It's a bittersweet article this week. The college football season feels like it just started, yet it's almost over, as there are only a few weeks remaining. As usual, I'll be going through games of the week and ending with my gambling picks. However, I've got a special little twist to this week's piece.
I'm going to be giving shine to some guys who should be in the Heisman Trophy discussion, but aren't, because they're either not a quarterback or don't go to Alabama, Ohio State, or Clemson. There's a ton of guys who are putting up monster numbers who won't even sniff the Heisman conversation. Who's on your list of guys who should be in consideration for the Heisman? Definitely let me know what you think, because there's a chance I could be overlooking a few guys. With that out of the way, LET'S RUN IT.
College Football Games of the Week
#15 Iowa State vs. #20 Texas (11/27)
Thanksgiving week means that we get a good amount of Friday games. This contest is one of the headliners, as the Iowa State Cyclones travel south to Austin to take on the Texas Longhorns. Iowa State is currently leading the Big 12, with a 6-1 conference record. Texas is behind them in third place, with a 4-2 conference record. This game is likely to determine who represents the Big 12 in the conference championship game. If Iowa State wins, they pretty much punch their ticket. If Texas is victorious, barring a collapse, they will face Oklahoma in a rematch in the championship.
The matchup to watch is Breece Hall vs. the Longhorns run defense. Hall is having a terrific year, which I will highlight later. Texas has a pretty good run defense, ranking 25th in the nation. In their matchup against Oklahoma State, they were able to hold Chuba Hubbard to just 72 yards on 25 carries. If Texas can hold Breece Hall, they have a good chance of coming out on top.
#2 Notre Dame vs. #25 North Carolina (11/27)
This is the other headliner on Friday. The undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish head to Chapel Hill to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels. This is the biggest remaining test for Notre Dame before a likely rematch with Clemson in the ACC championship. Their defense will be tested against an explosive Tar Heels offense, led by Sam Howell at quarterback and two great running backs in Javonte Williams and Michael Carter. On the other side, North Carolina hasn't faced a defense as tough as the Fighting Irish. This is my favorite game of the weekend; I can't wait to park my ass on the couch, drink a Miller Latte, and watch this contest unfold.
#22 Auburn vs. #1 Alabama (11/28)
This edition of the Iron Bowl might be one of the more lopsided ones in recent memory. Alabama is an absolute wagon and is coming off a demolition of Kentucky. They welcome the Auburn Tigers to Bryant-Denny Stadium, looking for another signature win to add to their resume. Auburn, on the other hand, struggled to put away Tennessee, but ultimately won the game. Last year's game was an instant classic, as Auburn won 48-45 after Alabama's kicker missed a field goal off the left upright. Despite the Crimson Tide being WAY better than the Tigers, it should still be a fun one.
I only have three games to watch this week. I would've put Penn State vs. Michigan on here, but both teams are having brutally rough years and sit at a combined 2-8. If you're not sleeping at 10:00 P.M. on Saturday, Nevada vs. Hawaii could be a fun game with two high powered offenses.
Sneaky Heisman Candidates
Breece Hall - RB, Iowa State
I mentioned it briefly, but Breece Hall is having an outstanding year. In eight games this year, Hall has already accumulated almost 1200 rushing yards on 180 attempts—good enough for over six yards per carry. In addition, he's put in 16 total touchdowns—15 on the ground and one through the air. He isn't much of a pass-catching threat, but he's made a case of being the best pure runner of the football in the country. He has a chance to improve on his campaign against the Texas Longhorns on Friday.
Mohamed Ibrahim - RB, Minnesota
The Minnesota Golden Gophers have had a rough go at it this season, as they haven't been able to recreate the magic of their 2019 season. However, Mo Ibrahim has been a bright spot on an otherwise mediocre offense. Ibrahim has 817 yards on 155 carries and 13 touchdowns in his five games. Like Hall, he isn't much of a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield, as he's only caught eight passes for 56 yards. He definitely won't win it, but it's hard to ignore what Ibrahim has done in his abbreviated junior season.
Ty Fryfogle - WR, Indiana
Ty Fryfogle had a slow start to his senior season, but the Maryland native has picked it up in a huge way. On the year, Fryfogle has 31 receptions for 642 yards and seven touchdowns. In his past two games, Fryfogle has been dominant, accumulating over 400 yards and five touchdowns during that span. He has three more opportunities to improve his stats, including a very friendly matchup against a week Maryland Terrapins pass defense on Saturday.
Elijah Moore - WR, Mississippi
Elijah Moore is putting up video game numbers in his junior year. Get a load of this: in seven games, Moore has 74 catches for 1,054 yards and eight touchdowns. These are great numbers for a full season. Moore has done this in SEVEN games. He has a chance to stack his numbers even more, as the Rebels have two more games, including a showdown in the Egg Bowl against Mississippi State.
David Bell - WR, Purdue
David Bell is another Big Ten receiver that's putting up some great numbers. On the year, Bell has caught 39 balls for 425 yards and six touchdowns. He's only a sophomore, so he's got one more year to build on his already impressive college resume. Bell will definitely be on the Biletnikoff shortlist next season.
Liberty -37.5 vs. UMass
I usually tend to stay away from favorites over 30 points, but not in this case. Liberty is coming off their first loss in tragic fashion, as North Carolina State blocked their game-winning field goal attempt. UMass is the worst team in college football. In their three games this year, they've scored a combined 12 points, while having a point differential of -104. Give me Liberty to blow the doors off of the Minutemen.
Michigan -2 vs. Penn State
Despite Michigan's struggles, it seems like they've started to turn the corner with Cade McNamara at quarterback. He came on in relief of Joe Milton on Saturday and looked impressive, leading the Wolverines to an overtime victory over Rutgers. Penn State is going to win eventually, just not this week. Give me Michigan to win pretty handily over the Nittany Lions.
Clemson -24 and O55 vs. Pittsburgh
Two-for-one special here as I'm rolling with Clemson and the over. Clemson was mad about their loss against Notre Dame a few weeks ago. Now, they're really mad after Florida State decided to cancel their game Saturday. I would not want to run into the Tigers now, as they look like they're about to go on a massive "fuck you" tour. Pittsburgh had an impressive win against Virginia Tech last week, but Clemson's a different animal and they might look to run up the score a little bit here.
Colorado +13 vs. USC
This is a matchup of two undefeated Pac 12 teams. USC hasn't been impressive this year, and you could make the argument that they should be 1-2. They get a Colorado Buffaloes team who can really run with the football with sophomore tailback Jarek Broussard. USC will end up winning, but I think the Buffs can keep it within 13 in this spot.