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War on I-4, Heisman Trophy watch and more Friday college football thoughts

Bucs fans should keep an eye on the Civil War to see how NFL draft quarterback prospect Justin Herbert looks.
Will USF be disappointed in the War on I-4 again this year? [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Will USF be disappointed in the War on I-4 again this year? [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Nov. 22, 2018

War on I-4

The only way to beat No. 8 UCF is to stop its explosive plays. That's not a good matchup for USF. The Knights' 72 offensive plays of 20-plus yards are tied for seventh nationally. USF's defense has allowed 61 such plays, which ranks No. 107. Unless that changes, it could be a long afternoon for the Bulls.

Heisman watch

5. UCF QB McKenzie Milton: His numbers are good, but probably not monstrous enough to crack the top three.

4. West Virginia QB Will Grier: Ex-Gator be in for a monster game, given how bad the Sooners' defense has been over the last three games.

3. Washington State QB Gardner Minshew: Threw a school single-game record seven touchdown passes last week. With three more in the Apple Cup, he'll have 39 and a new Cougars single-season record.

2. Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray: On track to become the first Division I-A player ever to average at least 300 passing yards and 60 rushing yards per game for a full season.

1. Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa: Posted a ridiculous 256.64 passing efficiency last week against The Citadel … which is still only his third-best game of the season.

Eye on the NFL draft

It sounds familiar, but Oregon has a quarterback the Bucs might want to check out. Justin Herbert has thrown for at least one touchdown in 26 consecutive games (the longest streak in the nation). His size and skills will be on display against a bad Oregon State team.

By the numbers: Friday games

90.4 — Combined scoring averages for Oklahoma and West Virginia

7 — Previous top-25 matchups between Washington and Washington State. This will be No. 8

37 — Career wins by Huskies QB Jake Browning (a Pac-12 record)

25 —Consecutive bowl games for Virginia Tech, which will see its streak end with a loss to Virginia

2 —All-time top-10 home wins for USF, which will go for No. 3 against the Knights