College Football Power Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks Heading into Week 7
Week 6 was a relatively easy one for all of us (read: just me) here at the Quarterback Scramble. The top 25 or so signal callers have had half a season to separate themselves from the rest of the crowd and solidify their own resumes amongst one another.
That inevitably makes the task of comparing and contrasting the best in college football much more straightforward from here on out.
That's not to say things won't continue to fluctuate from week to week or that we won't see any more dark horse QBs emerge from Out-of-Nowhere State to take the sport by storm. However, for now, at least, we can all take comfort in the familiar names and faces that populate the list this time around.
As pleasant as it is to have so many holdovers in the rankings this week, there were still a few folks who couldn't quite earn their keep, particularly in the face of more worthy challengers.
Thus, we bid farewell to these three QBs for one week at least. Each of these guys is but a big Week 7 performance away from sneaking back into the QB Scramble.
18. James Franklin, Missouri: 19-of-35 for 214 yards and an interception, with 11 carries for 46 yards and a touchdown, in a 24-17 loss at No. 17 Kansas State.
1,199 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions on 59.6 percent pass completions; 83 carries for 306 yards and five touchdowns rushing in 2011
20. Tyler Bray, Tennessee: 18-of-33 for 251 yards in a 20-12 loss to Georgia.
1,579 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions on 65.9 percent pass completions in 2011
22. Casey Pachall, Texas Christian: 14-of-22 for 212 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in a 27-14 win at San Diego State.
1,391 yards, 15 touchdowns and four interceptions on 69.0 percent pass completions in 2011
Another week brings another lengthy list of guys who stepped up their games but haven't done quite enough overall this season to merit a spot in the Top 25.
Nonetheless, these quarterbacks deserve at least a couple lines of recognition for what they did in Week 6.
Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech: 23-of-25 for 310 yards and three touchdowns, with 11 carries for 28 yards and two touchdowns rushing, in a 38-35 win over Miami.
1,196 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions on 62.4 percent pass completions; 50 carries for 158 yards and three touchdowns rushing in 2011
Connor Shaw, South Carolina: 26-of-39 for 311 yards and four touchdowns, with 15 carries for 42 yards rushing, in a 54-3 thrashing of Kentucky.
340 yards and four touchdowns on 60.0 percent pass completions; 24 carries for 82 yards rushing in 2011
A.J. McCarron, Alabama: 23-of-30 for 237 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-0 win against Vanderbilt.
1,156 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions on 65.3 percent pass completions in 2011
Austin Davis, Southern Mississippi: 21-of-23 for 283 yards and three touchdowns, with 12 carres for 75 yards and a touchdown rushing, in a 63-35 victory at Navy.
1,558 yards, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions on 63.6 percent pass completions; 54 carries for 151 yards and two touchdowns rushing in 2011
Zac Dysert, Miami (OH): 24-of-37 for 342 yards and four touchdowns, with eight carries for 39 yards and a touchdown rushing, in a 35-28 win over Army.
1,378 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions on 61.7 percent pass completions; 42 carries for 35 yards and two touchdowns rushing in 2011
Chazz Anderson, Buffalo: 23-of-39 for 343 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-37 win over Ohio.
1,224 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions on 57.1 percent pass completions; 36 carries for 201 yards and three touchdowns in 2011
Tyler Lantrip, Nevada: 18-of-29 for 366 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, with four carries for 22 yards, in a 37-0 trouncing of UNLV.
938 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions on 55.5 percent pass completions; 45 carries for 167 yards rushing in 2011
Chuckie Keeton, Utah State: 15-of-20 for 213 yards and five touchdowns, with four carries for 44 yards rushing, in a 63-19 win against Wyoming.
800 yards and nine touchdowns on 64.8 percent pass completions; 40 carries for 194 yards and three touchdowns rushing in 2011
25. Tyler Tettleton, Ohio
At long last, Tyler Tettleton has cracked the Top 25.
