Tajh Boyd (QB-Clemson) – With Clemson enjoying a 38-0 halftime lead over South Carolina State, Boyd did not play a single snap after the second quarter this past Saturday. Although his numbers for the first half of the game were rather pedestrian, the senior quarterback avoided turning the ball over and did manage to cross the goal line on the ground. The third ranked Tigers will not take to the field again until Thursday, September 19 at North Carolina State. As others are coming on strong, Boyd may have a tough time maintaining his Heisman favorite status through a nearly two week layoff.
Johnny Manziel (QB-Texas A&M) – Manziel turned in a very solid game over the weekend albeit against the Bearkats of Sam Houston State. The defending Heisman Trophy winner completed 29-of-42 pass attempts for 426 yards, while accounting for four scores. This weekend, Texas A&M will be looking to knock off top ranked Alabama for the second consecutive season. If the Aggies are indeed able to improve to 3-0 then Manziel may very well move back to the forefront of the race.
Marcus Mariota (QB-Oregon) – After a very impressive 59-10 drubbing of Virginia, Mariota has Oregon ranked number two in the nation. The dual threat Junior has 433 passing yards, 235 rushing yards on just nine carries and six total touchdowns through just two games. Most impressively, he has not committed a single turnover. Up next on the schedule, the Ducks will host South Eastern Conference foe Tennessee at Autzen Stadium.
Jameis Winston (QB-Florida State) – As Nevada visits Tallahassee on Saturday for a showdown with the Seminoles, Winston will finally get an opportunity to follow up on his incredible debut. Expectations of a repeat performance might be a bit lofty, but another 380 yards of offense is a very real possibility against what should be an overmatched Wolf Pack defense.
Teddy Bridgewater (QB-Louisville) – Following a stellar performance that resulted in 397 yards and four scores through the air, Bridgewater called the effort “average”. Led by their quarterback, Louisville has put up 93 points over their first two games. His 76.7 completion percentage, 752 yards and nine touchdowns are anything but average. The number seven ranked Cardinals will make the short trip to Lexington for a battle with in-state rival Kentucky at noon this Saturday.
Next Five in Contention
Devin Gardner (QB-Michigan)
Christion Jones (WR-Alabama)
Todd Gurley (RB-Georgia)
Taylor Martinez (QB-Nebraska)
Braxton Miller (QB-Ohio State)