It's time to look at the top quarterback performers after another 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 with each edition.
1. Vernon Adams Jr., Oregon: Our Kevin Gemmell has a way with words: "Adams is a sandlot player squeezed into a system that has been mechanized proficiency the last three seasons. It's not always pretty, but when it works, it works."
I couldn't have said it better myself. Adams' frantic style obviously worked during the Ducks' 61-55 triple-overtime win at Arizona State. He threw for 315 yards and four touchdowns, including a game-tying desperation heave to Dwayne Stanford that forced the extra periods. Lest anyone yell "luck!," remember that Adams made a sensational deep throw -- after some evasive scrambling -- that the Ducks dropped earlier in the quarter. Oregon may have massive questions on the defensive side of the ball, but they're still a huge threat to rack up points -- assuming Adams is on the field, and lined up at quarterback.
2. Jake Browning, Washington: The score speaks for itself here. The Huskies pummeled Arizona 49-3, and Browning's return from injury was a driver of proficient offensive play. He threw for 263 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.
The final four games of Washington's regular season will tell us a lot. The Huskies play Utah, Arizona State, Oregon State and Washington State. They've shown real signs of life lately -- that defense is unquestionably stingy, and their offense is starting to jell around a growing Browning and an improving run game -- so the rest of the road should be a good gauge of Washington's 2015 growth. Browning certainly looks like the foundation for quality moving forward.
3. Luke Falk, Washington State: The Cougars fought valiantly in their 30-28 loss to No. 8 Stanford, and Falk ultimately did his job: He put Washington State in a position to win with some clutch throws on the final drive. But Erik Powell's 43-yard field goal attempt at the final gun sailed wide right, so the Cougars lost.
That being said, Falk probably could have done more in the first half, when Washington State constantly stalled in the red zone to set up five Powell field goals. Falk ultimately finished with 354 passing yards on a wet night with two touchdowns and two costly interceptions, so this was far from a perfect performance. It was, however, good enough to crack these power rankings -- simply because he overcame enough to put the Cougars in a game-ending situation that they'd happily accept again.
4. Mike Bercovici, Arizona State: This also wasn't a perfect performance -- and it was certainly marred by a devastating game-ending interception in the third overtime -- but Bercovici did some serious statistical damage in the Sun Devils' 61-55 loss to Oregon. He passed for 398 yards and five touchdowns while running for 58 more and another score. Two late picks, though, went a long way toward undoing all that other good work. Bercovici will be counted on to deliver big production next week against Falk at Washington State, but this one undeniably hurt. Like really bad.
5. Kevin Hogan, Stanford: He finished with 86 passing yards, no touchdowns, and one interception -- but Hogan guided his team to victory anyway, and that's why he's back on this list. With Stanford's passing game all but defunct in wet conditions and the Washington State defense keying heavily on Christian McCaffrey, Hogan took over with his trusted legs. He finished with 112 rushing yards on 14 carries, evoking memories of his freshman campaign in 2012, when his scrambling ability helped push Stanford to a Rose Bowl title.
After the game, David Shaw noted that although the quarterback's ankle isn't yet 100 percent healthy, Stanford "won the game because of Kevin Hogan's heart."
No argument there.