Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/8/12

Champs of the Week:

1. Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois- 402 total yards, 4 TD’s (195 pass, 207 rush)

Doesn’t look like it matters who is on NIU’s schedule, Jordan Lynch will run wild regardless. The junior quarterback has no ran for over 100 yards in five of the six games played so far in 2012, and has accounted for multiple touchdowns in every game but the season opener against Iowa. It was thought that it may take a while for Lynch to get accustomed to the starting role in his first season, but limited experience has not deterred him one bit. Lynch is having a tremendous season thus far.

2. Josh Nunes, QB, Stanford- 393 total yards, 5 TD’s, (360 pass, 33 rush)

Surprisingly, the Stanford defense was the weak link on Saturday. Luckily, Josh Nunes was there for the rescue, accounting for five total touchdowns in the win over Arizona. Nunes did most of his damage on the ground, rushing for three scores, but also had success throwing against the Wildcats defense with 360 yards through the air.

3. Zach Maynard, QB, California- 295 passing yards, 5 TD’s

I think Maynard and the rest of the Cal offense was aware of the pressure that was placed upon the team this week with winds swirling about a possible coaching change. Maynard ended up with five total scores and nearly 300 yards passing in the route of UCLA. The day didn’t begin well with an interception on his first pass, but Maynard rebounded, completing 25 of his next 29 passes en route to a career performance.

Honorable Mention:

1. John Hubert, RB, Kansas State- 101 rushing yards, 4 TD’s

On just 10 carries, Hubert was able to rack up over 100 yards rushing and four scores in the route of Kansas. He now has at least one score in each game this season, and over 100 yards in four out of the five games he has played. It seems as if the plan to get QB Collin Klein less rushing attempts has really benefited Hubert.

2. Tyler Van Tubbergen, QB, Western Michigan- 283 passing yards, 6 TD’s

Just like last season, Tubbergen has a ton of success when filling in for Alex Carder. The junior QB threw for five scores and ran for another in the route over winless UMass. It looks as if Carder’s injury to his hand may keep him out for a few more weeks, so if the matchup is good, Tubbergen looks like a good play.

3. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson- 173 receiving yards, 2 TD’s

Move over Sammy Watkins, this is Hopkins’ year. It is becoming clearer and clearer with every passing week that Hopkins is the go-to guy in 2012. He had another standout performance in the win over Georgia Tech with over 170 yards and a couple of touchdowns. Hopkins is well on his way to a monster season.

4. Kasey Carrier, RB, New Mexico- 191 rushing yards, 4 TD’s

The Lobos had only nine yards passing for the entire contest, but it did not matter one bit as Carrier led the way with a career-high 191 yards and four touchdowns. He now has six scores in the last three games, and with New Mexico struggling mightily with its passing attack, Carrier should see the rock quite a bit going forward.

5. Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech- 101 rushing yards, 4 TD’s

While quarterback Colby Cameron will get most of the spotlight for now-ranked Louisiana Tech, the ground game has been dominant thus far. Dixon, with starting running back Tevin King now out for the season, was fantastic on Saturday with over 100 yards on the ground and four scores. He will split time with Ray Holley, but Dixon is a bigger back who will see carries in the red-zone.

This Won’t Last:

1. Devin Campbell, RB, Buffalo- 160 rushing yards, 1 TD

Campbell took over starting duties for the injured Branden Oliver and had a career day, rushing for 160 yards and a score in the loss. Oliver, the team’s No. 1 back, suffered a leg injury a week ago, but it should not keep him out long-term. Once healthy, Oliver will assume his starting role and Campbell will be the backup.

2. Cameron Coffman, QB, Indiana- 282 passing yards, 3 TD’s

Coffman has performed admirably after taking over the starting duties for the injured Tre Roberson. Against a dominant defense in Michigan State, Coffman had a great deal of success through the air with 282 yards and three scores. Unfortunately, the Spartans’ defense came back to life in the second half and put a stop to things. Against the better defenses in the Big Ten, Coffman and the rest of the Hoosiers’ offense will struggle.

3. Andre Williams, RB, Boston College- 191 rushing yards, 2 TD’s

This was Williams’ best game in quite some time. The junior running back gashed the Army defense for nearly 200 yards rushing in the loss. Though it is apparent that Williams is now the No. 1 back, it was against Army. They have an awful defense, so don’t expect to many performances like this from Williams going forward.

