It's that time of the year when the stars of the 2012 college football season emerge.
Fans might not have known who these stars were before this year, but more than a few weeks into the season, we're now becoming familiar with these players. A few are even starting to become household names.
College football players quickly become household names when they lead their teams to big wins that shake up the BCS landscape.
Here are three players who will lead their teams to big wins this week:
The South Carolina Gamecocks face unfamiliar territory this weekend as the higher ranked team when they square off against the LSU Tigers. LSU stumbled against the Florida Gators last week, and much of that was due to the performance of running back Mike Gillislee. The Gators' tailback ran the ball 34 times for 146 yards.
Florida's game plan was successful last week. They pounded the Tigers with the run and eventually their defense broke down. LSU prefers teams to drop back and pass so their star defensive ends can rush the passer, and Florida exploited this with a heavy dose of runs.
The Gamecocks will likely follow Florida's blueprint again this week, which means Marcus Lattimore will be in for a huge day. Lattimore is a tougher runner than Gillislee, and he's more than capable of handling a 30-plus carry workload.
South Carolina's best offensive weapon will be relied on in this game, and fans shouldn't be surprised when he leads the Gamecocks to a huge win over LSU.
The speedy wide receiver is one of the few players in college football who could possibly run a sub-4.3 40-yard-dash. He's a shifty playmaker who has benefited from one of the best quarterbacks in college football in Geno Smith. Tavon Austin can score anywhere on the field any time the football is in his hands—he's that fast.
The West Virginia Mountaineers will likely find themselves in another shootout this week against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Texas Tech's defense has no answer for Austin, and the playmaker will be in for another Saturday of big-time production.
Austin has registered 10 or more receptions in every game this year and has gone over 100 yards in every game but one. His 215 yards against Baylor were his most this year, and he could top that performance in this week's game against Texas Tech.
The Texas A&M Aggies' wide receiver is one of the most under-the-radar skill players in college football. He's bailed out freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel on several occasions, and he's clearly the Aggies' go-to receiver.
The Aggies will face a surprisingly undefeated Louisiana Tech Bulldogs team this week. Texas A&M's offense runs through Manziel, but his star wide receiver will be the most important player in this game.
The Bulldogs don't have the secondary talent to contain Mike Evans and his 6'5" frame. Manziel will look to scramble like he often does, but the Aggies will eat up most of their yards through the air. Evans should be expected to turn in another 100-plus yards of receiving this week.
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