College Football Rankings: Top 10 QB Performances of Week 3
Another week of the College Football season is down and more and more questions are being answered. Can you believe it's been three weeks already, I thought we just started, it always goes too fast.
With that being said as the season speeds up and so do the games and there have been some great quarterback performances already. Week 3 was no exception, this may have been the best overall week for college football quarterbacks so far. There were huge statistical games, big road wins, and guys just exceeding expectations.
There were so many great performances between Thursday and Sunday that I actually came up with the Top 10 quarterback performances of the week. So this is not a list of the best quarterbacks in the nation, but the best performances of the weekend, here are the Top 10.
10. Terrelle Pryor-Ohio St.
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Sure it was Ohio, but Pryor has been doing this all season so far. Passing, running, you name it Pryor has done what he can to pick apart the defenses that have lined up against him. He continues to keep his Heisman campaign alive and continues to win. He's led his team to a 3-0 start and has kept them at #2 in the polls, where it looks like they'll stay for awhile.
Stats: vs Ohio W 43-7- Passing- 22/29 235 YDS 2 TD's 2 INT's Rushing- 8 CAR 35 YDS 1 TD.
9. Kellen Moore-Boise St.
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Again it was Wyoming, but Moore continues to play well and keep his Heisman hopes alive. Will he keep his team in the National Championship Race? All he can do is keep winning and hope that Virginia Tech does the same. A big game next week at home against the Oregon St. Beavers awaits, Moore will have to dominate again and then hope the Beavers can win out. At the end of the day he had another monster performance.
Stats: at Wyoming W 51-6- Passing- 20/30 370 YDS 2 TD's 1 INT
8. Brandon Weeden-Oklahoma St.
A surprise performance of the week for one of the more underrated quarterbacks in the Big 12, Brandon Weeden.
He had an absolute monster performance against Tulsa in a game that featured over 90 combined points. Weeden and the Cowboys haven't really played anyone special yet but they are 3-0 and Big 12 play gets underway for them this week at home against a very good Texas AM team led by a great quarterback Jerrod Johnson. Weeden has been outstanding, statistical wise so far, he is 25 yards short of 1,000 passing yards already and he already has 11 TD passes.
Again no competition yet, but this week is Oklahoma St.'s and Brandon Weeden's chance to prove their for real.
Stats: vs Tulsa W 65-28- Passing- 23/32 409 YDS 6 TD's 0 INT
7. Dayne Crist-Notre Dame
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Crist would be much higher on this list if it weren't for the big L in an absolute heart-breaker. But what a game for the Irish and especially for Crist who put up some absurd numbers. They do fall to 1-2 but Crist continues to get better every week and it would be great if they could get back on track next week at home against Stanford, but that will be no easy task as they will have to stop a player whose a little bit higher on this list, you will find out who, if you don't know already of course.
If the Irish can't right the ship this week it will be very un-smooth sailing the rest of the way in.
Stats: at Michigan St. L 34-31 OT- Passing- 32/55 369 YDS 4 TD's 1 INT
6. Andrew Luck-Stanford
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Many draft expert's pick as the best quarterback in the nation, he sure has looked like it so far this season.
Luck has led the Cardinal to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2001 and a #16 ranking. He led Stanford out in their black uniforms at home and absolutely dominated Wake Forest as they put on another poor display of ACC football. Luck had a very balanced game and it was good enough to make this list, he looks to keep the winning ways alive as they go into South Bend next week to take on the ailing Irish.
Stats: vs Wake Forest W 68-24- Passing- 17/23 207 YDS 4 TD's 0 INT Rushing- 3 CAR 69 YDS 1 TD
5. Russell Wilson-NC State
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The Thursday Night football game of the week featured a under the radar quarterback battle between Russell Wilson and Zach Collaros. Russell Wilson and the Wolfpack came away with the big win to move to 3-0 for the first time in 8 years. Wilson, the 2 sport quarterback, had an excellent individual performance and has gotten some people talking about NC State. The Wolfpack have begun to make some noise in the extremely lame ACC. Wilson leads them into Bobby-Dodd Stadium next week to take on the Wrambling Wreck of Georgia Tech and try to continue their winning ways.
Stats: vs Cincinnati W 30-19- Passing- 26/40 333 YDS 3 TD's 0 INT
4. Taylor Martinez-Nebraska
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Martinez would be even higher on this list if his stats didn't look like he were playing running back.
His legs have led the Cornhuskers to a 3-0 start and a #6 ranking and a huge road win over Washington. Taylor Martinez ran circles around the Husky defense and made them look foolish on their home turf. Martinez also made Jake Locker's performance look even worse than it was. The passing game was good but on the ground Nebraska had three 100 yard rushing performances, including Martinez.
This team is going to be very dangerous and in their case it gets easier they take on the Jackrabbits of South Dakota St., but as many FBS teams have found out in recent years..........beware of the Dakotas.
Stats: at Washington W 56-21- Passing- 7/11 150 YDS 1 TD 0 INT Rushing 19 CAR 137 YDS 3 TD's
3. Colin Kaepernick-Nevada
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Another guy who by his stats you would think was playing running back.
A huge home victory for Kaepernick's Wolfpack over the California Golden Bears. It was a shootout, but Nevada had more firepower and they are now 3-0. A better than expected start for the Wolfpack still is not good enough apparently for them to jump into the polls. But as long as they have Kaepernick at the helm I'm sure they'll be there soon, hopefully if they can take out BYU next week on the road.
Stats: vs California W 52-31- Passing- 10/15 181 YDS 2 TD's 0 INT Rushing- 17 CAR 148 YDS 3 TD's
2. Nick Foles-Arizona
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Granted Foles stats were good, but not unbelievable, I still believe his performance was worthy of this spot on the list.
It was a huge win that got Arizona right in the thick of the PAC-10 race, the BCS race, and right in the middle of the polls.Foles has helped the Wildcats to a 3-0 start and a #14 ranking, one of the highest for Arizona in recent years. After a huge win over #9 Iowa, Foles looks to keep Arizona in the mix as they stay at home next week to take on California.
Stats: vs #9 Iowa W 34-27- Passing- 28/39 303 YDS 2 TD's 1 INT
1. Ryan Mallett- Arkansas
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Ryan Mallet answered one question for everyone wondering about Arkansas: they are for real.
Mallet got his first SEC road win as the Razorbacks took on Georgia at Sanford Stadium in Athens, and he looked like a pro doing it.
The first half was huge for Mallet and then he slowed up a bit in the fourth quarter, but the last possession showed everybody how good he is and why he is a Heisman candidate. He has led the Razorbacks to a 3-0 start and a #10 ranking.
Perhaps the game of the year next week for Arkansas when they will take on #1 Alabama at home. Tune in for that one on CBS at 3:30, that is going to be a dandy.
Stats: at Georgia W 31-24- Passing- 21/33 380 YDS 3 TD's 0 INT