The leading candidates for college football’s top individual award:
West Virginia QB
This week: 275 yards passing, 1 TD, 0 INTs.
Season: 195 of 259, 2,271 yards, 25 TDs, 0 INTs; 1 rushing TD.
Comment: Getting shellacked by Texas Tech was mostly the fault of the defense, but a loss still hurts his chances.
Ohio State QB
This week: 360 yards (pass and rush), 3 TDs.
Season: 1,271 yards passing with 11 TDs, 912 yards rushing with 9 TDs.
Comment: His three TDs in tougher-than-expected win over Indiana all covered 46 yards or more.
Kansas State QB
This week: 292 yards (pass and rush), 3 TDs.
Season: 1,074 yards passing, 510 yards rushing, 17 total TDs.
Comment: Carried the unbeaten Wildcats to a tight win at Iowa State, their fifth straight in the series.
This week: Idle.
Season: 41 carries for 377 yards (9.2 average), 6 TDs; 205 yards receiving, 3 TDs.
Comment: With the Ducks blowing everyone out, Thomas has lost playing time but not his game-breaking ability.