1. Josh Rosen, UCLA (32-52, 421 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs at USC): It’s hard to look more physically impressive than the UCLA junior looked on Saturday night—one scout in attendance told me it’s the best he’s seen Rosen. And being held up against the unconventional Darnold probably helped, too, in highlighting Rosen’s pure, natural delivery. Rosen wraps up the regular season (and maybe his UCLA career) against Cal on Saturday.
2. Sam Darnold, USC (17-28, 246 yards, 0 TDs, INT): There were lots of cries that Darnold is overrated after he was a little up-and-down against the Bruins. What that felt like was people who haven’t been watching him need to get used to the third-year sophomore’s wonky style. Yes, there’s a little bit of a windup, and, no, it doesn’t look like it’s supposed to all the time. But the rebuilding Trojans have won the Pac-12 South, and the quarterback has done his part in brining a young team along.
3. Josh Allen, Wyoming (injured vs. Fresno State): A shoulder sprain kept Allen out of this one, and up next is what’s likely the final regular season game of his collegiate career, at San Jose State.
Helped Himself: Malik Rosier, Miami. Rosier is still a junior, and hasn’t been considered much of an NFL prospect by anyone I’ve talked to. But he acquitted himself incredibly well as a competitor in leading the Hurricanes back on Saturday, both with arm and head in the passing game, and with his feet on the ground. The Hurricanes closed the game with 30 unanswered points to win 44-27, and Rosier showed a ton of toughness in throwing for 210 yards and three touchdowns, as well as rushing for 38 yards and a score.
Hurt Himself: Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State. He did throw for 352 yards and three touchdowns, but he threw two more picks and came up short on a great chance to complete a furious fourth-quarter comeback. Does that mean he’s a bad player? No, but in that offense, you almost have to be close to perfect week-to-week to avoid validating the “system” arguments being used against you.