Penn State junior RB

HIS CASE: Too bad Derrius Guice’s Heisman candidacy fizzled. Running backs like Barkley and Stanford’s Bryce Love are getting the love this season. Barkley only rushed for 56 yards against Indiana but scored on a kickoff return and threw a TD pass.

THIS WEEK: Saturday at Northwestern


Oklahoma senior QB

HIS CASE: Mayfield rested his arm last week as the Sooners were idle, all the more reason to sit back and admire his stats. Through four games, Mayfield has thrown for 1,329 yards (332.3 yards per contest) with 13 touchdowns with zero interceptions.

THIS WEEK: Saturday vs. Iowa State


Oklahoma State senior QB

HIS CASE: Despite that recent loss to TCU, Rudolph’s numbers are still impeccable. With 1,909 yards passing, 16 TDs and just 4 interceptions on 173 attempts, Rudolph is nearly halfway to surpassing last year’s total of 4,091 yards. He’s an NFL QB now.

NEXT GAME: Oct. 14 vs. Baylor


Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, Jr.; Southern California QB Sam Darnold, So.; Stanford RB Bryce Love, Jr.; Washington State QB Luke Falk, Sr.

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