Posted February 06, 2018 07:04:51 This year is shaping up to be one of the most exciting years for college football fans.
The Big 12 has gone on a hot streak, with eight teams winning at least 10 games, including two undefeated seasons.
And this week, two of the best teams in the country will square off in the Rose Bowl against each other.
This week’s edition of “Best of the Week” looks at the biggest college football stories of the week.
The top 10 players of the year so far in 2018: The top ten players in 2018.
The first thing you might have noticed is that the top 10 has been dominated by four different players.
Two of them were named in the top-10 rankings last week.
So let’s break it down: 1.
LSU quarterback Lamar Jackson, No. 2 overall.
The Tigers are off to a 10-1 start, which would have been unthinkable a year ago.
He threw for 4,928 yards and 24 touchdowns.
His receiving corps has been outstanding, as he threw for 1,542 yards and six scores, with five receiving touchdowns.
But Jackson also rushed for nearly 300 yards and scored three touchdowns, including a 52-yard touchdown run in LSU’s season-opening win over LSU-Lafayette.
USC receiver Sammy Watkins, No .
His production has been spectacular, as well.
He caught 12 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score.
Watkins has the most receptions (68) and receiving yards (1,945) in USC history, which is tied for fifth in USC football history.
He also has seven touchdown receptions.
Clemson running back Todd Gurley, No 2 overall, and LSU defensive end Joey Bosa, No 1 overall, are the top players on both teams.
Both have a combined 3,766 yards and 29 touchdowns.
Gurley is the most prolific rusher in college football history, with 1,944 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns.
Bosa is the SEC’s leading rusher with 1:38 left in the fourth quarter of LSU’s victory over Tennessee on Sunday.
USC wide receiver Sammy Douglas, No 3 overall.
Douglas is the best wide receiver in the nation.
He has seven touchdowns and 10 catches for 126 yards.
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, No 5 overall.
Mayfield has been on fire this season.
He completed 69 percent of his passes for 437 yards with seven touchdowns, and rushed for 166 yards with two touchdowns.
Texas running back Samaje Perine, No 6 overall.
Perine has rushed for more than 1,200 yards and five touchdowns this season, but he has had a down year.
He averaged only 2.7 yards per carry this season and has rushed the ball only nine times.
Tennessee wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, No 7 overall.
Green- Beckham has been one of USC’s top receivers this season with 854 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.
Alabama defensive tackle Shilique Calhoun, No 8 overall.
Calhoun has been the best defensive tackle in the SEC this season but has struggled this season because of injuries.
He had seven sacks and five forced fumbles against Texas.
Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, No 9 overall.
Jones has had three straight starts of 20 or more yards and his stats are amazing.
He is averaging 17.4 points, 6.3 yards per attempt and 3.9 yards per pass attempt this season for the Buckeyes.
USC running back Corey Clement, No 10 overall.
Clement has rushed nearly 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns this year.
Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, No 11 overall.
Cook has rushed 1,814 yards and 18 touchdowns this past season, and has been a dominant runner.
Arizona wide receiver Calvin Ridley, No 12 overall.
Ridley has the best receiving season in college baseball history.
In his first 100 games, he had 6,788 receiving yards, with 36 touchdowns.
Michigan State quarterback Malik Zaire, No 13 overall.
Zaire has led the Spartans to an undefeated season with 16 wins.
He throws for more touchdown passes than anyone in school history and he has nine rushing touchdowns.
TCU quarterback J.T. Barrett, No 14 overall.
Barrett has had seven straight starts without throwing an interception.
USC cornerback Jourdan Lewis, No 15 overall.
Lewis is a dominant cornerback in the Pac-12, and he is ranked No. 1 in the conference.
He’s the only cornerback in USC’s history to rank in the Top 10 of the AP Top 25 and is No. 8 in the AP Defensive Coaches Poll.
Auburn defensive end Mario Edwards Jr., No 16 overall.
Edwards has been an all-conference defensive end in both the SEC and in the Big 12, and the Tigers are coming