Andrew Luck, Stanford
Luck didn’t have to do too much against the University of Washington on Saturday, throwing just 21 times. He completed 16 of those, two for touchdowns. He has the undefeated Cardinals in the Top 5 with a chance for BCS glory and is a strong Heisman Trophy candidate.
And the competition for him appears to be fierce. Coming into Sunday afternoon's games, five of the 32 NFL teams had zero or one wins.
Here’s how we scope out the Luck derby:
Curtis Painter, Colts
Matt Moore, Dolphins
Two things: The Dolphins could have scored more against Denver, but quarterback Matt Moore didn't get enough help.
And the Miami defense should have been able to shut down a terrible-looking Bronco offense, an eventuality that didn't happen, either.
The Dolphins haven’t seen their Luck luck run out.
Daryl Smith, Jaguars
That alone makes Jacksonville a contender for Luck.
However, the Jaguars have an above-average defense led by linebacker Daryl Smith that has allowed 17 points or less in three of their first six games,
Sooner or later they’re likely to win some of those games they’ve been losing (five losses in a row) and take themselves out of the Luck derby.
Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
The Cardinals are up against it in a late game Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, so they’re likely to stay in the running for the first draft pick.
The trouble is that the combination of Kevin Kolb throwing to Larry Fitzgerald is likely to produce some upset wins in the next few weeks.
And the more a team wins now, the less opportunity for bringing Luck aboard.