College Football: Top 10 player rankings after Week 6
As we pass the halfway mark of the season and draw closer to postseason play, the nation's top college football players are solidifying their names as some of the greatest athletes on the gridiron by breaking old records and rewriting history.
Last week, Ohio State set a new program record thanks to running back Miyan Williams.
This week, the Buckeyes continued to post new program and conference records. This time, it was by none other than the nation's leading quarterback and our top player of Week 6, CJ Stroud.
Missing action for the second consecutive week, Bryce Young of Alabama dropped a spot lower in our rankings as Tennessee's starting quarterback Hendon Hooker surpassed Young to become the second-best player behind Stroud.
Hooker is just one of three quarterbacks this season without a blemish in his passing game.
Throwing 239 straight completions, he currently holds the longest streak in school history for the number of passes thrown without an interception.
While the Buckeyes' Williams missed action to a knee injury, running backs Blake Corum of Michigan and Bijan Robinson of Texas dazzled on the field by racking up rushing yards.
The rushing pair are the nation's two leading running backs with respective records that have set them apart as leading offensive players who are likely to receive major awards at the end of the season.
Following the action of Week 6, here's what our player rankings look like heading into the seventh week of the college football season:
1. CJ Stroud – QB, Ohio State
2. Hendon Hooker – QB, Tennessee (+1)
3. Bryce Young – QB, Alabama (-1)
4. Emeka Egbuka – WR, Ohio State
5. Julian Flemming – WR, Ohio State
6. Will Anderson – LB, Alabama
7. DJ Uiagalelei – QB, Clemson
8. Sam Hartman – QB, Wake Forest
9. Bijan Robinson – RB, Texas
10. Blake Corum – RB, Michigan (n)
Ohio State's CJ Stroud sets new Big Ten Conference record
Without a doubt, CJ Stroud of Ohio State is truly in a league of his own.
Last weekend against Michigan State, the 2021 Heisman Trophy finalist put on a textbook quarterback performance, breaking program and conference records.
In the Buckeyes' 49-20 win, Stroud threw 21 of 26 passes for 361 yards and secured a massive six touchdowns for the third time in his career.
Stroud became the first quarterback in Ohio State football's history to throw at least six touchdown passes on three separate occasions, surpassing Dwayne Haskins and JT Barrett for the most in school history.
The 21-year-old also claimed the Big Ten record for the same accomplishment, surpassing Haskins, Barrett, Iowa's Chuck Long, and Purdue's Drew Brees in career games with six passing touchdowns.
The huge accomplishments made Stroud an easy choice for Ohio State's offensive player of the week on Sunday, followed by the same recognition from the Big Ten conference on Monday.
The celebrations continued on Tuesday with the Maxwell Player of the Week honor, making it three days in a row that Stroud was awarded for his impressive game.
After 6 consecutive weeks of great football, the Buckeyes will go on a bye during Week 7 of the season, and will return on October 22 to face off against Iowa at noon ET.
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