College Football Power Rankings: Pac-10 Quarterbacks After Week 8

Christopher Adams@@ChrisAdams3Correspondent IOctober 25, 2010

College Football Power Rankings: Pac-10 Quarterbacks After Week 8

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    EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 21:  Darron Thomas #1 of the Oregon Ducks throws a pass against Donavan Carter #9 of the UCLA Bruins  on October 21, 2010 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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    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

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    MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 18: Steven Threet #14 of the Arizona State Sun Devils looks for a receiver against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Arizona State 20-19.  (Photo by Jonath
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    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

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    EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 21:  Richard Brehaut #12 of the UCLA Bruins  scrambles out of the pocket against the Oregon Ducks on October 21, 2010 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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    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

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    TUCSON, AZ - OCTOBER 23:  Quarterback Jake Locker #10 of the Washington Huskies scrambles with the football during the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Peter
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    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

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    PALO ALTO, CA - OCTOBER 23:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal passes the ball against the Washington State Cougars at Stanford Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    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

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    PALO ALTO, CA - OCTOBER 23:  Jeff Tuel #10 of the Washington State Cougars passes the ball against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    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

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    BERKELEY, CA - SEPTEMBER 11:  Kevin Riley #13 of the California Golden Bears passes against the Colorado Buffaloes at California Memorial Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    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

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    TUCSON, AZ - OCTOBER 23:  Quarterback Matt Scott #4 of the Arizona Wildcats throws a pass during the college football game against the Washington Huskies at Arizona Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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    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

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    EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 21:  Darron Thomas #1 of the Oregon Ducks throws a pass against Donavan Carter #9 of the UCLA Bruins  on October 21, 2010 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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    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.