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Several weeks into the college football season, the stars of 2020 are separating themselves from the rest of the pack, just like the championship contenders.
With the Big Ten and Pac-12 set to join the fray soon, other big names will begin to surge to the top of the stat sheets. But for now, it’s an early season dominated by SEC, Big 12 and ACC playmakers.
In some cases, like for Clemson quarterback and Heisman Trophy front-runner Trevor Lawrence, it’s expected. Other surprises are playing their way into superstardom, and some elite players are still having big seasons for teams off to subpar starts.
A few sets of teammates are on here, too, but that’s just the way the stats are shaking out so far this season.
With eligibility essentially out the door this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s going to be exciting to see which guys play their way into the top end of the conversation for the NFL draft. For others, it’s about building their reputation on the college gridiron. Plenty of guys on this list have national championship hopes remaining this year, as well.
Let’s take a look at some college football stars putting up ridiculous numbers in the early season.
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Georgia is the nation’s top defensive unit, full of difference-making playmakers who don’t pile up the stats but just embarrass opponents in the box scores. Alabama has a slew of former elite prospects all over its defense. LSU and Florida are off to awful starts but are known as mass producers of defensive talent.
But the best defensive player in the SEC hails from unheralded Missouri.
That would be hard-hitting linebacker Nick Bolton, who was a first-team All-SEC selection a year ago