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7-Step Drop: A College Football Season of Surprises from East to West

One of the best things about every college football season is that when you start to approach the halfway point (and that’s quickly coming up), there are a ton of surprising teams that end up putting up wins you simply don’t expect based on preseason expectations.

It’s even more surprising when it happens in the supposedly “weaker” divisions in many conferences around the country. This past weekend was a perfect example of that.

Coming into 2015, it was a near-consensus opinion that the SEC West was going to be far and away better than the East, that the Pac-12 South was going to produce the eventual league champ over the North out west, and that the Big Ten West was going to take a seat behind the Big Ten East all year long. Heck, even the American Athletic Conference has proved to be much better and deeper than expected.

For all of the prognostications and deep dives into depth charts, there’s still the unknown variable of 18-25-year-olds lining up on Saturdays. Even earlier performances this season may hide the fact that some teams are playing up or down to their competition and may in fact be better than we think when faced with a little adversity.

Nowhere was this more evident in Week 5 than at the Swamp, where freshman quarterback Will Grier looked like a wily veteran in torching a previously stingy Ole Miss defense. Grier threw four touchdown passes in the first half to put the Rebels in a deep hole from which they never recovered.

More than anything, he took hold of the starting signal-caller job by playing into the Gators' strength—running the ball and playing stout defense—while minimizing the team’s flaws on its super-young offensive line by getting rid of the ball quickly to the right playmaker.

What’s even more amazing is the fact that Grier was in that position in the first place. He was expected to see some time at quarterback this year, splitting reps with Treon Harris as they had in the first two games, but nobody expected him to be playing like this against a good Ole Miss team. Heck, he wasn’t even going to play period last weekend until game time after being one of several Gators who were battling a stomach virus all week.

Kudos to Jim McElwain and his two coordinators—Geoff Collins on defense and Doug Nussmeier on offense—for crafting a near perfect game plan that exploited their opponent in ways that Alabama could not a week prior. They were rewarded for their efforts with a massive jump in the polls, and for good reason: This young team looks well-coached for the first time since the early Urban Meyer days and has plenty of talent to boot.

I’ll be the first to admit that Saturday’s result was a surprise after previous uninspiring efforts against East Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee. Perhaps those close calls were just what the team needed to turn the corner. I counted seven underclassmen on the field on offense at one point, and a glance at the two-deep reveals a total of nearly two dozen. These freshmen and sophomores have not only grown up by this point in the season, they’re starting to thrive.

That’s not great news for other SEC teams, but it does add more drama to the already up-and-down East division. With the exception of their trip to LSU and neutral-site game against Georgia, the Gators should be favored the rest of the way, and reaching double-digit wins is a real possibility.

If you thought that was possible before 2015, please go with me to Las Vegas. To say the team is ahead of schedule in McElwain’s rebuild is putting things mildly. There’s a great young nucleus that should continue to grow throughout the season and into 2016.

Florida isn’t the only team to look unexpectedly good at this point in the year, though. One has to look no further than the Big Ten to find that out. Michigan’s resurgence and defensive dominance has garnered a lot of attention, but it’s really the West division that has helped out the conference’s reputation in the face of unexpected struggles from heavyweights Ohio State and Michigan State.

Northwestern jumped onto everybody’s radar with a season-opening win over Stanford, and their defense, by now, can certainly be seen as the real deal. Entering Week 6, the Wildcats have only given up 35 points and the offense, led by freshman Clayton Thorson and sophomore Justin Jackson, has done more than enough to get the job done.

They face their first big conference test this week in Ann Arbor, but there’s certainly some deserved optimism among the Northwestern faithful that a trip to the league title game is certainly attainable this season.

The one team that might stand in the Wildcats’ way in getting to Indianapolis is a resurgent Iowa. While it hasn’t always been pretty this year, the Hawkeyes have done enough to get to 5-0 and enter the polls for the first time in what seems like ages.

Quarterback C.J. Beathard has remained undefeated as a starter and, most importantly, has thrown just two interceptions while completing 64 percent of his passes. Jordan Canzeri has contributed to the typically strong running game, and the defense has been much-improved, including forcing four turnovers against Wisconsin.

A trip to Northwestern next week looms large, but it’s not hard to picture the Hawkeyes in Indianapolis either, based on the way they’ve been winning. The heat has cooled just a tad under Kirk Ferentz’s hot seat, but the Hawkeyes fanbase likely is remaining cautious about this newfound source of success.

And all of those surprises don’t even mention the fact that the game of Week 6 is out West between the two remaining Pac-12 undefeated teams of… Cal and Utah? Yes, it’s been that kind of year.

Surprises from week to week are to be expected in a sport with so many variables and so many teams capable of beating others. At this point, however, there are a whole lot of football squads who are who we thought they were not: contenders.  


Stats of the Week

- Wisconsin LB Joe Schobert is the national leader in tackles for loss, sacks and forced fumbles. Not a bad trifecta.

- B/R’s stats department uncovered a good nugget: Northwestern has shut out two opponents in the same season for the first time since 1965.

- The AAC—your Group of Five front-runners—is a combined 9-1 against the Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt. The league also has five combined wins against the ACC, Big 12 and Big Ten. Memphis and Temple are the only teams in the nation with 3-0 road records.

- Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott averaged 11.9 yards per carry against Indiana, a new school record.

- Nebraska suffered its third loss of the season on the opponent’s final play of the game. The damage was done by Illinois this week with a game-winning touchdown pass.

- Under Gary Patterson, TCU has allowed 17 points or fewer 100 times. According to the school, the team is 97-3 in such cases.

- 247Sports’ Wes Rucker pointed out that Tennessee was 0-2 to start SEC play for the eighth consecutive season.

- Iowa is 5-0 for the first time since 2009. Amazingly, that’s only the second time they’ve been 5-0 under Kirk Ferentz. The Hawkeyes captured their first win over a ranked opponent since 2011.


Quote of the Week

"The comment was we were not going to be ready. Clemson wouldn't be ready and our crowd was going to be lugubrious when the game was over. I don't know how to spell that. I'm hooked on phonics. I just sound it out. Lugubrious. But I did look it up, and 'lugubrious' means to look sad and disappointed,” Dabo Swinney said in his postgame press conference. “So I appreciate the education that we got this week—the vocab lesson. The first thing our players said to me when they came to the locker room was 'man that leprechaun was a little lugubrious looking.'"


