Todd Gurley became our front-runner in week six only to get suspended for signing autographs. He missed the Missouri game, but Georgia ultimately didn't miss him that much as they won 34-0. With other candidates surging and Gurley possibly out for the rest of the season, he drops three spots to #4 on our list. If he comes back he's still in the race, but that's only true for a few more weeks; if he's not back for the November 1st game vs. Florida it will probably be too late for his candidacy.
Marcus Mariota's 4 TD performance (2 passing, 2 rushing) against UCLA puts him back on top for now, with Dak Prescott close behind at #2. Prescott didn't throw all that well Saturday (18 of 34, 1 TD, 2 int) but he ran for 121 yards and 2 touchdowns, and the competition level was high. His Mississippi State team is still undefeated, which could ultimately give him the edge over Mariota. Jameis Winston rounds out the top three after completing 30 of 36 passes for 3 touchdowns; his own eligibility might be in doubt for autograph signing as well, but for now we assume he'll play vs. Notre Dame in a big game.
Week 7: Gurley's suspension puts Mariota back on top with Prescott surging.
- [up 1] Marcus Mariota, QB Oregon (5-1) beat UCLA 42-30
- [up 3] Dak Prescott, QB Miss. State (6-0) beat Auburn 38-23
- Jameis Winston, QB FSU (6-0) beat Syracuse 38-20
- [dn 3] Todd Gurley, RB Georgia (5-1) did not play vs. Missouri
- [up 1] Bryce Petty, QB Baylor (6-0) beat TCU 61-58
- [dn 1] Kenny Hill, QB Texas A&M (4-2) lost to Mississippi 35-20
- [new] Melvin Gordon, RB Wisconsin (4-2) beat Illinois 38-28
- [dn 1] Amari Cooper, WR Alabama (5-1) beat Arkansas 14-13
- [dn 1] Ameer Abdullah, RB Nebraska (5-1) idle
Bryce Petty revived his candidacy with a big comeback against TCU that saw him pass for 510 yards and 6 touchdowns. Petty's efficiency hasn't been as great this year and he completed just 51% against the Horned Frogs, but you can't argue with 6 TDs vs. a strong defense. Petty moves up to #5 while Texas A&M's Kenny Hill drops to #6 after the loss to Mississippi. Hill played well (42 of 53, 401 yards) for the most part but also had 2 picks in his team's 2nd loss.
With Amari Cooper having his first unimpressive game (22 yards vs. Arkansas) and Ameer Abdullah idle, Melvin Gordon jumps in at #7 with a 175-yard, 4 touchdown performance against Illinois. Gordon has topped 200 yards twice and 150 twice more, with one dud game (38 vs. Western Illinois) and he looks well-positioned to take over as top running back if Gurley remains out.