By: Jack Zinman (Sports Editor)
Number 5: Jonathan Taylor, Running Back, Wisconsin Badgers
Last Week: NR
Jonathan Taylor has been on the honorable mentions list for a couple of weeks now but after his recent performance against Kent State, the back had 186 yards on only 19 attempts and 4 touchdowns. Taylor also added a TD reception totaling 5 on the day.
On the season, Taylor has 859 total yards and 16 total touchdowns in his 2019 campaign. On the ground, Taylor has 745 yards good for 3rd in the nation.
His twelve touchdowns rank second in the country behind Oklahoma States, Chubba Hubbard.
Taylor hasn’t gotten as many touches as the top guys, so if he gets more opportunities it is likely for him to lead the nation in the top categories.
Wisconsin takes on Michigan State at home on Saturday.
Number 4: Chubba Hubbard, Running Back, Oklahoma State
Last Week: No.4
Hubbard makes yet another appearance in the top five this week as he continues to punish teams on the ground.
Hubbard and the Cowboys did lose this week but Hubbard was nothing but spectacular. In the loss, Hubbard added 156 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Chubba becomes the first running back this year to reach over 1,000 yards and still leads the nation with 13 touchdowns on the ground.
When December comes around, it’s going to be hard for the voters to give Hubbard some credit due to his team not having the best record. He is in danger of falling out of the rankings with a couple of losses.
Hubbard and the Cowboys have a key game 22 ranked Baylor at home on Saturday.
Number 3: Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback, Alabama Crimson Tide
Last Week: No.1
Tua and the Tide had a bye week last week, hence the reason the Crimson Tide signal-caller drops two spots in this week’s rankings.
Once all teams have their bye weeks the rankings will be more consistent.
With not playing, Tua drops to 4th in the nation in passing yards and he remains at the top of the nation in passing yards.
Tua still has the second-best quarterback rating with 96.5, now one-tenth behind Jalen Hurts for best in the country.
Tua and the Tide take on Texas A&M this week in their first road test of the season.
Number 2: Jalen Hurts, Quarterback, Oklahoma Sooners
Last Week: No.3
Hurts jumps a spot in this week’s rankings due to Tagovailoa not playing and Hurts taking advantage.
Hurts and the Sooners went on the road against Kansas and after a shaky first quarter, the Sooners took off, scoring 45 on the Jayhawks.
Hurts passed for 228 yards on 16 completions with 2 touchdowns to a lone interception. Jalen also had 56 rushing yards but reached the end zone twice.
Hurts now ranks 10th in passing yards (1,523), 23rd in rushing yards (499), 10th in passing TD’s (14) and first in QBR (96.6).
Hurts and the Sooners face the Texas Longhorns in his first Red River rivalry match in the Sooners first big test of the season.
Number 1: Joe Burrow, Quarterback, LSU Tigers
Joe Burrow continues to show out on the field against Utah State, he led the Tigers to 42-6 win over the Aggies.
In the 36 point win, Burrow went 27-38 for 344 yards and 5 touchdowns to 1 interception. Burrow also added a near 50 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Burrow now has 22 touchdowns on the year, 1 behind Tagovailoa for the top in the nation. He has a total of 1,864 yards again, second in the nation. Burrow does lead the nation in completion percentage with 78.4%.
Joe Burrow and the Tigers begin the tough stretch at home in Death Valley against the 7th ranked Florida Gators who are coming off a big win against Auburn.
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