1. Marcus Mariota is the best player in college football and will win the Heisman Trophy if Oregon goes 12-0/11-1. He is carrying probably the worst modern-age Ducks team into playoff contention.
2. Brett Hundley obviously missed the Texas game, but I edge him over Goff just because he's faced a more difficult gauntlet and survived. Hundley is completing over 70% of his passes and notching 10 yards a throw behind a pretty shaky offensive line. Beating Oregon vaults him right back into Heisman chatter.
3. I did not expect Jared Goff to be this high on the list this year. But he's been spectacular. It's taken him only 127 throws to land him 17 touchdowns (it took him 529 to land 18 last year). He has thrown three interceptions, two of which were not his fault. The team is a Hail Mary away from being 4-0 and at least half of that falls on Goff's improved ability to spin the deep ball and stretch the field wider than his dink-and-dunk freshman phase. He will give us a chance to win many games this year if he can keep on making the five to eight dynamite throws that set the Bears up for points.
4. Cody Kessler has had an outstanding season (10 TDs, no picks, 72% completion rate). I downgrade him a little because he has a better O-line and far more skill players to work with, but he's been playing really well after a shaky first season at the helm.
5. Taylor Kelly is pretty much nestled into that "good college QB" phase. He controls the flow of the game and is generally good against teams not named Stanford. Seeing his backup move the ball against UCLA does go and show you that he could be a product of the system, but Kelly probably would have finished more of those drives.
6. Sefo Liufau, look at you! Sure didn't expect to see you this high on the list a few weeks ago. He is a bit scattershot beyond his normal distance, but he is proving he can move that football quickly and decisively and keep his offense on the field. This is miles ahead of any CU team of the past.
7. Connor Halliday would be a top three guy on this list if he didn't insist on making one or two Popcorn Guy throws every game. But it does look like he grasps the Air Raid much better than he did his first few years in the system. He's definitely high usage, but they need all of his usage to compete considering where that running game is.
8. Kevin Hogan is completing 71% of his throws, is averaging nearly 8.8 YPA to his deadly trio of wideouts, has thrown only 2 picks, and he's only thrown 100 passes through four games because this team must run to the death. Keep on doing what you do David Shaw.
11. The greatest trick that Kyle Whittingham ever performed was convincing Utah fans that three years of starting Travis Wilson at QB would be a healthy prescription for Saturday football. He's just too inconsistent to make the Utes a winning Pac-12 team.
12. Maybe Cyler Miles isn't that good a QB because he just realized all Husky fans are Seahawks fans.
HydroTech: I don't watch enough Pac-12 football to evaluate where Goff ranks compared to the other Pac-12 QBs, but I think it's clear that he's extremely talented. It's been a long time since we've seen a QB with his accuracy, poise, and play making ability. Goff is definitely the best Cal QB we've had since Nate Longshore and perhaps even since Aaron Rodgers.