This week didn't bring much in the way of drama or in eye-popping stat-lines, but it did underline the quality of the conference's quarterbacks. The number of quarterbacks with good games, if not great games, may be a better indicator than anything of the impressive roster. Read on to see if your favorite quarterback made the cut!
1. Marcus Mariota, Oregon
Marcus Mariota just keeps chugging towards every national award he’s eligible for, and Oregon keeps chugging along too. 24-32 for 323 yards and three touchdowns, with another 73 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Sure, it was against Colorado, but his efficiency rating is still best in the country by nine points. He’s really, really good.
2. Taylor Kelly, Arizona State
232 passing yards and four touchdowns with no picks will do it for ASU. It was a slow start, but ASU pulled away to blast the Cougars in the fourth quarter. Now comes the all-or-nothing Territorial Cup, and the real verdict on ASU’s season. That loss to UCLA looks far away now, and if things break right, a high profile bowl game is still very much so in play.
3. Brett Hundley, UCLA
This was another huge performance for Hundley as UCLA’s resurgence onto the national stage continues. 326 yards and three touchdowns had to feel good, and doing it in a destruction of USC had to feel even better. Everything is still in play for UCLA, even the Playoff with some chaos. Incredible, when considering the doom and gloom surrounding the Bruins earlier this season.
4. Cyler Miles, Washington
Cyler Miles might be the most efficient quarterback in the country, especially when considering the team surrounding him. Washington… isn’t great. 18 for 23 and 253 is a good performance, especially against a solid Oregon State team coming off the most impressive giant-slaying of the season in the Pac-12.
5. Sean Mannion, Oregon State
It wasn’t a great day for Oregon State, but you can’t blame Sean Mannion for it. 30 for 46 and 314 yards, plus two touchdowns sort of defines Oregon State’s season: a valiant but ultimately doomed effort. Losing to Washington like that was certainly disappointing to OSU, but the Civil War and a chance to destroy yet another Oregon national title shot looms.
Today begins the climax of the regular season, with a ton of excitement yet to come. Sit back and enjoy the games, and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!