What to Watch, Week 9: Missouri’s tough three weeks ends with South Carolina

Last week, we marveled at – and Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti complained about - Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday throwing an FBS record 89 passes for an Autzen Stadium record 557 yards. But that was nothing compared to what Mendocino College quarterback Trevor Taylor did in a 69-66 shootout against College of the Redwoods.

Taylor only attempted 52 passes, but completed 38 of them for 796 yards and nine touchdowns. It was considered the most productive effort by a collegiate quarterback at any level. Zamir Amin of Menlo College (D-III) threw for 731 in 2000 and Houston’s David Klingler threw for 716 in 1990.

And, shockingly, the opposing defensive coordinator didn’t complain about padding stats after the game.

Here’s the rest of what you might have missed last week:

The reigning Heisman winner was injured – again:

While a new Heisman candidate emerged:

Stanford’s Kodi Whitfield made what might be the catch of the year:

But Marquez North has something to say about that:

And Ole Miss linemen are still looking for their coach:

OK, that’s your review. Here’s what to watch in Week 9:

Game of the week:
No. 21 South Carolina at No. 5 Missouri, 7 p.m. ET
Missouri has finally reached the end of a three-week SEC gauntlet. And while the Tigers have wins against Georgia and Florida, South Carolina is going to be another tough challenge. Freshman quarterback Maty Mauk had a steady first start, but he’ll have to contend with star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney this week. And this contest might spark a debate about whether Missouri defensive end Michael Sam is better (yes, I said it) than Clowney.

Game to watch:
No. 12 UCLA at No. 3 Oregon, 7 p.m. ET

UCLA was in our Game to Watch last week and was a wild disappointment, but we’re banking that it will get out of its funk this week. UCLA has the ability to keep up with Oregon's offense, but who knows if that team will show up? Bruins' quarterback Brett Hundley was shut down last week by Stanford's strong defense, but he'll need to be on top of his game to keep pace with Oregon's Marcus Mariota. If Oregon wins, it should bump Florida State from No. 2 in the BCS standings.

Also check out…
No. 10 Texas Tech at No. 15 Oklahoma, 3:30 p.m. ET

Texas Tech is one of the biggest surprises in college football with a 7-0 start that has the Red Raiders on the top of the Big 12 standings. But many would contend Tech’s real season starts this weekend since only one of the Red Raiders seven opponents has a winning record (Texas State). Oklahoma has had an interesting couple weeks. It lost the Red River Rivalry against Texas and went down two scores early to Kansas last week before rebounding for a decisive win. These teams are vying for the Big 12 title and we’ll see if the Red Raiders are really a contender.

Don't waste your time with:
N.C. State at No. 2 Florida State, 3:30 p.m. ET

There’s a lot of talk about this game because of N.C. State’s upset win against No. 3 Florida State last year, which knocked the Seminoles out of the national championship conversation. Florida State is in a similar position this year and they are coming off a highly emotional win against Clemson. But this seems to be a different Florida State team. One that is focused and one that knows it has to win out to have a chance at a national title. Not to mention, this game is at Florida State. The Seminoles win this going away.

Keep an eye on:
WR Brandin Cooks and QB Sean Mannion, Oregon State

Mannion made his first appearance in Dr. Saturday’s Heisman Watch after yet another week of stellar numbers, but this week he’ll have to try his luck against one of the toughest defenses in the country. Mannion’s connection with Cooks is one of the most exciting to watch. Mannion has thrown for 2,992 yards and 29 touchdowns, and 1,176 of those yards and 12 of those scores have gone to Cooks. If they can have a similar effort against Stanford, they’ll both be in the Heisman conversation.

Upset alert:
Iowa State (+12) vs. Oklahoma State, 12 p.m. ET

Two years ago, Oklahoma State went to Ames and suffered a loss that knocked the Cowboys out of the national championship conversation. The situation is different this time around – the Cowboys are fifth in the Big 12 – but Iowa State still remains a tough place to play. Remember, just a few weeks ago, the Cyclones came within a controversial call of knocking off Texas.

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