like his team, going to take a step back in the spotlight until those back-to-back clashes with No. 4 Ohio State (Sept. 29) and No. 14 Michigan State on Sept. 29 and Oct. 13, respectively.
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Fall Guys: Khalil Tate, QB Arizona
This partnership had stat-junkies salivating. Khalil Tate, he of the 1,411 rushing yards and another 1,591 yards through the air as a sophomore, and new coach Kevin Sumlin, who helped turner Johnny Manziel into one of the most prolific offensive players in history at Texas A&M. But in the first glimpses, Tate appeared handcuffed as he ran just eight times for 14 yards and a TD and threw for 197 yards and a score. That rushing total was his lowest output since the end of 2016 when he was a backup. It wasn't a good week for Pac-12 hopefuls with Tate, Love and Jake Browning, whose Washington team took a loss vs. Auburn. It feels like Browning and Love can rebound, but Tate may have the longest road back into the thick of the race.