Buzz: In a seesaw battle with Kentucky, Newton drove the Tigers 86 yards in 19 plays, setting up the game-winning field goal to beat the Wildcats 37-34. He finished with 418 yards of total offense and four touchdowns. Up next: Arkansas, Saturday.
Terrelle Pryor, QB, Ohio State
Buzz: Limited by a quad injury, the junior spent most of Saturday in the pocket, throwing for a career-high 334 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Buckeyes to a 38-10 win over Indiana. The pressure of being No. 1 now falls on his shoulders. Up next: at Wisconsin, Saturday.
LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
Buzz: He continues to pile on the highlights, this time catching a pass and sprinting 84 yards for the score in Oregon's 43-23 win over Washington State. James finished the day with 223 total yards (136 rushing) and three touchdowns. Up next: UCLA, Oct. 21.
Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
Buzz: The SEC's top quarterback had another stellar day in front of more than 65,000 fans at Cowboys Stadium. Mallett threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns in Arkansas' 24-17 win over Texas A&M. Up next: at
Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan
Buzz: After weeks of big numbers against subpar competition, Robinson faced a defense that held him in check. He struggled against Michigan State, throwing three interceptions, and was limited to 86 yards on the ground in a 34-17 loss. Up next: Iowa, Saturday.
Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Buzz: Luck marched his team 62 yards on seven plays with 1:02 left against USC, setting up the game-winning field goal to improve the Cardinal to 5-1 on the season. The sophomore finished with 312 total yards and three touchdowns. Up next: Washington State, Oct. 23.
Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska
Buzz: The freshman has Huskers fans thinking national title. Martinez piled up 369 total yards in Nebraska's 48-13 win Thursday over Kansas State, including 247 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Up next: Texas,
Honorable mention: Daniel Thomas (Kansas State); Darron Thomas (Oregon); Kellen Moore (Boise State); Kendall Hunter (Oklahoma State); Vai Taua (Nevada).