College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks Heading into Week 6
Welcome back to the Quarterback Scramble, where I attempt to quantify the on-field achievements of college football's best signal callers—Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson and Landry Jones included—into a single number, around which a torrential downpour of debate is sure to ensue.
That is, unless I actually get it "right" this time.
I've added in a new wrinkle for the Week 6 edition—the full-season statistics for each and every quarterback, dropouts and honorable mentions included. That way I can set the stake into my own heart ahead of time, making it easier for the most disgruntled readers to simply pick up their sledgehammers and drive it in a bit further.
Or, if I'm lucky, maybe, just maybe, the added detail will make my "arguments" that much more convincing.
Either way, feel free to check last week's rankings and let me know how they compare to the latest and "greatest" list.
So, who got voted off the island this week in QB Survivor?
Not Richard Hatch—he's too cunning. He always wins.
No, these were the less fortunate, if more athletic, contestants, like former Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson.
Here's what they did last weekend, even if it couldn't keep 'em in the rankings.
17. Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M: 25-of-35 for 247 yards and an interception, with five rushes for 56 yards, in a 42-38 second-half meltdown loss to No. 10 Arkansas.
1,139 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions on 68.0 percent pass completions; 15 rushes for 121 yards and a touchdown in 2011
19. B.J. Daniels, South Florida: 18-of-36 for 223 yards, with 14 rushes for 43 yards and a touchdown, in a 44-17 loss at Pittsburgh.
1,294 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception on 62.5 percent pass completions; 52 rushes for 258 yards and three touchdowns in 2011
21. James Vandenberg, Iowa: Did not play.
1,095 yards, 10 touchdowns and one interception on 62.8 percent pass completions in 2011
22. Matt Schilz, Bowling Green: 13-of-25 for 114 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in a 55-10 defeat at No. 22 West Virginia.
1,283 yards, 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions on 63.9 percent pass completions in 2011
25. Aaron Murray, Georgia: 13-of-25 for 160 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in a 24-10 win over Mississippi State.
1,100 yards, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions on 61.6 percent pass completions in 2011
These few guys were pretty darn good in Week 5 but weren't quite good enough to sneak their way into the lower rungs of the Top 25. Nevertheless, they're next up on the waiting list, so a slip-up here, an interception there—who knows?
Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois: 21-of-32 for 392 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, with 20 rushes for 35 yards and a touchdown, in an 18-point comeback victory over Northwestern.
1,028 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions on 69.4 percent pass completions; 76 carries for 259 yards and three touchdowns in 2011
Tyler Tettleton, Ohio: 28-of-42 for 276 yards and two touchdowns in a 17-10 win over Kent State.
1,192 yards, 12 touchdowns and an interception on 63.5 percent pass completions; 41 carries for 102 yards and three touchdowns in 2011
Dominique Davis, East Carolina: 41-of-58 for 417 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in a 35-20 loss to North Carolina.
1,165 yards, nine touchdowns and seven interceptions on 68.6 percent pass completions in 2011
Johnny McEntee, Connecticut: 22-of-39 for 300 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-31 loss to Western Michigan.
913 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions on 50.4 percent pass completions in 2011
J.J. McDermott, Southern Methodist: 23-of-45 for 349, four touchdowns and an interception in a 40-33 overtime victory over Texas Christian
1,482 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions on 57.7 percent pass completions in 2011
Ryan Radcliff, Central Michigan: 17-of-28 for 387 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-41 win over Northern Illinois.
1,152 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions on 52.1 percent pass completions in 2011
Matt Christian, New Mexico State: 16-of-27 for 296 yards and four touchdowns, with 15 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown in a 42-28 trouncing of New Mexico.
534 yards, five touchdowns and one interception on 60 percent pass completions; 28 carries for 159 yards and two touchdowns in 2011
25. Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois
He's back! Chandler Harnish is back!
Okay, maybe I'm a little too excited to see Harnish back in the Top 25, but it's tough not to root for the big guy who plays for the "little guy" at Northern Illinois.
Harnish was hefty for the Huskies, albeit in a 48-41 loss at Central Michigan. The senior completed 27 of 50 attempts for 370 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while carrying the ball 18 times for 92 yards and another score.
