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10 College Football Players Guaranteed to Light Up the Stat Sheet in Week 14

Sebastian LenaAnalyst INovember 26, 2013

10 College Football Players Guaranteed to Light Up the Stat Sheet in Week 14

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    Miller should have a big day against rival Michigan.
    Miller should have a big day against rival Michigan.Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Spor

    With college football rivalry week upon us, there are sure to be several players ready to put up big numbers in Week 14.

    The nation’s top running back is set to square off with a run defense that is giving up rushing touchdowns like they’re Christmas presents. Another coming off a short stint on the injury list should return to wreak havoc upon a Top 10 opponent. In the marquee matchup, one quarterback will light up the scoreboard in an effort that should give him serious consideration for the Heisman Trophy.

    All in all, it should provide for some interesting football during Thanksgiving weekend.

    Here are 10 specific players who should take advantage of defenses in the giving spirit.

RB Andre Williams (Boston College)

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    Williams (left) has been a force in the backfield for the Eagles.
    Williams (left) has been a force in the backfield for the Eagles.Darren McCollester/Getty Images

    Week 14 Matchup: Boston College (7-4) at Syracuse (5-6), Nov. 30, 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3

     

    Why He’s Due

    You could build a brick wall behind the defense and running back Andre Williams would still find a hole.

    That’s how good he’s been this season.

    Through 11 games, the senior has rushed for 2,073 yards and 16 touchdowns on 320 carries. Furthermore, he’s racked up at least 140 yards on the ground in seven of the last eight contests, including finding the end zone 14 times in the last seven.

    Not surprisingly, Williams leads the nation in yards, attempts and yards per game (188.5).

    Simply put, the Orange don’t stand a chance of stopping him.

    To the team’s credit, its run defense ranks No. 28 in the nation (135.0 YPG) and has only given up 3.73 yards per carry; however, Syracuse has conceded 17 touchdowns on the ground already this season.

    Expect nothing more than big numbers from Williams.

RB Javorius Allen (USC)

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    Allen will play a big part for the Trojans during Saturday's clash.
    Allen will play a big part for the Trojans during Saturday's clash.Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

    Week 14 Matchup: No. 22 UCLA (8-3) at No. 23 USC (9-3), Nov. 30, 8 p.m. ET on ABC

     

    Why He’s Due

    Even more surprising than the Trojans’ five-game winning streak is the play of running back Javorius Allen.

    Although the sophomore’s season stat line won’t amaze—88 CAR, 576 YDs, 11 TDs—his play throughout recent weeks will. In USC’s last four games, Allen has rushed for more than 130 yards three times and scored nine touchdowns while catching 12 passes for 180 yards and a score.

    Don’t expect him to slow down against the Bruins this weekend.

    Through 11 games, the team ranks No. 73 against the run (173.2 YPG). Furthermore, UCLA has given up 17 touchdowns on the ground while conceding about four yards per carry.

    If the Trojans win on Saturday, Allen will be the reason.

QB Zach Mettenberger (LSU)

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    Mettenberger has been sensational through the air.
    Mettenberger has been sensational through the air.Sean Gardner/Getty Images

    Week 14 Matchup: Arkansas (3-8) at No. 17 LSU (8-3), Nov. 29, 2:30 p.m. ET on CBS

     

    Why He’s Due

    Quarterback Zach Mettenberger has really come of age in 2013.

    Through 11 games, the senior has thrown for 2,926 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions on 65.0 percent passing. He has nearly doubled his touchdown total from a year ago and has set career highs in passing yards and passer rating (176.1).

    The Razorbacks don’t pose too much of a threat to slow down that growth.

    Entering Week 14, the team ranks No. 77 against the pass (235.2 YPG). Arkansas has given up 24 touchdowns through the air while conceding a generous 7.9 yards per attempt.

    Throw in the fact that the Razorbacks have lost eight consecutive games, and Mettenberger should have nothing less than a field day on Friday.

