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College Football Power Rankings: Pac-10 Quarterbacks After Week 3

Christopher AdamsCorrespondent ISeptember 21, 2010

College Football Power Rankings: Pac-10 Quarterbacks After Week 3

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    The first day of Fall is almost here, and Week 3 of the 2010 college football season is now in the books—a week that put a true test on the starting quarterbacks of the Pac-10.

    With Pac-10 non-conference games such as Washington-Nebraska, Arizona-Iowa, Arizona State-Wisconsin, Cal-Nevada, Stanford-Wake Forest, and USC-Minnesota, it was guaranteed to be an eventful set of contests in a put-up or shut-up week for the Pac-10 Conference.

    Here is the third installment of a weekly article power ranking the Pac-10 quarterbacks on their performances in Week 3.

10. Jake Locker, Washington

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    The Washington Huskies did not live up to their hype in Week 3, suffering a 56-21 loss to the visiting Nebraska Cornhuskers.

    Jake Locker's Heisman chances are slowly swirling down the drain after completing just 4 of 20 passes against Nebraska—that's a 20 percent completion rate.

    Locker accounted for 71 passing yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions against the black shirt Nebraska defense, although he did add 59 yards on the ground with one rushing touchdown.

9. Kevin Prince, UCLA

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    The UCLA Bruins started their season 0-2, but managed to snag a surprising 31-13 win over the Houston Cougars in Week 3.

    Kevin Prince continued to struggle, completing 9 of 17 passes for 99 yards and no touchdowns, but added 60 yards on the ground with one rushing touchdown.

    Prince has yet to finish a game without an interception (having one against Houston) and has only recorded one 100-yard passing game on the season with 120 yards in Week 1 at Kansas State.

8. Darron Thomas, Oregon

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    The Oregon Ducks are arguably the most explosive team in the country right now, and are fresh off a 69-0 win over FCS foe Portland State in Week 3.

    Darron Thomas completed 9 of 18 passes for 140 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception in Saturday's blowout. Thomas also added 50 rushing yards on the day.

    Not an exceptional performance by Thomas, but seeing that he did not play the whole game and the fact that the Ducks heavily rely on their superb running game, Oregon has nothing to worry about.

7. Kevin Riley, Cal

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    The California Golden Bears seemed to start their annual midseason meltdown a bit early this year with a 52-31 loss to Nevada in Week 3.

    Kevin Riley passed for his season high 277 yards while completing 23 of 37 passes for a 62 percent completion rate and one passing touchdown.

    While his numbers were rather impressive, Riley headed into the game with zero interceptions and left with three.

5. Ryan Katz, Oregon State

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    The Oregon State Beavers inched out a 35-28 win over Louisville in Week 3 after having a bye week, putting the team at 1-1 on the season.

    Ryan Katz completed 15 of 26 passes for a 57.7 completion rate, an improvement over his 36 percent against TCU in Week 1.

    Katz picked up 142 passing yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's close win, also adding five yards on the ground.

5. Jeff Tuel, Washington State

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    The Washington State Cougars continued to struggle in the 2010 season with a 35-21 Week 3 loss to Southern Methodist.

    The Cougars just can't seem to catch a break, but their starting quarterback has actually been quite productive.

    Jeff Tuel completed 18 of 33 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns in Week 3. Although his 54 percent completion rate is not the most desired, he has been doing his part to get the Washington State program back on track.

4. Matt Barkley, USC

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    Matt Barkley and the USC Trojans squeaked out another win against the Minnesota Golden Gophers in Week 3, 32-21.

    Barkley completed 17 of 26 passes for a 65 percent completion rate, 192 yards, and two passing touchdowns. But the sophomore quarterback also threw two interceptions against a team that lost to an FCS team the week before.

3. Steven Threet, Arizona State

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    The Arizona State Sun Devils put up a fight in Week 3 in a near upset of the No. 11 Wisconsin Badgers before losing, 20-19.

    Quarterback Steven Threet very well could be the savior for the Sun Devil program, and the key to a winning season. He ran a high-octane spread offense perfectly at Wisconsin, confusing the Badger defense numerous times with the speed imposed by the no-huddle.

    Threet completed 21 of 33 passes for 211 yards against the stout Badgers defense. He was unable to gain a passing touchdown due to dropped passes or the Wisconsin defense stepping in.

2. Andrew Luck, Stanford

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    Andrew Luck and the Stanford Cardinal have run the tables through Week 3 of the 2010 season, adding a 68-24 win over Wake Forest at home.

    Luck completed 17 of 23 passes for an outstanding 73.9 percent completion rate. He threw for 207 yards and four touchdowns, while adding 69 yards on the ground and one rushing touchdown.

    Andrew Luck is definitely living up to his Heisman hype as the Cardinal continue to dominate their opponents.

1. Nick Foles, Arizona

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    The Arizona Wildcats proved to the country Saturday night that they are national contenders after taking down the previously No. 9-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes, 34-27, in Tucson.

    Nick Foles is the most accurate passer in the Pac-10 so far this season, having his worst completion rate against Iowa, 71.8 percent, which most quarterbacks would kill to have.

    Foles completed 28 of 39 passes for 303 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception against a supposedly strong Iowa defense.

    Do not be surprised if Nick Foles starts entering the Heisman talk very soon as the No. 14 Wildcats enter Pac-10 play.

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