South Carolina will turn to freshman Jake Bentley as the starting QB against UMass.
Senior Perry Orth and freshman Brandon McIlwain split game time this season as the school's starter, but obviously they are going in a new direction. The Gamecocks are 2-4 and have lost three conference games in a row.
Alabama used former Crimson Tide QB Blake Sims this week on the scout team to simulate Texas A&M's Trevor Knight.
Like many of you, we have never heard of this. ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports it is within the rules for former players to practice "occasionally" with their old team. Alabama is a double digit favorite against Texas A&M, but Kevin Sumlin has a winning record straight up when his team is that kind of an underdog.
Cal senior RB Khalfani Muhammad rushed for 148 yards and on 23 carries in Friday's 52-49 double-overtime win over Oregon.
No touchdowns for Muhammad, but he found success on the ground nonetheless, averaging 6.4 YPC with a long run of 23 yards. After failing to rush for 100 yards in any of his first four games, the 5-foot-7, 170-pound senior has surpassed 140 in each of his last two contests. With Vic Enwere done for the year due to a broken foot, Muhammad and fellow back Tre Watson are both names to consider for waiver-wire purposes. Watson finished with 154 rushing yards of his own on Friday.
Oregon freshman QB Justin Herbert completed 22-of-40 passes for 258 yards, six touchdowns and an interception in Friday's 52-49 double-overtime loss to Cal.
Lovely work for Herbert, particularly given that Oregon fell behind 21-0 early and for all the world looked like they might just sink into the ground and cease. Alas, despite Herbert's six touchdown passes and the stirring comeback to push the game out of regulation, the freshman gunslinger was intercepted in the second overtime to seal Oregon's losing fate. Given the talent surrounding him and the defense-optional conference he plays in, Herbert is worth waiver-wire consideration. Oregon faces Arizona State next weekend, offering a favorable match-up for interested fantasy parties.
Cal senior QB Davis Webb completed 42-of-61 passes for 325 yards and five touchdowns in Friday's 52-49 double-overtime win over Oregon.
Webb was coming off his worst performance of the season, throwing for just 113 yards in a loss to Oregon State. He injured his hand in that one, too. After a bye week to rest up, though, he came out like gangbusters against Oregon. He tossed four of his five touchdown passes before halftime. The 6-foot-5, 209-pound senior has now notched five touchdown tosses in three of seven games. For the season as a whole, he has thrown for 2,581 yards with a 27/7 TD/INT ratio.
San Diego State senior RB Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries in Friday's 42-3 win over San Jose State.
With his two scores, Pumphrey topped Marshall Faulk's school record for touchdowns in an Aztec career. That his 135 yards rushing represented his second lowest total of the season tells you just how brilliant Pumphrey has been in 2016. The 5-foot-9 has surpassed 100 yards rushing in every game but one and has recorded three contests of 220-plus yards. It all adds up to 1,246 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. San Diego State still has another five games left on the regular season schedule.
In a Q&A with AL.com's Michael Casagrande, The Dallas Morning News' Ben Baby said that he "expect[s]" Texas A&M redshirt junior WR Ricky Seals-Jones (leg) to play in Saturday's monster showdown with Alabama.
Seals-Jones has sat out each of Texas A&M's last two games due to a leg injury sustained against Arkansas near the end of September. In three-plus contests prior to going out injured vs. the Razorbacks, the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder had caught 10 passes for 175 yards.
South Florida junior RB Marlon Mack rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in Friday's 46-30 loss to Temple.
Had he received in the neighborhood of 16-17 carries, Mack may well have finished with 100-plus yards on the ground. He averaged 5.2 YPC on the evening. A heavier workload just wasn't in the cards, though, as the score began to slip on the Bulls as the game unfolded. They trailed 20-13 at the half, with that deficit expanding to a 34-23 disadvantage by the close of the third quarter. This 67-yard performance snapped Mack's string of three consecutive contests with at least 100 yards rushing.