Tweet of the Week


Plays of the Week

OK, maybe not plays of the week as much as amazing bits of dancing after big wins at Florida and Clemson.


Sound from Saturday


Pre-Snap Reads

California at Utah

Who had these two as the last ones standing in the Pac-12? The Bears have a potential No. 1 overall draft pick in quarterback Jared Goff and a group of terrific offensive skill-position players. That won’t be enough to overcome a shaky defense, however. The Utes will bask in the limelight once again with a big win on the national stage.


Northwestern at Michigan

First to three points, wins? A pair of salty defenses will take the field, and it may be tough to figure out which offense can move the ball with any regularity on Saturday. The home team gets the slight edge, but turnovers, as usual, will play a big part in determining the winner of this one.


Navy at Notre Dame

The Irish return home after a tough, deflating road loss at Clemson and are certainly on upset alert against a very good Navy team who is difficult to prepare for with their triple-option attack and terrific quarterback Keenan Reynolds. This one will be close and may not bode well for Notre Dame’s chances next week against USC even if they squeak out a victory.

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Week 6 vs. Georgia Is a Must-Win for Butch Jones and Tennessee

To say things haven't gone according to plan on Rocky Top this season would be an understatement.

The 2-3 Tennessee Volunteers have been a disaster.

The Vols threw away fourth-quarter leads in losses to Oklahoma and Florida, then followed up the loss to the Gators with a 24-20 home loss to struggling Arkansas in which the Vols again held a two-touchdown lead in the game.

As ESPN's Stats & Info Twitter feed pointed out, the way in which Tennessee has lost games this year is quite unusual:

"It is definitely frustrating," safety Brian Randolph said after the loss to Arkansas, via Tennessee's official site. "I know it's frustrating for the fans, but we just have got to learn how to finish, finish out the game and keep jumping on them when they are down."

The SEC East isn't totally out of reach for Tennessee at this point, but being two games in back of Florida with the Gators owing that head-to-head tiebreaker makes this week's matchup against Georgia—fresh off its first conference loss of the season to Alabama—a must-win game.

It's an elimination game for the Vols, but the division really doesn't have much to do with it's being so critical.

For sanity purposes on Rocky Top, head coach Butch Jones desperately needs to notch his first signature win since knocking off Jadeveon Clowney and South Carolina in Neyland Stadium in October 2013.

"I love these kids, and our character's being tested," said Jones after the Arkansas loss, via the official site. "Our competitive character is being tested. Our fortitude's being tested. All you can do is keep working and work your way through it."

The Vols rank 11th in the SEC in passing offense at 192.8 yards per game—ahead of South Carolina, Auburn and LSU. Jones and his staff have been reluctant to unleash quarterback Joshua Dobbs through the air. The junior has attempted 127 passes this year—fewer than Alabama's Jake Coker and and Florida's Will Grier, both of whom have split snaps at times this year.

"A combination of bottom-line execution," Jones said via the official site. "We have to get the ball to the wideouts when they're open, and they have to get open as well and create separation. And then we got to protect."

The Vols currently rank last in the SEC in total defense (414 yards per game), 12th in scoring defense (24.6 points per game) and have given up the most plays from scrimmage of 30 or more yards (14).

As SEC Network's Paul Finebaum noted on SEC Nation on Saturday morning, the heat is getting cranked up a bit on Jones—who has proven to be more sizzle than steak as the head coach of the Vols.

Is Jones going anywhere this year? No.

There's not a chance he'll get fired. The Vols are still building, have six 4-star commitments in the Class of 2016 and still have momentum on the recruiting trail. Success on the field matters more, but there's still some positive momentum for the program.

That might not be sustainable if the overall record this year indicates that the program is stuck in neutral.

A loss to a Georgia team that's battered and beaten after getting whipped by Alabama at home on Saturday would downshift the Vols into first gear, with neutral not far behind. Jones' crew has to travel to Alabama later this month, and while the rest of the schedule isn't exactly daunting, this isn't exactly a team that you can trust to take care of lesser opponents.

Tennessee is down, almost out and desperately in need of something good to happen against a rival on Saturday to take a little pressure off everybody associated with the program. The matchup with the Bulldogs has been a nail-biter in each of the last two seasons, despite Tennessee's playing at a massive talent disadvantage. That gap isn't as wide this year.

The Vols need a win; otherwise, this could be a lost season, and Jones' rebuilding efforts would suffer a significant slowdown.


Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Recruiting information is courtesy of 247Sports. Statistics are courtesy of

Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer and national college football video analyst for Bleacher Report as well as a host on Bleacher Report Radio on SiriusXM 83. Follow Barrett on Twitter @BarrettSallee.

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Watch High School Punter Get Lit Up on Play Gone Terribly Wrong

Players usually don't get a chance to absolutely clean an opponent, but Jacob Viou from Moorhead High School (Minnesota) got what almost every football player wishes. Watch Viou completely crush the punter and give his teammate a touchdown! Watch the video and let us know what you think!

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Northwestern vs. Michigan: Complete Game Preview

The No. 13 Northwestern Wildcats and No. 18 Michigan Wolverines will battle for a critical early-season conference victory on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Big House in Ann Arbor.

Northwestern (5-0) opened the campaign with a stunning win over the then-21st ranked Stanford Cardinal and hasn't slowed down defensively, allowing just 35 points through five games.

Michigan (4-1) has been equally dominant since dropping head coach Jim Harbaugh's debut at the Utah Utes. The Wolverines have recorded back-to-back shutouts and hold a dominant 122-14 advantage over the last four contests.

Per Odds Shark, Michigan is an eight-point favorite. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

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Navy and Notre Dame to Wear Same Baselayer, Gloves and Cleats out of Respect

Navy and Notre Dame will be going head-to-head on the field Saturday, but even though they're on opposite sides, there is plenty of respect in the rivalry.

That's why the teams are doing something to "pay homage to the storied history and brotherhood" between the two schools, as the Navy press release states.

When the Midshipmen and the Fighting Irish take the field this weekend, players from both teams will be wearing the same base layer, gloves and cleats. They call it "Respect."

The base layer features a double anchor (Navy) and a shamrock (Notre Dame) blended together:

Opponents on the field, brothers off it.