He'll do his best to get NIU back on track when Kent State comes to town on Saturday.
1,231 yards, 11 touchdowns and three interceptions on 66.7 percent pass completions; 57 carries for 377 yards and six touchdowns in 2011
Last week's ranking: not ranked
24. Zach Collaros, Cincinnati
Zach Collaros finds himself back at No. 24 with a decent, if not wholly unamazing, performance in a 27-0 win at Miami (OH). Collaros completed 16 of 30 attempts for 251 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, with 89 yards on 15 carries for the Bearcats.
He'll continue his crusade with the Bearcats when Big East rival Louisville pays a visit after a bye week.
1,035 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions on 63.2 percent pass completions; 38 carries for 182 yards and three touchdowns in 2011
Last week's ranking: 24th
23. Alex Carder, Western Michigan
Alex Carder put Western Michigan on the map in Week 5 with a 38-31 win over UConn. Carder cashed in for an incredible 479 yards and five touchdowns on 37-of-51 passing to buck the Broncos past the Huskies in Storrs.
Carder and his club will continue their march through the MAC at home against Bowling Green on Saturday.
1,466 yards, 12 touchdowns and four interceptions on 69.7 percent pass completions in 2011
Last week's ranking: not ranked
22. Casey Pachall, Texas Christian
I couldn't, in my right mind, keep Casey Pachall out for too long.
Pachall has become for TCU what Nick Foles has been all season for Arizona: a quality quarterback on a team far underperforming expectations. Pachall punctured DFW Metroplex rival SMU for 304 yards and three touchdowns on 30-of-42 passing in a 40-33 overtime defeat.
He and the Horned Frogs will tango with the Aztecs of San Diego State this weekend.
1,179 yards, 13 touchdowns and two interceptions in 2011
Last week's ranking: not ranked
21. Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
Anyone could've figured that Wisconsin would beat Nebraska at home in the Cornhuskers' Big Ten intro, but nobody could've quite imagined how bad things would get in a 48-17 slaughter at Camp Randall Stadium.
Taylor Martinez didn't help his team's case all that much, hitting just half of his passes for 176 yards and three picks. He was all right on the ground, with 61 yards and a touchdown on 20 rushes, but certainly not good enough not to drop precipitously.
One more stink bomb, against Ohio State on Saturday, and Martinez will be right out of the mix.
832 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions on 50.5 percent pass completions; 83 carries for 482 yards and eight touchdowns in 2011
Last week's ranking: 13th
20. Tyler Bray, Tennessee
I'll give Tyler Bray another shot here. The guy's been pretty good for Tennessee and didn't exactly deserve to drop out just for being inactive, along with the rest of his team, in Week 4.
Bray came back strong in Week 5, completing 21 of 30 passes for 342 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Volunteers in a 41-10 twisting of Buffalo.
Bray and the Vols will renew their SEC East rivalry with Georgia at Rocky Top on Saturday.
1,328 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions on 68.5 percent pass completions in 2011
Last week's ranking: not ranked
19. Keith Price, Washington
Jake Locker, eat your heart out. Keith Price has already proven himself to be many times the quarterback Locker ever was in four years at Washington.
Price pounded Utah for 226 yards, three touchdowns and an interception on 22-of-30 passing in a 31-14 victory.
Price will be just right again next weekend following a bye with another Pac-12 newcomer, Colorado, next on the docket.
1,209 yards, 17 touchdowns and four interceptions on 68.3 percent pass completions in 2011
Last week's ranking: 23rd
18. James Franklin, Missouri
James Franklin gets a pass this week for not playing. The sophomore will get another chance to strut his stuff against Kansas State in Manhattan on Saturday.
985 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception; 72 carries for 260 yards and four interceptions in 2011
Last week's ranking: 18th
17. Tevin Washington, Georgia
It was a "good news, bad news" week for Tevin Washington.
Bad news: Washington's numbers were down in Week 5, with just 117 yards and two touchdowns on 4-of-12 passing with 16 carries for 43 yards.
Good news: They were more than good enough to help No. 13 Georgia Tech pull out another ACC win over North Carolina State.
