College football now has all teams back. With that, there will always be things to watch each week. Here are five things to watch for in college football week 11.
1. Taulia Tagovailoa vs. Justin Fields
This week, Ohio State and Maryland will meet. While Ohio State will likely roll through the Terrapins, there is something worth watching in this game. Taulia Tagovailoa, Tua’s brother, has been making highlight-reel plays for Maryland, which means that there will be two quarterbacks to watch in this game.
Justin Fields has led the Buckeyes to a 3-0 record, as they look to make a push for the College Football Playoff. Fields has passed for 908 yards, 11 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Tagovailoa has passed for 770 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions this season, as he has helped Maryland to a 2-1 record. There should be plenty of big plays by both quarterbacks in this one.
2. Feleipe Franks‘ Revenge Game
Feleipe Franks was injured in the first game of Florida’s season in 2019. He missed the entire season and Kyle Trask took over for the Gators, as their offense started to take off. With Trask playing well, Franks decided to transfer to Arkansas and was immediately eligible. Now, he will get a chance to play against his former team.
Florida’s offense has been electric this season. They are averaging 42.4 points per game this season and are back in the national spotlight after flexing their muscles and defeating Georgia. Franks has had a solid season for himself. He has passed for 1,428 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions on 67.2 percent completion. His play has helped Arkansas already win three games this season, which is one more win than the team had all of last season.
3. Wisconsin vs. Michigan
While Wisconsin has dealt with COVID, they still have only been able to play one game this season. The Badgers were favored in the Big Ten West this season, but may not even qualify or the Big Ten Championship. If one more game gets canceled for Wisconsin, they will not qualify for the Big Ten Championship. In addition to this, fans will be wondering how good Wisconsin actually is and what they will look like if they do play because of all the COVID cases.
Michigan has gotten off to a bad start this year and are 1-2. They have lost to Michigan State and Indiana, so they really need a win against Wisconsin. If they can’t beat a depleted Wisconsin team, or if the game gets canceled, the Wolverines will have a tough time getting to an above .500 record this year with only eight games on the schedule.
4. Two Undefeated Big Ten Teams
The Big Ten has been disappointing this year for some teams, but other unexpected ones have jumped out to great starts. Two of those teams that weren’t expected to be good are undefeated and are matching up this week. Northwestern and Purdue will face off to possibly takeover as favorites in the Big Ten West.
Northwestern has defeated Maryland, Iowa and Nebraska. Behind good defensive efforts and Peyton Ramsey keeping the ball moving with his arm and his legs, the Wildcats look like one of the most improved teams in the country. Purdue is 2-0 with wins over Illinois and Iowa. The Boilermakers have a good passing attack behind Aiden O’Connell’s play, which ranks 15th in the country. It should be a close game with the winner only really having to compete with Wisconsin for the Big Ten West.
5. A Matchup of MAC Favorites
Two of the MAC’s best teams will meet this week in a game that could end up deciding who makes the MAC Championship. Buffalo and Miami both have solid teams and future pros on their roster. On Wednesday in Buffalo, they will play a game worth watching.
Miami comes in as reigning MAC champions. They have a good offense that scored 38 points in their lone game of the season so far. Buffalo is 1-0 as well and put up 49 points in their win over Northern Illinois. Running back Jarrett Patterson and defensive end Malcolm Koonce will both likely hear their names called during the 2021 NFL Draft. Wednesday presents the best MACtion game of the 2020 season.
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