Things We Learned In College: Week 11 In College Football

Yesterday wasn’t a day for channel-surfing, as several games went down to the wire, and a LOT of ranked teams lost. Here’s what we learned:

Things We Learned In College: Week 11 In College Football

-It took several weeks (and, frankly, some better teams) but it seems Leonard Fournette is in fact stoppable. Last week, Alabama held him to 31 yards and one touchdown; this week, Arkansas kept him to just 91 and a touchdown. He’d still have my vote for the Heisman, but I can see why he’s losing traction.

-Does Florida State have a quarterback controversy brewing? Everett Golson returned to action this week after sitting out two games with a concussion, and was yanked early after his third turnover. Sean Maguire led the ‘Noles to a win. It probably doesn’t matter who starts against Chattanooga next week, but with the Gators coming up a week later, keep an eye on who gets the nod.

-A week after losing to Oklahoma State, TCU was in danger of suffering a second straight loss when quarterback Trevone Boykin was injured and left the game in the first half, not to return. Adding insult to injury (literally) was the shuffling of the offensive line, several members of which were also injured; leading receiver Josh Doctson did start after suffering a wrist injury a week ago. Winless Kansas, whose quarterback was suffering from two strained groin muscles, came within a touchdown of the upset.

-Michigan needed two overtimes to beat Indiana, in part due to some issues with the kicking unit. A missed field goal in the third quarter could have come back to haunt the Wolverines had they not prevailed in OT. Something went wrong with the snap, and holder Blake O’Neill wasn’t quite able to get it set down correctly for kicker Kenny Allen. A similar miscue happened on the extra point to tie the game- with no time left on the clock- but O’Neill was able to get that one straightened out. I imagine coach Jim Harbaugh will be addressing those snaps in practice this week. Another stat I assume Harbaugh will be vociferously addressing this week? The Wolverines’ 13 penalties for 72 yards.

-Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock should have another one (at least) of those little stickers on his helmet today. The fifth-year senior transfer completed 33 of his 46 attempts for 440 yards and SIX touchdowns (and one INT).

-Indiana running back Jordan Howard is a beast. He racked up 238 yards against one of the best defenses in the country.

-Twelve penalties for 103 yards. You keep doing you, Miami.

-Is there a reason Ohio State seems to struggle early every week? Are they just toying with opponents to give them false hope or what?

-Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook left the Maryland game early with an injured shoulder, but ESPN is reporting that it was a “precautionary” measure. I expect he’ll start against the Buckeyes next week.

-Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds obliterated former Wisconsin running back Montee Ball’s career rushing TD record (77) yesterday. Reynolds’ four scores on the day brought his career total to 81. Congratulations to him.

Don’t forget to check back later for the LWOS Top 25 rankings. Until next week!

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