Newton emerges as new Heisman leader (cont.)
Last Week: Idle
Season: 113-of-172 passing for 1,538 yards, 16 TDs and four INTs; 31 rushes for 242 yards and two TDs; one reception for 11 yards.
It's no secret what Luck can do with his arm. He's the Pac-10's leader in passing efficiency and touchdown passes and former Cardinal quarterback Guy Benjamin has said he "could be the best Stanford ever had." But it may be time Jim Harbaugh expanded Luck's role. While Owen Marecic gets plenty of attention for playing both was as a linebacker and fullback, Luck flashed some skills against USC that could help the nation's 61st-ranked defense.
Up Next: Saturday vs. Washington State
Last Week: 10-of-15 passing for 96 yards and one TD in 65-43 loss to Auburn.
Season: 132-of-191 for 1,844 yards, 13 TDs and six INTs; 19 rushes for minus-24 yards and two TDs; one punt for 43 yards.
When he was in, he was great and looked poised to duel Newton for the title of the SEC's leading contender. But a concussion ended Mallett's day and his backup, Tyler Wilson, wound up having a very Mallett-ish afternoon (25-of-34 for 332 yards and four TDs). It's hard to knock a guy for sitting after a blow to the head, but it's even harder to keep him too high after standing on the sideline.
Up Next: Saturday vs. Ole Miss
Last Week: 4-of-12 passing for 63 yards; 13 rushes for 21 yards in 20-13 loss to Texas.
Season: 43-of-76 passing for 723 yards, three TDs and three INTs; 81 rushes for 758 yards and 12 TDs.
As far as magic acts go, the Longhorns clearly saw right through T-Magic's illusions. After running for 241 yards on 15 carries vs. Kansas State, Texas held Martinez 126 yards below his average. He wasn't much better in the passing game and was replaced by Zac Lee two possessions into the second half. Word is he's still the man in Lincoln, so there's no quarterback controversy, but this certainly hurt his stock.
Up Next: Saturday at No. 17 Oklahoma State
Last Week: 24-of-36 passing for 273 yards and four TDs; seven rushes for 16 yards in 31-3 win over BYU.
Season: 116-of-174 for 1,450 yards, 13 TDs and four INTs; 52 rushes for 281 yards and three TDs; one reception for 27 yards; one punt for 21 yards.
Dalton's third career four-TD game wasn't without controversy. He hit Jeremy Kerley on fourth-and-three with 4:35 left in the game and the Horned Frogs leading by 21, causing the inevitable question as to whether TCU was playing for style points. All I know is it looks good in the stat line as Dalton has completed 71 percent of his passes for 543 yards and seven TDs the last two weeks and is 38-8 as a starter.
Up Next: Saturday vs. Air Force
Last Week: 10 receptions for 207 yards and one TD in 34-17 win over Texas Tech.
Season: 57 receptions for 955 yards 12 TDs; three rushes for eight yards.
It's time we all get wise to Blackmon. When offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen brought the Air Raid offense with him to Stillwater, he had Blackmon watch clips of Michael Crabtree, who ran the offense under Holgorsen at Texas Tech. Blackmon has picked up on something, as he's topped 125 receiving yards in every game. He may be the best wideout in the nation, but we'll know more after he faces Nebraska's Prince Amukamara.
Up Next: Saturday vs. No. 14 Nebraska