Week one is all but gone in college football and while some teams did not meet expectations, many of them were able to exceed those expectations and live up to the hype. Week two is right around but first, let’s take a look at my top 5 best football players in college football and how they fared for their teams.
No. 1 – QB Spencer Rattler
Almost every site you look at Spencer Rattler is considered the best player in college football and that holds true here. Despite his rough start to last season, his six turnovers in only ten quarters of football he was able to turn things around after being benched.
He responded to being benched by firing 28 touchdowns and 7 interceptions while throwing for 3,000 plus yards as a Freshman. Rattler is the face of the Oklahoma Sooners heading into his sophomore year and will look to get this team into the playoff contention.
The No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners opened up their season against Tulane surviving 40-35 to come away with their first win of the season. Rattler was very efficient completing 30/39 passes with two touchdowns and three interceptions.
This was not the opener the Sooner product was hoping for as they were heavy favorites coming into this game but with game one out of the way Rattler should settle in and make his case for the Heisman Trophy.
The turnovers could be something to monitor and what holds this team back but once he settled in last season he only threw one after his first six. He still is the most talented quarterback in the nation and playing against a tough Big 12 will show just that.
No. 2 – WR Chris Olave
The Ohio State product comes in at No. 2 on this list. Olave was spectacular last season with 50 receptions for 730 yards and seven touchdowns. Olave headlines the Buckeye offense and is a huge asset for the new play-caller. The Senior should lock himself in as one of the top prospects in the next NFL draft with another big season.
The No. 3 team in the country traded blows in the season opener with the Minnesota Golden Gophers before eventually pulling away and starting the season 1-0.
Olave picked up right where left from a season ago hauling in 4 receptions on 117 yards with two touchdown catches in the early going. The Buckeyes have a date with the Oregon Ducks in their next game and it should be another explosive night for the best WR in college football.
No. 3 – DE Kayvon Thibodeaux
The most dynamic pass rusher in the nation and potential number one pick in the 2022 draft finds himself at number three. Over the past two seasons, the top-rated player in the class of 2019 has shown why he is considered one of the best, and the stage is set for a huge 2021.
The Oregon Ducks came into this season with hopes of winning the Pac-12 and a shot at the college football playoffs. The No. 12 team in the country edged out a 31-24 win over Fresno State to kick off the season. Thibodeaux was quiet in the game coming away with two tackles before he had to exit due to injury.
There is a chance he sits out for the game against the Buckeyes over the weekend but when he is healthy there is not a pass rusher with his type of skill set.
No. 4 – RB Isaiah Spiller
The Junior star has quietly emerged as one of the best running backs in the country. Last season he finished 3rd in the SEC with 103.6 yards per game while carrying the ball 188 times for 1,000 yards on the season.
Spiller has to share the backfield with the talented Devon Achane but this provides the best one-two punch at the running back and in college football.
The Aggies are No. 5 in the latest poll released after dominating Kent State 41-10 in week one. Spiller had 17 carries with 113 yards and 2 receptions for 24 yards.
He did not have a score in week one as the two rushing touchdowns went to his running mate Achane but there is no denying the power, speed, and elusiveness Spiller bring that lands him as the top back in the nation and number four on this list.
No. 5 CB – Derek Stingley Jr.
The LSU product has only played two seasons of college football and has been named twice and All-American and All-SEC selection. During the course of his career he has 65 tackles, 21 pass defends, and six interceptions. Stingley is a dual-threat talent as he is lethal in the return game and can play a bit of receiver.
LSU was handed its first loss of the season on the road to the UCLA Bruins 38-27. It was a quiet night for the All-American with only one tackle and assist on the night in a losing effort. Stingley comes in at No. 5 on this list but he is one of the players to watch as the season rolls on.
There might not be a more talented player in all of college football and he could find himself as the No. 1 player by season end.