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Week 10: Booms and Busts

Sunday, November 4, 2018


Week 10 Booms

 

Arizona QB Khalil Tate -- 350 passing yards, five touchdowns -- vs. Colorado: The hype for Tate -- fair or not --  coming into the season has not been met. That's been at least partially due to his nagging ankle injury, but there have been some silly decisions and flat-out misses during the 2018 season. He certainly lived up to the hype on Friday night against the Buffaloes, and was accurate with his throws as we've seen him since he enrolled at Arizona. The rushing yards still aren't there and likely won't be until next year, but Tate can sling it, too. Just look at this line if you need more proof.

 

Missouri QB Drew Lock -- 250 yards passing, three touchdowns -- vs. Florida: There were lots -- lots -- of quarterbacks who threw for more yards and touchdowns in Week 10. And yet you could argue there was no bigger "boom" of the week than Lock. The fact is that the talented signal-caller has not performed to an acceptable level when he's faced upper-echelon competition. This was one of the better defenses in the conference/country, and Lock was accurate, made quality decisions, and dominated the Gators in the 38-17 victory in Gainesville. There's going to be a lot of tape that suggests that Lock isn't a future NFL quarterback. This will be one proponents of him put on when making their case. 

  

Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray -- 360 passing yards, three touchdowns -- vs. Texas Tech: Murray also added 100 yards rushing and a touchdown in the 51-46 victory over the Red Raiders. The talented quarterback didn't start well with two early interceptions, but did he ever finish well in the shootout. Murray has become one of -- if not the -- best dual-threats in the country, and outside of the two interceptions he was at his best on Saturday; albeit against a defense that probably won't have any documentaries made about it. Tua Tagovailoa remains a significant Heisman favorite, but Murray is all but assured an invite to New York City.

 

Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor -- 208 yards rushing, three touchdowns -- vs. Rutgers: Taylor made our "bust" list last week -- we didn't like doing it anymore than you did -- but he was back at the level we've come accustomed to in the victory over the Knights. It's the third 200-yard rushing performance for the sophomore sensation, and the three rushing scores put him over double-digits (11) for the second straight year. Taylor's chances of a Heisman have all but vanished, but he remains one of the top tailbacks in the country, and there's no doubt he'll be among the favorites next season.

 

Florida Atlantic RB Devin Singletary -- 184 yards rushing, three touchdowns -- vs. Florida International: Can you imagine scoring 18 touchdowns in the first nine games, and being 14 touchdowns away from matching your total the previous year? That's what Singletary has done. His nose for the end zone -- obvious point is obvious -- is exceptional, but he's pretty darned good in between the 20's, too. Singletary is now also up to 1,021 yards in his junior campaign, and while he's not likely to match his not-from-this-planet stats in 2017, he's still one of the very best players to watch in college football. You can do worse.

 

USC RB Aca'Cedric Ware -- 205 yards, three touchdowns -- vs. Oregon State: USC's season has been a disappointment with four losses already, but because the Pac-12 South is a mess -- we're not allowed to write the words it actually is -- the Trojans have a chance to play for the conference championship. Getting the ball to Ware more often might be a way to do that, as he was excellent in the victory over the Beavers on Saturday. The talented senior has battled injuries throughout his career, but he's averaging seven yards a carry, and the three scores put him up to six on the season. Don't be surprised if Ware acts as the bell-cow again for the rest of the season for the Trojans.

 

UMass WR Andy Isabella -- 303 yards receiving, two touchdowns -- vs. Liberty: If you liked defense, you weren't watching UMass vs. Liberty. There's a pretty good chance you weren't watching UMass vs. Liberty no matter what. It was a 62-59 shootout for those who did partake, and Isabella was sensational. The 303 yards are a season high, but this doesn't come completely out of nowhere; he's been as productive a wideout as there has been in college football with a 77/1,394/11 line. He's going to have to test well, but if you want to talk about deep draft sleepers, there you go.

 

Buffalo WR Anthony Johnson -- 238 yards receiving, three touchdowns -- vs. Miami (OH): Another small school sensation, but a sensation nevertheless. Johnson was dominant in the victory over the RedHawks, and the three scores give him five in the last two weeks and eight on the year. That comes after the former JUCO star picked up 14 touchdowns the previous year, so, yeah, he's a red-zone threat. Johnson is as intriguing of wideout talent as there is in the country, and while there will be some injury concerns (he missed two games in the middle of the year), he's assuredly on radars. 

 

Iowa State WR Hakeem Butler -- 164 yards, two touchdowns -- vs. Kansas: Both of Butler's touchdowns were impressive, showing off his impressive 6-foot-6, 225-pound frame and the ability to snare the ball out of the air at its highest point. He's now scored a touchdown in four straight games, and he's found the endzone in every game outside of Iowa and TCU. Butler has another year of eligibility, but with his size and production, it wouldn't be a big surprise if this was his last year with Iowa State.

 

Week 10 Busts

 

Anyone who put on a uniform, coached, or rooted for Penn State: This might seem over-the-top, but if you think that this is too harsh (okay, the rooting thing is obviously too harsh), you didn't watch the game. Give credit to Michigan, who looks like the best one-loss team in the country after their 42-7 drubbing of the Nittany Lions. But calling this a lackluster performance is unfair to previous lackluster performances. Trace McSorley had arguably his worst game as a Penn State starter, and his skill-position weapons weren't much better. The defense was bad, and what looked on paper to be a marquee contest coming into the year was an absolute laugher. Yeesh.

 

LSU QB Joe Burrow -- 184 yards passing-- vs. Alabama:  If we're being fair, no one was all that good for LSU in the 29-0 loss. The team ran for a total of 12 yards, and the defense wasn't great. But it's also fair to say that Burrow was a bust, as he simply didn't perform in his biggest game as the starter for LSU. It was honestly a bit of a surprise to see he completed this many passes, because when this game was competitive, it sure seemed like the football was on the ground an awful lot. Burrow has flashed competence at times for the Tigers, but in the two losses, he simply hasn't been up to the task.

 

Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond -- 220 yards passing, one touchdown -- vs. Auburn: Unfortunately, this is back-to-back weeks where Mond qualifies for this list. After struggling in the loss to Mississippi State, Mond was just as ineffective as a passer in the 28-24 loss to Auburn on Saturday. Again, it's worth pointing out that some regression was bound to happen, and the improvement he's made in 2018 is truly impressive; Mond has a bright future. All that being said, the Aggies would have won the last two weeks if Mond would have played reasonably well. He didn't.

 

The Kansas coaching situation: This is a preemptive bust. Reports came out Saturday evening that Jayhawks HC David Beaty wouldn't return as the head coach for the Jayhawks. It's tough to argue with this decision; outside of the upset victory over TCU last weekend, the Jayhawks simply haven't been competitive in his time as coach, and the improvement was marginal this year -- at best. Then reports came out that Beaty would be able to stay on for the remainder of the season. This doesn't make any sense. Having a lame duck coach finish the year does nothing for the Jayhawks, and hurts the team in recruiting. It's not unheard of for a team to let a coach finish the season, but in the case of Kansas, why would you want someone who clearly isn't the answer to finish the year? Why not give one of your coordinators a chance to finish the year as an audition? All due respect to Beaty, but if this truly is the decision, it's a poor one.



Christopher Crawford is a baseball and college football writer for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter @Crawford_MILB.
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