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Ranked Teams That Will Finish the Season Outside the Top 25

After five weeks of the college football season, the only thing we know is that we still don't know anything.

Adam Kramer of Bleacher Report wrote a whole post-Saturday column about the lack of a true No. 1 team, but things get even more confused as we descend the Associated Press Top 25 and analyze the teams at the bottom.

We know not all ranked teams will finish the year with small numbers beside their name. The poll released Oct. 5 last season had Notre Dame at No. 6, Oklahoma at No. 11, Texas A&M at No. 14, Oklahoma State at No. 16, East Carolina at No. 19, Nebraska at No. 21 and Stanford at No. 25.

None of those teams finished ranked in the final poll.

Here are five teams who could follow their lead.

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The State of Ohio State's National Championship Defense

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As Ohio State approaches the midway point of its 2015 season, one question throughout Columbus—and by extension, all of college football—persists.

What's going on with the defending national champion Buckeyes?

Yes, Ohio State remains undefeated, is still the nation's No. 1 team and could very well find itself in pole position when the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season are revealed in four weeks. On the surface, the Buckeyes seem to be right on track when it comes to defending college football's crown.

But for anyone who's watched Ohio State play and not just checked its box scores this season, a different story has begun to unfold.

Despite returning a combined 15 starters on both sides of the ball from last year's championship squad, the Buckeyes have hardly looked like the dominant force many expected them to be when when they were named college football's first-ever unanimous preseason No. 1 team in August.

Ohio State's latest close call came by way of a 34-27 escape from Bloomington, Indiana, where the Buckeyes held off a last-minute drive in regulation that could have given the Hoosiers the opportunity to pull off the upset with a two-point conversion.

"I think I've learned to enjoy it," Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said of the win in his postgame press conference. "But I'm very frustrated."

Perhaps that's because it wasn't the first time this season the Buckeyes had found themselves on the ropes.

A similar situation had played out in Columbus a mere two weeks prior, with Ohio State staving off two late-fourth quarter drives from Northern Illinois in what was ultimately a 20-13 win for the Buckeyes over their opponent from the Mid-American Conference.

Ohio State's inconsistencies also showed up in a season-opening victory against Virginia Tech and a subsequent home win over Hawaii, although the lopsided final scores in each game may not have indicated as much.

So what's wrong with the 5-0 and top-ranked Buckeyes?

The majority of the answer to that question can be found on the offensive side of the ball.

Despite returning such an experienced unit, Ohio State has lost 13 turnovers through its first five games of the season, the fifth-most in all of college football. The Buckeyes currently rank 101st in the country when it comes to turnover margin (minus-four), a far cry from the No. 27 ranking Ohio State possessed in the same category a season ago when it lost 26 turnovers in 15 games.

If Meyer made one thing clear after the Buckeyes' closer-than-expected win over Indiana, it's that Ohio State must fix its turnover issue.

And sooner rather than later.

"There’s a couple ways to do it," Meyer said. "Just keep coaching, emphasizing what we do and second, if guys lay it on the ground, they just can’t play."

Some of the Buckeyes' problems with taking care of the ball could be blamed on the quarterback battle between Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett that lasted into the fourth week of the season and still doesn't seem to be completely settled.

Jones has been the Buckeyes' starter for the first five games but has been one of the team's biggest offenders when it's come to committing turnovers, having thrown five interceptions—including a costly pick in the third quarter against the Hoosiers.

Meyer, however, opted to keep Jones in the game rather than bench him for Barrett—as he had against Hawaii and Northern Illinois—a step forward when it comes to the OSU offense continuing to establish its identity.

It also didn't hurt that star running back Ezekiel Elliott ran for 274 yards—240 of which came in the second half—and three touchdowns against Indiana.

Elliott's breakout game Saturday marked the first time the Buckeyes offense resembled its national championship form.

As Meyer said after the game, the regular season is a process—one that won't be complete for another seven weeks.

The fourth-year Ohio State head coach even likened the Buckeyes' outing in Bloomington to a similar close call against Penn State a season ago, which saw OSU overcome its issues and escape with a victory right before hitting its stride en route to its playoff run.

"You take the three turnovers out and that’s a solid performance by the Buckeyes," Meyer said. "I didn’t say great—but a solid performance by the Buckeyes."

In order to live up to its preseason billing, however, Ohio State is going to need to do better than "solid."

While the Buckeyes defense has been steady—although its production may not have matched its talent against Indiana—Ohio State is going to need a complete team to come together to make the College Football Playoff for the second consecutive year.

With a three-game stretch to close the season that could include matchups against No. 4 Michigan State, No. 18 Michigan and a potential appearance in the Big Ten title game, Ohio State will have its work cut out for itself on the eve of this year's playoff selection process.

A lot of time remains between now and then, and the Buckeyes' schedule would seem to give them plenty of protection until November.

Then again, if Ohio State doesn't start taking care of the ball, that may not be the case.

"The turnovers have to change right now," Meyer said. "I mean, right now."


Ben Axelrod is Bleacher Report's Big Ten lead writer. You can follow him on Twitter @BenAxelrod. Unless noted otherwise, all quotes were obtained firsthand. All statistics courtesy of Recruiting rankings courtesy of 247Sports.

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B/R Recruiting Notebook: 4-Star Eyes 3 Visits, Sleeper QBs Dominate Stat Sheets

Shutdown cornerbacks are a luxury for any college football team. Florida State and LSU have the nation's top-ranked 2016 cornerbacks committed in Levonta Taylor and Saivion Smith, respectively.

Trayvon Mullen is the cornerback next in line, and he's indeed a wanted man. As the nation's No. 3 cornerback, Mullen has 46 reported offers, but he reiterated on Sunday that he is still wide-open with his recruitment.

Mullen tweeted in July that Florida State, Oregon, TCU, Ohio State and LSU were front-runners for official visits. He also tweeted that with a three-word caveat: "Things can change."

On Sunday, Mullen updated Bleacher Report with his potential plans. No official visits have been set, but three schools are in excellent position to receive one before national signing day in February.

"I'm not sure yet, but FSU, LSU and Clemson, I'm going to for sure," said Mullen, a 6'2", 175-pound cornerback from Pompano Beach, Florida. "It's been great just taking my time enjoying the process to make sure I make the right decision for the years I'll spend in college."

