1. Marcus Mariota - Oregon
Mariota and Oregon had a bye this past weekend, which appears to be the only thing that can stop the Ducks from putting up points. Through three games, Mariota already has seven passing touchdowns and no interceptions to go along with his four rushing touchdowns. For those who wondered if Oregon could maintain Chip Kelly’s style of play, it’s clear Marcus Mariota has no problem keeping things rolling right along.
2. Teddy Bridgewater - Louisville
Another lowly opponent meant another big passing day for Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater made short work of Florida International and only played three quarters (a recurring theme) in Louisville’s 72-0 victory. He completed 17 of 22 passes for 212 yards and four touchdowns. Louisville now gets a bye before facing Temple in a few weeks, which should be another easy win.
3. Johnny Manziel - Texas A&M
No one wants to give Johnny Manziel the credit he deserves because of his off-field antics, but it’s impossible to deny how good he is for Texas A&M. He played little more than a half in the Aggies’ win over SMU and still racked up 346 yards and three touchdowns. Despite putting up ridiculous numbers, most Heisman lists viewed it as an average performance for Manziel. THAT’S AVERAGE?!
4. Todd Gurley - Georgia
Todd Gurley had a relatively quiet day against North Texas and was held under 100 rushing yards for the first time this season, but he still managed to find the end zone again. Gurley finished with 91 yards rushing and added 20 more receiving yards in Georgia’s relatively unimpressive win over North Texas. Next week will be the opportunity for Gurley to really emerge as a Heisman candidate when the Dawgs take on LSU.
5. A.J. McCarron - Alabama
A.J. McCarron didn’t look particularly good against Colorado State this past Saturday, but he was still good enough to lead the Crimson Tide to a comfortable win. His performance dropped off from last week, which isn’t surprising considering how well he played on the road at Texas A&M. He’ll need to step up next week when the Tide take on an Ole Miss team that could give them a closer game than the experts think.