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More drama down South.

Jeff Gammons

Offensive

Yesterday, word came out that Jameis Winston would be suspended for the first half of the Clemson game for an inappropriate outburst on campus. Instead, Jimbo Fisher will turn to the redshirt sophomore and backup, Sean Maguire. This will be the first time Winston will miss any game time despite a fairly long list of off-the-field incidents that has also included some less publicized run-ins with Burger King, for stealing pop, and campus police for a BB gun fight. It also adds another layer to what may be the most important game of the year for the ACC.

This comes on the heels of back-to-back underwhelming performances to start the season. A year ago, Florida State's passing offense was the most efficient in the country, but without Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw, their offense has so far regressed to being simply above average. The rushing offense, meanwhile, which averaged 203.1 yards per game and 5.63 yards a carry a year ago, has put up 158.0 and 4.27 without Devonta Freeman or James Wilder. The defensive line, meanwhile, has been ineffectual. It was more evidence of the fickle nature of football success, and how difficult it is to repeat as a Heisman winner.

In his press conference, Winston apologized to his teammates before taking strictly football-related questions. Even so, the conference did not manage to go without a hitch, as it ended with a confident Winston guaranteeing a Florida State win. "It's not about Sean. It's about us as a team. We're Florida State. It's not one person [who wins a game]. Florida State is going to win a football game. I have to tone it down. I have to... but Florida State is going to play Florida State football, one person don't win no football game, we're a great football team, Sean's gonna go out there and do what he have to do, our running backs gonna do what they gotta do, our offensive linemen, they're gonna block, and we're gonna win a football game."

Okay, Jameis.

Hitting the Links Is Getting Svelte

Inside Ezekiel Elliott's Role at Ohio State

Curtis Samuel has stolen some of the spotlight so far, who so far leads the team in rushing and yards per carry. There were questions going in about who the key playmakers for OSU would be; rather than Jalin Marshall or Dontre Wilson, it's been Samuel, Michael Thomas, and to a lesser extent, Elliott.

How Does K-State Look Against Auburn?

This was a good Q&A with a Kansas State beat writer breaking down the enigma that always is Kansas State.

"Oklahoma is exactly what we think they are"

This isn't as good as the original, but Clint Trickett gives his take on this week's matchup between upstart West Virginia and mighty Oklahoma.

"The Bears are who we THOUGHT they were!!"

In case you didn't know the story behind the original, the year that the Chicago Bears made it to the Super Bowl against Peyton Manning's Colts, they found themselves down 20 points in a Week 6 matchup with the 1-4 Arizona Cardinals. The Bears stormed back in the final quarter and a half with 21 unanswered, all with touchdowns from defense or special teams, extending their record to 6-0. Brian Urlacher had 19 tackles and a forced fumble.

Big Ten Awards Tracker, W3

In two games, Tevin Coleman leads the Big Ten in rushing yardage, and has 9.3 ypc. He is not ESPN's Offensive Player of the Year so far, though.

Iowa's Run Game Grounded

This week's Iowa-Pitt game will also be no gimme for the Hawkeyes.

Ameer Abdullah, Superman

This is a gold mine of incredible stats, not least of which is that he leads all FBS players in yards from scrimmage since last season.

Iowa, Offense, & Stats

This breaks down Ferentz's most recent press conference and segues into how bad Iowa has been getting on offense.

Indiana-Missouri Preview

Until last week's loss to Bowling Green, I was very high on Indiana. Insert comment about this being a nightmare season for the Big Ten.

Around the B1G: Betting Lines

Rutgers is an underdog at Navy, and Michigan is favored against Utah.

A Historic Matchup In Nebraska vs. Miami

This runs through the three most classic games between these two foes.

Alabama secondary thin against Florida

The Tide will have a hard time against one of the SEC's best receivers and breakout players, Demarcus Robinson.

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Stat of the week: Utah leads the country in both punting and kickoff returns.