This article outlines the top-performing college players each week. There is a table for each position organized by draft eligibility and, below each table, I’ll note things I find interesting.
The best metrics for year-over-year correlation at the QB position are QBR, EPA/Play, AYA, and Completion %.
Kenny Pickett – Hasn’t really had a bad game yet and doesn’t have that tough of a schedule remaining. I don’t see why he couldn’t keep up his dominance through the end of the year.
Matt Corral – He was questionable whether he’d play this week or not but he ended up suiting up and playing well.
Grayson McCall – Had his down game of the year so far “only” posting 291 yards and one TD.
Malik Willis – Started off the game slow but finished with good numbers.
Aidan O’Connell – Putting up strong QBR numbers but his AYA of 6.3 is abysmal.
Tanner Mordecai – Posting a strong EPA/Play even though his QBR is a little low.
Sam Howell – I expected his QBR to be better this year. Hopefully, he kicks it in gear in the second half of the season. His Rush EPA Share is what Konami Code QBs are made of.
Will Levis – Looking like a Bo Nix clone it seems.
C.J. Stroud – Upped his QBR lead on Young this week after destroying Indiana. He’s really coming into his own. That 100th percentile QBR is beautiful.
Bryce Young – Another good game from him. He started showing off his rushing chops this week rushing 10 times for 42 yards and two TDs.
Tyler Van Dyke – Burst onto the scene this week against NC State earning an 86 QBR. He’s looking promising. Better than Rogers or Max Johnson.
Anthony Richardson – Hitting the 100th percentile EPA/Play. His season QBR is currently 94.7 which is fantastic, but he hasn’t hit the play count threshold to make it on the table, yet.
Small sample size galore.
Caleb Williams – Started off slow this week but ended up killing it again. He didn’t put up huge raw stats but he earned a 95.3 QBR and showed up when it counted.
The best metrics for RB’s are Yards per Team Play which is a measure of volume and efficiency, Backfield Dominator Rating which is the share of the backfield production, rushing and receiving, that an RB earns, Dominator Rating which is the share of the total team rushing and receiving production, and Reception Share which tells you how big of the reception pie the RB earned.
Kenneth Walker III – Retook his top spot this week.
Breece Hall – Dominating in every aspect of his offense shown by his 94th percentile or greater in all columns.
Jerome Ford – The best G5 RB in the game right now.
Lew Nichols – His 89.7 BDR is good for the 100th percentile!
Rachaad White – 22.1% Reception Share is 100th percentile and should get him draft capital next year.
Tyler Goodson – earning a very good Rec Share, DR, and BDR. He seems a little underrated. Might be due to his 3-star background.
Kyren Williams – Looking good from every aspect except YPTP. Seems like he might have an efficiency problem.
Bijan Robinson – Bye week.
Sean Tucker – He’s really impressed, putting up numbers similar to Bijan is a big feat.
Devon Achane – Is a smaller player but has been coming on strong the last few weeks. He’ll be a sleeper in this class.
TreVeyon Henderson – The #2 RB in college football.
Devin Neal – 100 yards and 2 TDs on the ground against Oklahoma is a great stat line for a Freshman.
Braelon Allen – Put up 140 yards and 2TDs this week! He looks to be the future of the Badgers.
The most important stats for a WR are their Reception Yards per Team Pass Attempt and their Weighted Dominator Rating. Generally, over 2 is good and 3 is great for RYPTPA, and over 20% is good and 30% is great for Weighted Dominator.
Jalen Tolbert – He’s holding on strong with the other top three. He doesn’t get the hype Clavin Austin, Jacob Cowing, and Jaivon Heiligh get, but he’s performing REALLY well.
Treylon Burks – Solidified his WR1 status in many people’s minds this weekend.
Drake London – Dominates every week. 45% Weighted Dominator is crazy.
Skyy Moore – Is moving up the board! He’s had great production almost every week.
Jerreth Sterns – Posting great raw stats and good advanced metrics on a dominant WKU team.
Josh Downs – Does he ever not produce?
Quentin Johnston – Followed up his huge game last week with another 100-yard game. I’d like to see this keep going!
Jaxon Smith-Njigba – The leading Ohio State receiver this week. He’s impressed me way more than I thought he would this year with the tough target competition he has.
Kyle Williams – He’s not talked about much because UNLV doesn’t pass much, but his numbers last year were impressive and he’s earning decent advanced stats this year.
Corey Rucker – Hasn’t been efficient, as you can see by his low RYPTPA, but his Weighted Dom has been nice and he’s earning great raw stats for C2C.
Xavier Worthy – Bye week.
De’Zhaun Stribling – Putting up decent numbers for a Freshmen.
Gerrit Prince – His raw numbers aren’t amazing but in the context of his offense he’s putting up great numbers.
Isaiah Likely – That RYPTPA is insane for a TE.
Trey McBride – Dominates week in and week out.
Jalen Wydermyer – Finally makes it into the top 20. He had a big day going 4-75-2.
Cole Turner – Putting up great numbers for Nevada these last two games. I expect him to continue to move up the board.
Michael Mayer – His numbers are nothing but great.
Ben Yurosek – Stands out as being efficient in his offense with his 1.36 RYPTPA.
Brock Bowers – TE #2 in all of college football? Yes. He might even be pushing for #1 over Mayer.