Al­berta’s Chuba Hub­bard rolling up NCAA real es­tate ... Cal­i­for­nia’s ‘Pay-to-play’ may not be done deal ... No stop­ping Ohio State

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His num­bers are eye-pop­ping. Through just five games of the NCAA foot­ball sea­son, Al­berta’s Chuba Hub­bard has rum­bled for 938 yards along the ground for the top to­tal in the na­tion.

Hub­bard’s av­er­ag­ing 7.3 yards per carry and has found the end­zone 10 times while run­ning the rock for the No. 21 Ok­la­homa State Cow­boys. Fel­low Cana­di­ans, all aboard the Chuba train!

Yup, the kid from Sher­wood Park is turn­ing heads and shed­ding tack­les at a rapid rate.

Just like an­other Ok­la­homa State tal­ent by the name of Barry San­ders a few decades back. You’ve heard of him, right? San­ders, with ar­guably the best moves ever seen on a foot­ball field, won the Heis­man Tro­phy in 1988, set­ting 34 NCAA records along the way. The Kansas kid ran for 2,628 yards in the reg­u­lar sea­son, for an aver­age of 238.9 yards per game and 37 rush­ing touch­downs.

Hub­bard’s av­er­ag­ing 187.6 per game af­ter last week’s gaudy 296yard per­for­mance in a win over the No. 24 Kansas State Wild­cats. high-pro­file Wis­con­sin tal­ent Jonathan Tay­lor is next best at a pal­try 139.8 yards per game.

The 6-foot-1, 207-lb. for­mer high­school star of the Bev Facey Falcons should break 1,000 yards in the Cow­pokes’ game Satur­day against the host Texas Tech Red Raiders (noon ET). The next best guy, Ohio State’s J.K. Dob­bins, is a mile be­hind Hub­bard (OK, more like one-third of a mile) with 654 yards.

Hub­bard’s three 200-yard game ef­forts amount to a new school stan­dard, even though both San­ders and — be­fore him — Thur­man Thomas were OK State su­per­stars. All this and yet Hub­bard is not get­ting a lot of Heis­man looks, un­like Wiscy’s Tay­lor.

He’s not feel­ing the love from book­mak­ers, even though he’s ranked sixth on ESPN’S Heis­man Watch list.

Cae­sars Sports­book does, how­ever, have him at 18-to-1 odds to win the hon­our.

“I think he should be in the Heis­man run­ning right now,” San­ders told the As­so­ci­ated Press. “He’s do­ing great, he’s a big as­set to this team, and we’re just go­ing to keep get­ting bet­ter each week.”

The is­sue is Hub­bard’s on a team that’s con­sid­ered a long-shot to earn a Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off berth, un­like the four front-run­ners — all quar­ter­backs — in No. 1 Alabama’s Tua Tago­v­ailoa, No. 4 Ohio State’s Justin Fields, No. 5 LSU’S Joe Bur­row and No. 6 Ok­la­homa’s Jalen Hurts.

But if OK State, with a 4-1 record, con­tin­ues to climb — up into the AP Top 25 for the first time this week — and Hub­bard con­tin­ues to chug along, he should draw more de­serv­ing Heis­man no­tice.


That new Cal­i­for­nia fair-pay-toplay act is ruf­fling a lot of feath­ers in col­lege foot­ball, but re­mem­ber the move — which made Cal­i­for­nia the first state to al­low stu­dent-ath­letes to profit off their names, im­ages and like­nesses — won’t go into ef­fect un­til 2023, so there’s plenty of pol­i­tick­ing and de­ci­sions yet to be made … No. 10 Florida (5-0) may have fi­nally found a quar­ter­back in Kyle Trask to put the pro­gram back on high ground. But FLA faces a gaunt­let of games in the next four weeks — Satur­day against No. 7 Auburn, Oct. 12 at LSU, Oct. 19 at South Carolina and Oct. 26 vs. Ge­or­gia … Weird stat of the week — it’s been eight years since Florida and Auburn last met, and they’re in the same con­fer­ence … RB La­nard Four­nette, Leonard’s lit­tle brother, has left LSU — both the team and the school — af­ter spot duty through­out his ca­reer at Death Val­ley, in­clud­ing just 36 yards through four games this sea­son … An­other all-sec af­fair sees Trou­bled Ten­nessee (1-3) face No. 3 Ge­or­gia (4-0) on Satur­day (7 p.m. ET) in a ri­valry that hasn’t seen a ranked Rocky Top team beat UGA since 1955.


No. 4 Ohio State has won the last four games by at least 40 points, which ties the long­est such streak since the AP Poll was in­tro­duced in 1936. The team’s 219-point mar­gin of vic­tory through the first five games of the sea­son is the high­est ever in the AP Poll era. OSU and its two Heis­man hope­fuls — QB Justin Fields and Ohio State’s DE Chase Young, who has eight sacks so far — get a visit from No. 25 Michi­gan State on Satur­day (7:30 p.m. ET, ABC) … The Big Ten fea­ture game pits No. 14 Iowa (4-0) against No. 19 Michi­gan (3-1) at the Big House early Satur­day (noon ET, FOX).

Jim Har­baugh hasn’t beaten Iowa (where have Michi­gan fans heard that be­fore?), and Big Blue has only beaten Iowa once dat­ing back to 2006 … What do Iowa and Michi­gan have in com­mon this year? Both have shut out lowly Rut­gers (1-3) — Iowa in Week 2 30-0, and Michi­gan last week 52-0. The lop­sided losses con­trib­uted to Sun­day’s fir­ing by Rut­gers of head coach Chris Ash, who was an ugly 8-32 over­all and got tagged with two win­less sea­sons in con­fer­ence play as part of a pu­trid 3-26 Big Ten record. Tak­ing over Rut­gers, for now, is in­terim head coach Nun­zio Cam­panile, a leg­end at the New Jer­sey high school foot­ball level … Lovie Smith, the for­mer NFL head coach, hasn’t been much bet­ter than Ash in three-plus sea­sons with llli­nois at 4-24 in the Big Ten. Think he’s on the hot seat now?


There’s 18 un­beat­ens head­ing into Week 6. The sur­prises there? Min­nesota, Wake For­est and SMU, which hasn’t been 5-0 since 1983 when it went 10-1 be­fore los­ing the Sun Bowl to Alabama the year af­ter the leg­endary Eric Dick­er­son grad­u­ated from the pro­gram … The only Power 5 con­fer­ence with­out an undefeated team is — you guessed it — the Pac-12. That means it can kiss any fi­nal-four hopes good­bye … And say good­bye to Aurora, Air Force’s fal­con mas­cot. The 23-year-old bird died Wed­nes­day.


Sher­wood Park stand­out Chuba Hub­bard rushed for 296 yards last Satur­day for the Ok­la­homa State Univer­sity Cow­boys and leads the en­tire NCAA in rush­ing yards.

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