Andrew Luck, quarterback, Stanford: We knew the guy was smart, but we didn’t know how smart until after the UCLA game, when coach David Shaw announced that for the bulk of the game, Luck was calling the offense from the field. And it wasn’t case where he had three or four plays to choose from. He was drawing from the entire playbook. Most NFL quarterbacks can’t do that -- let alone college quarterbacks. To me, this is more impressive than any five touchdown game. But if you want the numbers from last week, 23-of-27 and three touchdowns, no picks. Oh yeah, I think he had had a catch too…
Kellen Moore, quarterback, Boise State: His team exorcised some demons against Nevada, but Moore didn’t look good in the process. He threw for just 142 yards to go with two touchdowns and two un-Moore-like interceptions. His completion percentage of 57.6 wasn’t great either. People have been waiting for him to have an off week so they can drop him. I didn’t give him as much of a hit as some others, but as a mid-major guy, he can’t afford another slip-up.
Russell Wilson, quarterback, Wisconsin: No doubt, the win over Nebraska was impressive and dominating. Wilson deserves the bump. But I’m not sold that he was even the best player in that game. I thought running back Montee Ball was spectacular (four touchdowns, 5 yards per carry) and the Wisconsin defense (three interceptions) was dominant. His 36-yard touchdown to Jared Abbrederis was a better catch than throw, but the 46-yarder to Nick Toon was right on.
Denard Robinson, quarterback, Michigan: There’s a big reason why Michigan is ranked seventh in the country in rushing -- and it’s not the running backs. Robinson was a very crisp 15-of-19 passing (by far his most accurate game of the season at 78.9 percent) for two touchdowns and he ran for a third against Minnesota. Again, I don’t know where to slot this guy, but I know he belongs on this list so long as he keeps playing at a high level.
Robert Griffin III, quarterback, Baylor: A loss and an interception paved the way for Griffin’s fall this week. Though he tossed five touchdowns (for the third time this season), the interception proved costly. Even if he hadn’t been hit while he was throwing, the decision to throw still wasn’t a great one because his receiver had a small window with three defenders around him. Will be interesting to see how he responds to his first road bump next week against Iowa State.
Marcus Lattimore, running back, South Carolina: It’s been back-to-back games that Lattimore has averaged less than 4 yards per carry. Too many other good players in the field to keep him afloat if this downward trend continues.