Who has accomplished the most this season? For the second week in a row, LSU leads the nation in Strength of Record.
Khalil Mack has 15 pressures this season, the exact same number as the entire Raiders team, per NFL Next Gen Stats. Oakland is the only team with fewer than 20 pressures this year. Mack ranks second among players in total pressures and pressure rate (min. 60 pass rushes) this season, only behind Bills DL Jerry Hughes.
Tua Tagovailoa and Kyler Murray are off to two of the best starts among quarterbacks in recent history.
Will the Big 12 be represented in the playoff? It's basically Oklahoma-or-bust for the conference.
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks are very narrow FPI favorites over the Cowboys in Seattle today.
Hop aboard the Notre Dame playoff hopes roller coaster ride.
The 10 most likely teams to reach the College Football Playoff:
Jordy Nelson reached a max speed of 21.05 mph on his 61-yard reception in the first quarter, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. Nelson, 33, is by far the oldest player to reach 21 mph while carrying the football this season. Next oldest is Carlos Hyde in Week 1 (Hyde is currently 28 but was 27 at the time).
Ohio State-Penn State next weekend is the most impactful remaining game (not including conference championship games) on the playoff race this season, per ESPN's Playoff Predictor.
Chicago is a 6-point favorite in Vegas, but only a 2-point favorite according to FPI.
Old Dominion's win over Virginia Tech was the largest upset between FBS opponents in the history of FPI game predictions -- which go back 14 years.
Biggest risers and fallers in Playoff chance after Week 4: Notre Dame reasserts its quality in strong win over Wake Forest while FPI is less certain of Oklahoma going forward after the Sooners' scare against Army.
The 10 best teams in college football -- going forward -- as we head into today's action, according to FPI.
DeSean Jackson and Michael Thomas entered Week 3 as the league's receiving leaders, but got there via very different paths, as you can see in their target plots. Defenses gave Jackson an average of 8.0 yards of cushion, the fourth-most in the league entering the week, per NFL Next Gen Stats. Thomas received 4.9 yards of cushion (83rd-most) and has caught 11 passes on plays in which he received press coverage (3 yards of cushion or less), five more than Antonio Brown and DeAndre Hopkins, who rank second in the category with six such receptions each. In other words, teams are defending Jackson and Thomas differently to try and take away their respective strengths, and yet both are succeeding anyway.
It isn't too early to start thinking about Ohio State-Penn State in Week 5: the most impactful game on the playoff race (conference championship games aside) this college football season, per ESPN's Playoff Predictor.
Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide have by far the best chance to run the table.
The 10 teams that have accomplished the most so far this college football season. An average top-25 team would have had a 19% chance to go 3-0 with LSU's schedule.
Khalil Mack -- set to face the Seahawks tonight -- recorded a pass rush win within 2.5 seconds of the snap 58% of the time in Week 1, per ESPN pass rush metrics using NFL Next Gen Stats. That ranked 10th among 70 qualifying DE/OLB. Last year DE/OLB averaged a pass rush win rate of 23% within 2.5 seconds.
For the second straight week Notre Dame's chance to reach the playoff dropped more than anyone else's despite earning a win. That the Fighting Irish only beat Vanderbilt by 5 at home lowered FPI's opinion of them and hurt their projections going forward.