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Week 8 2023 College Football Recap And Top Performers

It wasn't "rivalry week", but the games we saw in Week 8 certainly felt like it.

As we reach the end of October, for the first time in a long time, the playoff picture is not as clear.

What we do know is that this season has brought some of the most competitive games we have seen in recent memory.

So, let's review what we learned after all of this.


What Did We Learn From Week 8 -

  • Well, Penn State finally got their taste of real competition and put together the worst offensive performance in the James Franklin era. Ohio State's defense exposed the many limitations of their quarterback, Drew Allar, and their lack of weapons when their run game fails. It is safe to say that the Nittany Lions are not who we thought they were.

  • Alabama continues to find ways to steal wins. In the first half of their game against Tennessee, it seemed like a replay of their upset loss from last season. In the second half, however, Nick Saban's team scored 27 unanswered points and got it going on defense. Whether they are a playoff team remains to be seen. What can be said is that they are one of the few teams in college football that can win games with a mediocre quarterback.

  • For the Buckeyes, their offense was equally as ugly, but when you have a receiver like Marvin Harrison Jr., it doesn't really matter. Whether it's pretty or not, the Buckeys continue to find ways to win games, which counts this time of the year.

  • Huge Upset: Virginia managed to do something both Clemson and Miami could not do; take down Drake Maye and the North Carolina Tar Heels. After everything this program has endured, this win was a boost this program needed.

  • As we have said before, the Oklahoma Sooners are lucky to have Dillon Gabriel on their team. If it were not for his efforts, UCF would have pulled out one of the biggest upsets of the season. Based on what we saw, it is difficult to consider this year's Sooners as a viable playoff team.

  • Question: Should we be impressed by Michigan's win over Michigan State, considering the weakness of their schedule and the newly-found cheating allegations?

  • As much as fans would like to think the referees played a role in Florida State's win over Duke, the fact of the matter is that Riley Leonard's injury sealed the fate of the Blue Devils, even when they were winning. The Seminoles look to be for real as they stay undefeated.

  • As tempted as we are to talk about Caleb Williams, we should be talking about Utah's Sione Vaki. This young man played two different positions in their win over USC: safety and running back. To say the least, he was incredible, as he accounted for 217 total yards and two touchdowns while playing snaps on defense. Vaki may have surpassed Colorado's Travis Hunter as the best two-way player in college football.

  • If only Iowa knew how to score more than 10 points per game, they would be a top-5 team in college football. Somehow, they managed to continue this streak in their loss to Minnesota on Saturday. The fact they were once 6-1 is a mystery to us.

  • Oregon, as expected, beat Washington State soundly. Yet one has to admire Cougars quarterback Cameron Ward. He definitely has a future in the NFL.

  • Remember when Spencer Rattler was projected as a Heisman Trophy candidate? That seemed like a lifetime ago. Now, he and his South Carolina Gamecocks have fallen deeper into obscurity after their loss against Missouri.


Week 8 Top Performers

- Gold Standard Level -

WR Marvin Harrison Jr. - Ohio State

S/RB Sione Vaki - Utah

DB Tyler Nubin - Minnesota

RB Ollie Gordon - Oklahoma State

QB Nicholas Vattiato - Middle Tennessee

QB Jayden Daniels - LSU

QB J.J McCarthy - Michigan

S Mishael Powell - Washington

DL Rueben Bain Jr. - Miami

LB Jaylan Ford - Texas

S Andre Sam - LSU

K Jose Pizano - UNLV

RB La'Damian Webb - South Alabama

DL Elijah Chatman - SMU

LB Chris Braswell - Alabama

LB Khalil Jacobs - South Alabama

QB Dillon Gabriel - Oklahoma

RB Gavin Wimsatt - Rutgers

QB Cameron Ward - Washington State

DL Isaac Walker - Georgia Southern

- Silver Level -

Offense -

QB Drake Maye - North Carolina

RB Nay'quan Wright - South Florida

QB Haynes King - Georgia Tech

QB Kyle McCord - Ohio State

QB Bo Nix - Oregon

WR Jake Briningstool - Clemson

RB Quinton Cooley - Liberty

QB Cade Klubnik - Clemson

RB Bucky Irving - Oregon

QB Preston Stone - SMU

WR Devontez Walker - North Carolina

TE Cade Stover - Ohio State

WR Brian Thomas Jr. and Malik Nabers - LSU

RB Terion Stewart - Bowling Green

RB Kye Robichaux - Boston College

RB Thomas Castellanos - Boston College

RB Zion Webb - Jacksonville State

WR Jamaal Pritchett - South Alabama

RB Kaidon Salter - Liberty

RB Myles Montgomery - Cincinnati

Defense -

DB Evan Williams - Oregon

LB Bo Richter - Airforce

DE Wesley Williams - Duke

DL Marcus Harris - Auburn

LB Aaron Brule - Michigan State

DL Jamaree Caldwell - Houston

LB Byron Vaughns - Baylor

DE Romello Height - USC

DL Justin Eboigbe - Alabama

LB Jeremiah Trotter jr. - Clemson

LB Nickolas Martin - Oklahoma State

DL Beau Atkinson - North Carolina

CB Amari Jackson - Boston College

CB Kalen King - Penn State

CB Johnny Dixon - Penn State

LB Cashius Howell - Bowling Green

LB Ty'Ron Hopper - Missouri

DT Lee Hunter - UCF

DE Adisa Isaac - Penn State

DE Tre'mon Morris-Brash - UCF

S Deshawn Pace - Cincinnati

LB Khalil Jacobs - South Alabama

LB Tyren Dupree - Liberty

DL TJ Franklin - Baylor


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