The Most Hot and Cold Players in College Football Post Week 7

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIOctober 13, 2013

The Most Hot and Cold Players in College Football Post Week 7

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    Oregon, Missouri and Texas all emerged as big winners in college football's Week 7 with their victories over Washington, Georgia and Oklahoma, respectively.

    Mizzou benefited from a big game by star player L'Damian Washington, while Marcus Mariota once again came up huge in Oregon's biggest game so far this year.

    Meanwhile, Oklahoma, Northwestern and Michigan each had key players go cold in crippling losses.

    Finally, two of the most highly-touted NFL draft prospects on defense have found themselves in very different places this season.

    Check out the hottest and coldest players inside.

Hot: QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon

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    There might not be a hotter player in college football than Oregon's Marcus Mariota.

    The UO quarterback completed 24 of 31 passes for 366 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 88 yards and a score and has now reached the end zone on the ground and through the air in every game this year.

    On the year, he has 17 passing touchdowns and zero interceptions. Including his rushing touchdowns, his touchdown-interception ratio is 25-to-0.

    At No. 6 in the nation in total offense per game, Mariota is having a Heisman-caliber season.

    That will likely continue when UO takes on Washington State this week.

Cold: QB Blake Bell, Oklahoma

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    Blake Bell was scorching in his first two starts against Tulsa and Notre Dame but has cooled considerably since.

    He tallied just 152 passing yards two weeks ago against TCU while Oklahoma mustered just 20 points. 

    That slump went even deeper last week against Texas. The junior finished 12-of-26 for 133 yards and two interceptions. He also netted negative-27 rushing yards.

    He hasn't logged a rushing touchdown all season and hasn't thrown for a score in the last two weeks. 

    The "Belldozer" should be able to regain some momentum this week against Kansas.

Hot: WR Brandin Cooks and QB Sean Mannion, Oregon State

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    No quarterback/wide receiver duo is putting up better numbers than Sean Mannion and Brandin Cooks of Oregon State.

    Mannion leads the nation in passing with 2,500 yards and 25 touchdowns and has thrown just three interceptions in 289 attempts. He has thrown for more than 350 yards and three touchdowns in every game this season.

    Meanwhile, Cooks leads the nation in receiving with 944 yards and 11 touchdowns. The junior has 305 receiving yards and four touchdowns in the last two games and has had at least 90 yards in every game.

    The two should be able to keep their incredible hot streak going next week against Cal. The Bears have the second-to-worst passing defense in the nation.

Cold: RB Lache Seastrunk, Baylor

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    Last week Lache Seastrunk was listed as one of the nation's hottest players after Baylor trounced West Virginia.

    He earned that distinction with his fourth-straight game with more than 100 yards rushing and his seventh and eighth rushing scores of the year.

    However, he went from red hot to ice cold in one week. The Baylor offense struggled against Kansas State and Seastrunk had a bad day.

    He had just 59 yards off 12 carries and didn't reach the end zone. It was the first time this year he didn't score or log at least 100 yards.

    Though his Heisman Trophy hopes took a major hit, he'll have a good chance to heat back up next week when Baylor faces Iowa State, which has allowed more yards per game than any other Big 12 team.

Hot: RB Bishop Sankey, Washington

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    Washington lost its last two games, but don't blame Bishop Sankey.

    The UW running back tallied 292 yards and four touchdowns in the last two games and has scored a touchdown in every game this year.

    In the last three games, he has run for at least 125 yards.

    He leads the nation with 899 rushing yards and an average of 150 yards per game. He is also tied for No. 3 in the nation with nine rushing scores.

    Those gaudy numbers could go up next week when the Huskies take on Arizona State, which ranks ninth in the Pac-12 against the run.

Cold: RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, Michigan

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    Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint was on a decent roll going into Week 7.

    He had two touchdowns and 75 yards or more in the last two games. However, he had an awful performance in UM's 43-40 loss to Penn State.

    The Nittany Lions held the senior to 27 yards off 27 carries, exactly one yard per touch.

    Obviously, those are terrible numbers, especially for the guy who is supposed to be the focal point of the UM offense.

    Luckily, he should be poised for a rebound next week against Indiana, which ranks No. 110 in the nation in rush defense.

Hot: WR L'Damian Washington, Missouri

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    In Missouri's monumental upset of Georgia, receiver L'Damian Washington emerged as one of the game's biggest heroes. 

    The senior caught seven passes for 115 yards and two scores.

    He has at least 67 yards and one receiving touchdown in his last four games and has tallied 201 yards and four touchdowns in the last two.

    At 6'4", 205 pounds, Washington is a coverage nightmare.

    He'll need to keep his hot streak going as Mizzou takes on South Carolina and Florida in the next two games.

Cold: QB Kain Colter, Northwestern

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    Kain Colter has been hampered by an ankle injury and the Northwestern offense just hasn't been the same without its dual-threat star at full health.

    He netted just 44 total yards in UW's 35-6 loss to Northwestern but hasn't been having a great season in general.

    He only has more than 100 yards passing in one game and only has 100 yards rushing in one game. 

    NU won't have a bye for another three weeks, so if Colter doesn't regain his health, the Wildcats offense might continue to struggle.

Hot: LB Anthony Barr, UCLA

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    Anthony Barr has been arguably the nation's best receiver this season.

    He has 1.5 tackles for loss or more in every game this season, including five in the last two games. 

    The senior also has four sacks in the last three games. 

    With 10 total tackles for a loss, Barr ranks No. 6 in the nation. He is also sixth with 60 yards on his 10 TFL.

    Barr is a lock for the first round of the upcoming NFL draft and could go as high as the Top Five.

Cold: DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

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    While Anthony Barr's draft stock has been rising, Jadeveon Clowney has been a different story.

    He missed action two weeks ago against Kentucky, sparking a ridiculous media circus involving the details of his injury. 

    Many questioned if he would even play again at the collegiate level. Well, he returned the next week but still isn't making near the impact that was expected of him this season.

    He has just one tackle, no sacks and no tackles for a loss in South Carolina's last three games. On the year he has just 13 total tackles: three for a loss and two sacks. 

    The Gamecocks will need more from him in the coming weeks, as Missouri, Florida and Clemson all loom on their upcoming slate.