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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.

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