Mullen said the scheduling of his official visits will come soon, but he is currently focused on helping Coconut Creek High School win a Florida state title. He does, however, have an idea of what he wants in a school when it's time to finalize visits and, ultimately, make a decision.

He's all about the perfect environment. That, and reaching his potential of becoming one of college football's best cornerbacks.

"[I want to] see myself being humble and around great people who can help me reach my goal," Mullen said. "I also want to see if I'm going to get the best training and education."


Oklahoma nabs another California pledge

When 4-star cornerback Jordan Parker committed to Oklahoma during his official visit over the weekend, he became the Sooners' 11th overall commit and the program's top-ranked pledge of the 2016 class.

The Pittsburg, California, defensive back also became the 17th California athlete since 2012 to commit to Oklahoma. Six athletes from California schools committed to Oklahoma in the 2014 class.

What is it about the Sooners that California prospects love so much?

Bryce Youngquist, from Rancho Cucamonga, California, committed to Oklahoma in July. He said the combination of good coaching, the tradition of player development and the overall atmosphere of Norman, Oklahoma, makes for an easy sell.

"Balancing football and education is very difficult, so to achieve your goals, you must sacrifice a lot to get ahead," Youngquist said. "When you simplify things, it makes things easier. Oklahoma is the place to do all that."

Youngquist continued, "This staff has a balance there of all different types of personalities, so when one coach is trying to reach and teach, another coach has different abilities for different guys."

In Parker, Oklahoma gets a quality defender who could challenge for playing time early in his college career. Parker and Youngquist, the two California pledges in the 2016 class, are Oklahoma's top-ranked commits.


Georgia LB gives NC State visit 'a 9.5'

Back in June, Elysee Mbem-Bosse announced a top seven and also detailed an interesting life off the field for Bleacher Report. North Carolina State, a team outside his top seven this summer, got his first official visit over the weekend and set the bar high. Very high.

"I'd say it was a 9.5 [out of 10]," said Mbem-Bosse, the nation's No. 12 inside linebacker representing Ellenwood, Georgia. "I like the relationship I have with the coaches and the relationships the coaches have with the players. You can tell they all have a thing for each other. It's like a pack, and they're willing to do anything for each other."

Freshman defensive tackle Quentez Johnson, a former teammate of Mbem-Bosse's at Cedar Grove High School, served as player host for the weekend. Mbem-Bosse said he enjoyed everything from the game environment at Carter-Finley Stadium to the time spent with North Carolina State players and coaches. He especially liked the atmosphere of the game-day breakfast.

"They take the games seriously," he said. "You didn't hear anything from anyone. Everybody was focused."

Mbem-Bosse said he plans on taking his other four official visits, and while dates haven't been set, Auburn and Alabama are nearly guaranteed to get one. Other schools fighting for the two remaining visits include Oklahoma, Michigan, USC and Oregon.

Mbem-Bosse added that a verbal commitment could come before December.


Los Angeles 2017 RB gets big 1st offer

The first offer is always the toughest to get. And when that first offer comes from a respected Power Five school, it makes getting offer No. 1 that much sweeter.

For 2017 running back Drake Beasley, the first offer came close to home, as UCLA extended a scholarship Thursday. Beasley, from Loyola High School in Los Angeles, was offered by running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu.

"When I first got it, I was speechless. I didn't know what to think," said Beasley, who has 860 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns through five games this season, according to "UCLA is a really good school. I couldn't be more grateful in getting them as my first [offer]. I wasn't expecting it. It really caught me off guard."

Beasley, a 5'11", 185-pound running back, is expected to have a long list of offers by this time next year. He currently has additional interest from Cal and Washington and has received correspondence from Notre Dame, Boston College and Oregon State.


Sleeper watch: Texas QBs dominant in same district

Two of the Dallas area's leading passers, 2-star Arkansas State pledge Logan Bonner and unrated, uncommitted Jacoby Williams, are putting up big numbers as district competitors.

Bonner, who committed to Arkansas State in April, has thrown for 1,873 yards and 17 touchdowns with only one interception through six games at Rowlett High School. Bonner's other offers include UTSA, Rice, Louisiana-Monroe and Eastern Washington.

Williams plays at Garland High School, which produced Baylor quarterback Seth Russell. Williams doesn't have any reported offers, but he has 1,536 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and only two interceptions through six games. Russell's best season at Garland, per the Dallas Morning News, came in 2011, when he threw for 1,502 yards and 12 touchdowns.

At 6'3" and 210 pounds, Williams is a pocket passer and a game manager on offense. Although he's without an offer, Williams set the school record for most touchdowns in a game with five last month. His 19 touchdowns through six games ties Russell's totals in 2010 and 2011 combined. Additionally, Williams also set school records for passing completions (25) and passing attempts (48) this season.


Damon Sayles is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Damon via Twitter: @DamonSayles

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AP College Football Poll 2015: Week 6 Top 25 Rankings, Projections for Key Games

Week 6 in the college football season is upon us, and although we're nearly halfway through the regular season, the playoff picture appears even murkier than in early September. 

This week's slate of games doesn't provide many exciting matchups on paper, but as we've learned through the first five weeks, that certainly doesn't mean the top teams won't be in for a scare. 

Below are the updated Top 25 polls, along with the Week 6 slate of games. 


Notable Games

No. 19 Georgia at Tennessee

Even after a tough loss to Alabama, it's difficult to pick against Georgia given the way Nick Chubb is playing. But Tennessee is far better than its 2-3 record indicates and could give the Bulldogs a tough test on Saturday. 

Tennessee has held at least a 13-point lead in each of its games and is 2-3. All other Power 5 teams that have led by 13+ are 157-5.

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 4, 2015

In 2014, Georgia held off Tennessee 35-32 behind 208 yards on the ground from Todd Gurley. But that was before Tennessee had made the switch to current quarterback Joshua Dobbs. 

The Volunteers will obviously enter this game desperate for a victory, while Georgia may be suffering a hangover effect coming off a devastating loss to the Crimson Tide. This matchup definitely has upset potential. 


No. 2 TCU at Kansas State

On paper, this should be an easy win for TCU, which knocked off a far more talented Kansas State team 41-20 a season ago. But a Bill Snyder-coached team should never be underestimated, especially as an underdog. 