Better news: Lowly Maryland, ugly uniforms and all, will be in town this weekend.
938 yards, 10 touchdowns and one interception on 57.4 percent pass completions; 63 rushes for 189 yards and four touchdowns in 2011
Last week's ranking: 16th
16. Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
I'm going to take this opportunity to bow down to Tyler Wilson like Wayne and Garth.
We're not worthy, indeed, not after watching Wilson waste No. 24 Texas A&M's defense for a school-record 510 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-38 win for No. 10 Arkansas.
He'll look to keep his Hogs headed in the right direction against No. 15 Auburn this weekend in Fayetteville.
1,517 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions on 64.5 percent pass completions in 2011
Last week's ranking: not ranked
15. Bryant Moniz, Hawaii
Bryant Moniz, well, he always aims to please. Moniz was particularly enthralling in Hawaii's 44-26 win over Louisiana Tech, throwing for 410 yards and four touchdowns in that effort.
Moniz and the Warriors will return to the mainland on Saturday to take on San Jose State.
1,578 yards, 15 touchdowns and one interception on 64.6 percent pass completions; 39 carries for 126 yards and four touchdowns in 2011
Last week's ranking: 20th
14. Darron Thomas, Oregon
Darron Thomas took the week off with No. 9 Oregon to relax before getting back into the Pac-12 schedule. The Ducks will dance next with Cal on the long road back to conference supremacy.
842 yards, 12 touchdowns and one interception on 61.1 percent pass completions; 15 carries for 99 yards and two touchdowns in 2011
Last week's ranking: 14th
13. Geno Smith, West Virginia
A slight knock down the rankings for Geno Smith shouldn't come as too much of a slight for the Mountaineers quarterback. Smith was once again successful with No. 16 West Virginia, stocking up 238 yards and three touchdowns on 18-of-30 passing in a 55-10 trouncing of Bowling Green.
Smith will stick to his spectacular scene against UConn on Saturday.
1,709 yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions on 64.8 percent pass completions in 2011
Last week's ranking: 10th
12. Seth Doege, Texas Tech
Eh, I'll get it eventually.
Either way, Seth Doege will still be busy doing his thing, making opposing defenses look dumb all the while. Doege dug up 366 yards, three touchdowns and one interception on 29-of-46 passing in a 45-34 victory over Kansas.
He'll lead the Red Raiders into a Texas-sized clash against SEC-to-be Texas A&M this weekend.
1,315 yards, 14 touchdowns and one interception; 18 carries for 84 yards in 2011
Last week's ranking: 12th
11. Denard Robinson, Michigan
I'm so conflicted over Denard Robinson. On one hand, I want to see him pass a bit more efficiently, but I can't ignore his contributions in the ground game.
This time around, Robinson's numbers weren't spectacular, but they were good enough to keep him at No. 12. Robinson rankled lowly Minnesota with 15-of-19 completions for 169 yards and two touchdowns, with six rushes for 51 yards and a touchdown, in a 58-0 thrashing for No. 12 Michigan.
Robinson figures to run all over Northwestern in Evanston this weekend.
793 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions on 54.9 percent pass completions; 77 carries for 603 yards and six touchdowns in 2011
Last week's ranking: 11th
10. Nick Foles, Arizona
Will Arizona ever pull out a win, if for no other reason than to not make Nick Foles look like such a jackass for playing so well?
Foles was once again fantastic under center for the Wildcats, connecting on 41 of 53 passes for 425 yards, four touchdowns and two picks in a fleeting 48-41 loss at USC.
Foles will give it another go in Week 6, this time against an awful Oregon State team.
1,877 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions on 72 percent pass completions in 2011
Last week's ranking: 15th
9. Tajh Boyd, Clemson
Ladies and gentlemen, Clemson is finally for real. The Tigers, now ranked eighth in the AP Poll, have finally managed to win big games—three weeks running, even!
Tajh Boyd deserves plenty of dap, especially after posting 208 yards, a touchdown and an interception in a 23-3 win over No. 21 Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.
Boyd figures to blow away a Boston College team beset by disappointment this season.
