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 6 (All times Eastern):
Chuba Hubbard, RB, No. 21 Oklahoma State
Matchup: at Texas Tech, Noon, Saturday
Breakdown: Coming off a sensational 296-yard effort versus then-No. 24 Kansas State last week, Hubbard leads the country with 938 rushing yards and is tied for the national lead with 10 touchdowns on the ground. The sophomore, who gained 740 yards last season, has rushed for more than 220 three times already this season. He’ll now face a Texas Tech squad that’s allowed 515 rushing yards in the last two games.
A.J. Epenesa, DE, No. 14 Iowa
Matchup: at No. 19 Michigan, Noon, Saturday
Breakdown: With one sack this season, Epensesa has been far from disruptive, but he draws plenty of attention from opposing offenses. Michigan’s been suspect in protecting quarterback Shea Patterson, who’s been sacked nine times and has had trouble holding on to the ball. There is potential for Epenesa to flaunt his dominance this weekend.
Tyrone Truesdell, DT, No. 7 Auburn
Matchup: at No. 10 Florida, 3:30 p.m., Saturday
Breakdown: Derrick Brown garners a lot of attention on the front line of the Tigers defense, and rightfully so. However, the sophomore Truesdell is quickly making a name himself. He leads the team with three sacks and has four tackles for loss, plus 12 total tackles. Truesdell and the Tigers defense could fare well against a Florida run game averaging 3.4 yards per carry against FBS teams in 2019
Joe Bachie, LB, No. 25 Michigan State
Matchup: at No. 4 Ohio State, 7:30 p.m., Saturday
Breakdown: Bachie and the Spartans defense has their work cut out for them this weekend. Ohio State averages 52.4 points and Bachie leads Michigan State with 46 total tackles. Expect him to be everywhere while trying to help the Spartans snap a three-game losing streak to the Buckeyes.
Xavier Jones, RB, No. 24 SMU
Matchup: Tulsa, 7:30 p.m., Saturday
Breakdown: The Mustangs are ranked for the first time since the program was handed the Death Penalty back in the late 1980s. Jones is a big reason why, rushing for 525 yards and tied for No. 1 nationally with the aforementioned Hubbard from Oklahoma State with 10 running touchdowns. Tulsa gave up 256 yards and three touchdowns to Hubbard last month.