Only four teams rank in the top 10 in FPI, Strength of Record & Game Control: TCU Alabama Texas A&M LSU

— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) October 4, 2015

With TCU feeling confident after arguably their most impressive victory of the season over Texas, this could be a letdown game, and a scrappy Kansas State team could surprise the Horned Frogs. 

For Kansas State to hang around, it'll need to control the clock, something it did extremely well in a near upset of Oklahoma State last week. 

Against the Cowboys, the Wildcats held a nine-minute advantage in time of possession, which helped make up for their limited big-play ability on offense. 


No. 13 Northwestern at No. 18 Michigan

Points will be at a premium in this one as both teams are coming off shutouts in Week 5. 

This has all the makings of a scrappy, old-school Big Ten football game, which will almost certainly be decided by the running backs. 

Michigan's leading rusher, De'Veon Smith, sat out the Wolverines game against Maryland on Saturday, but he may be available this weekend. 

According to ESPN's Dan Murphy, Michigan coaches were initially optimistic about Smith's availability for the Maryland game, but he was held out at the last minute. 

While the coaches have yet to address Smith's status for the Northwestern game, those reports from last week would seem to indicate a positive outlook unless a major setback was suffered. 


No. 23 California at No. 5 Utah

This game will be scrutinized by more than just fans of the Utes and Golden Bears. Many NFL eyes will be upon California's Jared Goff to see how he handles his toughest defensive test of the season. 

According to CFB Film Room, Utah pressured Oregon quarterbacks on 22 of their 40 dropbacks earlier this season. A similar performance from the Utes defense would be an excellent test for Goff.

With a strong showing, Goff could solidify himself as the top quarterback prospect in the 2016 NFL draft class. 

For Utah, however, this game represents yet another tough early-season test, and a victory would add to its already-impressive résumé. As seemingly every other team in the Top 10 is hanging on for sloppy wins, Utah remains one of the few teams with a convincing victory under its belt (a 62-20 drubbing of Oregon). 

With another solid showing against California, the Utes could continue their rise up the rankings. 

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The Hottest and Coldest Players in College Football Right Now

It’s hard to believe, but we’re already nearing the halfway point of the 2015 college football season. We’ve had over a month to think about and digest the amazing stories that have emerged. Who would have imagined we’d see a Top 25 with Utah, Oklahoma, Northwestern and Florida in the Top 15 and Auburn and Oregon unranked?

That’s how the season has unfolded, though. We also have a better feel on which players belong on the Heisman Trophy watch list and which players are just plain struggling. That’s what we’re doing here. This is a look at the hottest and coldest players in college football, with an eye given toward players who are standing out and guys who are simply underwhelming. Let’s go:

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Georgia Football: Recruits React to Bulldogs Loss to Alabama

Last weekend’s showdown between Alabama and Georgia produced another SEC clash that was a must-see event for a number of star recruits around the country. 

As BamaOnline’s Hank South detailed, there were elite prospects on hand from the 2016 class as well as a handful of stud underclassmen who made their way to Athens. 

Both the Tide and the Bulldogs have gone head-to-head for a number of top recruits in previous years, and the two SEC titans are likely to have many more battles in the current cycle and beyond.

Despite a rainy afternoon that made the conditions anything but pleasant, and Alabama’s commanding performance in its 38-10 win, the Bulldogs were still able to make an impression on a number of top targets.

What are recruits saying about the game and their thoughts on the Bulldogs moving forward?

Let’s take a look at what a few elite prospects are saying about their visits to the Classic City over the weekend.


5-Star Hardman Feeling the Love from UGA

One player whom Georgia head coach Mark Richt and his staff have identified as a top priority is 5-star athlete Mecole Hardman Jr.

Hardman has been a fixture on the UGA campus during the spring and summer, so it’s no surprise that he was anticipating his latest visit between the hedges.

Despite the loss, Hardman said his feelings toward the Bulldogs haven’t changed.

“Coming into it, you knew this was a big game with a lot of hype leading up to it,” Hardman told Bleacher Report. “I enjoyed it. I loved seeing both teams play. Georgia lost, but it doesn’t change anything. It just shows how good ‘Bama is and that they came in ready to play.” 

Hardman said he was able to speak with Bulldogs coaches a bit before the game. He said their message to him was fairly simple. 

“[Georgia’s coaches] know it’s my decision. They are just letting me know they want me and they love me,” Hardman said. “Their big thing is that they want me to stay home and play for the hometown team. It’s really been the same message since they started recruiting me.”

Hardman said its possible that he could see the Bulldogs a few more times this season. He mentioned the ‘Dawgs next home game, Oct. 17 vs. Missouri, as one of a handful of games he could attend later this season. 

Hardman plans to make his announcement on national signing day.


In-State OL Still High on Bulldogs

Another target familiar to Georgia is 4-star offensive lineman E.J. Price. The 6’6”, 311-pounder was once committed to the Bulldogs before reopening his recruitment.

However, Price has consistently stated that Georgia is still a major player in his recruitment and will be until he makes a final decision.

The Bulldogs loss did nothing to change their standing with Price.

“It was good. The visit was great,” Price said. “I got up there a little early to visit with some of the other recruits. We had a great time. It was a great visit. We got to the game and it was a little rainy, but that’s how football is. I still have an incredible amount of respect for Coach Richt and UGA. The same goes for Alabama.”

Price recently named a Top Eight with Auburn, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Tennessee joining the in-state Bulldogs on his list.

The nation’s No. 8 offensive tackle and the No. 55 player overall in the 2016 class maintains that he is still high on those programs because of the relationships he’s established with the coaches at each school.

“Overall, for all of the schools, they have great head coaches, great offensive line coaches, and there are staffs in place at each one of those schools that I have built a relationship with,” Price explained. “Also, the education at those schools is great. I see how players are getting their degrees. They are not just worried about getting them into the NFL. They have players earning their degrees in three or four years.”

Price noted that he is still in the process of lining up his official visits. However, a return trip to Athens is a possibility, and he also noted that he would take an official visit to USC in December.

He also has a timeline on when he wants to make a final decision. 

“I’m going to take my official visits and sometime after that, my plan is to commit in January.”


