Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois: Kept the Huskies, now No. 14 in the BCS standings, rolling with 363 total yards and three second-half touchdowns in a 35-17 win over Toledo. He was 17-of-22 passing and carried 28 times for 161 yards while improving to 23-2 as a starter. Given the struggles of the former top contenders, Lynch has a shot at being a finalist — especially if NIU makes a second consecutive BCS bowl, which is not a guarantee in large part because of …
Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State: Incredible numbers this year for Carr, who leads the nation in per-game total offense (405.2 yards) and is the second player in the last six years to average 400-plus (Houston's Case Keenum, 2008, '09 and '11). Carr passed for a school-record seven touchdowns and 527 yards in the Bulldogs' 69-28 win over New Mexico, clinching a spot in the Mountain West title game. Ahead of all the other mid-majors in the BCS standings except for No. 14 Northern Illinois, the No. 16 Bulldogs could gain an at-large bid if they beat San Jose State next week and then win the MWC title.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: A terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day for Mariota, whose stumble in a 42-16 upset loss at Arizona ends the Ducks' BCS hopes and takes their quarterback out of the race. Once the Heisman favorite, the sophomore threw his first two interceptions of the year — his first in 353 attempts — adding two TD passes and finishing 27-of-41 for 308 yards. He also took a knee to the head trying to make a tackle in the fourth quarter.
Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor: Like Mariota, down and out. Petty couldn't save the Bears, who had by far their worst game of the season in a 49-17 loss at Oklahoma State. Petty went 28-of-48 for 359 yards and two touchdowns. His efficiency rating (134.9) and yards per attempt (7.5) were his worst numbers of the year, and contributed to Baylor's first loss.