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 8 (All times Eastern):
Shane Buechele, QB, No. 19 SMU
Matchup: vs. Temple, 3:30 p.m., Saturday
Breakdown: The first of our players to watch in Week 8, Buechele didn’t travel far to revive his carer after Sam Ehlinger beat him out at Texas. With the Mustangs, Buechele has thrown for 1,665 yards with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions while completing 67 percent of his passes. He faces a tough matchup against a Temple defense that’s held four opponents to 17 or fewer points.
Cameron Williams, DB, No. 25 Washington
Matchup: vs. No. 12 Oregon, 3:30 p.m., Saturday
Breakdown: The true freshman earned a spot on our players to watch in Week 8 because he leads the Huskies with three interceptions. Williams is part of a young Washington secondary that’s being counted on to help contain Oregon and quarterback Justin Herbert. That’s not an easy task, but Williams appears to have a nose for the ball and could come up big here.
Jayden Daniels, QB, No. 17 Arizona State
Matchup: at No. 13 Utah, 6 p.m., Saturday
Breakdown: One of the biggest surprises on the national scene, the versatile true freshman is a big reason ASU is in the mix for a Pac-12 South Division title. Daniels ranks among all freshmen leaders in passing yards (1,610), and has thrown eight touchdowns with one interception on 176 attempts. He’s also rushed for two touchdowns. Daniels faces a stiff test against that stingy Utah defense, but he’s already helped the Sun Devils win games at Michigan State and California – two programs with very good defenses.
Noah Cain, RB, No. 7 Penn State
Matchup: vs. No. 16 Michigan, 7:30 p.m., Saturday
Breakdown: Penn State likes to rotate its backs and quarterback Sean Clifford will also run the football. Cain, though, is in a nice groove at the moment. The true freshman has gained 207 of his team-leading 310 rushing yards in the last two games against Purdue and Iowa. He also has rushed for six touchdowns.
Aidan Hutchinson, DL, No. 16 Michigan
Matchup: at No. 7 Penn State, 7:30, Saturday
Breakdown: If Michigan is to prevent Cain and the Nittany Lions from running wild Saturday night, guys like Hutchinson likely need to play big. The sophomore ranks third on the team with six tackles for loss, fourth with 33 total tackles, and is tied for fourth with 2 1/2 sacks. Hutchinson has also forced two fumbles for a Wolverines squad in search of a statement victory.