6. Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott
Another week, another 100-plus yards and multiple-touchdown performance from Ezekiel Elliott.
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) October 24, 2015
Elliott’s play buoyed Ohio State to a perfect record through the season’s first half, despite uncharacteristic lapses from the Buckeye defense and inconsistent quarterback play.
Now that the latter is seemingly resolved, Elliott should have no issue cruising along at his current pace — but he does run the risk of being overshadowed in the back half of the campaign.
J.T. Barrett’s five total touchdowns against Rutgers made overlooking Elliott’s 142 yards and two scores understandable.
More weeks like that, however, the harder Elliott’s case becomes with voters who have the attention span of hummingbirds on a Surge Cola bender.
5. Florida State RB Dalvin Cook
Florida State’s impotent quarterback play was bound to cost the Seminoles eventually, and collection time came Saturday in a 22-16 loss to Georgia Tech.
Despite Everett Golson’s most ineffective effort of the season and Georgia Tech loading up to stop the run, Dalvin Cook still managed 82 yards on just 17 carries and scored a touchdown. In the process, he made some Seminole history.
Per FSU, Dalvin Cook just the second Seminole ever to post multiple 1000-yard rushing seasons. Warrick Dunn had three.
— Zac Ellis (@ZacEllis) October 25, 2015
Florida State may have stumbled this week, and Cook’s Heisman candidacy takes a minor tumble with it, but returning to the ACC championship race with a strong final month would elevate the Seminole sophomore back into the forefront of the conversation.