1,459 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions on 61.3 percent pass completions; 53 rushes for 83 yards and two touchdowns in 2011
Last week's ranking: eighth
8. Kellen Moore, Boise State
I'm not gonna lie: Dropping Kellen Moore this far is a bit harsh and probably not entirely deserved.
However, like pollsters preening through Boise State's résumé on a weekly basis, I couldn't help but send Moore down a ways after hitting 19 of 33 attempts for just 142 yards, two touchdowns and two picks in a 30-10 triumph over Nevada.
Look for Moore to make mincemeat of Fresno State on Friday.
1,137 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions on 73.9 percent pass completions in 2011
Last week's ranking: first
7. Matt Barkley, USC
If Matt Barkley could play as well every week as he has every odd week this season, he'd easily be the best quarterback in college football.
The USC signal caller snagged a school-record 468 yards with four touchdowns, along with a rushing touchdown, and an interception on 32-of-39 passing in a 48-41 win over Arizona.
Next up, he and his Trojans will renew their rivalry with Cal in Berkeley after a bye week.
1,587 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions on 70.7 percent pass completions in 2011
Last week's ranking: ninth
6. Landry Jones, Oklahoma
Yeah, yeah, I know it was just Ball State, but boy, did you see what Landry Jones did to 'em?
The Heisman hopeful quarterback for No. 3 Oklahoma clocked the Cardinals for 425 yards, five touchdowns and an interception on 23-of-33 passing in a 62-6 win.
He'll get his shot to really boost his résumé on Saturday against No. 11 Texas in the annual Red River Rivalry game.
1,447 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions on 71.6 percent pass completions in 2011
Last week's ranking: seventh
5. Case Keenum, Houston
Another week, another incredible performance for Case Keenum.
Does this guy ever quit?
This time around, Keenum creamed UTEP for a season-high 471 yards and two touchdowns on 30-of-46 passing in a 49-42 win for Houston.
He and his Cougars will look to keep their undefeated roll going against ECU on Saturday.
2,005 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions on 69.7 percent pass completions in 2011
Last week's ranking: fifth
4. Robert Griffin III, Baylor
I couldn't drop Robert Griffin III, not after he hit on 23 of 31 pass attempts for 346 yards, five touchdowns and an interception.
However, Griffin had set the standard so high for himself this season that I couldn't push him up either, not after throwing his first pick of the season in a 36-35 loss at No. 20 Kansas State for No. 25 Baylor.
Redemption will be on the minds of RG3 and the Bears against Iowa State on Saturday.
1,308 yards, 18 touchdowns and one interception on 82.3 percent pass completions; 36 carries for 173 yards and a touchdown in 2011
Last week's ranking: fourth
3. Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State
Brandon Weeden and No. 6 Oklahoma State had a bye in Week 5, but they'll be back in action in a big way against Kansas this weekend.
1,592 yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions on 74.3 percent pass completions in 2011
Last week's ranking: third
2. Andrew Luck, Stanford
Is there anything Andrew Luck can't do on a football field?
Listen, the guy deserves all the praise in the world for keeping No. 7 Stanford on track for the Pac-12 title. He kept that going in Week 5 in a 45-19 win over UCLA, hitting on 23 of 27 pass attempts for 227 yards and three touchdowns.
But really, folks, how about that amazing one-handed grab? Not bad coming from a guy who's going to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft—at quarterback!
What magic will Luck dazzle us with this week against Colorado? Tune in to find out.
1,013 yards, 11 touchdowns and one interception on 71.4 percent pass completions; 11 carries for 58 yards and a touchdown in 2011
Last week's ranking: second
1. Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
And then there's Russell Wilson. What more can we say about him?
Wilson wowed the world with his beautifully precise performance in Week 5. The senior transfer from North Carolina State destroyed No. 14 Nebraska for 255 yards and two touchdowns on 14-of-20 passing, along with 31 yards and a touchdown on six carries, in No. 4 Wisconsin's 48-17 shellacking of the Cornhuskers in Madison.
Expect Wolfpack coach Tom O'Brien to weep just a bit more when he sees what Wilson does to Indiana after a bye week.
1,391 yards, 13 touchdowns and one interception on 74.8 percent pass completions; 22 carries for 140 yards and two touchdowns in 2011
Last week's ranking: sixth