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Weeks 3 and 4

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Penn State's Saquon Barkley eludes an Iowa Hawkeye.

Penn State's Saquon Barkley eludes an Iowa Hawkeye.

Penn State's Saquon Barkley eludes an Iowa Hawkeye.

Penn State's Saquon Barkley eludes an Iowa Hawkeye.

Sam Herrold, Reporter

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The Texas-Southern California showdown in Los Angeles was exciting. The last time these two played was in the 2006 National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl. Down to the wire, both teams went into double overtime, which ended with a 27-24 game victory by USC. This shows that Coach Tom Herman is slowly bringing the Longhorns back to national power with their impressive defensive play that night.

Week 4

Week 4 showcased a couple matchups that had playoff impact. One was the Texas Christian-Oklahoma State game played in Stillwater. Being heavily favored over the Horned Frogs, TCU played its best game of far this year in winning, 44-31. OSU’s Mason Rudolph struggled throughout the game with two interceptions, but he managed to throw for 398 yards.

Alabama went to Vanderbilt and ran the Commodores out of their own stadium, 59-0. Vanderbilt came into the game 3-0 while fans chanted, “We want Bama!” They seemed to have no idea to what they were going against this last weekend.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs went to Athens, Georgia, to play an intense SEC contest. Georgia came ready for the Bulldogs and won impressively, 31-3.

Sam’s Heisman Race

  1. Saquon Barkley (Penn State) – He had his best game this year with 358 all-purpose yards against Iowa on the road. He is going to get better throughout the year.
  2. Baker Mayfield (University of Oklahoma) – Mayfield managed to stack up 283 passing yards and three touchdowns against the Baylor Bears in Waco, Texas. The Sooners managed to slip away with a victory, 49-41.
  3. Josh Rosen (UCLA) – Rosen had a great night on the offensive side of the ball against Stanford, but the Bruins’ defensive side sageed. Losing 58-34, Rosen threw for 480 yards and three touchdown passes. Down the road, Rosen slipped in the rankings, but he could end as a Heisman finalist.
  4. Sam Darnold (Southern Cal) – In a sloppy game, he managed to pull out a road victory against California, 30-20. He threw for 223 yards with two touchdowns. In order for him to rise in the rankings, he will have to play on a higher level than he is right now. Expect him to be on the end of this list throughout the year.
  5. Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State) – Rudolph dropped the rankings this week with his two interceptions last week.  He should slowly rise in the rankings but he will have to play better. He threw for 398 yards against a tough TCU defense.

Week 5 Rankings

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Penn state
  5. Southern California
  6. Washington
  7. Georgia
  8. Michigan
  9. Texas Christian University
  10. Wisconsin
  11. Ohio State
  12. Virginia Tech
  13. Auburn
  14. Miami
  15. Oklahoma State
  16. Washington State
  17. Louisville
  18. University of South Florida
  19. San Diego State
  20. Utah
  21. Florida
  22. Notre Dame
  23. West Virginia
  24. Mississippi State
  25. Louisiana State University
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