Tettleton has garnered an honorable mention in each of the last three weeks. The Ohio quarterback finally earned his way in after completing 23-of-37 pass attempts for 203 yards, one touchdown and an interception, along with 66 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, in a 38-37 loss to Buffalo.
Tettleton and the Bobcats will host Ball State on Saturday afternoon.
1,395 yards, 13 touchdowns and two interceptions on 63.3 percent pass completions; 56 carries for 205 yards and four touchdowns rushing in 2011
Last week's ranking: not ranked
24. Zach Collaros, Cincinnati
Zach Collaros got a chance to relax last week during Cincinnati's bye. He'll be back in action when Louisville comes to town on Saturday.
1,035 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions on 63.2 percent pass completions; 38 carries for 182 yards and three touchdowns rushing in 2011
Last week's ranking: 24th
23. Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois
Chandler Harnish didn't put up flashy numbers in Week 6, but he didn't exactly need to, not with Northern Illinois defeating Kent State quite handily, 40-10. Harnish threw only 15 passes, but completed 12 of them for 113 yards and a touchdown. He also showed off his legs once again to the tune of 65 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.
Harnish will look to harness his fantastic football powers once again when Western Michigan pays a visit to Huskie Stadium.
1,344 yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions on 67.9 percent pass completions; 68 carries for 442 yards and seven touchdowns rushing in 2011
Last week's ranking: 25th
22. Brock Osweiler, Arizona State
Brock Osweiler returns to the Top 25 with vengeance this week. Osweiler overwhelmed Pac-12 newcomer Utah with 325 yards and three touchdowns passing, along with seven carries for 34 yards rushing, in a 35-14 win for Arizona State.
He and the Sun Devils will face their biggest test yet when they travel up to Eugene to play Oregon.
1,677 yards, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions on 66.7 percent pass completions; 42 carries for 100 yards and two touchdowns rushing in 2011
Last week's ranking: not ranked
21. Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois
Nathan Scheelhaase's numbers won't blow anyone away, but his effectiveness in leading Illinois to a perfect 6-0 start deserves recognition nonetheless. Scheelhaase stocked up 220 yards and three touchdowns passing, with another 88 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, in a 41-20 trouncing at Indiana.
The sophomore from Kansas City will get to strut his stuff on national TV when the Fighting Illini welcome Ohio State to Champaign.
1,238 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions on 66.7 percent pass completions; 94 carries for 347 yards and four touchdowns rushing in 2011
Last week's ranking: not ranked
20. Alex Carder, Western Michigan
Alex Carder continued his crusade through college football with a dual-threat display in Western Michigan's 45-21 win over Bowling Green. Carder competed 18-of-26 pass attempts for 212 yards and three touchdowns and an interception and ran for another 95 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.
He'll lead his Broncos to Northern Illinois to take on the Huskies on Saturday.
1,678 yards, 15 touchdowns and five interceptions on 69.7 percent pass completions; 57 carries for 116 yards and two touchdowns rushing in 2011
Last week's ranking: 23rd
19. Keith Price, Washington
Keith Price took it easy in Week 6 while Washington enjoyed its bye. He'll likely have an agreeable afternoon against a clumsy Colorado club on Saturday.
1,209 yards, 17 touchdowns and four interceptions on 68.3 percent pass completions on 2011
Last week's ranking: 19th
18. Tevin Washington, Georgia Tech
Tevin Washington's arm alone would've earned him a big drop in the rankings, but, once again, his feet came to the rescue this time around. Washington hit on only six of his 19 passes for 114 yards and a pick but more than made up for it with 120 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries to lead Georgia Tech to a 21-16 win over Maryland.
He'll look to improve his play at Virginia on Saturday.
1,052 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions on 50.7 percent pass completions; 95 carries for 309 yards and six touchdowns rushing in 2011
Last week's ranking: 17th
17. Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
Taylor Martinez followed up a flop of a performance against Wisconsin with arguably his finest game of the season against Ohio State. The sophomore strung together 16 completions on 22 attempts for 191 yards, two touchdowns and an interception and, as expected, ran for 102 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries in Nebraska's big comeback win.
