It's time to look at the top quarterback performers after this past week of Pac-12 play. We'll revisit this ranking each Monday. Remember that we're weighing the past weekend's performance more heavily than an overall season track record, so expect some variation here every week.
1. Luke Falk, Washington State: The top spot is a no-brainer this time. Falk dominated Oregon's suspect secondary in the Cougars' 45-38 win, amassing 505 passing yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed for a critical overtime score, absorbing a painful blow to cross the goal line. Falk likely needed some ice after this one -- not just for his torso after that collision, but also for his right arm, which threw 74 passes in the game.
Falk was determined to will the Cougars to their biggest victory in years. Crunch time hit after Oregon took a 31-21 lead with 8:20 left in the game. From that point on, Falk was nails on two pressure-packed drives. He perfectly diagnosed the Ducks' defense on a fourth-down seam strike to River Cracraft before delivering the tying fade touchdown pass to Dom Williams with one second remaining. Similar clutch play continued in the ensuing two overtime periods, and the Cougars beat Oregon on the road in the same season that they lost to Portland State at home. Wait, what?!
2. Mike Bercovici, Arizona State: It appears that the Sun Devils are hitting their stride again, and Bercovici was a big part of this rediscovered success in a 48-23 win over Colorado. He completed 20 of 31 passes for 260 yards and five touchdowns on the game, spearheading a very balanced Arizona State attack in which nine different players recorded at least one rush and six different players recorded at least one catch.
That's a key for Bercovici: The Sun Devils feature a diverse array of offensive talent. He must demonstrate the consistent ability to spread the ball around to the entire crew. Saturday marked a balanced effort in that regard, one that will be much more necessary when Bercovici leads Arizona State into Utah this week.
3. Anu Solomon, Arizona: He returned from a concussion and the Wildcats' offense looked potent again. Of course, most of Arizona's damage in their 44-7 win over Oregon State came on the ground -- the Wildcats rushed for 368 yards -- but Solomon plays a big role in orchestrating that attack, and he also threw for 276 yards on the game.
Arizona hopes that they've righted the ship following two blowout losses to open conference play. A visit to Colorado is next. Then the Washington schools come calling. Solomon will have his opportunity to thrust the Wildcats back into Pac-12 South contention, but it'll be an uphill climb.
4. Travis Wilson, Utah: The Utes' 30-24 nail-biter over California certainly wasn't pretty, but it did the trick for the Pac-12's final undefeated team. And though Utah would certainly like to see more consistent production from their offense moving forward, Wilson did a solid job against a Golden Bears' defense that was playing inspired football in a very eccentric game. Both teams combined for nine turnovers, but Wilson threw three fewer interceptions than Jared Goff -- that counts for something, right?
In all seriousness, Wilson operated a good balance between his arm and legs (he picked up 49 timely rushing yards). He also complemented Devontae Booker's 222-yard rushing performance with a pretty 54-yard deep scoring strike to Cory Butler-Byrd.
5. Jared Goff, California: A five-interception performance will almost never make this list, but the entire season's track record is also part of the criteria for these rankings, so Goff enjoys a bigger safety net than most of his Pac-12 quarterback counterparts. Plus, he wasn't absolutely horrendous in the Bears' loss at Utah: Those five picks weren't all his fault (the first one that clanged off Kenny Lawler's hands might have completely changed the trajectory of the game), and there were several fantastic throws and timely runs between all the interceptions. His final line tallied 340 passing yards.
Goff should obviously avoid throwing five picks again, but let's just say that he looked about as good as a quarterback can when throwing that many interceptions.