Georgia Pushing Top CB to Be First Commit in 2018 Class

One area current Bulldogs defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has emphasized since arriving in Athens is upgrading the Bulldogs talent in the secondary.

He’s already identified a potential future star in 2018 corner Christian Tutt.

The 5’11”, 171-pounder—who is rated as the nation’s No. 1 corner and No. 12 player overall in the 2018 cycle by 247Sports—recently named Georgia his leader, as noted by Kipp Adams of Dawgs247.

His subsequent visit to Athens gave him a chance to see the Bulldogs up close for the first time since that declaration.

“It was my first time going up there this year for a game. A couple of my boys, [2017 4-star corner] Richard LeCounte and [2018 5-star athlete] Tyreke Johnson, we hooked up while we were there. I had a great experience up there. I got to talk with the coaches and things like that. The game didn’t turn out like most people thought it would. The weather was crazy too. But it was still a great game to go see.”

Tutt, who has more than 20 offers to his credit, has another tie to the Bulldogs program. His uncle is former Bulldogs linebacker Danny Verdun-Wheeler—who played for Richt from 2003-06.

That connection has helped Richt and his staff establish a strong relationship with Tutt.

“Georgia is telling me that they really want me. I’ve been building a strong relationship with them since they started recruiting me,” Tutt said. “My uncle played for them so I’ve known some of those coaches for a long time. They want me to be the first to commit in 2018. They want me to take charge of Georgia’s 2018 class.”

If there is one school pushing the Bulldogs for the top spot, it’s USC. Tutt visited the Trojans during the summer and returned to attend their season-opening win over Arkansas State.

However, he’s in no rush to make a decision.

In fact, Tutt said he will either commit following his junior season or take his process all the way until signing day.


Sanjay Kirpalani is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes obtained firsthand and all recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.

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Nike Unveils New 'Pioneers' Uniforms for Oregon, Pays Tribute to Lewis and Clark

Nike has designed some wild uniforms for the Oregon Ducks before, but its latest creation is by far its most unique.

Phil Knight's company has created new "Pioneers" uniforms that the Ducks will wear against Washington State on Oct. 10. While the only big changes to the uniforms this year have been to the helmets, these duds have some new features on the jerseys as well.

The "Pioneers" uniforms pay tribute to the state of Oregon—and explorers Lewis and Clark. You read that right. Lewis and Clark.

Nike has found a way to include "a sublimated, tonal pattern of the Oregon Trail" in the jerseys, with each player's jersey featuring a different part of the map. The jersey is gray to reflect the look of a vintage map.

Although fans probably won't notice the Oregon Trail pattern on television, they will be able to see Oregon's helmets. That's the Oregon Duck with explorers Lewis and Clark, with Lewis looking through a telescope.

The silhouettes aren't the only special feature on the helmet. The lines on the helmet pay tribute to the 2,200-mile Oregon Trail, and there is a 33-star United States flag on the back of the helmet that represents Oregon's joining the union.

As one last tribute to the state of Oregon, Nike has included "Salute the State" on the neckline inside the jerseys.

When the Ducks take the field Saturday, they will not only be a football team, but history teachers as well.

[Nike, Oregon Football]

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B/R CFB Committee: Playoff Predictions Heading into Week 6

The playoff picture in college football is becoming clearer by the week.

Who is the top team in the country after Week 5? Which teams will fill the other three spots in the College Football Playoff?

Watch as Bleacher Report College Football Analysts Barrett Sallee, Adam Kramer and Michael Felder examine the potential playoff scenarios heading into Week 6 in the video above.

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SEC Football: Surprise Stars Who Have Shined in 2015

SEC fans knew players such as Georgia's Nick Chubb and LSU's Leonard Fournette would be stars in 2015, but what about the players who have come out of nowhere during the first five weeks of the season?

Did you see Texas A&M's Christian Kirk evolving into the SEC's most dangerous receiver?

How about Florida's Will Grier becoming one of the most reliable quarterbacks in the country?

Our picks for surprise SEC stars based on depth, production and position battles heading into the season are in this slideshow.

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NCAA Football Rankings 2015: Week 6 Polls, Top 25 Standings and Analysis

After a weekend that turned the Top 25 on its head and produced numerous surprising results, Week 6 brings the potential for more unpredictable outcomes and epic finishes.

For the second straight year in college football, the opening weekend of October served as a murderer's row for some of the nation's top teams. Upsets were the norm across the slate, and without a number of close-call survival tests, there could have been many more.

It all sets the tone for the rest of the season, as teams get fully entrenched in their conference schedules and begin proving their worth for bowl placement—or more, in some cases.

Here's a look at the latest Top 25 standings.

Let's start at the top, shall we?

The Ohio State Buckeyes struggled again Saturday in what looked to be one of their easier Big Ten road contests of the year, beating Indiana 34-27. After putting the game away, the Hoosiers battled back to have a goal-line shot to tie the game and force overtime.

Slowly but surely, these Buckeyes are becoming the Florida State Seminoles of last year—the team that seemingly has such a huge bull's-eye on its back that it can hardly walk. While all of the talent is undeniably there, things aren't clicking and Urban Meyer has little time to get it figured out.

Also joining Ohio State in the ugly-win department is Michigan State, who had to scrap and claw its way past Purdue in a 24-21 affair. If there's one saving grace for the Buckeyes, it was seeing the Spartans struggle in a similar fashion.

Of course, others weren't so lucky to get out of Week 5 with their unbeaten records intact.

Two of the top teams in the SEC bit the dust Saturday, beginning with No. 8 Georgia's throwaway home loss to Alabama. In what was pegged as a Bulldogs renaissance that could be the beginning of Nick Saban's end in Tuscaloosa, the Tide rolled 38-10.

As unsurprising as it was to see Alabama get back to its winning ways, the other SEC upset proved jaw-dropping as the Florida Gators absolutely demolished Ole Miss by an identical score of 38-10.

The Gators started hot and didn't look back, suffocating Chad Kelly and the Rebels attack all game long. ESPN's Paul Finebaum illustrated just how good Florida looked:

At 5-0, Florida is not the only team who has emerged from the middle of the pack in its conference to threaten for a top spot and contention for the College Football Playoff.

Also throw the Utah Utes into that mix, who are still flying high after their Week 4 drubbing of Oregon in a 42-point victory. They enjoyed a bye on Saturday and continued surging up the polls after an upset-filled weekend.

