1. Marcus Mariota - Oregon
The Oregon-Tennessee game was during the same time slot as the Alabama-A&M game so many people probably missed what Marcus Mariota did, but I think he’s used to that. Mariota simply never gets the credit he deserves. All he did against the Volunteers was throw for 456 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for another 27 yards and a touchdown.
2. Johnny Manziel - Texas A&M
The fact that people are blaming Texas A&M’s loss on Johnny Manziel’s two interceptions is hilarious and an example of the ridiculous standard that’s been set for him. Without Manziel, I’m not sure Texas A&M wins six games this year. With him, they’re one of the top five teams in the country. For all the talk about how Nick Saban would shut down Manziel after having so much time to prepare for him - 562 total yards and five touchdowns seem to indicate otherwise.
3. Teddy Bridgewater - Louisville
Bridgewater didn’t look sharp against Kentucky, particularly in the first half, but he was still good enough to lead the Cardinals to a comfortable win on the road. Because of his lack of marquee games against quality opponents, Teddy can’t really afford to have games like this because it causes people to question whether he would be that good against better defenses. I happen to think those people are foolish, but that’s how it goes.
4. A.J. McCarron - Alabama
McCarron jumped into the Heisman conversation this past weekend with another great performance in a big game, as he has done so many times throughout his career. He found himself trailing by 14 points in the first quarter on the road against a great team, but he led the Crimson Tide back and carried them through an incredible shootout. McCarron threw for 334 yards and four touchdowns in what was essentially a flawless performance.
5. Mike Evans - Texas A&M
It’s going to be tough for him to get much attention and recognition because his passes are coming from Johnny Manziel, but Mike Evans has been a man among boys through the first three games of the season. He ran through the Alabama secondary like they weren’t even there, with seven catches for 279 yards and one touchdown. Evans now leads the nation in receiving with 518 yards and appears to have established himself as the best receiver in college football.