UCLA may be without starting quarterback Kevin Prince when it takes the field at Oregon on Thursday night. (Did we mention it's on at ESPN? At 9 p.m. ET? Just checking). That's not the best recipe for success in one of the toughest venues in college football and against a team ranked second in the BCS standings. But hey, the Ducks themsevles are evidence that Pac-10 schools seem to stockpile quarterbacks like freshmen stockpile posters for their dorm rooms. No Jeremiah Masoli? No problem. Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas has thrown 14 touchdown passes, and when the Ducks needed his legs against Stanford, he rushed for 117 yards.

In talking about the initial BCS standings with Ivan Maisel on Monday, Mark Schlabach said the Pac-10 "suddenly looks very mediocre." But at least when it comes to quarterbacks, is there a conference deeper than one that boasts Thomas, Andrew Luck, Jake Locker, Matt Barkley and (when healthy) Nick Foles?

Chris (Pasadena (via Reno))

On the subject of Pac 10 QB's, is Barkley showing why he was the number one recruit in the country a couple of years ago? I'd argue he's at least on par with Luck in the conference.

Ivan Maisel
Ivan Maisel

Barkley is having a great year. And I'm surprised that he has gotten as little national attention as he has. But if keeps producing 30-something points a game, he'll show up in all the Heisman hype. Full transcript

Keith H (Seattle)

Mel, how far has Jake Locker's draft stock fallen

Mel Kiper
Mel Kiper

From being right there at the top. He was No. 1 on the board through the early portion of the season. Obviously, he fell after that performance against Nebraska. He's played better. He fell from 7 to 8 this week. He's going to be a nice QB. He needs to be coached up. Like all QBs, he's going to need some time. He'll fall in the middle of the first round. Luck and Mallett and Newton and the other juniors can't go to the Senior Bowl. Locker is the only highly rated senior QB. I hope he's at the Senior Bowl. He can start to improve his rating down there. Full transcript

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