Best NCAAF QB’s of Week 12
As the college football schedule inches closer to December, it feels like every run, pass and play takes on far greater significance. This is especially true for the quarterback position, who are relied on as leaders and have their play scrutinized on every snap. Luckily for college football fans, the NCAA is loaded with talented quarterbacks across the country!
These spectacular signal-callers seem capable of just about anything with a football in their hands and that was evident after some of the performances in Week 12. With no major upsets, all of the top quarterbacks did their jobs and secured a victory for their respective teams. It wasn’t all good news, however, as Florida State QB Jordan Travis suffered a season-ending leg injury.
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In this weekly article from Bovada Sportsbook, we’ll recap the 10 best NCAA quarterbacks from Week 12 of the college football season. Keeping tabs on the game’s top passers can provide valuable insights into this year’s Heisman Trophy race and the College Football Playoffs, so you may want to keep these names in mind the next time you’re betting on college football.
Noah Fifita – Arizona Wildcats
Quarterback Noah Fifita led the Wildcats to a huge win on Saturday, taking down yet another ranked opponent in Utah. The 5’11 redshirt freshman played well in the victory, throwing 253 yards and 2 touchdowns on 22 of 30 passing. Fifita took over as the team’s starting quarterback midway through this season and hasn’t looked back, having now led Arizona to 5 straight wins and has the team playing great leading up to the Pac-12 conference championships.
Jaxson Dart – Ole Miss Rebels
With Ole Miss still reeling from a blowout loss to Georgia the week prior, starting quarterback Jaxson Dart got the Rebels back on track by guiding them to an easy win over ULM. While nobody would argue that the competition was elite, Dart was still impressive in the victory. He finished the game 24 of 31 passing with 310 yards and 3 touchdowns, compiling a stellar 193.4 passer rating on the day.
Sam Hartman – Notre Dame Fighting Irish
While his senior season probably hasn’t played out like he imagined, Notre Dame QB Sam Hartman had a game to remember in Week 12. Playing at home in front of the Fighting Irish football fans, Hartman threw for 277 yards and 4 touchdowns on 21 of 29 passing. The end result was a 45-7 win over Wake Forest and Hartman’s third game of the season with 4+ touchdowns and 0 interceptions.
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Jalen Milroe – Alabama Crimson Tide
It seems as though Alabama QB Jalen Milroe has gotten on a bit of a roll as of late and that trend continued in Week 12. The first-year starter was the offensive catalyst in his team’s 66-10 win over UTC, which started with Milroe launching a 56-yard touchdown pass on Alabama’s very first play with the ball. The Crimson Tide quarterback finished the game 13 of 16 passing with 197 yards and 3 scores through the air, giving Alabama their 9th straight win.
Michael Penix Jr. – Washington Huskies
It may not have been his most productive game of the season, but quarterback Michael Penix Jr. came up huge for Washington in last week’s 22-20 win over Oregon State. The contest was played under nearly constant rainfall, but even the elements weren’t enough to slow down this Heisman Trophy candidate. The senior connected on 13 of 28 passes for a total of 162 passing yards, but threw for 2 touchdowns and guided his team to a massive victory and clinched a spot in the Pac-12 Championship Game.
Carson Beck – Georgia Bulldogs
Say what you will about Carson Beck, but the Georgia quarterback knows how to win. In his first year as the starting quarterback for the two-time defending national champions, Beck delivered yet another strong showing in his team’s 38-10 win over Tennessee. Beck had a great statistical performance, putting up 298 yards and 3 touchdowns on 24 of 30 passing, while the win tied Alabama for the longest winning streak in SEC history at 28 games.
Josh Hoover – TCU Horned Frogs
It’s been a tough season for TCU following last year’s historic run to the National Championship Game, but fans got a bit of a treat in Week 12 as their freshman quarterback showed out in a big way. The Texas-native went 24 of 29 passing the ball, throwing for 412 yards and accounting for 3 scores (2 passing, 1 rushing) in TCU’s 42-17 win over Baylor.
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Frank Harris – UTSA Road Runners
UTSA QB Frank Harris was nearly unstoppable this past week, as he helped the Road Runners defeat USF, 49-21. The senior threw for 411 yards and 3 touchdowns on 31 of 46 passing. That alone would be enough to be featured on this list, but Harris added 112 rushing yards and 3 more scores on the ground for good measure in an incredible performance for UTSA.
Bo Nix – Oregon Ducks
In a now weekly occurrence, Bo Nix appears prominently on our list of college football’s top quarterback performances. The fifth-year starter and current Oregon Duck was at his best in Week 12, as he guided the 10-1 Pac-12 program to a 49-13 win over ASU. Nix was brilliant as usual, going 24 of 29 while throwing for 404 yards and a staggering 6 touchdown passes on the day.
Jayden Daniels – LSU Tigers
For the second consecutive week, the top spot on our list of the best quarterbacks in college football belongs to Jayden Daniels. The LSU senior was electric in his team’s 56-14 blowout win over Georgia State, with Daniels putting up mind-blowing numbers in the process. When it was all said and done, Daniels had 413 yards and 6 touchdowns on 25 of 30 passing, while also rushing for 96 yards and 2 more scores with his legs. Any time you can account for 8 touchdowns on the day, it’s safe to say you did your job as quarterback.