November in college football has arrived and playoff chatter has taken a front seat. Not coincidentally, some of our College Football Players of the Week reflect the games involving key teams in Week 10.
From Lamar Jackson's seven-touchdown fireworks show to a grinder between Alabama and LSU, this week's players dominated through opposite ends of the football spectrum. And for our freshman selection, South Carolina gets some big production out of its running back.
With that, our players of the week are...
National Player of the Week
Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville: If Jackson isn't the recipient of our POTW honors, he's usually at least in the conversation. The sophomore is the runaway favorite to win the Heisman and he's shown he's not just a September fad. Against Boston College -- which, by the way, has a respectable defense -- Jackson was responsible for seven touchdowns (four passing and three rushing) and 416 yards of offense at 13 yards per play. It's the third time this year Jackson has accounted for at least seven touchdowns in a game. He has 45 scores on the year and the FBS record is 63. At this rate, Jackson will come close to breaking that record in the regular season and should break it in the postseason. Totally doable.
SEC Player of the Week
Defense, all of it, Alabama: Before anyone starts yelling "cop out," let it be known the Alabama defense was named one of the Walter Camp National FBS Players of the Week, so yes it is possible. The Crimson Tide held LSU to 125 yards and 2.5 yards per play in the 10-0 shutout. Tigers running back Leonard Fournette had just 35 yards on 17 carries. The furthest LSU's offense made it was the Alabama 30-yard line, showing only a mild improvement over the 2012 BCS Championship Game. You can question fairly just how improved LSU really was, but that's a complete, dominant defensive showcase no matter what. And it was in a huge game.
Freshman Player of the Week
Rico Dowdle, RB, South Carolina: For being 5-4, the Gamecocks have actually been one of the pleasant surprises in college football. One more win means bowl eligibility, something many didn't think would be in play just a few months ago. Hey, even a SEC East title is still possible. South Carolina is leaning heavily on Dowdle, who has consecutive games of 100 yards or more. In a 31-21 win over Missouri, Dowdle had 149 yards rushing, 20 yards receiving and two touchdowns, including this nifty grab...