Pushed to the again burner of the School Soccer Playoff debate after final month’s loss to Oregon, Ohio State has rebounded with 4 consecutive wins and climbed to No. 6 within the USA TODAY Sports activities AFCA Coaches Ballot.
After taking a number of weeks to search out his footing, quarterback C.J. Stroud has thrown for 736 yards and 10 touchdowns in wins towards Rutgers and Maryland to open October. Regardless of the uneven begin and a shoulder harm that induced him to overlook the Buckeyes’ win towards Akron, Stroud might problem Dwayne Haskins’ college report for passing yards in a season.
The final month has led to a reevaluation of Ohio State and its first-year beginning quarterback. With that swing and miss towards Oregon fading into the background, the Buckeyes are wanting increasingly just like the crew picked within the preseason as the perfect within the Huge Ten and a high playoff contender.
Due to his position in main the Buckeyes again from the loss to the Geese, Stroud rises up this week’s listing of the highest quarterbacks within the Soccer Bowl Subdivision.
1. Matt Corral, Ole Miss
Corral leapfrogs Bryce Younger after throwing for 287 yards, operating for a season-high 94 yards and scoring 4 touchdowns within the Rebels’ 52-51 win towards Arkansas. One yr after battling turnovers, Corral is one in all two FBS quarterbacks to have made at the least 120 makes an attempt with out an interception. Within the SEC, solely 4 quarterbacks have made greater than seven makes an attempt with out an interception: Corral, Tennessee’s Joe Milton (43 makes an attempt), Auburn’s T.J. Finley (32) and LSU’s Garrett Nussmeier (14).
2. Bryce Younger, Alabama
Younger cannot shoulder the blame for Alabama’s 41-38 loss at Texas A&M, which as a substitute falls on a protection that could not remedy Zach Calzada and the Aggies’ offense. However he was not excellent: Younger threw his third interception in as many video games and accomplished solely 58.3% of his throws, making this the worst efficiency of his younger beginning profession.
3. C.J. Stroud, Ohio State
For all of the considerations voiced over his position in Ohio State’s sluggish begin, Stroud leads all Energy 5 quarterbacks in averaging 10.8 yards per try and ranks third with 18 touchdowns. It is not coincidence that the Buckeyes’ rebound has been keyed by Stroud’s management of the offense and his rising rapport with a gifted receiver corps. The one Energy 5 crew with extra go performs of 20 or extra yards than Ohio State’s 36 is Virginia with 40, although the Cavaliers have accomplished so in 101 extra makes an attempt.
4. Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati
Ridder threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns because the Bearcats’ adopted up an enormous win at Notre Dame by barely breaking a sweat towards Temple. The 52-3 win marked Ridder’s sixteenth consecutive recreation with at the least one landing; Cincinnati has gone 15-1 in that span, with the one loss coming to Georgia in final yr’s Peach Bowl.
After an off week, Pickett is ready to renew his assault on Pittsburgh’s report guide. That begins with a key Coastal division recreation towards Virginia Tech, which ranks within the high 40 nationally in yards allowed per try and per recreation, interceptions and effectivity protection. A yr in the past, Pickett threw for a career-high 404 yards in a 47-14 win towards the Hokies.
6. Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina
McCall’s numbers proceed to be completely foolish. After hitting on all 13 of his makes an attempt for 212 yards and two scores earlier than leaving Coastal Carolina’s 59-6 rout of Louisiana-Monroe with a minor harm, McCall accomplished 18 of 23 throws for 365 yards and 4 touchdowns within the Chanticleers’ 52-20 win towards Arkansas State. If his present tempo holds, McCall will set single-season FBS information for completion proportion, effectivity score, yards per try and landing price.
7. Sam Hartman, Wake Forest
Hartman is the engine of a crew that retains profitable at a price unmatched in program historical past since World Battle II. The Demon Deacons moved to 6-0 for the primary time since 1944 after a 40-37 time beyond regulation win towards Syracuse capped by Hartman’s 22-yard landing go within the first further body. Like Pickett at Pittsburgh, Hartman is marching towards virtually each main passing report in program historical past.
8. Malik Willis, Liberty
Willis tossed three interceptions towards Center Tennessee State, although that did not cease Liberty from rolling to a 41-13 win. He balanced out these errors with one other sturdy recreation on the bottom, giving him 224 yards and three touchdowns on 7.2 yards per carry within the Flames’ previous two video games. General, Willis has not taken the following step into the Heisman Trophy combine however has performed nicely sufficient to stay a contender for one of many high slots in subsequent yr’s NFL draft.
9. Brennan Armstrong, Virginia
4 of Armstrong’s final 5 begins rank among the many high six single-game passing performances in program historical past: 554 yards towards North Carolina (first), 487 yards towards Louisville (second), 407 yards towards Wake Forest (fifth) and 405 yards towards Illinois (sixth). With an FBS-best 2,460 yards by means of six video games, Armstrong has a shot at changing into the main passer in program historical past regardless of beginning solely two seasons, one the abbreviated pandemic yr.
10. Tanner Mordecai, SMU
Turnovers will finally price Mordecai and SMU — however not but. Regardless of throwing an interception in the long run zone and coughing up a fumble returned for a landing, Mordecai led SMU out of a 21-7 gap and previous Navy 31-24 to maintain the Mustangs unbeaten and within the thick of the New 12 months’s Six race. The FBS chief in touchdowns with 26, 5 greater than second-place Bailey Zappe of Western Kentucky, Mordecai has nonetheless performed nicely sufficient to marvel if he’d be beginning at Oklahoma had he not transferred this winter.
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