There was not a whole lot of movement in the top portion of the Amway Coaches Poll this week, as most of the top teams maintained their positioning within the top 10. Alabama remains on top of the coaches poll, without much debate, ahead of Ohio State, Clemson and Louisville.
The Miami Hurricanes had the biggest rise in the coaches poll this week, jumping up five spots to No. 14 with a 3-0 record. The Hurricanes trail No. 13 Baylor, the highest-ranked team in the Big 12 in this week’s coaches poll.
No. 8 Wisconsin is one of three Big Ten teams in the top 10, joining Ohio State and No. 5 Michigan. No. 15 Nebraska moved ahead of No. 16 Michigan State this week.
Here is the full coaches top 25 for this week, with first-place votes noted;
Ohio State (2)
San Diego State
With seven more, Lamar Jackson has more TDs than all but ONE FBS team
With the final games of the first month of the 2016 season being quickly put to bed, we can officially hand the September Heisman Trophy to Lamar Jackson. In an utter and absolute landslide.
The Louisville quarterback’s ridiculous, video game-like month has officially come to an end, with Jackson accounting for seven touchdowns in a 59-28 win over Marshall in Huntington. The true sophomore threw for five touchdowns and ran for another two in a performance that did nothing but show how remarkably easy the game is for Jackson right now even as he “struggled” early on.
With this showing, Jackson has now accounted for 25 touchdowns on the season — 13 passing, 12 rushing.
Remarkably, Jackson now has more touchdowns individually than all but one team — aside from his own — playing at the FBS level. That one team? Michigan, with 28. USF, with 25 as a team that played this week, is tied with Jackson as an individual.
I guess you could technically add an asterisk to the “one team” theme as Texas Tech (25), Ohio State (23) and Miami (21) were all on byes this weekend. And I’m also going under the assumption that Washington (19 entering Week 4) won’t get beyond 25, even as they are currently tied 14-14 with Arizona at halftime.
Still, the numbers Jackson is putting up are historic and epic, and that was even before he added Nos. 6 and 7.
Lamar Jackson (@UofLFootball): responsible for 5 TD tonight, giving him 23 through 4 games, more than any other FBS player since 2005
I have no clue how Jackson will close out the season, but I do know that, at the moment, there’s the Cardinals’ signal-caller and then there’s everybody else when it comes to the 2016 Heisman race. Just as it was exactly a week ago.
Our current Heisman Top Three:
1.) Lamar Jackson
2.) Jackson, Lamar
3.) That Louisville QB
In 2006, Wake Forest began the season 4-0 en route to an improbable bid to the Orange Bowl. A decade later, could it be deja vu all over again?
Unbelievably, the answer to that is, well, yeah. Well, it’s at least technically possible — although glancing at the latest box score that would’ve been the furthest thing from your mind.
In Saturday’s game against Indiana, the Demon Deacons were outgained 611-352 in total offense. Hoosiers quarterback Richard Lagow strafed Wake’s defense for 496 yards and three touchdowns. But then you catch a glimpse of the category that reads “Turnovers.”
The Demon Deacon defense intercepted Lagow a whopping five times. Not only did the defense return one of those for a touchdown, the offense converted another two picks into 10 points.
The final score? Wake 33, Indiana 28.
With the win, Wake improved to 4-0 on the season for the first time since that 2006 campaign mentioned in the lede. Before you go out and bet your house on an ACC Coastal title for the Deacons, however, keep this in mind: Wake still has games left against No. 13 Florida State (10/15), No. 3 Louisville (11/12) and No. 5 Clemson (11/19), with the first two games on the road.
If you’re a Wake fan, though, it’s fun to dream — especially when your team’s six-game losing streak to close out the 2015 season is factored in.
Concussion to reportedly keep Marshall starting QB out vs. Louisville
If Marshall is live up to the awe-inspiring hype video released earlier in the week, the Thundering Herd will be forced to do so without the triggerman of their offense.
While there’s nothing yet official from the school, ESPN.com‘s Brett McMurphy is reporting — or tweeting, if you will — that Chase Litton will not play in tonight’s game against Louisville because of a concussion. The quarterback sustained the concussion during last Saturday’s loss to Akron.
Litton is currently ninth in the country with a 181.7 pass efficiency rating. That number is tops amongst Conference USA quarterbacks.
Rumors of an issue with Litton surfaced earlier in the week, speculation that was reflected in the wagering lines.
Louisville price has quietly leaked out all week for their trip to Marshall (-23.5 to -30.5) which makes sense w/Chase Litton updated status
Oddsmakers don’t give Marshall much if any chance of hanging with Louisville much less upsetting them later on today, with Bovada.lv installing the Cardinals as a four-touchdown road favorite. The television networks don’t think much of the Thundering Herd’s chances, either, with ESPN employees already confirming that their College GameDay traveling road show will originate from Clemson for their huge Week 5 ACC Atlantic showdown with the U of L.
Don’t tell that to the Herd, or at least their video departmentWes Wilson (follow him on Twitter HERE).
The football program earlier this past week unleashed a very emotional hype video ahead of the non-conference matchup, with the three-minute clip invoking the sights, sounds and words from the “We Are Marshall” film that pays tribute to the plane crash that gutted the football team’s roster and the university’s psyche. Most pointedly, the clip makes mention of Marshall’s 2003 upset of sixth-ranked Kansas State; Louisville enters this game ranked third in the country.
Watch, and enjoy.
That masterful piece of cinema will do nothing to stop the Lamar Jackson juggernaut, but, if nothing else, it should serve to fire up a home crowd that will do its damnedest to help pull off the upset.
(Writer’s note: I just want to personally apologize to Wes Wilson for not realizing initially that was his work, not the school’s. Also, job very well done, Mr. Wilson. That was tremendous.)