College Football Picks Week 6: Which Quarterbacks Are Set For Big Games

Ashley SwaffordContributor IOctober 8, 2010

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 25: Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal looks for a receiver against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on September 25, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Stanford defeated Notre Dame 37-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Nevada, Colin Kaepernick

Nevada vs. San Jose State

Nevada vs. San Jose State could be the game that lands Kaepernick another record. He needs just 46 rushing yards to become the third quarterback to surpass 3,500 rushing yards and 7,000 passing yards. He has already thrown for 1,048 yards just half way through the season.

He has the opportunity to become one of the few quarterbacks in NCAA history to have three consecutive seasons of 2,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards. With opportunities like that, Kaepernick will be sure to run up the score on such a weak team.


Oregon, Darron Thomas

Washington State vs. Oregon

Darron Thomas has shown tremendous talent stepping up as a quarterback at Oregon since Jeremiah Masoli’s departure. His speed and agility helped generate a big comeback for the Ducks against Stanford last weekend. Washington State is the worst team in the Pac-10 and will be an easy win for Oregon. Thomas will be able to run all over the Cougars on Saturday.


Auburn, Cameron Newton

Auburn vs. Kentucky

Cameron Newton will have a good game running the ball against Kentucky on Saturday.

Besides the lack of experience with their new coach, Kentucky is a smaller built team. With Cameron Newton being in the SEC’s top ten rushers, he is sure to run all over Kentucky’s poor defense.


Alabama, Greg McElroy

Alabama vs. South Carolina

This Saturday completes Alabama’s three game streak against tough SEC ranked opponents. Greg McElroy will have a huge game ahead of him. Some experts say that this could be Alabama’s first loss. However, with the way that McElroy has been playing, South Carolina has no chance.

McElroy is one of the most underrated quarterbacks in all of college football, but with a win over the Gamecocks, he may finally get the recognition he deserves.


Stanford, Andrew Luck

USC vs. Stanford

Andrew Luck is a threat to anyone’s defense. The junior is one of the top quarterbacks in the nation. He is a prototypical NFL quarterback. His size and strength are perfect for games against football powerhouses like USC. Luck should not have too many troubles this weekend since USC’s pass defense is 116th in the nation.

Besides, quarterbacks of this caliber show up for big games. The weekend will prove why Andrew Luck will likely be one of the first picks in the NFL draft.