Heisman candidates, Pac-12 edition: It's Marcus Mariota and everyone else

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Midterm: Rank the top three Pac-12 MVP (aka Heisman) candidates and justify!

(This question was asked before last week's results, and shockingly it hardly matters because number one probably won't change all season.)

Sean Reynolds, Block U

1. Marcus Mariota: Just a fantastic quarterback who will certainly be in New York in the winter. I anticipate he'll win the whole thing, and power the Ducks to the title game, so, really, there is no question who's number one right now.

2. Sean Mannion: Crazy skilled and damn effective. Mannion is an exciting player to watch. It sucks he lives in the shadows of Mariota, because he really is a special player.

3. Brett Hundley: Legitimately one of the best quarterbacks in the country and a big reason UCLA is a dark horse national title contender.

Jack Follman, Pacific Takes

1. Marcus Mariota - They guy does everything a quarterback needs to do as well as anyone ever has in the conference.

2. Brett Hundley - He's very similar to Mariota but doesn't quite have as good of a team or system around him but he has UCLA undefeated.

3. Bishop Sankey - Leads the nation in rushing with an offensive line that is average at best.

Jason Bartel, AZ Desert Swarm

1. Marcus Mariota

2. Brett Hundley

3. Sean Mannion

I feel like these three have set themselves apart from any other players in the conference so far. Mariota is dominating with a new head coach. Hundley is leading UCLA to a probable division championship, and Mannion has brought the Beavers back to respectability after losing to Eastern Washington week 1.

Josh Schlichter, Pacific Takes

1. Marcus Mariota: Has easily been the most impressive player in the conference up to this point and, in my opinion, had his best performance of his career in the game against Washington.

2. Bishop Sankey: Tremendous runner, great performances against two marquee opponents.

3. Brett Hundley: Solid numbers and a ""signature"" comeback against Nebraska, but hasn't faced the cream of the crop competition yet. Hundley has a lot to prove in these next two weeks.

Trevor Wong, Conquest Chronicles

Marcus Mariota (1st), Sean Mannion (2nd), Brett Hundley (3rd).

Mariota doesn't really surprise me at all because he's looked like the best quarterback all year. I don't see much opposition slowing him or the Oregon offense down until the BCS title game. Here are his stats this season: 1724 passing yards, 426 rushing yards, 25 total touchdowns, 0 interceptions. This is with Mariota sitting out entire fourth quarters, too. The numbers say enough.

Mannion's progression from last year till now is just a little surprising. Granted, Oregon State hasn't faced much competition, but nonetheless, his numbers are not too shabby: 2511 passing yards, 67.1 percent completion rate, 25 touchdowns, 3 interceptions. The Beavers are 5-1 overall, with their only hiccup against Eastern Washington in the season opener. More surprisingly, they are 3-0 in conference play - second in the Pac-12 North - thanks to Stanford's loss to Utah.

Hundley hasn't been off the charts, but he's led the Bruins to a perfect record thus far and a top-10 ranking. He's the main cog of a UCLA offense that ranks seventh in points per game (45.8) and fifth in total offense (547 yards per game). "

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