1. Jameis Winston- Florida State. I haven’t been able to see his latest game yet, but I can’t get over Florida State giving up 250 yards rushing to the Citadel. Winston was more than solid in this game hitting 22 out of 27 passes for 256 yards and 2 TDs. Not a spectacular performance yardage wise, but Florida State always had a comfortable lead. It does feel like Winston’s lead is slipping, but he’s still the frontrunner.
2. Todd Gurley- Georgia. Gurley was off this week, but his stock is steadily rising until somebody slows him down.
3. Marcus Mariota- Oregon. Mariota may be moving back up the list after a good performance against an outstanding defense on Saturday. Mariota was 17 out of 28 for 318 yards and 3 TDs. He also ran for 42 yards. Oregon survived their early test against a highly ranked team and Mariota was the major star.
4. Brett Hundley- UCLA. Hundley threw for 396 yards on 33 completions out of 44 attempts. He threw for 3 TDs but had 1 costly interception which resulted in a TD for Memphis. Hundley also rushed for 26 yards. UCLA Offensive Line is not all that good and Hundley is the most sacked QB in the country.
5. Nick Marshall- Auburn. Marshall completed 10 out of 19 passes for 101 yards and a TD. He also ran for 103 yards and another TD. Auburn didn’t need to throw the ball much against San Jose State and the lack of numbers will hurt Marshall with voters.
6. Dak Prescott- Miss State. It was a pretty good day for Prescott completing 12 out of 25 passes for 211 yards and 4 TDs. He ran 18 times for 111 yards and another TD.
7. Melvin Gordon- Wisconsin. It was the worst game of Gordon’s career with only 38 yards rushing on 17 carries. He caught 4 passes for 22 yards and a TD, but possibly the worst game for Gordon.
8. Ameer Abdullah- Nebraska. Abdullah had the play of the week when Nebraska was tied with McNeese State and little time left in the game. He took a short pass and made one of the more incredible runs to score a TD and give his team the win. He only rushed for 54 yards in the game and one TD. But, he caught 3 passes for 96 yards and the winning TD.
9. Buck Allen- USC. Allen had 154 yards rushing on 23 carries against a top defense in Stanford. USC beat the Cardinal for the second year in a row which is no easy task.
10. Kenny Hill- Texas A&M. Hill completed 17 out of 26 passes for 283 yards and 4 TDs. The Aggies won big and had little use for big passing numbers.
11. Everett Golson- Notre Dame. Golson had a workman like day with 226 yards passing on 23 completions. Sometimes it’s not the numbers so much as how things get done. He is spectacular and fun to watch.