See week four here:
1. Cameron Newton, Auburn (14/19 for 245 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception) vs. Louisiana-Monroe.
No last minute heroics by Cam Newton were needed in this match-up—the Tigers dispatched of the Warhawks handily, 52-3. A 94-yard pass to Emory Blake, in the first quarter, set the tone for the day. Newton was able to win the game with his arm, instead of his legs, this week. As a result, his team is now 5-0.
2010 season stats: 57/87 for 928 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. 76 carries for 474 yards and 5 touchdowns.
2. Chris Relf, Mississippi State (11/15 for 209 yards and 2 touchdowns) vs. Alcorn State.
Relf had another impressive day, albeit against a team that was not nearly as competitive as what he has or will see the rest of this season, and the Bulldogs are now 3-2—just three wins shy of bowl eligibility.
2010 season stats: 44/72 for 618 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions.
3. Aaron Murray, Georgia (16/27 for 221 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception) at Colorado.
Poor Aaron Murray, if only he had a better offensive line, a better running game, and a better offensive coordinator to call the plays, imagine how much better he would be? Despite the ineptitude that has surrounded him on offense this season, Murray continues to shine.
2010 season stats: 80/132 for 1100 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions.
4. Mike Hartline, Kentucky (27/46 for 300 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception) at Ole Miss.
The Wildcats did nothing to help themselves on Saturday—turning the ball over three times and performing abysmally on third downs (6/16). However, you have to give Hartline a lot of credit for not losing heart and nearly leading his team back to victory in the fourth quarter, where the Wildcats scored 15 points before losing by seven to the Rebels.
2010 season stats: 102/160 for 1222 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions.
5. Jeremiah Masoli, Ole Miss (9/17 for 90 yards and 3 touchdowns. 9 carries for 43 yards and 1 touchdown) vs. Kentucky.
Masoli was as efficient as you can get, throwing only nine completions—three of which went for scores. His Rebels capitalized off the mistakes of a Wildcat offense that didn’t seem to find any consistency until it was far too late.
2010 season stats: 57/94 for 823 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions. 50 carries for 262 yards and 5 touchdowns.
6. Larry Smith, Vanderbilt (15/25 for 157 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions) at Connecticut.
The Commodores gave it the old college try on Saturday and, for a moment, it looked as if they might actually give the Huskies a run for their money. Sparked by a big special teams play, Larry Smith aided his team to two quick scores in the second quarter before the Huskies took over and never looked back. Smith also added 64 yards on the ground to the 157 yard passing effort.
2010 season stats: 51/92 for 540 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions.
7. Matt Simms, Tennessee (12/23 for 121 yards) at LSU.
Simms wasn’t awful and he wasn’t good, but he nearly helped his team to victory against an LSU team that has a lot of luck on its side this season.
2010 season stats: 79/141 for 957 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions.
8. Greg McElroy, Alabama (11/17 for 84 yards) vs Florida.
He was hardly relevant, but he didn’t have to be playing against a Florida team that had no answer for either Mark Ingram or the Alabama defense.
2010 season stats: 79/141, 957 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions.
9. John Brantley, Florida (16/31 for 202 yards and 2 interceptions).
Brantley didn’t stand much of a chance against an Alabama defense that seemed to always know exactly what he wanted to do, when he wanted to do it, but he gave a noble effort—considering the questionable playcalling by his former quarterbacks coach turned offensive coordinator.
2010 season stats: 89/145 for 902 yards, 6 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.
10. Jordan Jefferson, LSU (3/10 for 30 yards and 2 interceptions. 5 carries for 100 yards and 1 interception) vs. Tennessee.
Jefferson was his normally awful self and got yanked before he embarrassed his team any further. Jarrett Lee took the reigns in his absence and was not nearly as bad. However, compared to how poorly Jefferson has played this season, it would be hard to be much worse.
2010 season stats: 46/89 for 449 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions.