10 College Football Players Guaranteed to Light Up the Stat Sheet in Week 11
Given some favorable matchups, several college football players stand ready to put together some mind-numbing statistical days.
In some cases, expect to see players take advantage of secondaries and run defenses that could use some improvement. While others will simply step up to the occasion and deliver a performance that will make headlines.
Regardless, these players are set to light up the scoreboard.
Here are 10 such players who will have sensational Week 11 performances.
RB Bishop Sankey (Washington)
Week 11 Matchup: Colorado (3-5) at Washington (5-3), Nov. 9, 8 p.m. ET on Pac-12 Network
It wasn’t too long ago when running back Bishop Sankey was one of the most talked about players in college football. However, following three consecutive losses—along with being held to just 22 yards on 13 carries against Arizona State—the junior began to fade into obscurity.
But don’t expect Sankey to go away quietly.
In his last showing—a 41-17 Huskies win over Cal on Oct. 26—Sankey rushed for a career-high 241 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries. That included a scamper of 59 yards for six.
It should get a lot easier against a Buffaloes defense that is vulnerable to the rush.
Thus far, the unit ranks No. 97 against the run (198.9 YPG). Colorado has allowed 18 touchdowns on the ground while conceding a little over 4.7 yards per carry.
Needless to say, yards should come pretty easy for Sankey on Saturday.
WR Allen Robinson (Penn State)
Week 11 Matchup: Penn State (5-3) at Minnesota (7-2), Nov. 9, 12 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Only Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks can say he’s had a more productive season than the Nittany Lions' Allen Robinson.
Through eight games, the junior has caught 66 passes for 1,043 yards and six touchdowns. His 130.4 yards per game ranks second in the nation.
Furthermore, Robinson has proven to be a consistent target for quarterback Christian Hackenberg, racking up 120 yards of receiving or more in all but two games this season.
His success should continue against a Golden Gophers secondary that is lacking.
Thus far, the unit ranks No. 81 in the nation against the pass (241.7 YPG). Minnesota has conceded 14 touchdowns through the air and only intercepted eight passes all year.
Betting against Robinson would be a mistake in this one.
RB Todd Gurley (Georgia)
Week 11 Matchup: Appalachian State (2-7) at Georgia (5-3), Nov. 9, 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3
After missing the previous three games with an ankle injury, running back Todd Gurley provided a significant boost to the Bulldogs offense in his return last weekend.
The sophomore rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries while catching three passes for another 87 yards and a score. He’s now accounted for 679 yards of total offense and seven touchdowns in five games.
Against the Mountaineers, expect that to continue.
Through nine games, Appalachian State has been atrocious against the run, allowing 232.8 yards per game. That includes allowing opponents to top 220 yards five times.
In fact, the fewest rushing yards given up by the Mountaineers this year has been 144.
Need we say more?
QB Taylor Kelly (Arizona State)
Week 11 Matchup: No. 22 Arizona State (6-2) at Utah (4-4), Nov. 9, 4 p.m. ET on Pac-12 Network
Quarterback Taylor Kelly is having one heck of a year for the Sun Devils.
Through eight games, the junior has thrown for 2,511 yards, 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions on 62.9-percent passing. He’s also racked up another 315 yards and five scores on the ground.
Furthermore, he’s accounted for at least three scores in all but one game for Arizona State. That includes tallying seven against Washington State last weekend.
Although the Utes serve as a formidable opponent, don’t expect them to do much to slow down Kelly.
Thus far, Utah ranks No. 97 against the pass (241.9 YPG). While the defense has conceded just 12 touchdowns through the air, it has only managed to force two interceptions.
That’s just not going to get it done against Kelly and the Arizona State passing attack.
QB Casey Pachall (TCU)
Week 11 Matchup: TCU (3-6) at Iowa State (1-7), Nov. 9, 12 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
Quarterback Casey Pachall is back and ready to show the Horned Frogs what they’ve been missing.
After missing five games, the senior returned against Texas on Oct. 26. However, it was his performance against West Virginia last weekend that should have TCU fans optimistic—40-of-58, 394 YDs, 3 TDs, 2 INTs.
Pachall should find the Cyclones secondary to be an even easier obstacle to hurdle.
Through eight games, the unit ranks No. 103 against the pass (257.3 YPG). Furthermore, Iowa State has allowed 14 touchdowns through the air while recording just three interceptions.
It should be another easy day at the office for Pachall and the TCU passing attack.
QB Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville)
Week 11 Matchup: No. 20 Louisville (7-1) vs. Connecticut (0-7), Nov. 8, 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2
The damage may already be done to the Cardinals' BCS dreams, but don’t try telling that to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Against South Florida on Oct. 26—the game immediately following Louisville’s 38-35 loss to UCF—the senior was nearly perfect, throwing for 344 yards and three touchdowns on 25-of-29 passing. It was easily his best performance since the team’s Week 1 49-7 thrashing of Ohio.
On the year, Bridgewater has racked up 2,557 yards, 23 touchdowns and two interceptions on 73.7-percent passing for a quarterback rating of 191.6.
This Friday, expect the stats to keep piling up against the winless Huskies.
Through seven games, Connecticut ranks No. 106 in scoring defense (35.1 PPG) and No. 54 against the pass (226.9 YPG). Furthermore, the unit has allowed 15 touchdowns through the air.
It would be a surprise if Bridgewater finds the end zone less than four times in this one.
RB Desmond Roland (Oklahoma State)
Week 11 Matchup: Kansas (2-6) at No. 14 Oklahoma State (7-1), Nov. 9, 4 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
Over their first six games, the Cowboys struggled to find a rushing attack.
Fortunately, running back Desmond Roland has offered up a solution.
Against Iowa State on Oct. 26, the junior rushed for 219 yards and four touchdowns on 26 carries. He followed that up with 96 yards and three scores against Texas Tech last weekend.
All of this is from a guy who only racked up 147 yards and one touchdown on the ground over the first six games.
This weekend, expect Roland to keep rolling.
Through eight games, the Jayhawks rank No. 103 against the run (206.0 YPG). The team has conceded 18 scores on the ground while giving up a ridiculous 4.9 yards per carry.
It should be a field day for Roland and Oklahoma State.
RB Tre Mason (Auburn)
Week 11 Matchup: No. 9 Auburn (8-1) at Tennessee (4-5), Nov. 9, 12 p.m. ET on ESPN
Running back Tre Mason (161 CAR, 921 YDs, 13 TDs) is getting hot at the right point of the season.
Over the Tigers' first five contests, the junior topped 100 yards on the ground just once, accumulating five touchdowns. In the team’s last four games, Mason has gone over the century mark three times while finding the end zone eight times—that includes rushing for 168 yards and four scores against Arkansas last weekend.
His 13 rushing touchdowns rank third in the nation.
This weekend against the Volunteers defense, Mason’s recent string of success should continue.
Thus far, the unit ranks No. 101 against the run (201.7 YPG). Furthermore, Tennessee has given up 18 touchdowns on the ground while conceding 5.1 yards per carry.
Against a defense that leaves several running lanes open, Mason should find them with ease.
QB James Franklin (Missouri)
Week 11 Matchup: No. 8 Missouri (8-1) at Kentucky (2-6), Nov. 9, 12 p.m. ET on ESPNU
According to The Associated Press, the Tigers just may have starting quarterback James Franklin back in the lineup for Saturday.
While redshirt freshman Maty Mauk has been solid in the backup role, nothing compares to what Franklin brings to the table. Through six games, the senior has thrown for 1,577 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions on 67.7-percent passing while adding another 290 yards and three scores on the ground.
His dual-threat ability would be pretty unstoppable against a Wildcats squad that has lost five of its last six.
Although the team ranks No. 50 against the pass (223.4 YPG), Kentucky has only forced one interception all season long. It’s a mark that has the team tied for last in all of FBS.
It certainly doesn’t help that the Wildcats also rank No. 96 against the run (197.6 YPG). The team has given up 18 touchdowns on the ground while conceding a generous 4.8 yards per carry.
Franklin couldn’t have chosen a better opponent to return against.
RB Tyler Gaffney (Stanford)
Week 11 Matchup: No. 3 Oregon (8-0) at No. 5 Stanford (7-1), Nov. 7, 9 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who knows where the Cardinal would be this season if it weren’t for running back Tyler Gaffney.
Through eight games, the senior has been terrific, rushing for 886 yards and 12 touchdowns on 166 carries. That includes topping the century mark in three consecutive games while accumulating six scores during that span.
It won’t be an easy contest against the Ducks, but there certainly is hope.
Thus far, Oregon ranks No. 26 against the run (130.9 YPG). The team also has allowed only six touchdowns on the ground and just 3.4 yards per carry.
However, the team has been vulnerable against good rushing attacks, coughing up 219 and 194 to UCLA and Washington respectively in the last month.
Expect Gaffney to only add to that list this Thursday.
All stats and rankings used in this article are courtesy of NCAA.com.
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