Jarvis Jones was a one man wrecking crew in Georgia’s game against Missouri on Saturday night. In the first half, Missouri had no answer for Jones and his speed rush around the outside edge, making life miserable for James Franklin. Then, it looked like the Tigers had figured out a way to neutralize Jones in the 3rd quarter and they had great success moving the ball up and down the field. But in the 4th quarter, Jarvis Jones reminded the country why he is one of the most dangerous players in college football and single-handedly destroyed any chance of a Missouri comeback. Jones, a redshirt junior and preseason All American, intercepted a James Franklin pass over the middle and returned it to the Missouri goal line, which Georgia promptly pounded the ball in for a touchdown to give them a 14 point lead. On the next possession for Mizzou, Jones came around the edge to strip Franklin from behind and cause a fumble, which the Bulldogs recovered inside the Missouri 10 and led to another touchdown. Jarvis Jones was clearly the best player on the field in Columbia, MO on Saturday night and made a case for being the best defensive player in the nation. Actually, if he has more performances like this, he will be in the discussion at the end of the year for the Heisman Trophy.
Worst: Penn State kicker, Sam Ficken
From a football standpoint, a day doesn’t get much worse than the one Sam Ficken had on Saturday. The Penn State kicker missed four field goals and had an extra point, including a field goal that would have given the Nittany Lions the win as time expired. I’m indifferent towards Virginia and Penn State and really didn’t care who won the game, but I couldn’t help but feel terrible for Ficken at the end of that game. Two months ago, he probably didn’t expect to be in this position, but the starting Penn State kicker from last season decided to transfer in the offseason to Texas and the kicking responsibilities shifted to Sam Ficken. You could tell Ficken’s confidence was becoming shakier as he continued to miss kicks and he probably felt like he’d lost the game for his team when Virginia scored to take the lead with a little over a minute to play. Then, to have the offense get the ball to a position where you have a chance to redeem yourself and win the game, but you miss another kick – it has to be a sickening feeling. With days like that, Sam Ficken was probably wishing the NCAA had given Penn State the death penalty.