Last Weekend: 57-16 win over Colorado | Passing: 16/27, 355 yards, 5 TDs | Rushing: 7 rushes, 43 yards, 2 TDs
The absurdity continues from Marcus Mariota. After a sluggish start to the game, the Ducks crushed Colorado behind Mariota’s exceptional play, as he racked up seven touchdowns in only 2 ½ quarters of action. Had he played the entire game, there’s a good chance he would have scored 10 touchdowns. This type of production is absolutely incredible.
2. Aaron Murray - Georgia
Last Weekend: 34-31 win over Tennessee | Passing: 19/35, 196 yards, 3 TDs | Rushing: 3 rushes, 53 yards
The numbers don’t look particularly impressive but the context makes it a phenomenal performance. Playing without five of his primary offensive options who were lost to injury, Murray had the monumental task of leading the Bulldogs on a touchdown drive with under two minutes remaining in a hostile environment. He responded in a Heisman-like way, completing a two yard touchdown pass to Rantavious Wooten with five seconds remaining to tie the game. The Dawgs then capitalized on a Tennessee mistake in overtime and escaped Neyland Stadium with a huge win. As a Georgia graduate and fan, I’ve never been prouder of a player’s performance than I was with what Aaron Murray did Saturday.
3. Jameis Winston
Last Weekend: 63-0 win over Maryland | Passing: 23/32, 393 yards, 5 TDs
I’d been hesitant to jump on the Jameis Winston bandwagon because I thought he was putting up big numbers against weak competition, but I can’t argue with what he did Saturday. Maryland entered the game at 4-0 and appeared to have one of the better defenses in the ACC. Winston made short work of the Terps defense and had some spectacular plays while leading the Seminoles to an impressive shutout.
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4. Teddy Bridgewater
Last Weekend: 30-7 win over Temple | Passing: 25/35, 348 yards, 2 TDs
Teddy Bridgewater had another week of mistake-free football in another blowout win for Louisville. Unfortunately, 30-7 wins and throwing two touchdown passes isn’t something that’s really going to stand out to Heisman voters, especially considering what his competition is doing. Bridgewater continues to look great for many NFL teams interested in taking a quarterback in the next draft, but he’s slipping in the Heisman race.
Last Weekend: 49-14 win over Syracuse | Passing: 20/27, 455 yards, 5 TDs
Tajh Boyd and the rest of the Clemson Tigers had no trouble playing on the road at Syracuse and jumped out to a 35-7 lead by halftime. Although he did throw two interceptions, Boyd was extremely efficient and connected on multiple big plays, including a 91 yard touchdown pass to Sammy Watkins. The schedule is setting up perfectly for a huge showdown between Boyd and Clemson against Jameis Winston and Florida State.