He and the Cornhuskers will take the week off before paying a visit to Minnesota in Week 8.
1,014 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions on 54.3 percent pass completions; 100 carries for 584 yards and nine touchdowns rushing in 2011
Last week's ranking: 21st
16. Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
Any quarterback would be hard-pressed to duplicate what Tyler Wilson did against Texas A&M in Week 5, so you can hardly blame Wilson himself for struggling to match the 510 yards and three touchdowns with which he demoralized the Aggies.
Not that he did particularly poorly, what with 262 yards and three total touchdowns in leading Arkansas to a huge win over SEC West rival Auburn.
Look for Wilson to do a number on Ole Miss when the Razorbacks resume pay in Week 8.
1,779 yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions on 64.9 percent pass completions in 2011
Last week's ranking: 16th
15. Bryant Moniz, Hawaii
Bryant Moniz's brilliance was greatly missed in Week 6 as he and Hawaii took the week off. Moniz will get back to his productive ways when the Warriors hit the West Coast to take on San Jose State on Friday.
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: 15th
14. Darron Thomas, Oregon
It took some time, but Darron Thomas and Oregon got untracked in the second half of their game against Cal to win big, 43-15. Thomas totaled 198 yards, three touchdowns and an interception on 13-of-25 passing.
He'll have to carry the load in a big way with LaMichael James sidelined when the Ducks welcome Pac-12 contender Arizona State to Autzen Stadium Saturday night.
1,040 yards, 15 touchdowns and two interceptions on 59.4 percent pass completions; 18 carries for 100 yards and two touchdowns rushing in 2011
Last week's ranking: 14th
13. Nick Foles, Arizona
Poor Nick Foles. Arizona can't seem to even buy a win, thereby costing Mike Stoops his job and leaving Foles without hope of real football success in his senior season.
Foles did his usual thing, putting up big numbers in a Wildcats loss, this time with 378 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in a 37-27 defeat to a previously winless Oregon State squad.
Foles will get a bit of a reprieve from U of A's season of misery, at least until UCLA comes to Tucson on Oct. 20.
2,255 yards, 15 touchdowns and four interceptions on 71.5 percent pass completions in 2011
Last week's ranking: 10th
12. Seth Doege, Texas Tech
One of these days, Seth Doege's going to come down with a dead arm from throwing so often. For now, though, Texas Tech can enjoy his willingness to pass on a weekly basis.
Doege nearly led the Red Raiders back from a 15-point, third-quarter deficit against Texas A&M in Week 6, going 44-of-66 for 391 yards and three touchdowns in what finished as a 45-40 loss to the Aggies.
He'll do his best to get his team back on track against Kansas State on Saturday evening.
1,706 yards, 17 touchdowns and one interception on 71.4 percent pass completions; 27 carries for 91 yards rushing in 2011
Last week's ranking: 12th
11. Geno Smith, West Virginia
Frankly, if Geno Smith were in the SEC or the Big 12, he'd be lauded by college football fans and pundits alike all over the country.
Unfortunately, West Virginia plays in the lowly Big East, though that fact hasn't stopped Smith from stacking up spectacular performances. He tormented Connecticut with 450 yards and four touchdowns on 27-of-45 passing in a 43-16 shellacking for the Mountaineers.
Syracuse is next in line to get spanked, though Smith will have to wait his turn until Oct. 21 to do so.
2,159 yards, 16 touchdowns and three interceptions on 64.0 percent pass completions in 2011
Last week's ranking: 13th
10. Tajh Boyd, Clemson
Tajh Boyd was once again terrific for Clemson in Week 6, throwing for 283 yards and a touchdown and running for 37 yards and another score in the Tigers' 36-14 frolic over Boston College.
Boyd injured his hip against the Eagles but should be ready to go against Maryland on Saturday.
1,742 yards, 15 touchdowns and two interceptions on 61.3 percent pass completions; 59 carries for 120 yards and three touchdowns rushing in 2011
Last week's ranking: ninth
9. Denard Robinson, Michigan
Like Michigan in (some of) the polls, Denard Robinson finally cracked the Top 10, though in an admittedly less important set of rankings. Shoelace stole the show against Northwestern, throwing for 337 yards, two touchdowns and three picks while running for another 117 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-24 win for the Wolverines.
