1. Collin Klein — Kansas State at Kansas. Klein is undefeated in six starts and coming off 258 total yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 41-34 win over Texas Tech. While he’s capable of Josh Freeman 2008 numbers, he’s not nearly as talented. Kansas ranks last in the NCAA in every major defensive category — allowing 565 total yards and 49.0 points per game on average this season.
2. Geno Smith — West Virginia at Syracuse. Smith is a dual threat quarterback in a proven offensive system (see Case Keenum, 2009). Through six games, he ranks fifth in passing yardage (359.3 ypg) and has gamebreaking wideouts in Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin. The Mountaineers are first in the Big East with 503.5 total yards per game and 11th nationally…Syracuse has struggled mightily against the pass this season, giving up 354 yards and five touchdowns to Matt Barkley in Week 3 and 324 to Tulane’s Ryan Griffin in Week 6.
3. Landry Jones — Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech. The Sooners have a 91 percent scoring rate and average 547.2 total yards per game. After a slow start, Jones ranks third in the NCAA with 2,177 yards on 171 of 253 passing (68 percent). Despite Texas Tech’s high rating against the pass, their opponents have had so much success rushing they’ve attempted only 140 passes, where they allow an average of eight yards per pass play. The Sooners are fourth nationally in total offense, ninth in passing efficiency, and 20th in redzone scoring.
4. Chandler Harnish — Northern Illinois at Buffalo. Harnish is starting to garner national attention for his accomplishments this season and added 430 total yards to his legacy in last week's 51-22 win over Western Michigan. In their last six meetings with Buffalo, the Huskies haven’t scored under 31 points and are averaging 39.6 points per game, while scoring 99 points in the second quarter.
5. Andrew Luck — Stanford vs. Washington. Stanford has at least 37 points in every game this season and Luck’s been the centerpiece of an offense that ranks third nationally in passing efficiency. With WR Chris Owusu questionable, expect Stanford to almost exclusively rely on their trio of tight ends (Fleener , Toilolo, Ertz) who combined for 206 yards and three scores in last week’s 44-14 win over Washington State. Washington is 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the PAC-12 coming off their Week 7 win over Colorado.
Mid-to-Low End options
Bryant Moniz — Hawaii vs. New Mexico State
James Franklin — Missouri at Texas A&M
Alex Carder — Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan
Ryan Tannehill — Texas A&M at Iowa State
EJ Manuel — Florida State vs. Maryland
Kellen Moore — Boise State vs. Air Force
Austin Davis — Southern Mississippi vs. SMU
Taylor Martinez — Nebraska at Minnesota
Case Keenum — Houston vs. Marshall
Jeff Godfrey — Central Florida at UAB