College Football Power Rankings: Pac-10 Quarterbacks After Week 8
The Pac-10 is still being dominated by the BCS-ranked No. 2 Oregon Ducks, but the muddled middle of the conference is as competitive as ever.
For example: Oregon State beat Arizona, Washington beat Oregon State and Arizona beat Washington—what do you make of this?
California is an enigma, Washington wins every other week, Wazzou is showing life, Arizona keeps rolling without star QB Nick Foles—welcome to the Pac-10 conference.
The following is the eighth installment of a weekly feature power-ranking the Pac-10 quarterbacks based solely on their performance in Week 8.
*QBs not included due to bye week: USC, Oregon State.
8. Steven Threet/Samson Szakacsy, Arizona State
The Arizona State Sun Devils are looking for redemption in 2010, but coming off a bye week proved to be no help in a game against the Cal Golden Bears, where absolutely nothing went right for them.
Starting quarterback Steven Threet left the game at the half after sustaining a concussion. Before his exit, Threet completed eight of 16 passes for 125 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions.
Third-string quarterback Samson Szakacsy stepped in (second-string QB Brock Osweiler has a back injury) for Threet but had no better luck, completing eight of 17 passes for 52 yards and one interception.
7. Richard Brehaut, UCLA
The UCLA Bruins took a 60-13 beating to the AP No. 1 Oregon Ducks in Week 8 for their second straight blowout loss.
Starting quarterback Kevin Prince will miss the rest of season due to injury, leaving sophomore backup Richard Brehaut running the offense.
Brehaut completed 19 of 23 passes, a 70 percent completion rate, for 159 yards, one interception and one rushing touchdown.
6. Jake Locker, Washington
The Washington Huskies fell to the Arizona Wildcats in Week 8, holding true to their "we are good every other game" theory (they literally win every other game—watch out Stanford).
Jake Locker—like his team—has been up and down this season. Locker completed 17 of 29 passes for a 59 percent completion rate, 183 yards and one touchdown.
Locker also endured his first game this season with negative rushing yards (minus-24) against the stout Arizona defense.
5. Andrew Luck, Stanford
The Stanford Cardinal picked up another win over the Washington State Cougars in Week 8—a surprising 38-28 defeat in Palo Alto.
Heisman candidate Andrew Luck completed 20 of 28 passes, a 71 percent completion rate, for 190 yards and three touchdowns.
Luck also threw one interception to the much-improved Cougar squad.
4. Jeff Tuel, Washington State
Who would have thought that Washington State would keep up with Stanford? Although the Cougars still lost 38-28, the improvement is clear.
Jeff Tuel is the most underrated quarterback in the Pac-10 and now has 2,033 passing yards and a 14:9 touchdown to interception ratio.
Against the Cardinal, Tuel completed 21 of 28 passes for a 75 percent completion rate, 298 yards and a season-high four touchdown passes.
Tuel also threw two interceptions in what would have been a near flawless performance.
3. Kevin Riley, California
The California Golden Bears have only lost six games at home since 2005 and added to the surprising statistic with a 50-17 blowout win over the Arizona State Sun Devils.
Just as fans were beginning to write off Kevin Riley, he puts up an excellent performance. But whether it was Arizona State that made him look good or his skill is still up for discussion.
Riley completed 19 of 28 passes for a 68 percent completion rate with 240 yards and two touchdowns against the Sun Devils.
2. Matt Scott, Arizona
The Arizona Wildcats beat the Washington Huskies 44-14 in Tucson to gain their first 6-1 start since 1998.
With starting quarterback Nick Foles sidelined with a knee injury, it was up to former starter and current backup Matt Scott to lead the Wildcats.
Scott completed 18 of 22 passes for an 82 percent completion rate, 233 yards and two touchdowns. The versatile backup also added 65 yards of rushing against the Huskies.
1. Darron Thomas, Oregon
The Oregon Ducks continued their undefeated streak in Week 8 with a 60-13 whomping on the UCLA Bruins in Eugene.
Quarterback Darron Thomas had his best passing game this season, completing 22 of 31 passes for a 71 percent completion rate, 308 yards and three touchdowns.
Thomas also added 48 yards rushing in the Thursday night showdown.