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Week 9 2023 College Football Recap And Top Performers

Business is about to pick up.

As the month of October leaves us for November, the following weeks should create some parity: the playoff-worthy teams versus the bowl teams.

To say the least, each game going forward will be important, as the College Football Playoff Committee is set to release their first ranking on Halloween night. From teams in the top 4, each game should decide whether they stay in the playoff picture or if they get overtaken by another team.

With all this noted, here is a rundown of what we learned from this past week.


What Did We Learn After Week 9?

  • Kyle Whittingham has been one of the top coaches in college football for the last decade. He and his Utah Utes have all the elements needed to be a playoff contender. For whatever reason, they never seem to reach their full potential as a team; an unknown roadblock continues to keep them from greatness. This was apparent against Oregon, who dissected them on both sides of the ball. Perhaps when they get Cam Rising back next season, we may all get to see the Utes at their peak.

  • No Brock Bowers, no problem. Carson Beck went to work early against Florida, and from that point on, the Bulldogs showed why they are the best team in college football.

  • With Quinn Ewers injured, we came close to seeing the debut of Arch Manning. Instead, we received gifted freshman Maalik Murphy as quarterback, who led Texas to an impressive victory over BYU.

  • Penn State's win over Indiana was a big one for two reasons: they were coming off an emotional loss to Ohio State, and quarterback Drew Allar had arguably his best offensive performance. They can only build on this performance going forward.

  • Speaking of Ohio State, they were able to pull out a good win against a Wisconsin team that was more difficult than their record suggests. At this point, they are in the drivers seat for a playoff spot. 

  • As much as we have enjoyed Coach Prime and the Colorado Buffaloes this season, we need to always keep in mind that they are a work in progress. Their loss to UCLA was an unfortunate reminder that they still have a long way to go.

  • In the ACC, there is Florida State and everyone else. There is no question that they are the best team in the conference and should be taken seriously as a National Championship contender.

  • USC does not deserve any consideration in this year's playoffs. They came dangerously close to getting upset by the 3–4 California Bears. Despite the comeback win, this Trojans team has nothing to be proud of after what they showed in the first three quarters. We also find out that Bears running back Jaydn Ott could be college football's next big thing.

  • Clemson's loss to NC State represents the lowest point of Dabo Swinney's coaching career. We could dissect this game all we like, but it all comes down to one thing: they no longer have the type of talent that could make them contenders. It is going to be a long offseason for the Tigers.

  • It was a rough day at the office for Pittsburgh quarterback Christian Veilleux, who threw four interceptions and made Notre Dame's life very easy. The final score should tell you everything you need to know about that game.

  • Don't look now, but Oklahoma State is trending upwards after their fourth straight win. What the Cowboys are finding out is that running their offense through Ollie Gordon is the right way to go.

  • If there is one team you should have on your playoff radar for next season, it is SMU. In their dismantling of Tulsa, they showed the full potential of their offense, which should be a problem. 


Week 9 Top Performers

Gold Standard Level

QB Chandler Rogers - North Texas

QB Preston Stone - SMU

RB Ollie Gordon - Oklahoma State

QB Fernando Mendoza - California

LB Marlowe Wax - Syracuse

RB Treveyon Henderson - Ohio State

RB Blake Watson - Memphis

QB Joey Aguilar - Appalachian State

RB Frank Gore Jr. - Southern Mississippi

DB Bryce Anderson - Texas A&M

QB Michael Penix Jr. - Washington

CB Travis Hunter - Colorado

LB Laiatu Latu - UCLA

DL Gabriel Murphy - UCLA

DL Grayson Murphy - UCLA

QB Jordan Travis - Florida State

DE Jared Verse - Florida State

LB Jalil Clemons - Southern Mississippi

RB Jawhar Jordan - Louisville

LB Francisco Mauigoa - Miami

RB Kay'Ron Adams - UMass

RB Jaydn Ott - California

CB Aaron Wofford - Western Michigan

RB Marcus Carroll - Georgia State

LB Sone Aupiu - New Mexico State

QB Austin Reed - Western Kentucky

Silver Level

- Offense -

WR Christan Horn - Appalachian State

WR Marvin Harrison Jr. - Ohio State

WR Ladd McConkey - Georgia

QB John Rhys Plumlee - UCF

WR Ja'Lynn Polk - Washington

QB Davis Brin - Georgia Southern

QB Haynes King - Georgia Tech

QB Carson Beck - Georgia

QB Caleb Williams - USC

WR Ladd McConkey - Georgia

WR Elic Ayomanor - Stanford

QB Devin Leary - Kentucky

RB Jalen Buckley - Western Michigan

RB Bhayshul Tuten - Virginia Tech

RB Kye Robichaux - Boston College

WR Keon Coleman - Florida State

WR Roderic Burns - North Texas

WR Malik Washington - Virginia

WR Ainias Smith - Texas A&M

QB Brendan Sorsby - Indiana

QB Drew Allar - Penn State

RB Garrett Greene - West Virginia

RB Kaidon Salter - Liberty

- Defense -

DL Mario Kendricks - Virginia Tech

CB Jordan Hancock - Ohio State

DL Isaac Walker - Georgia Southern

DE Jared Ivey - Ole Miss

DT J.J. Pegues - Ole Miss

DT Tyleik Williams - Ohio State

DB Khyree Jackson - Oregon

LB Kalen DeLoach - Florida State

LB Nickolas Martin - Oklahoma State

DB Craig Woodson - California

DL Jaylon Allen - Memphis

DL Antwaun Powell-ryland jr. - Virginia Tech

DL Ashton Gillotte - Louisville

LB Aaron Casey - Indiana

DE Wilfredo Aybar - Stanford

DL Fadil Diggs - Texas A&M

DL Rueben Bain Jr. - Miami

DT Branson Deen - Miami

DL Jasheen Davis - Wake Forest

DL Patrick Payton - Florida State

LB Keyshaun Elliott - New Mexico State

DL Aidan Hubbard - Northwestern

LB Buddha Peleti - New Mexico State


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