It's good to see a team that is usually pegged as an underdog going places, as Kevin McGuire of College Football Talk noted:

Utah gets its grit tested right away, as the Utes will play host to the California Golden Bears on College GameDay with the national audience watching closely. In what's a long list of tests throughout the season, the Utes will get to truly prove their worth.

That's only where the tests start this weekend, as Florida travels to Missouri and No. 6 Clemson hosts Georgia Tech after the Tigers' huge home win over Notre Dame.

Week 5 may have produced plenty of answers, but we still have a ways to go. And if the past few years are any indication, we're a long way away from knowing who's truly No. 1.

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College Football Picks Week 6: Top 25 Rankings, Schedule, Odds and Predictions

The dust hasn't even settled from an upset-filled weekend in college football, but there's no rest for the weary as Week 6 provides the promise of even more madness.

On the heels of a weekend that saw the nation's top two teams severely tested and three other top-10 teams get upset altogether, there's a chance for even more fireworks in Week 6. As some of college football's best get entrenched in their conference slates, anything can happen.

Here's a glance at the latest Top 25 before a breakdown of how the top games will go this weekend.



Week 6 Odds and Predictions

Odds courtesy of Odds Shark


Game of the Week: No. 23 Cal at No. 5 Utah

If I told you at the beginning of the season that the Pac-12's game of the year by Week 6 would include these two teams, you would have been in stitches laughing.

Alas, college football has shocked us again and made for all sorts of possibilities that nobody could have expected at the onset of the year. No surprise among them has been more pleasant than the Utah Utes, who have risen fast as the Pac-12's best team and its most central College Football Playoff contender.

For a long time, the Utes' role in college football has been relegated to upsetting other teams in their conference and spoiling the party for schools they're playing. Now, they're the ones with the target on their backs as Kevin McGuire of College Football Talk noted:

This hot start for Utah has not been a fluke. Anyone who wanted to argue that lost their argument when the Utes absolutely took it to Oregon, the Pac-12's longtime darling, in a 62-20 walloping. 

The scary part about Utah? The Utes seem to have the complete package on both sides of the ball capable of keeping this hot start going.

Travis Wilson is a dynamic playmaker at the quarterback position, with an arm that can spread it to his receivers and legs that have already racked up 200 yards. With a 68 percent completion rate, Utah has little trouble sustaining drives while Devontae Booker totes the rock.

The defense truly puts the Utes on another level and makes them a tough beat for any of the Pac-12's high-flying offenses—one of which is the California Golden Bears.

Jared Goff has been lighting up defenses to start 2015, but he hasn't faced a defense nearly at the caliber of Utah. The Utes are shutting opponents down on defense and limiting their biggest strength, which will have them honing in on Goff and his receivers.

A week of rest will be the best thing in the world for Utah, who was coming off a successful two-game road trip and now has everything to play for. The Utes won't scoff at their opportunity in the Pac-12 and will roll over an overmatched foe.

Prediction: Utah 44, Cal 28

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College Football Rankings 2015: Week 6 Standings, Schedule and Predictions

A number of upsets rocked the college football landscape this past weekend, as four of the prior Top 10 teams in the Associated Press poll suffered losses.

The Amway and AP rankings look drastically different ahead of Week 6. One point of agreement came in the form of the biggest riser. After a resounding 38-10 triumph over Ole Miss, Florida has moved from the Top 25 fringe to the Top 10, rising from 25th to 11th in the AP and 22nd to 12th in the Amway.

Barely removed from the disastrous Will Muschamp era, his successor, Jim McElwain, is making quite the impression in his maiden season in charge in Gainesville.

Ohio State remains No. 1 thanks to avoiding an upset bid at Indiana by a score of 34-27. The reigning national champions have benefited from a favorable schedule but hardly look like the juggernaut that won the top prize in the inaugural College Football Playoff.

Let's look ahead to the top contests on tap for Week 6 and predict what will transpire after a rather shocking recent slate. The complete schedule can be found at


Week 6 Predictions

As long as Ohio State has Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield, it has a chance to control possession and exact demoralizing physical punishment on the opposition.

Elliott helped the Buckeyes escape Bloomington, Indiana, Saturday with their undefeated record still intact, racking up 274 yards rushing and three scores. ESPN's Mike Greenberg feels Elliott has a chance at NCAA football's most prestigious individual hardware:

It's almost as though Ohio State has more talent than it knows what to do with on offense, counting on its superior skill players to execute a simplified offense for chunk plays. Thanks to Elliott, it's working to a large degree on the ground, but the quarterback play by Cardale Jones leaves something to be desired.

With the loaded supporting cast Jones has around him and how much opponents will be keying in on Elliott, look for the Buckeyes to finally play to their ability against Maryland at home this week. OSU will finally look like the No. 1 team in the land with a great performance on both sides of the ball.

If Elliott is going to keep his Heisman campaign going, though, he'll need some big numbers to contend with the likes of LSU's Leonard Fournette, who already has 864 yards and 11 touchdowns running the ball in 2015.

Despite his transcendent skills, Fournette deferred praise to his offensive line following Saturday's 44-22 win over Eastern Michigan in which he unwittingly became the first SEC player to post three straight 200-yard rushing games.

"I didn't know until Coach Miles told me, but it's a special feeling," said Fournette, per's Jerit Roser. "Just knowing that we made history as a unit. It's not just me. They made history with me. I congratulate them and thank them for protecting me and blocking for me."

The key for the Tigers is to avoid a letdown on a Week 6 road trip to slumping South Carolina before a home showdown with the Gators follows. Considering Fournette has had three straight 200-yard rushing games, there's no indication he'll slow down against a Gamecocks defense yielding 4.89 yards per carry.

Speaking of potential letdowns, Florida must guard against just that on the road Saturday against Missouri. The Gators' dominance against Ole Miss suggests the team will handle the circumstances just fine, though.

Fox Sports' Colin Cowherd weighed in on how well McElwain has brought Florida together so swiftly:

Only two Top 25 matchups are on tap for Week 6. One of those is top NFL QB prospect Jared Goff leading California on a tough test at Utah—a team that has seven votes for No. 1 in the AP poll. The Golden Bears and Utes rank in the top 10 in turnover margin, so this contest will come down to who makes fewer mistakes.

