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Week 11 2023 College Football Recap And Top Performers

Only three weeks remain until the conference championships and the eventual end of the 2023 college football season.

With coach Jim Harbaugh and his Michigan Wolverines dominating the headlines, the question heading into Saturday was: How will his suspension affect the team? Considering the team went undefeated at the beginning of the season without him on the sidelines, the expectation was an inspired and motivated performance against one of their biggest rivals.

This is heating up as we start to gain a clearer sense of which four teams will make the college football playoffs. Here is what we learned after Week 11 was all said and done.


What Did We Learn In Week 11?

  • The Penn State vs. Michigan game went exactly as we predicted it would: a motivated, physical Wolverines team dominating an offensively deficient Nittany Lions team. The Wolverines did not need Coach Harbaugh on the sidelines, and they didn't need quarterback JJ McCarthy to make any real plays to win that game. For Coach Franklin, this is as good as it is going to get for his team this season, unless they somehow win the Big Ten title.

  • For those who thought Georgia would struggle after their game last week against Missouri, well, guess again. They absolutely handled Ole Miss, who has one of the top-scoring offenses in the SEC. It is clear that Georgia should be the No. 1 team in the nation, not Ohio State. The playoff rankings should be interesting.

  • Speaking of Ohio State, they made quick work of Michigan State. Kyle McCord is certainly getting into an offensive groove as of late. Then again, when you have Marvin Harrison Jr. on your team, it makes life very easy for a quarterback.

  • Washington finally got their signature win of the season against Utah (notice, we did not say Oregon). At this point, there should be no question that they are the best team in the PAC-12 Conference.

  • Yes, Florida State beat Miami to remain undefeated. Yet, from what we watched, did that look like the No. 4 team in the nation? The Seminoles need to tighten up as we reach the final stretch of the season.

  • It is now time to take Alabama seriously again. Jalen Milroe had easily the best game of his career. The Crimson Tide defense did what they did best and made life miserable of Kentucky quarterback Devin Leary. At 9-1 and the SEC West clinched, will the playoff committee consider putting them in the top 4?

  • Clemson may have found its groove back. Playing against Georgia Tech is never an easy assignment, but Cade Klubnik and co. made it look that way. Two straight wins is a good way of heading into the right direction. 

  • The West Virginia/Oklahoma game could be defined by these words: too much Dillon Gabriel. If you have spare time, check out the numbers he registered against the Mountaineers. It is the type you see in video games.

  • Speaking of insane performances, how often do you see a quarterback register over 200 rushing yards? Well, LSU's Jayden Daniels accomplished this feat in their impressive win over Florida. Back to Daniels, his numbers in that game were insane: 372 passing yards, 234 rushing yards, and 5 total touchdowns. Wow! 

  • Texas has a knack of making games closer than they should be. Nonetheless, they pulled out a big win against TCU to improve their record to 9-1. At this point, they are a shoe-in to play in this year's Big 12 Championship. 

  • Right now, all Coach Prime and his Colorado Buffaloes can do is look forward to 2024. After an incredible start to the season, their loss to Arizona was a reminder that they are still far away from being legit contenders.

  • Oklahoma State's performance against UCF was a reminder why you should never put your money on them. When things are seemingly trending upward, they have this knack of ruining it with a lackluster performance that puts them out of contention. This loss, unfortunately, may have cost them a spot in this year's Big 12 title game.

  • Don't look now, but Missouri is 8-2 and put together a fantastic performance against Tennessee. Unfortunately for them, Georgia is in their division and undefeated.

  • Finally, Oregon delivered the final death blow in what has been a disappointing season for USC. For star quarterback Caleb Williams, the question pending is whether or not he should shut it down for the remainder of the season.


Week 11 Top Performers

- Gold Standard Level -

QB Jayden Daniels - LSU

QB Dillon Gabriel - Oklahoma

QB Jalen Milroe - Alabama

RB Cody Schrader - Missouri

RB Damien Martinez - Oregon State

WR Marvin Harrison Jr. - Ohio State

QB Jordan Mccloud - James Madison

LB Andrew Chatfield - Oregon State

QB Kyle Mccord - Ohio State

WR Drake Stoops - Oklahoma

QB Bo Nix - Oregon

RB RJ Harvey - UCF

WR Reggie Brown - James Madison

QB Dequan Finn - Toledo

LB Francisco Mauigoa - Miami

LB Kalen Deloach - Florida State

QB John Paddock - Illinois

LB Wesley Bissainthe - Miami

QB Brendan Sorsby - Indiana

RB Frank Gore - Southern Miss

DB Terrion Arnold - Alabama

QB Hayden Wolff - Western Michigan

Silver Level

- Offense -

RB Blake Corum - Michigan

WR Isaiah Williams - Illinois

QB Spencer Rattler - South Carolina

QB John Rhys Plumlee - UCF

QB Kirk Francis - Tulsa

WR Brian Thomas jr. - LSU

QB Hudson Card - Purdue

TE Dan Villari - Syracuse

WR Troy Franklin - Oregon

RB Kendall Milton - Georgia

QB Carson Beck - Georgia

WR Tez Johnson - Oregon

QB Drake Maye - North Carolina

QB Michael Penix Jr. - Washington

RB Reggie Love III - Illinois

WR Rome Odunze - Washington

QB Cade Klubnik - Clemson

QB Joey Aguilar - Appalachian State

WR Elijah Sarratt - James Madison

QB Will Howard - Kansas State

WR Donaven Mcculley - Indiana

RB Bhayshul Tuten - Virginia Tech

WR Peny Boone - Toledo

RB Makhi Hughes - Tulane

RB Jalen Buckley - Western Michigan

WR Kamdyn Benjamin - Tulsa

RB Jaylan Knighton - SMU

WR Malik Washington - Virginia

QB Jayden Maiava - UNLV

QB Anthony Colandrea - Virginia

- Defense -

DB Dadrion Taylor-demerson - Texas Tech

DE Cody Stufflebean - Kansas State

LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr. - Clemson

S Khalil Barnes - Clemson

LB Harold Perkins Jr. - LSU

LB Tre Freeman - Duke

DL Myles Murphy - North Carolina

LB Bam Martin-scott - South Carolina

DE John Mccartan - Oregon State

LB Oluwaseyi Omotosho - Oregon State

DL Tony Bradford jr. - Texas Tech

DL Ashton Gillotte - Louisville

LB Kendre' Gant - Louisiana

LB Antonio Watts - Louisville

LB Jordan Brown - North Texas

LB Elijah Shelton - UNLV


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