ollege football’s regular season is nearing the end, which means these last few weeks are highly important. The conference and BCS pictures are starting to clear up and week 11 should make it clearer. Thursday night’s win for Virginia Tech just put that much more pressure on Virginia to beat an FSU team that’s on a roll. Then there’s Oklahoma, it’s not an easy final stretch for the Sooners, but they must beat Baylor this week in order to have a chance to make it to the Big 12 Championship/ National Championship. The Big Ten has some important matchups this week also, Michigan squares off against Nebraska and Penn State plays Ohio State. The result of these two matchups could define their seasons; the conference championship is on the line. There’s also the matchup of the week, USC at Oregon. Oregon has the chance of beating the top quarterbacks in the nation in back to back weeks, this game is a must see.
In order to get fully prepared for today’s college football games, here are three players that you should keep your eye on:
Kenny Stills, wide receiver, Oklahoma - Last week: Two receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown.
Oklahoma lost one of their leaders last week as Ryan Broyles tore his ACL in their matchup against Texas A&M. Broyles, All-American and one of the top receivers in the country, will surely be missed. Just like in any injury, someone is going to be called upon to step up, and in Oklahoma’s case that would be sophomore receiver Kenny Stills. He’s young yet, but he has the skills to become the next top receiver. He’s got 4.3 speed with natural route running and great hands. Look for Landry Jones to get Stills involved in the game early as he will now be the number one target.
Stepfan Taylor, running back, Stanford – Last week: 23 carries for 99 yards.
Taylor was having himself a nice game last week until the Cardinals fell behind and had to abandon the run. He rushed for 87 yards in the first half, but then was relegated to blocking, protecting Andrew Luck. Look for a more balanced approach to this game, 20-25 carries in this game should be enough to get Taylor and the offense back. Stanford should not be down in this game, so look for Taylor to get plenty of touches this week.
Case Keenum, quarterback, Houston - Last week: Completed 22 of 29 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns.
Keenum continues to improve his already impressive career at Houston. e has already solidified a spot as one of the best college football quarterbacks ever and his season is not over yet, he has two more games, a conference championship, and a bowl game to go. Keenum is the leader in total offense (18,434), passing yards (17,537) and passing touchdowns (144). In today’s game he could be at the top of two more records, he needs seven completions to set the mark at 1,404 and needs one more 300 yard game to tie Hawaii’s Timmy Chang of 36. Keenum and the Houston Cougars should have a great game this week.
A college football enthusiast and Journalism and Sports Administration major at the University of Miami, Jared Levine has been writing about major college football for the past two years. You may contact Jared @ [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @ JaredLevine4