Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston "to show he is a natural and has what it takes to be a No. 1 overall draft pick" on Saturday against Notre Dame, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.
Winston completed 23-of-31 attempts for 273 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the come-from-behind victory. "Winston showed off his anticipation all night, delivering strikes before his receivers were out of their breaks or even looking for the ball," Brugler wrote. "He handled pressure well, evading, resetting and speeding up his process when needed, listening to his internal clock. Winston showed a lot of trust and chemistry with his weapons and his confidence clearly extends to his teammates in the huddle. His elongated delivery is something that allows defenders an extra split second to break on the pass, but Winston was able to get away with it because of his NFL-level arm strength."
CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Everett Golson "has NFL arm strength with the mobility to create with his legs."
Golson "played brilliantly" in Saturday's loss, according to Brugler, going 31-for-52 for 313 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. "Golson doesn't receive as much attention as a NFL prospect, but his positive play has not gone unnoticed by scouts, including his gutsy effort Saturday night," Brugler wrote. "He is 16-2 as the starter at Notre Dame and despite his 6-foot, 200-pound frame, he has NFL arm strength with the mobility to create with his legs. Regardless if Golson is in the 2015 or 2016 NFL Draft, he will be drafted higher than anyone anticipated at the beginning of this season." Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Golson as the No. 3 quarterback in this class.
Marshall senior QB Rakeem Cato completed 15-of-27 attempts and threw for 214 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 45-13 win over FIU.
In so doing, he broke Russell Wilson's FBS record by throwing for a touchdown in his 39th straight game. "It was a team effort for all 39 games and we still got more games to play," said Cato. The efficient and record-setting performance must have been sweet for the Miami native playing in his hometown. Cato has thrown for 1,912 yards, 19 touchdowns and six interceptions in seven games this season. "How about Cato?" said Marshall coach Doc Holliday. "I mean, it's a record that may never be broken. That's a heck of a record. If anyone deserves it, that young man does. And to be able to come down here to Miami and do that in front of his family, 15 minutes from where he grew up, that was huge."
West Virginia senior DE Shaquille Riddick had "his coming-out performance" Saturday versus Baylor, wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.
Riddick finished with three sacks after coming into the contest with only one total. Part of the reason for that is due to Riddick's status as a reserve. Riddick played three years at Gardner-Webb before transferring to West Virginia in May. Over the summer, Brugler wrote that Riddick reminded him of a "more polished version" of Larry Webster Jr., a fourth-round pick of the Lions last spring.
West Virginia senior WR Kevin White "added to his Biletnikoff Award candidacy" on Saturday against Baylor, wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.
White finished with eight catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns, becoming the first player in college football to exceed 1,000 receiving yards. "White has emerged as the top senior wideout prospect in the country and legitimate first-round pick," Brugler wrote.
Texas senior RB Malcolm Brown rushed for 72 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 19 carries in Texas' 45-42 escape against Iowa State on Saturday.
Brown hasn't yet exceeded 100 yards in a game during this long, disappointing season. He's rushed for 396 yards and four touchdowns on 103 carries, a 3.8 YPC average. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote over the summer that Brown "runs physical" and "low to the ground." Brown had 904 yards and nine touchdowns on 214 attempts and hauled in 17 receptions for 195 yards and two TD last season, numbers he isn't likely to match as a senior.
Ohio State senior CB Doran Grant intercepted a pass in Saturday's romp over Rutgers.
The 5-foot-11, 191-pounder entered the season as Ohio State's lone returning defensive back starter. He's now picked off passes in consecutive games. Over the summer, NFL.com's Bucky Brooks called Grant "one of the most dynamic athletes in college football." Grant runs a 4.54 forty and should test out well at the combine.
Georgia senior WR Chris Conley caught five passes for 128 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's win versus Arkansas.
Conley has "solid hands and good enough speed," an AFC scout told NFL.com last month. "He's a heady player in routes, really good at finding soft spots in zones." We think, best-case scenario, that he projects as a third or fourth receiver at the next level. The 6-foot-2, 206-pound Conley has "good build-up speed, as well as the body control and soft hands to make tough receptions," CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote over the summer.