My top five Heisman Trophy candidates through the first month:
1. Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts: Averaging 13.1 yards per play — 2 yards-plus more per snap more than any other player since at least 2009.
2. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow: His 17 touchdowns and two interceptions are remarkable, given the Tigers’ recent history.
3. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa: If he keeps playing like this (23 touchdowns, no interceptions), he’ll be a finalist, again.
4. Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard: His 938 rushing yards are 284 more than anyone else in the nation.
5. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields: The former superstar recruit is living up to his five-star hype, a year later than expected.
Local of the week
Baylor center Jake Fruhmorgen (Plant High)
After beginning his college career at Clemson and briefly stopping at Florida, the former top-100 national recruit has started every game as a senior for a Baylor offense that’s No. 16 nationally at 6.8 yards per play. If he can help the Bears win at Kansas State, Baylor will improve to 5-0 and have a shot at cracking the top 25.
Maybe No. 25 Michigan State can find enough offense to challenge No. 4 Ohio State. If that doesn’t happen, the top-six team in the most danger could be No. 5 LSU, which hosts Utah State. Aggies quarterback Jordan Love is No. 14 nationally in total offense, and LSU coach Ed Orgeron thinks he’s a future first-round pick who “will play in the NFL for a long time.” If the Tigers come out sleepy with the early kickoff, watch out.
“Funny thing about Homecoming. Every year, there’s one freshman that walks in my office and asks, ‘When’s the dance?’ And I look at him like, ‘Are you serious.’ … There’s no gym. There’s no streamers. We don’t have to set up the gym and make the Kool-Aid and all that other stuff.” — Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck, whose Golden Gophers wisely selected Lovie Smith’s Illini as their Homecoming opponent
Tampa Bay Times staff predictions for week 6
|Away||Home||Matt Baker, College Beat Writer||Ernest Hooper, Assistant Sports Editor||Mike Sherman, Deputy Editor-Sports||Martin Fennelly, Columnist||Traci Johnson, Assistant Sports Editor||Joey Knight, USF Beat Writer|
|UCF (-4.5)||Cincinnati||UCF 31-28||UCF 40-14||Cincy 34-31||UCF 28-24||Cincy 31-28||UCF 41-28|
|Auburn (-3.5)||Florida||Auburn 14-13||UF 30-25||UF 28-24||UF 21-20||Auburn 34-24||Auburn 31-24|
|USF (-11.5)||UConn||USF 31-21||USF 20-17||USF 31-21||USF 41-21||USF 24-17||USF 21-17|
|Utah State||LSU (-26.5)||LSU 45-21||LSU 40-30||LSU 48-21||LSU 51-21||LSU 42-27||LSU 41-14|
|TCU||Iowa State (-3.5)||TCU 24-23||Iowa St 23-16||TCU 24-20||Iowa St 24-18||Iowa St 24-17||TCU 24-21|
|Oklahoma (-35.5)||Kansas||OU 45-14||OU 40-23||OU 56-20||OU 59-10||OU 52-10||OU 59-13|
|Oklahoma St (-9.5)||Texas Tech||Okla St 38-30||Okla St 33-21||Okla St 41-32||Okla St 34-31||Okla St 42-35||Okla St 40-30|
|Iowa||Michigan (-5.5)||Iowa 21-17||Iowa 28-27||Iowa 28-27||Mich 29-26||Iowa 28-21||Iowa 34-30|
|Maryland (-13.5)||Rutgers||Maryland 35-10||Maryland 40-10||Maryland 35-14||Maryland 34-14||Maryland 31-3||Maryland 42-10|
|Purdue||Penn St (-27.5)||Penn St 45-13||Penn St 30-3||Penn St 42-14||Penn St 42-17||Penn St 48-24||Penn St 41-21|
|Boston College||Louisville (-5.5)||Louisville 28-24||BC 20-18||Louisville 28-21||Lousville 23-16||Louisville 24-17||Louisville 33-24|
|Texas (-11.5)||West Virginia||Texas 35-21||Texas 40-13||Texas 38-21||Texas 32-22||Texas 42-35||Texas 38-28|
|Bowling Green||Notre Dame (-45.5)||ND 49-3||ND 60-10||ND 61-14||ND 60-10||ND 48-10||ND 42-9|
|Air Force (-2.5)||Navy||Air Force 20-17||Air Force 33-28||Navy 24-21||Navy 28-27||Air Force 28-24||Navy 20-17|
|Va. Tech||Miami (-13.5)||Miami 31-17||Miami 33-21||Miami 28-20||Miami 31-16||Miami 31-24||Va Tech 26-24|
|Northwestern||Nebraska (-8.5)||Nebraska 28-17||Nebraska 16-3||Northwestern 26-21||Nebraska 17-16||Nebraska 28-24||Nebraska 33-20|
|N. Carolina (-10.5)||Georgia Tech||UNC 28-20||UNC 34-20||UNC 31-13||UNC 28-22||UNC 35-14||UNC 28-10|
|Georgia (-24.5)||Tennessee||Georgia 49-10||Georgia 75-15||Georgia 51-20||Georgia 52-16||Georgia 48-7||Georgia 51-17|
|Michigan St||Ohio St (-20.5)||Ohio St 31-13||Ohio St 44-14||Ohio St 38-20||Ohio St 35-21||Ohio St 42-21||Ohio St 35-17|
|Cal||Oregon (-17.5)||Oregon 31-20||Oregon 20-7||Oregon 31-30||Oregon 42-29||Oregon 42-17||Oregon 38-20|
|This week||Lock of the week||Penn State||Georgia||LSU||Maryland||Oklahoma||Oklahoma|
|This week||Upset of the week||TCU||BC||Northwestern||Navy||Cincy||Va. Tech|
|Last week vs. spread||10-10||12-8||14-6||10-10||9-11||11-9|
|Overall vs. spread||44-45||44-45||43-46||43-46||42-47||38-41|
|Last week straight up||18-2||17-3||17-3||19-1||19-1||17-3|
|Overall straight up||71-19||49-31||67-23||64-26||69-21||66-24|