Scott Haynes, College Football Senior Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Week nine saw two more undefeated teams falter, leaving just five now heading into the month of November. The continued late season losses by teams in the top-25 may very well open the door for a couple of one-loss teams to find there way into the national title picture as the season winds down. Hold on for a entertaining finish to 2010.
HELU VA AFTERNOON: No it's not Heisman winner Mike Rozier or standouts Ahman Green or Lawrence Phillips. It isn't Heisman winner Eric Crouch or Tommie Frazier. The Nebraska record for rushing yards in a single game was set this week in Lawrence and it wasn't even the team's top ground gainer Taylor Martinez. No, the record now belongs to tailback Roy Helu Jr., who torched previously unbeaten Missouri for 307 yards and three TDs on 28 carries. With Martinez among the nation's best in terms of rushing yards and Helu coming on strong, Nebraska very well may finish off its stint in the Big 12 with a conference title.
THEN THERE WERE FIVE: With Michigan State and Missouri losing this past weekend, the ranks of the unbeaten has been reduced to five. The top four hold those spots in the top-25, with Oregon, Boise State, Auburn and TCU, respectively. The fifth and final spot belongs to sixth-ranked Utah. Of course, one of the premier matchups this week pits TCU at Utah, so the number of unbeatens will be reduced by at least one after Saturday.
GET OFF THE TRACKS: The Oregon Ducks are serving notice to everyone that they are a freight train on course for Glendale and the competition best step aside or get run over. It is hard to argue with that, as in the span of less than a quarter, Oregon turned a competitive game against USC this past weekend into another lopsided win. With a true Heisman candidate running the football in LaMichael James and a proficient signal-caller under center in Darron Thomas, there probably isn't a defense out there the rest of the way that can stop these explosive Ducks.
|Roy Helu Jr. torched previously Missouri for 307 yards and three TDs on 28 carries.|
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Obviously, the performance of Roy Helu Jr in Lincoln is the top performance of the week in terms of offensive production, but there were plenty of others that had standout games.
Landry Jones had a huge game for Oklahoma in a rout of Colorado this past weekend, throwing for 453 yards and four TDs.
Additional top signal-callers in week number nine include Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill (449 yards, four TDs against Texas Tech), Arkansas' Ryan Mallett (409 yards, three TDs against Vanderbilt), Utah State's Diondre Borel (399 yards, two TD passes, one rushing TD against Nevada), San Diego State's Ryan Lindley (365 yards, three TDs against Wyoming), San Jose State's Jordan La Secla (361 yards, three TDs against New Mexico State), Western Michigan's Alex Carder (360 yards, three TDs against Northern Illinois), Louisiana's Brad McGuire (384 yards, two TDs against Ohio), Hawaii's Bryant Moniz (326 yards, three TDs against Idaho), Houston's Dave Piland (292 yards, five TDs against Memphis), Oregon's Darron Thomas (288 yards, four TDs against USC) and Michigan's Denard Robinson (190 yards passing, one TD, 191 yards rushing, three TDs against Penn State),
Oregon's Heisman hopeful LaMichael James came in a close second to Helu in terms of impact in the backfield this past weekend, gashing USC for 239 yards and three TDs.
Other tailbacks with big outings include North Texas' Lance Dunbar (215 yards, three TDs against Western Kentucky), Tulane's Orleans Darkwa (193 yards against SMU), South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore (184 yards, one TD against Tennessee), UCF's Ronnie Weaver (180 yards, two TDs against East Carolina), Auburn's Michael Dyer (180 yards, one TD against Ole Miss), SMU's Zach Line (177 yards, two TDs against Tulane), UAB's Pat Shed (176 yards, two TDs against Southern Miss), Boise State's Doug Martin (150 yards, two TDs against Louisiana Tech), Southern Miss' Kendrick Hardy (147 yards, two TDs against UAB), Penn State's Evan Royster (150 yards, two TDs against Michigan), Boston College's Montel Harris (142 yards, one receiving TD against Clemson), Oklahoma State's Kendall Hunter (143 yards against Kansas State), Colorado State's Leonard Mason (124 yards, three TDs against New Mexico) and Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers (119 yards, three rushing TDs, one TD pass against California),
Tennessee's Denarius Moore (six catches, 228 yards, one TD against South Carolina) and Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles (nine catches, 208 yards, three TDs against Colorado) both surpassed 200 receiving yards in their games this week to reign supreme among receivers.
Other wideouts who earned their keep include SMU's Aldrick Robinson (five catches, 182 yards, one TD against Tulane), Western Michigan's Jordan White (14 catches, 180 yards, one TD against Northern Illinois), San Diego State's DeMarco Sampson (seven catches, 175 yards, two TDs against Wyoming), Texas A&M's Jeff Fuller (11 catches, 171 yards, two TDs against Texas Tech), Kentucky's Randall Cobb (12 catches, 171 yards, one TD against Mississippi State), Hawaii's Greg Silas (11 catches, 168 yards against Idaho) and Oregon's Jeff Maehl (eight catches, 145 yards, three TDs against USC).
SNEAK PEEK: There are five games this week pitting ranked teams against one another. It starts in Stillwater, where 22nd-ranked Baylor attempts to knock off 19th-ranked Oklahoma State. Fourth-ranked TCU and sixth-ranked Utah will clash in a crucial Mountain West affair in Salt Lake City, while SEC fans will be glued to the television for fifth-ranked Alabama at 12th-ranked LSU and 17th-ranked Arkansas at 18th-ranked South Carolina. The Pac-10 will close out the marquee matchups when 13th-ranked Arizona hits the road to take on 10th- ranked Stanford.
Other games of interest include Thursday's showdown between Georgia Tech and 20th-ranked Virginia Tech and Saturday's Hawaii at second-ranked Boise State, North Carolina at 24th-ranked Florida State and 11th-ranked Oklahoma at Texas A&M.