Heisman watch: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
A quarterback is almost a lock to the win the Heisman and that quarterback is probably Tua Tagoaviloa of Alabama. Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray, West Virginia’s Will Grier and Haskins could still have a say, too.
Etienne is the one running back left who might be able to break into the field. His biggest issue is touches. The sophomore is averaging just under 13 carries per game, but 8.6 yards per carry with 15 touchdowns. If Boston College can mount a challenge against the Tigers in prime time, maybe they will give Etienne a few more meaningful touches and the chance to direct some Heisman attention his way.
Off the radar: UAB (8-1, 6-0) has won seven straight games, a program record, and can clinch the Conference USA West Division by beating Southern Mississippi on Saturday in Birmingham, Alabama. In just its second season after restarting the program, UAB could lock up a spot in the league’s championship game.
Hot seat watch: The Sunflower Showdown between Kansas and Kansas State has been dominated by the Wildcats, who have won nine in a row. But both teams slog into this at 3-6, needing to win out to become bowl eligible. Kansas has already said coach David Beaty won’t return after this season. What about K-State coach Bill Snyder? The 79-year-old Hall of Famer signed a contract extension before the season, but that seemed more symbolic than anything else.