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College football QB Power Rankings for Week Two: Rosen rises

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With 2017 being billed as the "Year of the QB" in college football given the excitement about the talent at the position, we'll be tracking the top signal-callers each week of the season in our QB Power Rankings, continuing this week with our top 10 heading into Week 2.


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We asked five of our draft experts to provide us with their personal top-10 lists, ranking the QBs 1-10 based on their evaluations. From those, we aggregated an overall top-10 list by using a points system. A player received 10 points for a first-place vote, 9 points for second place and so on through one point for a 10th-place vote.

There's big movement in the rankings after our analysts had their first look of 2017 at these signal-callers in action. A fellow Los Angeles QB takes the top spot from Sam Darnold, and there are three new players (all from the SEC) in the top 10.

Note: Click through the tabs above to see rankings for previous weeks.

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1

Josh Rosen - UCLA

1

Points: 48

Week 1 stats: 35 of 59 for 491 yards, 4 TDs in 45-44 win over Texas A&M.

Week 2 opponent: Hawaii

Anyone surprised to see Rosen rise to this spot in the wake of what he did Sunday night? After engineering the biggest comeback in UCLA history over Texas A&M (the Bruins trailed by 34 late in the third quarter), he was voted the clear No. 1 in our rankings. He threw for 292 yards and four TDs ... in the fourth quarter alone. Any rust he had accumulated after not playing in a game since last October (shoulder surgery) is officially gone.

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2

Lamar Jackson - Louisville

2

Points: 41

Week 1 stats: 30 of 46 for 378 yards, 2 TDs; 21 carries for 111 yards in 35-28 win over Purdue.

Week 2 opponent: North Carolina

While players like Sam Darnold and Josh Allen didn't live up to the preseason hype in Week One, Jackson did the opposite. Purdue gave Louisville a scare, taking the lead in the fourth quarter, but the reigning Heisman winner shined as a passer and a runner, racking up 485 total yards. Perhaps the best sign from Jackson was his completion percentage of 65, which is nearly 10 points higher than last year's mark (56).

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Sam Darnold - USC

2

Points: 40

Week 1 stats: 23 of 33 for 289 yards, 0 TDs, 2 INTs, 1 rushing TD in 49-31 win over Western Michigan.

Week 2 opponent: Stanford

The hype giveth, and the hype taketh away. Darnold was the biggest recipient of offseason buzz, and that helps explain why he falls a couple spots after struggling a bit after USC sweated out a win over Western Michigan (the game was tied midway through the fourth quarter). The bar was set so high for Darnold, and he didn't quite reach it, even though his two picks on Saturday were both off deflections. He didn't throw a TD pass for the first time since his first career start last September. ... Of course, a big game against Stanford on Saturday will have him moving in the right direction again.

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4

Mason Rudolph - Oklahoma State

2

Points: 31

Week 1 stats: 20 of 24 for 303 yards, 3 TDs in 59-24 win over Tulsa.

Week 2 opponent: South Alabama

Rudolph was sharp against Tulsa in the opener, and he should be again at South Alabama. Sure, he opens the season against competition that doesn't measure up to Oklahoma State, but he'll continue to get credit if he keeps making the most of his opportunities. He might not face many stout defenses this season.

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Baker Mayfield - Oklahoma

2

Points: 25

Week 1 stats: 19 of 20 for 329 yards, 3 TDs in 56-7 win over UTEP.

Week 2 opponent: Ohio State

As the numbers show, Mayfield was on fire against UTEP. Now, he's almost certain to make a leap forward or backward in these rankings next week. He'll face Ohio State in Columbus on Saturday. Mayfield had his worst game of the season against the Buckeyes in 2016. Here's his chance at redemption, but it won't come easy against a defense with a front line that might be better than some in the NFL.

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Luke Falk - Washington State

1

Points: 21

Week 1 stats: 33 of 39 for 311 yards, 3 TDs in 31-0 win over Montana State.

Week 2 opponent: Boise State

Falk drops a spot, but that's more reflective of the performances of other top QBs than a knock on Falk. He completed all but 6 of his 39 passes, including his first 20 attempts, against Montana State on Saturday. This week's meeting with Boise State will give us a better gauge of where he belongs in the pecking order.

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Josh Allen - Wyoming

4

Points: 17

Week 1 stats: 23 of 40 for 174 yards, 0 TDs, 2 INTs in 24-3 loss to Iowa.

Week 2 opponent: Gardner-Webb

There's no denying Allen has the physical tools scouts covet in a QB, but there's also no denying this: In two career games against Power Five opponents (Nebraska in 2016, Iowa on Saturday) Allen has thrown one TD and seven INTs. He'll face one other P5 team this season, in Week Three (at home against Oregon), and will need to bounce back in a big way there to get moving in the right direction in these rankings.

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8

Drew Lock - Missouri

NR

Points: 11

Week 1 stats: 21 of 34 for 521 yards, 7 TDs, 1 INT in 72-43 win over Missouri State.

Week 2 opponent: South Carolina

After narrowly missing the top 10 in our preseason rankings, Lock shoots up to No. 8 after his record-setting performance in a game that was closer than expected -- the Tigers actually trailed in the second quarter before pulling away for a lopsided win over Missouri State. Lock threw for a school-record seven TD passes and 521 yards on 21 completions (24.8 yards per completion!).

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9

Shea Patterson - Ole Miss

NR

Points: 10

Week 1 stats: 28 of 35 for 429 yards, 4 TDs in 47-27 win over South Alabama.

Week 2 opponent: UT-Martin

The former five-star recruit is showing why he was so highly touted. In his fourth career game, and first with a new offensive coordinator, Patterson was on the money, throwing four TD passes (all in first three quarters) against South Alabama. The big test for Patterson won't come until Week Four, when the Rebels travel to Tuscaloosa for a date with Saban and Co.

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10

Jarrett Stidham - Auburn

NR

Points: 8

Week 1 stats: 14 of 24 for 185 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 1 rushing TD in 41-7 win over Georgia Southern.

Week 2 opponent: Clemson

Stidham barely missed cracking the top 10 last week, but he takes the No. 10 spot after an unspectacular showing against Georgia Southern. NFL executives still believe the best is yet to come for the Auburn QB -- two such execs predicted he'll be the breakout star of 2017. If he can outdo a Clemson defense that features one of the top defensive lines in the country, he could be the biggest riser on this list next week.

Dropped out of top 10 (previous ranking): Washington's Jake Browning (8), Florida State's Deondre Francois (9), Western Kentucky's Mike White (10).

Also receiving votes: Washington's Jake Browning (7 points), Liberty's Stephen Calvert (4 points), Florida State's Deondre Francois (3 points), Western Kentucky's Mike White (2 points), West Virginia's Will Grier (2 points), N.C. State's Ryan Finley (1 point), South Carolina's Jake Bentley (1 point), Notre Dame's Brandon Wimbush (1 point), Penn State's Trace McSorley (1 point), Northwestern's Clayton Thorson (1 point).

Voting panel: Bucky Brooks, Chase Goodbread, Daniel Jeremiah, Chad Reuter and Lance Zierlein.

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