Chumps of the Week:

1. Onterio McCalebb, RB, Auburn- 24 rushing yards, 0 TD’s

It wasn’t just McCalebb that struggled. The entire Auburn offense is pretty much non-existent at this point, and something has to change. Take out the 128-yard performance against Louisiana-Monroe, and McCalebb has barely over 100 yards in the other four games on the season with just a single touchdown. Not the kind of production many were expecting with former RB Michael Dyer out of the picture, leaving the starting job to McCalebb.

2. Seth Doege, QB, Texas Tech- 202 passing yards, 0 TD’s

This was bound to happen. After having a great deal of success during the Pattie cake portion of the schedule, Doege came back down to Earth against a formidable defense. Doege also threw three picks that stalled numerous scoring opportunities. After the game, head coach Tommy Tuberville made notion that there was no plan to make a change at this point.

3. Washington State Quarterbacks- 207 passing yards, 0 TD’s, 4 INT’s

This is actually getting kind of pathetic now. I get that Oregon State has a terrific defense, but this offense has so many playmakers on the outside that there is no reason that a Mike Leach squad has zero touchdowns passing the football. Halliday began the game, and Tuel finished it, both of which having absolutely no success. They weren’t having success against the weaker teams on the schedule, so why should any of us expect different the rest of the way?

Honorable Mention:

1. Lyle McCombs, RB, Connecticut- 32 rushing yards, 0 TD’s

Being arrested the night before and having to sit the first quarter surely did not help, but McCombs was not going to be successful regardless against a suffocating Rutgers defense. The Huskies’ leading rusher was starting to get on a roll the past three games, but could not break any big runs. Connecticut was unable to move the ball as a whole too, so McCombs had no scoring opportunities either.

2. Antavian Edison, WR, Purdue- 28 receiving yards, 0 TD’s

Purdue played musical chairs again at the quarterback position, which severely hurt the Boilermakers’ passing attack. Edison, the team’s top target normally, only had four catches on the day for minimal yardage. Michigan was able to tackle extremely well throughout the entire game which helped stop the underneath routes that Edison is usually so successful on.

3. Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia- 109 passing yards, 0 TD’s

It was a rough game for Murray and Co. The entire offense was completely shut down by the Gamecocks in the blowout win. Murray was only able to hit on 11 passes despite 31 attempts, and did not have a score the entire game.

4. Stefphon Jefferson, RB, Nevada- 78 rushing yards, 0 TD’s

You would think that an offense would be geared to handing the ball off if the backup quarterback is in for the majority of the game. That did not happen as Jefferson was unable to have another breakout game for a second straight week. After compiling seven touchdowns in a single game two weeks ago, he has zero in the last two.

5. Stephen Morris, QB, Miami- 202 passing yards, 0 TD’s

Now that’s how it feels to go up against a real defense, Mr. Morris. A week after setting numerous passing records against NC State, Morris was completely inept against a Notre Dame front seven that is shutting extremely good defenses down, week in week out. All the blame cannot go to Morris, though. There were numerous crucial drops by his receivers that cost them some big plays.

This Won’t Last:

1. Chuckie Keeton, QB, Utah State- 202 passing yards, 23 rushing yards, 0 TD’s

It’s about time to recognize that BYU has one of the most underrated defenses in all the country. They again shut down another high-powered offense, and another dual-threat quarterback in Chuckie Keeton. The sophomore QB is usually good for around 100 yards on the ground and a few scores, but never got on track in the game. He only led the offense to six points.

2. Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas- 216 passing yards, 0 TD’s

I highly doubt Wilson and the rest of the Arkansas team are turning things around this season, but it was nice to see them get a dominant performance against another terrible SEC team in Auburn. Since the Razorbacks were up for much of the game, Wilson did not have to chuck it around the yard. He did not throw a single score. Once they get back to playing teams who can actually move the football, Wilson will have to do a lot more in the passing game to score points.

3. Taylor McHargue, QB, Rice- 123 total yards, 0 TD’s

McHargue, up until this point, had been one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in all the nation thus far in the season. Despite playing against one of the country’s worst teams in Memphis, McHargue could not getting anything going in the air, or on the ground, and finished with a little over 100 total yards on the day. Like last week, rain was a factor throughout much of the contest.


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