Each week, The Game Haus will highlight five players to watch from college football games featuring Associated Press Top 25 teams. From established stars to players on the verge of breaking out, we’ll offer some names to remember every week of the college football season.
Here’s a look at five players to watch in Week 10 (All times Eastern):
Skylar Thompson, QB, No. 22 Kansas State
Matchup: at Kansas, 3:30 p.m., Saturday
Breakdown: The first of our players to watch in Week 10 was a big reason the Wildcats stunned then-No. 5 Oklahoma last weekend. Thompson did not throw a touchdown pass, but ran for four scores. That gives him seven rushing touchdowns on the season – matching his total of touchdown passes in 2019. He now faces a Kansas team that has allowed an average of 45.0 points in the last four games.
D’Andre Swift, RB, No. 8 Georgia
Matchup: vs. No. 6 Florida (at Jacksonville, Fla.), 3:30 p.m., Saturday
Breakdown: Georgia would like to run the ball against the Gators, and that’s where Swift comes in as one of our players to watch in Week 10. Swift just racked up a season-high 179 rushing yards on 21 carries against Kentucky on Oct. 19 for his second straight 100-yard game. Swift, who also has five rushing touchdowns over the last four contests, ran for 104 yards and a TD on 12 carries versus Florida last year.
Patrick Nelson, S, No. 15 SMU
Matchup: at No. 24 Memphis, 7:30 p.m., Saturday
Breakdown: The American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week, Nelson recorded thee tackles-for-loss, two sacks and forced a fumble in last week’s win over Houston. Nelson, who seems to be everywhere on the field, leads the Mustangs with 12 1/2 tackles for loss and 9 1/2 sacks. They’ll need him to again be a factor against Memphis’ high-potent offense this weekend.
Kenneth Gainwell, RB, No. 24 Memphis
Matchup: vs. No. 15 SMU, 7:30 p.m., Saturday
Breakdown: In the biggest games of the season, big-time players need to step up. That’s why Gainwell is one of our players to watch in Week 10. The redshirt freshman ranks seventh in the country with 979 rushing yards and has averaged 136.2 while totaling nine touchdowns on the ground over the last six games.
Jevon Holland, S, No. 7 Oregon
Matchup: at USC, 8 p.m., Saturday
Breakdown: Holland ranks among the national leaders with four interceptions, and could be in a for a big night if USC needs to throw the football in this Pac-12 matchup. He also ranks fourth on the team with 33 tackles and has 2 1/2 tackles for loss for the Ducks.