He'll lead the maize and blue into East Lansing to wrest control of the Paul Bunyan Trophy away from Great Lakes rival Michigan State this weekend.
1,130 yards, 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions on 57.3 percent pass completions; 102 carries for 720 yards and eight touchdowns rushing in 2011
Last week's ranking: 11th
8. Kellen Moore, Boise State
Kellen Moore bounced back from a poor performance against Nevada with a solid showing in Boise State's 57-7 whupping of Fresno State. Moore managed 254 yards and three touchdowns on 23-of-32 passing.
He'll lead the Broncos into their first-ever Mountain West Conference game, at Colorado State, on Saturday.
1,391 yards, 17 touchdowns and four interceptions on 74.0 percent pass completions in 2011
Last week's ranking: eighth
7. Matt Barkley, USC
Matt Barkley took it easy in Week 6 while USC broke for its bye. Barkley and the Trojans will be back on the field against Bay Area rival Cal on Thursday night.
1,587 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions on 70.7 percent pass completions in 2011
Last week's ranking: seventh
6. Case Keenum, Houston
For the sixth time in as many chances this season, Case Keenum topped the 300-yard passing mark this season, victimizing East Carolina for 304 yards and three touchdowns on 30-of-37 passing in a 56-3 win for Houston.
Is there any reason to believe he won't keep that run going against Marshall in a week and a half? I say no.
2,309 yards, 17 touchdowns and two interceptions on 71.4 percent pass completions in 2011
Last week's ranking: fifth
5. Robert Griffin III, Baylor
Robert Griffin III combined his worst passing performance of the season with his best ground game to lead Baylor to a 49-26 win over Iowa State. RG3 hit on 22-of-30 passing for 212 yards and a touchdown along with 107 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries for the Bears.
Griffin will guide Baylor against Texas A&M on Saturday in a game that will eliminate the loser from contention in the Big 12.
1,520 yards, 19 touchdowns and one interception on 80.3 percent pass completions; 60 carries for 280 yards and two touchdowns rushing in 2011
Last week's ranking: fourth
4. Landry Jones, Oklahoma
If ever there were a good time for Landry Jones to jump back into the "best quarterback in college football" conversation, it was in Week 6 when Oklahoma faced off with Texas in the Red River Rivalry game.
And boy, did he deliver, completing 31 of 50 pass attempts for 367 yards and three touchdowns in a 55-17 laugher for the Sooners.
Look for those laughs to continue on Saturday when the Sooners embarrass a hapless Kansas squad.
1,814 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions on 69.3 percent pass completions in 2011
Last week's ranking: sixth
3. Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State
Brandon Weeden's numbers against Kansas—24-of-28 for 288 yards and five touchdowns—were spectacular in and of themselves.
More remarkable, though, is the fact Weeden posted those numbers in just the first half of Oklahoma State's 70-28 annihilation of the Jayhawks.
He'll get to showcase his talents once again when the Cowboys travel to Texas this weekend.
1,880 yards, 15 touchdowns and six interceptions on 75.8 percent pass completions in 2011.
Last week's ranking: third
2. Andrew Luck, Stanford
As expected, Andrew Luck made minced meat of Colorado's pass defense, throwing for a season-high 370 yards with three touchdowns and an interception in Stanford's 48-7 slaughter of the Buffaloes. Luck will look to post some even bigger numbers in a shootout at Washington State on Saturday.
1,383 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions on 73.1 percent pass completions; 12 carries for 60 yards and one touchdown rushing in 2011
Last week's ranking: second
1. Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
That void of quarterbacking brilliance you felt in your heart last weekend? That was Russell Wilson taking the week off, along with the rest of his Wisconsin teammates, after putting Nebraska to shame.
Never fear, Badger fans, Wilson will slice and dice Indiana's defense in Week 7, most likely well enough to keep himself on top of the heap for another 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: first