Derrick Henry has become this year's version of Amari Cooper for Alabama's offense.
When in doubt, the third-ranked Crimson Tide gets the ball to its star tailback and more often than not, he's delivered. Never more so than his 38-carry, 210-yard effort in Saturday's 30-16 win over No. 9 LSU.
Henry has taken over the Tide's offense much like Cooper did as a wide receiver last season on his way to becoming a Heisman Trophy finalist — something that's also looking increasingly possible for the 6-3, 240-pound tailback.
"He's done well so far, and he's a beast," Alabama quarterback Jake Coker said after the game. "He hasn't slowed down yet. He keeps on going so why not, when you have that option?"
Henry has averaged 30 carries over the past five games for the Tide (8-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) with nine TDs.
He's been at his best in the big games so far, averaging 173.6 yards against the team's five ranked opponents.
The methods of Lane Kiffin's offense have changed, but the results aren't too different. He's targeting his best playmaker as often as possible.
And it's working — again.
Clemson is No. 1
Clemson is the new No. 1 team in the Associated Press college football poll, knocking Ohio State from the top spot for the first time this season.
The Tigers are top-ranked in the AP media poll for the first time since the final poll of the 1981 season, when Clemson won its only AP national title.
Pac-12 officiating error
The Pac-12 suspended line judge Rich Troyer for one game and downgraded the entire officiating crew for giving Washington State an extra down in the second quarter of its 38-24 win vs. Arizona State Saturday.
Washington State receiver Gabe Marks appeared to be stopped short on a fourth-down attempt as a whistle blew the play dead by the officials. After huddling, the officials ruled it an inadvertent whistle and gave the Cougars another play, which they scored a touchdown on.
The Pac-12 said Sunday that the officials should have stopped the play at the point when the whistle for forward progress blew and awarded the ball to Arizona State.
Prosise to be evaluated
Coach Brian Kelly says running back C.J. Prosise is undergoing concussion protocol after being injured in Notre Dame's win over Pittsburgh. Kelly is hopeful Prosise will play Saturday against Wake Forest.