QB Taylor Kelly (Arizona State)

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    Kelly has been great during the Sun Devils' run to the Pac-12 title game.
    Kelly has been great during the Sun Devils' run to the Pac-12 title game.Ralph Freso/Getty Images

    Week 14 Matchup: Arizona (7-4) at No. 12 Arizona State (9-2), Nov. 30, 9:30 p.m. ET

     

    Why He’s Due

    By clinching a spot in the Pac-12 title last weekend, the Sun Devils easily get the honor for being the conference’s biggest surprise in 2013.

    It wouldn’t have been possible without the play of quarterback Taylor Kelly.

    Through 11 games, the junior has thrown for 3,063 yards, 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions on 63.2 percent passing. He’s also added another 411 yards and eight touchdowns—all scored within the last six games—on 114 carries.

    Don’t expect the Wildcats to provide much bite to that run.

    Entering Week 14, the team ranks No. 71 against the pass (232.0 YPG). Arizona has allowed 18 touchdowns through the air and concedes 6.3 yards per attempt.

    Kelly should have no trouble having a successful warm-up game before the Pac-12 title.

RB Jeremy Langford (Michigan State)

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    Langford is getting hot at the right time for the Spartans.
    Langford is getting hot at the right time for the Spartans.Reid Compton-USA TODAY Sports

    Week 14 Matchup: Minnesota (8-3) at No. 11 Michigan State (10-1), Nov. 30, 12 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network

     

    Why He’s Due

    The Spartans officially clinched a berth into the Big Ten title game last weekend.

    Running back Jeremy Langford has been a large reason for that.

    Through 11 games, the junior has been sensational, rushing for 1,076 yards and 15 touchdowns on 224 carries. That includes topping the century mark in six consecutive games now, finding the end zone 11 times during that span.

    Things should be the same this weekend.

    Thus far, the Gophers rank No. 48 against the run (151.6 YPG). The team has allowed 15 touchdowns on the ground and concede a very generous 4.43 yards per carry.

    Langford won’t have a problem extending his streak to seven on Saturday.

     

RB Mike Davis (South Carolina)

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    Davis should help give the Gamecocks the advantage on Saturday.
    Davis should help give the Gamecocks the advantage on Saturday.Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

    Week 14 Matchup: No. 6 Clemson (10-1) at No. 10 South Carolina (9-2), Nov. 30, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2

     

    Why He’s Due

    If the Gamecocks want to extend their four-game win streak over the Tigers, running back Mike Davis is going to have to be at the top of his game.

    In 10 games, the sophomore has rushed for 1,112 yards and 10 touchdowns on 179 carries. Furthermore, he has topped the century mark and found the end zone in all but three contests this season.

    Against Clemson’s run defense, Davis should continue his impressive play.

    Entering Week 14, the Tigers rank No. 54 against the run (153.7 YPG). Although the team allows just 3.8 yards per carry, Clemson has already conceded 17 touchdowns on the ground.

    Expect Davis to take advantage.

     

QB James Franklin (Missouri)

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    Franklin (left) should get back to form on Saturday.
    Franklin (left) should get back to form on Saturday.Stacy Revere/Getty Images

    Week 14 Matchup: No. 21 Texas A&M (8-3) at No. 5 Missouri (10-1), Nov. 30, 7:45 p.m. ET on ESPN

     

    Why He’s Due

    With quarterback James Franklin under center, the Tigers are a much different squad.

    In fact, the team actually has the look of a serious SEC title contender.

    Throughout seven games, the senior has thrown for 1,719 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions on 67.3 percent passing. He’s also added another 332 yards and three scores on 73 carries.

    Last weekend, Franklin made his return to the field after missing Missouri’s previous four games. 

    Although it was a game to forget—12-of-19, 142 YDs, 1 INT, 8 CAR, 42 YDs—the Aggies defense will be a lot more forgiving this Saturday.

