The Big East's frontrunner only enhanced his campaign in Week 1, while several of the other preseason contenders -- Pitt's Ray Graham and Temple's Montel Harris -- will have a lot of catching up to do if they want to get into contention.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville: Nineteen of 21, the best single-game completion percentage in school history. Two hundred thirty two yards. A 32-14 rout of rival Kentucky. Oh, and Bridgewater didn't even play much of the second half. That may actually hurt him in this race, since there was no telling what the sophomore could have done had he played the entirety of Sunday's win.
Ray Graham, RB, Pitt: Graham played Saturday, and he played more than anyone expected. But the senior coughed up the ball on Pitt's opening drive. Graham finished with 71 yards on 14 carries, but no one will consider him if the Panthers can't make a strong recovery from a 31-17 home loss to FCS Youngstown State.
Montel Harris, RB, Temple: Harris is like Graham in the sense that both are Pennsylvania rushers bouncing back from knee injuries. The senior rushed for just 12 yards on five carries in Friday's win over Villanova, and he was in street clothes for the second half after injuring a hamstring. The team has him listed as "day-to-day."