Goff is a great leader, but Utah is too strong across the board to drop the game at home.

The other Top 25 clash comes from the Big Ten in the form of two surprising programs. Coach Jim Harbaugh has sparked Michigan right away and has a huge opportunity to climb in the national rankings in Ann Arbor Saturday versus Northwestern.

ESPN Stats & Info highlights how big of a step forward Northwestern has taken this season thus far:

This should be a classic, throwback type of Big Ten affair, because the Wolverines and Wildcats are second and fifth, respectively, in total yards allowed per game. Northwestern only concedes an average of seven points, while Michigan gives up just 7.6. Those are the two best rates in the country.

Thanks to home-field advantage and a superior offensive mind in Harbaugh at the helm, look for Michigan to protect the Big House and emerge with a 13-10 victory.


Note: Stats courtesy of unless otherwise indicated

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College Football Week 6 Opening Odds: Oklahoma over Rival Texas on Betting Lines

The Oklahoma Sooners opened as almost two-touchdown favorites for their Red River Rivalry matchup against the Texas Longhorns, and that line was immediately on the move as we take a look at the opening and early Week 6 college football odds.

The Sooners opened as 13.5-point favorites against the Longhorns for their annual showdown at the Cotton Bowl, and they'd been bet up to 16.5-point favorites at some sportsbooks by late Sunday night.

And Texas' performance against TCU over the weekend likely had a hand in that line shift, as the Longhorns were demolished 50-7 on the road against the Horned Frogs in Week 5 as a 14.5-point underdog to drop them to 1-4 both straight up and against the spread this season.

The Sooners are 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS on the season, having no trouble covering the spread in their 44-24 win over West Virginia last weekend as a 6.5-point betting favorite. Oklahoma is 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS over its last five games against Texas dating back to 2010, although the Longhorns did cover a 16.5-point spread in their 31-26 loss to the Sooners last season.

Elsewhere, Michigan opened as a 10-point home favorite against Northwestern for this weekend, while Ohio State opened as a 28.5-point home favorite against Maryland, Clemson opened as a 7.5-point home favorite against Georgia Tech, and Notre Dame opened as a 16-point home favorite against Navy.

The betting line for the Navy vs. Notre Dame betting matchup had shrunk slightly to make the Fighting Irish a 14.5-point home favorite by Sunday night. Notre Dame is 4-0 SU in its last four games against Navy, although the Midshipmen are 2-0 ATS in their two meetings over the last two seasons.

Baylor opened as a huge 38-point road favorite against Kansas on the Week 6 college football betting lines, LSU opened as a 13-point road favorite against South Carolina, Georgia opened as a 2.5-point road favorite against Tennessee, and Florida opened as a 3.5-point road favorite against Missouri.

And in a battle between ranked teams late on Saturday night, Utah opened as a seven-point home favorite against California. The Golden Bears are 5-0 ATS in their last five games on the road against fellow Pac-12 teams according to the OddsShark College Football Database, while the Utes are 5-1 ATS in their last six October home games.

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Michigan Football: How Wolverines' Top Commits Performed This Weekend

The Michigan Wolverines continued to gain momentum under head coach Jim Harbaugh on Saturday with a 28-0 shutout victory over the Maryland Terrapins, their first win against a Big Ten Conference opponent.

The program's future also appears strong, based on the latest slew of performances by high school prospects who have committed to Michigan.

Quarterback Brandon Peters warranted national attention when he pledged to the Wolverines in April, and the Indiana native continues to provide a promising preview of his potential. The 6'5", 205-pound passer helped Avon High School extend its win streak to four straight Friday night.

Peters threw a pair of first-quarter touchdowns against Westfield High School, setting the stage for a 35-20 victory. A dominant start limited him to just 15 total pass attempts, per Matthew VanTryon of the Indianapolis Star.

The Elite 11 finalist threw 23 touchdowns during Avon's first six games of his senior season. Peters compiled just 21 scoring strikes as a junior.

He admitted the hiring of Harbaugh, a former Wolverines quarterback and longtime NFL veteran, helped make an impact in his recruitment.

"It plays a pretty big factor," Peters told Bleacher Report in April. "You have a head coach who has experienced it all at the position and can help you progress through your career. It was definitely a big emphasis with Michigan."

Fellow Wolverines offensive commitment Brad Hawkins, a 4-star wide receiver from southern New Jersey, rushed for a touchdown Friday night against Willingboro High School, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.

Hawkins, a dynamic 6'1", 202-pound playmaker, pledged to Michigan shortly after Camden High School teammate and 4-star defensive end Ron Johnson announced his decision. The close friends instantly became key components of a 2016 Wolverines recruiting class that's ninth in the nation in 247Sports' composite rankings.

Some college teams are targeting Hawkins, a two-way star on the basketball court and football field, as a cornerback. However, many expect him to take snaps on offense in college.

His past two seasons featured a combined 96 catches for 1,553 yards and 25 touchdowns, per MaxPreps. Hawkins added 86 tackles, four interceptions and 270 rushing yards during that stretch.

Peters and Hawkins highlight an impressive offensive recruiting class. Electric in-state running back Chris Evans, New Jersey wide receiver Ahmir Mitchell and four 4-star offensive linemen join the duo in Michigan's 2016 class.


Tyler Donohue is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. Recruit ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Tyler via Twitter: @TDsTake.

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Maryland vs. Ohio State: Complete Game Preview

No. 1 Ohio State has a flimsy grasp on the top spot in the polls after a lackluster performance against Indiana Saturday, and Urban Meyer will look to get his team back on track against the slumping Maryland Terrapins.

The Buckeyes (5-0) have struggled offensively this season, but they've shown signs of life over the last two weeks. Cardale Jones threw for 200 yards in the first half against the Hoosiers, and Ezekiel Elliott ran wild for 243 yards and three touchdowns on just 13 carries in the second half. 

Ohio State will look to build off that momentum against the Terrapins (2-3), who have been outscored 73-6 in their last two games against West Virginia and Michigan.


Viewing Information

Date: Saturday, October 10

Time: Noon, ET

Place: Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: Ohio State Football Radio Network, Maryland Sports Radio Network

Spread: Ohio State (-28.5), via Odds Shark 

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