    Entering Week 14, Texas A&M ranks No. 108 in total defense (460.1 YPG), No. 84 against the pass (239.1 YPG) and No. 109 against the run (221.0 YPG). The team has conceded 26 touchdowns through the air (7.3 YPA) and 18 on the ground (5.3 YPC).

    Franklin could practically pick and choose which way he wants to gash the Aggies defense on Saturday.

QB Braxton Miller (Ohio State)

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    Miller is playing some of his best football in recent weeks.
    Miller is playing some of his best football in recent weeks.Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

    Week 14 Matchup: No. 3 Ohio State (11-0) at Michigan (7-4), Nov. 30, 12 p.m. ET on ABC

     

    Why He’s Due

    The Buckeyes are one win shy of posting up their second consecutive undefeated regular season. Only the rival Wolverines stand in the team’s way.

    If Ohio State is going to extend its nationally high 23-game winning streak, the team is going to have to rely on the arm of quarterback Braxton Miller.

    Thus far, the junior has thrown for 1,626 yards, 19 touchdowns and just four interceptions on 67.7 passing. He’s also added another 738 yards and five scores on 116 carries.

    Furthermore, Miller has tossed 13 touchdowns and only two interceptions while finding the end zone five times in the Buckeyes’ last five contests.

    Although Michigan’s run defense may keep his rushing abilities at bay, the same can’t be said about the secondary.

    Entering Week 14, the unit ranks No. 80 against the pass (236.6 YPG). The Wolverines have given up 18 passing touchdowns and concede 6.4 yards per attempt.

    Miller should have no problem guiding Ohio State to 12-0.

RB Devonta Freeman (Florida State)

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    Freeman (left) has been critical to the Seminoles' success.
    Freeman (left) has been critical to the Seminoles' success.Jeff Gammons/Getty Images

    Week 14 Matchup: No. 2 Florida State (11-0) at Florida (4-7), Nov. 30, 12 p.m. ET on ESPN

     

    Why He’s Due

    The passing game—more specifically, quarterback Jameis Winston—may have been what got the Seminoles to the position they are in; however, it will be the rushing attack that secures the team’s spot in the BCS title game.

    That’s where running back Devonta Freeman comes in.

    Through 11 games, the junior has rushed for a team-high 808 yards and 11 touchdowns on 131 carries. That includes finding the end zone in seven consecutive games and in all but two.

    Against the Gators, expect it to be much of the same.

    Going by statistics, Florida seems capable of stopping the run—No. 32 in the category (143.6 YPG). If you recall, though, this is the same team that allowed the FCS’ Georgia Southern to pile up 429 yards on the ground in a shocking 26-20 loss.

    How does Florida expect to fare against the No. 2 team in the nation?

QB AJ McCarron (Alabama)

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    McCarron can improve his Heisman stock this weekend.
    McCarron can improve his Heisman stock this weekend.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Week 14 Matchup: No. 1 Alabama (11-0) at No. 4 Auburn (10-1), Nov. 30, 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS

     

    Why He’s Due

    It’s time for quarterback AJ McCarron to prove his worth.

    In fact, given his remaining two games, the senior has the opportunity to really make some noise in the race for the Heisman Trophy.

    Entering Week 14, McCarron has thrown for 2,399 yards, 23 touchdowns and five interceptions on 68.6 percent passing. He has now thrown multiple touchdowns in a game for five consecutive games—a career high.

    In one of the greatest Iron Bowls to date, expect McCarron to keep his stellar play going.

    Through 11 games, the Tigers only rank No. 100 against the pass (253.7 YPG). Furthermore, the team is allowing a little more than 7.0 yards per attempt.

    If you recall, this is the same Auburn squad that let Georgia’s Aaron Murray scorch its secondary for 415 yards and three touchdowns—all three came in fourth quarter.

    McCarron should have plenty of success himself on Saturday.

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