The Most Hot and Cold Players in College Football After Week 6
Conference play is in full swing; cupcake opponents (for the most part) are a thing of the past, pitting the nation's top players against quality competition.
For some, this is just semantics. No matter the competition, they continue to roll as if they're playing in the FCS.
But for others, once the game gets tougher, the production starts to dip. Perhaps they were just products of circumstance in earlier weeks and years.
Here's a look at some of both.
Hot: QB Jameis Winston, Florida State
Winston is an overdue inclusion on this list, and after making an emphatic statement on Saturday, it's impossible to keep excluding him.
Playing against the first ranked opponent of his career, Famous Jameis finished 23-of-32 for 392 yards and five touchdowns, leading his team to a 63-0 blowout.
Winston: 90-123 (73%) 1441 yds 17 TD 2 INT (135 rush, 2 TD)
Manziel: 104-150 (69%) 1285 yds 11 TD 2 INT (495 rush, 7 TD)
This dude is absolutely locked in.
Cold: QB Bo Wallace, Ole Miss
I don't care what the final numbers say or how many yards Wallace threw for. He and the Rebs could get nothing going in Auburn on Saturday.
After a strong start to the season, this was the second straight underwhelming game for Wallace, who seemed like a sleeper All-SEC player this season but now looks far from that level.
What's most troubling about his recent performance are the weapons around him. Ole Miss has enough receivers and a decent offensive line—ball movement shouldn't be a problem.
Bo needs to learn how to play on the road. It's hard to be a great college QB when you can't leave your hometown.
Hot: RB Lache Seastrunk, Baylor
Lache Seastrunk, the best college football player named after two different types of water masses, has drowned opposing defenses with his quick cuts and second-level speed.
In truth, a Baylor player could be listed at every position on this list. Quarterback Bryce Petty leads the nation in efficiency, while receivers Antwan Goodley and Tevin Reese are both making consistent huge plays.
But Seastrunk is a home run threat like no other. In truth, he's the engine that makes Baylor run. The passing game is great on its own, but it functions better because teams must commit so much attention to the backfield.
After racking up 172 yards on 15 carries against West Virginia last week, Seastrunk is up to 589 on just 53 carries this season.
Cold: RB John Hubert, Kansas State
Hubert isn't a bad running back by any stretch of the imagination. But it looks more and more like his production was tied to Collin Klein.
After running for 952 yards and five-plus yards per carry in 2012, his average has gone down by about a yard in 2013. Without the threat of Klein around to bolster him, opposing defenses have locked in on Hubert and shut him down.
It doesn't help that he's losing carries. He got the ball just seven times (for 30 yards) in a close loss to Oklahoma State.
But after averaging 3.42 yards per carry against the woeful Texas defense in Week 5, it's not like he was begging to touch the ball more.
Hot: WR Paul Richardson, Colorado
Richardson flies a bit under the radar since he plays for Colorado and missed all of the 2012 season with a knee injury.
But it's hard to find a more talented receiver in the country.
He faded away with the rest of his team after starting strong vs. Oregon last week, but even though the Ducks secondary has a number of potential All-Pac-12 first-teamers, he still finished the game with five catches for 134 yards.
Richardson now ranks second in the country with 155.3 receiving yards per game. And he's doing it without a great quarterback.
Cold: WR Amari Cooper, Alabama
This may not be fair since Cooper has dealt with some nagging injuries and missed some action.
But man, has anyone been more disappointing?
Even when he's been in there this year, Cooper has racked up just nine catches for 100 yards. He hasn't stretched the field, he hasn't made big plays, and he hasn't earned AJ McCarron's trust like the other Alabama receivers.
Will that be the case all season? It's hard to say. If teams start sleeping on Cooper, he's more than capable of making them pay.
But for now, he's been a borderline wreck.
Hot: DE Vic Beasley, Clemson
Who can stop Vic Beasley?
The much-maligned Clemson defense has been better (though not great) this year, and Beasley is the biggest reason why.
He had two sacks and four tackles for loss against Syracuse last week, continuing a trend of stopping offenses in the backfield all season. For the year he has eight sacks and 10 tackles for loss.
This might be the first Clemson defense good enough to challenge for a national title.
Cold: DTs Will Sutton and Louis Nix, Arizona State and Notre Dame
Before Sunday's showdown in Jerry's World, Josh Norris of Rotoworld wrote the following about Sutton and Nix:
I have talked about Arizona State’s Will Sutton and how some are sour on his play, but I have actually been more disappointed in Louis Nix. I saw flashes of Vince Wilfork in Nix’s game prior to the season and considered him a potential top 10 pick. He could still go there, but he’s not beating 1 on 1 matchups.
Sutton was an All-American last year and Nix was supposed to join him there in 2013. They were supposed to be two of—if not the two—best tackles in college football.
But both have underwhelmed a bit this year, and that struggle continued in Arlington, Texas, where neither contributed a tackle for loss and both disappeared for long stretches.
They need to get better.