God bless the Red River Rivalry man.
Honorable Mention – Middle Finger Girl
5. Georgia’s Defensive Front
I have watched a lot of college football man. An unhealthy amount to some. And to be honest with you guys, I don’t think I have ever seen a more dominant defensive front than the 2020 Georgia Bulldogs.
On Saturday, the Bulldogs dominated the trenches like you would see in militaristic Warfare, holding the Volunteers of Tennessee to a whopping -1 rushing yards. 4 quarters, 27 rushing attempts, -1 yards. The Bulldogs defense was also to able to acquire 5 sacks along with 6 tackles for losses. If that is not the definition of complete dominance than I don’t know what is.
4. Terrace Marshall Jr. – WR; LSU
The dichotomy that we are seeing between the 2019 and 2020 LSU Tigers is truly unbelievable. During this time last year, the Tigers of LSU were rolling behind Heisman faithful Joe Burrow, and began blowing out every team that came in their path. Fast forward to present day, and LSU has found themselves 1-2 for the first time since 1994, have given up over 90 points on defense, and look as lost as a newborn puppy.
However, one man you can not blame for the Tiger’s ongoing demise is Junior WR, Terrace Marshall Jr. Marshall, a native of Bossier City, Lousiana, was named WR1 on the depth chart after Ja’Marr Chase opted out of the season to pursue his preparations for the NFL draft.
During Saturday’s loss to Missouri, Marshall showed why he is one of the best wide out’s in the country, racking up 235 receiving yards on 11 catches. Additionally, Marshall was able to bring in 3 TD receptions and averaged a staggering 21.4 yards per catch. While there may be trouble lingering in the Bayou, all hope is not lost, as the Tigers are blessed to play host to one of the most explosive playmakers in the nation.
3. Kellen Mond – QB; Texas A&M
There are certain moments in a collegiate athletes career that make the pain of the grind seemingly worth it. The long days, the early mornings, and the restless nights all of a sudden don’t seem to be as bad anymore. The gratification of success outweighs the pain of the mill. For Senior QB Kellen Mond, this moment of fulfillment came on Saturday afternoon during an upset win over Florida.
During Saturday’s 41-38 upset win over the 4th ranked Florida Gators, Mond showed qualities of Senior leadership that the program has been waiting for since the Texas native stepped on campus. At one point in the game, it seemed as if Mond was playing with such a high level of confidence, that the only thing that was going to stop him was some sort of freak injury. By days end, Mond had compiled a stat line of 338 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, and 0 INTs. Mond’s performance was so good in fact, that it earned him a QBR of 94.7, one of the highest grades he’s received during his time at A&M.
2. North Carolina’s Rushing Attack
During last weeks podcast I said that North Carolina had thus far, done little to impress me. This was a team that I held high in regards coming into the fall, and coming into Saturday, they had looked like nothing more, than an average program.
However, I am here to say that after the Tar Heels put a 56-45 ass whooping on the Virginia Tech Hokies, I am officially putting myself back on the UNC bandwagon. I mean, you wanna talk about an offensive explosion! The Tar Heels went from putting up 24 offensive points last week @ Boston College, to then accumulating 656 yards of total offense against a nationally ranked team in the likes of VT. That is a turn around if i’ve ever seen one.
Even so, the real reason I am here is to talk about the lethal ground attack that the Tar Heels possessed during Saturdays win. In total, North Carolina was able to collect 399 yards on the ground on Saturday in what will go down as the Chapel Hill rush-athon (Move over Phi Epsilon!). Now you may be asking, how did these rushing yards get divided? Well, 214 of those yards went to Senior RB, Micheal Carter, and the other 169 went to Junior RB, Javonte Williams (Sam Howell and Dazz Newsome had the other 16). It is also worth noting that the duo of backs split 37 carries and broke the pilon 2 times each. It goes without saying that after this week, UNC has officially been given the title of RBU.
1. Alabama’s Entire Offense
There are offensive units, there are offensive forces and then there is Alabama. During Saturdays 63-48 shootout win in Oxford Mississippi, Alabama put together an offensive performance that will be remembered for years to come.
Coming into this article, I was set that my top performer of the week was going to be Senior RB, Najee Harris. I mean, the guy ran for 206 yards and scored the football 5 times. How could he not be #1? However, through a moment of conscious, I realized that it would be a disservice to not award this entire offensive unit with the number one spot. They were just too damn good not to give them their recognition. So what I have decided to do is lay out some stats, along with player statistics, to show just how special, and dominant, Alabama’s offensive performance was on Saturday night. Roll damn tide!
- During Alabama’s final 8 possessions, which dated back to the end of the first half, Alabama scored 56 points on 8 TDs.
- Total Yards – 723
- First Downs – 37
QB, Mac Jones: 28-32, 417 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, 96.5 QBR
RB, Najee Harris: 206 rushing yards, 23 carries, 5 TDs, 42 receiving yards
WR, DeVonta Smith: 13 REC, 164 yards, 1 TD
WR, Jaylen Waddle: 6 REC, 120 yards
WR, John Metchie III: 4 REC, 75 yards