Ryan Burns, QB, Stanford

Stats: 137 YDS (66 on final drive), 1 TD, 1 INT in 22-13 win at UCLA

In a game that was decided in the final minutes, it was Burns, not McCaffrey, that powered Stanford to a win over UCLA. Honestly, whichever team won this game would have had their most prominent player featured in this list. If UCLA won, it would have been Josh Rosen. But in a game where everyone was looking at McCaffrey for Stanford, Burns came into his own during the masterful two-minute drill he led to give Stanford the lead. Atypically, Stanford has struggled with a significant quarterback controversy this year, as Keller Chryst and Ryan Burns have tried to see which of them can command a Stanford offense and team loaded with talent, poise, and experience. If Burns can play the way he did in the final two minutes of Saturday’s game, Stanford should be looking at another Pac-12 title.

 

Steven Montez, QB, Colorado

Stats: 23-32, 333 YDS, 3 TD in 41-38 win at Oregon

In a true program-defining win if there was one, Colorado proclaimed to the college football world that they sick, tired of, and DONE being a doormat in the Pac-12. Without stud starter Sefo Liufau, Colorado knocked off Oregon at infamously home-team friendly Autzen Stadium behind backup Steven Montez, who played brilliantly. A week after pushing Michigan to the brink, Colorado knocked off a storied team on its home field, and had to drive the ball down the field late in the game to do so. Montez was a big factor in said drive, accounting for all its yards. This was after Colorado blew a 33-17 lead. They still managed to win the game, and Montez did an exceptional job ensuring that Colorado did not take a step down due to Liufau’s absence.

Troy Williams, QB, Utah 

Stats: 21-34, 270 YDS, 2 TD, Rush TD Win 31-27 win vs. USC

Can you sense a theme? Williams was another signal-caller that led his team to a big come-from-behind victory against a (supposedly) challenging opponent. He accounted for three total touchdowns on the day, none bigger than his throw to Tim Patrick with 16 seconds remaining that sealed the game for the Utes. Utah is still undefeated, and looks to continue to pursue the Pac-12 South title this Saturday in Berkeley against Cal.

 

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Pac-12 Department Head, The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
I’m Christian Babcock. I love sports (obviously), especially those in my home region of the Bay Area. I have grown up experiencing exciting moments in sporting history in the form of championships for the San Francisco Giants and Golden State Warriors. Went to college for a year in LA, then came back to my senses and returned to the Bay. Follow me on Twitter @CB_Journalist for updates on my new articles as well as my other journalistic pursuits.
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Pac-12 Department Head, The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
I’m Christian Babcock. I love sports (obviously), especially those in my home region of the Bay Area. I have grown up experiencing exciting moments in sporting history in the form of championships for the San Francisco Giants and Golden State Warriors. Went to college for a year in LA, then came back to my senses and returned to the Bay. Follow me on Twitter @CB_Journalist for updates on my new articles as well as my other journalistic pursuits.
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