Gators lose Driskel, Mariota Leads Heisman Watch

Week four in college football did not have many intriguing matchups or the hype that week two and three had.

The Florida Gators created the biggest news of the weekend when Jeff Driskel their starting quarterback broke his tibia and was lost for the season. Last season he led Florida to 11 wins and berth in the Sugar Bowl.

Tyler Murphy, a junior will now start for the Gators. He played well when he replaced Driskel on Saturday against Tennessee. He had 134 yards in the air with one touchdown pass and 84 yards rushing with one touchdown on 10 carries.

He showed a strong arm, a great deal of poise, quickness scrambling and a knack for rushing. After seeing Murphy last Saturday, the Gators should not miss a beat without Driskel.

Thursday Game

This week the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets host the Virginia Tech Hokies. GT is favored on most books by 4.5 points, but on others such as Bovada and sportsbooks.com the spread has been up and down between 4-5 points.

The Hokies have won three straight since losing on opening day to Alabama. The game should be close with the Hokies strong defense, if they can slow the rushing attack of the Yellow Jackets. Take the Hokies and the points.

Top Three Heisman Watch

At the top of the list is Marcus Mariota who is 5 to 1 on most books such as topbet and betonline. He did not play last week due to an open date for the team. Oregon should crush California this weekend. Thus far, he has seven touchdown passes, four touchdowns rushing and no interceptions.

Johnny Manziel has lowered his odds to win the Heisman to 6 to 1 from 10 to 1. He has helped his Texas A&M team to an average of over 50 points per game. He is completing nearly 70% of his passes and has already accumulated over 1,200 yards in the air with 12 touchdown passes and 4 interceptions. He has rushed for 255 yards with three touchdowns.

Third is Teddy Bridgewater the quarterback at Louisville. His odds are now at 7 to 1. He has 14 touchdown passes, which is second in the country and has only one interception.

Tidbits

Paul James the Rutgers running back has 573 yards on the ground and is second in the nation, but will miss the next two games due to an injury and Rutgers must face Louisville during his time out.

Ole Miss during Hugh Freeze’s time as head coach has played eight way games compiling a record of 7-1 ATS. They are underdogs this week by 16.5 points at Alabama. They might be a good road ‘dog pick for the week.

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